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REAL WEDDING: Alex + Angus – Swallowfield Vineyards
Angus proposed to Alex while flying her over a vineyard that had the words “Marry Me?” etched into the hill below. And yes, he was flying the plane.
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Words by Karina Lowndes
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Old-worldly romantic are three words we’d use to describe these newlyweds. A pilot, Angus proposed to classic beauty Alex as he took her on a sunset flight. Tipping the wing of the plane low over a vineyard, the words ‘Marry Me?’ were written on the hillside of a winery.

Keen ballroom dancers, the pair also choreographed their own first dance to show off their fancy footwork. See what we’re talking about?

Held at the gorgeous grounds and barn-like winery of Swallowfield Vineyards, the photos below by Gavin Cato Photography tell the story of very happy day (and show off the work of one of our fave makeup artists Michelle Cato. You’ll agree that Alex looks amazing).

We asked Alex about the experience. Check it all out below.

What sort of vibe were you going for?

Simple, country elegance.

What traditions did you involve during your big day?

I wore a broach my great great grandmother wore on her wedding day in my veil. And Angus wore his great grandfather’s cuff links.

What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

Do as much as you can in advance. We did, and that last month before the big day I wasn’t stressed or worried as there was nothing left to plan. It was great – everyone kept asking how I was handling all the things to do and I kept saying “it’s all done!”

What does marriage mean to you?

A promise of commitment to each other, and to support the other and nurture your relationship for all of your days.

What was your favourite moment on your wedding day?

The sun came out just as we were about to share our first kiss. It was pretty magical.

Any funny stories that surrounded your wedding?

Angus included in his wedding a speech a little announcement.

“To avoid the question of children from all of you later, Alexandra and I would like to announce…”

At this point the guests were gasping and sitting on the edge of their seats.

“…that we will be expecting our first child…”

The squeals of delight, the looks of shock on our parents faces and the hush of whispers grew.

“…sometime in the next decade”.

A roar of laughter erupted from the crowd.

My mother clutched her chest in relief with a tinge of disappointment in her face that we were only joking. My father yelled out “Yeah, good one, I’ll get you back for that” and Angus’ father look like he had seen a ghost!

It is the most talked about thing (apart from the sun coming out at the perfect moment) as everyone laughs about the joke, and talked through their thoughts as it unfolded. It was quite pleasant to watch but I think my mother will have heart issues from now on from that initial shock, haha.

Ceremony song?

Pachelbel’s Canon In D Major, and Antonio Vivaldi + Autumn “The Four Seasons”.

First dance song?

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

CREDITS: Photos Gavin Cato //  Flowers Wild Heart EventsJumping Jonquils and Lilydale Florist // Styling Wild Heart Events // Ceremony and reception Swallowfield Vineyards // Catering ASAT Catering // Bridal gown, bridesmaid dresses, groom and groomsmen suits, shoes and ties Ferrari Formal Wear // Rings Michael Hill Jewellers // Brides shoes Shoes of Prey // Cake Choice Cake Decorating // Stationery Creative Destinction // Hair Linea Hair Lilydale // Makeup Michelle Cato Makeup Artist // Celebrant Margaret Collier // Dance lessons Dancesport Kingdom

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