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Sayoko and William’s love story began in the classroom. It was during her second semester of living and studying in Melbourne that Sayoko volunteered to teach a group of RMIT students who were interested in Japanese culture and language. Indonesian-born William joined the group and became one of Sayoko’s students. Both insist nothing happened during the lessons, it wasn’t until a group excursion to Geelong when Sayoko got lost at Southern Cross station. William helped her out and the sparks flew. After their first date at the Lindt café, both realised their mutual love of fine food

That was three years ago and the pair now live and work in Japan – William is fluent in Japanese, so Sayoko must be a pretty good teacher! The pair actually made their union official in Japan back in March but they chose to hold their proper celebration back in Australia to bring together family and friends from all around the world to help them celebrate at the beautiful Riverstone Estate.

It was clear to everyone that these guys are just so in love. William told everyone that Sayoko makes him a braver man – he never would have applied for an internship in Japan if it wasn’t for her. She described him as magnetic: “I love the way you love and care for me; I love you and I love my life with you.”

After a beautiful lunchtime reception with some incredibly emotional speeches and two bridal dances that brought the house down, William and Sayoko farewelled their guests and we headed back to Melbourne for some more photos in St Vincent’s Gardens and Port Melbourne beach to celebrate the city where they first met.

Sayoko and William – we wish you a lifetime of happiness together. You both have such warm hearts and beautiful kind natures, you are really a perfect match!


Sayoko and William’s Dream Team:

Ceremony and Reception: Riverstone Estate | Celebrant: David Schneider | Videographer: Stu Art Productions | Chauffeur: Enrik Limousines | Dress: Brides of Armadale | DJ: Daniel Mercury