REAL WEDDING

JACQUI + NATHAN

LOVE STORY
Nathan Thomas proposed to his love Jacqui Geary, in a shed on his parent’s property. The pair worked tirelessly to create their dream wedding celebration on the same property, making seating, the bar, decorations, every touch unique to them, making the moment all the more special when they read their handwritten vows to one another. “Whatever we didn’t have, we made,” Jacqui says. “There were personal touches everywhere.” The pair were wed on their six year anniversary. The rain held off for just long enough, with the pair only showered in rose petals, a happy moment. “It was a fun and emotional day that went so fast,” Nathan reflects. “We definitely made memories to last a lifetime.”

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PLATTER PERFECTION

IT BRINGS MAJOR WOW FACTOR TO ANY GATHERING OR CELEBRATION AND, WITH SOME EXPERT HELP FROM PLATTER CO, WE TAKE YOU THROUGH THE STEPS TO CREATING A
SHOW-STOPPING SELECTION OF FRUIT, CHEESE AND SAVOURY DELIGHTS

TOOLS:
Bread board, bread knife, 2 spoons

MATERIALS:
Large cheese board
3 cheese knives
2 dip/pâté knives
1 dip bowl
1 even smaller bowl for quince paste

PLATTER INGREDIENTS:
3 cheeses (hard, soft and blue), prosciutto, 1 x dip, 2 cracker varieties, quince or fig paste, fresh breads (think baguettes, olive bread or even a little fruit bread for my favourite combination), fresh fruits (think grapes, strawberries, figs and blueberries), selection of nuts and dried fruit, fresh sprigs of garden herbs for garnish

PROCEDURE:
1. Place your main items, cheeses, dips and quince paste on the board to start your framework.
2. Now you can start to build around them with your next biggest items. Placing your small bunches of grapes against each cheese, as well as your cracker and bread selections.
3. As you place the prosciutto, twist and pile it up to create another texture within your board.
4. See all the little holes between the bigger items? Start to trickle and fill those holes with cashews, walnuts, dried apricots, dried or fresh figs and maybe a few pretzels.
5. Finally, place a few fresh strawberries around your platter, and garnish with a little homegrown freshness from the garden, such as a few sprigs of rosemary

EXPERT TIPS:
You eat with your eyes, so if it’s looking fresh, colourful and abundant, it’s a guaranteed winner.
Everybody has a buddy. When you’re arranging the board, think about like you’re making a suggestion for what pairs well. Fruit bread next to a soft or blue cheese, olive bread next to the dip, sliced fig or pear with a blue cheese.
I’m also a big believer in balance over symmetry. Keep the colour and ingredients balanced on your board, but it doesn’t need to match.
In warmer weather, lean towards the harder cheeses, and swap out the cured meats for in-season fresh fruits.

CHOOSING YOUR PLATTER INGREDIENTS
Choosing platter ingredients is fun. Head to your local deli and just get curious. Some of my suggestions around Geelong with the best cheese ranges are Harveys of Highton, The Fresh Food Merchant, Geelong Fresh Foods, and East Fruit Market.

CATERING CORRECTLY
If you’re looking to feed a group for a meal with your platter, you should be planning for 500-700g of food per person. But if you’re like me and would prefer for there to be more than enough food, go with 600-800g per person. If it’s just a graze before or after dinner, wind that back to 200-300g per person.

I love wine … I love cheese. A gathering with both, is my favourite.
Here’s a few suggested wine pairings:
Pinot noir and brie
Sauvignon blanc and goat cheese
An aged port and blue cheese
Prosecco and something sharper and bitier like a parmesan

Photography: Hails & Shine

REAL WEDDING

JESSICA + SAMUEL

LOVE STORY
Jessica Smith put her late grandmother’s wedding ring and her late great-grandmother’s wedding ring on her right hand on her wedding day, something special to honour family who could not be there. Samuel Dangerfield waited a top of a hang gliding launch pad at Moggs Creek, when Jess was led down the aisle by her parents to say “I do” with the sweeping views of Aireys Inlet and Lorne on show. “It is somewhere Sam and his family really treasure so it was very special having it up there, even with a bit of wind,” Jess says. “It was amazing to see the guests’ reactions to the ceremony location, it was so special.” The reception, at a Surf Coast venue, was a continuation of a joyous day and night. “For the both of us, watching everyone else have so much fun and being so happy for us was so special – it was such a happy and fun wedding,” Jess says.
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REAL WEDDING

SALLY + SEAN

LOVE STORY
Sally Mayberry and Sean Wride met while at university and have been inseparable ever since. “I love way she walks, talks and just is,” says Sean. “Sean tells me he loves me and that I am beautiful every day, and I mean every day for the last 11 years – that’s something very special,” Sally adds. Sean proposed on Lake Ashi in Japan, with Mount Fuji as the backdrop. “Sean had planned this moment for the better part of six months to make sure everything was perfect,” Sally says. “It was unbelievable and I hold Japan close to my heart.” The pair opted to take their closest family and friends on a magical trip to lush forest in the Dandenong Ranges for their nuptials. “It felt special to be able to take our guests to somewhere so beautiful and then spend the entire weekend with everyone,” Sally remembers with happiness. “The day was just perfect.”
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REAL WEDDING

HARRIET + ANDREW

LOVE STORY
“Easily the first look,” is Harriet Fist’s instant reaction when asked what her favourite memory of her wedding day. She first laid eyes on Andrew Rhodes when assigned a seat next to him in year 8. “A friendship began and a deep connection which has grown and evolved ever since,” she says. “I love Andy’s sense of humour and his patience – never before have I met such a humble and patient soul.” Harriet named her groom’s late sister as her bridesmaid, and honoured her further by releasing a balloon at the end of their ceremony in her memory. “It was a beautiful moment to share and a special way to acknowledge and include our sister in our day,” Harriet says. “The photos from that moment will be cherished forever.”


