An intimate wedding exuding classic elegance was the perfect way for Rheannon Schembri and Luke Pianezzola to start their life together.
Thoughtful touches were incorporated from the very beginning, when Luke popped the question to his love with a romantic proposal – and a beautiful sapphire ring he designed himself – at the Barwon Heads River.
“We didn’t have any photos of the two of us, so Luke organised for a photographer to take some,” says Rheannon, who quickly bonded with Luke when they met in 2011.
“As the photographer was taking them, he told me to turn around, where Luke was down on one knee.
We now have the whole thing – my reaction, me walking away in shock and the pure happiness – on film to treasure forever.”
The Touch of ‘20s theme was decided on when the couple was scoping out a location. Initially choosing a winery wedding, they quickly changed their mind when they walked into Vue Grand.
“Our jaws dropped to the floor – we decided then and there,” Rheannon says, praising the lovely staff for helping bring the vision to life.
“We didn’t want to overshadow its beauty, so we worked with it and incorporated our theme.”
To complement the elegant setting, Rheannon and Luke sourced black napkins, tall black candelabras and made gold-foiled and glittered pears as place settings for the grand long tables. An intricatelydetailed wedding cake and espresso martinis were decadent additions.
Their female guests received a handmade head piece and the men took home a personalised bottle of wine – a gift from a family friend who owns a winery which were then adorned with specially designed labels by Rheannon and Luke.
The pair shared their special day with 70 of their loved ones – choosing to keep their guest list small so they could celebrate with those closest to them.
“We wanted to be able to speak to everyone and know that we really knew everybody there,” she says.
A lover of classic designs, Rheannon designed her gown, which was then made by Catherine R Couture.
“I adore lace, and I wanted the skirt to be detachable so I could have something a little more fun for our reception,” she says.
Dramatic, deeply-hued lipstick added to her luxe look, and her bridemaids were perfectly matched with embellished black maxi dresses.
The extra romantic touch was Luke’s special design for Rheannon’s wedding ring.
“It has diamonds all the way around the band, except it’s missing one,” she explains.
“The missing diamond is in my husband’s ring – it’s such a lovely sentiment.” Rheannon says she was relaxed from start to finish, and particularly enjoyed taking time out to celebrate the newlywed status with her husband.
“We had some special time out together, watching the sunset, laughing, having fun and just being together,” she says. “We danced on the road as the sun set behind us to only the music in our hearts – it sounds corny, I know, but it was magical.”

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Ceremony: Vue Grand
Reception: Vue Grand
Catering: Vue Grand
Photography: Karina Jade Photography
Gown: Designed by bride, made by Catherine R Couture
Shoes: Zu Shoes
Headwear: Catherine R Couture
Hair: Class A Style
Make-up: Gabbi Ward
Cake: Truffles Patisserie
Flowers: Beachside Blooms
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Forever New
Suits: The Squire Shoppe
Rings: Charles Rose and Australian Diamond Wholesale Brokers
Entertainment: Dear Ivy
Stationery: Designed by bride and groom, and Etsy
Celebrant: Beverly Risstrom
Honeymoon: The Otways

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