Evan Kinter and Alison Elverdvan
'Treetops' at Melbourne Museum
While they are in conservative professions of law and finance, Alison and Evan aren't slaves to convention and have filled the pages of their own love story.
They met at a mad hatter's tea party, where they became "pretty much
inseparable". Since then, they have dined on the Eiffel Tower, cycled the Mekong
Delta, explored the vineyards of Hungary and experienced a white Christmas in
Adventures aside, what stands out the most are the simple pleasures. In their
handwritten vows to each other, they said that their greatest joy came from "a meal
at home cooked with love and enjoyed with a bottle of wine purchased together
from a favourite cellar door, seeing and critiquing a new movie, Sunday breakfast
with the papers, and spending time with family and friends."
Despite having been together for over five years, Evan's proposal came as a
They were away for a weekend when he insisted on walking their dog, Klaus, along
the beach after breakfast, "even though it was a bit drizzly."
As they wandered along the deserted beach, Evan "did the old 'look over there' and I turned back and he was on one knee with a beautiful ring."
Contrary to convention, they had no bridal party and had their photos before the
ceremony. "It really calmed both our nerves and gave us a lot more time together
on the day," Alison says. "It also meant we could go straight from the ceremony to
the reception without a break for photos, which was lots of fun."
They were going for a fabulous "formal party" affair to celebrate with their intimate
party of 85.
Keeping the warmth of the evening was an autumnal theme of burnt orange, cream
and red, which was achieved with arrangements of autumn leaves and orchids as
well as pomegranates and pine cones to decorate the tables.
Highlights included seeing "Dad and Evan choking up when Dad and I got to the
end of the aisle," Alison says. This and Evan's speech "in which he likened our
relationship to a perfect Hollywood love story."
But, the piece de resistance of the night was "the reaction from the crowd when
Evan started tap dancing having taken his secret lessons."
The bride wore a lace A-Line one shoulder dress with pearl and beading
detail from Mariana Hardwick.
Whilst cake was served with coffee, there was no formal wedding cake.
They spent five nights at Eratap Report, Vanuatu
Photographs were taken by the Gay Sisters