Jemma Castle -Jun 6, 2011
ELIZA STEPHENS AND LEIGH MURPHY
FOREST STREET UNITING CHURCH AND QUILLS RESTAURANT, BENDIGO
Eliza and Leigh met at the Bendigo Cup through their mutual friends Shona and Neale. "I actually wasn't meant to attend the Cup and had to be convinced to go," says Eliza, the 26 year-old communications officer. "I was meant to be going back to Melbourne that evening for work." But she decided to go and had to borrow a dress."Once I met Leigh, I was having such a good time I pulled a sickie! Needless to say it was a great move!" she says.
Leigh and Eliza packed up their Melbourne home and planned a trip around Australia in their four wheel drive back in 2008. They were heading to Cape York, the most northern point in Australia and Leigh seemed eager to get there. "I thought that it was strange that Leigh kept rushing," says Eliza. When they got there they did the walk to the northern most point. "When we reached it, the last of the tourists were leaving and suddenly we were alone. There, alone surrounded by aqua blue sea, Leigh proposed to me with a gorgeous ring he had been hiding," she says. She was thrilled but in shock. "It was a complete surprise!"
The wedding day
It was important to Leigh and Eliza to get married in the same church as her parents because Eliza's mother had passed away when she was little.They had 100 guests at their peacock feather inspired day with a classic, old-world touch. "Just before leaving for the church, I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of emotion that so many people were coming to celebrate Leigh and I and our marriage - just knowing that so many people are supporting you and want the best for you is just an amazing, humbling feeling," says Eliza. Another highlight was their first dance as a married couple. "I don't think I have ever felt more loved in my life. Our dance was to Ben Fold's The Luckiest and we think it sums up how we feel about each other perfectly."
Eliza wore an ivory, silk taffeta Roz la Kelin gown with lace detail and pearl beaded straps. It featured a corset back and a metre long train. She also wore a fascinator which she made herself from ivory French netting, handmade lace and an organza flower.
The cake had three tiers - two of milk and white chocolate swirl and one of jaffa-chocolate. It was decorated with chocolate shards and a fan of peacock feathers. It was made by Noeline Ead.
The photos were taken by Imagine Pictures in Bendigo.
They went to the Grampians in Victoria.
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