we won a honeymoon

laura + kallan

When Kallan proposed he had already actually booked the venue as he had a date in mind as the area had meant a lot to him, this put the pressure on slightly to get everything ready in time. My friends jumped on it straight away and actually gave me Issue #2 and Issue #3 of I do I do Gippsland Magazine to get the ideas flowing. Things seemed to work quite well as my sister was already planning her wedding. The Vendor Directory in both magazines was really helpful in connecting us to local businesses. It was also so nice to read about other Real Weddings and hear advice from those couples.

We attended the I do I do Gippsland Wedding Fair, even though we had booked most of our vendors and it was great to touch base with our Celebrant Kellie Eddy and see what other great Gippsland based businesses are out there. It was lovely to see other couples we knew and discuss all the plans ahead, and as we were chatting to a friend, the honeymoon prize was about to be announced, our attention was drawn. Hearing Kallan’s name was astonishing as we had already come to accept that we couldn’t afford the honeymoon of our dreams at this time. Winning the trip lifted our excitement dramatically and although we have had to postpone, we are very much looking forward to relaxing in the warmth and taking in all that Vanuatu has to offer.

Our ceremony and venue: Private Ceremony + Reception at Sandy Point Community Centre

Sandy Point has meant a lot to Kallan throughout his life and will now mean so much to the both of us for the rest of our lives. Kallan had spent most of his childhood Summers down at Sandy Point at family friends holiday houses and fell in love with the ocean and area. With a backdrop of Wilson’s Promontory rising from the ocean, who couldn’t love this special area?

During a random drive, Kallan found an amazing property with spectacular views and being the person he is just walked up to the front door and asked if we could get married in the backyard. Liz (the owner of the house) said yes and was so accommodating and lovely to work with. We had 24 of our closest friends and family join us for a short ceremony (Kellie Eddy performed the ceremony and Jordan Garth performed music and solo with a guitar). We were announced as Mr & Mrs in front of a further 70 friends on the deck of the Sandy Point Community Centre ahead of an evening party. The venue was open and relaxed with Shelley (from Inspire Hire), Kallan and my Mum setting up games and lounge seating on the lawn. With dancing, laughter and great food, the night was soon over. We’d like to thank everyone who made the day and night possible.

Credit To
Bar / Gurneys Cidery & Monacellars Wine & Spirits
Catering / Little Prince Eating House & Bar + Neilsons Kitchen + Gypsy Roma
Celebrant / Kelly Eddie
Flowers / Victoria Hall
Gown / Twelve South Bridal
Groom / Panthers Mensland
Hair / Hair by Melissa Melbourne
Jewellery / Lacy Jewellery
Music / Jordan Garth Music
Photography / Hannah Gilbert Photographer
Styling / Inspire Hire
Venue / Sandy Point Community Centre

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