For Bride Giselle, the most unexpected moment became the most important moment of her life.

It’s quite unusual for somone to greet you in a foreign language and in this case, it was Tim’s Japanese that broke the ice enough for them to begin a conversation that ultimately lead to love. ‘It’s so true that the best kind of relationship begins unexpectedly, surprisingly – everything happens so suddenly. And then your life is changed forever, ‘ remembers Giselle.

Like most couples, Giselle and Tim chose to create a day that was a reflection of who they both are and what they love and were halfway through scouting for a ceremony venue when they found Waiora Gardens which was the perfect place for them to celebrate their love for each other.

Incorporating just a pinch of tradition via a handfasting ceremony was the perfect opportunity for their family to get involved in their big day. ‘ A handfasting ceremony is where our hands are loosely bound together with different coloured ribbon by different members of our families. Each coloured ribbon has a symbolic meaning with abundant blessings for us to start our new life together – which literally means tying the knot. It was an overwhelming feeling to have our family be a part of this ritual. Their involvement in my big day made it so special,’ said Giselle.

When planning their day, some bad weather contingencies and bringing on board trusted and creative vendors is what Giselle credits as being the key to a successful wedding day. Pretty much the kind of advice we’d pass onto any couple to be honest. ‘The earlier you get onto it, the easier, and less stressful it will be as your day approaches. Make sure you also have a plan B in place. However much you don’t want to think it, something could go wrong on the day. During the planning process, we had backup plans in case of rain or cold weather which thankfully we didn’t need,’ Giselle advises.

Thanks to photographer Zoe Campbell their day was perfectly captured and a reminder of a day they will both never forget.

Photos Zoe Campbell Photography & Design

Videography Matthew Dwyer Studio

Florals VIVA the Flower Store

Styling Barossa Styling & Events

Hair and Makeup  Sarah Craker Weddings

Ceremony  Wairoa House

Reception  Stirling Golf Club

Celebrant Diana Woods

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