Samantha and Hasan Wedding by Lahza Photography

How did you and your partner meet?
Hasan was a personal trainer at a gym that I recently joined. We first met at the initial consultation and realised we both had attended the same high school yet were a few years apart. Later that day I left my water bottle behind and he found an opportunity to message me. It was the chemistry and fun that brought our relationship together.

How did he propose?
At my house in front of family.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship? Trust – without it it’s difficult to lay the foundation for your relationship. And always treat each other as if you’re on your first date.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
First dress I tried on when I walked in. Then I tried on a couple more dresses after that but I kept coming back to the first one. It was what I was looking for, I wanted a long train and sleeves and that’s exactly what they delivered.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
A timeless, vintage look with gold throughout.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Walking into the venue and finding everyone all dressed and ready to meet us. It was a reminder of what great family and friends we have.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Stress less.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Things are bound to go wrong, my advice is to just make the most of every moment, before you know it, the night is over and you’re saying goodbye to your guests.

Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations
Dress: Jasmine 2016 from Belle et Blanc
Makeup: Karla Roccuzo
Hair: Vera
Shoes: Zu
Accessories: Bariano
Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom by Belle et Blanc
Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss
Photographer: Lahza Photography
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: The Sweeter Side
Food: San Remo Ballroom
Flowers: Lily Pad
Ceremony Venue: Home
Reception Venue: San Remo Ballroom

Vanessa & Chris Wedding by T One Image

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship? Always date, even when your married.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: I knew I wanted lace. I fell in love with my dress, it was about the twelfth dress I tried on. I knew it was light unlike all the other dresses I tried on.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day? Boho, Vintage and Rustic all in one.

What was your favorite moment from the day? Chris and I took time that night to get photos of us sitting by ourselves having a moment overlooking the venue and what we had worked so hard to achieve.

Any DIY décor elements? Pallets signs, favors, suitcases.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change? Nothing!

Any tips that you can give to future brides? Get a videographer because I’m so glad we did. You literally relive that day every time you watch your video, it’s not the same with photos.

Bride’s accessories: Elegance at Hand
Bride’s gown: Fairy Tale Bridal Moonee Ponds-Martina Liana
Bridesmaid accessories: Vermeer Jewellery
Bridesmaid dresses: Swish Clothing
Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Blackbird Cakes Woodend
Caterer: Cammeray Waters
Celebrant: Jill Caruana
Ceremony music: Charlotte Gemill
Ceremony venue: Cammeray Waters
Entertainment: D.J Masters
Flowers: Levian Events
Food / menu: Cammeray Waters
Gift registry: Honeymoon Fund
Groom’s attire: Roger David
Groom’s shoes: Roger David
Groomsmen attire: Roger David
Groomsmen shoes: Roger David
Hair: Lovalola Hair
Honeymoon:Cook  Islands then South Island NZ
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Lolly / Dessert buffet: Cammeray Waters
Makeup: Make up by Jacinta
Photo booth: Levian Events
Photographer: T One Image
Reception venue: Cammeray Waters
Rings: Michael Hill (Chris) Gregory (Vanessa)
Venue decor: Levian Events
Videographer: Lightbox Media
Wedding Night Accommodation: Cammeray Waters
Wedding planner: Bride

Chanelle and James wedding by Inlighten Photography

The Details

How did you and your partner meet? We first met when we were in primary school- we used to sit next to each other because the teacher made us sit boy-girl-boy-girl. James was the boy that sat between me and my best friend! We met again at schoolies on the Gold Coast. James thought my name sounded familiar and introduced himself.

How did he propose? James proposed to me in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. The proposal had taken months of planning! After we had booked in our stay at the Excellence Playa Mujures, James secretly called the hotel to arrange an upgrade. He requested that they pretend that the upgrade and a private yacht trip were complementary as it was our anniversary when we were staying there. This was all to make sure that I didn’t suspect why James was spoiling me so much!

When the Captain stopped the yacht near a private beach, James went down on one knee on the bow of the boat and asked me to marry him with a stunning, personally designed diamond ring from Fairfax & Roberts. Of course, I said yes.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship? Spend as much quality time with each other as you can. It’s so easy to be caught up in the day to day, but spending one on one time together is so important.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: A stunning ivory couture gown of intricate French Lace, with a four-meter lace veil, made by the team at Personalised Weddings in Earlwood. My mum also had a couture dress made in French Blue and with French lace by Personalised Couture.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day? Romance, love, & family. The reception was designed with the theme of roses, silver & crystal in mind. I was lucky enough to have my dream come true with an abundance of draping roses around the room in the softest pinks and whites. The reception venue was perfect because it has the most amazing tea light chandelier hanging from the ceiling, which gives the venue a magical and starry atmosphere.

What was your favorite moment from the day? Our first dance to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Spending time with our families, who were so happy for us! We tried to include as many people in our wedding as possible, e.g. the bridal party included 8 cousins aged between 2 and 7 years – 6 flower girls in couture tulle gowns by Olivia Kate Couture and 2 page boys in mini dinner suits from Ferrari Formal!

Any DIY décor elements? Framed family wedding photographs at the entry to the reception

If you could do it all over again, what would you change? Nothing!

Any tips that you can give to future brides? Spend as much time with each other as possible on this special day- the day goes so fast, and it’s a celebration of your new lives together, so savor every moment together.

