You’ve got to hand it to a bride who decides to plan a vineyard wedding while studying to become a doctor. #crazy
But luckily Megan French, 25, had her mum by her side helping organise the big day where she would marry high-school sweetheart, Blake Dynan, 27.
“My mum was my wedding planner and dealt with everything for me – I needed her as my year of studies was consuming my life,” says Megan. “Luckily Blake is very easy going and helped make simple decisions along the way.”
Decisions leading up to the January 11, 2013 wedding were cutthroat to ensure everything was arranged on time. “I had to make smart decisions quickly and I honestly had no hesitations as I was so busy,” laughs Megan. “My desk was a combination of medical textbooks and wedding magazines!”
When the day for 80 finally arrived, the pair faced scorching 40-degree weather in the Yarra Valley. “It was worth it for the sunshine,” smiles Megan.
Megan’s mum was in charge of the venue décor, creating unique pieces to suit the winery setting. “Each table was named according to a wine – for example, merlot, shiraz – with the bridal party’s table being Champagne,” explains Megan. “Each table number was held up by corkscrews which we glued together and strung with twine.”
Megan and Blake won’t struggle to remember their wedding anniversary. Megan’s parents and grandparents were also married in January.
The couple chose Immerse Winery for its relaxed setting and “we love wine,” says Megan.
Photos courtesy of Dreamlife Photo & Video.
Bomboniere: Royal Children's Hospital, Groom's mum / Brides Accessories: Swarovski, Collette, Carolyn Styles, Alishta Accessories / Brides Gown: Fairytales Bridal Boutique / Brides Shoes: Jo Mercer / Bridesmaid Shoes: Zu / Bridesmaids Accessories: StyleRocks, Collette / Bridesmaids Dresses: Baccini & Hill / Cake: Special Treats By Carolyn / Celebrant: Anna Bryers / Ceremony Music: Own playlist / Entertainment: DJ Masters / Flowers: Debbie O'Neill Freelance Designs / Gift Registry: Myer, Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Zenetti / Grooms Shoes: Betts Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling / Groomsmen Shoes: Kmart / Hair: Kym & Co Hair Studio / Honeymoon: Thailand; Singapore / Invitations: Lacey Lou Designs / Makeup: Jaynelle Lording / Photographer: Dreamlife Photos & Video / Rings: Ralf Fisch Fine Jewellery / Transport: Always Classic Cars / Venue: Immerse Winery / Venue Decor: DIY / Wedding Planner: Bride's mum
Lingerie: Simone Perele, Brava Lingerie / Personalised Hanger: Exclusively You Boutique Hangers / Unity Candle: MAAD Candles & GIftware / Dance Lessons: Greig King