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FROM THE EDITOR

Photography: Mickala Thomas – Pure Mac Photography.

HERE AT BRIDE AND GROOM WE WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT’S POSSIBLE.

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What’s possible when you take advantage of the talented wedding suppliers right here in our backyard. There’s no need to travel far to find what you need to turn that dream wedding into a reality — whether that’s a boho wonderland, a modern take on the classics or something never seen before. You just need to know where to look. That’s where bride and groom comes in. This edition is jam-packed with practical wedding advice from the best-of-the-best in the Goulburn Valley, with 11 real weddings featuring local suppliers in action and not one, but two, juxtaposing styled shoots. We’ve collaborated with a hoard of Pinterest-worthy creatives. From dark and dramatic on page 27 to rosy and romantic from page 64. Read all about adding a treat to the bar list with Cocktails 2 U on page 18, and what you need to know before cutting the cake with One Sweet Baker on page 81. Check out our cover couple Kelsey Bicknell and Andrew Chan’s modern industrial celebration on page 77. For something bright, flick to page 41 and get lost in the bold and beautiful with Briah Chapman and Dylan Friedberger and for something new, see Chloe Harvie and Kyle Fitzsimmons’ modern take on black tie on page 11. bride and groom is committed to bringing engaged couples (and those still waiting on a ring) on-trend and unique wedding inspiration. To keep up-to-date follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook and head to brideandgroom.com.au

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Chloe Harvie and Kyle Fitzsimmons 

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Rosie Wilson and Andrew Lorimer 

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Yael Rusiana and Philip Hall

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Bridgette Hall and Anthony Haysom

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Briah Chapman and Dylan Friedberger 

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Kayla Maskell and Rhys Doncon 

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Nikita Hartshorn and Nathan Stephens 

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Emma Keep and Caitlin Dewar 

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Kelsey Bicknell and Matthew Chan 

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Alexandra Mays and Jacob Wheeler 

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Holly Bennett and Riley Watkins 

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Photography: Andrea Sissions Photography.

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Suit up 

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Mastering mismatched maids 

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Shopping: bridesmaids’ business 

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Old-world romance 

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Shopping: get the look

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Clinking cocktails 

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The bridesmaid proposal 

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Shopping: pop the question 

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Ceremonies: beyond the legalities 

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Real engagement: Lauren Ure and Bill Hoskin 

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The hair care timeline 

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Get ready together 

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Advice from behind the spatula

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The wedding planner 

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WRITERS Photography: The White Tree.

Dark and moody 

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Jessica Ball, Sharon Wright, Liam Nash, Pat Patt SUB-EDITORS

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STYLED SHOOT SUPPLIERS Cakes One Sweet Baker, Tatura. Dresses Brides & Maids, Shepparton; Michele’s Bridal & Formal Wear, Shepparton. Flowers Blooms on Bridge, Benalla; Flowers on Melville, Numurkah. Hair Hair by Lyana, Tatura; Lavish Hair, Shepparton. Jewellery and watches Blizzards Fine Jewellers, Shepparton; Purdeys Jewellers, Shepparton. Makeup Esaje Makeup & Beauty, Shepparton. Models Aaron Egan, Josie Lindner, Rachael O’Dell. Photography Lisa Nardella Photography; Mickala Thomas — Pure Mac Photography. Styling Events Matter, Yarrawonga; Goulburn Valley Party Hire, Shepparton; Light Hearted Signs, Shepparton. Suits Talisman Menswear, Mooroopna. Venues River Place by Sense of Place Accommodation, Shepparton; The Vault, Shepparton.

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THE TREND EDIT SAY IT IN NEON

CROWNING GLORY Move over dainty tiaras; bold headpieces and statement barrettes are the on-trend brides’ hair accessories of choice. With relaxed hairstyles still reigning supreme, details of metal, stones or pearl are the perfect way to elevate a bridal look. While a headband or crown complements loose curls, barrettes boost a half-down hairdo.

Photography: Madeline Kate Photography.

Photography: Madeline Kate Photography.

Photography: Taluka Weddings.

Modern meets retro with neon signs. After reaching their peak in the 1940s and ’50s, Lauren Kiss from Light Hearted Signs said it was no surprise design had come full circle. “1940s glamour is really making a comeback in wedding style and design,” Lauren said. “Mood lighting and features like festoon lights and fairy lights have always been big for weddings — they create such an amazing atmosphere and I think this has led the neon sign revival.” From a welcome sign or a ceremony backdrop to pointing guests to the bar or lighting up the dance floor, neons can do anything a timber sign can do, but with an extra dose of fun. Whether it is custom-made to incorporate the couple’s names or a saying that resonates, neon lights add a vibrant and playful element to any event.

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TEAM BRIDE As getting ready photos have become a wedding day staple, so too have matching bridesmaid dressing gowns. But a new option is gaining momentum. Pyjamas can be a more comfortable and wardrobe malfunction-free alternative. From button-up night shirts and rompers to a two-piece combo with pyjama shorts or pants there are loads of options. Just like robes, they come in a huge range of floral prints or block colours to match your colour scheme and can even be monogrammed. Plus you can guarantee your bride tribe will wear them again.

Photography: Lisa Nardella Photography.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW They may have gone out of vogue after the 1980s but dried flowers are back. Dusting off their old-fashioned reputation, Nicole Henderson from Flowers on Melville said the everlasting florals were having a resurgence. “They are on trend in 2019 with a modern take,” Nicole said. “Part of the reason for the popularity is that you can definitely keep it.” With warm sun-bleached colours, this tactile trend lends itself to all wedding florals — from bouquets and boutonnieres to centrepieces and arbours — and can even be dyed or combined with fresh elements. Not only do dried flowers and foliage look good but they have a lot of advantages. No matter how hot it is, they will not wilt before the ceremony is over and the bouquet will keep its shape. The best things about dried flowers? They can be enjoyed long after you return from your honeymoon.

Photography: Mickala Thomas – Pure Mac Photography.

YOU’VE GOT MAIL In the digital era it’s no surprise wedding invitations are going online. For the budget savvy and the environmentally conscious, paperless invites can be a great alternative. There are plenty of e-vite services out there allowing for complete customisation, making the digital version just as stylish as its printed counterpart — and can even allow for simple RSVP tracking, include accommodation options plus loads more. While they aren’t for everyone, online invites are much more than a casual email or Facebook event.

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STORY: JESSICA BALL // PHOTOGRAPHY: MADELINE KATE PHOTOGRAPHY

CHLOE HARVIE AND KYLE FITZSIMMONS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 // MILAWA

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A FEW CHEEKY WINKS IN THE HALLS LED TO A HIGH SCHOOL ROMANCE. FAST-FORWARD SEVEN YEARS AND CHLOE HARVIE AND KYLE FITZSIMMONS TIED THE KNOT UNDER AN OLD OAK TREE.

For the high school sweethearts, it was important their love was at the forefront of the celebrations. “We wanted the wedding to have a really personal feel, where our loved ones would walk away knowing it represented us perfectly as a couple,” Chloe said. “Our aim was to have people smiling and laughing throughout the night, so we asked our very funny brother-in-law to MC for us. We’re so glad we did, he had us in stitches.” Chloe and Kyle love spending time together (sounds like a great recipe for a marriage to us) and figured their wedding day shouldn’t be any different. With their hair and makeup dream team done and dusted by 2 pm, they met with the bridal party and their parents for a late lunch by Moama’s Gusto Grazing Platters over a glass of wine. After an emotionally charged first look to

the tune of Christina Rotondo’s cover of Pabst Blue Ribbon on Ice by The Amity Affliction, they got the bridal party and immediate family photos out of the way before saying ‘I do’ at 5 pm. Rather than leaving for photos between the ceremony and reception, the newlyweds were able to join the celebrations straight away. Instead they snuck out mid-reception for a sunset shoot plus a special moment to reflect on the day so far — and calm the nerves before the first dance. Ditching a few traditions like the bouquet and garter toss meant more time to spend with their loved ones. “It was incredibly important to keep our guest list small to give us time to hug every person in the room,” Chloe said. “We loved being able to drink and dance with our loved ones without interruptions. It was just like a big party to celebrate our love

and we felt so incredibly special for the whole weekend.” This modern take on tradition flowed through the styling from the classic black and white bridal party get-ups and stationery, and white and green blooms juxtaposed against a neon ‘The Fitzys’ sign above the dance floor. The personal details didn’t stop there, with a wishing well by Sketch & Etch with one of their favourite band’s lyrics, a trio of cakes topped with hand-painted cookies and flanked by photos of their parents’ cake cuttings, and a bonbonniere donation to a charity that combined their passions for basketball and teaching. And then they danced into the night surrounded by loved ones with a bottle of Brown Brothers wine in hand and smiles on their faces.

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Mitchell and Judy Harvie. Groom’s parents Greg and Cindy Fitzsimmons. Ceremony and reception Brown Brothers Winery, Milawa. Celebrant Jane Harvey Embracing Hearts, Wangaratta. Neon sign Neon Collective, Newtown. Flowers Bunbartha Beef, Shepparton. Cakes and donuts Miss Naked Cakes, Wodonga. Cookies Papercake, Echuca. Rings Blizzards Fine Jewellers, Shepparton. Bride’s dress, veil and shoes Grace Loves Lace. Bridesmaids’ dresses Esther and Co. Hair Lady Red’s Hairdressing, Kyabram. Makeup Grace Sartori, Kyabram. Flower girls’ outfits Arabella and Rose. Suits Identity Menswear, Shepparton. bride and groom // 13


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STORY: JESSICA BALL // PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDREA SISSONS PHOTOGRAPHY

ROSIE WILSON AND ANDREW LORIMER MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2018 // YARRAWONGA

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THE BUILD-UP TO NEW YEAR’S EVE OFTEN LEADS TO DISAPPOINTMENT, BUT NOT FOR ROSIE WILSON AND ANDREW LORIMER.

