Jess and Tyler were a very special couple for me to marry. You see, Jess was my daughters childcare educator. We have know her for years and we think very highly of her. Therefore, being involved in her wedding day was uber special to me.
Photographer : Sonia from Visuality Photography @visualityphotography
Venue : Chateau Wyuna Mount Evelyn
Wedding dress: Bluaster from Fairytale Bridal Nunawading
Suits: Suit jackets: Wolf Kanat
Flowers: Veronia from Botantic Ridge Blooms @botanicridge_blooms
Cake: Samantha at Bauer’s Cakes @bauers_cakes
Hair: Courtney from Court in the Act @courtintheactxo
Make-up: Laurie from Makeup by Laurie @makeup_bylaurie
Transport: Swans On Doongalla @swansondoongalla
Why did you choose your reception and ceremony location?
We chose Mount Evelyn as it had ceremony and reception on the one site, had a chapel which was my dream ceremony location and also had a bridge in the gardens which was a big bonus as the photos look amazing
What was the most important element for you to have in your wedding?
To have a personalised choreographed first dance
How did you choose what to wear?
I always knew that I liked ‘A-line’ style wedding dresses. I went into Fairytales Bridal knowing what I wanted but the lovely Micelle encouraged me to try other styles on just to compare. Happy to say I walked away with a gorgeous A line dress that Michelle herself selected for me.
How did you meet you partner?
We met when we happened to swipe right on Tinder. Our first date was about 1 week after we started talking. This was not an ordinary date, you see Tyler had arranged for Jessica to meet him at the 7/11 on the corner of Flinders St and Spencer St in preparation to walk to Lui Bar, which was on top of the Rialto tower. Tyler was dressed in a suit and thankfully Jess had messaged him earlier asking what the dress code for the evening was so was dressed appropriately. Jessica says of their first date: “Tyler looked nothing like his profile photos and was dressed to impress. His profile picture had a picture of him with a really long beard and I was secretly hoping this would be gone when I met him—thankfully it was.” Tyler remembers his first encounter with Jessica like this: “Jess looked stunning, she was wearing a beautiful blue dress. We had the most amazing first date. They both had work the next day so they ended the date at a respectable hour and they could not wait to see each other again.”
Tell me all about the proposal?
Jess had always dreamt of a hot air balloon proposal. Tyler quickly told Jess, he hated hot air balloons so that’s never going to happen—so Jess quickly shelved that idea. Fast forward four years and while still maintaining the story of hating hot air balloons, Tyler came up with an elaborate story that their friends won a raffle and that the prize was a hot air balloon flight but they also hated heights. Tyler told Jess that he was going to put his fears aside and take her on the hot air balloon ride, as that was something she quite regularly spoke about. Jess thought nothing of it, as there would be no way with his fear of hot air balloons would anything be happening. They got a private car to the launch site where they were then given a private balloon, Jess still was not suspicious as she just believed it was all part of the raffle prize. They took off in their private balloon and Jess was told to look over the balloon, she immediately saw a sign that read “will you marry me” she then looked back to Tyler who was now on one knee. Tyler then asked, “will you marry me?” The proposal was at sunrise and was just perfect in everyday possible.
What style helped to shape your reception and where did you get your inspiration?
Chateau Wyuna have an amazing set up in the Burgundy room. We used all in-house room decorations and centrepieces.
How did you choose your suppliers? Who were the stand out suppliers on the day?
Our lovely celebrant I met 4 years ago through her young daughter, I always knew when I was to marry, Charis would be the one to marry us. A lot of other suppliers were from recommendations and google to source what we were looking for
The stand out suppliers were our celebrant Charis and Photographer Sonia. Both of these ladies made our day run as perfect as you could ask for
Why did you decide to marry?
To me, marriage was always important growing up. Sharing my husband’s surname means the world to me and I look forward to our future together as husband and wife
What was an absolute stand out on your wedding day?
The way the whole day pulled together. From hair and makeup, to colour scheme and flowers, to our amazing bridal party and parents and to all our friends and family that were there.
Also the speeches were great, all 5 speakers had everyone in fits of laughter.
What advice would you offer to future brides?
Just go with the flow. Stress less and know that whatever happens, your day is going to be amazing no matter what. also, try and have more than 14 weeks notice to plan and finalise the wedding!
What supplier did you book first and why?
We secured our date with the venue and then booked our celebrant straight away
Is there anything you would change about your wedding day?
To slow down time so we could cherish the day, it all goes so fast and is over before you realise.
What was the most stressful part of the wedding planning process?
Ordering bridesmaids dresses 10 weeks out, with a 6-8 week processing timeframe, not knowing if they would arrive in time to allow for alterations
Did you both equally plan the wedding together or did one person have more input?
I sought out and organised a lot of the wedding suppliers, but my husband and myself always made final decisions together equally.
Did anything go wrong on the day of your wedding?
One of the Groomsmen’s jackets still had the security tag attached, so it was a mad dash to the shops before heading to the wedding