Annie already knew she had snagged herself a top bloke so Rob’s sweet Italian proposal was just the icing on the cake. Two glasses of smuggled Prosecco, the Boboli Gardens and pasta. Dreams really do come true, lads and ladies. Decked out in Lola Varma and with hair by The Future Mrs, Annie stunned guests with her minimalist look. Scroll down for more from sensational lens lady Cassandra Ladru…
THE VIBE “Rob’s part-Italian, and the Italian culture, food and way of life is a big thing for us and our relationship. We wanted to pay homage to Italy through our food and beverages. Styling-wise, we kept things really elegant, pared-back and romantic. We wanted everyone to feel as though they were in the Tuscan countryside, but still feel really familiar, relaxed and intimate.”
FAVOURITE DETAILS “We loved the flowers [Prunella]. I carried long-stem white roses and all my bridesmaids did too. The venue was packed with garden roses, citrus blossom and olive branches, so the scent was incredible and really summery. We also loved the Italian ‘baci’ that Rob’s mum made for all the guests. She and her sisters made 500 of them in the week before our wedding. It was so special. The feeling of love was overwhelming.”
THE DRESS “Ah, the dress. I was in a funny position. At the time I got engaged, I was working for a very prominent Australian womenswear designer, and felt a lot of pressure to conform to a certain look and style. But in the end, I knew the dress had to reflect who I am – not who others expected me to be. I tried a number of different styles and shapes, but everything felt so bridal until I found Lola Varma. When I tried my dress on (actually a skirt and top) I didn’t have a lightbulb “this is the one” moment, but I felt beautiful and – maybe most importantly – I felt like myself. That was enough for me. The Lola Varma girls were absolutely brilliant. The process was seamless.”
FAVOURITE MOMENT “Rob and I didn’t expect that our highlight was actually going to be the ceremony. We thought the reception would be the best part of the day. But standing up there with each other, in front of all our friends and family, was such a thrill. We were just grinning like cats, looking at each other with tears in our eyes – so relieved and so happy.”
STANDOUT VENDORS “Vanessa and Caris from Churchill were extraordinary. So helpful and patient with all our questions. We trusted them entirely. And Cassandra, our photographer. When the bridal party left for the venue, it was just her and I left in the house in Kyneton. It was so nice to have an hour or so just the two of us to chat, it really calmed my nerves down.”
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