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Elyse and David used an old school toy for their place settings

Lego! The pair personalised this quirky and cool idea by including questions for their guests in the invitations.
"We asked questions so we could pick out a Lego figurine that matched them. The questions were things like, 'If you could have any superpower, what would it be?' and 'When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?'," explains Elyse. "The Lego figurines held the place name tags. It was quite a bit of work but a lot of fun choosing different figurines for each person. David is a big fan of games, and Lego seemed a fun way to incorporate this into the wedding." David's groomsmen also wore Lego cufflinks.

For their wedding bands, the couple used the groom's father's ring. David's dad, Bob, had surprised the pair during a shopping trip in Melbourne. "We had been discussing getting our wedding rings when Bob said, 'Oh, I've actually got something that might help,' so we went to the carpark and he opened the boot of his car and rummaged around for a while. Bob then turned around and asked if we would like to use his wedding ring," says Elyse. "It was a funny and lovely moment all at the same time. You don't really expect a wedding ring to be pulled from the boot of a car."

The pair swapped 'I do's overlooking the vines at Glen Erin at Lancefield. "Our venue was beautiful and they were very helpful with everything we wanted to do!" remembers Elyse. The vines at Glen Erin also influenced the shade Elyse chose for her bridesmaids' dresses. "I thought the leaves on the vines would just be turning red, yellow and orange, and the aubergine of the bridesmaids' dresses would look beautiful against the colours." Elyse and her bridesmaids arrived in a horse and carriage, but their trip was delayed by a guest's car blocking the carriage's path! The couple added a handfasting ceremony into their service. "This is an ancient Celtic tradition that we liked, where the celebrant tied ribbons around our clasped hands," the bride says. "It symbolises the commitment we made to each other, and it's where the phrase 'tying the knot' comes from. The ribbons represented our families." 

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SUPPLIERS Bride's gown and bridesmaids' dresses Fairytales Bridal Boutique // Groom and groomsmen's suits Myer // Ceremony, reception, catering, table flower arrangements and cheese tower Glen Erin at Lancefield // Invitations Invitations by Melita // Photography Bonavita Photography // Entertainment Lark Music

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