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AMY & RACHAEL photo: Lisa Hatz Photography

Enjoy this latest edition of SAME SAME WEDDINGS. There hasn’t been a better time than 2021 to celebrate ALL LOVE and that is what we love doing. Congratulations to the fabulous Australian couples who have shared their weddings in this edition. The next (NINTH) online edition will be uploaded March 2022. Share this free publication with everyone you love x Kerrie & Julz This edition of SAME SAME WEDDINGS is available via the ISSUU.com platform and is FREE for everyone to read anywhere, any time. All editions are also available at www.paddingtonpublications.com.au

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IN THIS ISSUE FEATURED BUSINESSES

FEATURES

13

BASSLINE STUDIOS BAND

120

FLOWERS AND LACE

48

FM FORMAL WEAR

LOLA’S WILD FLOWERS

20

GLEN ALBYN ESTATE

43

HARMONY WELLNESS SPA

127

PROPOSAL PICNIC AMONG THE POPLARS

33

KINGFISHER BAY RESORT

49

LE SANS SOUCI

132

GLITTER BALL

98

LYONS DEN CAKES

COLLECTION BY KATE GUBANYI

49

MAVIS KITCHEN & CABINS

131

MUD SHACK AT MUDJIMBA BEACH

10

MUSSON JEWELLERS

12

PAGODA RESORT & SPA

41

PLUNKETT VILLA TAMBORINE

AUSTRALIA WIDE + GLOBAL

40

PRESTON PEAK WINERY FUNCTION CENTRE

54 BREWSTR

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SAME SAME WEDDINGS EXPO

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CIRCLE OF LOVE

48

SET YOUR SCENE

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ONELOVE WEDDING DIRECTORY

32

THE CHAPEL MONTVILLE AND RECEPTION

55

ZIVA WEDDING DRESSES

38

THE CHEESE BAR

41

THE CURRANT SHED

ACT

39

VILLA BOTANICA

56

GUEST OF HONOUR PET CHAPERONES

2

XENNOX DIAMONDS

56

McGLADES JEWELLERS

26

YORK JEWELLERS

56

MISSY’S MAGIC STYLES

57

SHOW PONY EVENTS

FEATURES

BUSINESS PROFILES

NSW 62

ANNIKA JANE

18

WHEN SPARKS FLY

62

BEVERLY YOUR MARRIAGE CELEBRANT

ENERGY ENTERTAINMENTS

62

CASSANDRA KEMPSTER-ROBERTS

63

CATALINA ROSE BAY

58

PURE INSPIRATION

63

JO BOOTH, EVENT CELEBRANT

RAEH FLOWERS

63

MICHELLE COTTELL MARRIAGE CELEBRANT

SHAKEN & STIRRED MOBILE BARTENDERS

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MUSSON JEWELLERS

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NICOLE WINKLER JEWELLERY

67

LUXE LOOKS

64

NOVOTEL NEWCASTLE BEACH

65

ROSEBERRY CAKE CREATIONS

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GLAMOUR AMONG THE VINES

65

THE LANGHAM, SYDNEY

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THE MINDFUL CELEBRANT

66

TINDARRA RESORT

66

WILLOW SAGE EVENTS

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ZEST WATERFRONT VENUES

VENYU 94

A CELEBRATION OF CAKES - ACADA

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HEART OF THE DANDENONGS

ZIVA WEDDING DRESSES

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AMBER GILLAM CELEBRANT

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DAYS OF SUNSHINE

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BLOOMERS FLORIST AND GIFTS

HAIR 4 BRIDES

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MAKEUP 4 BRIDES

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CAKE ABOUT

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CAKE MY DAY BY JO

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CELEBRATED MOMENTS

QLD


IN THIS ISSUE BUSINESS PROFILES

FEATURED COUPLES

QLD

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AMY & RACHAEL - FRONT COVER

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CELEBRATE WITH ME, DEBBIE PAYNE

ECO BEAUTY LOUNGE

76 CLOUDLAND

LISA HATZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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DRAYHORSE SHIRES

OORAMINNA STATION HOMESTEAD

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FOREVER A MOMENT EVENTS

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JW MARRIOTT GOLD COAST RESORT & SPA

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KYLE & TRENT

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LOGAN ENT. + LOGAN EVENTS

BEL COMBRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHY

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MARRIED BY BEC

CANBERRA EVENT MANAGEMENT AND STYLING

82

MICHAEL JANZ CELEBRANT

GUEST OF HONOUR PET CHAPERONES

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MINX CONTEMPORARY HAIR BOUTIQUE

