Melbourne bankers, Nicolette Quinn and David Makohon, were married on one of those perfect-weather days – a beautiful 26 degrees and balmy in the evening. The venue was the elegantly rustic, Stones of the Yarra Valley, with its picturesque chapel overlooking the vineyard and light-filled barn to celebrate with their 103 guests.
The Yarra Valley was always going to be the place where Nicolette and David would exchange vows. 18 months earlier, to celebrate their five year anniversary, the couple decided to take a romantic hot-air balloon ride over the region. Nicolette says, “It was a beautiful, beautiful still morning, not a cloud in the sky. David was hesitating getting into the basket – I thought it was because he is terrified of heights.”
It turns out David had more than the dizzying altitude of the balloon to be nervous about. In the quiet, still air, accompanied by 12 strangers, David asked his girlfriend of five years to marry him. Nicolette says, “David proposed to me quietly but a few people heard… there were older couples in the basket with us and some of the ladies started crying. It was still very intimate.”
With that unforgettable morning fresh in their minds, the couple took a drive out to find the perfect venue for a rustic wedding and looked no further when they drove up the tree-lined road to Stones of the Yarra Valley.
The bride’s gown was an easy decision. After seeing some designs she adored on the Karen Willis Holmes website, Nicolette visited the Armadale boutique and tried on just three dresses. It was the second gown, Madi, which she loved and decided upon that day.
Nicolette steps from a classic 1929 Dodge gold sedan, provided by Hot Rod Heaven.
The bridal party wore classic navy. The girls were dressed in full length, strapless Zimmerman gowns and the boys wore navy two-button lounge suits by Designer Suits Brunswick.
The main thing the couple took away from the reception was that guests loved the long tables and shared platters of food as opposed to individual meals. “They really got to meet each other,” says Nicolette. “It created an awesome atmosphere.” Roaming desserts including vanilla bean panna cotta and handmade chocolate honeycomb were served on the dance floor adding to the mood of the party.
Nicolette says, “The flowers absolutely brought our reception to life with mixtures of small and large arrangements running the length of the tables, intertwined with candles.” Her talented florist was Ambrosia Floral Designs.
Nicolette’s friend, Tegan George, created the three-tier chocolate and berry wedding cake for the couple. “I didn’t want the traditional white cake,” says the bride, “plus, I’m a chocoholic. The cake was amazing.”
Photos courtesy of T-One Image.
Bomboniere: Homemade truffles / Brides Accessories: Bride's parents / Brides Gown: Karen Willis Holmes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Tilkah / Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmerman / Celebrant: Steve Mason / Ceremony Music: Tara George / Entertainment: DJ organised by venue / Flowers: Ambrosia Floral Designs / Gift Registry: STA Travel / Grooms Attire: Designer Suits Brunswick / Grooms Shoes: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Designer Suits Brunswick / Hair: Forever Flawless - Layla / Honeymoon: STA Travel / Invitations: Follow Studio / Makeup: Makeupwithme - Mel / Transport: Hot Rod Heaven / Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley / Wedding Night Venue: Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley
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