REAL WEDDING: Renee + Michael, Hedgend Maze

On the Deck at Hedgend Maze Unique Wedding Venue Yarra Valley

Why we chose the venue?

"Hedgend Maze is a perfect venue for an unforgettable wedding. From the stunning views to the gorgeous rustic barn it just took our breath away and ticked all the boxes"!

Plus there was plenty of activities for our guests to enjoy while me, my husband and our bridal party were off capturing beautiful memories with our photographer. Both ceremony and reception was in the one stunning location so no commuting between venues or waiting around".

"We didn’t want our guest to be restricted with a sit down meal but still wanted beautiful delicious food. At our engagement party we had a wood fire pizza company come out and it was a massive hit so we wanted to stick to that idea but lift the bar. So we decided that a Gourmet BBQ was the winner. We took advantage of the picnic tables already available and we created our own rustic centre pieces. I also purchased some picnic rugs…the amazing staff at Fabulous catering took advantage of the outside BBQ area approximately 15 metres away from the barn and laid out a delicious spread on a massive table to be enjoy throughout the evening".

Our wedding cake was like no other a stunning little cake with yummy cupcakes and Simone from Simone’s Sweet Design’s went the extra mile and whipped up some rum balls all of which were displayed on a rustic theme. The barn was our dance floor and our DJ and MC from DJ down-under pulled out all the stops with stunning lighting effects smoke machines and perfect mixture of music to suit the occasion".

Tips for couples knee-deep in the wedding planning adventure?

"Note: We decided in November last year that we’d like to get married in February so that gave us 12 weeks to organise the whole wedding from scratch and I can’t thank our bridal party enough for pulling together and helping us create our dream wedding".

1. Pick an amazing bridal party

2. Think outside the box (nothings impossible)

3. If you are creative do it yourself, personal touches are the things the guests loved the most.

Venue Showstoppers

 "There are so many stand out features about this venue it is truly a perfect place for a wedding as it really does have everything…Being able to have the opportunity to create our own wedding style was fantastic, the picturesque views, the fun times we our bridal party had taking photos in the maze, also being able to supply our own beverages saved us a fortune….did I mention that it’s a maze!! That’s a showstopper in itself!".

Hostess with the Mostess..

"The owner of the venue, Lea is a beautiful bubbly lady who was full of excitement for our big day nothing was too much trouble. She helped us create the wedding of our dreams and we are forever grateful. Hedgend Maze you are AMAZING!"

The Best Bits..

"When I stepped out of the barn and saw my husband’s face light up...that was a beautiful moment.

Our celebrant Jackie was a bubbly positive woman and got our guests involved in our ceremony which was a special touch. We made sure everything part of our special day was different to any wedding we’d both being to - we wanted our guests to be treated to little suprises and be amazed…

From the groomsman walking our bridesmaids down the isle to the rose petals (thanks to my maid of honour's mum who let us raid her rose garden) that our guests to scooped up into book page cones From Michael’s younger brother bringing the rings instead of the best man, to the personal little touch to include my dad who sadly pasted away in October last year. We had glow sticks for our guests to go nuts with, and a lolly bar with personalised lolly bags for our guests to take home and we had a special sparler send-off in a farewell tunnel of our guests.

Also for me the special memories created while getting ready with my maid of honour and bridesmaids the rollercoaster of nerves, excitement, emotions, laughter and fun was truly priceless!"

xo

Renee + Michael, Hedgend Maze in February 2017.

On the Deck at Hedgend Maze Unique Wedding Venue Yarra Valley

Our Wedding Dream Team

DJ/MC - Scotty from DJ’s Down-under
Celebrant - Jackie Cimino from All About Love Celebrants

Our caterers – Fabulous Catering
My dress was from – Be a star bridal

The chairs at our Ceremony – Topps Party Hire
Bridal Party Accommodation – The White Rose Cottage "the owners are absolutely lovely people".

Hair and Makeup -  Amanda Gordon N’ Bevy Gill
Cake/Cupcakes:  Simone’s Sweet Design’s