Amy & Chris’ Wedding at Ripponlea Estate.
Amy was so excited to get into her gorgeous gown, and you could see how perfect it was for her as soon as she put it on. Even more excitement built as her family gathered to open the present from Fiancé Chris for their wedding day. Amy literally jumped up and down as soon as she saw that it was a hot air balloon ride, something she had been wishing for. Their life together is sure to be full of plenty of fun and adventures right from the beginning!
Amy and Chris chose to have their ceremony and reception at Ripponlea Estate for it’s romantic historical building and botanic gardens. There are so many little hidden gems from a fernery to waterfalls and stunning florals, not to mention the gorgeous expansive lawns and lake.
Celebrant John Francis held the most beautiful ceremony right in front of the shimmering lake and Amy & Chris’ beautiful smiles spread quickly to their friends and family. A huge round of applause started off the reception with a bang, the Ripponlea ballroom sparkled with classic elegance and the laughter and happiness continued late in the night.
Gown by Raffaele Ciuca (Casablanca)
Wedding Cake by The Shoeaholic Baker
Videography by Allure Productions
Tara and Danny’s Wedding at Zonzo Estate Yarra Valley
Should we have our photos done before the ceremony?
A ‘first look’ or ‘pre ceremony’ wedding portrait session is becoming a popular choice for Australian wedding couples.
First made popular in the U.S. because of tight timeline restraints between the ceremony and reception, couples sometimes opt to take their bridal portraits earlier in the day before the ceremony or even on a separate day.
It’s become more common here because a lot of couples want to be able to spend more time mingling with their guests after the ceremony, rather than disappearing for ages to take photos.
For couples who don’t mind breaking with the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony, but still want to capture the surprise and happiness of seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, this is a great option to consider.
It still doesn’t spoil the emotion of the groom seeing his bride walking down the aisle towards him. That moment remains just as powerful, no matter how much time they’ve spent together before the ceremony, because the atmosphere is completely different when all of their friends and family are there witnessing the beginning of the ceremony.
In my experience, often couples are a little bit more relaxed and enjoy the ceremony even more if they’ve already met up beforehand!