Names: Amanda Pino and Ashley Sim
Tell us a little about the two of you!
We first met through mutual friends at a New Year’s Eve party while studying at university in Bendigo, but we didn’t meet properly until the following year, on a typical uni night out with a few drinks at the Brougham Arms. After a good dose of liquid courage, Ash decided that he’d say hello and we hit it off from there.
Now I work for the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank and Ash works as a Structural Engineer for a local firm Shane Muir Consulting Engineers.
Can you tell us about the proposal?
After returning from our first overseas trip together to the US, Ash decided that it was time to ask the big question. He had sneakily picked up the ring, asked my dad the important questions and when I went back to work a day earlier than Ash, he was running around crazily to organize the proposal. Ash was supposed to cook me dinner that night and instead suggested we get take away. After eating fried food for most of our trip, I was not impressed. Seriously, what had he been doing all day?!
The next day Ash organized to get me out of the house for an hour or so to set everything up. When I opened the door on my return, the house had been filled with rose petals and candles. Ash then gave me a book that he had made of our trip, with the final page of the book asking ‘the question’ - the book even had the beer cap inside from the beers he had with Dad when he asked for his permission! Ash got down on one knee with the ring and of course I said yes!.
How did you choose your venue/s?
We visited a few venues around Bendigo but as soon as we walked into the Fernery Room at the All Seasons, we knew that this was the venue for us. The room boasts elegance with the beautiful chandelier featured in the middle of the room, the Grand piano in the corner and of course the perfect backdrop of the Fernery. The room was exactly what we were after to suit our personalities. It was also very convenient that the All Seasons has accommodation on site, which was a bit of peace-of-mind as the majority of our guests had to travel.
Tell us about your ceremony?
120 of our closest family and friends celebrated our marriage with us. We were married with traditional vows at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo. The Cathedral is so beautiful as is, there wasn’t anything we needed to do to “dress” it up.
Tell us about the reception (eg. styling, food, venue )
Jen, Chevron and the staff at the All Seasons did a phenomenal job in making our reception everything we wanted it to be. Jen met with us on several occasions to ensure she knew exactly what we were after and went above and beyond to achieve this – no request was too hard. The food was presented beautifully and was delicious. Everything ran so smoothly and we were made to feel incredibly special as soon as we arrived at the reception. We were so lucky to have had the wonderful, professional staff at the All Seasons to help with our special day.
Did your wedding have a theme?
What was the inspiration behind the style of your wedding?
We decided that we wanted to take the traditional sit-down style wedding and make it as modern, classy and elegant as possible. The colour of the bridesmaids dresses - a bright coral - played a key part in our theme. We incorporated this colour and various shades into everything, from the invitations, to the flowers and the cake. Everything had to match!
Have you got any words of wisdom for other couples planning their big day?
Do as much preparation as possible leading up to the wedding. The more organised you are the less stressed you’ll be. Don’t be afraid to ask for the little things that will make your day that more special – if you don’t ask you won’t know. Remember on the day to take a few minutes for yourselves to take it all in – have fun and enjoy!
Talk us through your attire - what did you wear and what was your inspiration?
I wore a Stella York dress with Badgley Mischka jewelled heels. I wanted something elegant and modern dress and came across my dress in a bridal magazine. I wasn’t sure if the style would suit me, but it was the first dress that I tried on and it was just meant to be.
The bridesmaids dresses were from Forever New. I was in Melbourne with my sisters and mum looking for a dress to wear to our engagement party when I came across the perfect bridesmaids dresses. I wasn’t even looking for them but I knew straight away that they were the ones! They were a bright coral colour – the perfect pop of colour for our summer wedding.
Ash and the boys wore Peter Jackson suits. We wanted navy suits because it was a summer wedding. The suit was in the window of Peter Jackson when we walked past. It was the first suit Ash tried on and we knew pretty quickly they were it.
Let’s talk about your vendors. What was it like working with them? Would you recommend them?
Flowers & Styling:
The Eternal Vase - After the first meeting with Miranda I could tell she knew exactly what I had envisaged for the bouquets, centrepieces and table arrangements – in fact for the entire feel of the wedding we were after! She was literally finishing off my sentences and I knew everything was going to be exactly how I had imagined. They were fantastic to deal with and definitely pulled off the wow-factor we wanted when guests entered the Fernery room.
Studio House Photography - A Melbourne based photographer who is a lifelong friend of Amanda’s family. He went above and beyond to capture our day, which is going to make choosing the photos for our wedding album incredibly difficult. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at a few photos before leaving for our honeymoon and they were amazing. We’re so excited to receive the proofs.
Richtone Media – We first met Richard at a bridal expo. After meeting with him we knew that he was the perfect person to film our day. Richard is one the nicest people you could ever meet which made us feel so relaxed on the day, and his work is exceptional. We absolutely loved our wedding trailer, it was such a great way to sum up the special moments of our day.
Cupcake Ally – Based in Swan Hill, Alison made our engagement cake which we were very happy with. We loved her work so we didn’t hesitate in asking her to make our wedding cake – even if she did have to travel two hours to deliver it to Bendigo! She did an amazing job in creating our three-tiered, chocolate mud and red velvet cake, it looked spectacular and it tasted delicious. The Eternal Vase provided the cake topper which was a bouquet of flowers to match my bouquet and the cake featured as a focal point in front of the bridal table.
Music Acoustic Trio – We had listened to Micka and the band play several times at the Bridge Hotel and we loved their work. Ash and I love to have a bit of a dance so we wanted to make sure everyone danced at our wedding and we knew Music Acoustic Trio would make this happen – and they did! The dance floor was packed the entire night – exactly what we wanted!
Little Hill Lettering – A friend of mine has a natural talent for sign writing so it was only fitting that I asked her to use her magic and create some signs for our day. Sarah did such a good job with our welcome sign and quotes and it just made the reception that much more personal to Ash and I.
Father Peter Hudson – Father Peter was the priest in Swan Hill when Amanda was growing up. He is now based in Horsham and we were privileged to have someone who knew both of us on a personal level to conduct our ceremony.
Lauren Dillon Designs – Lauren did our invitations and continued the theme when it came to our place cards, gift tags and menus. It was great to be able to have the style of our invites flow through to our actual wedding day.