The Perfect Storm:
Claire and Bernie’s Rustic Winery Wedding

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Claire and Bernie’s rustic winery wedding was nothing short of stunning! While the weather was not in their favour on the big day, it ended up making for a magical celebration, one that the bride describes as “the perfect storm.” Keep reading to learn more about Claire and Bernie’s big day.


Bernie hugging Claire


About Claire & Bernie

Claire Giddings and Bernard Maywood are both paramedics who first met after being rostered together. Flash forward to March 2018 when the couple were on vacation in Aruba. Bernie got down on one knee and proposed to Claire while they were visiting the famous Flamingo Beach.


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Bernie with groomsmen

Claire under the rain

claire with father

claire & Bernie march in

Wedding ceremony

claire & bernie exchange ring

claire & bernie kissing

marching out

claire & bernie with friends


A Stormy Day at Acacia Ridge Winery Yarra Glen

Claire and Bernie tied the knot in a rustic-chic affair at Acacia Ridge Winery in Australia’s breathtaking Yarra Valley. The couple knew it was the perfect venue the moment they drove into the parking lot. To complement the venue, they chose rustic floral and decor in the form of fairy lights, Hessian table runners, and wooden laser cut place cards. Even their country lace invitations from Giant Invitations reflected the rustic feel of the day. Although not everything went according to plan (such as the weather – there were thunderstorms all day long!), Claire and Bernie wouldn’t have changed a thing.


claire fitting into her gown

claire fitting into her wedding gown

claire fitting into her wedding gown

claire & bernie walking

blaire in her wedding dress


The Bridal Look

Claire wanted a gown that was fun and elegant, and she found just that! For her special day, Claire donned a fit and flare gown from Melbourne-based designer Anna Campbell. The dress was embellished with 3-D florals and a silk belt. She finished off the look by carrying a unique bouquet containing king proteas, black roses, and wild blackberries.


bernie & claire march in

bernie & claire's wedding reception

bernie & claire dancing

bernie & claire at wedding reception


Personalized Touches

As a nod to their flamingo-filled engagement in Aruba, Claire and Bernie named their welcome cocktail “The Flamingo Spritz” and had flamingo-shaped toppers in each drink. Individual succulent plants grown by the bride’s mother served as wedding favours, which added a special touch to their wedding. The happy couple also opted to sign their marriage certificate with a trout-shaped pen that Bernie won on one of their first dates.


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bernie & claire kissing


The Unconventional Cake

Instead of opting for a traditional wedding cake, the couple settled on a three-tier “cake” made out of their favourite types of cheeses. The cheese tower was made up of five different kinds of cheese: D’affinois French Brie, Maffra Black Cloth Cheddar, Irish Cashel Blue, Brilliant Savarin Triple Cream Brie, and Manchego. Fresh figs and dates finished off the decadent treat.


claire & bernie kissing


Advice to Brides

The main piece of advice Claire has for brides is not to sweat the small stuff. Some of her and Bernie’s favourite moments ended up happening when things didn’t go exactly to plan. She also urges brides-to-be not to worry about factors out of their control, such as weather.


Special thanks to vendors:

Wedding Invitations: Giant Invitations

Dress: Anna Campbell Lexi Elm

Veil: Anna Campbell Zara Chapel length veil

Makeup: Melonie Santos

Hair: Diane Robertson

Shoes: Nine West

Accessories: Anna Campbell Natalia earings

Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New 

Cake: Bill’s Farm cheese tower 

Food: Locavore

Flowers: Valley Blooms

Photographer: Love and Other 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Acacia Ridge Winery Yarra Glen

Entertainment: Gary Eastwood and band, Nick kay magic (MC and magician)

Celebrant: Paul Bonadio

Transport: Fisch Kombi

Wedding Favours: Homegrown succulents put together by the bride’s mother


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