The Team

Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations
Dress: Personalised Weddings Couture
Hair: Michelle Kroon
Shoes: Badgley Mishka
Accessories: Tiffany & Co (earrings), Glammadonna (hair piece & bridesmaid earrings), Fairfax & Roberts (engagement & wedding rings)
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale
Grooms Suit: Black Label Tailoring
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Photographer: Inlighten Photography
Cake: Brides in Bloom
Food: View By Sydney, Pier 2 Walsh Bay
Flowers: Brides in Bloom
Ceremony Venue: St Mark’s Darling Point
Reception Venue: View By Sydney, Pier 2 Walsh Bay
Flower girl Dresses Designer: Olivia Kate Couture
Groomsmen & Pageboy suits: Ferrari Formal
Cinematographer: Untitled Film Works
Entertainment: Baker Boys Band

Jeena and Clint wedding by Morris Images

The Details

How did you and your partner meet?  We met like many couples meet, in a night club. Clint may have been at a slight advantage in the fact that the club was on a boat in the middle of the ocean as we were on a ten-day Christmas cruise around the South Pacific with our respective families. It also took Clint nine of the ten days before he approached me.

How did he propose? Clint proposed on one knee in the small village of Farfa (situated just outside of Rome) overlooking the olive groves. We had spent the day in a neighboring village, Toffia, enjoying a day of Italian flavoured cooking lessons and sightseeing.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?  We are far from experts and are always learning (mainly from the mistakes along the way). Humour goes a long way, being able to make each other laugh is important to us. Keep flirting, things can soon become routine so always try to keep the mischief.  Understand and respect each other’s differences. Remember that you don’t always have to like each other to love each other.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: I wanted a wedding gown that was simple and elegant and was not the traditional white. Visiting several bridal shops, I realised I was going to have trouble finding off the shelf dresses that would fit so began to look for Australian designers and I found Joanna Johnson.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We wanted a simple, intimate and natural style.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Jeena – First dance as husband and wife.
Clint – seeing my wife “to be” in her wedding gown for the first time

Any DIY décor elements?
We had a number of DIY items. The table center pieces were made by us, we simply bought some glass bowls and green stones then added some colourful plants. We made a cheese tower with 4 different cheese wheels, the cheese board was made from an off cut from a tree stump. This was further decorated with native flora, nuts and fruit.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
The wedding dress designer as the experience on the whole was unnecessarily stressful and disappointing. Apart from this we were extremely lucky how the day turned out.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
The day is unbelievably busy and goes so quick that you have to remember to enjoy it. Don’t sweat the small stuff and go with the flow.

The Team

Wedding Invitations: 
Dress: Joanna Johnson
Makeup: Le-fabulous- Jenny Law
Hair: Le-fabulous- Jenny Law
Shoes: G&L Handmade shoe designers
Accessories: Hair Jewelry Joanna Johnson
Grooms Suit: The Gentleman’s Club
Photographer: Morris Images
Videographer: MerakiMoments
Cake: Flemington Markets/Coles (cheese tower)
Food: Sebel Spa and Resort
Menus and Place Cards:
Flowers: Family friend
Ceremony Venue: Sebel Spa and Resort
Reception Venue: Sebel Spa and Resort

Jessica and Patrick wedding by Darin Collison

The Details

How did you and your partner meet?
We met on the dance floor of our local pub on Christmas Eve.

How did he propose?
Pat recreated our first date down to the car he was driving at the time. Funnily enough we had never been back to the same restaurant that we went to for our first date. He proposed on the pier where we had gone for a walk after our first date. You would think that I would have clued on to what was happening but it took me by complete surprise!

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Communication, respect and having fun.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I had already found a dress when I was on a trip in Queensland, but I wanted my mother in law and my bridesmaids to come to a dress fitting so I arranged one in Melbourne. When I came out of the change room wearing my dress everyone cried so I thought, I guess this is the one.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day (in terms of venue & décor + styling)?
Fairly relaxed kind of Boho I guess with LOTS of fairy lights.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Locking eyes with Pat as I walked down the aisle.

Any DIY décor elements?
SO many. It was a team effort. My mother sewed so many white cones for our white paper decoration – it took nearly a year to make! My mother in law made the delicious take homes. My dad made the frames that held all our place cards. Quite a few other bits and pieces were created in some crafter-noon sessions with my bridesmaids. A lot has been re-used at other weddings since which is nice.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Have fun!

Anything else you’d like to add?
Darin is awesome 🙂

The Team

Dress: Rue De Seine
Makeup: Make Up With Me
Hair: Make Up With Me
Shoes: Zu
Personalised Wedding Gift: Adorn Invitations
Accessories: Antique earrings from my mother
Bridesmaids Dresses: The skirts were hand made by a friend and the tops were from Kookai
Photographer: Darin Collison
Menus & Place Cards:
Food: Aussie Catering
Cake: Simply Cakes Melbourne
Flowers: Mordialloc Florist
Ceremony Venue: Chelsea Beach
Reception Venue: Chelsea Yacht Club

Adriana and Andrew wedding by Darin Collison

The Details

How did you and your partner meet?

Andrew and I met through mutual friends, while we were both on Christmas Holidays, on the beach in the Mornington Peninsula.

How did he propose?

During a weekend away at my parent’s holiday house at Lorne, and after a very long and beautiful day of site seeing down the Great Ocean Road, Andrew proposed at one of our favorites places in Lorne at Teddy’s lookout.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?

