Relaxed, Rustic Destination Wedding with a Romantic Sunset Beach Walk

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Today’s destination wedding of Merinda and Rhys comes from the sunny south side of Melbourne, Australia. The couple chose True South, an Argentinian restaurant and event space with a cool vibe that was present throughout their gorgeous wedding day – we’re delighted to share their story. 

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“Rhys and I met during the Moto GP in 2005. I had been out one night and when we came back to the house we were sharing for the weekend, there was a cute guy sitting by himself on the couch that we hadn’t met yet. I went over to say hi and then we spent the whole night chatting. Over 10 years later I couldn’t be happier that I had the courage to go over and talk to him!” said Merinda. 

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After a simple and very surprising proposal over the Christmas holidays, Merinda and Rhys were keen to incorporate their laid-back personalities into their wedding day. “We are both pretty relaxed and laid back and having grown up in the country it was an easy decision to go with rustic décor. The venue we chose had the ability to be very formal and modern or rustic and relaxed – we went with the latter! Lots of mason jars, flowers, fairy lights and candles were scattered around the venue, and the deck was supplied with wine barrels to use as tables where you could stand and watch the sunset over the beach. The staff at True South did a great job setting up the main areas for the reception and I owe the rest of the styling to my girlfriends and family who carried out my vision beautifully!” added Merinda. 

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Merinda wore a simple dress she had purchased online from BHLDN. Not wanting to spend a huge amount on her wedding dress she loved the simple design and added straps and an embellished belt to make it unique for her.

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“For the decor we managed to turn mason jars into beautiful vases, make a pop-up Polaroid photo corner with props, and the wedding cake (plus every cup-cake) was hand made and decorated by my mum. We were also very fortunate that a very good friend of ours made scented candles to give to our guests as wedding favours, with another friends father making small wooden tags to attach to each one. Our guests absolutely loved them!” explained Merinda. 

“The photos we had done down on the beach as the sun was setting was my favourite moment from the day. Although by this stage I was in party mode and didn’t want to leave the reception, it was actually lovely to get away and spend a moment together, just the two of us, so we could take a breath, talk and just be with each other. Darin timed this perfectly creating my favourite moment and taking my favourite photos from the day,” said Merinda. 

Merinda’s Advice

Enjoy the day as it goes so quickly! Don’t sweat the small stuff on the day, just enjoy yourself and have fun with the people you love. Also be prepared to feel a bit out of sorts after the wedding. So much planning and preparation goes into the day that it can feel a bit strange getting back to your normal life where all your time isn’t dedicated to crossing things off a list!

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Wedding Suppliers

Ceremony Venue: Black Rock House and Gardens

Reception Venue: True South, Black Rock 

Dress: BHLDN

Hair & Makeup: Simone from Pink Gloss – Mornington Peninsula

Accessories: Love On Jewellery 

Grooms Suit: Formal Red

Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations

Photographer: Darin Collision

Menus and Place Cards: BWedding Invitations

Cake: Brides mother – Mary Smith

Flowers: Friends of the family, who own a native flower farm in Balnarring, picked and arranged by bride

 

 

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