Despite the pandemic throwing a few spanners in the works for Bianca and Shaun, they managed to pull off the most incredible wedding day in January.
Their original date was in October but the ol rona had other plans for the couple.
Bianca and Shaun were obviously pretty upset about not being able to go ahead with their original date but in saying that they were super chill with re organizing a new date. They were a super understanding dream boat couple to deal with amongst 2020's shit show of a year!
BEFORE THE WEDDING;
How did you both meet?
Tinder... what a love story HAHA
How long have you been together?
Just over 2 and a half years.
When did you know you had found the one?
To be honest there was no 'big bang' moment, our lives molded together seamlessly and it just felt like that is how life is supposed to be.
What is something quirky about your partner? Something that drives you a little crazy but you love them regardless.
Every time I am ready to go somewhere Shaun decides that the moment I am ready is the perfect moment to put the washing on- or any other kind of chore that isn't important enough to do before I was ready but is crucial to complete before we leave the house. I think it is faffing, he thinks it is productive.
What was your first date?
It was a brunch date at Millar's (a café local to us)… A brunch date that lasted about 2 and a half hours!
Tell us about the proposal story?
It was our one year anniversary and I was bragging that I had bought Shaun "The best present ever, way way better than whatever you got me" turns out his present was actually a beautiful photo book... with a proposal on the last page! I was in shock and when I turned to look at him he was there on one knee with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen... needless to say I was proved wrong, his gift was 100% better than mine haha.
How did you hear about us? What made you choose The Shearing Shed, what is the story behind choosing a venue?
Being from Geelong and having attended a lot of weddings here we wanted to get married somewhere that was just ours. We started the search online and looked at a lot of venues around Yarra Valley and Mornington but we found that, although the venues were beautiful, the vibe was stuffy and a little stuck up (can I even say that!!?) haha the staff were rigid and unaccommodating. We found The Shearing Shed online then drove around to check it out and as soon as we turned into the driveway we were both excited, Abbie was down to earth and easy going. The property was absolutely stunning, then as soon as Shaun walked into the reception area he said 'This is it, this is the one' and that was basically it. It was also a bonus that the venue has an inside ceremony space that we had as a backup in case the weather was nasty and we couldn't hold the ceremony in the billabong.
How was the lead up to your day? Explain the planning process.
Initially wedding planning was a lot of fun, plenty of pinterest boards and some shopping trips with the bride tribe, but in the end it was an absolute nightmare!!! Our original date was the 10th of October 2020 which was right in the middle of the Covid lockdowns, fortunately we had plenty of notice that it wasn't going to be able to go ahead and we were able to re book all of our suppliers for a new date in 2021. Planning involved a lot of back and forth with Abbie to understand what our wedding 'could' look like if we made changes to the guest list/reception space/type of celebration (you name it, we explored all of the options and then some)
Throughout the whole process Abbie was understanding, patient and very very helpful. When we finally made the decision to cancel, Abbie sent through a spreadsheet which showed us available dates for 2021, then we worked from there to book everyone else in. It was probably a blessing in disguise because instead of worrying about every nitty gritty detail of the day, I was just focused on getting married!!
Any funny stories or disasters leading up to your big day?
Other than having to reschedule the whole thing everything went as planned on the day.. although I did leave my wedding dress in the wardrobe at the accommodation on Phillip Island. We didn't realize until we were almost home haha. Don't worry a friend picked them up for me and they are all safe and sound now!
Did you include any of the typical wedding traditions?
We found out that Shaun was quite traditional as we were planning so we pretty much had all of them haha.
The only thing I got away with dropping was the cake cutting- the desserts were SO GOOD that there was no need for cake.
One of my bridesmaids is superstitious and insisted I have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue with me for good luck for the day.
What was your most memorable moment of the wedding?
Standing in the cool room after our bridal portraits!! It was SO HOT I felt like I was going to pass out, when Abbie came and asked Shaun and I if we would like to stand in the cool room for a minute to reset, it was life changing at that point in time!! Aside from that was my friend Bella coming to hug me after the ceremony- she was trying really hard to hold in her tears and they ended up coming out of her nose HAHAHA we still laugh about it.
Pinterest was probably your best friend! What was the inspiration behind all the styling/concept?
This is 100% accurate, all of the floral arrangements inspo came from pinterest and Tam from Florium Creations did a sensational job of turning my thoughts and ideas into reality. Other than that , we just chose things that we liked and mashed them altogether hoping that it would work! Fortunately it did, we were stoked with how it all came together.
Words of wisdom for planning a wedding?
Wait until 2025 when Covid is a distant memory!! HAHA JK- Actual advice would be to let go of the idea of planning the 'PERFECT DAY' no matter how much time you spend stressing there will always be something that happens that you think afterwards "It would of been better if "... Instead just enjoy yourself and the process, focus on the excitement of getting married and the joy of sharing it with your friends and family. Have a loose plan for how the day will run, confirm the timeline and then just roll with the rest! The less time you spend worrying about the little things the more time you will spend laughing and enjoying yourself!
WHAT A BLOODY VIBE!!
We honestly had the best night for Bianca and Shaun's wedding.
A night filled with love, laughter, family & dancing.
Here is a list of the vendors who made their dreams come true.
Venue- The Shearing Shed
Photographer/ videographer- Miranda Stokkel
Flowers- Florium Creations
Celebrant- Leah Brady
Band- Tristan J Ross