November is a beautiful time of the year to get married in the twin towns, just ask Kirsty and Jake Stevens.
The couple chose the iconic Echuca Wharf as the backdrop for their wedding last year and it was then just a short stroll across the street to Radcliffe’s for the reception.
“Hands down it was the best day – it was fun and casual with a rustic, country feel,’ Kirsty said.
The country feel came from the addition of Jake’s prized Landcruiser ute as the wedding car – despite the small degree of difficulty it posed for Kirsty to get in and out of – in her wedding dress.
“Jake’s dual cab is his most prized procession. A mate had another one so we decided to make the most of it and use these expensive vehicles as part of the wedding.
“They cleaned up really well and Jake had a few people comment on how nice his Cruiser is. This was his only input which was nice because everything else is always about the girls, flowers and dresses.”
The couple moved to Echuca from Charlton six years ago so they chose a destination that was central and easy for their guests.
“We love the beautiful wharf and river views. Our guests had drinks upstairs at Ceres and then wandered down to Radcliffe’s for the reception, it was simple and easy for everyone.
“I love the feel of Radcliffe’s. We got that rustic feel we love, with a roof over our heads so it didn’t matter what the weather was like outside and their food is superb.”
The couple had a sit down two-course meal and decided to have a buffet dessert bar stacked with wedding cake (made by Suttons Bakery) and slices made by family members.
“We are not over-the-top people. The cake was simple and we just put some flowers on it and a sign made from Kasoobi.
“The dessert bar was a real success. It is so easy to bake a couple of slices and people love homemade food. There was barely anything left, people were helping themselves even before the meal came out.”
Kirsty purchased her dress from Michele’s Bridal & Formal Wear in Shepparton and the boys were fitted out in clothes from RM Williams.
Lisa from Wallingford did the flowers for the couple, who chose a soft burgundy and cream palette.
“The flowers had some soft natives, they were not formal but soft and beautiful, they looked amazing,” Kirsty said.
Makeup was done by Courtney Edgar Freelance Makeup and hair was by Blush Hair Room.
“We used a lot of local people who were really good and enjoyable to work with. There are so many talented people in Echuca and it was great to know we were using people we knew and supporting the town," Kirsty said.