Stacey Derezyckyj and Matthew Bryan were married at Avalon Castle near Cockatoo in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges on December 10th 2016.

The couple originally met as teenagers in 2003 – Matt’s best friend happened to be Stacey’s cousin. Their paths crossed again in 2011 when they both happened to be single at the same time.

Of their gorgeous castle-themed wedding, captured by Meredith Bedford Photography, Stacey says it was important for the wedding day to be a true reflection of them as a couple. They opted for an “enchanted forest” theme.

“We wanted the day to feel relaxed, fun and less traditional than expected, with lots of touches of nature in our decor,” she says.

Stacey was quite hands on and even did the flowers herself – the bouquets were made from balsa wood flowers hand dipped in paint, the flowers for all the other decor were also balsa flowers.

Another unique touch came from seamstress Suzan Stewart at iSew Rockhampton who made the bridesmaid dresses. She even added secret embroidery that the bride did not know about until she saw it on the wedding day during the photo shoot.

She says having so many of their family and friends come together to celebrate with them was her favourite part of the wedding.

“It was a mean feat since many of our relatives live interstate,” she says.

For couples currently planning their wedding, Stacey’s advice is “Your day your way”.

“The day should be a reflection of you as a couple, so don’t lose sight of that!” she says.

“Don’t spend more money than you are comfortable with either! Set a budget and stick to it.”

Ceremony: Avalon Castle Gardens Gazebo
Reception: Avalon Castle Banquet Hall
Celebrant: Cherie Curlis
Photographer: Meredith Bedford Photography
Hair &  Makeup: Shirley Halim and team.
Brides Dress: D’Italia supplied the fabric and Eva Tomala was the dressmaker
Flowers: Bride
Brides Shoes: Jo Mercer
Bridesmaids Dresses:: Suzan Stewart at iSew Rockhampton
Grooms suit: Woodstock
Groomsmens suits: Woodstock
Rings: Montal Jewelers
Transport: Personal vehicles
Stylist: Bride.
Wedding planner: Bride
Cake: Special Treats By Carolyn
Photobooth:  Pic-Cha-Booth
Honeymoon:  Singapore, The Philippines, Bangkok Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.


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