The love and laughter was infectious at Viv and Andrew’s totally awesome Centennial Vineyards wedding. Definitely the best day ever, say the very happy couple.
People may say an office romance is not the best way to become involved, but for Vivian Le and Andrew Hobbs it definitely worked. The married couple from Kogarah in Sydney both work in hospitality and met on the job.
‘We actually met on Andrew’s first day at work and became good friends and lunch buddies,’ recounts Vivian. ‘Early on during our relationship we bonded over good times and conversation, which eventually turned into something much more. It was definitely not expected for both of us but it was real.’
Apart from an interest in food, beverage and hospitality, Vivian and Andrew were initially drawn to each other for the laughs.
‘Yes, humour,’ says Andrew. ‘To be able to have a good laugh every day is something we absolutely adore about us.’
Turns out Andrew is also a bit of a romantic, and swept Vivian away to propose.
‘Andrew planned this awesome one week South Coast getaway in December 2017,’ recalls Vivian. ‘A few nights at Hyams Beach. He then drove us to a secret location, which turned out to be an unplugged, off the grid cabin in Kangaroo Valley. After breakfast the following morning, he popped the question.’
Happily engaged, the couple began thinking about where to marry and hold their reception.
‘We both knew we wanted to be married outdoors, but not by the ocean,’ says Vivian. ‘Out of Sydney, but not too much of a hassle for our guests.
‘We explored the Kangaroo Valley and Southern Highlands area because we got engaged there, and then we found Centennial. We had already seen two other venues in the Highlands, but as soon as we walked in, it was the tall ceilings, wooden beams, wooden floors, fireplace and sandstone courtyard that grabbed us. It just felt really warm and inviting to both of us.’
And being employed in the hospitality industry, great wine was also important to Vivian and Andrew.
‘Being at a winery was definitely a bonus and Centennial Vineyards has great wines,’ says Andrew. ‘We also received amazing service from Centennial’s wedding coordinator Bec Biddle when we went for the initial visit. She really put the cherry on the cake.’
The couple set the date for Saturday, September 22, an auspicious day for them, says Andrew. ‘Viv’s mum got the date from the temple, following Asian tradition.
‘But despite being of Asian background, Viv’s parents were quite accepting that we wanted to get married our way. There wasn’t a traditional Vietnamese morning ceremony, but we tried to incorporate some of her family’s culture such as a Vietnamese celebrant who was also a good friend. Viv also got changed into traditional ao dai, the Vietnamese national garment, for some of the reception.’
The couple were married in the courtyard right outside Centennial Vineyards Restaurant at 4pm and the reception was in the restaurant, which the couple took over for the day. They had aunties from Vietnam attend on their first trip to Australia, and Andrew’s best man and his partner travelled from Canada. Another close friend flew in from the US.
One not negotiable for Vivian and Andrew was to find the best photographer they could, and the couple found all they were looking for in Kelly Tunney.
‘We knew after everything was done and dusted, all we would have were photos,’ says Andrew. ‘So it was really important we chose someone really awesome.’
‘We now understand what people mean when they say their wedding day was the best day ever,’ says Vivian. ‘To see everyone we love come together to celebrate us was truly something special and made us so unbelievably happy.
‘We were blessed with a perfectly mild day and a bright pink sunset. We will never forget how much we laughed during our ceremony and how embarrassed we were that Trung, our celebrant, read our love story word for word from what we had sent to him.
‘We will also always remember (and laugh about) how we practised our first dance in the weeks leading up to the day, but on the evening our four left feet took over. But we still had a ball!
‘Seeing Viv walk down the aisle and seeing all of our family and friends there to celebrate us was awesome. And the moment we walked away as husband and wife was pretty special.’
The couple honeymooned in Bali and are planning a trip to Europe soon.
So is there anything they would change about their wedding if they had their time over?
‘In hindsight, we would have definitely extended our event for another hour.
‘And a note to any couple marrying, and their bridal party. You will always need more time to get ready than you think!’
Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, Bowral
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