As a matter of fact, I’m a sucker for Australian weddings. The venues are stunning, the design is incredibly cool, and the photography is breathtaking ( Aussie wedding blogs are among our top loved ones).
So, as you can imagine, I’m very happy to share Frances & Chris’s gorgeous wedding in a barn located in Victoria Wine Country.
With photos taken by photographer The White Tree as well as an intimate setting at Zonzo Estate in Yarra Valley (and the most stunning floral arrangements!) The day was a mix of eclectic, elegant, chic, and easy.
I was in love with Frances’ Rue De Seine wedding dress from the moment I saw it (and I think you could too). The decor is gorgeous; however, the thing I love the most about this post is Frances & Chris’s love story.
From how they first met (Frances drove home with a snarky suspicion that Chris might be his match) to her description of his smile when she walked down the aisle, these two are so thrilled to be getting married, and we’re happy to witness their wedding…
Our Love Story
We actually were at a burger joint, and then, after a brief chat, Chris asked me out for a date. The first thing I observed about him was his gorgeous blue-green eyes. There was something so sweet and sincere about his looks!
One night led to another, and we began meeting over long distances since I was in rural Vic at the moment. I’d never had the pleasure of meeting anyone like Chris over six months; I was certain I needed to move home to Melbourne.
I’m sure I knew I would marry him following our first encounter, however. I recall returning home in total shock and thinking that this man might be the one!
One year after our first meeting, I was taken to dinner, and while we walked through the waterfront at Williamstown, He got to one knee and proposed.
Three words to describe our wedding? Romantic, warm, and joyful as the relationship I have with Chris!
Since we got married in country Victoria, We thought it was appropriate to get married in the beautiful Victorian countryside too. We’ve been to the vineyards of Yarra Valley a couple of times in the past and are aware of the beauty, which is why we wanted to celebrate our wedding there.
When we were able to see Zonzo and saw the room, We knew that it would be the perfect fit! It was warm and rustic and was the ideal dimension for the guests we had. Their food was also fantastic!
We wanted to choose a theme that was appropriate for the location that was rustic with rolling countryside views. We didn’t want to draw away from the beautiful setting and the venue, so we chose an elegant theme that was well-integrated. We used lots of greenery and white. The day was neutral in terms of colors. However, we think this was a great way to complement the timber wood used in the two venues beautifully.
Our photographers were shocked by the overall style and design that was the White Tree. The final edit and photoshopping looked natural and edgy.
The Dress & Flowers
I was walking past a bridal shop with an amazing window display that interested me. The style was romantic and bohemian. It was a bit different from many locations.
I went into the store, and in a matter of ten minutes, I realized I had discovered my gown. I felt gorgeous, and more importantly, I felt myself.
It was incredibly elegant, but the lace crochet mermaid’s dress was a unique addition to the ensemble.
I chose a mix of blushing white and pink roses, native fauna such as eucalyptus and baby’s breath, and baby peonies. The same was the case with our arrangements for hanging, but we added some greenery.
The Decor & Details
We rely on hanging arrangements of flowers and fairy lights to decorate the reception space. We used rustic barrels and tealight candles, too, as Zonzo’s stunning arch for the ceremony. We decorated it with greenery.
I designed the cover of our guest book for the wedding (with the wrong spelling). The guests then made polaroids and glued them to the surface with a note. I threw a bit of rustic twine around guests’ names, too.
A large portion of the décor was also the result of collaboration with Zonzo estates as well as us.
I am from an Italian background, so I was interested in serving antipasti plates for guests to enjoy throughout the reception. The dinner was a sit-down affair, but we were served a mouth-watering variety of pizzas made with gourmet ingredients, as well as canapes, meat, and other dishes.
The one I adored was definitely the delectable candy bar that was at the end of the show!