Jess & Shell’s Yarra Valley Wedding at The Riverstone Estate

As soon as Jess and Shell spotted the Yarra Valley views from the driveway of The Riverstone Estate, they knew they’d found their special place. With Enchanted Wedding Photography behind the lens, these gorgeous snaps are proof that a rainy wedding day has its perks, and a dramatic sky makes for some seriously moody photos.

Before the day began, the pair met in the garden of the estate for their first look and a few moments together before the ceremony. In Jess’s own words, “We wanted to do a first look to be able to share that intimate moment with each other, and I was super nervous about walking down the aisle, so seeing each other beforehand made it so much easier. We were totally in it together.”

They then hung out with their bridal party while their guests arrived (with a few cheeky waves through the curtains). Before saying their forevers under a tipi arbour fashioned by Jess’ stepdad, with breath taking views of the valley behind them. The girls share, “We had to move our outdoor ceremony indoors because some light rain wanted to join the party. We finished up with our ring exchange and being covered in pompoms! Looking back at the photos we really got to have two ceremonies which was super nice, plus the rain brought along some epic clouds for the photography which was a blessing in disguise.”

Jess and Shell tell us the only thing they would change about their day was the pre-wedding wet weather stress. Jess shares, “I was totally freaking out the week before the wedding because it was forecast to rain, but honestly the rain came and went and we just worked around it, plus the clouds made our photos so unique and pretty!”

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Proving that you don’t always have to spend big to look incredible, these savvy brides helped their budget and saved on their gorgeous dresses. Jess’s handmade dress cost only $350, with Shell nabbing hers on ebay for just $90.
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Jess and Shell chose Wendy Does Weddings to marry them, and gained a mate in the process. “Wendy was a perfect fit for us! Such a fun bubbly celebrant who we now call our friend. She went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable throughout the whole ceremony as well as making our guests laugh and feel involved.”
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Sophia of Enchanted Wedding Photography had two very happy brides on her hands. “We are so so so happy with our choice to have Sofia as our photographer, not only did she capture so many memorable moments but she made us super comfortable and let us be ourselves. Sometimes we didn’t even realise she was there but the photos make it seem like she was everywhere!
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The girls have their mums to thank for their incredible wedding cake, a donut tower with macarons topped with a mini cake by Yummy Nic Nacks. Not content with just one dessert option, Jess’ sweet tooth also called for a DIY candy bar.
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The Riverstone Estate provided everything the girls were looking for. Breathtaking views, a relaxed vibe and space for both their ceremony and reception. For an easygoing dinner, Jess and Shell opted for the grazing menu which included canapés and a huge platter for guests to nibble throughout the night.
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Credits

Images Enchanted Wedding Photography | Rings Michael Hill Jewellers | Celebrant Wedy Does Weddings | Entertainment Gary Eastwood | Transport Fisch & Co | Venue & Catering The Riverstone Estate | Hire Simply Beautiful Decorations | Makeup C'est Glamour | Cake Yummy Nicnacks |


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Mel 2 weeks ago

Beautiful <3

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