November 7, 2014

Sam + Winston – Stillwater Crittenden Estate Wedding

The sun shone warmly on fragrant fields of fresh lavender as Samantha prepared for her marriage to her beloved, Winston.

The loving couple had first met in their mid teens and had been together for over thirteen years, having become engaged in a romantic setting in Bali in 2012.

Samantha had decorated the light-filled, rented house at Red Hill with her personal touches – cute signs, flowers, photographs of her Grandparents’ wedding day and paper decorations.


Samantha was visibly moved by her gift from Winston, the bridesmaids were thrilled with their framed cartoons of themselves with Samantha, and Samantha’s Mother, Father and Nonna shared tears of joy and cuddles with her, revealing the closeness of their relationship.

It was “so much fun” for Samantha getting ready on the wedding day. After a relaxing and refreshing morning swim, she was “bursting with excitement” and she felt as if she were preparing for “the biggest and best party of my life!”

Her Mother carefully buttoned her beautiful gown and happy bridesmaids attended her in knee-length, sleeveless, lemon dresses.


Samantha glowed with serene joy and calm beauty in her elegant, figure-flattering wedding gown of gossamer-fine lace, with cap sleeves and a generous, scooped neckline.

A glittering comb in her softly styled hair, a full-length veil, sparkling peep-toe shoes and pearl jewellery complemented Samantha’s gown to perfection.

Samantha’s abundant pastel bouquet had special sentimental significance – attached inside were two brooches containing photos of her Grandfathers.


Samantha and Winston chose picturesque Stillwater, Crittenden Estate, as their wedding location. Situated on the Mornington Peninsula, “it had everything we were looking for in a venue – amazing food, wine and an awesome vibe.”

The Peninsula holds special memories of carefree Summer beach holidays and relaxed, fun times with family and friends – it’s a place where the couple feel “truly happy”.


Winston and his groomsmen looked impressive in ocean blue suits, fresh white shirts and stylish, black bowties.

Whilst preparing for the wedding, Winston had felt “surreal” and had mixed feelings of excitement and anxiety. He just wanted time to pass quickly “so that it could all happen’”.

He waited expectantly in the open-air chapel for a first glimpse of Samantha walking the soft, green pathway on the arm of her proud Father.


As their eyes met, the first thing that went through Winston’s mind was, “Wow! She looks amazing!” And he thought, “How lucky I am that this is the girl I am marrying!”

Samantha, smiling broadly, thought that Winston looked “dashingly handsome”!

Together they stood beneath the leafy wedding arch, under the dome of a sapphire blue sky, and with a clear view of the mirrored tranquility of the silver lake.

Every word of their heart-felt, loving vows had special meaning for them as they had written the words themselves. Speaking the sacred words, surrounded by closest family and friends, is a special memory which Samantha and Winston will cherish forever.


Radiating an aura of joy, the happy couple walked the “aisle” as husband and wife to the instrumental version of “A Thousand Years”, played live.

Guests sipped drinks and joined in games on the lawn while Samantha and Winston had portraits taken in the dappled shade of sun-kissed willows and amongst the cool green foliage and gum trees on the white winding road.


The couple’s attempts at riding a vintage bike in formal wedding attire, with tin cans rattling behind, provided lots of fun, laughter and several ‘”takes” to perfect.

It was delightful to capture Samantha and Winston’s natural rapport and loving expressions in their eyes, smiles and body language.


Samantha’s individual touch was evident in the Reception area with tables decorated in vintage style, incorporating hessian, wood, bunting, personalized signs and a variety of fresh flowers.

There was no special theme, just “having things in our day that we really liked.”

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On the decking, in the balmy evening air, guests made a circle around the newlyweds and watched as they danced with eyes only for each other, soaking up the emotion. Soon after, the dance floor was rocking!


As night fell and the lights glowed golden, the sweet sounds of music, celebration and laughter could be heard from afar.

“Happily Ever After” definitely started on Samantha and Winston’s magical wedding day!

Would you like to see Sam and Winston’s engagement portraits click HERE.

Sam and Winston’s Wedding Team:


Stacy Squires Photography

Beautiful romantic photos that will stand the test of time

05:30 November 24, 2014


Beautiful photography and gorgeous wedding dress!

17:09 December 15, 2016