Real wedding – Tim & Claire, Mannerim VIC

Real wedding – Tim & Claire, Mannerim VIC

A relaxed couple, Tim and Claire knew their celebration needed to center on three key elements – family, friends and a whole lot of fun.

Their wedding took place at a private family home in beautiful Mannerim, where guests immediately felt relaxed as they took in the ocean views and awaited Claire’s arrival.  As she wandered down the aisle with her proud husband-to-be and gorgeous son looking on, she took guest’s breath away in a simply stunning One Day Bridal gown.

With a focus on using local suppliers that they valued and trusted, Tim and Claire wanted to throw a party that would keep their guests dancing all night long – and dance they certainly did!

Here is their stunning day, as captured by Hails and Shine.


The meeting.

We met nine years ago through mutual friends a number of times and eventually got together at a friend’s 21st birthday. It was at Room 99 – all class.

Finding ‘The One”.

We felt comfortable with each other really quickly. I think I always knew he was pretty special right from the start. I also knew he was the one when we travelled together and I wasn’t ready to kill him.

The Proposal.

We were going to his family’s holiday house in Anglesea and Tim was acting very strange. He had plans to take me out for dinner but couldn’t wait any longer and proposed at the house, we were even in our trackies!

Instead of going out for dinner we hopped back in the car to go celebrate with our family and friends. He still reminds me that he never got to take me to dinner!

The planning.

It was a little hectic to say the least. My in-laws only moved into their house weeks before the wedding so it was a mad dash to prepare the house.

As far as wedding things were concerned, it was fairly easy. We booked in everyone we wanted to use, we had confidence in all the services we were using so that part was easy! It was a juggle with appointments and getting things done. We have amazing family support and couldn’t have had the day we did without them.

Style inspiration.

We didn’t really have a style as such. Our wedding was always intended to be relaxed and a party and it was really about enjoying the day with our nearest and dearest. I was also pretty keen for a jam-packed and memorable dance floor.

The dress.

I love, love, love my dress. I found it on the One Day Bridal Instagram page and while I went shopping elsewhere, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I gave in and went to try it on and was sold instantly.

It was such a joy meeting all the girls at One Day Bridal, they were just gorgeous and made the whole experience so enjoyable. It was a lovely time to spend with my mum going to appointments.

Favourite moments.

I think the most memorable would be just before I walked down the aisle and I caught a glimpse of Tim with our son, Freddie. That was the point I very nearly lost it, it was a beautiful reminder of what means the most to me and what the day is all about.

You’re the Voice‘ at the end of the night was also pretty great!

The meaning of marriage.

About formalising our commitment to each other.

Wedding soundtrack.

We had live acoustic music which was amazing, Marcus played the following for us;

Aisle –  ‘I see love’ by Passenger

After ceremony – ‘First day of my life‘ by Bright Eyes,

First dance – We didn’t do a formal dance, but Tim grabbed me and we did danced to Bruno Mars, ‘Locked out of Heaven‘.

Funny stories (or near disasters).

Tim and his groomsmen had a few too many drinks the night before, and Tim decided to have a shave while his mate Fav thought it was a good idea to snip the side of his hair with an electric razor, it was unfixable. It’s a funny memory when we look at the wedding photos

Things that took you by surprise.

How quickly the day goes! Everyone tells you this but it really is such a whirlwind.

Also, that wedding planning is time consuming and it wasn’t until after that I realised how much it was playing on my mind.

Words of wisdom.

Don’t treat the day like a production or an event. Its one day and a day where you marry the one you love, so embrace it all, even the things that go wrong. Enjoy the day for what is really means.

Also, have confidence in the people you choose to assist in your day. They are experts in their field and let them do what they know best. I couldn’t recommend the team we used highly enough!





Ceremony and reception location: The Walker family property, Mannerim Victoria

Celebrant: Jo Betz – a dear friend, the sweetest person you will ever meet and an absolute treasure.

Photography: Hails and Shine – It was such a pleasure to have Matt and Hailey around on the day. We didn’t even feel their presence and their photos capture the day perfectly.

Florist: Bouquets were from the very talented Flower Bowl.

Hair and makeup: Hair was by my fabulous hairdresser, Bex at Berdi and makeup was by the INCREDIBLY talented and all-round great chick, Hilary Holmes. We loved her input and advice.

The Dress: One Day Bridal – their range is something else. Kyha is one incredibly talented designer.

Accessories: Damselfly earrings, from One Day Bridal.

Shoes: Tony Bianco

Rings: The Diamond Guys

Bridesmaid’s dresses: I gave the girls instructions to pick whatever they wanted, I was shocked when they all picked the same colour. They were from Alannah Hill and Sheike.

Menswear: From the exceptional gents at Eddie Elias. Andrew was awesome with advice and getting the boys sorted.

Catering: Steampacket Foods –  Adam was an absolute joy and made the catering organisation so easy. He ran the day exceptionally well; it was so nice to not have to even think about that. His staff were so attentive and the service on the day was exceptional. No one was ever without a drink or some food. Food was delish!

Wine: Leura Park Estate – We sources the wine locally and they took such great care of us and were so easy to deal with  – plus the wine was absolutely beautiful.

Cake: Tim and I aren’t sweet tooths so we did a cheese wheel cake which was served towards the end of the night. I got the cheese wheels from Emerald Hill deli at South Melbourne market.

Stationery: Paperlust Co.

Entertainment: the awesomely talented Marcus Haydon was the acoustic player. Matt Baird and Test Pilot Molly took over to get the party started. Matt was so easy to deal with, a true professional and the boys were a big part of the fun and had the dance floor jam packed.

Honeymoon: Tim and I are heading off to New York then taking our son Freddie to Port Douglas.

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