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A fairylight-filled autumnal wedding in Austalia

A fairylight-filled autumnal wedding in Austalia

Written by Katie Byrne

Adriana Storno and Andrew Panella swapped their vows in a romantic, seasonal celebration

Photographer: Darin Collison 

Andrew and I met through mutual friends, while we were both on Christmas Holidays, on the beach in the Mornington Peninsula. He proposed during a weekend away at my parent’s holiday house at Lorne, and after a very long and beautiful day of site seeing down the Great Ocean Road, Andrew proposed at one of our favorites places in Lorne at Teddy’s lookout.

I have only been married for a short time now, but Andrew and I have been together for many years. I would say that the most important part of maintaining a strong relationship would be to never take yourself or your relationship too seriously and don’t forget to have fun. 

I had always envisioned my wedding day to be a laid-back type of glamourous styled one. A winter style winery was perfect for this, and Stones of the Yarra Valley nailed that brief. Stones can be anything you want it to be.

Our hanging chandelier of florals with tealight candles, along with drooping fairylights, really set the mood. There was an open fire pit outside the back doors overlooking the vineyard, it was perfect.

The most important thing to me when I chose my wedding dress was how I connected with the designer. I had a vision in mind, but it was up to the designer to lead me on the journey.

Leah was laid back in her approach and not over-the-top, and that was super important to me. My dress was different, I hadn’t seen anything like it and I was so happy with the outcome.

I loved the fireworks. I’m a sucker for those big, bright sparkles in the sky, and Andrew knows this.

Part-way through Andrew’s speech, he surprised me and our guests with a show of amazing fireworks over the vineyard. It was magical.

I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change anything about the wedding. Nothing is perfect but to us, our wedding day was stunning and most importantly, it was a huge celebration with friends and family, filled with love, laughter and of course, great food and wine. 

My advice for future brides? Be organized – there is no fun in last-minute stress sessions.

In the last six months, set your ‘to do’ list and order it in priority. The highest priority items, set to action six months prior, and work the list backwards so that you have certain things to action, every month. Plan to have a blank ‘to do’ list two weeks prior, because things will pop up.

Steal their style!

Ceremony venue: St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne Reception venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley Bride's dress: Leah Da Gloria Shoes: Valentino Accessories: Tiffany & Co Personalised wedding gifts: Adorn Invitations Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell Groom's suit: MJ Bale Cake: Cakes by Raymond Tan Flowers: Blooming Brides 

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