Two people, so perfect for each other they were destined to meet. Stephanie & Alastair have that connection you dream of and are so caring for each other’s thoughts and opinions. Entering their home, you’ll find dozens of origami swans dotted throughout the house. Scribed on their wings are thoughtful comments left by Alastair, serving as a constant reminder of how full his heart is.
Stephanie was casual in her preparations, joined by her bridesmaids and parents in a room full of constant chatter and laughter. The heart dropping moment Stephanie was zipped into her dress was stunning. It’s at this moment everything becomes a bit more ‘real’, imminent in a way. There is undoubtedly so much preparation in the lead up to a wedding, but once the dress is on, everything just seems to fall into place around you.
A procession of classic muscle cars brought the couple to their venue, lovingly restored by family friends they served as the perfect transport. Like a scene out of a Hollywood movie, the cars came over a dusty hill toward the venue.
Stephanie and Alistair’s wedding was the perfect combination of classic and rustic. The Farm Yarra Valley was the venue of choice, with sweeping views over rolling hills and lush vineyards. A rustic barn as their ceremony backdrop and a restaurant oozing with charm. Their ceremony was personable, sweet and meaningful. A livestream was set up for their overseas guests who were unable to be in attendance.
Stephanie chose a classically beautiful Karen Willis Holmes gown that was both comfortable and classy. It was a typical hot Melbourne summer’s day in the high 30’s, so we ensured there were plenty of drink breaks throughout.
The evening’s sunset was simply spectacular. Taking a moment out of the schedule to venture out into the golden fields behind the venue and watch as the sun dipped on the first day as a married couple. The wedding photo opportunities were phenomenal, and we decided to meander through the open field and past an old shed on the property. A herd of goats surprised us on our way down and it was such a light-hearted moment to stop and interact.
From romantically dancing in the golden light to some quiet moments with each other as those final rays of sun disappeared below the horizon, your sunset portrait session is really a time to soak in the momentous reality of the day.
Everybody will tell you your wedding day goes by so quickly. They’re not wrong. So, you need to ‘stop and smell the roses’, slow down for 10-15 minutes at a time and enjoy it with each other. That time is used for reflection, creating memories and moments between the two of you. There are so many huge moments throughout the day and what a privilege it is to share that with your closest family and friends.
Stephanie and Alastair held their wedding in a momentous style, whilst allowing their relaxed personalities to shine through, their guests’ experience was of top priority. with gorgeous food and an unlimited bar throughout their night.
The evening continued with dancing and celebration, speeches from their nearest and dearest with numerous moments that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The food from The Yarra Valley Farm is spectacular, presented as a ‘feast’ for guests to share. An assortment of meats, salads and the most incredible twice cooked potatoes you’ll find at a wedding! As the evening grew late, the air remained warm and balmy with the festivities moving outside underneath the festoon lights, strewn across the outdoor entertainment space.
We finished the night with Stephanie and Alastair dancing underneath the starlight. Beautifully fitting to what was truly an incredible day.
Photographer: Brendan Creaser Photography
Venue: The Farm Yarra Valley
Dress: Karen Willis Holmes