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// Ciaya & Brad //

The wedding of Ciaya & Brad will always hold a special place in our hearts here at Lyrebird Falls. Ciaya & Brad are a perfectly matched couple & share such a beautiful bond. Ciaya & Brad visited a number of venues in the Dandenongs but fell in love with Lyrebird Falls. It was a pleasure to host the wedding of Ciaya & Brad here at Lyrebird Falls and you will see why we loved this wedding below! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wittingslow!!

How they met:
Ciaya & Brad first met when they played tennis together at 11 years of age. They reconnected via Myspace at 18 years of age.

The proposal story:
“On the 5th of January 2017, Brad and I were on a holiday at Byron Bay with a few friends and decided to have an early morning date to ourselves; after I had spent a couple of days complaining that we hadn’t spent quality time together on our trip, so Brad promised me a date – I was ecstatic and started researching cool places to adventure to. We woke up at about 6am and it was absolutely bucketing down, but I was determined to have my date, no matter what. We took the communal car we were sharing with our friends and went for a drive into the hinterlands to a waterfall I had found. Killan Falls looked gorgeous from the pictures I’d seen and did not fail to impress us in real life. We got there so early the sun had only just risen and the weather was absolutely miserable, hot but wet. I did not think it would be worth a swim at the bottom of the waterfall as the weather was shocking, so we put our hiking shoes on and went to have a look anyway. By the time we had made it down the track to the bottom we were soaked to the bone. Even my underwear was wet, and I had slipped on that many muddy rocks I was covered in moss and forest gunk.

Being completely alone at this somewhat famous waterfall in Byron Bay, covered in mud and soaked, I turned to Brad with the mentality of “you only live once” and stripped down to my underwear and got in – so naturally he did the same. As we were swimming around and enjoying the solitude Brad kisses me and as he pulls away, he’s holding my mother’s beautiful Red Garnet engagement ring and asked me to be his wife – the rest is history. One year later and we’re husband and wife”.

Special moments of the day:
– “Definitely when Brad cried while I was reading my vows”.
– “Walking back down the aisle as husband & wife and hearing Glenn [the Celebrant] announce them Mr & Mrs Wittingslow”.

Advice to other couples:
“Both of you grab a drink during the reception and disappear together for 10minutes; just sit and chat, or sit and sip your drink away from everyone and enjoy being married”.


Photographer // Christian Marc Photography
Videographer // Ruffit Media
Celebrant // Glenn Arnott
Cake // Jodee LeBlanc
Hair & Make Up // The Collective Hair & Co.
Bouquets // Debbie O’Neill
Dresses & Shoes // Brides of Armadale & Novo
Suits & Shoes // Menz Club & Spendless Shoes
Rings // Etsy
Photo Location // Woolrich Lookout & Lyrebird Falls

Lyrebird Falls receptions announced a winner at the 13th Victorian annual bridal industry awards (ABIA)

A wedding is one of the most important days in a girl’s life. So selecting the venue and service which will design and deliver the perfect day is paramount.

This is why so many couples over the years have chosen Lyrebird Falls – finalist and winner in many categories of the highly competitive Victorian Annual Bridal Industry Awards.

In May 2011, almost 2400 Victorian newlyweds provided 5106 ratings on the quality of each of the finalist’s product, service, value and staff. This was the largest participation rate ever in the 13 years of the Victorian ABIA Awards.

Chairman of the ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara provided the opening address and congratulated all the finalists on their achievement. Mr O’ Meara then announced the winner of the prestigious Reception award: Lyrebird Falls. 

Mr O’ Meara said that it was businesses like Lyrebird Falls Receptions that complimented and elevated the wedding industry with an attention to detail as well as a pride, passion and professional manner in delivering their premium wedding service.

The ABIA’s are highly contested awards and are determined by past bridal customers. Lyrebird Falls Receptions was nominated for the ABIA based on the quality of product, quality of service, value for money and attitude of staff.

The Annual Bridal Industry Awards are held each year in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.