We’d never considered the Commonwealth Games to be a place for budding romance – that is until we heard about Abbie and Ben. The pair were working as ball kids at the 2006 games and it was there on the hockey courts that they found one another. Five years on and with some long distance in between, Ben popped the question at home and the rest is history!
The two tied the knot at the All Seasons Hotel and Swan Hill based photographer, Cassie of Koko Photography was there to capture it all!
Now living in Melbourne, these sweethearts wanted to hold their wedding somewhere between the city and Abbie’s hometown of Swan Hill. Having previously lived here herself, Abbie tells us that Bendigo was an easy choice, “We wanted somewhere that could accommodate ceremony, reception and overnight accommodation and wanted to give our guests the opportunity to have a weekend away. The All Seasons Hotel offered all we were looking for. The staff were extremely helpful with our requests, the food was fantastic and nothing was too hard for the team.”
In a full-skirted gown with a sweetheart neckline (courtesy of Fairytales Boutique), Abbie made for a beautiful bride and when it came to theme, simplicity was key. The couple opted for natural, elegant styling and a primarily black and white colour palette. Pink, orange and white gerberas from The Eternal Vase added a pop of colour to the bouquets, as did the groomsmen’s bright fuschia ties.
“One of our favourite bits was just after our first dance.” Abbie tells us. “We were always told to take it all in because the day goes so quickly. We did our first dance, then both of our parents joined us, then our bridal party joined us and then everyone was invited to join us. At that moment Ben and I got off the dance floor and just took a moment to look at the reception and the people.”
Looking back, Abbie and Ben are grateful that they set aside that quiet moment to observe the loved ones who had gathered to celebrate their special day. Their advice to husbands and wives-to-be? “Everyone will have an opinion on what you are doing. Make your own big choices around your wedding but compromise on the small ones.”
Reception Venue: The All Seasons Hotel
Bride’s Dress: Fairytales Boutique, Nunawading
Bride’s Shoes: Wittner
Bridesmaid’s Shoes: Novo
Groom’s Attire: Peter Jackson
Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim
Flowers: Eternal Vase
Table Settings: Eternal Vase
Band/ entertainment: The Drowning Sorrows
Celebrant: Anna Pendergast
Stationery: Lauren Dillon Designs
Cake: Cakes By Kelly