Wedding photographer: Jeremy Blode
Caylin Gelbart and Gideon Gelbart’s first encounter was totally by chance. Caylin, a nurse, was working at a local practice offering free health checks. Next door, the local massage parlour just happened to be offering free massages too. “Gideon came for a massage and instead got a health check from me!” Caylin laughs of her future husband’s fateful error, which meant the two met by accident. “We had an instant connection and went on our first date a few days later,” Caylin told .
Since Caylin loves all-things Disney, Gideon kept this in mind when he proposed, getting down on one knee on a visit to Disneyland in Tokyo, right in front of Castle. “He was so nervous, I thought he was ill. He had to hide the ring in his beanie and he was so nervous I would see it. It was so special, we spent the rest of the day at the happiest place on earth, and it was truly magical,” Caylin said in awe.
The pair decided on a romantic and antique theme for the overall wedding. Being set in the vineyards of the Yarra Valley, a beautiful backdrop of the trees and flowers helped achieve this expression. “We used lots of eucalyptus, pink amaranthus, and dark red and dusty pink roses, and proteas because I am from South Africa,” Caylin added. The ceremony, reception and after party all took place at the venue Stones of the Yarra Valley. “It really felt like we were overseas in Europe,” Caylin adds.
“I felt like my dress was meant to be, the lace had a perfect structure and the necktie gave it something extra,” Caylin says. Accessorising with simple jewellery to not take away from the detail of the dress, Caylin wore an antique dainty pair of rose gold earrings, chosen by herself and her mother. The bride originally planned to wear her hair in a braided updo, however changed suddenly on the wedding day to something more simple to complement the rest of the look. To finish it off, the bride paired it all with a gorgeous pair of Valentino Tango pumps. “As soon as we got engaged, I saw ivory Valentino Tango pumps and knew I wanted to wear those for my wedding day. When I knew my dress was going to be Valentino, it all fit together perfectly,” Caylin mentions.
The day of the wedding consisted of an early morning start as Caylin spent it with her mother and sister in-law, relaxing and preparing for the day ahead. Once Caylin was ready her father and brother joined them too. “I sent my brother to give Gid a special gift I had prepared for him and my brother returned with something for me. I organised matching denim jackets with Mr. and Mrs. Gelbart embroidered on them. I also sourced vintage patches that meant something to Gid and I. Gid gave me a gorgeous gold ‘Mrs’ Jennifer Myer necklace,”Caylin said.
“I think standing together at our ceremony holding hands was a defining moment. We knew we were getting married and it was all so overwhelming but having Gid’s hand centered me,” Caylin told .
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The groom and his parents.
The bride and her parents.
The welcome sign at the wedding.
“I didn’t want to use many vases, instead [I used] lots of foliage with flowers mixed through to give a rustic, natural feel.”
Flowers by Blooming Brides.
“I worked closely with our florist and the wedding coordinators at our venue, we really wanted to make sure everything flowed together and had a natural feel.”
Catering was by Stones of the Yarra Valley.
The bride and the groom sharing a special moment on their big day.
The groom celebrating with friends and family.
The pair making lifelong memories.
The stunning venue.
The wedding theme consisted of a romantic and antique feel.
The couple tied the knot on, 2 April 2017.
The happy couple.
“Spend moments together throughout the day, this way it stops time for a few seconds to remind yourselves, ‘This is our wedding day.’”
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