Sarah and Jarryd grew up together in South Gippsland but officially caught each other’s eyes seven years ago at the Inverloch Hotel. The couple admit that whilst they knew early on they would spend the rest of their lives together, there were in no rush to tie the knot. “We were both quite young and still had some growing up to do” says Sarah.
When the time did come to pop the question, Jarryd and Sarah went for a casual walk with their beloved golden retriever before Jarryd found a private space and asked Sarah to marry to him. Sarah, initially in shock with the surprise proposal, of course said yes and with a stunning engagement ring now on her finger, began searching for the perfect Melbourne wedding venue. “We really wanted the wedding to reflect the simplicity and the easiness of our love. We just wanted it to be as representative of us as possible”.
The beautiful couple wanted a celebration where young and old could walk away having had a great time and a memorable experience. Rippon Lea House & Gardens proved to be the perfect setting for their dream day. Whilst traditional and elegant, the venue lent itself to a relaxed atmosphere with the expansive gardens an ideal choice for Sarah & Jarryd’s ceremony and wedding photographs. Under the guidance of talented stylist, Tori Allen, the garden theme was carried throughout the reception with the ballroom and guest tables filled with greenery, boasting a truly unique and fresh, summer feel
Sarah had a sign made as a surprise for Jarryd that was placed at the poolside bar with “Mr & Mrs Roughy” shining brightly in neon letters, which the couple could keep to hang in their home. But the glowing bride says the most memorable moment was definitely the couple’s first dance to London Grammar’s “Strong”, Sarah recalls, “There is something really amazing about the first dance. It’s just yourself and your partner and nothing else influences that moment”.
A big focus for the evening’s celebrations was the alfreso entertaining space, perfectly styled the Tori Allen team. The couple’s family and friends made the most of the opportunity to let their hair down, dancing the night away on the terrace dance floor and enjoying cocktails by the pool.
The loved up couple took a short honeymoon on the sunshine coast, relaxing and sunning it up in Noosa, before returning to married life in Melbourne. We’re so excited for Sarah & Jarryd and thank them for choosing Rippon Lea for their celebrations. We wish them all the best for their future together
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