Kristy Johnston always knew Lucky Man by The Verve was Corey Gove’s ideal wedding song, but when he put it on repeat as they enjoyed a Friday night drink in their pyjamas, she never dreamed he would get down on one knee. Completely taken by surprise and unable to compose herself, Corey said it felt like 15 minutes passed before Kristy finally said yes.
In a symbolic gesture, the couple decided to meet before the ceremony. Hiding on either side of a pillar they couldn’t see each other but Kristy said holding hands heightened the excitement and made it the most memorable part of the day. “I was ready, I just wanted to see him,” she said. “It was the biggest rush of emotions.”
Kristy and Corey were married in a scenic location, with the sparkling Lake Mulwala as the backdrop. A family link gave the couple a rare chance to be married on a private, lake-side property and Kristy said it was special knowing they were the first and probably the last to marry there.
Wanting to let the location’s natural beauty shine, Kristy said they opted for no decorations at the ceremony other than wooden chairs. For the reception they incorporated burlap, fairy lights, baby’s breath and handmade centrepiece candles to create a simple yet classy evening.
A lucky song
The couple wanted to avoid cliché wedding songs. Kristy walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Calvin Harris’ This Is What You Came For performed by Tyler Ward, and their first dance was to Jeff Woodward’s rendition of the very song Corey proposed to.
Bride’s parents: Keryn Johnston and John Stimson
Groom’s parents: Wendy and Gary Gove
Service: Private property in Yarrawonga
Reception: Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, Mulwala
Photographer: Pure mac Photography, Mulwala
Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ dresses: Melissa E, Ballarat
Suits: Earles, Horsham
Flowers: Blooms of Yarrawonga, Yarrawonga
Cake: Made by a family friend
Hair and make-up: Mink and Mason, Yarrawonga