Ben & Lauren – All Smiles Docklands Wedding

bride and groom wedding photo at Melbourne Botanical Gardens

Lauren and Ben were married on September 30, with a relaxed ceremony down by the lake in Melbourne Botanical Gardens.

Their fantastic cocktail reception was held at All Smiles Docklands. If you are looking for either a cocktail wedding venue or just a docklands wedding venue in Melbourne, you MUST check All Smiles Docklands out………they’re amazing and at the top of their game!

Lauren and Ben met in July 2017. They had both been searching for the right one for a little while and it was a rather random online message at 5am one morning that surprisingly caught Lauren’s eye.

She wondered what on earth this guy was doing sending messages so early in the morning, but something about him caught her attention, amongst all the men she had not responded to.

It was rather strange marathon prep but Ben was in fact getting ready for his 10th and final marathon on the Gold Coast.

They started talking and ended up planning a hot chocolate date for the next day when Ben would be back in Melbourne.

The hot chocolate meeting turned into a 10hr first date, and Lauren and Ben were pretty inseparable since then! Just two months later they planned to get engaged on Christmas Eve. Ben took Lauren back to their first date cafe, at the same time that they originally met there, and gave the waitress the ring to bring to the table with the hot chocolates. Lauren was wondering why he was so distracted when she was trying to talk to him! 

Lauren cried (even though she knew the proposal was coming some time that day!), and was excited that it was finally official! Lauren and Ben celebrated Christmas with their families with the new happy news, and then flew out on their engagement honeymoon to Borneo that night.

Not wanting to leave it too long to become husband and wife, but needing to negotiate around the school calendar and the AFL season, the weddingwas planned for the day after Grand Final day, although the Hawks never really had a chance that year anyway!


Ceremony Venue – Melbourne Botanical Gardens
Reception Venue – All Smiles Docklands
Celebrant – Celebrant Kate

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