Brooke & Oscar
Our Love Story
We met at Melbourne University residential college back in 2013 when Brooke first moved to Melbourne from New Zealand for university; we lived on the same floor at opposite ends. We started off as just friends and then ended up starting a relationship.
After three years of university, we ended up moving to Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road, where Oscar's family lives. Brooke was able to find a position there for medical school while, Oscar worked on his parent's dairy farm. Since then, we really settled into rural living and see themselves living there forever! The funny thing is that Brooke always said when she was 5-years old that she would live on a farm (with no reason why, given she grew up in the city!). Somehow, fate has funny ways of coming into place.
We ended up deciding to have our wedding in Geelong because it felt like a suitable middle ground for my family in New Zealand and for Oscars family in Warrnambool.
Our wedding was initially planned for 2021, but like the rest it was heavily postponed due to COVID. After a lot of stress and difficult decision making, we made the decision to elope with just our 15 immediate family and bridal party. We ended up landing on Alma restaurant after finding their BEAUTIFUL upstairs function space which has not been utilised enough for weddings! We found out we were the first ceremony/reception to occur there and we can't believe it's not been used more!!
Our close wedding of just 17 people total was everything we could have asked for. It was so intimate in the most beautiful location. We did all our photos and a first look before the wedding at Breamlea beach and it was the most beautiful spot. After that we head back to Alma for the ceremony and celebration!
The most special part of our wedding was that Brooke's grandparents (from Malaysia) were able to come last minute. And we got to have a traditional Chinese tea ceremony which is a special part of a wedding for our culture. The elders get presented tea by the youngers in a sequential manner from oldest to youngest. And in exchange the elders given the youngers red "ang pao" packets. Brooke's grandma handmade and sewed the embroidery from scratch on her traditional "kebaya" and this will forever be the most special memory; given she told us all she was giving up this talent five years ago due to arthritis.
We will never forget this moment!
Videographer & Photographer: Handzaround Videography & Photography
Celebrant: Anita Jenkins
Ceremony & Reception space: Alma
Makeup: Mily McGrath
Hair: Amelia Rose