I have only been married for a short time now, but Andrew and I have been together for many years. I would say that the most important part of maintaining a strong relationship would be to never take yourself or your relationship too seriously and don’t forget to have fun.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: The most important thing to me when I chose my gown was how I connected with the designer. I had a vision in mind, but it was up to the designer to lead me on the journey. Leah was laid back in her approach and not OTT, and that was super important to me. My dress was different, I hadn’t seen anything like it and I was so happy with the outcome.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day? I had always envisioned my wedding day to be a laid-back type of glamourous styled one. A winter style winery was perfect for this, and Stones of the Yarra Valley nailed that brief. Stones can be anything you want it to be. Our hanging chandelier of florals with tea light candles, along with drooping fairy lights, really set the mood. There was an open fire pit outside the back doors overlooking the vineyard, it was perfect.

What was your favorite moment from the day?

Fireworks, of course.
I’m a sucker for those big, bright sparkles in the sky, and Andrew knows this. Part way through Andrew’s speech, he surprised me and our guests with a show of amazing fireworks over the vineyard. It was magical.

Any DIY décor elements?

All in all, the team at Stones are amazing event coordinators. They prompt you with things that you haven’t even thought about in terms of décor… but some things that we added were fairy lighting, outdoor fire pit, bird cage for “wishing well” …. etc.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change anything. Nothing is perfect but to us, our wedding day was stunning and most importantly, it was a huge celebration with friends and family, filled with love, laughter and of course, great food and wine.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Be organized – there is no fun in last minute stress sessions. In the last 6 months, set your ‘to do’ list and order it in priority. The highest priority items, set to action 6 months prior, and work the list backwards so that you have certain things to action, every month. Plan to have a blank ‘to do’ list two weeks prior, because things will pop up.

The Team
Dress: Leah Da Gloria
Makeup: Cassandra Lusi
Hair: Rokk Ebony
Shoes: Valentino
Accessories: Tiffany & Co
Personalised Wedding Gifts: Adorn Invitations
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Grooms Suit: MJ Bale
Photographer: Darin Collison
Video – Life in Light Films
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: Cakes by Raymond Tan (@rymondtn)
Food: Stones of the Yarra Valley
Flowers: Blooming Brides
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne
Reception Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley

Laura & Johnny wedding by Icon Photography Melbourne

The Details

How did you and your partner meet? 
Through long term friends. Johnny’s friend and my girlfriend whom are married introduced us at a birthday night out. Johnny and I caught up after and hit it off.

How did he propose?
Our very first date he took me to Meat and Wine Co. in Southbank.
Leading up to the night he proposed, every time we went out he’d complain about his meal and say next time we are going Meat and Wine Co. So, when he said we are going there I didn’t put much thought into it. It was a Friday night and I met Johnny there, it had rained all day, I had my hair in pigtails as I got drenched and literally looked like a drowned rat. I had no idea, after we ate he asked if I wanted dessert, I said no and he said read the menu we’ll share. So, I said okay, thinking he never shares! As I opened the menu he had written “Will you marry me?” on the inside! I went silent for a while in shock. I know it sounds sillybut I’m never lost for words.
Then on top off the surprise he flew us to Queensland for a long weekend very romantic! He had it all planned perfectly! I had no idea!

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I’ve known Elide from Bonita a life time and she always said when I get married she’s making me my dress.
I tried on her whole store and didn’t feel right in anything. Then she picked the Valentina Gown and it was perfect!

What was your favorite moment from the day?
I would have to say, Johnny organised our first dance, he didn’t tell me what song he chose. He wanted the dry ice and fireworks to complete it.
I hadn’t cried the whole day and as we began dancing I realised the song “beautiful in my eyes by Joshua Kadison” I literally teared up. It was so beautiful. He nailed it!

Any DIY décor elements?
We are going for a rose gold romantic style to decorate tables, I purchased rose gold tea lights from Luxury Candle Supply. I also lined the bridal table with candles and tea lights. It was absolutely beautiful. Everyone complimented it. I had roses and greenery as the centerpieces with rose gold tea lights on black table clothes. It was just divine.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing. The day was perfect. The food was perfect. The DJ was the best! People have been calling me all week telling me how beautiful everything was.

Photographer: Icon Photography Melbourne
Wedding Invitations: B Wedding Invitations
Dress: Bonita Couture
Makeup: Hellena Make up and Lash and Beauti Co
Hair: Crew 33
Accessories: Wayne Cooper and Bonita Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New
Grooms Suit: David Marcs – Moonee Ponds
Menu/ Place Cards: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Eiffel Tower
Flowers: Floral Event
Ceremony Venue:  St Monica’s Moonee Ponds
Reception Venue:  The Sovereign
DJ: Rinaldo Entertainment and Production
MC: Phillip Pantano

Melissa & Nicholas wedding by Milk Photography

The Details
How did you and your partner meet?
We met online. We lived down the road from each other, shared several mutual friends and had even been to the same parties at university, but it took the internet to get us together! It wasn’t an easy start, however, with Nick needing to move to Vancouver for a year 2 months after we met. A long-distance relationship can make or break you, luckily in our case it just brought us closer together.

How did he propose?
In Córdoba, Spain. Three days earlier, we arrived in Madrid. Nick planned to propose after a romantic dinner on the restaurant balcony, but it was absolutely freezing so he went to plan B – a rowboat proposal the next day. Plan B was a total washout and we drove south to Córdoba the next day. After nearly getting our hire car stuck in an impossibly narrow village road (without having a single cross word with each other!) we headed out to dinner. Upon returning to our hotel, Nick said he wanted to check out the view from the balcony and led me upstairs. Looking down upon the beautifully lit up walled city, I noticed Nick was acting a little strange and the next thing I know there was a ring in front of me and he’s asking me to marry him. He’d been carrying it around in his pocket for the past 4 days and somehow managed to hide it from me (and not get pick pocketed!). Of course I said yes, and the rest is history!

