Real Wedding – Stephanie & Lachlan, Euroa VIC
Fans of the Gatsby era, Stephanie and Lachlan created a day that oozed elegance and style in the country town of Euroa at the beautiful Butter Factory.
When asked, both the bride and groom admitted their ceremony was the most magical moment of their day. In a touching moment, Stephanie’s sister was not only her matron of honour, but proudly walked her down the aisle and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This perfect pair then exchanged heartfelt vows before being pronounced husband and wife to rapturous applause.
A fabulous feast was then laid out in a stunning outdoor setting as guests enjoyed memorable speeches before hitting the dancefloor with incredible enthusiasm.
Tahnee Jade was behind the lens and captured all the romance and sweet moments.
In Stephanie’s words…
Five years ago, via the wonders of modern technology.
Almost immediately. There was a mutual feeling that we were in the midst of something very special from the moment we first met.
It was a full weekend thing that included a ferry trip to Sorrento, where we spent our one-year anniversary, followed by dancing at the Piano Bar, a matinee theatre performance in Melbourne and then finally a helicopter ride to Royal Melbourne Golf Club – where my dad was a member before he passed away – where Lachie got down on one knee adjacent to the eighteenth green and proposed.
We were on to things pretty early and had a list that we just continued to tick off as we went along. It made it as stress free a time as possible, which was perfect and made the day that much more enjoyable when it arrived.
We are both really big fans of the Gatsby era, but wanted to do it in an elegant and stylish way and not go overboard. We always said we wanted our wedding to be quite traditional with elements of a bit of wow, and just wanted people to get the vibe that it was “us”, which worked really well on the day.
My outfit was pure perfection and I truly felt like a princess all day. This dress is honestly the most beautiful dress you have ever seen, and was made by the most beautiful lady, Helen from Helen Manuell Bridal Couture. From the lace detail, to the buttons at the back to the copious amounts of material to make up this dress, it is just breathtaking. Helen’s talent is beyond words and her dedication to perfection with regards to getting my dress just right for my big day was a beautiful process to be a part of. Helen makes you feel so special with every appointment and she understands exactly what you want. I just knew that this was the dress for me as soon as I stepped foot into Helen’s home and tried on a similar style dress, and I knew in my heart I was meant to be there and was meant to find Helen.
Stephanie: Seeing Lachie at the end of the aisle waiting for me all dressed up and looking ever so handsome, while my hand was held tightly around my sister’s with tears rolling down my face as we walked down the aisle together. Reading my vows out to Lachie was quite special as well as we were both unaware of what we had written and the anticipation of the not knowing and finally letting it all out was a beautiful moment.
Lachlan: Seeing Steph walk down the aisle was a moment I will never forget, and finally getting to call her ‘my wife’ was pretty special.
Meaning of marriage.
A lifetime of happiness with your best friend.
It was a collection of songs from the 20’s to the 40’s, using a mix of love songs and big band hits. We also threw in a couple of modern favourites and songs that had some personal significance for us both.
Funny stories (or near disasters).
My sister (who was my maid of honour and who was going to give me away) was expecting her first baby on the same day as the wedding. It was touch and go if she was going to make the day, but she did, 40 weeks pregnant and glowing with pride to be there for me. When I saw her arrive it was pure joy for me and let’s just say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house once the two of us walked down the aisle, which is a memory I will hold dearly forever. A week later a healthy baby boy arrived, which happened to be the night that Lachie and I left for our honeymoon.
Words of wisdom.
Get the big ticket items ticked off first. Date, venue, band, photographer etc. All of the other things will fall into place. Try to enjoy the process – if it is too stressful, take a break for a bit and go and do something together and don’t mention the wedding.
STEPHANIE AND LACHLAN’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception venue: Euroa Butter Factory
Celebrant/Officiant: Suzanne Guest – Hearts to Hearts Hands to Hands celebrant
Photography: Tahnee Jade Photography
Styling: Stephanie Claire Interiors and Events by Hello Bloom
Florist: Events by Hello Bloom
Hair: Bare Hair in Euroa
Make Up: Makeup Design by Dee – Shepparton
The Dress and veil: Helen Manuell Bridal Couture – Yarraville
Shoes: RoniKantor Shoes – Etsy
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Sheike Clothing
Catering: Euroa Butter Factory
Bar: Euroa Butter Factory
Cake / Cake topper: We both love vanilla slices, so we went with a pyramid of mini vanilla slices instead of the traditional wedding cake, along with a collection of our favourite sweets. The vanilla slices were topped with two custom cake toppers – one with red lips and the other with a black bow tie.
Stationery / Signage: The Hello Bureau – Cassandra Chew
Entertainment: Fiction Cover Band