A New Year’s Eve meeting set the scene for a sparkling celebration, bringing in 2019 as husband and wife, surrounded by the ones they loved most. Five years earlier, just over the bridge from Yarrawonga’s House of Figs, after some encouragement, Andrew approached Rosie and the rest is history. The couple exchanged vows in a magical garden ceremony under the arbour that Andrew built, with a fitting pop of gold. “I always knew I didn’t really want a white dress and I thought gold would be perfect for New Year’s Eve,” Rosie said. But finding the ‘one’ was a difficult feat so she took to Airtasker to find a dressmaker.

Enter Arlene D’Amato, some sequined gold fabric and a few fittings later, Rosie had her dream dress. “I got super lucky, she was amazing and it turned out perfect.” She paired it with velvet green shoes to match the men’s pants and bridesmaids’ dresses and a simple yet bold gold headpiece. While Rosie let Andrew in on her nontraditional colour choice, she kept just how sparkly it was as a first look surprise. With photos out of the way before the ceremony, the duo was ready to get the party started with a cocktail reception. Two enormous fig trees formed the perfect backdrop with marquee lights overhead,

Aperol Spritz and Dark ‘N’ Stormy (his and hers favourite cocktails) flowed and Andrew’s party playlist got everyone on the dance floor. “We wanted it to be a fun party rather than a formal wedding,” Rosie said. “It was a lot of work to organise everything ourselves but we loved it; it turned out exactly how we wanted it and it was worth it in the end.” And as the clock reached midnight, the newlyweds and their guests gathered around with sparklers to count down to the new year.

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Jan and Graham Wilson. Groom’s parents Heather and Wayne Lorimer. Ceremony and reception House of Figs, Yarrawonga. Celebrant Isabelle Warren Civil Celebrant, Peechelba. Catering Belle’s Café, Yarrawonga. Hire Bourke Hire, Cobram; Handpicked Crop, Yarrawonga. Stationery Paper Empire, Armadale. Flowers Wren Floralista, Finley. Bride’s dress Arlene D’Amato. Bride’s headpiece Lelet NY. Bridesmaids’ dresses Sheike. Hair Mava Hair, Yarrawonga. Makeup Mayfield Collective, Yarrawonga. Suits Industrie. bride and groom // 17


PLANNING

STORY: LIAM NASH // PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDREA SISSONS PHOTOGRAPHY

LET’S DRINK TO THAT WHEN IT COMES TO GUESTS ENJOYING THEMSELVES, THE MOST IMPORTANT WEDDING PLANNING DECISION YOU’LL MAKE IS THE DRINKS.

It can seem like a dizzying whirlwind — open bar, limited bar, beer and wine versus hard liquor — the list goes on and on. A run-of-the-mill offering of beer and wine can keep stress levels at a minimum. But deviating from the whites, reds and browns can be lots of fun and make for a personalised experience for guests to remember years on from your special day. bride and groom spoke to Shane Pungitore from Cocktails 2 U about the dos and don’ts when it comes to putting together a list of mixed drinks. Shane identified Espresso Martinis, the ever-popular Mojito and timeless classic Old Fashioned, with Cosmopolitans and Pimm’s cups featuring among the most regularly ordered drinks. With endless possibilities and combinations 18 // bride and groom

available in today’s market, Shane suggested sticking with a succinct list of whistle-wetters to ease guests into the night. “If you are offering a list of cocktails, I would suggest going with four,” he said. “It is important to keep the drinks within the same range.” Offering a signature cocktail is the perfect way to put a personal stamp on the wedding, as well as being a great way to keep the costs down — but it’s important to weigh up whether it is a necessity or an accessory. And while mixed drinks look and taste great, they require a larger amount of preparation than beer and wine — which couples need to take into consideration. “The hosts need to think about organising the alcohol purchasing as well as equipment, glassware and the amount of bar staff they

will need,” Shane said. “For 100 people I would recommend three staff, and for every 50 people after that I would suggest another staff member to help.” However, when all factors were boiled down, Shane said the main ingredient to an entertaining evening was a properly mixed drink. “You are better off finding someone who knows what they are doing, because if the drinks are not mixed exactly right, it can be the difference between a great night and an average night.”


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STORY: PAT PATT // PHOTOGRAPHY: LISA NARDELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

YAEL RUSIANA AND PHILIP HALL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018 // GRAHAMVALE

WITH THE BRIDE’S PARENTS UNABLE TO MAKE THE WEDDING, YAEL RUSIANA AND PHILIP HALL CHOSE TO MARRY IN AN INTIMATE GARDEN CEREMONY, OBSERVING LOTS OF TRADITIONS WHILE MAKING SOME OF THEIR OWN.

When the couple met in the Philippines in 2017 it didn’t take them long to realise they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Philip observed the Filipino custom of pamamanhikan or ‘climbing for love’ by asking Yael’s parents for their blessing. After a month of planning, they were married in a low-key celebration. Deciding on a civil ceremony, the couple chose to marry in the garden at Hurlstone Homestead rather than in a civil space, to add some solemnity to the occasion. Yael jumped at the chance to wear Philip’s

grandmother’s wedding dress. “Grandma was so proud on that day,” Yael said. “She never thought that someone would wear it for the second time. “The girls in the family were all too short.” Just like Philip’s grandma Norma on her wedding day, Yael is 198 cm tall. The couple followed the tradition of something old (the wedding dress), something new (Yael’s sparkling shoes), something borrowed (jewellery and cars) and something blue (Philip’s suit and Yael’s flowers).

Maintaining the relaxed style, the pair got ready together at home, the bride doing her own hair and makeup and the groom helping fasten her dress, joined by their daughter acting as flower girl and ring-bearer. Yael arrived at the wedding in a classic blue 1948 Holden FX, but in a break from tradition Philip helped his bride-to-be from the car and walked her down the aisle. After a sunset ceremony, conducted by the same celebrant who had married Philip’s parents, they finished the day off with a family dinner.

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Evella and Vicente Rusiana. Groom’s parents Agnes (dec) and Gavin Hall. Ceremony Hurlstone Homestead, Grahamvale. Flowers Renato’s Florist, Shepparton. bride and groom // 19


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BRIDGETTE HALL AND ANTHONY HAYSOM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018 // NAGAMBIE

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NOWADAYS GETTING MARRIED IN CHURCH IS ALMOST A RARITY, BUT WHEN BRIDGETTE HALL AND ANTHONY HAYSOM WERE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING, NAGAMBIE’S ST MALACHY’S CHURCH WAS THE FITTING CHOICE.

It was the obvious venue for their spring ceremony, with three generations of Haysoms now married within its walls. And it just felt right that the couple should be married by Monsignor Peter Jeffrey — Bridgette’s family’s parish priest when he was at St Brendan’s in Shepparton. On the hunt for something simple, without beads or lace, the bride-to-be had a longsleeved wedding dress in mind. But after three trips to Melbourne searching, she fell in love with a contemporary off-theshoulder design. Finding dresses to suit both her bridesmaids also proved troublesome, but when they tried on a pale pink strapless jumpsuit in Kookai they knew it was ‘the one’.

“It was a bonus that they are something that they can wear again,” Bridgette said. When it came to the flowers, the motherof-the-groom and her friend got to work gathering blooms from all over town to decorate both venues — including creating toppers for a trio of cakes. “They spent all day before the wedding putting the flowers together and they decorated the church and the reception venue at Kirwans Bridge with flowers,” Bridgette said. Taking advantage of its picturesque Lake Nagambie views, the newlyweds returned home after the ceremony for photos with a meaningful backdrop and also slipped away from the reception between the speeches and

the main course for a sunset shoot. “We were also lucky enough to be able to take most of our wedding photos at home in our backyard,” Bridgette said. “We are really glad to have so many special photos from our wedding day taken at our home.” Bridgette and Anthony wanted their reception to be a relaxed night of dancing and fun with all the people they loved most. “It was really special to have my 91-yearold grandfather at our wedding. A special memory from the night is dancing with him after our bridal waltz,” she said. “Pa danced all night and said it was the best wedding he had ever been to.”

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Robyn and Darren Hall. Groom’s parents Marisa and Russell Haysom. Ceremony: St Malachy’s Church, Nagambie. Reception Le Penelope’s, Kirwans Bridge. Bride’s dress Chosen by One Day Bridal. Bridesmaids’ dresses Kookai. Suits Hugo Boss; Politix. Hair Studio 271, Nagambie. Makeup Esaje Makeup and Beauty, Shepparton. bride and groom // 23


PLANNING

STORY: JESSICA BALL // PHOTOGRAPHY: FIGTREE PICTURES

THE BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL THE ENGAGEMENT RING IS ON YOUR FINGER AND NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO POP THE QUESTION.

Asking your bride tribe to stand next to you on your big day can be as fuss-free or as elaborate as you make it. But one thing is for certain, it’s an occasion that deserves a little more thought than a text message. While most brides-to-be ask their gals in person, presenting them with small (or large) gift is becoming more and more popular. Bespoke bridesmaid proposals boxes are the ultimate way to make it official. And if you’ve already missed the opportunity — blurting out “will you be my

bridesmaid?” seconds after letting them in on the big news about your engagement — they also make a fitting gift the night before, or morning of, the wedding day. After all, these are the people who will help you pick the dress, plan your hens’ party and wipe away the tears if disaster hits. What to include in these goodie boxes? It’s only limited to your imagination. But it’s best to keep it personal and include items that will be useful in the lead-up to the wedding.

