Lizzy C Photography, Melbourne Photographer

Steph and Mike’s fabulously fall Melbourne wedding!

The Emu Bottom Homestead is always a lovely venue, but Steph and Mike lucked out by having their wedding just as the autumn foliage began to show around the property. The gardens were lush after recent rains, and the warm, sunny day cooled into a perfectly cosy fall night.

The couple obviously enjoyed being surrounded by their diverse group of friends and family, reflecting their broad range of interests. Because of Mike’s Ukrainian background, both he and Steph have been studying Ukrainian, and Mike even tested out his new language skills during his speech. Later on, Mike and his groomsmen surprised the guests with a not-so-traditional (and quite entertaining) take on a Ukrainian dance.

“The whole day was absolutely perfect,” Steph said afterward. “It was incredible for each of us to marry our best friend in such a beautiful place, surrounded by all our amazing family and friends.”

Steph also sweetly mentioned, “It was so great having Lizzy as our photographer. We had lots of fun and laughs—she felt like a friend rather than our photographer. Lizzy was very discreet during the ceremony and reception, which allowed us to enjoy the moment with our friends and family.”

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Wedding location: Emu Bottom Homestead
Ceremony Official: Melissa Cornwall
Bridal gown: Mariana Hardwick
Groom’s attire: Oscar Hunt
Groomsmen: Oscar Hunt
Bridesmaids: Mariana Hardwick
Shoes: Jo Mercer (Bride), Florsheim (Groom)
Makeup/hair: Natalie Vincetich
Flowers: Marianna Flowers, Mentone
Jewellery: Stephanie Browne
Cars: Personalised Chauffer Drive
Cake: Cherrytree Bakehouse
Music: Us2 Duo
Bonboniere: homemade
Invitations: Minted
Wedding Rings: MDT Design (Groom), Purchased while overseas in Taiwan (Bride)
Bridal accessories: Mariana Hardwick
First night: Rupertswood Mansion
Honeymoon: Khao Lak, Thailand