Real Wedding – Penni & Chris, Melbourne VIC 
Real Wedding – Penni & Chris, Melbourne VIC 
Real Wedding – Penni & Chris, Melbourne VIC 
Real Wedding – Penni & Chris, Melbourne VIC 

Real Wedding – Penni & Chris, Melbourne VIC 


As far as intimate micro weddings go, Penni & Chris’ ticks every box for us. From the intense emotions evident in every shot to the lush, vibrant styling and lavish picnic-style reception, this is one celebration overflowing with taste, love, and so much fun.

The action all unfolded on the family farm, with the surroundings lending themselves perfectly to a sumptuous feast, styled in rich cobalt blue with touches of soft blush pink. Wooden crated tables were laden with delectable treats, and florals by The Willow Branch were the perfect transition between the celebration and the wild blossoms of the farm.

An incredible portrait session in the surrounding woods was masterfully curated by epic photographer Kinship by Kristy. And our absolute favourite element of the day? The wild, unbridled delight and happiness evident on the newlywed’s faces as they played with their two children after the ceremony. Family, smiles, and so much love; the beautiful core of every wedding day!



The meeting.

We knew each other for around five years before we got all lovey-dovey in 2014. I was a personal trainer at the gym his brother-in-law owned, so he would come in on a regular basis.


The ‘one’.

I think we both knew when we got together that it was going to be a forever kind of thing because we’d known each other for so long. There was no real light bulb moment for us.


The proposal.

We went out for dinner, and on the way home, he said he had to stop by the gym and pick something up. He had my favourite song playing in the gym and got down on one knee, so he proposed where we first met.


Planning process.

It was a bit hectic with a few changes in plans due to covid. We ended up cancelling our original venue, Toorongo River Chalets, in August and opting for a low-key backyard style BBQ at my parents family farm at Shady Creek.

We were legally married in October (because 10/10/2020 is a once in a lifetime opportunity, right?) where our celebrant came to our house, and we saved the dress ups and vows for when we were able to have our close families there with us in December.


Style inspiration. 

We’re pretty easy going, so we just wanted something relaxed and fun to reflect that.


The outfit. 

It was the first dress I tried on and the one I couldn’t stop thinking about. I fell for the Kira gown by Alena Leena Bridal. Its simpleness in the lush layers of tulle and blush tones was love at first sight!

I found this gem at Twelve South Bridal in Yarragon. I visited one other bridal shop, but it just didn’t compare to the service and homeliness of TSB. Grace is awesome!


Favourite moments.

The ceremony. We had my hubby’s best man officiate the ceremony. Our celebrant was on board from the start and was more than willing to work with us to make it happen. And I couldn’t go past having our two young boys be a part of the day.


Meaning of marriage.

There’s always someone there who has my back no matter what happens in life.


Wedding soundtrack.

Elvis baby!! Hubby is a massive Elvis fan, so I walked down the aisle to Goodluck Charm.


Funny stories or near disasters.

Right when I’d walked down the aisle, my two year old decided to go for a little run! He took off in the direction I’d just come from. We were calling for him to come back and even Kristy, our photographer, ran after him trying to coax him back!


Planning surprises.

Even planning what seemed like the simplest of weddings was still a big stress. Decision fatigue is definitely a thing!


Words of wisdom.

Keep it simple, and don’t sweat the little things.


Last words.

We opted for a brownie stack instead of a wedding cake because hello…brownies!



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Ceremony and reception location: Shady Creek

Celebrant: Rachel O’Dwyer Celebrant

Photography: Kinship by Kristy

Florist: The Willow Branch

Hair: Haze Hair by Design – Kylie and the team are just lovely to deal with

Make Up: Rose Lane Makeup Artistry – Rose is a magician with a makeup brush and a beautiful human!

The Dress: Kira gown by Alena Leena Bridal. Twelve South Bridal, Grace is lovely and easy to chat to. Highly recommend!

Rings: His – The Gentleman’s Smith / Hers – Drouin Jewellers (they were amazing at helping get a ring during the pandemic)

Bridesmaid’s dresses: online – St Frock 

Catering: The Gippsland Grazer

Cake: Brownie Stack by Kim’s Country Delights – DELICIOUS!

Stationery / Signage: – signs designed by myself and my sister, framed by In2 Frames, Warragul



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