Danielle & Ryan
As seen in Geelong Wedding Guide Magazine
Not many people can say that 2020 was a year they want to remember forever, but for Danielle and Ryan it may just be the best thing that ever happened to them. After connecting on a dating app and bonding over daily chats, they decided to meet up in between one of Victoria’s many lockdowns. Finding out that they are very different people on a first date, Danielle shared with her Mum that she wasn’t convinced Ryan was interested in her because he was so quiet. Ryan on the other hand thought he had nailed the date and was extra chatty!
Summoning the courage to ask for a second date, Ryan showed Danielle he was the one for her and after meeting Danielle’s dog Bailey (and getting his approval of course), they’ve been inseparable ever since. After surviving several lockdowns and getting creative with covid-safe dates, there was no holding them back – buying their first home together in 2021 and packing their suitcases to travel the world.
It was during one of these incredible trips that Ryan popped the question against the backdrop of the Amalfi Coast, and despite the heat (and the mountain-side stairs!), Danielle and Ryan agree it was the perfect engagement.
Deciding that they couldn’t wait any longer to be married, Ryan and Danielle pulled together their big day in just 12 months – choosing a picture-perfect winter wedding at the grand hall at Provenance Wines.
Waking to a sparkling twenty-something degree day, Danielle and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting ready at R Hotel in Geelong. For Danielle, putting on her show-stopping wedding dress was a moment she will never forget. Making the experience even more special, Danielle included her parents in this once in a lifetime moment with her mum helping her into the dress and her dad getting a first look at his daughter on her wedding day (we’re not crying, you are!)
Surrounded by the flicker of dozens of candles and a live acoustic version of ‘Can’t help falling in love’, Danielle and Ryan were finally married in front of their nearest and dearest. They credit their celebrant Jessie Belle for creating an intimate ceremony that really spoke to the heart of who they are as a couple.
Deciding to honour their little dog Bailey, who passed just four weeks before the wedding, the couple decided to donate to Geelong Animal Resue in lieu of wedding favours – a really special way to celebrate the little one that bought them so much joy.
Ready to dance the night away, Danielle and Ryan started their reception with a bang – sharing their first dance together before Danielle shared a special dance with her Dad (and Daryl Braithwaite’s Horses of course). Getting a little too enthusiastic on the dance floor, Danielle’s dress snapped but thanks to a quick-thinking maid of honour, a complete wardrobe malfunction was avoided!
Ending their night under the twinkle of sparklers, Danielle and Ryan’s winter wedding was a true reflection of the love they have for each other – a testament to these two solute mates and their future together.
Venue: Provenance Weddings
Celebrant: Jessie Belle Cermeonies, Geelong Celebrant Collective
Photographer: Jacob Heston Weddings
Flowers: A Natural Bunch
Makeup: Steph at Blush Bar
Hair: Danielle at Danny Boy Hairdressing
Tan: The Sorority
Wedding Dress: And The Veil
Suits: Eddy Elias
Cake: Sugar & Fleur
Entertainment and MC: Baker Boys Band
Car: Family friend