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A casual and elegant cocktail vineyard wedding: Alana & Robbie


Women’s footwear buyer Alana Hamilton and concreter Robbie Taylor met the old-school way – through a mutual friend – and when Alana learned that Robbie had never seen the chick flick, Grease, invited him over for a cruisy first date on the couch.

Well, he must have loved it (all the cheesy singing and dancing?) because seven years later the Melbourne pair were married in a casual cocktail vineyard wedding at Willow Creek Winery on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Alana tells us about “low-key” Robbie’s romantic, surprise proposal. “It was New Year’s Eve and I was at work. I asked to leave early and my boss said no because it was too busy. Two hours later he changed his mind so I was all excited and suspicious Robbie might propose that day (he is terrible at keeping secrets). But he had led me astray by saying we were going away with friends.

I walked out of work and there was a limo in the driveway. Being NYE I didn’t think anything of it and said to the girl next to me, “Oh who’s got the limo?” Next minute a sign went up with my name on it! I literally started squealing and jumping around and the first thing I thought was, I have no clothes with me! Ha ha.

So I got into the limo and the driver wouldn’t tell me where we were going! We drove into the city; I was crying and shaking. We pulled up outside the Intercontinental and I walked in to the check-in counter. The lady lifted the telephone and said, “Mr Taylor, Alana is here.” I went up to Room 404 (yes I still remember the room number) and there was a bunch of lilies and roses with a card saying kind words and at the bottom it read, “Come in.”

But I didn’t have a key! So I had to knock and he opened the door laughing, saying, “It wasn’t meant to happen this way, I forgot to give you a key!” Then he got down on one knee… it was so amazing yet still quirky and funny which is very true to how we are when we are together.”

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Alana found her dream Maggie Sottero gown from Raffaele Ciuca in Melbourne. “It was the first dress I tried on,” she says of the soft flowing chiffon gown with strapless sweetheart neckline.

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The civil ceremony was held at Willow Creek Vineyard, with a cocktail reception for 120 guests at the onsite restaurant, Salix. Celebrant, Lin Evans, who is also a friend of the groom, made it all official on the day.

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The bridesmaids wore one-shoulder full length chiffon gowns from Swish Clothing, the colour of which “became a laughing matter because every time we were asked, our response was, “a musky, taupey, grey, brown, mauve colour,”” jokes Alana. The sweet flower girl dress was from Forever New.

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The boys looked slick in their two-button suits from Tarocash, in ties to co-ordinate with the bridesmaid dresses.

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Alana carried a monochrome posy of white peonies and David Austen roses, whilst her bridesmaids’ bouquets contrasted in a lovely soft colour palette. “I kept joking I had bouquet envy!” says Alana of the girls’ pretty posies.

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Alana wore simple and elegant jewellery with her feminine gown; a Swarovski bracelet and earrings, and a hair comb from Imposters.

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The couple’s wedding cupcakes were made by a friend and “were gone very quickly for dessert!,” says the bride.

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“Enjoy every moment because it goes so fast!” says Alana. “Everyone says it because it’s true. Take a breather and try to just enjoy yourself.”

Photos courtesy of Darin Collison Photography.

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Brides Accessories: Imposters / Brides Gown: Maggie Sottero from Raffaele Ciuca / Brides Shoes: Made by a friend / Bridesmaids Accessories: Tilkah / Bridesmaids Dresses: Swish / Celebrant: Lin Evans / Ceremony Music: Carl Russo & Si Van Dam / Ceremony Venue: Willow Creek Vineyard / Entertainment: DJ - friend / Flowergirl Dress: Forever New / Flowers: Hello Blossoms / Grooms Attire: Tarocash / Grooms Shoes: Tarocash / Groomsmen Attire: Tarocash / Groomsmen Shoes: Tarocash / Hair: Silk Hair by Meredie / Honeymoon: Flight Centre / Invitations: Printcess in conjunction with Acardo Invitations / Makeup: Samantha Coles / Pageboy Attire: Bardot Junior / Photographer: Darin Collison Photography / Reception Venue: Salix Restaurant / Rings: Michael Hill and Arman Jewellers / Transport: Hyatt Chauffered Vehicles / Venue Decor: AABCO / Wedding Night Venue: Carmens of Sorrento


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