Kristina & Troy

– Peterson’s Winery, Armidale, NSW

Surrounded by secret gardens spilling with greenery and romance and witnessed by close family & friends, Kristina and Troy exchanged vows under a weeping Elm tree. The reception unfolded in an historic style guesthouse covered in fairy lights and lit with a chandelier in the centre.

Kristina adorned a gorgeous tulle and beaded appliqué ball gown with a sweetheart neckline framed with scalloped lace, better known as the Mia Solano ‘Bianca’ wedding dress.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LOVE STORY:

Troy and I met at university in Lismore in 2007 as we started our degrees. We were both staying at the same college. The first time I met Troy, I was feeling like a country girl stuck in the city. It was night time and I was looking for a quiet place to relax and that’s when I ran into Troy. I explained my search for a quiet place and he accompanied me to a little garden patch just outside my unit looking over the carpark of our college- not very romantic- but nice enough. I had a picnic blanket with me and I spread it out so we could both sit on it. We ended up laying on the blanket looking up at the stars and telling each other about ourselves- I don’t remember the specifics. I do remember that when we got up and I picked up the blanket, I saw that the whole time Troy had had a rock digging into his back! I remember he commented on it, something like ‘I thought I felt a rock in my back’ and all I could think was how funny and sweet it was that he had laid there the whole time, most likely uncomfortable, but he had still stayed there like that to talk to me.

Troy proposed to me at Lake Louise, Canada on the 16th of July, 2014. We were on holidays and we had splurged for one night’s accommodation at the Fairmont Lake Louise. The day we arrived we did a massive hike up to the Lady Agnes Teahouse- a hike that took over 3 hours and had an elevation of 400 metres! I was eaten alive by mosquitos and needless to say I was exhausted when we got back. Troy wanted to walk around the Lake that night to get some photos of the Fairmont, but given the amount of biting insects around and how tired I was feeling I decided to stay and relax in the hotel room while Troy went by himself. I felt really bad that he went by himself, so the next morning I woke up really early and dragged Troy out of bed so we could explore the Lake with no people around. So, sleepy faced and fuzzy haired, I went with Troy out to the Lake. Troy asked me to go for a little walk around the Lake with him and I told him he was crazy if he thought I was going on another long trek! But then, not too far away, he stopped and suddenly got really nervous (this was extremely sweet to witness). He said, ‘We’ve been together for a while now, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you…’ then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes of course!

THE WEDDING LOCATION:

We got married at Peterson’s Winery in Armidale, New South Wales. My parents own a dairy farm and it is often difficult for them to travel due to the farm requirements. As such, we decided to have our wedding close to my parents’ home so that they could more easily attend the wedding.

Peterson’s Winery was the most amazing venue, with beautiful gardens and a really lovely historic guesthouse. We chose it because it was such a beautiful venue, with wonderful staff and because the gardens and the guesthouse allowed us to have our ceremony, reception and wedding night all in the one place.

THE THEME OF YOUR WEDDING:

Our style was more classic elegance, and our theme incorporated the ‘Tree of Life’ and the colours navy blue, rose gold and blush pink. Troy and the groomsmen wore navy suits and the bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses. We incorporated the ‘Tree of Life’ and navy blue and rose gold in our invitations and we were married under a beautiful Weeping Elm tree. Our reception was held in an amazing clear marquee, which was covered in fairy lights with a chandelier in the centre. Spotlights in the garden meant that even when it got dark, guests could see through the roof of the marquee to the trees all beautifully lit up. We also had a fingerprint tree as our guest book which Troy actually drew himself. The tables were decorated with clusters of glass jars and vases of varying height and design, filled with an assortment of flowers. I made the place name cards and table numbers and they were done in a navy calligraphy font with little hearts covered in rose gold leaf.

