For their six-year anniversary, Lachlan surprised Steph with an adventurous weekend away complete with horse riding and a stay in a beautiful beachside property in Mornington.
“It was this beautiful house up in the hills that looked over the bay – it was breathtaking,” Steph remembers.
“After dinner, I walked inside and the staircase was lined with candles and red rose petals, and there was one very handsome man standing there in his newly-bought tux with red roses and my favourite chocolates. It was perfect — so perfect.”
Lachlan continued to show his romantic flair when he chose All Of Me by John Legend for Steph to walk down the aisle at their wedding at The Barn in Wallington.
“My favourite memory is being surrounded by everyone so special to us and seeing my man standing at the altar waiting for me with a tissue and tears in his eyes,” says Steph, who looked stunning in a lace-trimmed gown by Anna Campbell.
Steph and Lachlan worked together to put their own personal stamp on the day.
At their reception, tables were draped with freshly-cut olive branches from Lachlan’s mum’s tree – a theme which began in the gorgeous wedding invitations – and there were handpainted signs made by bridesmaid Elise. Acoustic songs handpicked by the couple played in the background and the 100 guests took home jam made by Steph and her bridesmaid, Ann-Marie.
“We wanted our wedding to have a warm feel so everyone could relax and enjoy each other’s company,” Steph says.
As a local wedding photographer, Steph says she loved having her turn to be a bride.
“It was so lovely to style ours – it was so much fun, and so much more than I ever dreamt of,” she says, smiling.
“Everyone at your wedding is there for you both, to celebrate your love – it’s very special.”
WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Ceremony: The Barn Wallington
Reception: The Barn Wallington
Catering: Capri Receptions
Photography: Ginger & Mint Photography
Videographer: Lightbox Media
Gown: Anna Campbell
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Headwear: Anna Campbell
Hair: Lotus Hairdressing by Casey Day
Make-up: Faces by Jessica
Cake: Family friend Katrina Stanley
Flowers: Family friend Jelena Arandjelovic
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Etsy
Suits: Roger David
Rings: Weiss Fine Jewellery and Michael Hill
Transport: Friends’ Ford GT and BMW X5
Entertainment: Australian Army Band
Stationery: Jessica Louise Art and bride
Celebrant: Sandra Hall
Prop hire: Dress my wedding and Peppa & Peach
Honeymoon destination: The US and the Caribbean