A low-key Valentine’s Day dinner on their newly-built deck, set the scene for Candice Stokes and Lucas Zuilan’s engagement. After almost a decade together, the couple married in November at a breathtaking waterfront location.
Candice and Lucas opted to stray from tradition and not have a wedding cake; instead treating their guests with a soft serve machine and heart-shaped cookie bonbonnieres. Candice and her mother Karen whipped up a storm in the kitchen baking the cookies, complete with their names and wedding date.
Fun and games
After the ceremony, guests mingled while playing games of finska, quoits and skittles and enjoyed a pre-dinner drink - while the bridal party was busy capturing the perfect shot. “We had the ceremony and reception all in the one spot and to keep people entertained in between we had lawn games,” Candice said.
Celebrating their nuptials with a marquee reception, Candice and Lucas decided on a pared back colour scheme when it came to décor. Crisp white tables were topped with brass candle holders and baby’s breath while fairy lights and lanterns lit up the draped white celling.
Spell it out
Giant letters covered in pink and white flowers made the bridal party table the focal point of the reception.
Candice’s grandfather was sick in the lead-up to the wedding and they didn’t think he was going to make it. She said having him there made the day extra special.
For Lucas it was important to involve the couple’s pet dog Rusty in the big day. Candice said the pair treated the pup like a son, so it was only fitting he accompanied their flower girl and ring boy down the aisle.
Bride’s parents: Karen and Colin Stokes
Groom’s parents: Karen and George Zulian
Service and reception: Yarrawonga Yacht Club, Mulwala
Photographer: Pure mac Photography, Mulwala
Bride’s dress: Mariana Hardwick
Bridesmaids’ dresses: White Runway
Flowers: Floral by Design
Cake: Soft serve machine
Hair: Beyond the Fringe, Yarrawonga
Make-up: Renee Galati