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Communication! Having begun our relationship long distance, Nick and I developed a solid foundation through honest and open communication. Sometimes it can be difficult to raise or discuss things that you’d rather ignore, but we believe in sorting things out as they occur, respecting each other’s differences and always coming from a place of compassion and empathy to further strengthen our bond and help each other grown over time.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I have always enjoyed designing my own dresses but with a 5-month engagement I didn’t have much time. In the end, I found a beautiful dress at L’Amour Bridal Boutique, but worked with the super talented Reingard to recreate the top. Her attention to detail and dedication was amazing, even staying up all hours to hand sew hundreds of Swarovski crystals onto the lace. It fit like a glove and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result!

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We wanted the day to have a mixture of classic and formal elements, but a relaxed and warm feel with neutral tones and elements of nature. We’re both animals lovers and I am a vet so it was really important for our dog Mia to be part of the ceremony. The Yarra Valley was an easy choice as we visited this area when Nick visited from Vancouver and it held many significant memories. Coombe was our top pick, it’s history and glorious big Oak tree was perfect for the ceremony. The reception venue with its large windows and modern yet classic décor fit our style perfectly. The gorgeous grounds also provided the perfect backdrop for our photos.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
I have two! Walking up the aisle with my dad, seeing Nick’s face. He was trying to hide his tears, but I could see them. We just locked eyes and everything else just disappeared for that moment. It was magical. The second was when Mia delivered our rings – she just sprinted down the white carpet straight to us with her little flower-adorned collar, completely oblivious to the meaning of her entrance or the event. All she wanted to do was lick our faces and tell us how happy she was to see us! It was very grounding and made everyone relax and have a good laugh.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
In all the excitement, we completely forgot to get our dog Mia to join us for the photos. She was busy stealing hors d’oeuvres off our guests so I don’t think she minded!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Enjoy each moment of the day, it really does go by so quickly. Don’t worry about the weather or any mishaps, they make for a memorable day and remember why you’re there – to marry the love of your life so as long as that happens then nothing else really matters!

Wedding Invitations: BWedding Invitations
Dress: L’Amour Bridal Boutique
Makeup: Maria Gullace
Hair: D’Artanian Dior – Hairdressing
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Accessories: Paspaley
Rings: Larsen Jewellers
Bridesmaids Dresses:
Only 1 member of bridal party, the ring bearer (Mia the dog), who wore a custom-made collar by Willow dog designs that was hand engraved and dressed with fresh flowers to match my bouquet.
Menus and Place Cards: Adorn Invitations
Grooms Suit: Oscar Hunt
Photographer: Milk photography
Guest gifts: Emmelle Home and Body personalized candles
Cake: Splendid Servings
Food: Coombe – The Melba Estate
Flowers: Jumping Jonquils
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Coombe – The Melba Estate
Entertainment: Darcy String Quartet & DJ Mimi: Top Dog

Dean & Carla wedding by Two Peaches Photography

The Details

How did you and your partner meet?
We met through a mutual friend – it was a case of ‘right place at the right time’. I was walking to the station after work and bumped into this friend who was with Dean and he introduced us.

How did he propose?
Dean proposed by taking me away on a romantic weekend in Hunter Valley. We went to the Audrey Wilkinson Winery, sat in a secluded area on the grass and that’s when he started rambling and getting nervous so I knew something was up. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Be best friends and share in lots of laughter.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I was inspired by an off-the-shoulder dress from Anne Barge. We added French Chantilly Lace to the bodice and the removable sleeves were made from chiffon.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day (in terms of venue & décor + styling)?
I envisioned a very simple but elegant style. In terms of venue we would have loved a wedding at a vineyard in the Hunter Valley or Southern Highlands, but we thought it might be too difficult to get everyone there (especially the older people). So we opted for a beautiful outdoor wedding at Oatlands House which was perfect. It was under the ‘Chateau’ in their gardens. We had floral arrangements on the chateau and a beautiful white curtain.

Inside the venue I didn’t want to go overboard with flowers. We had a beautiful arrangement on the main table and then small fishbowls on the guest tables. The centerpiece was a tall crystal flared candle stick. Oatlands House surprised us with fairy lights behind the main table. Colour theme for the décor was black and white.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
The ceremony – when I saw Dean for the first time, I felt so relaxed.
I also loved the reception – seeing the dancefloor full and everyone having lots of fun made me really happy.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Nothing – even if there was something, at the end of the day it’s not really that important when everyone had a great time anyway.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Be really clear with vendors about what you want.

Don’t forget that the day is about you and your future husband. In the lead-up to the wedding, there will be drama and you will be stressed, but just enjoy the day once it arrives.

The Team

Dress: Personalised Wedding Couture
Makeup: Jackie Franks Make-Up Artist
Invitations: Adorn Invitations
Hair: Franck Provost Breakfast Point
Shoes: Sophia Webster
Earrings: Love On Jewellery
Accessories: Kate Ketzel
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dollhouse XOXO
On The Day Stationery:
Grooms Suit: Aquila
Photographer: Two Peaches Photography
Cake: Pretty Parties
Food: Oatlands House
Flowers: Joanne’s Flowers Galore
Ceremony Venue: Oatlands House
Reception Venue: Oatlands House
Entertainment: Suara Indonesia Dance
Music: DJ Co
Photobooth: Photobooth Me

Adam & Antoinette wedding by PixRay Photography

The Details
How did you and your partner meet?
My friend Laura met Adam online and instantly knew she had to introduce him to me. “There’s something about him that makes me think the two of you should meet”, she said, and the more I ignored her the more she insisted. Eventually Laura invited Adam out to drinks without telling me and, although at the time I could have killed her, I’m so happy she did.
Adam and I hit it off instantly. He was funny and sweet and was surprised to learn I enjoyed watching a lot of the same things he did, including sports. We had so much in common, we could have spoken all night. He asked me out and our first date turned to a second and third and as long as he kept me smiling I kept saying yes when he asked. I don’t know what number date we are up to now but we still go on date nights even now, and he still makes me smile.

