Erin and Marty Lynch
They spent an evening retracing important places in their relationship before Marty proposed aboard a hot air balloon. Photo: Lucy Leonardi Photography
ERIN AND MARTY LYNCH
DALYWATERS ROSE FARM, MORNINGTON AND QUAT QUATTA, RIPPONLEA, VIC
“I had known Marty's cousin Dave for years, but Dave never took Marty out with him, so we didn't meet until someone else introduced us!” says Erin. But shortly after they met Marty went travelling for a few years and they didn’t get together until he got back. “We really are best friends, we laugh and muck around all the time,” she says.
The day before Erin’s birthday Marty said he wanted to take her out for dinner to celebrate. “On the way to dinner, he kept stopping at strange places, and saying strange things,” she says. Eventually she realised that each place they had been to was significant to their story – where they first met, had their first kiss and where he first said he loved her. “I was getting very excited at that point, but after dinner, he said, OK, date's over, and that was the end of that.” But at 4.30am on her birthday he woke her and told her to put on warm clothes. They went to the Yarra Valley and saw it from above in a hot air balloon. “It was in the balloon, surrounded by strangers, that Marty got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!”
The wedding day
“Really, it was a ‘Wedding Festival’!” says Erin. They decided to invite their bridal party and their partners to go away to Mornington for a few days before the wedding so they could relax and get ready to party. The ceremony was held at Dalywaters Rose Farm for 140 guests. “Honouring Marty’s parents (who have both passed away) was very important to us, so we asked their grandchildren to decorate two chairs at the front of the chapel with flowers in memory of them,” says Erin. The reception was filled with pastel tones and held at the Quat Quatta restaurant in Ripponlea. “Without doubt, the biggest highlight from the reception was the reaction from our guests to our bridal dance,” says Erin. As they both have Irish heritage, they surprised guests by breaking into Riverdance, complete with Marty doing a Michael Flatley impersonation.
Erin wore a strapless, slimline, ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline and a lace overlay. It was designed by Wendy Makin.
The photos were taken by Lucy Leonardi Photography.
They are planning a big overseas trip starting in Italy in 2013 for their 10 year anniversary.
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