Nicola & Ben | Real Weddings Victoria

Meet Nicola & Ben

Ben and I were introduced by mutual friends (who were our Matron of Honour and Best Man). Our first date was to a Collingwood footy match. We went out together the next three nights and the rest is history.

The proposal

We went away with a group of friends to Warrnambool to celebrate my birthday. We got back from a whale watching trip when Ben leads me to the breakwater. He then proposed. All of our friends had been watching and started cheering. We spent the next 2 days celebrating.

Your Wedding Day

We were married on a rainy day in November. Despite the rain we had a fantastic day!

Ben and his groomsmen got ready at our house. I got ready for my Mums with my bridesmaids.

We were married at the Melbourne Zoo surrounded by family and friends. With the rain, we had to change our plans and move our ceremony inside, but it was still beautiful. Kim, our celebrant did a fantastic job!

Our reception was held in the Rainforest Room at the Zoo. It was perfect! An Avery surrounds two sides of the room and there are monkies and other animals climbing around.

We had a cup cake wedding cake which turned out exactly as I wanted. We then used these as our Bomboniere as the dessert at the Zoo was nice.

Ben and I decided to do something a little different with our bridal dance. During lunch breaks at work, a friend and I put together the dance. We started with I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing (Aerosmith) and then ripped into The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson). We also had the chorus from the Collingwood theme song. It wasn’t traditional, but that’s what we wanted… something different.

We had such a great day, despite the rain! I wouldn’t change a thing if I was to plan it all again! Now we can look back over our beautiful photos and remember our special day.