How did he propose?
We were in Rio De Janeiro as part of our trip to South America,
Adam and I had travelled there for the World cup in 2014 and were lucky enough to share in the experience of watching the world’s biggest sporting event. On our last night in Rio, Adam suggested we go out to dinner to farewell the beautiful city.

Little did I know that he had organised for a private moonlight picnic on Ipanema beach. Lanterns, cheese and wine overlooking the stars and the lights of Rio’s favela it was perfect… almost perfect. Except that Adam got us lost on the way.

We walked around for almost an hour in what I thought was a quest to find the beachside restaurant that Adam had booked… all the while not knowing there was no restaurant or reservation and that Adam couldn’t find the picnic set up he was trying to surprise me with.

I had suggested that we give up and go back to the main area of Ipanema, Adam was determined and grabbed my hand to lead the way. He thought getting to higher ground would help so we climbed up a hill face on the beach where eventually we reached the top. The moon was bright and cast a beautiful light over the waves on the beach that night and the lights of the hundred cliff face homes across the beach looked like fairy lights from a distance. It was a beautiful view, breathtaking.

Locals were gathered on the cliff and a small group stood to the side of us one of them had a small guitar which he started to play Spanish music on, perfectly timed (Even though not at all what he had planned) Adam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. With the ocean breeze, the Spanish guitar and the breathtaking views it was like something out of dream. I of course was frozen and in shock. After a big embrace, Adam looked at me worryingly. “You haven’t answered” he said. “YES!” I smiled at him

By getting lost we found the perfect spot to capture that moment. We did eventually find the beach picnic.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Always laugh and talk talk talk!

We try to not take things too seriously, and attempt to talk things through as much as possible.
Our commitment to ‘us’ is life long and we both know we have to work on it every day, we just try to have as much fun as we can along the way.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
The amazingly talented Elide at Bonita Couture Melbourne created a one-off gown made from over 75 meters of Italian tulle and hand beaded French lace.

With an intricate silver beading and a metallic silver bullion thread embroidered in the weave of the lace hand appliqued across the contoured boat neckline and bodice, the gown would catch different shades of light and appear to have both warm and cool tones. The fine Italian tulle cascaded softly into a pale gold and ivory full skirt that added decadence to the gown, a hint of a modern element was the barely there back. The dress was completely backless, dropping quite low to add an element of modern design but tastefully under the hand appliqued lace and silk buttons. I don’t know if I loved the front or the back of the dress more!

The decision was made when I put the dress on, I felt like a bride for the first time. It embodied everything I was looking for, classic elegance, decadence and a hint of a modern bride.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Adam and I both appreciate traditional qualities and we wanted our day to be an elegant celebration. Our heritage listed beachside church provided the perfect place to share our vows. With simple white lanterns adorned along the aisle the church itself stole the attention. Picturesque with rose gardens to greet our guests and a historic church bell that rang out as we walked out as husband and wife.

Terindah Estate in Bellarine is an exclusive award-winning venue. Stunning and sophisticated, the country estate sits amid the vineyards, overlooking beautiful fields with a peaceful ocean backdrop. Adam and I fell in love with Terindah as soon as we saw it.

We wanted to make the most of the picturesque views and the nearby ocean in terms of a theme. Whilst maintaining an elegant approach we kept our styling clean and natural.

Lots of crisp white linens, finished off with gold accents and warm candle light.

We had four long tables adorned with lots of green foliage, gold napkin rings, gold table top towers with cascading greenery gave us the element of texture and height working in filling the light and open space.

The long lush tables with candles running down the center were met with a large ceiling installation created by the lovely and talented Danielle from Moss Industries; made of leafy greens, local ferns it worked in creating an almost waterfall like piece that tied in the theme and captured everyone’s attention as they walked into the room.

We wanted our guests to feel as though they were sharing a meal with family and so we opted for share platters to add warmth to the evening, encouraging conversation whilst guests were dinning. Our favors were small boxes of traditional Lebanese sweets individually boxed and wrapped with silk gold ribbon for each guest. Tying in with my heritage and the tradition of the sweets, which are often used to celebrate a special occasion, these favors were a lovely addition to the tables and the guests loved them.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
By far the look on Adam’s face as I entered the church. It was pure happiness and love, as if it were almost exploding out of him. Later that day Adam and I stole a moment to sit in our reception venue before the celebration started and just have a quiet minute to ourselves and just breath it all in, we were both so happy we did that.

Any DIY décor elements?
Our 9 little guests were greeted with a specially designed Adam & Antoinette coloring book, produced by my sister. The Book and a collection of crayons wrapped in gold silk ribbon were placed on each of the nine children’s plates just in case they wanted something to do. “Help uncle Adam get to the church” (drawing maze), a wedding themed word find and a “colour the wedding cake” page were all lovingly created for us by my amazingly talented sister Lina. The kids loved the activities and coloring in and the parents appreciated them, too.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I don’t know that I would change anything. We really did have a beautiful day, and as wonderful and happy as it was married life is even better!!! We are both loving where we are now.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
On the day of your wedding things will go wrong, it’s a fact. Just let it all go, breath and take in all the love of the day. Love from your family and guests and the love you and your partner have for each other. That’s why you’re all there in the first place!

