James + Melanie


A laidback day, not even a heatwave (or James and the groomsmen forgetting to hit ‘live’ on the stream!) could get in the way of these cuties love for one another, taking everything in their stride.

An epic indoor floral installation by wizards Judah Rose at the beautiful Waratah Weddings, James and Mel made sure their day reflected them, down to the statues of their two dogs hiding in the florals, who couldn’t be there for pats as somebody had to be home guarding their records!

Guests flowed to the large outdoor space of their all-in-one venue to enjoy acoustic tunes by Josh DeAraugo and Stellar Parry into the night.

How did they meet?

Although these cuties knew of each from a long time ago, it wasn’t until years later when the time was right that James slid into Mel’s DMs. After a catch up up at pub trivia at the Golden Vine, things soared from there

The proposal story.

James recalls: “We decided to tie the knot one night in between our birthdays. I came home from work a few days later with the marriage paperwork filled out which was when I officially asked Mel to be my wife.”

Fav part of the day?

A shared favourite moment of the day for these two being the sneaky five minutes James and Mel took together to enjoy a quiet moment and soak in the moment, the day, the delicious food and their love for one another. Followed closely by the moment James pinched Mel’s bouquet and tossed it to her bridesmaid in a cheeky attempt to streamline a proposal!

Advice for couples planning their wedding.

With a stellar crew of Culture Hitch vendors to bring their dream day to life, Mel and James’ advice to you, is that preparation is key: “Plan it all as early as possible, give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the lead up to the day.”

-Makes sense to us!

How did Culture Hitch help?

An all-star line up of Culture Hitch vendors meant these cuties didn’t have any job other than to enjoy their wedding day: “Somehow we managed to snag all the best wedding vendors Bendigo can offer”

When they’re all in one place, how easy is it to find the best?!

Tell us about your vendors!

“Judah Rose never disappoint with their stunning flowers, and Georgia tailored the perfect ceremony for us, laid back and funny.
Josh & Stellar were such a big hit with their tunes and Sophie was the perfect photographer for us and our day”


Photographer |

Florist |

Ceremony Venue |

Waratah Weddings

Reception Venue |

Waratah Weddings

Bridal Apparel |


Grooms Apparel |

Grant Rule

Groomsmen Apparel |

Grant Rule

Hair Styling |

Make Up Artistry |

Gemma Simmons

Rings/Jewellery |

Michael Hill

Caterer/s |

Bar Service |

Waratah Weddings

Wedding Cake |

Danielle Coventry

Entertainment |

Wedding Decor |

The McKerns sign – @artlinedesignco

Celebrant/Officiant |

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