Fate often leads us down the most mysterious yet beautiful roads to true love, Melissa & Nicholas were actually neighbours before they met, they had the same mutual friends, and also attended the same events at university but somehow only met online! Today’s post will feature their beautiful wedding at the Melba Estate in Coldstream Australia.
Nick moved 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 together. – Melissa
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!
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it?
I have always enjoyed designing my own dresses but with a 5-month engagement I didn’t have much time. 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 fit like a glove and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result!
What was your favorite moment from the day?
I have two! 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.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
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!
Tips for future brides?
Enjoy each moment of the day, it really does go by so quickly. Don’t worry about the weather or any mishaps, they make for a memorable day and remember why you’re there – to marry the love of your life so as long as that happens then nothing else really matters!
I would like to personally thank the lovely couple Melissa & Nicholas for sharing their magical day with us, we are truly inspired, as well as the team at Adorn Wedding Invitations for providing the information.
Dress: L’Amour Bridal Boutique
Makeup: Maria Gullace
Hair: Darani and Dior
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Rings: Larsen Jewellers
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