Groom Joel Heil reminded his bride of how beautiful she looked throughout their special day on November 21, 2015. His thoughtful nature is what Cat Angus, who wore an understated silk dress, adores most. “Joel is extremely kind, always trying to do right by everyone he comes across,” she says. The Ocean Grove pair danced to Hallelujah in memory of Cat’s father. Later, friends performed a handwritten rap about the newlyweds’ relationship. “We tried to make the day as reflective of us as we could,” she says. “If the bride and groom are having a good night, everyone is having a good night.”

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We are featuring some of the best spots to tie the knot in our region. This week we explore Leura Park Estate.


Leura Park Estate prides itself on tailoring occasions to suit the personalities of the people who choose to hold their special events there. The Leura Park events team works with a couple to put together a day where the focus is absolutely on them – a true reflection of the pair.
A full time working winery, Leura Park is set among picturesque grape vines on the Bellarine Peninsula, just 10 minutes from Geelong.
The rustic, chic décor in the cellar door and vault event spaces provides the perfect ambience for creating a special and memorable day.

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Leura Park offers finger food functions with a twist, offering lots of fun and lots of food. No guests leave a Leura Park function feeling hungry. There are as many tables and chairs as a couple needs on offer to ensure guests are comfortable.
When it comes to the nuptials themselves, Leura Park gives couples the option have their ceremony on the property, with stunning options overlooking our meandering vines, majestic cypress trees, rustic posts and dams.
Leura Park is known for its sensational wines, rustic chic ambience and fabulous food for a truly memorable and unique wedding.

To arrange a viewing or to review a copy of a complete functions kit, please call the functions manager on 03 5253 3180 or email

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Trent Bevan sat content in his backyard with new wife Chelsea Shawcross in one arm and their baby son in the other, as 120 guests celebrated around them. “This was the moment,” he says of the big day on March 7, 2015. The couple, who met at church, wed at their home under an old oak tree. They handmade 15 tables and used a World War II cargo drop parachute decorated with fairy lights as a canopy. “Being held by the man I love and can keep forever, swaying gently to a beautiful song our good friend was singing – there could be nothing better,” Chelsea remembers of the first dance.

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Hair: Tracey Clarke. Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Hair: Tracey Clarke. Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Styling your locks into the perfect ‘do will not only complete your look, but complement your dream dress. Here are some things to consider when choosing a style

The first thing for a bride to tick off the wedding to-do-list – aside from the groom – is often the dress. Next would be hair.
The options are virtually endless when it comes to styling and it is important element in completing the entire look. Most brides will have one or multiple hair and makeup trials before the big day and it is crucial to communicate as much as possible to the stylist.
Tracey Clarke from Pash says she always likes to sit down with her brides in the months leading up to the wedding.

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“The bride’s theme or personality often will dictate the hairstyling for the day,” Tracy explains.
“If the gown is floaty, formal, lacey, a colour, bohemian or classically elegant, or if there are headpieces or veils, I will guide the bride to complement the look with the perfect hairstyling, which will be the all-important finishing touch.”
Owner of Salon Eve, Barbara Ferantte, has noticed a number of trends which have stuck around for a few seasons now.
“We have noticed that brides want effortless soft looks, lots want half-up half-down waves and plenty are still using flowers as hair pieces,” she says.
There are three vital things to take into consideration when planning your hairstyle, according to Barb. They are weather, dress neck line and face shape.
“The weather and the time of year would often determine if hair is up or down, it has a big impact of how the longevity of the style,” she explains.
“The neck line of the dress is important because hair styles need to emphasise the dress, not cover it.