Photographer: PixRay Photography
Stationery: Adorn Invitations
Dress: Bonita Couture
Makeup: Nahrein Yacoub
Hair: PeterPeter Hair
Shoes: Kurt Guiger
Accessories: Family diamonds, borrowed for the day
Bridesmaids Dresses: Love Honor Boutique & Forever New
Grooms Suit: M.J Bale
On The Day Stationery: BWedding Invitations
Cake: Ministry of Cakes
Food: Terindah Estate
Flowers: Moss Industry
Ceremony Venue: St Aloysius Church, Queenscliff
Reception Venue: Terindah Estate, Bellarine

Cassandra & Nathan wedding by Holly Prins


The Details
How did you and your partner meet?
We met at a mutual friend’s bonfire in Cowra on the June long weekend 2013. There were so many people we didn’t meet until the end of the night when everyone was leaving so it was a quick conversation but instant connection. He was searching for me on Facebook but I didn’t have it anymore and it wasn’t until about a week later that I come across him on Instagram and started to follow him then we started talking, then catching up on weekends, then dating, my dad was a bit skeptical of him until I was rushed to hospital one night (1st June the year after) with a bleed in my brain and even though I was in a wheelchair for 3 months not knowing if I was going to walk again, he still wanted to marry me. That’s when dad knew he was as perfect as I said he was.

How did he propose?
Out of hospital for 4 months he took me to a look out to give me an Ipad that I had wanted for a few months, we had to leave the look out when random people showed up. When we got down to the river I got out of the car and sat on the bench with my present he paniced and couldn’t find one of his shoes so he quickly tied a bucket hat on his foot and hopped over so he wouldn’t get a bindi, when I opened the iPad I wondered why the charger was black instead of white so I pulled it out of the box and it was actually the ring box! Then I looked over at him sitting next to me huffing and puffing from trying to rush over before I opened it and he had the biggest smile as he got down on one knee.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Never go to bed angry with one another, always speak nicely to each other and don’t forget to tell each other how you feel.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
We went to a lot of dress places and I was being fussy and getting depressed as I had put on 20kgs from being in hospital and unable to move properly. I was ready to give up and let mum choose for me until we went to Beautiful Brides and they listened to me and helped me choose something that would match my new body type as well as trying to match what I originally wanted.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I envisioned pretty much exactly what we had, I wouldn’t change it! Country, timber, leafy green, perfect sunny day with blue skies. Belgenny Farm wasn’t much on looks from the outside a rundown old timber and glass hall but it was perfect inside paved floor and there was a vineyard and beautiful trees outside where we could have photos. The flowers were perfect we had succulents, a lot of greenery and a few white flowers to pop.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
The whole day was just amazing it went to fast it felt like one small moment. My favorite moment would have to be driving away from the ceremony as a married couple ready to spend quality time with our close family and friends, we didn’t want to leave at the end of the night.

Any DIY décor elements?
My sister and I made the Table numbers, Nathan cut the timber for the center pieces, also Nathan’s Nanna made my shawl to keep warm.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would have remembered to get a cake knife for the wedding day instead we had to borrow our friends the night before and I would take more photos preparing and leading up to the big day!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Make sure you get a good photographer because it is the only thing you can keep forever from the best day of your life. Also make sure you enjoy your engagement period leading up to the wedding it can get stressful but when you get to the day it just goes so quick and then it’s over so just take your time make sure you’re 100% happy with your decisions and have fun doing it!

The Team
Photographer: Holly Prins Photography
Stationery: Adorn Invitations
Dress: Beautiful Brides
Makeup: Tamee Rene
Hair: Nicole Hamilton
Shoes: Sheplers
Accessories: Carati Jeweler
Bridesmaids Dresses: Seduce
Grooms Suit: Roger David
On The Day Stationery: Bwedding Invitations
Cake: All Things Sweet By Carissa
Food: Belgenny Farm
Flowers: Shaynee Lou
Ceremony Venue: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Reception Venue: Belgenny Farm
Photo Booth: Mace Photo Booth

Kristi & David wedding by Darin Collison

The Details

How did you and your partner meet?
David and I met in Amsterdam while traveling Europe.
How did he propose?
David completely surprised me by proposing while on a Sunday morning walk along the beach in Elwood. David tried so hard to make it a private moment for us, but it didn’t work as passers-by yelled out “Congratulations!”
What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Communication is just so important, without it there are always issues. Talk it out and say what you mean!
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I was devastated when I started looking for a dress, I didn’t like anything. Then I found Belle et Blanc where I had several dresses to choose from! It was an easy decision though, I loved my dress!!!
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I envisioned a beautiful summer afternoon and something simple with pops of color. The
Emerson was our first thought as it’s truly the perfect classy rooftop. Crisp white tables and
chairs on top of synthetic grass giving an easy “Sunday lunch” feeling. Then we added bright flowers and buckets of colored shots to get the party started 🙂 It turned out better than I imagined.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
The whole day was amazing. I remember sitting down for lunch and thinking, “Take a moment to look around.” All of the smiling and laughing from our loved ones was all we wanted for our wedding day, and that’s what we got.
Any DIY décor elements?
We made signs for the shots that said “Have a shot we tied the knot.”
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I wouldn’t change anything! It was honestly amazing!
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Don’t stress so much, it really isn’t worth it. Enjoy the process, but don’t make it harder than it has to be and make sure it’s what you want. You’re the bride, it’s your day! Remember that this is your day.

