It might rank as the most simple and straightforward request in any wedding planning but Jamie Collins was unaware of his dangerous precedent when his only condition was donuts as part of the wedding.
You know it’s going to be an easy wedding to organise when the groom’s only demand in planning is the inclusion of Krispy Kreme donuts as a feature in the wedding cake.
So when Alana married Jamie Collins in Echuca, she made sure he got his donuts – the single-tiered wedding cake was perched on a raft of them.
“The donuts were my husband’s one and only request and were certainly a reflection of him. He was happy for me to organise everything else as long as that request was fulfilled,” Alana said.
The pair had been together for eight years when Jamie surprised Alana with a proposal during a sunset helicopter flight over Uluru.
After which the Leopold (on the gateway of the Bellarine Peninsula east of Geelong) soon decided they would marry in Echuca-Moama because they love the atmosphere and the location of the twin towns.
“We initially found Echuca after we had a holiday with some friends and we decided if we were to get married it would be in Echuca because we love the relaxed vibe of the place.
“We often come up here for our weekends away now and it means a lot to both of us.”
The outdoor wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful Perricoota Vines Retreat because it fitted in with relaxed, boho feel the couple were seeking, followed by a reception at Radcliffe’s.
Alana loved its atmosphere, with the leaves and vines trailing from the roof, and it catered nicely for their 85 guests.
“I did a lot of internet searching to find the perfect venue for us and in the end I couldn’t have been happier with our choices.”
Essence Duo kept the crowd entertained well into the night with a great mix of songs, both old and new.
“They were fantastic and did an amazing job, in fact the whole night was perfect and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”
Alana used many Echuca locals for her wedding requirements.
Sublime Hair and Makeup looked after the beauty side of things, Lisa from Wallingford Flowers took control of the bridal bouquets; Tracy from Tracy’s Cakes made the top and put the doughnut cake together and Tamara Cadd took the photos.
“Tamara came highly recommended to us and she was so good to work with and we now have a beautiful record of our wedding day.
“Lisa did a great job of the flowers which were in white, green and pastel tones and I also had flowers in my hair. The guests threw rose petals and we had flowers everywhere in the reception, I just love flowers and they were a beautiful part of the day.”
When it came to the all-important dress Alana knew exactly want she wanted, a dress from Grace Loves Lace.
She flew to Sydney for a fitting and the one she chose was the last dress of the day – a slim-fitting gown was exactly what she was after.
The couple plan to honeymoon in America in August and have already increased their family by one, with the addition of new baby Indi, a Border Collie that is already a massive part of their family.