A Magical Proposal Followed By A Cross-Cultural Wedding Held At The Groom’s Family Winery


The word to describe Rebecca and Josh’s proposal is simply magical! The couple flew out to Brunei for a wedding and to start their 3 week holiday, Josh organised a dinner for the two of them. A trail of rose petals lead to a gazebo in the middle of a pool decorated with roses and orchards, overlooking the ocean.

After the couple indulged in a three course meal, Josh asked if Rebecca would like to see a magic trick, and of course she said yes. Pulling out a deck of cards, he asked to choose one and to write her name on it. She pulled out the Queen of Hearts and put it back in the deck. Josh shuffled the cards and asked Rebecca to take the top card, however it wasn’t her card! Searching everywhere for the card, he pointed to a grapefruit on the table hidden in the flower arrangement and said to have a look inside. Cutting the grapefruit and not expecting to find anything, she found a card rolled up inside. Unravelling the card, Rebecca was totally lost for words to find the Queen of Hearts card but her name was replaced with “Will you marry me? Xxx”. Rebecca left with tears of happiness mumbled to Josh that she couldn’t even see the ring as she crying too much!

To top off this absolutely incredible proposal was their breathtaking, meaningful and cross-cultural wedding. The wedding was held at Josh’s family winery that beautifully reflected their family’s heritage. The wedding perfectly incorporated the couple’s love of food, wine, good times and culture. Josh’s Spanish and Chinese background along with Rebecca’s Italian roots ensured the wedding was a fusion of both families coming together.

The couple ensured that their family was featured throughout as many elements throughout the wedding. Josh’s brother said a reading in both Spanish and English during the ceremony and Rebecca’s father caught all the fresh seafood for their canapés. Coupled with the canapés, traditional Spanish tapas made by Josh’s family restaurant ensured their wedding guests were served with a taste of the all the cultural flavours.

Rebecca and Josh hired Siesta Cartel, a 5-piece band who performed classic Italian and Spanish songs which had all guests up on their feet and on the dance floor, including 3 of the couple’s 90-year-old grandparents! After the speeches, the couple performed Yum Seng, which is a Chinese toast and chanting tradition at weddings.

Rebecca’s bridal gown was a stunning and bespoke lace gown for her ceremony. She then changed later during the evening into a cocktail dress featuring gorgeous sleeves and a bow detail at the back.

“We love hosting, learning about different cultures and sharing experiences with our family and friends” explains Rebecca and it was certainly an immaculate wedding.

Congratulations to the happy couple, Rebecca and Josh!

Photographer: Chloe May, Ceremony & Reception Venue: del Rios of Mt Anakie, Cinematographer: C2 Films, Wedding Planner: Darling Don’t Panic, Celebrant: Ann Murror from The Circle of Life Memories, Entertainment: Issac Main, Siesta Cartel, Bridal Dress Designers: Brides of Armadale, Effie Kats, Bridal Shoes: Dior, Bridal Bag & Headpiece: Chanel, Engagement Rings: The Diamond Guys, Forever Diamonds New York, del Rios Restaurant, Smith & Co, Bar: del Rios Restaurant, Groom’s Suit: Effie Kats, Cake: Sweet Cakes of Mine, Stationery: Display Makers, Florist: Mr Collins Geelong, Hire: Ballarat Party Hire, Elderberry Event Hire, Pre Wedding Skin Prep: Melbourne Skin, Hair Dresser & Makeup Artists: Blondie Geelong,

Written By: Alessandra Fasanella

Feature Image By: Chloe May

Posted in Real Weddings, Victoria by wedded wonderland


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