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Caught out

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Jemma Castle

Scenes from the wedding of Emily Sobey and Brendan Sweet. Click for more photos

Emily Sobey and Brendan Sweet

Considered an unlikely pair, Emily and Brendan's friends were surprised when they caught them out one night. Photo: Rebecca McLean Photography

EMILY SOBEY AND BRENDAN SWEET
BRIM BRIM GARDENS, BUNINYONG AND PIPERS BY THE LAKE, BALLARAT, VIC

The meeting
Emily and Brendan first met as teenagers where they both worked in a country supermarket. “We both had different groups of friends and both annoyed each other at first,” says Emily. But eventually their friendship grew and they became very close. “Our friends considered us an unlikely couple so it came to them as a bit of a shock when we were caught out one night!” she says. When she first brought him home to meet his parents they were a little apprehensive. “But it’s fair to say his gorgeous personality has won them over and they’ve loved him ever since”.

The proposal
They had been together about six years when they started talking about getting engaged. They first shopped for a ring and then planned a romantic holiday to Queensland where Brendan was expected to pop the question. “I kept telling Brendan he would need to ask my Dad first – but he refused,” says Emily. While they both knew the proposal was coming, Brendan was incredibly nervous and every time he went to ask he would be put off.

Eventually, on their last day, as they were walking back to their hotel in the rain, Brendan stopped her on the beach to ask if she would marry him. “There was no getting down on one knee; he was so nervous and I kept laughing at him!” she says. They sent a photo of the ring to their families to break the news. “When my Dad got the message, he replied: ‘But he hasn’t asked permission yet!’” says Emily. “Brendan eventually had to ask when we arrived home, but our families couldn’t be happier”.

The wedding day
It was Emily and Brendan’s biggest wish that her grandmother Joan could make it to their wedding. “Three weeks before the wedding, she ended up in hospital seriously ill and we were worried she wouldn’t make it to our day,” says Emily. “I said I didn’t care if it poured rain, as long as Nan was sitting in the front row on our day. She made it home a couple of nights before, which was the best," she says. They held the ceremony for their 80 guests at Brim Brim Gardens in Buninyong just outside Ballarat and went with a style of vintage elegance. They continued celebrations looking over Lake Wendouree at Pipers by the Lake.

The dress
Emily wore a bias cut, ivory silk satin, slimline gown with a fitted bodice embellished with corded Chantilly lace. It was made and designed by Clasch Design in Ballarat.

The cake
A three tiered cake of chocolate mud cake, orange and almond cake and raspberry and white chocolate cake. It was decorated with ivory icing, black ribbons and David Austin roses.

The photography
The photos were taken by Rebecca McLean Photography.

The honeymoon
They went to New York, San Francisco and Hawaii.


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