John & Jo

  1. How did you meet?

We met at work 13 years ago but did not have very much contact with each other. In 2006 we began working together on a project and started to get to know each other. Over the next couple of years our friendship blossomed, the chemistry reached fever pitch and ultimately we realised we had a lot in common. Almost to the point where we could guess what the other was thinking.


2. Tell us about your wedding proposal?

Johns dad passed away in May 2004 and although I never had the opportunity to meet him John wanted him to be a part of our story so John proposed to me (down on one knee) on his dads birthday on the 8th July. Originally John had wanted to propose outside the Kino Cinema near the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins which was the venue for our first date, but unfortunately he was sick that day unable to leave home, so he improvised at home.

3. What was important to you as a couple when choosing the following:

i.         a ceremony venue?

Even though neither of us is religious it was important to us to have a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. We chose a Greek orthodox church that was central to most guests and near the reception venue to ensure guests were not travelling great distances. We chose a church that was central to most guests and near the reception venue so guests were not travelling too far. Also the priest was very accommodating and a lovely person.


ii.         a reception venue?

When choosing a reception venue we wanted a venue that was both significant and second to none in food and service. We chose the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins primarily as the front of the hotel was the site of our first kiss. The fact that it was a five star hotel with a dedicated events manager with a reputation of first class food and service and a view from the selected function room on the 35th floor made our decision that much easier.

iii.         a  photographer?

Photography was a big concern for us as neither of us are comfortable in front of a camera. Chateau Photography (Warrick) is one of a few photographers who takes the time to meet with his clients and get to know the couple before the wedding day, he offers the ‘engagement or prewedding shoot’ to get you comfortable in front of the camera and the “what to do and what not to do” session was very beneficial.


4. Why did you choose Chateau Photography for your wedding photography?

Warrick just made us feel so comfortable and he is a genuinely nice person. After seeing his work the decision was made much easier, there was no comparison to other photographers.

5. What was the highlight of your wedding day?  (Besides getting married to each other)

Groom: First glimpse of my bride to be in her much anticipated wedding dress. Well worth the wait!

Bride : Stealing a few moments in the back of the wedding car after the ceremony to just take it all in and seeing all of our guests happy and enjoying themselves at the reception.

6. What was the highlight of your photography experience?

Groom: Spending time with my bride after our nuptials drinking veuve champagne and receiving congratulations from people walking by

Bride : Having a wonderful time down at Port Melbourne on the sand, the sunset photo was fantastic. Being congratulated by so many complete strangers on the street.


7. What advise do you have for couples organising a wedding?

The only advice I can share is ensure you are organised and realistic when it comes to planning your wedding in terms of timing and finances. Set a date at least 12 months in advance (preferably 18 months) and as soon as the date is set book the church, if applicable, reception and photographer to avoid disappointment.  Spend as much as you can on photography, when it comes to photography the memories captured in the photos will be forever. All the other bits and pieces will fall into place as long as you are organised and keep an organised account of all the activities and costs.

8. What advice would you give a couple after your wedding experience that you would have changed?

Groom : I would not change a thing.

Bride: remember that if you have gems or crystals on your shoes they may catch on your dress and don’t stress on the day, enjoy , as its over in the blink of an eye.

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