BRIDE AND GROOM’S TOP PICKS: • A clever card to ask the question. • A framed photo of you and your maid. • Beauty products like perfume, lipstick or nail polish. • A bottle of bubbly (or their drink of choice) and a personalised wine glass. • Jewellery — earrings, a bracelet or necklace — for now or for the big day. • Pyjamas or a dressing gown to wear when getting ready. • Calligraphy dress hangers. • A candle, bath bomb, eye mask or even a massage voucher to help them relax after your inevitable bridezilla moment. • A sweet treat like macarons, cookies or chocolate.


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STORY: LIAM NASH // PHOTOGRAPHY: MICKALA THOMAS — PURE MAC PHOTOGRAPHY

SUIT YOURSELF THEY SAY CLOTHES MAKETH THE MAN.

However, when it comes to tying the knot, the dress takes centre stage, meaning one aspect of the groom’s involvement can be glossed over among all that gown infatuation — the suit. And while it isn’t regarded as a wedding day maker-or-breaker, the right choice of attire for a groom can make a man stand out from the pack. bride and groom spoke to Paul Jerome from Talisman Menswear about what to look for when selecting a suit. “Ideally there needs to be good communication between the bride and groom,” Paul said. “It is really difficult when the bride isn’t here and you are going backwards and forwards, you lose a lot of information in the meantime. “I try and get the couple to come in roughly three months before the wedding so we can discuss what they want.”

When it comes to actually picking the threads, Paul suggests getting the fit right should be the main goal for the guys rather than getting festive with the pastels. “The key element is trying not to get something that is going to date too fast,” he said. “In terms of the bright and bold, for me, getting something that actually fits and looks good on the body is more important.” Paul said the same rule applied when choosing the groomsmen’s garb, advising the bridal party to elect a policy of comfort over chic. “If there is someone in the bridal party that is of a larger build, some of the skinnier fits don’t work so it’s about trying to find something that looks good on them and not like they have been dipped in paint,” he said. Paul noted the trend of navy suits had taken off over the past couple of years, but admitted

he was “going crazy” making bowties for grooms, with bridal parties tending to stray away from the longer tie option. However, away from the styling side of things, another factor to take into consideration is the debate of hiring versus buying. “When you are hiring there are limitations as to what you can alter, but when you are buying there is a lot more you can do,” Paul said. “It all is obviously at the customer’s expense, but if they want something specific, they can have it. “The one thing that Talisman does compared to everybody else is the in-store tailoring; if a customer needs his jacket run-in or taken up, or the sleeve altered, I can do all that here.”

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MICHELE’S BRIDAL & FORMAL WEAR OUR TOP 11 TIPS FOR BUYING A DRESS AT MICHELE’S BRIDAL 1.

Please book in an appointment. It will allow us to spend more time with you to help find your dream gown.

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Wedding gowns are custom made and orders can take up to 18 weeks for delivery. Start shopping about 9 to 12 months prior to your wedding.

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Research the dress styles and details that you like, so we can help you find your dream dress and you get the most out of your appointment.

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Trumpet: The trumpet gown is fitted throughout the bodice and the volume begins at mid-thigh; it is not as fitted as the Mermaid style. 5.

Decide on your budget and be up-front about it. If we know what you’re planning to spend, we can help you stay within your budget. You will need to take into account alteration costs; most gowns need to be fitted to your body.

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Have fun! You don’t have to leave with a dress on your first visit. If you find the right one on your first fitting, that’s great, but don’t place that pressure on yourself. We want you to have fun and relax!

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Take a few people you trust with you. One to two people is ideal. If you bring too many, it can be overwhelming.

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Be prepared — nude underwear and a strapless bra make trying on the dresses much easier.

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Have an open mind! Wedding dresses are structured so differently to your everyday clothes, so don’t rule any style out.

Here are a few dress styles to consider: Ballgown: This is your princess dress. It has a fitted bodice and poufs at the waist with a dramatic full skirt. A-Line: A tamed-down version of the ballgown, the A-Line gown resembles the figure “A” (literally) because it is more fitted through the waist and gently gets fuller from the waist to the hem. Mermaid: The mermaid gown is fitted all the way through to the knees and then flares out to a fuller volume. Sheath: The sheath dress drapes straight and narrow from the top of the dress to the bottom.

10. Don’t get hung up on sizing — as well as being structured differently, wedding dresses are also sized differently and are much smaller than regular sizing.

Tea-Length: The tea-length gown has a hemline that stops between the ankle and the knee. This dress is best paired with a statement pair of heels.

11. Take photos! They will help with other planning, such as flowers, hair and makeup. We are more than happy to snap some for you!

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REAL WEDDING

STORY: SHARON WRIGHT // PHOTOGRAPHY: THE ART OF ZOWIE PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIAH CHAPMAN AND DYLAN FRIEDBERGER SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 // ECHUCA

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YOU DON’T HEAR OF TOO MANY RELATIONSHIPS THAT STARTED WITH A SYMPATHY DATE ACTUALLY LASTING THE DISTANCE, BUT THAT’S EXACTLY HOW IT WAS FOR LOVED-UP COUPLE BRIAH CHAPMAN AND DYLAN FRIEDBERGER.

“Dyl contacted me on Facebook and wanted to take me on a date, I kept saying no, he kept asking so I went on a sympathy date because I felt bad saying no so many times,” Briah said. “It turned out he was a nice guy.” That first bowling and pizza date, as teenagers, couldn’t have been more different to their late summer wedding, which will forever be remembered for its bold, bright floral theme. With two years to plan the big day, after romantic Dylan pulled off a surprise proposal under the guise of making a speech at Briah’s 21st, the couple’s dream day was all they imagined. “I wanted to keep things simple so my bridesmaids wore white with fun pops of

colour in the flowers and lipstick,” Briah said. Enter florist Sarah Bryant from Bryant’s BUDS, Echuca, who pulled together flowers in every colour of the rainbow, to create the show-stopping bouquets, ceremony flowers, reception table centrepieces and cake topper. “The flowers were a big talking point. I really just wanted a fun and bright wedding, we had all the formalities early so we could dance and have fun with our loved ones,” Briah said. There was just the right amount of nostalgia with Briah carrying the garter her grandmother wore on her wedding day, in her purse, and walking down the aisle to the same song her grandparents did when they married 53 years ago. The newlyweds now have their own special

keepsake, a book filled with messages of love and congratulations from their family and friends. “I think my aunt mentioned we should have a guest book for people to personalise with their messages. That’s why we had the photo booth too, we can keep all those things to look back on,” Briah said.

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Kylie Maney and Andrew Chapman. Groom’s parents Jennifer Friedberger and Wayne Friedberger. Ceremony Aquatic Reserve, Echuca. Reception Radcliffe’s, Echuca. Videographer Radiant Wedding Films, Echuca. Celebrant Joy Allan, Echuca. Hire Modern Love Style Co, Echuca. Entertainment Lokki Somerville, Echuca. Signage Kasoobi, Echuca. Flowers Bryant’s BUDS, Echuca. Cake Bake & Create by Ashlee, Echuca. Bride’s dress Made With Love Bridal. Bride’s shoes Evans Shoes, Echuca. Bridesmaids’ dresses Forever New; Billy J Boutique. Hair Kaila Rushe Special Occasion Hair, Echuca. Suits Just Jeans, Taro Cash, Zara. bride and groom // 43


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REAL WEDDING

STORY: SHARON WRIGHT // PHOTOGRAPHY: LISA NARDELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

KAYLA MASKELL AND RHYS DONCON SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019 // MOAMA

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNEW KAYLA MASKELL AND RHYS DONCON WOULD BE THE PERFECT MATCH FOR EACH OTHER LONG BEFORE THEY DID.

So when the stars aligned and both became single, Rhys’ brother Aaron played matchmaker and that was that. Their proposal story is one of our favourites and was all about cementing the ties of the family they had created, including Rhys’ four-year-old daughter Eden and the couple’s daughter Stella, two. “It was a little bit different as I proposed to Rhys,” Kayla said. “We had both chatted about wanting to get married and I knew one day he would propose, but I thought about it a lot and decided to make the move. “For a few reasons, number one that I knew well and truly he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, but also because I wanted to make our story our own. “With two girls, it’s important to be an example for them; that they don’t need to

conform to traditions and that you should always follow your heart and be bold and brave.” While their proposal story has raised a few eyebrows, Kayla and Rhys have no regrets and yes, Kayla has an engagement ring — they enjoyed the experience of choosing the ring together. The Murray River has become their go-to place for relaxed family camping and fishing trips and significant occasions. “We got engaged fittingly at Moama on Murray Resort,” Kayla said. “As a former journalist, I guess words or storytelling was my secret weapon, so I put together a book for Rhys telling the story from how we met to today, with all of our milestones and memories in between. “And then on the final page I popped the question.”

Fast-forward 18 months and the couple returned to the resort for the wedding, with mismatched tables and chairs, masses of native flowers and simple styling creating a modern take on a rustic bush theme. DIY bride Kayla called on her collective village of family and friends to make her dream a reality, with handy helpers arranging furniture, styling and setting up the bar service. “It does add a bit of pressure and it’s not for everyone, but if you have a bit of a creative side it does make for a special day exactly as you picture in your mind,” she said. “It made the celebrations feel like they went longer, rather than just the actual day and night. “We had some fun days in the week leading up, making flower jars and other props and decorations.”

