Charlotte Smith and Sam Gray
Scenes from the wedding of Charlotte Smith and Sam Gray. Photo: Brenner Liana Photography
CHARLOTTE SMITH AND SAM GRAY
WILLOW CREEK VINEYARD, MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VIC
Charlotte and Sam met while she was on her first day back at work after holidays. “At the time I was working part-time at Ray’s Outdoors and Sam came in to buy some work boots,” says Charlotte. Not being thrilled to be back, and not in her usual friendly mood, Sam was her first customer. “I thought he was a bit of a weirdo at the time because he wouldn't seem to go away!” she says. And it got worse when he pulled a cheesy line on her. It was along the lines of: “If you go out with me later I'll let you know how the boots go". Thinking it was so ridiculous; she told the story to her work friends. “They all convinced me to give him a ring as a dare. Ten years later the rest is history!”
Apparently Sam “panic proposed”. He pulled a ring out one night while they were staying at Charlotte’s parents’ place. “As we prepared for bed in my old childhood room, in my old daggy penguin print flannelette PJ's, Sam nervously pulled out a ring box,” says Charlotte. She was in shock, worried this was the story she would be telling her grandkids. Although it all became clear when Sam explained he had a romantic proposal planned when they got home. "[He] was so nervous about carrying the ring around, and terrified I'd check the bank balance and think we'd been robbed, he panic proposed!” says Charlotte. “To me the proposal is so memorable and precious, as it sums up the beautiful and impulsive nature of my husband. He's a big dag”.
The wedding day
“I wanted my wedding to be relaxed, whimsical and romantic, and all the finer details and little intricate touches I'd spent so much time preparing before hand, all paid off in the end,” says Charlotte. She spent the morning relaxing with her bridesmaids overlooking Port Phillip Bay which set the mood for the rest of the day. They had 60 guests attend their romantic yet relaxed garden party. “The table settings, menus, place cards and the 60 paper pom poms I individually fluffed all added to the unstructured softness of the day,” says Charlotte.
Charlotte wore a relaxed, Grecian inspired gown made from a draped jersey fabric. It came from Thurley.
They had a toffee spun croquembouche from The French Lettuce in Carlton.
The photos were taken by Brenner Liana Photography.
They went to Hawaii.
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