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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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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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.

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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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ALEXANDRA + LEIGH

DATE TO REMEMBER
Leigh Hodge proposed to Alex Kearney as the pair enjoyed a picnic during sunset near Gibson Steps. They married on the Bellarine on November 19, 2016. “Leigh is always inspiring me to be a better person,” says Alex. “Alex’s selfless and nurturing personality, along with her great sense of humour make me fall in love with her more every day,” says Leigh. A small cutting from Alex’s late grandparents garden was used to grow succulents used as wedding favours. “It was a special way to include my grandparents in our special day,” says Alex.




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Cut and polished

Kirsty Lief has found creative fulfilment in jewellery-making. Photos: Kirsty Lief

A creative heart and a career in retail and graphic design was the foundation stone of a precious setting in jewellery-making, writes STEPHANIE AZZOPARDI

TORQUAY’S Kirsty Lief knew from a young age that she would be a creative.
And her simple, geometric and on-trend handmade jewellery is what she knows she wants to put her creative energy into.
Kirsty, who was born in South Africa, moved to Australia when she was just seven years old.
“There’s nothing like being a seven-year-old in a school ground with a funny accent to make you really aware of yourself,” she says.
“I think it was then that I learnt I had creativity in me.
“I remember realising that the other kids found it difficult to understand me and as a result I found all sorts of creative ways to initiate play with others.”
Kirsty dabbled in dance, music and art lessons as a child, then, when she was older, studied graphic design.


“I worked in retail for much of my teens to early 20s and I think this gave me a great insight in to how to run a business,” Kirsty says.
“I’ve also always been drawn to working in a creative capacity for small businesses, and I’ve worked at a letterpress studio, a few boutique design studios and most recently a tea company as their all-round creative person.
“I’ve always tried to make time and room for pursing my own creativity, whether I was working full time or casually, and I’ve done my best to pursue a career doing something that I love and that I find creatively fulfilling.”
Kirsty’s first go at jewellery-making was part of a year 12 design project.
“The brief was to design a logo for a made-up company, and I designed an entire jewellery business and range around the logo instead,” she says.
“Then in my first real job as a graphic designer, I pretty quickly realised the profession requires being creative on someone else’s terms, because that’s where the money is.
“I started making laser cut jewellery for a bit of a creative break from my day job, took my wares to a local market and sold out of my products that same day.
“I saw the way people connected with my work, and walked away from a purchase with a smile on their face, and I was hooked.
“I was so excited that I told my boss about it, and when I finished up at that job she gifted me the most beautiful wooden artwork by David Bromley and said ‘I don’t think you’re meant to be a graphic designer’.
“That stuck with me, and every time I look at that piece I’m reminded of where it all started.”


Kirsty’s love for crafting and her eye for graphics design has given her the best start, being able to not only make beautiful items, but present them in a beautiful way online as well.
The business elevated when Kirsty went overseas, hoping to be inspired by new ideas.
She took a metal smithing course and things clicked for her.
“Despite the fact that I had just filed a single piece of metal for three hours straight and my fingers were on fire and missing a few layers of skin, I just knew that I had finally found what I wanted to channel my creativity into,” she says.
Each piece from Kirsty’s range, which she describes as minimalistic, is made from precious metals and designed, formed, soldered, polished and buffed by hand.
The elegance of the range goes from staples to statements, and she is constantly trying to think up new ideas.
“I always get my best ideas in the shower, and I sketch things into the fog on the glass just to get it out of my head,” she admits.
Life right now for the 30-year-old is all about a balance between building the business and family time. Any spare time she has is spent with her husband Josh, seven-week-old baby Oscar and dog Lola.
The new mother creates between naps and on weekends.


“I’ve learnt to be much more efficient with my time,” she says.
For Kirsty, that sense of knowing she is making something that is truly cherished by the people who buy it, is a feeling of fulfilment.
“I love the way I can take something raw and unrefined, and through a very messy process, which is full of blackened fingers and a trail of dust, grim and metal shavings, create something that is not only beautiful, but can also become a part of someone’s story,” she explains.
“Jewellery has a beautiful way of working sentimentality into people’s lives, and I love being a part of that.”

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REAL WEDDING

EMILIE + DANIEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Ocean Grove couple Emilie Biggar and Daniel Crook were showered with gum leaves as confetti after they said ‘I do’ at Oakdene Vineyards. Their union was held against the backdrop of a homemade macramé by Emilie, who also made her own flower crowns and wildflower bouquets. The newlyweds, their two children and their 90 guests covered their cheeks in glitter and danced barefoot under the stars for their celebration.
“Our life path was spontaneous and never planned; full of luck and surprises, just the way life should be,” says Emilie.




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GEORGIA + DANIEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Georgia Torney wore a Raffaele Ciuca gown with a lace cape draped around her shoulders. “As soon as I put it on, I got that feeling,” she says of her dream dress. The pair was married in front of 75 guests on Georgia’s family’s Jan Juc property. “Standing next to my brother and looking out at the ceremony crowd of our closest family and friends as Georgia walked down the aisle is something I will never forget,” says Daniel.


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