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Christine and Steven Maskell. Groom’s parents Kaye and Max Doncon. Ceremony and reception Moama on Murray Resort, Moama. Videographer McQuilton Productions, Shepparton. Celebrant Leticia Baker Marriage Celebrant, Numurkah. Catering Rocky Pellegrino, Numurkah. Hire Rustic Chair Hire, Numurkah; Goulburn Valley Party Hire, Shepparton. Entertainment Catch 22, Shepparton. Stationery Nexis Concept and Design, Shepparton.  Flowers Blooming Buckets Flowers, Kialla. Cake One Sweet Baker, Tatura. Rings Stephens Jewellers, Shepparton. Bride’s dress Michele’s Bridal & Formal Wear, Shepparton. Bridesmaids’ dresses The Iconic; Forever New. Hair Lady Red Hairdressing, Kyabram. Flower girls’ dresses Goosebumps Clothing. Suits Matt O’Keeffe Mensland, Shepparton. bride and groom // 47


FASHION

STORY: JESSICA BALL // PHOTOGRAPHY: LISA NARDELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

MASTERING THE ART OF MIX-AND-MATCH MISMATCHED BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE.

It may have started as an offbeat trend, but dressing your leading ladies in mix-and-match styles has staying power. Why? Women have different body types, colourings and personal styles, and giving your bride tribe some freedom is a simple way to ensure they feel comfortable standing next to you as you say ‘I do’. After all not many people feel relaxed in front of the camera, and even fewer if they’re wearing something they wouldn’t choose for themselves. Plus it’s hard to go past the magic of mixand-match dresses. However, pulling off this ‘effortless’ look actually takes a little effort. Giving your girls free rein might not be the best way to go about it — unless you’re after a kaleidoscope of colour. Instead it’s best to choose a common denominator — a colour palette, a certain fabric, silhouette or hemline — something that 48 // bride and groom

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prints or a trio of different colours from your palette for a cohesive bride tribe.

SAME COLOUR, DIFFERENT STYLES:

DIFFERENT STYLE AND COLOUR:

This is the simplest way to achieve a little individuality while retaining unity. For those wanting their bridesmaids in the same colour, giving them options when it comes to style is a great idea and it can be as subtle as different necklines — from off-theshoulder or spaghetti straps, to high-neck or long-sleeved. To make it easy, plenty of brands offer dresses in the exact same colour and fabric in a range of styles. SAME STYLE, DIFFERENT COLOURS:

With a uniform silhouette any colour combination can create a chic, mixed look. Whether it’s a modern silk slip dress, a floor-length gown or something more relaxed, it’s best to play around with complementary colours. Try tones of the same colour, a mix of

While it often looks like the bride has thrown out the rule book, it probably isn’t the case. Incorporating different designs and colours into your bridal party’s ensemble can have a stunning effect. Again, having a few rules will ensure they link together — whether it’s a common fabric, hue or details. Don’t forget to consider hem lengths — either make a decision between mini, midi or maxi or make sure you have a good mix. No matter how you choose to mix it up, it’s a great idea to get the dresses (or photos of them) together well before the wedding day. Once you add matching bouquets, shoes and accessories, there will be no mistaking who the bridesmaids are.


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REAL WEDDING

STORY: JESSICA BALL // PHOTOGRAPHY: MICKALA THOMAS — PURE MAC PHOTOGRAPHY

NIKITA HARTSHORN AND NATHAN STEPHENS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 // MOAMA

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UNLIMITED PIZZA AND A TEEPEE BY THE WATER WAS THE ULTIMATE COMBINATION FOR NIKITA HARTSHORN AND NATHAN STEPHENS’ SUMMER WEDDING.

“We wanted something really relaxed and by the river because it resonates with us,” Nikita said. While Nathan’s sole request was the Mo Bar, Nikita dreamed up a chilled-out bohemian wonderland. With Anna Barnes from Events Matter at the helm, they were able to make their freespirited vision a reality. The most difficult thing to tick off their wish list? The food truck. “We wanted to have food trucks from the start and that was the hardest thing to find,” Nikita said. In the end an Airstream serving up endless wood-fired pizza saved the day. It wasn’t until Nikita drove in, moments

before the ceremony, that she laid eyes on the finished product. “It was amazing to see it all come together,” she said. “It looked exactly how I had envisioned it and that’s a credit to Anna.” With a macramé arbour paired with a fresh mix of white and green flowers as the backdrop, the couple exchanged vows before taking a few moments to reflect and see their hard work in action. From rugs and cushions to bar and peacock chairs, the open-air reception was peppered with loads of seating options to create that boho vibe, but also for practicality. As Nikita said, “there’s nothing worse than having nowhere to rest your dancing feet”.

“We wanted to make sure everyone had somewhere to sit and there was plenty of pizza going around.” As guests wandered into the reception they were treated to a cocktail and music, and dug into a giant grazing table. The newlyweds made their entrance to a surprise guard of honour and a wave of high-fives and cheers before dancing the night away under the gum trees.

Bride’s parents Angie Stewart and Steve Hartshorn. Groom’s parents Teena and Brian Timmermans. Ceremony and reception Murray Gums Estate, Moama. Celebrant Anita Heard, Echuca. Stylist Events Matter, Yarrawonga. Catering Rustique Grazing, Macedon Ranges; Happy Camper Pizza; Moama Bakery, Moama; Mo Bar, Echuca. Hire Country Wedding & Event Hire, Deniliquin; Events Matter, Yarrawonga; TipiKata, Heidelberg. Entertainment Matty & Jamie Duo, Tatura. Transport Jacobson’s Bus Company, Mooroopna. Flowers Wallingford Flowers, Echuca. Cake Sweet Spot Cakery, Echuca. Bride’s dress and veil Grace Loves Lace. Bridesmaids’ dresses Viktoria and Woods. Hair Honeyeater, Bendigo; Kokoh Boutique, Moama. Makeup Willow Tree Beauty, Echuca. Suits Designer Mens Clothing. bride and groom // 53


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REAL WEDDING

STORY: SHARON WRIGHT // PHOTOGRAPHY: PRUE PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

EMMA KEEP AND CAITLIN DEWAR FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019 // TOOLAMBA AND SHEPPARTON

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WHEN IT COMES TO WEDDING PLANNING TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE, AND MODERN BRIDES EMMA KEEP AND CAITLIN DEWAR CAPITALISED ON THAT WHEN PLANNING THEIR SPECIAL DAY.

“Being two females we both wanted to have input and share the responsibility of planning,” Emma said. “And luckily we were on the same page every time,” Caitlin added. What started as a beautiful friendship turned to love and, during a whirlwind eightmonth engagement, the couple planned every detail of their romantic rustic-style wedding with a contemporary twist. Emma and Caitlin wanted to celebrate their way, but still adhere to some traditions, so they thought outside of the square when it came to buying wedding dresses and walking down the aisle. They shopped for their wedding dresses separately, relying on Caitlin’s sister to make sure they didn’t turn up in the same gown. “We didn’t want to have dresses that were

way too similar, or be so opposite they would clash,” Emma said. “As it was, we both planned to have our hair exactly the same and it took a bit of manoeuvring behind the scenes by our bridesmaids to get Caitlin to change her style a bit.” When it came to the night before the wedding both brides stayed with their respective mothers and bridesmaids in separate apartments, and didn’t lay eyes on one another until they were walking down the aisle. “It actually made so much sense staying at the same place, while the hairdresser was in my room, the makeup artist was with Caitlin, and our photographer didn’t have to travel between two places,” Emma said. Both wanted to make a traditional entrance

to the ceremony and so they walked in from opposite sides, meeting in the centre and continuing down the aisle with their fathers. “We wanted our dresses to be a secret until we walked down the aisle, and we were both wearing what the other expected,” Caitlin said. Savvy DIY bride Emma spent weeks leading up to the wedding spray-painting jars and photo frames in rose gold, with simple-butstylish decor such as rustic wine barrels and festoon lighting adding an air of casual elegance to the reception. “We had a cocktail-style reception at The Vault because we wanted to keep everything casual and just trusted that everything would fall into place, and it did,” Caitlin said.

CONTRIBUTORS Emma’s parents Sharon Hogan and Peter Gundrill, Stephen and Melissa Keep. Caitlin’s parents Karen and Phil Dewar. Ceremony Private property, Toolamba. Reception The Vault, Shepparton. Celebrant Ian Bull, Shepparton. Hire Goulburn Valley Party Hire, Shepparton. Bouquets Sabac on High, Shepparton. Styling flowers Renato’s Florist, Shepparton; Avonlea Flowers, Murchison. Cake Louisa’s Cake Boutique, Tatura. Rings Purdeys Jewellers, Shepparton. Emma’s dress  Michele’s Bridal & Formal Wear, Shepparton. Caitlin’s dress Brides & Maids, Shepparton. Brides’ accessories Blizzards Fine Jewellers, Shepparton. Bridesmaids’ dresses Michele’s Bridal & Formal Wear, Shepparton. Hair Gloss Hair and Beauty Boutique, Shepparton. Makeup Beauty by Stephanie, Tatura. bride and groom // 59


PLANNING

STORY: SHARON WRIGHT // PHOTOGRAPHY: JAY HUMPHREYS PHOTOGRAPHY + DESIGN

KEEPING IT PERSONAL YOUR WEDDING DAY IS ALL ABOUT YOU AS A COUPLE AND, ASIDE FROM SOME OBLIGATORY LEGAL DETAILS OR RELIGIOUS REQUIREMENTS, THE REST OF THE CEREMONY SHOULD BE AS UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL AS YOU ARE.

FOLLOW THESE TIPS FOR INSPIRATION AND ADVICE TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING DAY UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE:

• Candle-lighting ceremony: Couples light a solitary unity candle from individual candles. • Sand ceremony: Popular with couples who have children from previous relationships, individuals pour different coloured sands into a single glass container to signify unity. • Readings, poems and music can add meaning. • Location: Your family church, childhood home or favourite holiday destination could be the perfect place to say ‘I do’. • Rose ceremony: Couples gift long-stemmed roses to the significant women in their lives.

