A land wedding and a water reception

By Bride and Groom 16 August 2017

Dream setting? Yep. Dream venue? Absolutely. Dream weather? Of course. When Shelley Brett Muhlebach married Andy it could not have worked out any better. A land wedding and cruising reception brought together the best of everything – and a strong connection with their own love story. 

Shelley Brett Muhlebach couldn’t have asked for a better day when she married her partner Andy in March.

And chose to have their reception cruising the Murray aboard the MV Mary Ann, a place that has a special significance for the couple.

“We had one of our first dates together on the Mary Ann. We had such a nice time back then and we thought it would be the perfect place to begin the next stage of our life as a married couple,” Shelley said.

The couple booked the Mary Ann after attending the Wedding Expo in 2016.

“We loved the look of the refurbished Mary Ann and if you booked at the expo you got a discount. We knew it would be something different for our Melbourne mates and we chose to get married the weekend before daylight savings ended, so we could make the most of the stunning river views.”

The wedding party cruised the river from 6-11pm, dining on canapes and finger food.

“I have been to a few weddings where there hasn’t been enough food so I was adamant there would be plenty at ours and by all accounts there was and it was lovely too, especially the pork belly on Asian slaw –it was delicious.”

The boat stopped at the dock at 9.30pm to let the photographer and any elderly guests off and then continued up the river.

To break up the day, the couple chose to hold their wedding ceremony at Perricoota Vines Retreat.

“The retreat was such a beautiful setting amongst the gardens. We had an open bar and our musician played during it, it was a bit like a concert in the end and it was lovely.”

Andy loves hunting so the couple chose to incorporate that into the rustic theme – they used quirky sayings like the ‘hunt is over’ and fake deer antlers, along with lots of succulents.

The groomsmen wore navy suits and had yellow ‘Billy Buttons’ in the lapels as did their son Max, who walked down the aisle with a matching bow tie.

Shelley had Billy Buttons in her bouquet which was designed by Lisa from Wallingford Flowers. The bouquet was wrapped in hessian and tied with the same lace as her dress which she purchased from Deblus.

“I was really happy with my dress and once the alterations were made it turned into exactly what I wanted. I also got my shoes from Evans Shoes, in fact most of my stuff was local – Hakka’s did my hair and Sarah North my make-up.”

Shelley said Echuca was a great place to get married because there are so many wonderful options to choose from.

“We had such a lovely day and March is a great time of the year to get married in Echuca, although I would recommend getting in early because things get booked very quickly.”

The couple spent a relaxing eight days touring Vietnam for their honeymoon.

Photography: The Art of Zowie Photography

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