Hannah and Josh

REAL WEDDING

TARA + WILL

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In the bustling heart of Melbourne, where the vibrant culture of Fitzroy meets the camaraderie of the Preston Bullants football club, a love story began. It was here that Tara, the dedicated Team Manager of the women’s football squad, crossed paths with Will, a player on the men’s team. What started as casual encounters at the Stone Hotel soon blossomed into a love story.

Their journey from acquaintances to inseparable lovebirds was marked by chance meetings at their favourite local haunt. Fate, it seemed, was determined to bring them together. However, there was a twist. Will happened to be a friend of Tara’s brother, so they had to keep their budding romance under wraps. Despite their initial reservations, the connection between them grew stronger with each passing day.

The turning point came on what would become their official ‘first date’. As they sat across from each other, Will asked the daring question, ‘Can I tell your brother about us yet?’ Tara’s response was a resounding ‘no’.  Little did they know that their secret would soon be exposed during an AFL Grand Final party, leading them to embrace their feelings openly.

Fast forward to February 2022, after two-and-a-half years of cherished moments and shared experiences, Will decided it was time to take their relationship to the next level. In a heartwarming and memorable proposal, he took Tara on a mystery picnic adventure around South Yarra. With each clue, their love story unfolded until they reached the Royal Botanic Gardens. However, Will’s true intentions remained hidden as he kept suggesting they move to different spots, making Tara wonder if he was just prolonging their picnic. Little did she know he was searching for the perfect moment. When he finally dropped to one knee with a stunning ring in hand, Tara’s enthusiastic ‘yes’ marked the beginning of their journey towards marriage.

As they embarked on their wedding planning adventure, Tara’s meticulous organisational skills complemented Will’s laid-back nature. Together they crafted a day that reflected their unique style and personalities. Their wedding brought together 155 cherished family and friends to celebrate their love of each other. Pink, a colour dear to Tara, was woven throughout the theme from flowers to bridesmaids’ dresses – and even her own shoes. Personal touches, such as framed photos of their grandparents’ weddings and a nod to their beloved dachshunds, Penelope and Wallace, added a sentimental dimension to the day.

Tara looked resplendent in a Georgia Young couture gown, while Will sported a custom Oscar Hunt tuxedo, adding a touch of velvet to stand out among his groomsmen. Their shared love of music played a significant role in their special day with Brown Eyed Girl setting the perfect tone for Tara’s walk down the aisle.

As they reflect on their wedding day, Tara and Will fondly recall the moments that touched their hearts. For Tara, it was the emotional walk down the aisle, while Will’s unforgettable moment was watching his ‘brown-eyed girl’ approach him. They also cherished moments of togetherness during sunset photos, taking in the breathtaking views and savouring the significance of their day.

Their advice to couples embarking on their own wedding journey is to savour every moment, embrace what feels right for you and cherish the presence of loved ones. Most importantly, be together as much as possible, creating a shared memory that will last a lifetime.

Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh

Gown: Georgia Young Couture    |   Bridesmaid’s gowns: The Significant Other     |   Shoes: Bride: Loeffler Randall, Bridesmaids: Wittner, Groom/Groomsmen: Betts   |   Hair: Alex Fielding Hair   |   Makeup: Ruby Tuesday MAU    |   Suits: Groom: Oscar Hunt, Groomsmen: YD    |   Rings: Kavalri    |   Celebrant: Sharon Cook   |   Ceremony and Reception: Terindah Estate    |   Flowers: The Posie Place    |   Catering: Truffleduck   |   Cake: Love It Cakes     |   Photography: Love Bomb Photos     |   Videographer: Jacob Heston    |   Singer: Abigail Grace    |   Stationery: Danger and Moon    |   Honeymoon: New York and Mexico

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