The grand final of love and footy: Kristina and Tony’s country club wedding
Brave couple Kristina and Tony decided to tied the knot on Grand Final Day at RACV Healesville Country Club, their story has been featured on Australia’s number one wedding magazine: Easy Weddings
What do you do when your wedding date clashes with the AFL grand final?
Screen the game of course! Kristina, 31 and Tony, 34, married at their country club wedding on September 29, 2018 with 80 guests at RACV Healesville Country Club in Victoria.
“As we have lots of footy fans in our family, we decided to have a 1pm ceremony and have a private room organised with food and drinks screening the game to ensure we had their full attention during the times that mattered,” explains the bride. “It worked well for us as we took the opportunity to take photos on site with golf carts and off site at the Rochford winery in Yarra Valley.”
Kristina says the reception was beautiful, simple and romantic. “It was a compilation of good food, speeches that made you laugh and speeches that made you cry, lots of dancing (even the traditional Serbian and Macedonian Kolo) and lots of love,” she recalls. “The highlight of the night was when Tony removed the garter blindfolded off the best man thinking it was me. Tony wondered why I didn’t shave my legs.”
“Although some things didn’t turn out the way I would’ve thought, our wedding was perfect in so many ways and I wouldn’t change a thing if I was to do it over,” says the bride.
Desflora created Kristina’s incredibly realistic artificial bouquet.
“Our outdoor ceremony held in the Gazebo has been the most praised as the backdrop of the mountains was breathtaking,” smiles Kristina.
“Tony and I represent two people, who at all cost, have followed our dreams and were lucky enough to find love along the way,” beams the bride.
“Working in the hospitality industry and having planned numerous events before, I thought ‘How hard can planning a wedding be?’ Three months in, the sourcing and decision making got very over whelming. I gave in and hired a wedding planner,” recalls the bride.
Kristina and Tony’s pre-wedding photos and video
Kristina and Tony not only booked our Wedding photography and videography package, they also added engagement photography and videography to get familiar with her shooting crew and get used to the cameras.
Kristina and Tony’s Melbourne CBD pre-wedding video:
Kristina and Tony’s testimonial:
Only the best will do!
“When it comes to life changing occasions, the best advice I have ever been given is book the best photographer you can find because these moments are what you will look back on for the rest of your life. When we started looking around for our photographer, we came across Black Avenue Productions on the Easy Wedding directory and loved their work and instantly knew they were the best in their field.
My wife Kristina and I, even my family and friends can’t praise the quality of Black Avenue Production’s work and their work ethic enough. We first met Lowina 12 months before our wedding and knew immediately that we wanted to work with her. She was genuinely interested in getting to know who we are as individuals and as a couple and made us feel very at ease from the first conversation.
For an extra touch, 8 months before our wedding we decided to do our engagement shoot with Black Avenue Productions as a practice run for the day. We are so glad we did, because we fell in love with the team and of course the spectacular high quality photos and video. Both of us are not particularly photogenic and we didn’t want the whole wedding day to be about getting the perfect shot, yet naturally we wanted amazing photos to remind us of a fabulous day. By having this time to get to know the photographers and videographers beforehand, it made the wedding day so much more relaxing because we had already created a bond which reflected so much in the photos.
Lowina’s communication leading up to the wedding was excellent, she got back to any queries we had very quickly and gave us guidance on a photography timeline for the day in order to make best use of their time. I also have to mention that Lowina’s patience and understanding made our day less stressful and be at ease knowing we could trust them 110% to capture every moment.
On the day, Black avenue productions was very professional and reassuring. One of the best things about working with Black avenue productions is their relaxed nature and ability to fit in. They are very subtle and don’t dominate the room like I’ve seen some photographers do. As professionals, they are a friendly team who goes out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable, were always open to suggestions and importantly they made it so much fun too.
We received sneak peek photos within 24 hours after the wedding which exceeded our expectations. Overall working with Black Avenue Productions was one of the best decisions we made.
We can not tell you enough that they are the best photographer and videographer EVER!!! Thank you so much for you hard work Black Avenue Productions, you were with us from early morning till late that night to ensure that you covered every second of our most special day, and we couldn’t have been more happy with the outcome. Kristina & I keep saying how lucky we were to have you!”
Kristina & Tony
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Wedding Venue: RACV Healesville Country Club / Brides Gown: Martina Liana / Brides Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Bridesmaids Accessories: Bevilles / Cake: DIY / Celebrant: Jill Barclay / Entertainment: Wedding Sounds, MarShere Dance Studio / Flowers: Desflora / Grooms Attire: Ed Harry / Grooms Shoes: Julius Marlow / Groomsmen Attire: Ed Harry / Hair: Blushin Brides / Honeymoon: P&O Cruise / Invitations: Zazzle / Makeup: Blushin Brides / Pageboy Attire: Ollie’s Place Kidswear / Photobooth: Kapture Photobooth / Photographer: Black Avenue Productions / Rings: Helen Hagi / Venue: RACV Healesville Country Club / Venue Decor: Melbourne Event Florals, Giant Letter Company / Videographer: Black Avenue Productions / Wedding Night Accommodation: RACV Healesville Country Club / Wedding Planner: Stunning Weddings / Location Photo shoot: Rochford Wines