Nick and I met online. We lived down the road from each other, shared several mutual friends and had
even been to the same parties at university, but it took the internet to get us together! It wasn’t an
easy start, however, with Nick needing to move to Vancouver for a year 2 months after we met.
A long-distance relationship can make or break you, luckily in our case it just brought us closer
He proposed in Córdoba, Spain. Three days earlier, we arrived in Madrid. Nick planned to propose after a
romantic dinner on the restaurant balcony, but it was absolutely freezing so he went to plan B – a
rowboat proposal the next day. Plan B was a total washout and we drove south to Córdoba the
next day. After nearly getting our hire car stuck in an impossibly narrow village road (without
having a single cross word with each other!) we headed out to dinner. Upon returning to our
hotel, Nick said he wanted to check out the view from the balcony and led me upstairs. Looking
down upon the beautifully lit up walled city, I noticed Nick was acting a little strange and the
next thing I know there was a ring in front of me and he’s asking me to marry him. He’d been
carrying it around in his pocket for the past 4 days and somehow managed to hide it from me
(and not get pick pocketed!). Of course I said yes, and the rest is history!
I have two favourite moments from our day! Walking up the aisle with my dad, seeing Nick’s face. He was trying to hide his tears, but I could see them. We just locked eyes and everything else just disappeared for that moment. It was magical. The second was when Mia delivered our rings – she just sprinted down the white carpet straight to us with her little flower-adorned collar, completely oblivious to the meaning of her entrance or the event. All she wanted to do was lick our faces and tell us how happy she was to see us! It was very grounding and made everyone relax and have a good laugh.
My most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship is communication! Having begun our relationship long distance, Nick and I developed a solid foundation through honest and open communication. Sometimes it can be difficult to raise or discuss things that you’d rather ignore, but we believe in sorting things out as they occur, respecting each other’s differences and always coming from a place of compassion and empathy to further strengthen our bond and help each other grown over time.
I have always enjoyed designing my own dresses but with a 5-month engagement I didn’t have
much time to design my own dress. In the end, I found a beautiful dress at L’Amour Bridal Boutique, but worked with the super talented Reingard to recreate the top. Her attention to detail and dedication was
amazing, even staying up all hours to hand sew hundreds of Swarovski crystals onto the lace. It fitted like a glove and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result!
We wanted the day to have a mixture of classic and formal elements for our wedding day, but a relaxed and warm feel with neutral tones and elements of nature. We’re both animals lovers and I am a vet so it was
really important for our dog Mia to be part of the ceremony. The Yarra Valley was an easy choice as we visited this area when Nick visited from Vancouver and it held many significant memories. Coombe was our top pick, it’s history and glorious big Oak tree was perfect for the ceremony. The reception venue with its large windows and modern yet classic décor fitted our style perfectly. The gorgeous grounds also provided the perfect backdrop for our photos.
In all the excitement, we completely forgot to get our dog Mia to join us for the photos. She was busy stealing hors d’oeuvres off our guests so I don’t think she minded!
Melissa’s Top Tips:
1. Enjoy each moment of the day, it really does go by so quickly.
2. Don’t worry about the weather or any mishaps, they make for a memorable day
3. Remember why you’re there – to marry the love of your life so as long as that happens then nothing else really matters!
Dress: L’Amour Bridal Boutique / Makeup: Maria Gullace / Hair: Darani and Dior / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Accessories: Paspaley / Rings: Larsen Jewellers / Bridesmaids Dresses: Only 1 member of bridal party, the ring bearer (Mia the dog), who wore a custom-made collar by Willow dog designs that was hand engraved and dressed with fresh flowers to match my bouquet / Invitations: Adorn Invitations / Grooms Suit: Oscar Hunt / Photographer: Milk photography / On The Day Stationery: BWedding Invitations / Guest gifts: Emmelle Home and Body personalized candles / Cake: Splendid Servings / Food: Coombe – The Melba Estate / Flowers: Jumping Jonquils / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Coombe – The Melba Estate / Entertainment: Darcy String Quartet / DJ Mimi: Top Dog