Engagements & Weddings


MADI Cross and Matt Freeland of Stawell were married at the groom’s family property in Halls Gap in January.

As part of the wedding ceremony, led by Stawell celebrant, Kevin Dallinger, the couple attached an engraved ‘love lock’ to a bridge made by the groom’s father.

The couple was attended by Jade Cross, Daniel Thomas, Nellie Driscoll, Andrew Dunn, Sahra Jasper and Rob Freeland. The reception was at Halls Gap Valley Lodges and Function Centre.

Madi is a nurse at Stawell Regional Health and Matt is a spare parts salesman at Toyota in Stawell. They have children – Milla, 3 and William, 2.

Photography: Kerri Kingston Photography

Flowers: Alisha Ellis

Cake: Jules Fenwick

Hair: Emily Jackson

Makeup: Skinco

Dresses: Melissa E

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Weddings AustraliaMELBOURNE couple Sarah Graham and Sam Duncan were recently married at Halls Gap Recreation Reserve, surrounded by majestic mountains and native wildlife.

Sarah, formerly of Hamilton and Sam, originally from Yarrawonga, gathered family and friends for a charming bush wedding ceremony and a stylish marquee reception.

The couple chose Halls Gap for a destination wedding, so family and friends could experience one of Sarah’s favorite childhood holiday spots.

The official wedding photos were taken on a clearing of land that capitalized on breathtaking 360 degree views of the Grampians ranges.

Celebrant: Tanya O’Brien

Bridal Gown: Designer Bridal Room

Bridesmaid Gowns: White Runway

Makeup:  Solace Beauty Lounge & Wellness Spa

Hair: Affair with Hair

Suits: Expedition Apparel

Flowers: Sugar Bee Flowers

Cake: Kristin’s Kakes

Photographer: Darkroom Studios & Alister Lor

Equipment Hire: Little Black Sheep Hire

Marquee: Blue Lake Hire

Event Stylist: Harper & Co

Accommodation: Blue Ridge Retreat

Catering: Dariwill Farm




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Hannah Ellen and Ben Argall were married at the heritage listed Mount Mitchell Homestead in Lexton, Victoria on September 26, 2015.

After exchanging their vows in the homestead’s spectacular gardens, the bride and groom celebrated with a reception at Taltarni Vineyards and Winery in Moonambel.

Hannah and Ben were attended by maid-of-honor Jessica Hodder, bridesmaids Courtney Ellen and Stephanie Cross, best man Robert Argall amd groomsmen Jason Hodder and Luke McLoughlin.

Hannah’s grandmother Lurl Raven put hours of love into making a traditional fruitcake as a wedding gift for the couple.

The bridal flowers and Hannah’s headpiece were created by Kate Mann from Minyip, who specialises in vintage style pieces.

Hannah and Ben, who live in Wallaloo East, enjoyed a honeymoon in Tasmania.

Photographer: Kerri Kingston, Stawell

Celebrant: Reverand Anne McKenna

Makeup: Julie and Bree Hair and Beauty, Maryborough

Hair: Chazen Hair & Beauty Salon, Avoca

Bride’s Dress: Melissa E Bridal, Ballarat

Suits: Ed Harry, Ballarat

Catering: Charlton Catering

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Nhill couple Julie Dickerson and Brendan Cook were married at Pine Plains Lodge in the Wyperfield National Park in April.

Having the ceremony, reception and accommodation at at one location meant that the wedding celebrations were relaxed and laid back. After a morning ceremony, the couple enjoyed a ‘long lunch’ with guests, followed by dinner and more celebrating until the wee hours of the morning.

The bride, a talented cake baker and decorator, made her own wedding cake, as well as delightful home-made jam and sauce as bonbonniere for guests.

The official wedding images, taken by Leanne Mulcahy, were taken on the ‘Snowdrift’ (an ancient Mallee sand dune), providing a natural and dramatic backdrop.

Photographer: Leanne Mulcahy Photography

Flowers: Alisha Ellis

Celebrant: Pam Nelson

Cake: Julie Dickerson













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The fact that it was 42 degrees with thunderstorms did nothing to dampen the magnificent wedding of Abbey and Shannon Edwards on January 3 this year.

This lovely couple from Hamilton were married at the Royal Mail Hotel‘s Mt Sturgeon homestead. Photography by Leanne Mulcahy, flowers by Grey Street Flowers (Hamilton), celebrant was Tanya O’Brien and dress from Dubois Boutique in Warrnambool.

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Leah and Bradley Jackson were married at St Michael’s and John’s Catholic Church in Horsham on October 4, 2014.

Leah, a radiologist and Brad, an agronomist, celebrated their wedding with friends and family at Horsham Golf Club. Photographer was Leanne Mulcahy and posies were created by Alisha Ellis.

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Emily Dean and Lee Oliver of Stawell were married on March 7, 2015.

After a romantic, rustic ceremony at Emily’s family farm – officiated by the bride’s Aunt and complete with vintage cars – the bride and groom celebrated with family and friends at Trackside Tabaret, before enjoying a well-deserved honeymoon in Thailand.

“The Grampians Wedding Directory site is a ‘one – stop – shop’ for sourcing all things wedding! Personally, I found it made what can be a stressful time, quite fun; sourcing my photographer, reception function room and event stylist Kim from Allure Wedding and Event Hire for seating and decorations. Well worth a look!” – Emily Oliver

Photos: Kerri Kingston, Stawell

Decorations: Allure Wedding & Event Hire

Celebrant: Joanne Moon, Warrnambool

Cake: Rhodes to Sweet Designs, Stawell

Flowers: Paper flowers made by Amy McColl & Jill Cameron (see Pinterest for ideas)

Dresses: Bride’s gown from Belle’s and Bow’s Bridal, Eaglehawk and Bridesmaids gowns from Bendigo Bridal Collections.

Suits: Foster’s Mensland, Stawell

Honeymoon: Flight Centre, Ballarat

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Carol Hannah and Wayne Hornsby of Horsham were married at Memorable Occasions on McKenzie in Haven in August, 2012.

They chose the rural chapel as it was a beautiful indoor venue where they could comfortably seat their guests.

Carol was attended by matron of honour Kathy Pilmore, bridesmaid Niketa Kilpatrick, junior bridesmaid Bethany Pilmore and the couple’s daughter Hirahni,  3 was flowergirl.

Wayne’s attendants were best man Dave Pilmore and page boy, Carol’s son Jonah Manwaring, 7 who also gave the bride away.

Family and friends all pitched in to create the special day, including the cake and decorations. The wedding celebrant was Allison Roberts and videographer was Ben Plunkett.

The couple had their wedding reception at Toys Garden Restaurant in Horsham.

Amy Peel and Lynden Brewis were married at St Matthews Uniting Church in Stawell on November 19, 2011. They were attended by Melanie Roberts, Lauretta Hamilton, Chloe Antonio, Bradley Bond, Adam Stevens and Barry Matulick. The rustic-themed reception held in a marquee at Allanvale Homestead, Great Western. Guests loved the home-made peanut brownies as their gifts. After honeymooning in Thailand, Amy and Lynden settled in the Moyston area. Photography by Melissa Powell and hair and make-up by Didjun Skin and Body, Pomonal.


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