I have been dying to show off a wedding at the beautiful Terindah Estate for a long time so when Scout of Its Beautiful Here sent this one to me I knew it was just the one to kick off such a beautiful venue! Laura and Anthony wanted a day reflective of their personalities, the beach, their family, their friends, a wonderful night out and their love for each other.
Laura tells their story. ” There never was a first meeting, we always knew of each other growing up through school and through friends. We had friends who kept on trying to set us up, but I never thought he was interested. Then one day we were both at a mutual friend’s going away party, I gave Anthony my number and he asked if it was okay to call me. The rest is history.”
Ellen Mugavin styled the girl’s makeup, Laura remembering, “I loved the amazing help of family and friends throughout the entire process and the effort that everyone went to for us to be there. We had people come from Perth, Sydney, Karatha, Scotland and Singapore for the wedding. I had my beautiful friend Ellen Mugavin who is an amazing make up artist do the make up for myself and the bridesmaids. It made the morning extra special and fun having your best girlfriends with you and a glass of champagne while we were getting made up.”
Laura and Anthony held their wedding at Terindah Estate. Laura explaining “We had both our ceremony and reception at Terindah Estate on the Bellarine Peninsula. Terindah Estate is a beautiful winery with lots of charm that looks out over Port Phillip Bay with views back to Geelong (where I work) and Melbourne (where we live).
The coast and especially the Bellarine Peninsula is very special to us. Anthony’s family have a house nearby and to save me from doing the daily commute to work, we often spend mid-week here and on every opportunity our spare weekends are spent down the Bellarine Peninsula to have some time out together. After Anthony proposed to me he planned a celebration lunch and some wine at Terindah Estate. Funnily enough we booked the venue for our wedding that day, we didn’t look anywhere else.”
Laura walked down the aisle to what turned out to be a sentimental song. She remembers, “We chose Sting – Fields of Gold. We both love this song and agreed on it straight away. It also reminded us of where we got married. Funnily enough after we selected it, we found out it was my parent’s song too.”
Of the wedding planning process, Laura tells, “It was a joint effort which reflected us. I am quite practical and Anthony is the creative one, so while sourced things Anthony would be the one to speak with the florist, or discover little shops to purchase and hire items for set up on the day”.
“It was an entire weekend of fun! People had told us that your wedding day just flies by. As we were married on Australia Day we had the long weekend to celebrate and spend time with all those dear to us.”
Of their photographers, Laura says, “We loved our photographers Kat and Scout, they went above and beyond our expectations and were an absolute pleasure to work with. Neither of us like having our photos taken, however they were so easy to work with, it was like they weren’t even there. Our whole bridal party and family commented on how fantastic they were. Friends of ours had previously used ‘It’s Beautiful Here’ for their wedding. Anthony and I loved the fun, relaxed, natural style of their photography so we booked them as soon as we got engaged.”
The reception celebrations began inside, Laura telling, “We wanted our wedding to be personal and reflect us so we completed a number of things including decorating the venue ourselves with the assistance of our fantastic families and florist as we were quite particular in what we wanted. We were extremely lucky that our venue provided us with an ‘almost blank canvas’ room and outdoor space that we could personalize and style ourselves.”
Guests received seeds as favors, Laura telling, “We made our own favours which doubled as place settings. Anthony’s mum sourced a number of different seeds including a variety of vegetables and herbs that we filled into rustic style seed bags that were placed into little watering cans with a printed logo ‘let love grow’, the thought behind that was that we wanted something little that our guests could take home and live on after the night was over.” Sweet Indulgence made a two tier wedding cake for the couple.
Pan After & After Store assisted with styling the venue, Laura telling, “Our aim was to have a rustic, natural feel to our wedding so we sourced and hired various items from the lovely people at Pan After to assist with this. Pan After is a family owned business that incorporates industrial and vintage furniture and handcrafted homewares that helped inspire our special day. Michael, Mandy and Phoebe Munro were sensational and extremely accommodating. Items included a rustic ladder that we used as a feature that hung above our bridal table, watering cans, wooden creates and a range of fantastic rustic items that we utilized around the venue to enhance the setting.””
Moss Industry Weddings By Danielle Fraser created the floral arrangements for the day, Laura remarking, “We used backboards on each table as our menus, photo frames as table numbers and hung lanterns and lights from the internal wooden beams to enhance the lighting and roof space inside. We even managed to get our Dad’s up the large ladders to assist with the lighting and feature ladder setup. The fun, laughs, and difficulty in setting up the hanging ladder over the bridal table and lighting from the wooden beams. Our florist Danielle Fraser from Moss Industry did the most amazing job with the floral arrangements throughout the entire venue.”
“On all the tables and hanging from the trees we utilized hundreds of different sized jars that we collected and individually decorated with a variety of materials including burlap, hessian and lace.”
“We set up an area with framed photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days. Both our families are very special to us and we wanted to highlight this on our special day.”
The guest were treated to a feast catered by Rue Cler Market / Any Pye Catering.
Laura adored the speeches, remarking, “To have an opportunity to express ourselves and our feelings to everyone there and to each other was amazing. It was great to let everyone know just how grateful and happy we were. It was also lovely to hear our family and friends kind words.”
One of her favourite moments of the day was during the speeches, Laura remembering, “Anthony’s best man completed a magnificent speech and accidentally toasted ‘to Anthony & Bish’ (Anthony’s nickname) rather than ‘to Anthony & Laura’. The room erupted and there is a fantastic photo with us standing at the bridal table in laughter. Anthony’s speech was truly heart felt and meaningful, there was not a dry eye in the room.”
The couple chose to have photos during the reception at sunset, Laura explaining, “We didn’t want to spend long having photos straight after the ceremony, so during the reception Anthony and I snuck out for a bit and had a few photos in the field together. It was lovely just to spend a bit of time together the two of us and reflect on the day and everything that was happening around us. It was a great opportunity to take it all in together.”
Of their first dance, Laura tells “We danced to more than words by Extreme. I’m terribly uncoordinated however it was lovely to share that special moment together when you are first announced as husband and wife. Half way during our first dance my Grandma’s took to the dance floor together and stole the show.”
Congratulations Laura and Anthony on your wedding day. Thank you to Scout of Its Beautiful Here for today’s lovely images.