The Team

Dress: Belle et Blanc
Makeup: Ben Dniprowskij
Hair: Runway Room Prahran
Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations
Accessories: Love On Jewellery
Grooms Suit: Oscar Hunt
On The Day Stationery: BWeddings
Photographer: Darin Collison
Cake: Ministry of Cake
Food: The Emerson
Flowers: Jizell Flowers
Ceremony Venue: The Emerson
Reception Venue: The Emerson
Hire: Complete Function Hire


Laura & Liam wedding

The Details

How did you and your partner meet? We met at a friend’s wedding!

How did he propose? He proposed with a bunch of candles at his grandparents’ house, it was super romantic and intimate which is what I’ve always wanted.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Honesty, trust and love

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
My gown was the 4th dress I tried on. It wasn’t the style I was looking for, but when I tried it on I loved it! It suited me perfectly.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
My venue was a bit rustic and elegant. I had ivy around the lanterns for the centerpieces with hessian runners. Fairy lights for the backdrop. It was simple and beautiful!

What was your favorite moment from the day? There were so many moments.
One that I’ll never forget is I was sitting down at the bridal table. I put my flowers in front of me on the table and I didn’t know I put it on a candle. So, some of my flowers caught on fire!!!
Lucky they were fake, I easily fix it. Not many people saw, but it was hilarious.

Any DIY décor elements?
I made my own chocolate favors and presented them nicely in little brown boxes.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Only my cake! It was not what I wanted. I was very disappointed with it.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Remember to not stress. There’s nothing to stress about. It’s amazing how everything falls into place and on the day, it all flows!

Anything else you’d like to add?
Treasure every moment of your special day. You only get it once!


Dress: Devine Bridal
Makeup: Tropical Beauty
Hair: Tropical Beauty
Accessories: Lovisa
Bridesmaids Dresses: After 5 Bridal and Formal
Grooms Suit: Roger David
Invitations: Adorn Invitations
Photographer: Adawphotography
Food: The Pacific Hotel
On The Day Stationery: BWedding Invitations
Flowers: Perfect Moments
Ceremony Venue: Kingdom Hall Of Jehovahs Witnesses
Reception Venue: The Pacific Hotel

Guide to Choosing The Perfect Engagement Ring

Don’t take the risk of spoiling your surprise gift to your girlfriend. After spending so much time and money looking for the perfect diamond ring, the last thing you want is her accidently finding out about the ring and ruining your surprise. The solution to this problem lies in this infographic, which has everything you need to know to buy the perfect diamond. Store it in your phone to use as a guide while you go shopping.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying an Engagement Ring

Buying the perfect engagement ring is nerve racking for a lot of people. Not only does it mark an important milestone in your life, it is also a big investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you’ll get the perfect ring for that special someone in your life. In this article, we’re going to explore some of the dos and don’ts of buying an engagement ring.

Dos of Buying an Engagement Ring

image courtesy Voltaire Diamonds

Try to see the diamond in person if possible. Even when two diamonds have the exact same grading, they usually don’t look the same in person.

While many people like to buy jewelry online these days, one of the biggest disadvantages is not being able to see the ring before you buy it. However, some online jewelers have physical locations as well. For instance, Ascot Diamonds has both an online store and a location in Atlanta for folks looking for Atlanta engagement rings, so it’s always better to pick the latter option when possible.

image courtesy Voltaire Diamonds

Don’t buy a diamond by the certificate alone. A lot of people make the mistake of buying a diamond based solely on its certification. However, there are many differences between diamonds with the same grading that should be noted. For instance, you can have an SI2 certified diamond that is “eye perfect”, meaning that there are no visible imperfections to the naked eye, while another SI2 diamond can have visible inclusions. The certificate of a diamond never tells the whole story.

Stick to your budget: having a clear budget is essential if you’re trying to buy a diamond ring. Don’t get carried away; have a clear number in mind before you start shopping and stick to it. Remember that it’s the thought that counts and your significant other should be kind enough to understand your situation.

Don’ts of Buying an Engagement Ring

Stick to diamonds only: while diamonds are usually the first choice people consider for engagement rings, there are tons of other gemstones you can choose from. Sapphires, rubies and emeralds are all great options for engagement rings, and they’re also usually cheaper.

image courtesy Voltaire Diamonds

Don’t buy a diamond ring that doesn’t suit her: one of the biggest mistakes people make when buying engagement rings is not considering the person who will be wearing it. For instance, if your mate has short fingers, it would be better to go with a smaller band. Wide bands have a tendency of making short fingers look even shorter and choosing a more elongated gemstone can make fingers look longer.

Don’t buy the ring with her: while some people might think that going ring shopping with their significant other would be a wise idea, it might completely ruin the surprise. Instead, try to find out as much as possible about her tastes before you go shopping and make a mental checklist of what her ideal engagement ring would look like.

Choose the Perfect Ring

If you follow the simple tips in this article, you should be able to find a great engagement ring she will cherish for a long time. But, whatever you do, always remember to keep her preferences in mind, stick to your budget and try to see the ring in person if possible.

Wedding Shoes

From sexy high heels to lovely flats, and from a wide array of pure and demure whites and creams to sweet and innocent blush pinks and nudes, there are a lot of shoes to choose from and this, after the wedding dress, is when it is difficult to pick.