LAETITIA CARROLL ARTISTRY

83

MOISSANITE GEMSTONES INTERNATIONAL

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MORETON BAY CELEBRANCY

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DEBRA & KIRBY

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PAPER PICKLE

BW EVENTS

84

REBEKAH MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

GLEN ALBYN ESTATE

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ROARING TWENTIES VINTAGE CAR HIRE

RACHAEL CALVERT

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ROBERTSON GARDENS WEDDINGS

THE FOLEY ARTISTS

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ROD NOENDENG PHOTOGRAPHY

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SAMARINDA JEWEL BY THE SEA

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LUCIE & GEORGINA

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SOUTHSIDE FLOWER MARKET

SOCIETY PHOTOGRAPHY

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SPICERS HIDDEN VALE

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STARFIRE DIAMOND JEWELLERY

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SHARON & REBECCA

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SUTTONS BEACH PAVILION

BLOOMERS FLORIST AND GIFTS

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THE ISLAND GOLD COAST

KINGFISHER BAY RESORT

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THE SURFING CELEBRANT

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THE WAREHOUSE

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TIM & SIMON

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TOWRI SHEEP CHEESES

GLENN ALDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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TWO LITTLE CUPCAKES

JOSEPH UZUMCU

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WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY

SET YOUR SCENE

VENUE PRODUCTIONS

SA 93

CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

50

JAKE & JACKSON

93

DEBORAH LILLEY CELEBRANT SERVICES

MAVIS KITCHEN & CABINS

93

SWEET NOTHINGS FLOWERS 70

NICHOLAS & SONNY

AMY DE BOER PHOTOGRAPHY

VIC 100

BRETT’S JEWELLERS

100

DALBLAIR BED & BREAKFAST

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DAMEIAN & TARUN

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DEEZEE WEDDINGS

SARA HANDMADE JEWELLERY

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KANGAROO RIDGE RETREAT

101

LUNA MOSS

104

JOSHUA & ADAM

101

MELBOURNE CELEBRANT TRACEY O’CONNOR

GREGORY JEWELLERS

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PEARL RIVERFRONT

JO KALIVAS EVENTS

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TUSSIE MUSSIE VINEYARD + RETREAT

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WINBAS PHOTOGRAPHY

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KAYLENE & JODIE

WA 103

CAVES HOUSE HOTEL YALLINGUP

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TOP NOTCH CATERING

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WENDY GRACE HENDRY - CELEBRANT


REAL WEDDING - FRONT COVER COUPLE

Congratulations AMY & RACHAEL 18 September 2021, Alice Springs (Mparntwe) NT

Amy McCaffrey and Rachael Welsh met on a volunteer university trip to Bali. “There was an instant connection and we gravitated towards each other throughout the whole trip. When we got back to Perth I asked Rachael out on our first date. A year after we met, the opportunity came up to move to Alice Springs for work. We both took it and I popped the question a year later. We moved to the Northern Territory in 2017 and I popped the question on Christmas Eve. We had just finished dinner and were celebrating an early Christmas as we were both working the next day. I went into a long, rambling speech about how much I loved Rachael and wanted to spend my life with her. I had the ring in my pyjama pocket and Rachael had an engagement ring for me too. It was perfectly ‘us’ and afterwards I captured the moment in a painting as a fun way to remember it.”


“We absolutely fell in love with Central Australia, Arrernte Country. Alice Springs is framed by rugged ranges with red dirt and fiery sunsets. We thought we would go back to Perth for our wedding but as time went on and we immersed ourselves in the community, we realised we would love our friends and family back in Perth to visit, see our new home and meet our new friends. We wanted our venue and the natural landscape to shine through and wanted our guests to feel like they had ‘made it to The Outback’. We were married at Ooraminna Station Homestead. Our ceremony was held beside the billabong which was amazing for our guests who were seeing the colours of the outback for the first time. We included DIY theming to add personality to the day. We made many trips to our local tip shop to collect bottles for the tables and a mail box which we repurposed to hold cards at the reception. Our table numbers were a replica of our favourite Vitara complete with a swag on top.” “We wanted to maximise the time spent with our guests so we opted for a ‘first look’ at Simpsons Gap, which is a stunning waterhole a short drive from town. We had many of our photos taken there and were so excited to see each other and have a laugh before heading to the venue. Our amazing photographer was a true professional and we had the best time with her.”


