Leah Da Gloria wedding dress for a glamorous winter-styled winery wedding in the valley

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Today’s story is ridiculously romantic. Adriana & Andrew met during their Christmas holidays on the beach in Mornington Peninsula through mutual friends. During a romantic weekend away, Andrew proposed at one of their favourite places – Teddy’s Lookout at Lorne. They chose to celebrate their day in the stunning Stones of the Yarra valley, with their hearts set on a winter-styled winery wedding as their perfect evening.

A soft neutral palette, hanging chandelier of florals with tea light candles, along with drooping fairy lights, really set the mood. There was an open fire pit outside the back doors overlooking the vineyard, it was perfect and  Darin Collison photography on board to capture it all

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How did you and your partner meet?
Andrew and I met through mutual friends, while we were both on Christmas Holidays, on the beach in the Mornington Peninsula.

How did he propose?
During a weekend away at my parent’s holiday house at Lorne, and after a very long and beautiful day of site seeing down the Great Ocean Road, Andrew proposed at one of our favorites places in Lorne at Teddy’s lookout.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
I have only been married for a short time now, but Andrew and I have been together for many years. I would say that the most important part of maintaining a strong relationship would be to never take yourself or your relationship too seriously and don’t forget to have fun.

How many guests?
170

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
The most important thing to me when I chose my gown was how I connected with the designer. I had a vision in mind, but it was up to the designer to lead me on the journey. Leah was laid back in her approach and not OTT, and that was super important to me. My dress was different, I hadn’t seen anything like it and I was so happy with the outcome.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I had always envisioned my wedding day to be a laid-back type of glamourous styled one. A winter style winery was perfect for this, and Stones of the Yarra Valley nailed that brief. Stones can be anything you want it to be. Our hanging chandelier of florals with tea light candles, along with drooping fairy lights, really set the mood. There was an open fire pit outside the back doors overlooking the vineyard, it was perfect.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Fireworks, of course.
I’m a sucker for those big, bright sparkles in the sky, and Andrew knows this. Part way through Andrew’s speech, he surprised me and our guests with a show of amazing fireworks over the vineyard. It was magical.

Any DIY décor elements?
All in all, the team at Stones are amazing event coordinators. They prompt you with things that you haven’t even thought about in terms of décor… but some things that we added were fairy lighting, outdoor fire pit, bird cage for “wishing well” …. etc.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change anything. Nothing is perfect but to us, our wedding day was stunning and most importantly, it was a huge celebration with friends and family, filled with love, laughter and of course, great food and wine.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Be organized – there is no fun in last minute stress sessions. In the last 6 months, set your ‘to do’ list and order it in priority. The highest priority items, set to action 6 months prior, and work the list backwards so that you have certain things to action, every month. Plan to have a blank ‘to do’ list two weeks prior, because things will pop up.

Photographer: Darin Collison | Dress: Leah Da Gloria | Makeup: Cassandra Lusi | Hair: Rokk Ebony | Shoes: Valentino | Accessories: Tiffany & Co | Personalised Wedding Gifts: Adorn Invitations | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Grooms Suit: MJ Bale | Video – Life in Light Films | Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations | Cake: Cakes by Raymond Tan (@rymondtn) | Flowers: Blooming Brides | Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne | Catering & Reception Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley

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