Fluffy white clouds floated gracefully across expansive blue skies and the warm earth displayed its Summer-gold cloak, on the day that Tanya and Kyal were married at The Briars – an historic rural property and homestead on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
Tanya and Kyal share “a great affinity for the outdoors” and a love of travel and adventure, having become engaged on a hike in India in 2012. Cocooned in their tent, oblivious to the freezing temperatures outside, they were having a laugh and enjoying each other’s company and “it was perfect”!
Tanya was completely surprised by the proposal. Kyal knew Tanya’s favourite gem stone and had the stunning ring specially made by a friend of hers.
On the morning of the Wedding day Kyal was relaxed and happy, his only fleeting worry being that he and his groomsmen had such difficulty opening the band on the beautiful gift Tanya had given him!
Meanwhile, Tanya was sharing precious friend and family time getting ready for the wonderful day ahead.
How exciting it was for her to don the romantic, vintage-inspired, Lisa Ho wedding gown. Sleeveless, in ivory lace with an interlocking flower-shaped pattern, and with four layered frills softly cascading from a dainty pearl waistband, the elegant dress featured a generous “key-hole” back plunging dramatically to the waistline.
With a floral clasp securing a fine scallop-edged veil to her softly waved dark hair, Tanya’s natural beauty and elegance shone radiantly.
“Fresh, relaxed summer styles inspired us”.
The delicate blush of the bridesmaids’ dresses and the abundant bouquets of cool green chrysanthemums, golden yellow “buttons” and lacy white Gypsophila were enhanced by the men’s “buttonhole” flowers and soft, buttermilk ties.
Surrounded by rustic buildings and earthy hay bales, Tanya stood happily beside the wedding car with her parents, sisters and best friend. This was one of her very special moments to treasure, as was her first glimpse of Kyal at the end of the aisle.
Tanya’s Father proudly ushered her across the lush green lawn towards welcoming guests and her beaming husband-to-be. When Tanya first saw Kyal she felt overwhelmingly excited, yet relaxed and at ease. “He looked incredibly handsome!”
Reflecting on their wedding day, Kyal remarked that “nothing could top Tanya walking down the aisle towards me. She looked stunning!”
When they first met, Kyal was not only captivated by Tanya’s beauty – it was clear to him on initial impression that she was “engaging, intelligent and funny.” Later, he happily discovered that she was kind, generous, and fun, valued family and friends highly, and was “a bit of a dag”!
Tanya was impressed by Kyal’s kind smile and his joyous nature – he laughs easily and often.
“He has a wonderful, relaxed energy” and is gentle, kind and fun-loving. He will go out of his way to make you feel special”
After the ceremony, Tanya and Kyal walked the aisle together as husband and wife to the acoustic version of “Everlasting light” by The Back Keys.
“Our musician, Mark, did a brilliant job of adapting it …….it was such a beautiful rendition.”
Posing naturally for portraits, the couple and their wedding party were highlighted by the rural landscape – the contrasting rugged appeal of open fields, vintage farm machinery, corrugated out-buildings and sweet-smelling hay.
After mingling on the lush lawns and in the colourful gardens, everyone made their way to the Barn for a lavish wedding Reception.
The wedding party and guests were treated to fine dining, in rustic cosiness, under festoons of twinkling lights, bunting and fresh flowers.
Tanya and Kyal’s tender first dance was to Otis Redding’s, “That’s How Strong Our Love Is”.
The Barn at the Briars “was a perfect fit” for the relaxed, country-style wedding that both Tanya and Kyal wanted.
“It was a massive DIY affair that Tanya managed to pull off while living interstate. There are a lot of thanks to family and friends for helping to make it happen.”
As the cool, deep blue of night fell and Tanya and Kyal embraced in the golden light of the barn, they radiated love and happiness for all to see.
I wish them a wonderful future and many more happy adventures together.
Tanya and Kyal’s Wedding Team:
- Ceremony and Reception: The Briars
- Caterers – Maude Street Catering
- Florist: Secret Garden Mornington
- Stylist: Tanya and Kyal with the help of their family and friends
- Hairdresser: Jenny Coyle
- Make-up artist: Hayley Cronin
- Brides dress: Lisa Ho
- Bridesmaids dresses: Zimmerman
- Grooms Suit: Studio Italia
- Groomsmen suits: Studio Italia
- Cake: Mandy Crema
- Music – Mark Brunott