“Our guests were mostly from Perth and we loved taking our vows in front of them. After the ceremony, we headed back to the homestead where we had live music and canapes and a few champagnes. We gave our speeches during this time before heading off with our photographer for some sunset photos. Our reception was held under the stars in a saloon style film set adorned with festoon lighting. I have performed Irish dancing for years and organised with two life-long friends to perform a dance for Rachael. The song was a rendition of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by The Whistlin’ Donkeys, a band that originates from the same area in Ireland as my family. Both Rachael and I had many family members from England and Ireland who wanted to be at our wedding but couldn’t due to Covid. Having lots of photos and footage for them to see was a big part of choosing that song to dance to. Amy crocheted our cake topper. Rachael’s dad, Ian is an avid gardener and grows stunning jasmine arches in Perth. Amy always wanted to get married in front of a jasmine arch. Getting married in Alice Springs wasn’t going to stop us from having a jasmine arch! The topper featured two brides standing under a jasmine arch and the cake was a two-tier fondant mud cake featuring sweeping jasmine with gold accents. It was stunning and so special to us. We loved the look of wedding jackets but were nervous about including a date on anything, just in case Covid had different plans! Instead we decided to include some lyrics from our wedding song on the jackets.”


AMY & RACHAEL’S WEDDING CREW Makeup

ECO BEAUTY LOUNGE

www.ecobeautylounge.com.au

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LISA HATZ PHOTOGRAPHY www.lisahatz.com.au lisa@lisahatz.com.au

Ceremony and Reception

OORAMINNA STATION HOMESTEAD www.ooraminna.com.au

info@ooraminna.com.au Accommodation - Lasseters Crowne Plaza Attire - Tuscany Bridal Bouquets - Wildfire Blooms Cake - Milly’s Cakes Celebrant - Kate Ryan Favours - chocolates hand made by Amy’s mum Hair -La’Hair Lounge Music - Gareth Dawkins RIngs - Cushla Whiting Silk Floral Arrangements - Bloom and Belle Videography - Kelsey Squire

“Our advice to other couples planning a wedding is to keep communication open. We found using the app Trello helped us stay on top of things. Don’t be afraid to ask each other for help and be specific with goals and timelines. Stay positive and make time to remind each other that you’re a team. Don’t be afraid to do things your way and challenge tradition. We chose to help save the environment by having online invites and recycling wherever we could. For our honeymoon, we drove from Alice Springs into North Queensland, in our little Vitara of course. We visited Cairns, Whitsundays, Airlie Beach and heaps of places inbetween.”


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DESIGN & STYLE

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Nestled on the shores of Perth’s spectacular Swan River, the Pagoda Resort & Spa offers a choice of three unique venue options to ensure the perfect setting for your dream day. The Historic Ballroom is classic in style and offers old world warmth and charm through elegant chandelier lighting, high ceilings, private wooden raised bar and open glass windows offering expansive river views. For a more intimate gathering, Waterwall Restaurant & Bar is beautifully suited to a cocktail style Wedding reception, featuring natural lighting with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and its own private bar. The Pagoda Ballroom is elegantly decorated with detailed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and white columns. Featuring glass doors that open to the poolside courtyard. Its neutral colour scheme makes the perfect back drop for any theming.

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REAL WEDDING

Congratulations KYLE & TRENT 24 April 2021, Canberra ACT

Kyle Rooney and Trent Constable met through the online dating app, Grindr. “Trent’s profile was blank with limited information. He was extremely shy about meeting but we seemed to click in conversations. The first time we met I could see there was something special about Trent. We couldn’t stop talking and were infatuated by each other. Our proposal was likely the most unromantic proposal in history. We were at a friend’s surprise birthday in the Hunter Valley enjoying wine tours, specifically Leogate winery. We were both mesmerised by the beauty of the place; views, black swans in the lake, the building, everything! We found ourselves talking out loud saying, ‘This is where we should get married’. We looked at each other and both said, ‘Let’s do this’. Each time we visit the Hunter Valley we go back, as Leogate now has a special place in our hearts.”


“With our proposal occurring at a vineyard, there was no question we wanted a similar themed wedding. We opted for the beautiful Pialligo Estate with a rustic theme. The overall day was just so magical, something that neither of us believed would be a reality. Walking down that aisle and professing our eternal love for each other in front of our closest family and friends was by far the biggest highlight of our lives! We were fortunate enough to be able to have our puppy with us on the day, which added to the magic while getting ready and at the ceremony.”


“Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to do it as a couple and support each other? Nothing prepared us for the mammoth amount of planning that goes into a wedding. We would often bounce ideas back and forth and workshop the day (often resulting in the price going up), taking the pressure off one person. We would recommend engaging a good wedding coordinator or event management company. Being able to have someone take your ideas and create the magic behind the scenes is a godsend and worth every cent. Think about your styles early, as this will allow you time to get a cohesive look and feel for all your décor, especially anything you are wanting to be customised. In Covid times it can take months, so plan for this. Don’t be afraid to ask your wedding party or friends for help. Make a night out of it and you will be surprised how quickly you get through some of those tough decisions. Make your own rules, it’s your special day! Be creative and don’t feel that you need to follow traditions. And, if your ceremony is outdoors, totally catch a helicopter!” “We spent our honeymoon at Hotel Realm in Canberra for a few days either side of the wedding so we could spend some time with travelling relatives and friends. Following this, we jetted off to the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas where we enjoyed chartered helicopter tours, a Maserati limousine service, lagoon facing cabanas, couples massages and some boozy games of golf.”


KYLE & TRENT’S WEDDING CREW Photography

BEL COMBRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHY https://belcombridgephotography.com hello@belcombridgephotography.com

Wedding Planning, Styling, Florals and Favours

CANBERRA EVENT MANAGEMENT AND STYLING www.canberraeventmanagementandstyling.com.au

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GUEST OF HONOUR PET CHAPERONES www.guestofhonour.com.au

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LAETITIA CARROLL ARTISTRY

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Accommodation - Hotel Realm Cake - Cakes of Your Dreams Celebrant - Helen Rimanic Ceremony - Pialligo Estates Olive Groves Invitations - Glitzy Prints Jewellery - Canturi and Cartier Music and Entertainment - Ryan David Reception - Pialligo Estates Pavilions Suits - Politix Transport - Hughes Helicopters


When Sparks Fly Add energy to your wedding reception with a giant flaming heart, a finale of sparks accompanied by hypnotising fire performances, fire bursts and sparking fire equipment. From grandparents to toddlers, your guests will all be mesmorised by Energy Entertainments. “I’m not a photographer, just a guy who loves making weddings extra special with lots of FIRE and SPARKS.” Neal Webb, Energy Entertainments

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Glen Albyn Estate is an exceptional boutique venue providing a private and magical location for both your wedding ceremony and reception.

Thinking of a sunset wedding cruise in Tasmania? . . . Experience Mustique! Whatever the occasion, Mustique can be tailored to suit your needs.

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REAL WEDDING

Congratulations DEBRA & KIRBY 1 April 2021, Hobart TAS

Debra and Kirby met in Hobart nine years ago. Deb was in Tasmania for a work event and Kirby had just started with the company. Kirby’s boss tried to set them up. “We saw each other at work conferences and always ended up in the bar at 3am chatting. I decided I wanted Deb to be my ‘future wife’ and started telling everyone. I was working in Melbourne at this stage and Deb was in Brisbane. I made the first move, inviting Deb for a date in a bar under Crown Casino. Deb made the second move, turning up at my house with a herb plant, which was a centrepiece from a charity function. After some long distance dating, I moved to Queensland to be with Deb.” Deb and Kirby describe themselves as romantics who are also competitive. They both wanted to be proposed to so they decided to have a ‘propose off’. Kirby’s criteria was that it be private, with nobody else there. Deb’s criteria: “If my name is not up in lights at Suncorp Stadium, it’s not big enough.” Debra hired a mansion in the Noosa Hinterland with a private ‘Dawson’s Creek style’ jetty. The red carpet was rolled out along with tiki lights and the exact flowers that were used in The Bachelor. She proposed to Kirby with the same type of plant from their second date. A Michelin Star Chef created a menu inspired by their adventures, including Kirby’s favourite Tasmanian food. “Kirby trained a seal... she won! Actually, Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium taught a baby seal how to retrieve a message in a bottle.” The message was delivered to Deb on stage with a message to ‘seal the deal’. She also called in a favour and had the whole Brisbane Lions Women’s team sign a ball for her, thanks to Jessica Wuetschner.


When Brisbane went into Covid lockdown on 29 March 2021, Deb and Kirby were already in Tasmania enjoying a week of festivities. However, over half of their guests were not. People were taken off planes, turned around at stopovers etc. Deb, Kirby and everyone from Brisbane went into quarantine and had to get a negative Covid test result before they could leave the house. However, Tassie couldn’t cope with the demand and getting a test was impossible. A local pathologist in North Hobart came to the rescue but not all guests were so lucky and some were still stuck in quarantine awaiting negative results on the wedding day. The negative test came back 45 minutes before the rehearsal the night before the wedding.


