While the rest of the world prepares for chilly months ahead, Australia enjoys beautiful summer weather and roses in full bloom in November. That's when Aussie groom Franco Assuero and Vietnamese bride Phuong Nguyen tied the knot at Werribee Park in Victoria – home to the state's largest rose garden and historical Werribee Mansion.
"We wanted something casual but fun so that friends and family could relax and enjoy our special day as much as we do without having to follow anything too formal or traditional. Werribee was the perfect place to exchange vows because it's so beautiful and not much decoration was needed, plus this was where Frank proposed," reveals the bride.
Guests were privileged to witness a traditional Vietnamese wine ceremony on the lawn, where the newlyweds presented elders with a drink while traditional music accompanied. To cool off, everyone else enjoyed cake and cold beverages from a mobile drink station.
Later that evening, they threw an intimate reception at mansion's Theatre for 155 guests (many of whom flew in) where a four-course dinner was served, followed by speeches and the couple's first dance to 'Fly Me To The Moon'.
The room was decorated, mostly by Phuong, with quirky vintage touches on recycled wood and burlap, and lots and lots of her favourite flowers like David Austin roses and coral peonies. "The room opens to the garden outside so guests were free to stroll outside, take pictures and enjoy the beautiful scenery, and cool evening breeze," says Phuong.