Christopher Hart waited patiently with his back to his bride Odette Rodda before their November nuptials. She walked towards him with their two furry family members, their dogs. “When he turned around, it was such a special moment of pure happiness and affection,” she says. The pair was then married under an arch made by the bride’s father, with Port Phillip Bay and the You Yangs in view. Odette wore a full Maggie Sottero gown and a brooch belonging to Chris’ great-grandmother, a beloved piece of jewellery passed onto the next generation. “On the day I felt so strong and beautiful ,” she says. “The entire day was fun and laid-back; most importantly it was filled with lots of dancing, laughter and love.”

Odette and Chris met when they were teenagers and were instant friends. “We became very close, and this friendship grew into love over the next few years,” Odette says. “It took us three years to finally start dating, and we have spent the best 11 years of our lives together since.” The husband and wife, who are an engineer and doctor respectively, have supported each other through multiple university degrees, living overseas and their careers. Chris says it is Odette’s drive and determination that he loves the most about her. “I love his kindness, and patience towards me and all those around him,” she adds.

Gown: Maggie Sottero
Hair: Salon Utopia
Makeup: Makeup by Lara.T
Cake: Made by friend of the bride
Flowers: Billie+June Concepts
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Forever New
Suits: Formal Red
Rings: Michael Hill
Ceremony: Terindah Estate
Reception: Terindah Estate
Catering: Terindah Estate
Photography: White Vine Photography
Transport: Christians Bus Co.
Entertainment: Big Room Entertainment
Stationery: Made by the groom
Celebrant: Jonathan Salib
Honeymoon destination: New Zealand
Prop hire: Memphis Hire