• Lisa Nardella Photography.

A carnival-inspired celebration

By Bride and Groom 03 September 2018

What Chelsea Kennedy thought was simply a thoughtful winery lunch turned into a huge celebration when Jon Young got down on one knee on the banks of the Goulburn River. The surprises did not stop there, with the happy couple’s nearest and dearest appearing for an impromptu engagement party.

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Riverside fun

After bonding over a mutual love for waterskiing, Chelsea and Jon knew they wanted to be married by the water. Hide and Seek Winery was the perfect location. With pallet furniture and festoon lighting overlooking the river, the scene was set for the festival-inspired celebrations. Chelsea said bussing their guests to the venue meant everyone could relax and enjoy the day. “The vibe of the day was the most important thing - we just wanted everyone to have fun,” Chelsea said.

Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.

Carnival vibes

Continuing with the relaxed atmosphere, dinner was served from a trio of food trucks – Fancy Hanks, Nem Nem and The Brulee Cart – while a caravan bar, Roaming Poppy, served up the drinks. “We wanted it to be a big party,” Chelsea said. “We had American-style finger food, and the main was a Vietnamese food truck and for dessert we had a crème brulee cart.”

Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.

Dream dress

With intricate lace details, Chelsea instantly fell in love with one of the first dresses she laid her eyes on. But it was not until a month later that she was able to make an appointment and try on the unique beauty. “I just wanted something a little bit different,” she said. “It wasn’t a traditional shape and style, it was just me.”

Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.

Bride's advice

“Steal your new husband for 10 minutes,” Chelsea said. “Take some time to sit together with no other distractions and enjoy the moment.  Drink in the majesty of the beautiful day you have created together.” 

Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.

We love: The bride’s vibrant take on a flower crown.

Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.
Lisa Nardella Photography.

See more photos from Chelsea and Jon's  wedding day over on our Instagram.

Wedding date: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bride's parents: Leonie Scott and Ross Kennedy

Groom's parents: Dean and Maree Young

Service and reception: Hide and Seek Winery, Kirwans Bridge

Photography: Lisa Nardella Photography

Bride's dress: The Bridal Atelier, Prahran

Bridesmaids' dresses: Doris Tabb, Tallarook

Suits: Briggins, Richmond

Flowers: Renato’s Florist, Shepparton

Cake: Stacey Kool, Broadford

Hair: Studio 271, Nagambie

Make-up: Alison Oblak, Melbourne

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