Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

5 APRIL 2014

New York City was the romantic backdrop when Herschel Grace popped the question to the love of his life, Olivia Connoley.
The pair, who have been together since 2009, were in Central Park when Herschel got down on one knee.
“Hersch was so nervous that he put the ring on the wrong finger,” Olivia remembers, laughing.
“And it was two sizes too big — but we were so close to Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue that we got it resized that same day.”
Olivia, a clinical nurse specialist at The Alfred and Herschel, a quality process technologist, chose the Portarlington Mill as the perfect setting for their April 5 nuptials — an extra special date because it was also Olivia’s parents’ 34th wedding anniversary.
To put her own stamp on her special day, the bride-to-be made name tags and table numbers, handpicked dahlias from a flower farm with her aunty and asked her illustrator sister Morgan — who was also her maid of honour — to design the stationery.
The wow factor came in the instalment of a draping, arched floral backdrop.
To help keep the occasion as intimate as possible, the pair kept their guest list small, inviting 80 of their nearest and dearest.
“We found we got to speak to everyone, plus spend lots of time on the dance floor,” she says.
And dance they did, especially when they were introduced at their reception at Bellarine Estate.
“My Girl by The Temptations was playing, and the whole room broke into song,” she says.
“It was so much fun and in that moment we knew how great the night was going to be.”

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Ceremony: Portarlington Mill
Reception: Bellarine Estate
Catering: Bellarine Estate
Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography
Gown: Karen Willis Holmes
Shoes: Boyles Dance Shoes
Hair: The Nest hair & makeup room
Make-up: Hilary Holmes
Cake: Sweet Designs by Claire
Flowers: The Flower Dispensary
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Elliatt
Suits: Country Road
Rings: Duffs Jewellers
Transport: Family’s cars
Entertainment: Test Pilot Molly
Stationery: Colour & Skulls
Celebrant: Jo Betz
Prop hire: Dress my wedding and Pepper Sprout Hire Co
Honeymoon: UK and Europe

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Olivia and Herschel, pictured here, are one of our Real Wedding couples in our 2015 edition of
gt BRIDE. To see more of their special day download our App.

Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

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