Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Genevieve and Justin

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The whole family had a hand in making sure the wedding of Genevieve and Justin went beautifully with the bride’s father being the chef and owner at Restaurant Two, her sister the wedding planner and her mother creating dreamcatchers to hang in the ceremony. Accidentally going against the tradition that the groom and bride shouldn’t see each other before the wedding they ran into each other at the sauna. (We are head over heels with her dress and flower crown!)

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Date: 6th June 2015

The Couple: Genevieve Pugh and Justin Hunt

Location: Brisbane

No. of Guests: 73

First Dance Song: Genevieve sang Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk instead of her speech.

Budget: $35,000

Photography: Jess Matthews Photography

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Tell us about the proposal…

We were on holiday in Tasmania for our one year anniversary when Justin popped the question. We took a second to enjoy the moment before I texted my sisters, who immediately called me, screaming unintelligibly.

Why did you choose your Restaurant Two for your wedding?

My dad owns Restaurant Two. He’s been the head chef since it opened, so it’s the venue where every special occasion in the Pugh family has happened. It was so special to come back and have my sister Jess, who is the Restaurant Two wedding planner look after the planning, and Dad take care of the menu.

What did you do for your hens and bucks nights?

Flower crown making for the ladies.

Where did you splurge and where did you save?

We splurged on flowers. Nicole from Stem is amazing, she took our offbeat Melbourne brief and made it work!

We saved on cars, we knew they wouldn’t be in the photos, so we just borrowed some nice cars from friends and drove those.

Key Styling Inspiration

We’re very laid back and inspired by Melbourne. It’s definitely our style as a couple, which was important to us.

What was the funniest moment from the day?

Looking back at the photos, I can’t find any we are not laughing our heads off, but there were a few crackers during the ceremony. Justin leaned in for a chaste kiss after we were pronounced man and wife. I reached an arm around Justin’s neck and grabbed him for a big kiss.

Do you have a special memory?

I woke up full of beans on the morning of the wedding, so I went for a jog then a sauna at her hotel to sweat it out. I pulled open the sauna door and there was Justin!

Special thanks to…

To our families. Living in Melbourne made it hard to plan, so each of them pitched in to help us pick the best suppliers and even creating things themselves, and our day was just perfect because of all the help we got from our friends and family.

Do you have any advice for other brides-to-be?

No one can afford to do everything, so just pick the items you really care about, like venue and flowers, and don’t stress the rest. Just because everyone else has cars and cake doesn’t mean you have to! It’s more important to have quality than quantity.


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Credits
Ceremony: Hanworth House
Reception: Restaurant Two
Gown: Di Wegner Couture
Coordinator: Lauren and Jess from Restaurant Two
Decorator: Restaurant Two
Flowers: Stem Design
Hair: Bach Hair
Makeup: Issada
Cake: A friend
Transport: Friend's cars
Photographer: Jess Matthews Photography
Celebrant: Family friend
Bride's Wedding Ring: Genevieve’s wedding band belonged to her grandmother, and was given to her last year after her granddad’s passing last September. Her gran was there to see her tie the knot.
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