Frances and Chris' Rustic Chic Wedding in the Yarra Valley

Frances and Chris were married in the stunning Zonzo Estate, in South Australia's Yarra Valley. Wearing a stunning Rue de Seine gown, the bride looked graceful and ethereal. The reception was rustic and charming. Giant balls of flowers hung elegantly above the long dinner tables while candles placed small wooden logs created a flickering romantic ambiance.  

The couple shared their experience with Kisses & Cake...

Planning + Partying

How did you and your partner meet? 

We actually met at a burger café and after chatting, Chris asked me out on a date. The first thing I actually noticed about him were his amazing blue-green eyes; there was something so gentle and genuine about him!

One date led to another and we started dating long distance as I was living in country Vic at the time. I’d never met anyone like Chris and after 6 months, I knew that I had to move back to Melbourne. I think I knew that I’d marry him after our first meeting though. I remember driving home in complete and utter shock, thinking to myself that this guy could be the one!

How did he propose?
A year after we met, he took me out to dinner and as we were strolling along the water front at Williamstown, he got down on one knee and proposed.

How did you choose your wedding gown? 
I walked past a bridal store with a window display that really caught my eye. The styling was very bohemian and romantic and unlike most places. I went in and within 10 minutes I knew I’d found my dress. I felt beautiful, and most importantly I felt like myself.      

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We wanted a theme that suited the venue – which was quite rustic with rolling country side views and a wedding that was beautiful but warm and joyful, just like my relationship with Chris.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Chris’ face when I was walking down the aisle! I’ve always been a sucker for his eyes.

Any DIY décor elements?
I made the cover for our wedding guest book (from typo), and guests took polaroid’s and taped them into the book with a message.  I added a touch of rustic twine around the guest’s names and bonbonniere jars as well. Most of the decoration was also a collaboration between Zonzo estates and us.

Any tips that you can give to future brides? 

  1. Start planning early- keep records of everything (spread-sheets)
  2. Consider hiring a car vs. expensive chauffeurs.
  3. Do lots of research on Pinterest, Instagram and online and make sure you read lots of reviews.
  4. Do what you like! Don’t be pressured by other people’s opinions.


Photographer: The White Tree

Dress: Rue de Seine from The Bridal Atelier

Makeup/Hair: Eve Gunson Freelance

Shoes: Zomp 

Accessories: LOVEON Jewelery 

Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss

Stationery: Adorn Invitations 

Cake: Let them Eat Cake

Food: Zonzo Estate

Flowers: Debbie O Neill

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Zonzo Estate, Yarra Valley

Celebrant: Mike Larkin



Special thanks to June Sommers from Adorn Invitations for the real bride submission. 

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