While high-heeled shoes are perfect for brides who want to have their legs look slender and shoes that have straps are the most ideal for brides who will be dancing their hearts out, it is also nice to take the design of the shoes into consideration. Shoes that have a touch of color or a bit of sparkle or glitters are perfect for a bride who has an outgoing, daring personality while shoes with some pearls or some rhinestones are great for a bride who is more on elegance and simplicity. We have put together wedding shoes pictures that you can check to give you a bit of inspiration on choosing your ideal wedding shoes.

7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue

For some couples-to-be, choosing the perfect wedding venue is easy because they selected a favourite place even before they got engaged. For many others, the available options are overwhelming. From churches to hotels to restaurants to castles, finding the perfect venue can be quite a task. Here’s a guide on what you should consider before choosing a venue.

1. Number of guests

You’ll need to pick a place that’s the right size for your number of guests. If the place is too small, your guests will be cramped. If it’s too large, the atmosphere will be dull, and it’ll seem like a significant number of guests failed to turn up. Before you start listing potential venues, come up with a rough figure of expected wedding guests.

2. Locationwedding

Review the location of your venue keenly because it can easily put your guests off attending your wedding. If your wedding ceremony and reception are to be held at two different sites, make sure they are close to each other. If the two sites are more than two hours apart, that could make things hectic for your guests. Think about the accessibility of your venue. If a large number of your guests are coming from far, consider choosing a venue that’s near an airport and is easily accessible by road. There should also be accommodation at your venue or nearby.

3. Budget

When choosing a venue, think about your budget. Ask yourself “Can I really afford this venue?” Don’t include venues you know you can’t afford in your list as that will only lead to heartbreak and a waste of time.

4. How hands-on you’re willing to be

The work you’ll be required to put in will vary from venue to venue. Consider a unique location like a barn. You’ll need to make arrangements for lighting, clearing out the hay, hauling in the tables and preparing a backup plan, just to mention a few. If you’re not ready to become hands-on, such a venue or any private rental or marquee wedding isn’t suitable for you. Go for a hotel that may have a one-size-fits-all approach, but will take a huge weight off your shoulders.

5. Date

If you have a specific date for your wedding in mind, it could take some time to find venues that can accommodate you on that date. Some venues have online calendars where you can check for availability on your preferred date, month or time of the year. For others, you can email them for rough availability.

If you’re flexible with dates, you might find your venue much quicker. If you have a dream venue but it isn’t available on your date, or you can’t afford it, consider scheduling your wedding for an off-peak time like November, early December or February. There’ll be less competition for venues and prices will also be cheaper. You can also consider a midweek wedding though some guests may not be able to attend.

6. Style or themewedding

What type of event do you want? Is it going to be formal or informal? Do you want something traditional or modern? These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself in relation to your establishing your preferred style. By identifying the elements you’d like to incorporate into your wedding, you’ll narrow down your list of potential venues. For example, if you want something formal and ornate, large hotels, castles and stately homes are great options. If you prefer an informal ceremony, smaller hotels, country houses, barns and restaurants are more ideal.

7. Parking

In this day and age, parking is a critical factor when it comes to choosing your wedding venue. Ensure there’s plenty of parking space at the venue. Include a map in your invitations to show guests where cars should be parked. If your preferred venue does not have enough parking space, tell your guests about the entry points to parking lots that are close by. You may suggest carpooling or provide a shuttle service to ferry guests to the venue.

The perfect venue is waiting for you to find it. Take the above factors into consideration and keep searching. You’ll soon step inside a venue that you’ll fall in love with in an instant.

Nails for your wedding day

When a person will look at the bride, what will be noticed first is the gown, and then the veil, and then the flowers. Once the eyes are fixated on the flowers, the nails will be next. So, although nails may be very small parts of the body, they will not go unnoticed which is why, having them polished to perfection is also necessary.

While the typical picks are nude, rose, pearly white, and the classic french tips, nowadays it is also good if there is a little twist, a little flavor, a little accent, a little wink. While a little flower drawn on every nail is nice, adding some beads that forms a heart or a ribbon, or rhinestones on every other nail, can also add some charm. For more ideas on what will suit your preference for your nails on your wedding day, check the photos below.

Flower girls’ dresses

Flower girls are the little angels that look like fairies when they throw petals as they walk down the aisle before the bride. They add the drama, the flare, the magic. They may be dressed like the bride’s mini me’s, or be dressed like the bridesmaids but in a more playful and colorful tone. Oversized bows and sash may be the key, but how it fits the little girls also adds into the dress’ perfection.

Ballerina and princess inspired gowns are top picks for flower girl dresses. But if you want the girls to look more magical, a tea-length dress that is made of bouncy, layered tulles or a ruffled dress will be ideal as these dresses are not only comfortable, but they also look good in every moment, especially when the little girls will twirl. Check out the pictures below for creative and beautiful ideas on flower girl dresses.

Table planners

No matter what the wedding theme is, may it be a mix of creativity from each of the couple, or probably a simple, classic theme, it will be good if the table planner follows them theme, and it is the easiest option.

As everyone in the guest list will definitely look at the table planner, making it look like a wedding reception decoration is not at all a bad idea. While it is great that you can just choose the wedding theme as the guide for the table planner decoration, it will be wonderful if a dash of creativity will be applied. Music table plan can work for couples who are music lovers, or travel-inspired table planner for couples who love to travel, there are endless choices for it. To help you decide on what design you like best for your table planner, we have compiled photos where you can get ideas. Check them below.