Writer: Sue Turpie – Photographer: Cindy Power


Their proposal was the stuff of romance – right down to the bride-to-be being dressed in her nightwear. Kaitlin and Brenton met through mutual friends in Bendigo. Brenton proposed to Kaitlin on the family farm at Echuca on Christmas Eve in 2014.
“Brenton asked me to take a motorbike ride to take our dog Huey for a run,” Kaitlin remembers fondly. “We reached a special place on the farm under a willow tree and Brenton, on bended knee, proposed to me. I was still in my pyjamas.”
The perfect touch to the proposal was that Brenton had brought the ring from Paul Bram, where her dad had purchased her mum’s engagement ring 48 years before.
The couple were married at St Mary’s Church Echuca in October last year, which meant there was only 10 months to organise and plan their wedding day. But there was no need to worry as the result was exactly as they had hoped for.
“The lead up was enjoyable for us both because we tried to ensure the process was as relaxed and stress free as possible,” Kaitlin says. “Our wedding day was everything that we wanted it to be and more. Being the last of eight children to be married and the baby of the family I was really blessed to be given the wedding of my dreams – a beautifully understated, elegant affair that was not overdone with extras.”
There were quite a number of trips to Melbourne visiting bridal boutiques to find her bridal gown, but it was thanks to Kaitlin’s father that she found the perfect style.
“I had a lot of trouble deciding on a gown until my father expressed his admiration for a Logies gown worn by Scherri Lee Biggs,” she says. “Designed exclusively by Sonya Cappellazzo of Cappellazzo Couture in Camberwell, the bridal gown was modelled on this dress.
“The basic structure of the gown was an imported stretch white silk, with the body wrapped in, and exquisite detail constructed from, white neoprene, which allowed for the sculptural effects. Sonya’s attention to detail, and her warm and supportive nature, made the process so easy and so much fun. It was simply stunning – sophisticated elegance.”
Brenton and his best man, Dom Taylor, wore suits from Briggins in Cremorne while maid of honour, and Kaitlin’s older sister, Lorelle Pearse wore a gown by Carla Zampatti.
While the wedding was an understated affair, the bride and groom chose to have their 13 neices as flower girls, all of who wore exclusive dresses by Tea Princess. The bride, who is a primary school teacher, was also touched to see some of her grade one students travel from Bendigo to see her at the church.
In true wedding tradition, Kaitlin added something old, and very sentimental to her outfit.
“I wore my great grandmother’s gold and pearl brooch inside my dress. I was lucky enough to have this given to me on the day by my 96-year-old nan.”
One unexpected and happy coincidence was the date.
“Once we had settled on a date,” Kaitlin says, “it was an amazing coincidence that our date was actually Brenton’s mum and dad’s (Jenny and Colin) wedding anniversary.”
The bridal party, family and friends were treated to a lovely reception at Perricoota Station Moama, where the newlyweds danced to Home by Edward Sharp, and enjoyed a slice of raspberry and white chocolate three-tiered cake, made by Cakewalk in Bendigo.
Kaitlin also had a few pieces of advice for future brides.
“Make sure you enlist the help of as many people as possible. When someone asks, take up their kind offer, as it all comes to a head on the day.
“And Fridays are fantastic for weddings. We had the whole weekend to catch up with our family and friends, as the actual wedding day itself passes you by in an instant. Our Saturday was spent upstairs at the American Hotel in Echuca where we were able to once again enjoy the company of our guests in a relaxed setting.”
But importantly…
“In hindsight, don’t sweat the small stuff because that leads to forgetting why you are really there. Always remember what brought you together and lead to this day. As my sister told us in her speech – remember your crush that brought you together, that lead you to today and to a love like no other.” ■


Watch the highlights from Kaitlin & Brenton’s wedding here.