Lisa and Dwain were married in the Village at Lyons Private wedding venue
Wedding Photography by Dermot Byrne Photography
Our story kicks off in 2005 when my brother and Dwain were working together. I used to meet my brother after work for a drink and Dwain would be there, we arranged to go for dinner one night and the rest as they say is history.
Fast forward a few years to 2013. We were going on holidays; little did I know that Dwain had visited my Mum the night before we flew out to ask her permission, he had already had a chat with my Dad back in February. Half way through our holiday was our eight year anniversary, to celebrate we went to a lovely Beach Club for the day and it was there that Dwain proposed. We rang home later that evening and told our immediate families but decided not to tell anyone else until we got home, it was lovely, we had a couple of days to ourselves to soak it all in.
We went ring shopping when we got home; I knew that I’d like a ring with a sapphire so that helped narrow down our choices and our jeweller, J&Z Blackman, guided us in the right direction after that. Two months later I started looking at Wedding Venues – I fell head over heels for the second place – The Village at Lyons. I didn’t really believe in the whole “you’ll just know” scenario but when I saw all the little rabbits hopping around the gardens I knew that this is where we were going to have our Wedding Reception. The idea of having the whole venue just for our wedding party was very appealing and it has such an intimate and luxurious feel to it. Soon after that we confirmed our local parish church which was also the Church where our Godchild Zara had been christened. That was it, the ball was rolling, the time and date were set!
Deciding on our Bridal Party was a no brainer – Chief Bridesmaid was my now sister-in-law, Sarah and Bridesmaids were 3 of my best friends from school, fondly known as “The Rathdowners”. Dwain’s Best Man was his Brother, Sarah’s husband, George and Groomsmen were two of Dwain’s best friends and my brother Mark. We had the most gorgeous little Flower Girl, our Godchild, Sarah and George’s daughter, Zara.
Soon after the venue, church and bridal party had been chosen it was time to go shopping for “The Dress” – I was dreading it, I’m not a particularly girly girl and an entire day dedicated to trying on wedding dresses ranked fairly high on my list of nightmares. That said I can safely say my Mum, and Bridesmaids made it a day to remember. Appointments were strategically made so that there was enough time between each one to stop off for a debrief and refreshments. We finished off the day with well-deserved cocktails and dinner in SABA. We came up with different things that we liked from the different dresses I had tried on that day and then “The Dress” was designed and made by DePaor Designs. Gaye at DePaor Designs was exceptionally attentive and listened to my requirements and then applied her magic to achieve exactly what I was looking for. It was very reassuring to know that this dress was made with only me in mind. The suits were bought in Protocol on Dawson Street and of course the lads had to have a day out to “go shopping” too!
We were very lucky with all of our suppliers – everything just fell in to place. Each supplier gave us great advice and we had nothing to worry about as they were all pro’s in their own right. A special mention would have to go to Ian Whelan from Fireworks Video who was a superstar stepping up to the plate literally hours beforehand. We had decided against a videographer however that all changed the week of the wedding when my Mum was rushed in to hospital and we were told she wasn’t going to make our Wedding!
The Wedding Day itself was the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday – it rained for the entire day, not quite the sunny summer’s day we had hoped for. Dermot Byrne was our photographer and I must say his professionalism without being obtrusive was noticed by all the wedding party. Dermot knew exactly when and where to be, ensuring that we were getting the right shots. It was fantastic to watch a true professional working and the results are fantastic. It is very important to have a professional photographer on your wedding day as there is no repeat performance and Dermot certainly achieved what we were looking for with minimum fuss. The Ceremony began on time, much to the delight of Father John and Dwain. Straight afterwards we made a beeline to St. Vincent’s Hospital to visit my Mum in ICU. As I’m sure every Bride would agree their Mum is their rock so the day simply couldn’t have gone ahead without her by our side, even if it was only for a short time. From there we went to The Village at Lyons where we wined and dined the night away, the food, service and overall atmosphere were more than we had ever hoped for. The celebrations continued on in to the next day with a BBQ and music by The Manila Strings.
We waited a month before jetting off on Honeymoon – which I would recommend to anyone, even though you have to go back to “real life” for a couple of weeks you’re still on such a high that it really doesn’t matter. So in September we spent three weeks travelling between Melbourne; 4 days visiting friends, Bali; 10 days with family, island hopping and hanging out with Elephants, and Singapore; 4 days of pure luxury in the Marina Bay Sands at the F1.
April 2013 – September 2014 was one big blur of emotions but looking back, it certainly was one of the toughest but best times of our lives to date!