It was a gem of advice that set the tone for the celebration of Alexandra Blundell and Madeline Galbraith’s love. Putting their own twist on wedding traditions, the heartfelt occasion was full of warmth, fun and emotion.
Early in their engagement they were told to make every planning moment a celebration.
"It’s something that really stuck with us," Alexandra said.
"We always made sure we opened a bottle of wine and got the bridal parties over as much as possible as well. After the big day you will remember a lot of the lead-up, so make it fun."
While Alexandra and Madeline wanted to incorporate meaningful traditions they knew they had to recreate them in a way that suited them.
This began by wedding dress shopping together.
"We didn’t want to see each other’s dress but we needed to make sure we wouldn’t clash," Alexandra said.
It just happened they both found ‘the dress’ at exactly the same store and with some help from Kylie J Bridal, they didn’t see each other’s gown until the day.
Dreaming of a rustic barn setting, Alexandra and Madeline instantly knew they would exchange vows at Byrchendale in Murchison.
With some creative brainstorming, the open-air chapel provided the perfect way for both brides to have their walking down the aisle moment.
In full view of their guests, they walked down each side of the chapel and first laid eyes on each other when they met in the middle.
"We both wanted the experience of seeing each other for the first time whilst still walking down the aisle individually," Alexandra said.
"We really didn’t want someone to be waiting at the end of the aisle so we though out of the box and it was just perfect.
"It was so exciting especially because we hadn’t seen each other since the day before."
Surrounded by loved ones, the emotion-packed ceremony left them both on a high.
"The timing was perfect, we were so close to getting gay marriage legalised," Alexandra said.
"To see so many people there to support us was so special.
"We didn’t want to wait for someone to tell us when we could do it – we wanted to do it when it was right for us."
The traditions continued into the night with their own little twist with two bouquets and two rainbow garters.
"We also did a bouquet toss for the single females and a garter toss for the single men," Alexandra said.
The day the newlyweds returned from their Bali honeymoon, Australia voted ‘yes’ to legalising same-sex marriage.
Alexandra and Madeline have now registered their intent to marry and plan on marking the milestone with their closest friends and family over a relaxing barbecue.
See more photos from Alexandra and Madeline's celebration over on our Instagram.
Service and reception: Byrchendale, Murchison
Photography: Liz Arcus Photography
Brides' dresses: Kylie J Bridal, Brunswick
Bridesmaids' dresses: Shona Joy
Suits: Bell and Barnett, Richmond
Flowers: Bunbartha Beef, Shepparton
Cake: Jo’s Cakes, Toolamba
Hair: Gloss Hair and Beauty Boutique, Shepparton
Make-up: Esaje Makeup & Beauty, Shepparton