Ten years earlier, Lauren had met Andrew whilst wandering around the residential campus during their studies at Melbourne University. Never did she imagine a decade later standing in an apartment in Florence where that same handsome guy dropped to one knee and proposed before whisking her away to a lookout to watch the sunset over a romantic Tuscan picnic.
Lauren knew exactly what she was looking for when she began the hunt for a Melbourne wedding venue, focusing on good food, great wine and an excellent band. “Most importantly”, recalls Lauren, “we just wanted everyone to have fun”. So when the couple stumbled across Port Melbourne Yacht Club, they knew immediately it was perfect for the relaxed and intimate celebration they had been dreaming of.
It’s always a bride’s dream to have a wedding she can call her own, something truly memorable, and of course, a wedding should always be as unique as each individual couple. Andrew’s younger brother, Sam, struck up the courage to steal the limelight during the ceremony for just a moment with a touching reading, creating a connection between a family who have been together for years and one that was just beginning.
Whilst the couple, with bridal party in tow, ventured along Port Melbourne beach and down to St Vincent Gardens in Albert Park for photos, guests enjoyed drinks on the deck before taking their seats in the dining room with tables touchingly named after the role each group of guests had played in the couple’s lives.
Lauren opted to style the Yacht Club simply, with fresh blooms in green and white with hints of dusty pink, whilst careful to keep the main focal point on the stunning backdrop that was the Port Melbourne Beach front – a beautiful setting for balmy summer nights and refreshing cocktails over the water.
To open the celebrations, the couple chose to stray from the norm with a lively first dance routine to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”, thoroughly impressing their guests and setting the mood for the rest of the evening. With memorable speeches aplenty and laughs all round, a delectable dinner served to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters and glasses topped up with fine wine, guests then danced long into the night with Lauren and Andrew not missing a beat
After their nearest and dearest bid them farewell, Lauren and Andrew headed off to the stunning Cook Islands, in keeping with the beach side theme, for some much needed “R&R”, surrounded by turquoise waters and a warm tropical sun. We wish the couple every happiness and thank them for choosing to celebrate at the Port Melbourne Yacht Club.