Ryan and Natisha took their first trip as a couple to Mt Buller and loved it so much that they came back each winter thereafter. On their eighth year Ryan planned for a helicopter to take them to Craig’s Hut where a romantic picnic setting was organised, however, the day before he was told that bad weather meant it had to be cancelled. Frantically trying to come up with another plan Ryan sent Natisha off to the day spa so he could have some time to come up with a plan B.
At the end of Natisha’s massage Ryan was waiting with their snowboarding gear so that they could set straight off for the highest peak. Having no idea what was planned, Natisha said “I was taking my time and Ryan being a lot faster than me got to the final lift first. He told me afterwards that he had to plead with the lift operator to let us on as they were closing it for the day.” Luckily they let them on and once at the peak Ryan proposed to Natisha as the sun was setting. “It was perfect, we were the only ones there and Ryan even managed to smuggle a little bottle of champagne and some glasses to toast our engagement.”
“Before I started to try on dresses I had already picked which store I was convinced I was going to get my dress from, however, upon trying their dresses on they didn’t look like I envisaged and I was quite disheartened. I nevertheless kept the advice in mind that I received from other brides to keep an open mind and try on a range of dresses. When at Karen Willis Holmes I quickly spotted their Matilda dress and said to my sister that I had a good feeling about this one. Despite being the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted as soon as I put it on I loved it and knew it was the one. When I actually rang my best friend to let her know that I found my dress and told her from where she cut me off and said “is it strapless, detailed bodice with a layered tulle skirt?” when I asked how she knew she said that she had seen it in their window display and imagined me getting married in that dress so it was meant to be.”
When it came to deciding on a style for their wedding, instead of choosing a theme they went with things that they both liked. “We were happy to trust our suppliers and delegate tasks. Our florist did such an amazing job at making our day so beautiful. We gave her little direction and I was particularly blown away when I saw the church arch. We also arranged butchers paper so that guests could take bunches of flowers from the tables home at the end of the reception. Natisha’s step dad is in a hot rod club and he did such a good job in taking on the task of organising the cars. Everything fell together beautifully.”
“The first thing we picked was the church. It was such a gorgeous spot and Reverend Ian Howarth from the Anglican Parish of Kyneton was kind enough to agree to marry us there. We had our reception in the Woolshed at Emu Bottom Homestead which had a lovely rustic and relaxed atmosphere. It is also only a five minute drive from our house and the boys were able to go there the morning of the wedding to help set up which happened to be a good thing because our only DIY attempt of our name tags had a bit of a hiccup and they were able to come up with a solution, set up a little production line and get them all out.”
PHOTOGRAPHY The Garage Studio ~ BRIDE’S DRESS Karen Willis Holmes ~ BRIDE’S SHOES Mimco ~ HAIR & MAKEUP Jacinta Christos ~ BRIDE’S JEWELLERY Samantha Wills ~ BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Review ~ GROOM & GROOMSMENS’ SUITS Menz Club ~ RINGS GN Designer Jewellers ~ BOUQUETS & FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Raven & the Rose ~ CAKE Sophia N Paul ~ ENTERTAINMENT Melbourne Acoustic Duo ~ TRANSPORTATION Bride’s step dads hot rod club ~ CEREMONY VENUE The Little Church ~ RECEPTION VENUE Emu Bottom Homestead