Larissa and Peter grew up in the same town and knew of each other, but it wasn’t until the Boxing Day Races in 2015 when that spark ignited, they met up later at the King Street Hotel, and the rest as they say, is history! Six years, two dogs and a house later, Larissa and Peter married in March 2022.
It was Boxing Day 2019, and Larissa came home from work early to a surprise from Peter. Met at the front door, she was blindfolded and taken through the house where Peter had been building all day (not unusual, Peter often surprised Larissa with his building projects).
They walked out the back of the house, where Peter had organised a beautiful rug, flower arrangements and rose petals and their two best friends to be there to photograph and record the whole thing.
He took Larissa’s blind fold off, confessed his love and got down on one knee. Just them and their two pups in their brand-new home. They spent the next few days celebrating with their friends and family.
Larissa had sent Peter some photos of what she liked, but he completely surprised her and went above and beyond with the design. She wanted something timeless and elegant that would stand the test of time, but not too big or showy for her smaller hands.
Getting married in March 2022 on a vineyard on the Hunter Valley, the most important part to Larissa and Peter was having all their family and bridal party on the property with them for the whole weekend, and the venue needed to be dog friendly. In terms of themes, they went for a very paired back, timeless garden party, with long reception tables in between long rows of trees and fairy lights. They wanted our guests to be well fed, a few cocktails in and to dance the night away.
The couple’s advice to anyone getting engaged:
Alyssa says, “Peter and I had obviously spoken about getting engaged, but the moment, ring and day was a complete surprise. It caught me completely off guard and was so magical and organic, it’s a moment I will never forget. It’s very tempting to choose the ring and have it set up ‘Instagram perfect,’ but in the real moment, you are not even thinking about your nails or Instagram post. And just savour the moment, cry, hug and enjoy that feeling of ringing all your friends and family.”
Wonderful advice – we wish you both all the best as you start your lives as Mr and Mrs!