Toni Long and Drew Jones
Scenes from the wedding of Toni Long and Drew Jones. Photo: Lizzy C Photography
TONI LONG AND DREW JONES
ALLANVALE HOMESTEAD, GREAT WESTERN, VICTORIA
Drew was the first person Toni saw when she walked into her cousin’s party – a party she nearly didn’t go to. He stood there grinning at me like he was expecting me,” says Toni. She was instantly attracted to him and they hit it off straight away. “Months later he told me that he had heard all about me from a mutual friend and he really wanted to meet me,” she says. They saw each other a lot after the party, until Toni went overseas for five weeks, not long after they had met. She had decided on her way home that she wanted to be single for awhile and would call things off. “But the night I returned Drew showed up on my doorstep and as soon as I saw him I realised that he was someone very special. From that night we became inseparable”.
“One Sunday morning as we laid about in bed drinking coffee, playing music; Drew suddenly rolled out of bed onto his knees and pulled a ring from under the bed and proposed,” says Toni. He had actually planned a romantic day together but realised that lying there together in the house they had renovated was the most perfect time. “It was us!” she says.
The wedding day
“We are wannabe country folk and the location for our wedding was our dream,” says Toni. They held the wedding for their 80 guests in marquees pitched at Allanvale Homestead in Great Western. “The fact that it was a whole weekend of friends and family coming together to celebrate with us was the biggest highlight,” she says. They collected plates, glassware, vases, bowls and cups from op shops and garage sales for the 12 months leading up to the wedding to create an eclectic and vintage style. For a homemade touch, Drew made home-brewed beer for the guests with individualised labels and Toni made lolly bags.
Toni wore a fitted ivory gown with thin straps. It featured lace and beaded detailing on the bodice and waist as well as a button-up back. It came from Kylie J Bridal in Mitcham.
The cake had three-tiers – two tiers of traditional fruit cake and the top tier was chocolate cake. It was decorated with ivory icing, fresh flowers and yellow ribbon. It was made by Toni’s mother.
The photos were taken by Lizzy C Photography.
They went to Europe.
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