Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Schoolies was one week that Simone and Scott will never forget. The couple met whilst celebrating the end of their high school years, in the early hours of the morning at a raging nightclub in Lorne. “I thought he was pretty cute, but he wasn’t my type”, Simone laughs reminiscing of the moment she first met her now-husband Scott.
Years later the couple unexpectedly bumped into one another again, waiting in line for the bar at a mutual friend’s twenty-first birthday party. Bonding over a tequila shot or two the pair got along like a house on fire, “Simone was confident and full of life, which I found equally attractive and intimidating”. “Scott made me laugh; his calming nature was contagious. We were a perfect fit,” the couple explains.
In the early days of dating, Scott would catch the train to Melbourne to see Simone, often meeting her late at night at the restaurant where she worked, just to help her pack up. “He was always a sweetheart. We still talk about the old days when we weren’t ‘official’, and how I knew he would soon be my boyfriend... he just didn’t know it yet”, Simone laughs.
Busy organising the final touches for her local cricket club function, a frazzled Simone failed to notice Scott’s unusual behaviour. To calm her nerves, Scott suggested they take a relaxing walk in the Botanical Gardens, where he romantically popped the question, “it was a beautiful proposal; I’m a very lucky girl. Afterwards, the ladies night turned into a mini engagement party; it was the perfect proposal day!”
The loved-up couple couldn’t wait to start planning their dream wedding “we knew straight away that Bell City was perfect for us. As soon as Stephanie showed us the grand ballroom we were sold. The location was perfect, as we’d already chosen the Fairfield Amphitheatre for our ceremony, and with many relatives travelling interstate for the weekend, the onsite accommodation was incredibly convenient.”
Maid of honour Olivia surprised her bride-to-be with a fun day of bridal appointments in Geelong, “I’m not your typical girly girl, so the idea of shopping for my wedding dress was extremely daunting,” explains Simone. Almost ready to give up, Simone found her dream wedding dress at their very last appointment. “I knew immediately it was the one. Then the shop assistant informed us that my dress was on sale for one day only; it was fate!”
Waking up in a luxurious executive suite at Mantra Bell City Preston was the perfect start to her wedding day, “our suite was beautiful. We had a delicious buffet breakfast, and relaxed all morning before getting our hair and make-up done.” Wedding day jitters kicked in when the limo arrived to pick up the bride and her bridesmaids, but soon vanished when she saw Scott’s big smile, patiently waiting for her at the end of the aisle.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! Stephanie was wonderful, she really eased our nerves and made sure we were the happiest we could be. Our family and friends loved the food and the atmosphere of the venue. It really was one big celebration of love and life; we just wished the night would never end,” the couple explains.
Wedding gown brand: Pearls and Roses Wedding photographer: Georgina Kate Hair and makeup by: Megan Slattery from 'That Blonde Chick' Cake by: Indulgence sweets and desserts DJ/Band: The Baker Boys Bridesmaids dresses: Hills in Hollywood Groom dressed by: Connor Celebrant: Jane Austin
Flowers: Lincraft (haha!) Stationary: Me Honeymoon location: Port Douglas (yet to happen) First dance song, and why: 'I cant help falling in love' by Elvis Presley. A song we have both always enjoyed dancing together too