Michelle & Ray

Ray was not a stereotypical groom, wanting to be involved with all aspects of the wedding planning – from selecting the venue to helping make of the place cards.

Michelle & Ray met nine years ago, working together part-time at Woolworths supermarket. The pair were friends for just over a year before developing a flirtatious workplace romance, “I guess the part-time job was well worth it” said Michelle of her new husband.

A lot of preparation went into Ray’s proposal, taking Michelle for a romantic dinner at ‘The Point’ in Albert Park, having planned his proposal with the restaurant manager beforehand. Shortly after ordering dessert the couple were greeted by a waiter holding a dessert plate, lifting a cloche and revealing a beautiful engagement ring and the words “will you marry me” written delicately in chocolate. Michelle turned to see Ray down on one knee, “I can’t believe I’m going to marry my best friend”, said Michelle of the magical moment.

Ray was not a stereotypical groom, wanting to be involved with all aspects of wedding planning – from helping select the venue, photographer, and transportation; to even helping to make all of the wedding invitations by hand. “Michelle is a lucky woman… although at times she wanted to kill me because I had to give my opinion on everything” explained Ray.

Michelle and Ray were married Saturday the 1st of February at the Catholic Parish of St Peter and St Paul in South Melbourne. The crowd stood with excitement as Michelle entered the church in her stunning Stella York gown – ‘my nervousness melted away when I started walking down the aisle and saw all of the people I love, and my gorgeous man standing at the end of the aisle waiting for me”.

Michelle and Ray made a grand entrance to the Bell City ballroom, superbly styled in black and white with a touch of pink, with satin ceiling draping, cylinder vase and floating candle centerpieces and an abundance of fresh flowers, “we wanted a vintage theme with a modern twist”, said Michelle of the gorgeous reception setting.

The couple shared their first dance as husband and wife to Unchained Melody – in keeping with their vintage theme, “it’s always been our song” explained Ray.

Friends and family were served apple roasted duck, followed by crisp sage and prosciutto topped chicken breast and a dessert of alternating raspberry cheesecake and chocolate pudding, “everyone was blown away by the deliciousness”.

Once the formalities were complete the bridal party took to the dance floor, “I will never forget when our family and friends surrounded us on the dance floor – everyone danced all night, it was so much fun” said Michelle.

After a long day, the newlyweds returned to their suite at Rydges Bell City, “we loved the ease of having the reception at the place we would stay the night – it really took a lot of stress away”, said the couple.

“Thank you to everyone at Bell City who made our wedding absolutely perfect. Stephanie was extremely accommodating – she greeted us at the door, calmed our nerves, and ensured everything ran smoothly from start to finish” the couple said of Bell City Weddings Executive, Stephanie King.

Photographer: Suede Imagery Bell City Package: Superior Wedding Package + Just Married First night: Executive Suite Rydges Hotel, Bell City Bridal Gown: Stella York, Fairy Tale Brides, Ascot Vale Wedding ceremony: Catholic Parish of St Peter and St Pauls Wedding reception: Bell City Ballroom, Bell City Groom dressed by: Prinzi Bridesmaids dressed by: MisDress - Etsy DJ: Allegro Music Cake: CJ Sweet Treats Hair: Leah Hair designs Makeup by: Maggie Tamarua Shoes: Betts Flowers by: Floriography Honeymoon location: Europe First dance: Unchained melody Videographer: Pro Eye Proposal restaurant: The Point, Albert Park

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