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Erin and Jarrad knew what they wanted for their wedding from the get-go: a day that reflected them as a couple and showed a combination of their personalities. Erin tells us it was all about “a warm atmosphere filled with the love of family and friends, amazing food, plenty of time left over for the dance floor as well as brilliant photos to look back on to remember the little details.”

The couple wanted a venue that allowed them the flexibility to plan the evening exactly as they wanted, where they knew the food would be delicious and their guests could relax and enjoy themselves in an informal environment. Cue The Independent, a modern, airy restaurant and bar just a hop, skip and a jump from Melbourne.

Captured by Nina Claire Photography, the bride and groom tell us they loved all the little details of the day. “I loved and enjoyed every moment of the day, watching the kids having so much fun smashing the piñata was a highlight and seeing everyone race to the dance floor as soon as we finished our first dance,” explains Jarrad, whose description of what marriage really means sure was a tear-jerker.

“Finding that one soul who compliments your personality, loves you unconditionally and is happy to constantly put up with the things you do that annoy her, which she is happy to remind me of. I wasn’t aware my love for Erin could be any deeper until we were married.”

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CREDITS Photos Nina Claire Photography // Bridal gown Lost In Paris // Shoes Windsor Smith // Hair and makeup Ivory Rose Makeup Artistry // Rings DB Jewellery // Bridesmaid dresses Auguste The Label // Groom and groomsmen suits Rembrandt // Shirt Van Heusen // Shoes Windsor Smith // Barber / grooming Barber Black Sheep // Ceremony Sacred Heart Church Gembrook, VIC // Reception The Independent, VIC // Other desserts Spencers Store // Decorative elements Hunter Soy Candles // Wedding favours Masters // Sound hire Disco DJ Mobile Entertainment // Celebrant Father Jim Acreman.