Real wedding – Sarah & Tim, Red Hill VIC
Real wedding – Sarah & Tim, Red Hill VIC
Real wedding – Sarah & Tim, Red Hill VIC
Real wedding – Sarah & Tim, Red Hill VIC

Real wedding – Sarah & Tim, Red Hill VIC

Not one’s to sweat the small stuff, Sarah and Tim set about creating an elegant affair with all the important ingredients for a loved up celebration at the stunning Max’s Restaurant at Ref Hill Estate, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Throughout the planning process this duo remained calm and stress free as they realised that anything that happened on their day, planned or unplanned, would only add to their story. Investing in suppliers they trusted, Sarah and Tim knew they were in safe hands and their day was everything they dreamed of and more.

Captured naturally by Vanessa Norris Photography it is clear to see the calm beauty this day embodied and the pure happiness experienced by all.



The meeting.

Tim and I met when we were 16 and 17 at a mutual friend’s party. We exchanged numbers and haven’t been apart since!

The ‘one’.

Tim worked away doing fly in, fly out work for most of 2013. He was away for three weeks at a time and then home for five days in between. Having the distance between us (even after we had been together for so long) really made us appreciate what we had and how much we missed one another.

The proposal.

We were holidaying in Perth. Our last four days were spent in Margaret River which was where he popped the question – little did I know there was a small ring box hiding in his surfboard bag the entire trip! It was perfect; a picnic with drinks and nibbles on the beach, at sun down. We were joking around and after a minute he told me to close my eyes. When I opened them, he was down on one knee with a big grin on his face. I think I cried for the first five minutes… to the point where Tim looked at me concerned asking “So… is that a yes?”.

The planning.

Stress free and incredibly enjoyable! I honestly loved every minute. I constantly had people asking me throughout the process if I was stressed, but I wasn’t. I figured that if I was stressed then, by the time the wedding came around I would be so anxious that I wouldn’t enjoy the day. Anything that happened, good or bad would add to our ‘story’ and we would be sure to laugh about it in years to come. Alas, everything seemed to fall into place throughout the organisation and to us, it was the perfect day. The vendors we worked with were incredible which I am sure helped immensely!

Style inspiration.

We really loved the shabby chic/elegant look. We are a very relaxed couple so wanted a day that reflected us. Pinterest was an amazing resource for ideas!

The dress.

There was actually two- whoops! I went through the whole process, tried on numerous gowns and decided on one that I thought I loved. Which I did… until I found ‘the’ dress. Tim and I were out shopping one day for suits when I spotted it, and as soon as I saw it I knew. It was elegant, simple and so “me”. I had to be sneaky though as I couldn’t let Tim see it. When we were up at the front of the boutique I told him that I had found a dress I loved and could he wait in the car while I tried it on (shaking his head he reluctantly agreed). As soon as I put it on I absolutely fell in love! It was the polar opposite to the other dress I had ordered, however it was perfect & like nothing I had seen before. The dress is made up entirely of a really unique ivory lace with a slip underneath; it has a small, delicate train and an open back. It is simple, but at the same time so elegant. I absolutely love it!

Favourite moments.

There were so many precious moments, but I think my favourite would have to be when Tim and I were able to sneak out from the reception for a few short minutes. The venue boasts beautiful big windows the whole way around the building and we sat on a wooden bench looking in. We sat in the quiet night reflecting on the day and watching the people that meant the absolute world to us having a ball inside (talking, laughing and tearing up the dance floor) celebrating our wedding. The room was full of so much love and our guests were there for us. It was such surreal and humbling feeling.


Not many. The only special addition was for Tim’s parents and my Mum and Pap to walk down the aisle before us. Our family means a lot to us both and we wanted to have them a part of the day as much as possible.

The meaning of marriage.

Making someone your ‘forever’. It is a promise to support, to laugh with and to continually learn from one another; a connection that you will have that will be unlike any other.

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle – I’ll Be by Edwin McCain
Reception entry – Better Together by Jack Johnson

Funny stories (or near disasters).

My car broke down on the night before the wedding on the way to drop off our furniture and bits and pieces to our venue… and then the RACV car broke down on the way to me! By that stage, all I could do was laugh. Thankfully, my Mum came and saved the day (as Mum’s do!) and my beautiful bridesmaids had a glass of wine and homemade pizza ready for when I finally arrived at the house we were staying at for the night.

Planning surprises.

I was surprised at how organised I needed to be. I generally tend to leave things to the last minute but feel that I was really organised on this occasion ensured that whole process/day was stress free. I knew the in’s and out’s of everything involved and therefore didn’t have any surprises.

Words of wisdom.

Try to find vendors that are friendly and happy to accommodate your wishes. This will make the whole planning process – particularly closer to the big day – so much more enjoyable.

Take a minute out of the day to spend some time with your husband/wife to reflect. It sounds incredibly cliché, but the day definitely flies by. Make time, even if it is for only five minutes, after your ceremony to be together to talk about the fact you are now a married couple (so exciting!!). There may not be another chance for there to be just the two of you together during the celebrations.




Ceremony and Reception: Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill Estate – Everyone at the venue was incredible. They were so accommodating in every way and made sure that not only the venue looked beautiful, but that we had the most amazing day as well. There was so much food to choose from and it was delicious!

Celebrant: Tracey Barker

Photography: Vanessa Norris Photography – Vanessa captured our day beautifully and was such a lovely person to deal with. She was so professional and made sure her pictures really reflected our relationship; she is truly amazing!

Styling and florals: Woops a Daisy Florist – Pauline went above and beyond. The flowers were one of my favourite parts of the day; they were beautiful!

Hair and Makeup: Adele Sarah Beauty – Adele did such a wonderful job. She is an extremely talented make-up artist and was a lovely person to have around the morning of the celebrations.

The Dress: Ferrari Bridal

Veil: Sunset Bridal

Shoes: Tony Bianco

Rings: Tiffany & Co. and Michael Hill Jewellers

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Forecast

Menswear: Roger David

Favours: Style Party Love

Cake / Cake topper:  Sugar and Chic Shop

Stationery / Signage: My Sweet Event Hire

Entertainment: Scott Hunter

Honeymoon: Hawaii, Kauai and Sydney- it was incredible!

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