Preparations on the morning of Stephanie and Cambell’s Wedding Day were a happy family affair.
Two quaint, weatherboard cottages had been rented in the country town of Healesville, nestled in the picturesque Yarra Valley – one for Stephanie, her Mother, Father, Granddad and bridesmaids and the other for Cambell, his parents and groomsmen.
Surrounded by loved ones, the bride and groom, nervous, happy and excited, carefully donned their formal attire and eagerly looked forward to a first glimpse of each other on their special day.
In one of many memorable moments, Stephanie’s mother carefully buttoned her beautiful daughter into the elegant, intricately beaded, lace wedding gown with sheer cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline.
With her softly curled, brunette hair tumbling over one shoulder, Stephanie smiled radiantly as she chatted with her attentive bridesmaids in full length dresses of the most delicate shade of Lavender.
After Stephanie and Cambell’s first date in March 2010, dinner in Lygon Street, they had spent many happy times wining and dining in the Yarra Valley, so they spent a day with their Maid of Honour exploring wineries, searching for the perfect outdoor, rustic wedding venue. Stones of the Yarra Valley impressed them immediately.
“The moment we turned into Stones’ tree-lined driveway and saw the stunning venue Vonnie and her team had created we knew that we had found the one!”
Under an endless sky, with magnificent views of hazy blue mountains crouched beyond lush green orchards, guests smiled admiringly as Stephanie’s proud parents accompanied her down the grassy aisle towards her beloved.
When their eyes met, Cambell was overwhelmed by his bride’s beauty and elegance and “felt like the luckiest guy in the world!” Stephanie thought, “He’s so handsome!”
As the loving couple expressed their vows under the flowery wedding arch, their love for each other overflowed and was seen and felt by all who witnessed the emotionally moving ceremony.
True soulmates, there was a deep connection between them right from the start.
“We’ve been inseparable since we first met and immediately felt comfortable together and felt like we’d known each other our entire lives.”
Showered in pastel rose petals, the elated newlyweds walked hand in hand amongst well-wishing friends and family to John Legend’s song, “All of Me”.
Guests played games on the lawn while Stephanie and Cambell had portraits taken in the rustic surroundings, capturing their sense of fun and the loving rapport between them.
When they first met, several years earlier, Cambell was captivated by Stephanie’s “beautiful smile, pretty blue eyes and sexy black dress”.
Stephanie was attracted by “his cheeky smile, cute dimples, and hot body” and his sense of fun and dancing skills.
A surprise Engagement on the banks of the Yarra at Southbank was a welcome “shock” for Stephanie initially but quickly transformed into happiness, excitement and “how natural and right it felt to say ‘Yes’!“
Cambell’s choice of ring was just perfect!
They find so much to admire in each other – Cambell’s love of outdoors and sport, his relaxed and easygoing attitude to life and his cheeky sense of humour; Stephanie’s playful nature, kindness, support and encouragement of Cambell “to be the best I can be.”
With precious portraits taken, the newlyweds entered the light filled Reception “barn” with a sense of elation and joy.
To the music of “L.O.V.E.”, performed by the The Bianca Fenn Band, they began the celebrations with an intimate first dance, silhouetted against full-length windows and leafy outdoor gardens.
Their loving connection was beautiful for all to see.
A delicious meal, speeches, dancing and fun times followed.
Posies of pretty, pastel Spring flowers brought a sense of happiness and a touch of colour to the dinner tables, bouquets, buttonholes, and cake decorations.
“We wanted a fun, relaxed, elegant theme for our Wedding and fresh Spring colours in our décor.”
In a gesture of pure love, after the formalities Cambell serenaded his adoring wife at the top of his voice, in a wonderful and emotional surprise for Stephanie.
Stephanie and Cambell, bonded by love, snuggled close in the vintage Volkswagen as they set off once more down the tree-lined driveway, eager to begin an exciting new chapter in their lives as husband and wife.
I wish them every happiness now and for the future.
Stephanie and Cambells’s Wedding Team:
- Ceremony and Reception: Stones of the Yarra Valley
- Celebrant: Koren Harvey
- Florist: Youki from Sugar Bee Florist
- Hairdresser: Margo
- Make-up artist: Natalie
- Brides dress: Luci di Bella
- Bridesmaids dresses: Baccini and Hill
- Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss
- Groomsmen suits: Hugo Boss
- Cake: AbFab Cakes
- Music: The Bianca Fenn Band
- Video: Humdrum Films
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