Morana - A Real Bride Story


Morana’s Story

Bride & Groom: Morana & Nicholas
Planning & Styling: I Heart Flowers (Zoe Webb)
Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Venue: Stones of Yarra Valley, Victoria
Photography: Chloe May
Floral: I Heart Flowers
Letter pressed invitations and stationery: I Heart Flowers
Video: Apertura
Music: TobiTobi
Rings: Cerrone

‘After arriving at Helen’s with preconceived ideas, Helen’s guidance resulted in an elegant combination of a Monique Lhuillier dress and Oscar de La Renta veil. Helen Rodrigues and her team were a breath of fresh air in what can be a whirlwind process. I found the team grounded, considered and patient, and am grateful for the memory I will cherish for a very long time’. Morana #HRBride

How did he propose? 

Atop a mountain in Queenstown, while heliskiing. It was just picturesque. I said yes!

 What was your vision for your wedding day?

The vision for the day was an intimate celebration with family and friends. Zoe Webb did a spectacular job at creating a lavish, yet natural and effortless, vibe. And there was something so warm and familial about dining at a single long table with our 35 guests. 

We had very few formalities (no MC, no first dance and only 2 speeches, which were given by Nicholas and I). Instead we kicked the night off with a champagne tower, enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner followed by four-courses of dessert, and danced the night away to Tobi Tobi and the very lively Opa! Serbian brass brand.

We also chose to marry interstate to allow for a getaway wedding that wasn’t a destination too far from home; and on a Thursday too, which gave us a long weekend with family and friends. Stones of the Yarra Valley, surrounded by vineyards and oak trees, provided a charming chapel, restaurant, and accommodation on the one property, all with a Tuscan-feel. It was the perfect destination.

Where did you look for your wedding inspiration?

Mostly Instagram.

For your wedding day what drew you to your gown from Helen Rodrigues Bridal?

I went to Helen to see a completely different dress, which wound up not feeling right when I tried it on. We tried on a few gowns before I noticed the one. My advice is to be open-minded and buy the dress that you feel fabulous in.

When did you know that your Monique Lhuillier gown was ‘the one’?

As soon as I put it on. As cliché as it sounds, it just felt right. I felt comfortable and beautiful. I loved every stitch on that dress.

What was your wedding planning journey like for you? How far out did you start planning?

We had a short – 3 month - engagement, which meant we had be very productive (and there was no time to stress). Zoe Webb (quite seriously, the wedding fairy of all wedding fairies!) was just amazing at making it all happen and quickly too – letter pressed invitations, stationery, styling and hiring, and flowers!

What was the biggest decision you had to make?

Containing a guest list to 35 people!

What was the highlight of your wedding day for you?

The ceremony, which was held in the charming chapel on the property. The moment I saw Nicholas and our closest family and friends, while Tobi Tobi played Can’t Help Falling in Love with you, was definitely my highlight.

Is there anything you would do differently?

Definitely not. It was in every way the most perfect day.

Is there any advice you would give other #HRBride’s?

Relax and enjoy your engagement. Planning the best day of your life should not be stressful.