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REAL WEDDING

ERIN + JOSHUA

Erin Kennedy and Joshua Laing, a dietitian and a doctor, were great friends before realising there was a spark. The pair relish in the fact they are such different people who are still so perfectly matched. “Josh is more adventurous, whereas I tend to be more grounded,” explains Erin. “At the core of our relationship is a strong friendship, a love for animals and we both a strong value for our family and friends.” The pair, with the help of Josh’s cousin Thea, styled much of their marquee wedding on the Bellarine. Erin remembers the delight of being able to the make the celebration a true representation of them, choosing or designing every element. The couple, who love travelling and exploring the world together, headed to Sri Lanka for their blissful honeymoon.



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REAL WEDDING

LAURA + CAMERON

DATE TO REMEMBER
When Cameron Alford and Laura Schram first kissed as husband and wife they could not help but beam with joy. The couple has been through a life-changing couple of years, with Laura diagnosed with cancer during her third pregnancy in 2016. Children Jasper, Ivy and Alfie held the wedding rings in their hands for a few moments and handed them to their parents to exchange. “We wanted everyone special in our lives there to celebrate and who more special than our three babies,” says Laura. “The second I saw Laura all I could think was how lucky we both were to be here,” Cam says. “It was the happiest I’ve been and the best day to top off such a stressful few years. She looked so beautiful and just beamed light.”For more imagery, including a full list of suppliers, CLICK HERE.

REAL WEDDING

CARLIE + BRAD

LOVE STORY
Carlie Dean unexpectedly met the love of her life at a close friend’s wedding, who happened to be marrying the cousin of Brad Chilko. “We have been inseparable ever since,” says Carlie. To celebrate the women in her family, the bride wore her great-grandmother’s engagement ring, and was able to use red gum wood from her nana’s old farm as the base for her centrepieces. Everything came together exactly how they imagined, with everyone partying into the night on the dancefloor. “I didn’t know when I met Carlie at 21, that I would be standing here eight years later, marrying the woman I love,” says Brad. “But I knew she was the one after we made a long distance relationship work, we could renovate and build two homes together, move interstate, and travel the world together, and grow to love each other even more through it all.”


BEHIND THE SCENES:
Ceremony: The Pier Geelong
Reception:
The Pier Geelong
Catering:
The Pier Geelong
Photography:
Jake Hogan Photography
Entertainment:
Baker Boys Band
Prop hire:
The Pier Geelong
Stationery:
Little Orchard Designs
Celebrant:
Tennille Welsh
Honeymoon destination:
United States and Mexico


LOOK BOOK:
Gown:
Embrace Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Jeanette Maree
Hair: Momu Hair & Makeup
Makeup: Momu Hair & Makeup
Cake: Kailey’s Kakes
Flowers: Floral Perfection Geelong
Bridesmaids’ dresses: JJ’s House
Suits: Peter Jackson
Rings: Zantis Jewellers

REAL WEDDING

BONNIE + BRENDAN

LOVE STORY
Melbourne couple Bonnie Griffiths and Brendan George met in Ocean Grove when they were teenagers. It seemed fitting the pair were also wed on the Bellarine, saying “I do” at Oneday Estate in front of their 140 guests. The couple remember their favourite moment of the day as when they stepped out during the festivities to take a few extra photos and collect their thoughts. “What was so special was this was a chance for us to catch up one on one, take a breather from the big day and connect, laugh and have a moment just the two of us,” Bonnie remembers. “These are some of my favourite photos as we were just laughing and talking about how perfectly everything had come together and how happy we were.”



BEHIND THE SCENES:
Ceremony:
Oneday Estate
Reception:
Oneday Estate
Catering:
The Paella Pan
Photography:
Nic Stephens Photography
Transport:
Coastal Kombi Weddings
Entertainment:
The White Tree
Stationery:
Cherry Soda Events
Prop hire:
Love Light Letters
Celebrant:
Chloe Jetson Celebrant
Honeymoon destination:
Port Douglas

LOOK BOOK:
Gown: Pronovias
Shoes:
Wittner Shoes
Bride’s hair:
Bernice Makeup Artist
Bridesmaids’ hair:
Zoe Karlis
Makeup:
Bernice Makeup Artist
Cake:
Zoë Makes Cakes
Flowers:
Jessica Bastie, Cherry Soda Events
Bridesmaids’ dresses:
Shona Joy
Suits:
Bossini Menswear and ASOS
Rings:
Matt Wynne Designer Jeweller

ESTHER + HOWARD

ESTHER + HOWARD

DATE TO REMEMBER
Esther found her dream gown while shopping in Los Angeles. “My best friend Kim got me to try on a handful of the big ball gown style dresses for fun but I was sure I wanted something slim fitting and really chic,” Esther says. The pair was married at Terindah Estate with 87 guests, including Howard’s family from England. “The whole week leading up to it, the wedding day, and the days following it, with everyone in town together, was an amazing time that we will never forget,” she say


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