A waterfront wedding

By Bride and Groom 16 May 2017

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. 



Sweet treats

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. 


Simple elegance

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. 



Special guest

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. 

Puppy love 

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 

Suits: Politix 

Flowers: Floral by Design 

Cake: Soft serve machine 

Hair: Beyond the Fringe, Yarrawonga 

Make-up: Renee Galati

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