Knowing Kate would want to stop at a berry farm on the way to the Lorne event, Nathan planned a romantic proposal in the apple orchard at the Gentle Annie Berry Farm.
“I had absolutely no idea he was going to propose – he knew if he suggested berry picking I would be suspicious,” Kate says.
“It’s a special place for us because we can always go back there. We never made it to the Pier to Pub.”
Kate, a teacher, and Nathan, a Richmond Football Club footballer, worked together to ensure their January wedding at Mt Duneed Estate was a true reflection of them as a couple.
Their thoughtful wedding favours were bottles of rosemary-infused olive oil from their garden, they had photographs of their parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days at their reception, and – particularly for sweet tooth Nathan – an ice-cream cart for dessert.
They were touched when Kate’s aunty and uncle surprised them with a tree print for each of their 152 guests to mark with their fingerprints and names.
“It was such a special and thoughtful gift,” Kate says.
Kate, who walked down the aisle to Bloom by The Paper Kites, looked radiant in a gown she helped to design.
“Finding my dress was one of my favourite parts of the wedding process,” she says.
“I worked closely with Sonia from Cappellazzo
A pretty pastel palette was used throughout the nuptials – from the programs and the petal cones through to the gorgeous bridesmaid dresses from Rodeo Show.
Then, acting as a striking modern contrast, the industrial feel of Mt Duneed Estate’s Barrel Hall provided a contemporary yet cosy setting for the evening reception. Festoon lighting was draped above the long tables, with gorgeous white blooms in the centrepieces adding a romantic feel.
Looking back on their special day, Nathan says it was full of special moments he will never forget.
“We were lucky – at one point heavy rain was forecast but luckily that held off and it turned out to be a great day,” he says.
“To marry Kate, with all our family and friends there, made for a very special day.”
Adds Kate: “To exchange our vows in front of our closest family and friends is a moment we both will never forget. At the end of the day it’s about marrying your best friend and that’s all that matters.”
The pair is yet to confirm their honeymoon date, but Kate hints at a tropical getaway later this year when Nathan has some time away from the field.
“It will probably be somewhere warm at the end of the football season,” she says.
WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Ceremony: Mt Duneed Estate
Reception: Mt Duneed Estate
Catering: Peter Rowland Catering
Photography: Kim Selby Photography
Videographer: MC Films
Gown: Cappellazzo Couture
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Headwear: Cappellazzo Couture
Hair: Salon XVI Hair & Makeup
Make-up: Salon XVI Hair & Makeup
Cake: Cake B
Flowers: Moss Industry Weddings and Events
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Rodeo Show
Suits: Jeff Banks
Rings: Rod Valenz
Transport: Couple’s own cars
Entertainment: Miss Dee Entertainment
Prop hire: Pepper Sprout Hire Co