THE BRIDE’S DRESS:

My wedding dress was a tulle and beaded applique lace ball gown with a sweet heart neckline called ‘Bianca’ by Mia Solano. It was amazing and I felt so beautiful in it. When Troy first saw me coming down the aisle in my wedding dress he started to cry, so I thought that was a pretty good sign that he liked what he saw!

CEREMONY & RECEPTION:

Our ceremony and reception were all at Peterson’s Winery.

WEDDING SONGS:

I walked down the aisle to The Piano Guys instrumental version of ‘1000 years’ by Christina Perri. Our first dance song was ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran. We didn’t do a specific dance, we just shuffled along- although Troy did manage to twirl and dip me quite successfully!

FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!

Peterson’s catered the canapes and mains for our wedding and everything was so delicious! The canapes consisted of: Smoked salmon with salsa verde on cucumber, Mini pork burgers, pear relish and house onion rings, Seared local beef, crostini and red onion marmalade, and Japanese crumbed prawns with wasabi aioli. The mains consisted of: Crispy skinned pork belly with caramel vinegar and scallops, and Herb roasted chicken breast, roasted shallots with kumera mash and chicken jus. For dessert, we had a cupcake tower with a small cutting cake from a Newcastle cupcake company called Cupcake Espresso. Their cupcakes are amazing and it was definitely worth the hassle of driving them up to Armidale so our guests could enjoy them. The flavours included: Nutella Sundae, Lemon Meringue, Apple Pie, Salted Caramel, Caramel Fudge Ice Cream Sammie, Bubble O’Bill, Affogato, Snickers, Banoffee, Sticky Date, Chocolate Mousse and Jaffa.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

My most memorable moment of our wedding day was the ceremony. It was really special standing up in front of all our family and friends, sharing the vows we had each written, committing to spending the rest of our lives together. Part of our ceremony incorporated a ‘Ring Warming’. This involved our wedding rings being passed around on a little ring plate. Each guest held the ring plate and warmed our wedding rings as they gave us their love and wishes for our future life together. It was a really lovely touch and it was nice to know as we put our rings on, that they held the love and well wishes of all our family and friends.

WHAT ABOUT EXTRA DETAILS…

One thing I didn’t expect was how much we really felt the love, joy and support of our family and friends. It felt almost tangible and was a really special feeling- I have never felt anything like that before but it was amazing and something I know I will always cherish.

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE A BRIDE & GROOM PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?

Pinterest is an amazing tool to help plan your wedding- I must admit I got a little Pinterest crazy when planning ours! Also, on the day, try your best to spend time with each or your guests. We thought we would have so much time to catch up with family and friends but in reality there was so much going on and time passed so quickly that we do wish we had more time to properly catch up with everyone. Lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff! Life isn’t perfect, and chances are, not every detail of your wedding will go exactly to plan. Leading up to the wedding, I found it really easy to get caught up in planning all the little details and at times I lost focus on what was really important- the fact that I got to marry my best friend! When our wedding day finally arrived, I can honestly say that even though not everything went to plan, I did not care one bit- and neither did our guests!! All that mattered was that we were able to celebrate our love for each other, and we got to share our special day with our family and friends.

FAVOURITE LOVE QUOTE

“For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.”

-Rosemonde Gerard

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO MOST AS MR. & MRS?

Being able to finally call each other husband and wife, creating a family and living our lives together, happy and deeply in love and grateful for all that we have.

Wedding Dress: Mia Solano ‘Bianca’ by Luv Bridal

Wedding Venue: Peterson’s Winery & Guesthouse

Photography: Chasing Summer Photography

Hair: Chique Hair Face Body

Makeup: Chique Hair Face Body

Caterer: Peterson’s Winery & Guesthouse

Florist: Di Leedham

Cake: Cupcake Espresso

Invitations & Calligraphy: Minted

Jewellery: Bride, Diamond Studio, Groom, Gregory Jewellers

Transport: Edwards Coaches

Music/Entertainment: Jacko’s Jukebox

Celbrant/Officiate/Minister: Alison Bartlett