Heartfelt, poignant and meaningful, the beautiful November ceremony of Karyn Davies and David Grima was followed by a garden reception full of laughter and fun to celebrate the couple’s marriage and love for each other.
Two families become one
Describing her wedding as “two worlds coming together”, Karyn knew she wanted to create a fun atmosphere to encourage the guests, half of which were locals and the other half which were from Gippsland, to mingle.
Ensuring they did their wedding their way, Karyn and David said goodbye to tradition and took the photos before their vows, so they could do away with the two hour gap between the wedding and reception.
“Although untraditional, it meant that the guests could relax as soon as they got to the venue, as we had everything in one place,” Karyn said.
“We wanted a relaxed atmosphere, where guests could help themselves. I love vibrant fresh greenery and I find garden settings extremely peaceful and relaxing.”
The couple’s reception featured outdoor seating and serve yourself bar and food options, meaning everyone could move freely around the space and get to know each other.
Giant Jenga, Connect Four and ring tosses added an extra air of fun and excitement to the reception, with the lawn games a big hit.
Love at first sight
It was a visit to his sister at work that led Karyn and David to meet for the first time.
After their love blossomed, thecouple later returned to the spot they first met, this time as husband and wife.
“We got some of our wedding photos taken in the exact spot we both were when we first ever laid eyes on each other, because for him, that was the exact spot he fell in love,’ Karyn said.
Welcome to the family
In a moving element to their ceremony, David’s daughter Erlina carried the rings down the aisle in a handmade wooden box before presenting them to her dad and step mother when it came time to exchange rings.
“It was a great way of including her without putting too much pressure on her, she loved it and it was just perfect,” Karyn said.
In a touching tribe to her now-husband, Karyn sang her own version of Adele’s Someone Like You, bringing the crowd to tears.
Having come up with the idea on a drive to Gippsland to visit her parents, Karyn finalised the new lyrics to the song three days before the wedding.
“I just wanted to show him how much I love him…it was the best way I could think of to do that,” she said.
The groom’s bold and unique shirt.
See more photos from Karyn and David's wedding day over on our Instagram.
Bride's parents: Vic and Zoe Davies
Groom's parents: Bonaventura Grima (dec) and Cathy Ratnavira (dec)
Service and reception: Hurlstone Homestead, Grahamvale
Photography: Moss and Mint Photography
Bride's dress: Leah S Designs, Hallam
Suits: Joe Paul Menswear, Shepparton
Flowers: Brides’ bouquet made by the bride’s mother, Zoe Davies, with reception flowers by Avonlea Flowers, Murchison
Cake: Cupcake Ali, Shepparton
Hair: Hair Central, Shepparton
Make-up: Ash Blake Beauty Therapy, Yarrawonga