Celebrant Katrina Kim-Worley has crafted countless ceremonies to help modern couples reflect their love story and bring their joy-filled vision to life. “People don’t want standard ceremonies without significance or connection, they are doing it their way,” Katrina said. And while the wedding day is all about them, loved-up couples are choosing to remember those close to them who have passed away as well as celebrate the important people in their lives. Last year Jessica Collie chose music and readings to honour her late sister Emily when she married Steven Parker in a stunning winter wedding. Jessica had always dreamed her sister would be her maid of honour and wanted to include her as much as possible, even going so far as to wear Emily’s debutante dress, altered especially for the day, to walk down the aisle. “Em was still a huge part of our day; we had a bouquet made and a dress picked out. There were lots of small touches that meant something to us that made it feel like she wasn’t far away,” Jessica said. 60 // bride and groom

• Hand-fasting ceremony: Colourful ribbons are woven around the hands of the bride and groom and are knotted together when removed, a modern-day reference to ‘tying the knot’. • Tree planting ceremony: A specially chosen tree is planted in a pot with soil from the generational family homes of the bride and groom, providing the nurturing environment for the tree to grow and flourish. • Animals: Special furry friends are being included, such as the couple’s dog as ring-bearer or the bride riding to the ceremony on horseback. • Observe cultural traditions: welcome to country, the bride walking down the aisle to the sounds of a didgeridoo and an indigenous smoking ceremony celebrate the nation’s first people, while other cultures celebrate with colour, dance and music.


ENGAGEMENT

STORY: SHARON WRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY: MADELINE KATE PHOTOGRAPHY

WITH THIS RING EVERYONE LOVES A ROMANTIC MARRIAGE PROPOSAL BUT WHEN THE GROOM-TO-BE HAS FOUND THE GOLD FOR THE UNIQUE ENGAGEMENT RING, THE STORY IS ELEVATED TO AN ENTIRELY NEW LEVEL.

Keen prospector Bill Hoskin had been accumulating the small pieces of gold he found in his travels, with the intention of having enough to propose to his love Lauren Ure, until he happened upon a nugget large enough for the purpose. Armed with a screenshot of a simple gold band with an oval-shaped diamond, and the gold nugget, Bill left the creation of the ring to the team at Thomas Jewellers in Shepparton. On AFL Grand Final day 2017, Bill suggested a hike up the aptly-named Lovers Hill near Avenel and — with their then eightmonth-old daughter Savannah and two dogs as witnesses — asked Lauren to be his wife. “Our proposal was romantic and unique,” Lauren said. “I’d sent Bill a screenshot of a ring I’d seen a year before he found the nugget and he had kept it. “My ring is very simple but it’s exactly what I wanted, it turned out perfectly.” Lauren said her engagement ring was extraspecial given its origins, and how it came to be was a story that was different and would become part of their family history. “Once Bill found the nugget, he showed me, but he never let anyone else touch it. “So other than the jeweller, Bill and I are the only ones to have held the gold — that’s a bit special.” Lauren and Bill sealed their love with a romantic autumn wedding at Holmesglen at Eildon on Saturday, March 2, 10 years to the day they officially became a couple.

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Your journey starts with a private consultation to commence the design process. Using the latest technology and using a network of local, national and international designers we create a draft of your custom design.

Design of engagement ring incorporating 1 carat teardrop centre stone

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Before we create your rings you can preview your design and make any adjustments prior to us bringing them to life. Wedding band and engagement ring preview


STEPHENS JEWELLERS FINE DIAMONDS, ADVICE AND JEWELLERY DESIGN SPECIALISTS Why do some diamonds sparkle more than others? I’m sure at this point you’ve either been told about the 4Cs or read about them online. Ultimately the sparkle of each diamond is a unique outcome of the cutter’s ability to optimise the brilliance of the diamond crystal paying attention to all of the 4Cs. The finer the grade or ‘make’ of the stone the brighter it will shine and the higher its value. Pop into your local Stephens Jewellers and we can easily demonstrate this for you. We also have a terrific booklet available to help better understand diamond quality and value. Our goal is always to provide the best quality to suit any budget.

I want to surprise my partner with an engagement ring, I know the styles she likes but not sure about her finger size how can I keep it a surprise but not get it all wrong? Rest assured, we are very used to keeping a secret and will always be able help fine tune your surprise purchase with you and your partner once you’ve given the ring. Our experienced consultants are here to help bring your thoughts on design to reality without concerns

I would love to incorporate my Gran’s engagement ring and anniversary band into my engagement ring, it means so much to me, is this possible and does it cost more to do this? We understand the importance a family heirloom brings to a couples wedding and engagement celebration and regularly restore original designs to their former beauty or integrate them into a new modern design. The starting point is an inspection of the goods to determine what condition the stones and metals ae in and from there we work with you on the best options available.

What is the difference between traditional mined and Laboratory Grown Diamonds? Laboratory grown diamonds are grown form a thin slice of the purest mined diamond crystal know to exist. Using extreme heat and pressure in a vaccum-sealed chamber, a new diamond crystal is grown from this slice. Exactly the same cutting, faceting, polishing and grading techniques as mined diamonds are then used to uncover the unique beauty within the crystal, a stunning fine grade diamond. Just as with mined diamonds, no two Lab Grown Diamond Crystals are the same. Lab-grown Diamonds offer significant benefits over comparable mined diamonds, the most obvious being price. In most cases, you could afford a larger, brighter laboratory grown diamond for the same price as a mined diamond. ALTR Diamonds, the industry leader in this field, are exclusive to Stephens Jewellers in our region.

I’ve been looking for my perfect ring for ages but can’t really find exactly what I’m looking for what should I do? Buying an engagement ring is a very personal expression of love and everyone wants something a little unique. Once we understand the design elements that are important to you and your partner we can work through the selection process. Often we will have the design you’re looking for in store and simply need to make a few customisation adjustments. Alternatively our design selection images will help stimulate the process but ultimately our experienced diamond consultants will listen carefully to your needs and help bring your dream design to reality.

We found the perfect ring design online but it looks pretty expensive can we still achieve this look to match our budget? Stephens Jewellers design team can bring your dream ring design to life at a very affordable price range. Often ring designs found online or admired on celebrities will feature large or unique centre stones. Once we understand the look you want achieve and your budget we can access the best value diamonds or coloured stones both within Australia and our global diamond supply network.

We want to shop locally but we also want to create something a bit different and be confident we are getting good value. The diamond market has changed a lot over recent years, we source diamonds direct from international diamond merchants, so great value is guaranteed. Making an appointment in our Shepparton or Echuca consulting suit is a great way to manage your privacy. Our buying power and custom design services ensure you have access to exceptional value and the very latest in jewellery design trends. Confidentiality is guaranteed and we support each ring design with an independent valuation.

There are so many men’s wedding band designs out there I’m confused and don’t know where to start. We understand your situation, it’s fantastic just how many options are available for men’s engagement and wedding bands now compared to only five years ago. Our suggestion is to start by working out whether his ring will be worn every day or due to work situations only on special occasions. There are many very durable metal choices available and we can create the same design in various metals. We have access to all men’s wedding band collections with simple digital tools in store to browse, so a consultation with one of our specialist consultants is a great starting point.

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OLD-WORLD ROMANCE


Cakes: One Sweet Baker, Tatura. Dresses: Brides & Maids, Shepparton. Flowers: Flowers on Melville, Numurkah. Hair: Lavish Hair, Shepparton. Jewellery: Purdeys Jewellers, Shepparton. Makeup: Esaje Makeup & Beauty, Shepparton. Model: Josie Lindner. Photography: Lisa Nardella Photography. Vintage couches: Goulburn Valley Party Hire, Shepparton. Venue: River Place by Sense of Place Accommodation, Shepparton.


GET THE LOOK RECREATE THE FEMININE MAGIC FROM BRIDE AND GROOM’S OLD-WORLD ROMANCE PHOTOSHOOT

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HAIR

STORY: SHARON WRIGHT // PHOTOGRAPHY: LISA NARDELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

HAIR COMES THE BRIDE FORGET FLOWER CROWNS AND JEWEL-ENCRUSTED HEADPIECES AS THE FOCAL POINT — LET YOUR LUSTROUS LOCKS BE YOUR CROWNING GLORY ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.

Shiny, healthy hair doesn’t just happen though, so if you’re not genetically blessed your hairdresser will quickly become an allimportant member of ‘team bride’. Lavish Hair owner Maria-Aleece Brown said brides should start planning their wedding day hair up to 12 months before, so consider your big day as the deadline for your revamped regimen. “It’s one of those things — if your hair feels 100 per cent, you feel 110 per cent, and with some care and attention you will have beautiful, shiny, luscious, amazing hair on your wedding day,” Maria-Aleece said. SIX TO 12 MONTHS OUT

Decide where you want to go with colour, if at all, and start working towards this now. Experiment with different shades and tones to find the colour that suits you best. A major change weeks out from the wedding isn’t recommended, instead minor tweaking closer to the day should be all that’s needed. Start a hair-friendly routine using quality products that will nourish, hydrate and repair

damaged hair. Regular in-salon or at-home treatments will boost the gloss factor, with the added bonus of giving some much needed time-out, during what can be a busy and stressful period. If growing your hair is a priority, Bondi Boost is a natural, plant-based range of products that encourages hair growth and could lengthen your tresses to give you style options for your dream day. Now is also the time to book in regular trims to eliminate split ends and maintain the health of your hair. THREE MONTHS OUT

Now is the perfect time to book in for a hair trial. If you’ve got an event coming up, why not get some bang for your buck and get a preview of your wedding day hair and feel glamorous on your special night out. “Don’t be scared of having a few hair trials if you’re unsure. I want to make sure when you’re looking back at your photos that you love your hair,” Maria-Aleece said. “A good tip is to have your trial when you

have an event, that way you can see how long the style will last and we can make adjustments on the wedding day. “If you’re scheduled to have a dress fitting, you can book in a trial so you are able to visualise the complete look.” Hair accessories such as veils, headpieces, flower crowns or hats should be considered during the hair trial stage to make sure what you envision can be achieved. ONE TO TWO WEEKS OUT

Have a final trim and colour so your hair is fresh, but not too fresh, when the big day dawns. Now is probably the time to spoil yourself with a relaxing treatment, for a much-needed boost to both your hair and sense of calm. Discuss with your hairdresser the best time to wash your hair just before the wedding — two days before, the night before or the day of  — so it’s in optimum condition for the magic to be created.

