Monthly Archives: August 2012


Toni Long and Drew Jones of Melbourne were married at Allanvale Homestead in Great Western in November 2011.

Toni had visited Allanvale on many occasions when growing up, and it is a very special place to her. The ceremony was held in the homestead gardens and the reception in a paddock marquee under the stars.

The wedding was a hands-on, all-in creative affair, with the vintage-style wedding invitations made by the bride using recycled brown paper and typed with an old typewriter.

A friend fashioned the bridal bouquets and table arrangements, with the bride sourcing colored glass from op shops and garage sales for vases. The mother-of-the-groom also made 100 button holes for guests from left over flowers (a tradition in the UK).

The mother-of-the-bride made and decorated the wedding cake, as well as sewing bunting and table runners made from vintage fabric. The bride made the service books from Little Golden Books.

Guests enjoyed bonbonniere with a difference: the groom brewed and bottled his own beer and his dad made the stickers. The ladies received some delicious lolly packs made by the bride.

Official photographer was Lizzy C Photography of Melbourne and guests danced the night away to the tunes of The Phoenix. The bride and groom retired at Allanvale Homestead for their first night as Mr and Mrs, while guests either camped on site or stayed in the homestead or shearing quarters.

Toni and Drew honeymooned in Europe.


Photos courtesy of Lizzy C Photography

Sarah Whitmore and Chris Lee, previously of Horsham, were married at the Valley Lodges in Halls Gap on May 19, 2012.

Sarah is originally from the UK and Chris from Western Australia. They were joined at their wedding celebration by family and friends from the UK, Western Australia, Queensland and from throughout Victoria.

Their one-year-old daughter Lilly was flower girl and bridesmaids were Alice Mooney and Bianca Naisbit. Best man was Chris’s brother Vaughn Lee and groomsman was Mark Jefferies.

Sarah and Chris were married by celebrant and close friend Kym Denham from Portland. Photos were by Leanne Mulchay and the girls’ make-up was by Didjun Skin and Body in Pomonal.

The couple have settled in Katherine in the Northern Territory for work purposes, but say “they’ll forever keep the Grampians in their hearts”.

Craig Mcanulty and Eliza Wallis of Horsham were married at Halls Gap Valley Lodges on November 19, 2011.

They chose to marry in the Grampians because they believe it’s a ‘magical, peaceful place’. It was also accessible for friends and family from Horsham and Ballarat.

Wedding photographer was Creations by Andrew and Misty, flowers were by Horsham Florist and the groom made the cake. Wedding celebrant was Mavis Kirsopp.