Monday November 18 2013.


Luda & Daniel’s Victoria vineyard wedding at Stones of the Yarra Valley is a winning combination of elegance with carefully considered rustic touches.  “Stones is a converted barn set on a beautiful vineyard so we really wanted to stay true to the venue and its stunning location.”  You are going to love it.

victoria vineyard wedding “The entire day was amazing but the best moment was when I started walking down the aisle with both parents by my side and saw Daniel standing at the end waiting for me to reach his side so we could start our happily ever after.  It was such an emotional moment.”  Love the idea of both parents walking the bride down the aisle.

stones of the yarra valley wedding

brent luke photography

The stunning wedding video by Day Twelve captures that emotion and love, be warned that it brought a tear to my eye.

Daniel & Luda from Day Twelve Pictures on Vimeo.


Despite visiting numerous bridal boutiques and trying on every type of wedding dress, Luda always felt “something missing” so decided to design the dress herself.  The result – an elegant chantilly lace, fishtail gown with a big organza bow – was brought to life by the bride’s very talented friend Heidi Andrews.   “In the end, I went with the first style I had pictured when I thought about my wedding dress.”

Luda and Daniel wedding

lace wedding dress with big bow

Luda found a fashionable way to give a nod to her Chinese heritage with red nail varnish and red shoes for the wedding reception.

bride red shoes BRIDESMAIDS

Having designed her own wedding dress, our bride once again enlisted the help of friend Heidi to create the bridesmaids dresses.  Although Luda chose the colour and length of the gowns, her bridesmaids were free to choose their own bodice design “I wanted to make sure they all felt beautiful and comfortable on the day.”

elegant south australia vineyard wedding


In keeping with the overall style of the day, Groom Daniel wore a bespoke suit and shirt from P Johnson Tailors in Melbourne and teamed it with a very cool spade head black bow tie from Le Noeud Papillion.”

stones of the yarra valley wedding


In keeping with the rustic elegance theme of this Victoria vineyard wedding, tables were dressed with  simple hessian table runners, tealights and jars of white flowers.  “I absolutely adore flowers so choosing flowers was one of the most exciting parts.  I chose flowers that were in season and kept it classic with white.   Our family and friends helped us collect over 100 jars to use for flowers on our guest tables.  Guests were able to take a jar of flowers home with them on the night which worked really well.  My favourite were the baby breath bouquets and arrangements.  They tied it all back to our rustic elegant theme and I loved the dreaminess of them.”

hessian table runners rustic elegant wedding

“The last thing we wanted to do was give our guests something they would never use or throw out.  We wanted it to be useful and personalised so made 155 jars of strawberry jam for our guests.  We tied tags around the jam jars so they double as placecards.  I admit it was stressful and time consuming but definitely worth it as our guests really appreciated it.”  I couldn’t agree with Luda more, favours can be such a waste of money if they aren’t useful or edible!

jam wedding favour

cakes amour wedding cake


A great wedding is reliant on great suppliers and it’s refreshing to hear our bride and groom acknowledge that.  “Our day simply would not have happened without our amazing suppliers.  Each and every one so talented in their craft and all a pleasure to deal with.  A million thanks go out to all of them.”  Congratulations to the charming Daniel and Luda, wishing you a very ‘happy ever after’ facing the world hand in hand.

victoria vineyard wedding barn


Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley –

Photography: Brent Lukey –

Videography: Day Twelve –

Dresses: Heidi Andrews, Krome Butterfly –

Grooms Suit: P Johnson Tailors –

Flowers: Blooming Brides –

Cake: Cakes Amour –

Hair: Perfect Bliss –