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STORY: JESSICA BALL // PHOTOGRAPHY: TALUKA WEDDINGS

KELSEY BICKNELL AND MATTHEW CHAN SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019 // STRATH CREEK

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WHEN YOU PROPOSE TO A FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER, YOU GIVE UP ALL CREATIVE CONTROL — BUT KNOW YOU’RE IN FOR A PINTEREST-WORTHY WEDDING DAY.

And that’s exactly what Matthew Chan did when he got down on one knee and asked Kelsey Bicknell to marry him on a Mooloolaba beach. After he picked the venue — Flowerdale Estate — located halfway between their families in Shepparton and their lives in Melbourne, she wove her magic. Kelsey injected the venue with steel, pipe, neon lights, a dramatic colour palette of pinks and reds and an exotic mix of florals. The result was modern and moody with industrial vibes. “I had never been one of those girls who had always dreamt about their wedding dress; I had dreamt more about the design of my invitations and styling of the venue,” Kelsey said. “I was in my element. I loved every minute of planning our wedding.”

From the invitations and signage to the fortune cookie bonbonniere — you name it, she designed it. And with a sign writer for a dad, together they were able to bring all of her ideas to life. It was the geometric lace of her White April gown that inspired the modern alternative to an arbour that later became the cake backdrop. A last-minute decision led Kelsey to her dream dress at Shepparton’s Brides & Maids. “My mum insisted I try some dresses on just for style and shape,” she said. “I had mind set on a designer in Melbourne but to my surprise that dress I tried on in Shepparton was the ‘one’. “It suited me perfectly; it was light, relaxed and unique and I truly felt so comfortable and myself in it.”

Kelsey curated the perfect setting to throw one heck of a party. Taking advantage of the Labour Day long weekend and choosing a dual venue with onsite accommodation eliminated stress in favour of fun. Avoiding the often awkward time between the ceremony and reception, they hosted predrinks with grazing platters and an acoustic performer who turned DJ for the main event. To keep things low-key they opted for a cocktail reception. “We wanted a relaxed and fun vibe. Nothing too serious or formal, it’s not our style,” Kelsey said. “We simply wanted to celebrate with our family and friends — a party.”

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Julie and Ashley Bicknell. Groom’s parents Delma and Andrew Chan. Ceremony and reception Flowerdale Estate, Strath Creek. Hire Dann Event Hire, North Melbourne. Entertainment Bently Grattan Music, Bendigo. Stationery and signage Kreative Co, online; Bicknell Signs, Shepparton. Flowers Violet House, Shepparton. Cake Lamanna, Melbourne. Bride’s dress and veil White April, Brides & Maids, Shepparton. Bridesmaids’ dresses Esther Boutique. Hair Harlan Hair, Melbourne. Makeup Grace Sartori, Kyabram. Flower girl outfits Arabella Rose. Suits and men’s accessories Prinzi Collections. bride and groom // 79


PLANNING

STORY: SHARON WRIGHT // PHOTOGRAPHY: LISA NARDELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

TOGETHER FOREVER MODERN COUPLES ARE FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE IDEA OF SPENDING AS MUCH TIME TOGETHER AS POSSIBLE ON THEIR SPECIAL DAY.

Tradition might dictate the bride and groom not see one another until the ceremony but couples today are creating a new trend — favouring instead to wake up together, share breakfast and even get ready in the same place. And for many reasons this makes perfect sense. With couples collaborating on all aspects of the wedding planning, what better way to deal with any last-minute details or hiccups than have the person you’ve consulted with on every decision right by your side? Also, you’re about to marry your soul mate so isn’t that the best possible person to have 80 // bride and groom

nearby to calm your nerves, help you remain chilled out and relaxed and share the nervous anticipation? Lastly, once the chaotic wedding celebrations kick in, your together-time can be quickly derailed — so why be separated from one another on the day you’re going to be united as one? Newlyweds Lisa Scadden and Casey Durham ditched tradition by staying in their own home the night before their wedding, travelling to the venue and enjoying lunch with their parents before getting ready for the ceremony. “We had a first look and had our photos

before our wedding ceremony,” Lisa said. “We spent all day together. I really felt this made our day go slowly and not zoom by. What I love about this is I remember the whole day, not just seeing each other at the ceremony at 4.30 pm. “Having the photos before created a relaxed approach to the day with no reason to rush or not be with our guests. “Our wedding was about sharing everything together, so spending the day with each other was a great idea.”


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STORY: PAT PATT // PHOTOGRAPHY: MICKALA THOMAS — PURE MAC PHOTOGRAPHY

LET THEM EAT CAKE AN EYE-CATCHING CAKE IS GENERALLY A FOCAL POINT OF A WEDDING RECEPTION. BUT THE DAYS OF THE TRADITIONAL TWO- OR THREE-TIER FRUIT-FILLED WEDDING CAKE, THAT COULD BE CUT UP AND MAILED TO WELL-WISHERS AND THE TOP LAYER SAVED FOR A CHRISTENING CAKE, ARE LONG GONE.

bride and groom spoke to Jenaya Bell from One Sweet Baker, who told us today’s couples often choose to offer a range of desserts rather than just wedding cake.

vanilla and raspberry, chocolate peppermint and red velvet. If the decision is too difficult, she offers tastings of up to six to help the couple decide.

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HOW MUCH CAKE DO YOU NEED?

Most couples have an idea of the kind of cake they would like well in advance, gathering inspiration and discussing likes and dislikes. Jenaya recommends engaging a baker about six months before the wedding date, especially for a weekend wedding, as bakers are often booked-up well in advance. Bakers specialise in different types of cake so it is important to check that the baker, whose cakes you like the look of, makes the kind of cake that you want to eat. For example, Jenaya doesn’t make fruit cakes or mud cakes but is always happy to recommend a fellow baker who can meet a client’s needs. When it comes to the flavour of the cake there are lots of options. Jenaya offers 15 different flavours, including

Lots of factors influence how large a wedding cake needs to be. The number of guests is the most obvious one, as everyone would rather over-cater than risk running out of cake. Will the cake be served as dessert or will there be a dessert course followed by cake and coffee? If guests have already filled up with dessert, smaller portions of cake can be served. If the cake itself is the dessert, larger portions will be needed. NOT EVERYONE LIKES CAKE

As crazy as it seems to us cake addicts, there are plenty of people who don’t like cake. Jenaya said offering a range of desserts with the cake as a focal point was a great alternative.

Macarons, tarts, panna cottas, brownies and mousses are all options for a dessert table. About two to three portions per person is a good guideline to work on. Jenaya offers about 15 to 20 options and couples usually choose four or five favourites to be served to their guests. The desserts can even be tweaked to fit in with the colour palette of the wedding. AND NOT EVERYONE CAN EAT CAKE

As food allergies and intolerances are common, most couples like to take any dietary requirements their guests may have into account when choosing cake and dessert options. Jenaya said she was often asked for vegan options and she has a range of tried and trusted recipes to cater for different needs including vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. A dessert table with a variety of sweets makes catering for different dietary requirements, as well as for a range of tastes, easier so that everyone can join in the feasting and enjoy the celebrations.

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GV HOTEL THE VENUE TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING DAY UNFORGETTABLE

How do you describe the GV Hotel? Our historic building boasts old world charm and upscale, contemporary finishes. We have been celebrating the Goulburn Valley’s marriages for decades and pride ourselves on exceptional service and value. It consists of four dedicated function spaces catering from 40 people to 500 people, packages to suit all needs and budgets and a professional functions team that supports you every step of the way. How many guests can you cater for? From intimate soirées to large functions we can comfortably accommodate 40 to 500 guests in cocktail style or a seated dining experience. The Goulburn Valley hotel is recognised as one of the regions largest specialist wedding reception venues. Our venue boasts four beautifully appointed and unique function rooms, giving couples a huge variety of different spaces to choose from. These include the Cabaret Room, Classic Room, Lounge Bar and Piano Bar. What services can you offer in the lead up to a wedding? We provide an enthusiastic support team offering brides endless styling advice, unlimited phone and email contact, unlimited face to face meetings all to ensure your important day is exactly what you want. What styling items do you offer as a part of the hire? We love to style our gorgeous and historic building. We offer beautiful bridal table and cake table skirting, a large wooden easel and all linens. We also have a wide range of contacts to help make your vision a reality including photographers, musicians, decorators, wedding planners and florists.

