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Lauren and Michael celebrated with a wedding in two states...

Lauren Michael Real Wedding
The couple swapped their 'I do's at a ceremony in New South Wales, then jumped across the Murray River for their reception at a boutique vineyard in Victoria.
Why the state-hopping? It was important to both Lauren and Michael that they get married where they grew up. "We love north-east Victoria and wanted to showcase the area to all our city guests, so we used all local suppliers and produce," says Lauren. The pair chose Stableford House in Howlong for the service and Olive Hills Estate in Rutherglen for the rustic reception. With 165 guests, Lauren and Michael organised an afternoon tea between the ceremony and reception to give them more time to mingle with their family and friends. The spread was in keeping with their local theme too. They served beers from Beechworth, sparkling wine from the King Valley and homemade sandwiches and sweets catered by the Jindera Football Club. One of Lauren's favourite moments of the day happened at the ceremony: her first kiss with her new husband. "My bright lipstick left a big smudge on Michael's face, and the reaction was perfectly captured by our photographer," she laughs. "It was a light-hearted and relaxed moment that flowed through the rest of the day."

To deck out Olive Hills Estate's barrel room, the couple used vintage tea cups, flower jars and wine glasses, which the bride's mother had spent a year collecting from op shops, antique stores and Etsy. There was also a lolly table, light-up LOVE letters and even fresh pizza, thanks to the outdoor woodfire pizza oven. The couple choose bomboniere from both of their hometowns: jams made in Glenrowan (the groom) and tomato relish from Jindera (the bride).
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SUPPLIERS Bride's gown Luci di Bella // Bridesmaids' dresses Review // Groom's suit Suitshop // Ceremony Stableford House Bed & Breakfast // Reception Olive Hills Estate // Catering The King River Café // Flowers The Rutherglen Wedding Company // Lolly bar and LOVE letters Ooh La La Lolly Bars // Arbor, pews and chairs Gather Vintage Hire // Cake Sandra Schilg // Photography Bec from Sue Davis Photography
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