BELINDA + SCOTT

Belinda Cook and Scott Austin quickly decided their property was the perfect setting for their special day.
“We live and work on a beautiful vineyard and it’s the place where we fell in love and started a family, so it meant the world to us to celebrate our marriage here,” Belinda says.
The pair, who are the managing director and marketing and communications manager for Austins & Co, held their reception at their winery after saying their I dos at Holy Trinity Barrabool Hills.
Belinda, who was busy with her baby boy Spencer while planning the wedding, found a local saviour in Newtown dressmaker Karen Bourdamis from Pearls
& Roses Bridal.
“Karen made my wedding dress experience a breeze,” she says.
“I went to Melbourne one day to shop and with a newborn it was just so difficult so I opted to shop locally. I had one appointment with Karen and
instantly felt at ease with her vision and direction. I absolutely loved my dress and loved every appointment to see its progress.”
Belinda also made the dress code as relaxed as possible for her bridesmaids.
“I didn’t want them to spend a lot of money on a dress they didn’t like, so I gave them a colour swatch card and asked them to purchase whatever dress they loved in that colour spectrum,” she says.
“I thought they looked great as a group while also looking like themselves. Spencer in a little bow tie and suspenders was also so cute!”
The busy mum enlisted the stylist help of
Weddings of Desire to help coordinate the finer details of the special day. And the outcome perfectly fitted the luxe vision Belinda had in mind.
From the hand-drawn invitations and handwritten signs, to the romantic candlelit table settings and decadent cheese reel cake and cheese station, the reception exuded sophistication.
“My advice is to ask yourself what is important to you as a couple and plan the day around that,” she says.
“If you don’t have time for DIY, then hire a stylist – it was the best money I ever spent.”
Belinda and Scott were passionate about perfecting their food and drinks menu for their guests. As well as their own homegrown wine, the pair had Little Creatures beer and a sharing menu and cocktails by Tommy Collins.
“We didn’t want anyone to leave hungry and after the late night snack of mini-burgers and espresso martinis, we were all very satisfied,” Belinda says.
Scott, who performed his trademark ‘worm’ in the couple’s first dance, can easily name his favourite memory from the day.
“Nothing could prepare me for that amazing moment – the sight of my stunning wife-to-be, clinging nervously to her father entering the church and pausing with confidence, elegance, and beauty in equal parts at the top of the aisle,” he remembers.
“I did my best to smile but my lips were quivering and eyes watering. Once Belle took my hand I felt completely at ease and revelled in the moment,
proudly looking around and back at my dashing son.”

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WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Barrabool Hills
Reception: Austins & Co. Winery
Catering: Tommy Collins
Photography: Alan Moyle Wedding Photography
Wedding stylist/planner: Weddings of Desire
Gown: Pearls & Roses Bridal
Shoes: Valentino
Headwear: Pearls & Roses Bridal
Hair: Blondie hair + cosmetica
Make-up: Blondie hair + cosmetica
Cake: Cheese reel cake, assembled by stylist
Flowers: Weddings of Desire
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Various
Suits: Eddy Elias Menswear
Rings: Michael Hill
Transport: Abda Services & Hire
Entertainment: The Baker Boys
Stationery: Heather Hawk and bride
Prop hire: Pepper Sprout Hire Co, Weddings of Desire, and Place Settings
Honeymoon: Maldives and Noosa

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