How far in advance can the reception set up be styled? Usually set up starts three days out — however we are flexible if there are no other room requirements. We work incredibly close with the bride and groom during these days to ensure everything comes together seamlessly and we bring their fairytale dream to life. Can you accommodate a band, photo booth or other entertainment? Yes our spaces offer endless opportunities for additional entertainment requirements from DJ’s, bands and photo booths. What type of menus can couples chose from? We have cocktail menus, buffet menus and set courses — one, two and three-course options. We have a vast variety of delicious canapés right through to exceptional mains and sweet treats to sweep you off your feet. What type of drinks packages do you offer? We offer the perfect drinks package inclusive of beer wine and soft drinks running for five hours within your function. Can you share any feedback from previous clients that have utilised your venue? Yes, below is just one of our testimonials from Serafino and Natalina Varapodio “We would like to say a massive thankyou to the GV Hotel team for the amazing job they did at our wedding. The room looked beautiful, the staff was excellent and the food was amazing! We have since received many comments from our guests on how outstanding the night was. Once again we would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for making our special day perfect!” — Serafino & Natalina Varapodio

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STORY: SHARON WRIGHT // PHOTOGRAPHY: MICKALA THOMAS — PURE MAC PHOTOGRAPHY

ALEX MAYS AND JAKE WHEELER SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019 // NATHALIA

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WITH TWO YOUNG BOYS TO CONSIDER, THOUGHTS OF A WINERY WEDDING WERE SOON SHELVED BY ALEX MAYS AND JAKE WHEELER, THE COUPLE INSTEAD CHOOSING AN INTIMATE GATHERING AT THE BRIDE’S PARENTS’ HOME.

Pinterest became Alex’s go-to when planning the relaxed boho-inspired celebration with a marquee, festoon lighting, flowers, gum leaves and timber furniture transforming a typical backyard into something special for the childhood sweethearts. Having the wedding ceremony and reception at home meant the couple could spend the entire day with family and friends and their two gorgeous sons, Jaxon and Keegan, could join in the fun. “My first thought was a winery wedding, it’s what I had always planned, but we’ve been together for 10 years and have two boys so the more I thought about it, having the wedding at home really suited our present lifestyle,” Alex said.

The emotion-charged ceremony was made even more so by the couple honouring three special people, who were no longer with them, by reserving three vacant chairs, each with a photo and red rose. “My dad, Jake’s dad and my brother Ashley are no longer with us but we wanted to make them a part of our wedding as they are very important to us. Our guests were really touched by this, it was a really nice way to honour them,” Alex said. Walking down the aisle to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, Alex said the song was meaningful and reflected their relationship. “We have been together since we were 15, and are each other’s first loves. We have been through a lot of curveballs together so this

was just the perfect song,” she said. Her gorgeous two-piece Grace Loves Lace gown was the perfect choice for the early autumn wedding day and gave Alex a great excuse for a pre-wedding weekend getaway with her sister to try the dress on in-store on the Gold Coast. “I knew I didn’t want to take the chance of buying online, I wanted to try it on, so my sister and I made a weekend of it,” Alex said. A cropped lace top and floaty skirt were practical, comfortable and fitted the relaxedvibe brief and — not to be outdone in the sophisticated-casual stakes — the groom and groomsmen were kitted out in navy shorts, suspenders and linen shirts.

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Helen and Mick Attoni and Dean Mays (dec). Groom’s parents Karyn and Rodney (dec) Wheeler. Ceremony and reception Private property, Nathalia. Celebrant Ian Bull, Shepparton. Catering Rocky Pellegrino, Numurkah. Hire Goulburn Valley Party Hire, Shepparton. Entertainment Paddy and Veronica, Nathalia. Flowers Zoe’s Little Flower Farm, Nathalia. Cake P.S. I Cake You, Kialla. Bride’s gown Grace Loves Lace. Bridesmaids’ dresses Showpo. Hair Silk Hair Design, Tatura. Makeup The Beauty Project by Sophie, Shepparton. Suits Connor. bride and groom // 87


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STORY: JESSICA BALL // PHOTOGRAPHY: THE WHITE TREE

HOLLY BENNETT AND RILEY WATKINS FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019 // MOAMA

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A SUMMER ROMANCE-TURNED-MARRIAGE SOUNDS LIKE A MOVIE PLOT, BUT FOR HOLLY BENNETT AND RILEY WATKINS IT’S A TRUE LOVE STORY.

Despite being together for a decade, Holly and Riley didn’t give themselves much time to organise their wedding, planning the day in a mere four months. Ten years after they met at an Echuca pub, the pair finally had a date — a Friday — with every intention of making a weekend of it. With the clock ticking, invitations were first on the to-do list. To save time and money, the environmentally conscious couple opted for a wedding website rather than the printed alternative — allowing them to instantly save the date and update it as the planning followed. “Because it was a short turnaround I didn’t see the point of doing hard copies when everyone is online,” Holly said. “We had a section for accommodation and then I added information about the Saturday later.”

While for the most part the short engagement meant they simply had to be decisive, Holly admitted she was nervous about finding the dress. “I went in with no idea of what I wanted,” she said. “It was the last dress at the first shop.” Holly had spotted the long-sleeved, highnecked gown with feminine lace and a split as soon as she walked in. When she finally tried it on she had the moment. The moment when she just knew, her mum burst into tears and she put in a rush order. A fun, relaxed atmosphere was at the forefront of the planning. Riley picked maroon for the bridesmaids’ dresses and Holly’s love of doughnuts led them to a dessert that guests could enjoy on their way to the dance floor. They were married in a riverside ceremony

surrounded by gum trees and bold native flowers in pinks and red, before a marquee reception with festoon lights and an open-air dance floor. Meanwhile, Polaroids showed the highlight reel of their relationship beside photos of parents and grandparents on their wedding days. Taking the microphone as MC, Holly’s brother Clayton set the scene for a fun night. “He surprised us with a rap about Riley and I meeting, our relationship and welcoming him to the family,” Holly said. “Everyone lost it and cheered.” And with a rendezvous organised for Saturday afternoon at the American Hotel, the pressure was off and they could enjoy themselves.

CONTRIBUTORS Bride’s parents Anne and Barry Bennett. Groom’s parents Kaylene and Ralph Watkins. Ceremony and reception Moama on Murray, Moama. Catering Two Tarts Catering, Echuca. Hire Country Wedding and Event Hire, Deniliquin. Flowers Clementine Florals, Echuca. Doughnuts Levain Doughnuts, Moorabbin. Bride’s dress Costarellos. Bridesmaids’ dresses Shona Joy. Hair Mintme Salon, Echuca. Makeup Willow Tree Beauty Lounge, Echuca. Suits Expedition Apparel. bride and groom // 91


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SHERBOURNE TERRACE SHEPPARTON’S FINEST FUNCTIONS & EVENTS DESTINATION

Tell us about Sherbourne Terrace. Located in the heart of Shepparton, Sherbourne Terrace provides an optimal location for the perfect wedding. For more than four decades the Zurcas family has owned and operated Sherbourne Terrace, providing the personal connection. With the offering of accommodation and restaurants to cater for your guests, the Sherbourne can provide all of your requirements. What makes Sherbourne Terrace the perfect wedding venue? The Sherbourne Terrace allows couples to create the style and atmosphere that they desire for their special day. The Terrace room is the perfect venue for couples with an eye for elegance and has the flexibility to transform into anything that they may wish. Smooth undertones and amazing lighting, will ensure that any theme will shine. How many guests can you cater for? Sherbourne Terrace provides three function rooms, each of which has a unique atmosphere. This allows us to cater for intimate weddings as well as larger celebrations of up to 400 guests. From cocktails and canapes to formal sit-down meals, we can work with you to suit your needs. The Terrace Room, our largest space, can cater for up to 400 guests with sufficient space for a dance floor and entertainment. What services do you offer in the lead-up to a wedding? Our dedicated events manager will help guide you through every detail of your perfect day. Working together, we will ensure that every aspect of your special day is considered. Our team will work with you to design your room plan, menu tasting evenings, colour and style options — just a few of the services that we can offer to bring together a cohesive and effortless event to remember. What is involved in setting up for the reception? Our team will set-up the room including setting of tables, seating, dance floor and other items as organised with your events manager.

This will enable you to provide your styling and finishing touches from 24 to 48 hours prior to your reception. Can you accommodate a band, photobooth or other entertainment? Yes, there is always ample space within our Terrace Room to accommodate any needs you may have. Entertainment is a must and a focal point for your celebration and we make sure we work diligently with our couples to ensure they are happy with placement for all of these. Describe the menu options available. From our wedding package, couples will have a choice of up to ten unique entrée, main and dessert selections. Our menus can cater to all dietary requirements, including gluten-free and lactose-free choices. The wedding party and guests will be delighted by the variety of local produce on offer. Our head chef will work with you to provide flexibility to ensure that your needs are met and you are delighted with the food that is served. What drinks packages do you offer? Drinks packages are included in our wedding packages. We can cater from a basic range of house beer, wines and soft drinks up to a gold package including imported beers and spirits. Tell us about your accommodation options. Wedding guests can choose to stay overnight in one of Sherbourne Terrace’s 55 accommodation rooms. Options include spa suites, south courtyard and north courtyard rooms. Whilst staying, our guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and spa, heated indoor hot tub and sauna facilities. The wedding couple can choose to stay in the honeymoon suite with in-room breakfast and late check-out. Please speak to our events manager for all details. Anything is possible as we pride ourselves on the flexibility to provide couples with what they want and need.

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PLANNING

THE IDEAL WEDDING PLAN CONGRATULATIONS, NOW YOU ARE ENGAGED AND YOUR WEDDING IS JUST 12 MONTHS AWAY! A YEAR CAN GO QUICKLY AND THERE ARE CERTAIN MILESTONES TO REACH ALONG YOUR PLANNING JOURNEY, SO BELOW IS A MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND WHEN.

