A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia


In the picturesque setting of Stones of the Yarra Valley, Nonny and Mark, high school acquaintances turned life partners, celebrated their love in a European inspired wedding that encapsulated classic elegance with a modern twist. Their journey, spanning over 14 years from Western Australia to the charming vineyards of Victoria, is a testament to enduring love and a shared vision for the future.

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

How They Met

Nonny and Mark attended the same high school in Western Australia, but didn’t speak much to each other at school. Mark was two years older and Nonny was a little shy. It wasn’t until Mark’s graduation that their story took a romantic turn, much to the surprise of their friends who were astounded to learn they had become a couple. They have been together through the many seasons of life and 14 years later they are still each other’s favorite. 

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

The Wedding Planning

Two years separated the engagement from their wedding day, and planning commenced just a week after the proposal (yes, she was that bride!). This extended timeline proved to be a strategic advantage. Initial efforts were focused on securing the major elements, gradually moving towards the intricacies as time progressed. Remarkably, the process remained largely under control. However, the month leading up to the wedding revealed the true intensity of the planning process. Amidst a whirlwind of work commitments, final dress fittings, and vendor meetings, the myriad of details requiring attention became evident. Their organizational skills played a crucial role in mitigating the chaos. 

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

The Venue

Nonny and Mark’s search for the perfect wedding venue led them to the enchanting Stones of the Yarra Valley. The couple only saw one wedding venue before seeing Stones but as soon as they drove onto the property, they knew this would be where they tie the knot. With its European charm and serene landscapes, the venue offered a sense of an exotic destination while remaining close to home in Victoria. The couple, along with 95 guests, many of whom journeyed from Western Australia, were captivated by the venue’s beauty, which mirrored their dream of a wedding that was both familiar and extraordinary.

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

The Wedding Styling 

With the help of Laura from Weddings Of Desire, Nonny and Mark’s vision of a classic white wedding with a romantic, timeless essence was brought to life. The chapel’s floral and greenery setup left guests breathless. 

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

The Gowns

Nonny’s bridal aesthetic was beautifully realized by Kyha Studios, who designed both her ceremony and reception dresses. The process began with Nonny meeting with Kyha and trying on a selection of different gowns to see what silhouette and materials she was leaning towards. Nonny had the option to go down the custom design route but fell completely in love with the BISSET gown. Kyha suggested making a customized BISSET by adding more volume to the skirt and a longer train for extra drama. The BISSET gown was crafted in taffeta, lending a contemporary edge to its classic silhouette. 

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

Nonny’s choice for the reception, the Salacea gown, combined elegance with comfort, allowing her to dance freely throughout the night. Kyha added a split and removed sleeves and just like that her perfect second dress was created. 

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

For her veil, Nonny decided on a cathedral length with custom embroidery. It was special because the embroidery read ‘Worth the Wait’ in her grandmother’s handwriting, who was so proud to see this detail as she walked down the aisle. 

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

The Couples’ Favorite Elements

The floral and greenery setup in the chapel was a breathtaking highlight, exceeding all expectations and captivating every guest. The wedding was marked by an attention to smaller, yet deeply meaningful details. For instance, the groom’s shirt cuff was subtly embroidered with “I do,” while the bride’s veil carried a special touch with “Worth The Wait” embroidered in her grandmother’s handwriting. The wedding brimmed with cherished elements, like the enchanting music of the singer and piano player during the ceremony. The bride also added a personal ode to the groom’s late mother, Atetha Naitanui, by wearing A & N initial studs in her second ear piercing, showcasing a deep connection to family and heritage.

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

Advice to Future Brides

Nonny’s advice to future brides is born from her own experience – a well-prepared plan leading to a relaxed approach during the final month. Despite the inevitable chaos leading up to the wedding, her organization and focus on the big picture ensured a smooth transition to their special day.

A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia
A Timeless European Inspired Wedding in Victoria, Australia

The Honeymoon

The couple, with their wedding being in December, faced a dilemma: whether to embark on a honeymoon during the Christmas and New Year period. Opting to relieve themselves of the pressure, they chose to postpone their honeymoon to 2024, with Egypt at the top of their list! 

The Wedding Vendors

Photographer @mervetogan

Venue @stonesoftheyarravalley

Stylist / Planner @weddingsofdesire

Florals @wildflos

Videographer @tangofilms_au

Celebrant @nataliedrumcelebrant

Dress @kyhastudios @chosenbykyha

Jewellery @michaelhillj x @linneys_jewellery

Makeup @ld_makeupartistry

Hair @mim_i_am_

Robe @brasnthings

Slip dress @sir__

Entertainment @topdogent @matthewcharlesthemc

Stationary @ivoryandstone.co

Content @weddingdaysocials

Cake @missladybirdcakes

Champagne tower @moetchandon

Bridesmaid dresses @natalierolt

Suit @peterjacksonau

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