Romantic vibes in an Australian vineyard today with Genevieve & Joshua’s wedding at Immerse Yarra Valley. Blessed with beautiful summer weather, and the most idyllic setting for their big day they chose simple yellow and ivory hues, and personal details throughout. We catch up with the couple who tell us all about their love story, from a chance meeting at their office, a (fake) Groupon deal picnic proposal, to planning their big day at Immerse Yarra Valley…
How Did You Meet?
“We met at our old job. It was my (Genevieve’s) first day of full-time work as an accountant and we met at one of the morning/afternoon tea breaks. We were in the same group at work and sat across from each other for the first year. We both felt an instant connection when we first met and knew we had to get to know each other better. We were just work friends for almost a year before we kissed one night at a bar and the rest is history!”
“Josh organised a picnic at Polperro Winery. He hadn’t made it obvious he was going to propose because he lied and said it was a Groupon deal! It was also unsuspecting because Josh is always doing sweet things like this! The whole time I was thinking of how good a Groupon deal it was haha. We got there early at around 12pm so there wasn’t anyone there yet and set up our picnic at a nice secluded spot near the water. We set up the picnic and then he got the ring box out of his jacket pocket and proposed! It was better than I could have ever imagined but the beautiful picnic food went to waste because we both weren’t hungry after he popped the question – there was too much excitement!”
Planning the Wedding
“We really wanted a simple style with a bit of a rustic feel, just simple but beautiful! I always imagined getting married outside but as soon as Josh and I walked into Immerse’s vineyard chapel we were sold – it felt so magical in there, we actually didn’t even know what to say – we were a bit speechless! We also envisioned a small and intimate wedding as we both don’t love being the centre of attention. We just wanted to have the people we love most be there to celebrate us!”
“I took Josh to Immerse for his birthday (actually from a Groupon Deal!) which was in January (2 months before he proposed). They were setting up for a wedding while we were at lunch and I couldn’t stop looking at how beautiful the venue was. The food and wine were also amazing which is something that is really important to us. I asked Immerse for their wedding details even before Josh proposed! When Josh proposed, we went to Immerse to inquire about detailed prices and dates but their minimum numbers in peak seasons meant we couldn’t have it on a Friday-Sunday. We looked at three other venues in Yarra Valley but none of them captured us the way Immerse had! We debated back and forth about having a Thursday wedding, but in the end, we decided to do it. I am so glad we did do it on a Thursday – It meant we got our dream venue for our dream day. And whilst people had to use more annual leave to attend, it was only the closest people to us, so majority weren’t phased!”
“I loved my wedding gown! But it was also an area I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on. Luv Bridal has a large range of gowns for reasonable prices. Luv Bridal stocks Madi Lane gowns and all of their designs are stunning. I wanted something different which I why I loved the unique lace on my dress. I also wanted something loose fitting, so I knew I would feel comfortable on the day.”
“Our flowers were consistent throughout the venue and bouquets. We wanted simple green and white with a pop of colour which we chose to be orange! Flowers for the bouquet included white Lace and ambrosia roses, white lisianthus and Mattricaria, with Silver suede, pittosporum and Olive foliages to compliment. Flowers for the chapel were: White delphinium, Ambrosia roses, white dahlias and white hydrangea, with tall olive foliage, spinning gum and silver suede to compliment. Flowers for the reception were the same as the chapel but in square wooden boxes on each table and along the front of the edge on the bridal table.”
“Our wedding cake was made by Caked in Mud who are absolutely amazing. The bottom tier was a marble design with a plain white second tier. We then just had white flowers and a black topper from Etsy with “Mr & Mrs Squillace”. The best part about the cake though was getting to eat it – it didn’t just look beautiful but was so delicious too! The bottom layer was chocolate mud and with chocolate frosting and the top layer was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Immerse were kind enough to put some back in our room after the reception was over and we were eating it for breakfast the next day!”
The Best Part of the Day
“The whole day was amazing – the ceremony was so beautiful and special but also light-hearted, the reception was amazing getting to celebrate with everyone but my favourite two moments were: First look – Seeing Josh for the first time on the day and having that moment for just the two of us (well and our incredible photographer Rick!) was really special. I feel like because it was just us we got to enjoy that moment for a bit longer than if we had of just seen each other at the ceremony.”
“My other favourite moment was the sunset photos – the whole day was so fun but also so busy and feels like it flies by. Sunset photos meant we got 15 minutes with just us and it was so peaceful and quiet at the top of the hill. I feel like we really got to soak it all in and we also got some amazing photos!”
Words of Wisdom
“Try your best to enjoy every moment of it! Trust me, when it’s over you’ll wish you could do it all again! And try not to stress about little things on the day, when you look back on the day you will always remember the magical moments and not any little thing that didn’t go perfectly to plan. I would also recommend getting several quotes so you can compare costs – especially for flowers and hair/makeup!”
The Suppliers – Romantic Vineyard Wedding In Yarra Valley Australia
Photographer: Rick Liston
Wedding feature thanks to: Giant Invitations / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Immerse in the Yarra Valley / Wedding Invitations: Zazzle / Dress: Madi Lane from Luv Bridal / Makeup: Cosmetique Makeup / Hair: Hair By Brittany / Shoes: Spurr / Accessories: Pearl Earrings – Secrets / Bridesmaids Dresses: Chancery / Groom’s Suit: Studio Italia / Groomsmen Suit: Daniel Hechter / Cake: Caked In Mud/ Food: Immerse / Flowers: Flower of Yarra Glen / Entertainment: Ceremony/Canape Music – Brendan & Sabrina. DJ – Music with Memories / Celebrant: Danielle Binaisse / Wedding Favours: Wine Corks from Celebritem / Photobooth – The photobooth girl
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