12 MONTHS

end save-the-date cards, and specify whether children will or S will not be invited.

sk friends or relatives to be in the wedding party, such as A bridesmaids and groomsmen, flower girls and pageboys, ceremony poem or prayer readers.

Book the ceremony entertainment (such as musicians or a DJ).

uy the bridesmaids’ dresses and buy or advise them on which B type of shoes to source.

ick a wedding date and time: select several options then P check these with your venues, celebrant and important guests. Then book in the wedding ceremony venue, reception venue and celebrant.

4–6 MONTHS

Find inspiration for the styling/theme of the wedding.

Draw up a budget of how much you want to spend.

6–8 MONTHS

elegate tasks: you can either plan the wedding yourselves, D pay a wedding planner to do it, or delegate some tasks to loved ones you trust.

o the guest list as early as possible, as many bookings relate D to this.

8–10 MONTHS

esign and order the invitations and place settings at the same D time, to save money with a bundle deal.

Buy the wedding rings.

uy or organise to rent the suits for the groom and B groomsmen, and don’t forget the shoes.

uy any under-garments for the wedding dress before the final B fitting, to ensure a streamlined look.

Buy jewellery.

Start having dance lessons now for the formal dances.

tart researching and trying on wedding dress options — and S purchase or order in as soon as possible.

lan the reception food/choose from menus and book in the P caterer.

Mail the wedding invitations. 

Plan the wedding cake and book in the cake maker. 

lan the styling of your wedding — and either start collecting P the items you need, or pay a decorator to co-ordinate this.

ire wedding-day transport, such as limousines, vintage or H other specialty vehicles.

ake an order to the florist for the bouquets, boutonnieres, M flowers for close family to wear and flowers for the venues.

ook the hair and make-up artists for the whole bridal party, B and have a trial one or two months beforehand.

Book in the photographer and videographer.

egister for gifts at your favourite department store — ideally R one with an online ordering capacity for out-of-town guests.

ake bookings for the honeymoon, and renew passports if M planning an overseas trip.

Purchase bonbonnieres. 

ook in rental companies if you need to rent anything for the B ceremony or reception, such as decorations, chairs, tables, tents, sound equipment. I f an engagement party is intended, plan this for the first few months after the engagement. Consider registering for gifts or putting gift suggestions (such as cash towards the honeymoon) on the invitation.

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2 MONTHS

Have the hen’s night and buck’s night. 

Write the wedding vows. 

Purchase thank-you gifts for parents and the wedding party. 

pply for a marriage licence (your celebrant should be able to A help with this).


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1 MONTH

o the final RSVP count and chase up any outstanding ones, D then finalise catering numbers.

ave the final wedding dress fitting, and bring the maid of H honour along to learn how to bustle the dress. Have the dress pressed and store it neatly at home.

nsure every item is purchased for the bridesmaids’ and E groomsmen’s outfits, right down to the shoes, jewellery/ cufflinks, undergarments and men’s socks.

all all key vendors to confirm arrangements, make C payments, fill in any last-minute forms and submit required itineraries.

ake personalised itineraries for the wedding party members M and any other key wedding vendors, including the day’s proceedings with times and a list of key contact numbers, and nominate a person responsible for each key area on the day so vendors know who to talk to in case of an emergency. Also, organise someone to return any hired items the day after the wedding.

Make a wedding program to be handed out to guests on the day. 

o the reception seating chart and send to the wedding D planner/decorator or related person.

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2 WEEKS

ive a list of essential photographs to the photographer, G including any key family pics you want, to ensure you don’t miss out.

onfirm a final song list with the DJ or musician, and the C songs for important moments – such as the walk-in to the reception, the first dance, the father-daughter dance, and the exit song for the end of the night – and an indication as to what time these should occur.

The bride should get a haircut and colour. 

1 WEEK

 The groom and groomsmen should go for their final fitting and pick up their suits.  Call all wedding vendors to re-confirm arrangements, ask for any last-minute details they require and make any final payments. 

The groom should get a hair-cut.

2–3 DAYS

ouble check that the wedding dress is crinkle-free; if not, D organise a last-minute press.

rop off the place cards, table numbers, menus, decorations D and bonbonnieres to the person responsible for the wedding/ ceremony venue set-ups.

Have any fake tan and manicure/pedicure appointments. 

NIGHT BEFORE

Aim for a relaxing evening with key loved ones. 

lso ensure you are in bed early and don’t drink too much, so A you are well rested for the wedding day.

ive a small memento to the wedding party members the G night before, as a thank-you for their support. For bridesmaids, often this is some jewellery to wear at the wedding.

ive wedding bands to the best man and maid of honour to G hold during the ceremony.

DAY BEFORE

o a dress rehearsal with the wedding party to ensure D everyone knows what to do, where to stand and when to walk.

sually the table settings are done in the afternoon; double U check these once complete and make any last-minute suggestions to the decorator.

I f there is time, book in a relaxing massage for the late afternoon or early evening.

WEDDING DAY

ou are well organised and the key people have been Y nominated as responsible for particular tasks/areas on the day – so now it is time to simply relax and enjoy the day yourself.

AFTER THE HONEYMOON

Write and send thank-you notes to guests and helpful vendors. 

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“Give Yourself the Gift of Experience” Jennifer is available all areas to celebrate your Wedding, Elopement, Vow Renewal & Baby Naming Ceremonies. 0411 055 900 ceremoniesofchoice.com.au ceremoniesofchoice @bigpond.com


Photography: Lisa Nardella Photography.

KATRINA THE CELEBRANT

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Selecting your marriage celebrant is as important as choosing your wedding shoes. Both must be comfortable, unique, and reflect who you are.

Deliciously inspired. Bridal shower treats and magical wedding cakes.

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PURDEYS JEWELLERS MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN DIAMOND CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES LEADS TO A SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL DIAMOND.

Michael Kearney H.R.D. Antwerp Qualified Diamond Grader, Jewellery Designer & Aurora Diamond expert.

NO DIAMOND HAS EVER BEEN CUT LIKE THIS BEFORE A diamond’s value and prestige is of course defined by the world famous four Cs. Colour, Clarity, Carat and Cut. However the most important of these Cs is the cut, and that’s why the Aurora Diamond is a major breakthrough. Advances in diamond design delivers the brightest diamond ever. Most round brilliant diamonds have 58 facets — the Aurora has 73. This maximises light performance, producing a visibly and measurably more beautiful diamond. You can visually see the difference.

MORE BRILLIANT

MORE BEAUTIFUL

The Aurora Diamond is handcrafted with a unique, patented faceting arrangement.

Beauty maybe in the eyes of the beholder, but when it comes to the Aurora Diamond, we can scientifically prove it.

73 strategically placed facets designed to maximise the return of light and brilliance, revealing the diamonds beauty. Brilliance is what we admire most in a diamond. Brilliant diamonds explode with light, catching the eye and sparkling with life.

World renowned Sarine Technologies have certified the Aurora Diamond to be cut with precision to increase brilliance, fire, sparkle and light symmetry. Only diamonds awarded the grade of Ultimate 1 and above are eligible to become an Aurora Diamond.

The ‘return of light’ can be measured four ways: BRILLIANCE

FIRE

The intense white light that radiates from the diamond.

Vivid flashes of colour as the light bends inside the diamond.

S PA R K L E

LIGHT SYMMETRY

Dramatic pin-points of light that occur as a diamond moves.

The even distribution of light from within the diamond.

Also diamonds 0.40cts and above are independently certified by the International Gemmological Institute (IGI), guaranteeing their excellence according to the 4 C’s (Cut, Clarity, Carat and Colour).

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CITY STYLE & LUXURY MEETS THE MURRAY RIVER’S CHARM & BEAUTY M U LT I P L E C E R E M O N Y S I T E S Starting with the all-important ceremony, our golf course offers multiple scenic locations to gather your friends and family and exchange vows. From the lush green surrounds and gardens of the golf course to intimate settings among the Murray River and its majestic red gums and sandy beaches, we can help find the setting that’s perfect for you.

FLEXIBLE RECEPTION OPTIONS Continue the celebrations in the modern interiors of our recently renovated clubhouse overlooking the course, with three spacious and dividable conference rooms. Whether you’re hosting an intimate wedding of around 50 guests, or a bigger celebration of up to 200, our catering team offers the flexibility to suit your needs and ensure your reception leaves a wonderful, lasting impression to your special day. We even boast a smaller modern function room for a gathering of less than 30 guests, which still retains an outdoor vista.

S TAY O N S I T E Your bridal party and selected guests needn’t worry about logistics in getting to or from the wedding, with 18 modern and luxurious 4.5 star villas only metres from the reception venue. A courtesy bus is also available to transport guests staying at other venues nearby. For those couples hosting a reception with us, but choosing to conduct their ceremony at a church or another off-site venue, our courtesy bus is also available to transport you and your guests to and from Bridges. Packages starting from $70pp Contact us to arrange a tour functions@cbgc.com.au

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Golf Course Road, Barooga | 03 5873 4304 functions@cbgc.com.au | www.cbgc.com.au


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Mix and match our bands with magnetic centre stones to find the right design for you. Choose a band, then add a magnetic setting. See what a princess cut diamond would look like, then change it to perhaps a pear, oval or brilliant cut. Maybe a halo cluster setting is more your style, try some different shapes and sizes. It’s all up to you! Easy, magnetic and fun. There’s no pressure or stress. Find the look of your dream ring at Blizzards Fine Jewellers.

FINE JEWELLERS Harris Scarfe Plaza, Maude St Mall, Shepparton. Ph: (03) 5831 4677 E: sales@blizzardsjewellers.com.au www.blizzardsjewellers.com.au

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