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“And the shape of the bride’s face must be contemplated because you don’t want to provide a style that makes the bride look bigger – most brides want to look beautiful thin and photogenic.”
She has noticed that veils are going smaller rather than long-trailing pieces, otherwise it’s a plain fascinator with a bird cage veil.
In terms of colour, Barb says the babylights foiling technique is trending both in Hollywood and in weddings. The technique – seen on stars like Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba – is a natural-looking colour with very fine, subtle highlights that are meant to look like the natural hair colour of a child, where colour is brighter at the crown and the bottom of the hair.
“Babylights are a great way to make a bridal style stand out,” Barb says.
“A tip from us make sure your hair colour is freshly done so that it really makes an impact.”

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We are featuring some of the best wedding suppliers in our region. Take a look at Peter Rowland Catering at Mt Duneed Estate for delicious fare at a stunning venue.


Peter Rowland Catering at Mt Duneed Estate can tailor any wedding experience from large numbers down to very small group weddings. With a beautiful backdrop of vines and olive trees, Mt Duneed Estate is the perfect location for a couple’s festivities.
Up to 400 people can dine and dance the night away in the Barrel Hall which is the original winery and has industrial charm with accents of the barrels and vats.
Guests can also enjoy a reception in the more formal and intimate Vineyard Room which overlooks the front of the estate’s vineyard and the rolling Barrabool Hills.
The garden bar serves as the perfect place for pre-reception drinks, while the olive grove serves as the ultimate secluded ceremony spot. However, the options are endless, with the Peter Rowland team happy to work with the bride and groom to tailor their nuptials.

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The food is created by executive chef, Daniel Duve, who loves a challenge and can work to any food preference or dietary requirement. Couples can choose to have a menu tasting at Mt Duneed Estate prior to their festivities, allowing them to select their delicious menu for on their special day.
For those couples that are looking for an extra touch of fun, the team at Peter Rowland can also recommend and assist with accommodating lolly and whiskey bars, photobooths or blackboard calligraphy.
When it comes to wedding planning, brides and grooms can also get advice on our local suppliers and even special rates for accommodation, to ensure a perfectly seamless big day.

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Ruchira Kanahara and Gajan Karunanandan followed their Hindu union in Melbourne on March 26, 2016 with a traditional Buddhist wedding at The Pier in Geelong the next day. “Walking down the aisle was a surreal moment, thinking ‘Oh gosh this is actually my wedding’,” Ruchira says. The bride wore a saree for the ceremony and changed into a different glimmering gown for the reception. The waterfront venue was decorated in gold and purple hues with Tiffany chairs. “I love the way Gajan takes care of situations and most of all the way he takes care of me,” she says. “He has a good heart.”

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Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

How do you make your wedding stick out in everyone’s minds for years to come? Think outside the box to create an event they will never forget

Your wedding day is no doubt one of the most memorable days of your life.
But how to do you make it one of the most memorable days of your guests’ lives?

Go digital
Create a website for your guests to visit to see all of the details of the upcoming nuptials. The beauty of this is you can make it extra personal by adding elements you cannot in hard copy such as a gallery of photos and music. You can also update the page whenever you like if things change along the way. Something like this will really stick in people’s minds in the lead up to the big day.

Location, location, location
Choose a unique wedding location to keep your guests talking for years to come. Love nature? Get married at a plantation or on a property instead of a venue. It will require a lot of work, bringing in everything you need on-site, however, the pay-off is something very unique. Just make sure you get the relevant permission first!

Photography: Rebecca Smith Photography

Photography: Rebecca Smith Photography

Get the guests involved
What better way to make your guests feel like they are a part of your special day than by actually getting them to become an integral part of your festivities?
Newtown couple Caroline and Chris involved their guests with a ‘guess who’ style pass-the-parcel game – a great way to get everyone mingling to have a fun night together.

Sweet somethings
With epic food creations taking over social media, you know something sweet and interesting will keep your guests talking long after the reception is over.
A cocktail slushie machine or an ice cream sundae bar could be what puts your festivities at the forefront of people’s minds.
Treat the coffee lovers to barista made coffee or, perhaps, even an espresso martini.

Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Make it a family affair
Give your day a sentimental touch most people can relate to and ensure your family is front and centre for your celebrations to make it a memorable event that tugs at the heartstrings.
Ask a family member who might not traditionally have a role in the ceremony, like your grandparents, to be involved.
Revamp your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress or say ‘I do’ in the same place your parents did.
Cate and Dan asked Dan’s 12-year-old brother and 13-year-old sister to MC their festivities, which was a hit with the guests.

A memorable surprise
Sometimes what makes your wedding stand out is something out of the blue and out of your control.
Catherine and Joel’s friends performed a hand written rap for them on their big day.
If you are going to be in a wedding sometime soon, consider crafting a creative surprise for your close friend or family member.

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Get creative
Wedding favours can come in all different shapes and sizes. Are you crafty? Do you enjoy a bit of DIY? Make your own custom presents for your guests to ensure they receive something meaningful and memorable.

Photography: Brown Paper Parcel

Photography: Brown Paper Parcel

Extra treat
Planning a day of celebration that you know you will not want to end when the bar announces last call? Keep the party going.
Set up a ‘recovery day’ style brunch or barbecue the day after your wedding to reminisce on a wonderful celebration. A two-day event is bound to stick in people’s minds for a long time.

Whatever you decide to do to make your wedding stand out above the rest – make sure it is something that sticks in your memory as the best day ever.


Photography: Stefani Driscoll

Photography: Stefani Driscoll

A dinner party at dusk full of laughter and storytelling is the dream setting for a wedding feast, according to Belinda Austin of Moorabool Valley wine producer Austins & Co.
“The perfect wedding indulgence is good food, wine and cocktails,” she says. “Besides the overall atmosphere on the day, the food and wine is usually what people talk about afterwards.”
Belinda explores the idea of pre-wedding celebrations, overnight glamping and casual post-occasion recovery banquets in this styled shoot on her rural property.
“I love the warm sunlight that shines through the trees at dusk,” she says. “It is all about elegance and indulgence within a rustic bush setting and enjoying great food and wine with friends.”

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Venue, wine: Austins & Co.
Styling: Weddings of Desire
Catering: Annie’s Kitchen
Stationery: Colour & Skulls
Tent: Twilight Glamping
Roses: Soho Rose Farm
Place settings: Provincial Home Living
Photography: Stefani Driscoll
Furniture hire: Pepper Sprout Hire

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Lauren Broughton and Matthew Foss were so humbled by the words of affection and approval at their wedding that the precious speeches remain their favourite memories of November 21, 2015. “Everyone remembers the vibe of the day, how much they laughed or smiled and how two families came together and melded into one,” Matt says.
With a shared love of the outdoors, Lauren fittingly proposed to Matt after a long day of snowboarding in New Zealand. “We are each other’s best friend, we can talk for hours or sit in silence and still feel comfortable in the moment,” he says

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We are profiling some of the most picturesque wedding venues across the region. This week we feature Jack Rabbit Vineyard on the Bellarine.


The Jack Rabbit Vineyard team takes pride in offering a brilliant and diverse range of function options to guarantee your day is special and memorable in every possible way.
A jewel of the Bellarine wine region and located just half an hour from Geelong, Jack Rabbit Vineyard is surrounded by vines, rolling lawns and 180 degree bay views. Couples can expect to take advantage of unrivalled panoramic views, sublime photo opportunities, feast on fine contemporary cuisine and sip sophisticated cool climate wines in an engaging, intimate atmosphere.

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The vineyard’s highly experienced, welcoming and dedicated staff are always at a couple’s disposal to ensure their special event goes off without a hitch and is a truly special day to remember.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard offers the choice of two spectacular but quite distinctive reception venues; the Jack Rabbit Vineyard Restaurant and the House of Jack Rabbit.
To organise a viewing of one or both venues, tour the vineyard and discover the many wedding ceremony locations, please call the functions manager on 03 5251 2223 on extension 3 or email
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