“Our wedding theme was ‘Derby Wedfest 2021’ - Queensland meets Tasmania with a splash of tiki/flamingo. Olivia York created a piece of art of a Queensland Wombat and a Tassie Devil nestled in Australian native flowers. It was used as inspiration for the event. The maroon and navy theme was almost by accident. Deb’s love of Queensland for the maroon and navy matched well but also happens to be the colour of my favourite team, the Geelong Cats. We started our wedding day with rum at MacQ1 with our best friends and having photos taken around Salamanca and the Hobart waterfront. The creative ceremony that our celebrant, Rachael Calvert, put together had everything from comedy to a reading from ‘Oh! The Places We Will Go’, to the handing over of Qld Maroon jerseys to welcome me to the McGrath family. This was extra special as my Dad has had a stroke and is in a wheelchair and it was a huge effort to get him from the Gold Coast to Tassie to be there. There were so many highlights, including everyone’s reactions to the custom made ‘Derby Wedding Edition’ Hartshorn Vodka and the specific bread and butter course (yes a dedicated course to our love of it!). We also had ‘meat raffles’ which contained local Tassie produce. We loved the four separate parts to the day - the meeting in Salamanca, the ceremony and cocktails on the deck at Glen Albyn Estate overlooking the Derwent River, the food and speeches in the main room and the nightclub (Flamingo Megaclub) we created, complete with an ice cream van. The Fun Bus on the way home was great fun, especially watching our guests using the dance poles.”


DEBRA & KIRBY’S WEDDING CREW Styling and Flowers

BW EVENTS

www.bwevents.com.au

info@bwevents.com.au Venue and Catering

GLEN ALBYN ESTATE

www.glenalbynestate.com.au

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RACHAEL CALVERT

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THE FOLEY ARTISTS

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Jess and Maddi

Love at First Sight It sounds like something out of a fairytale, but when Jess laid eyes on Maddi, it really was love at first sight.

I knew I wanted to marry Maddi the first minute I opened the door. I know it sounds really cheesy, but literally as soon as I saw Maddi I kinda just got this wave of emotion. It's almost like your life flashing before your eyes, but obviously in the most unexplainable way possible,” Jess confessed. “It really was quite beautiful, and I remember it as if it was yesterday”. It took only a year and half before both knew it was time to pop the question, but being a same-sex couple, there was one hurdle; figuring out who would do so first. “I got hints that Jess was planning something and I said to my mum not long before that I was going to start doing the same. Everyone that I told said ‘Oh no, don't do that, just wait’. Everyone knew, but me, so she beat me,” admitted Maddi.

“I had to get her off the market quickly, you see,” laughed Jess. Originally from the UK, Jess wanted to propose with a ring that Maddi would love, and that captured the beauty of her new home in Australia.

For me, home is where the heart is, and Maddi is my home. I thought of having an Australian opal at the centre of the ring. Obviously all girls like diamonds, so we had to get diamonds everywhere around it too.” - Jess.

Finding the right jeweller was crucial to bringing this vision of the perfect engagement ring to life. “It was quite difficult to find someone or some sort of jeweller that would be able to get exactly what's in my head on a piece of paper and design it,” said Jess. “I went into York Jewellers and met with Bri about designing the ring”. “Her energy was just really calming. It made the whole experience so much easier and less daunting. She was able to help me get what I thought I wanted and put it into a delicate design that would be perfect for Maddi”. The finished product is a sight to behold, and allowed Jess to propose with confidence that Maddi would love her custom made engagement ring. “As soon as I got down on one knee and I showed her the ring, you could see the pure surprise on her face. Perfect. So yeah, it was a very happy day for us. York Jewellers pretty much hit the nail on the head,” said Jess.

Visit our website (www.yorkjewellers.com.au) to peruse our engagement and wedding ring designs, learn more about proposals, planning a wedding, and the custom design process, or to book an appointment with one of our friendly designers. Virtual and in-store bookings available. Photographer: justinmclean.com.au


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Congratulations LUCIE & GEORGINA 18 April 2021, Sydney NSW

Lucie Young and Georgina Herdmun met at Mardi Gras 2008 watching the parade outside stonewall while Lucie was visiting Australia from the UK. “Lucie proposed at Watson’s Bay at Hornby Lighthouse which has to be accessed by a small trail walk along South Head. Lucie put together a video compilation of our life together and proposed overlooking the ocean followed with a bottle of champagne that she had in her backpack.”


“We had so many wedding day highlights. Saying our vows surrounded by family and friends, getting ready at Pier One, venturing around the rocks taking photos and being driven in vintage London cabs to our wedding venue in Watsons Bay. The setting was just beautiful with a perfect sunset, smiling guests and beautiful music by Duke Music. We also managed to FaceTime Lucie’s family who were watching in the UK on the livestream.”


“Our advice for couples planning their wedding is to choose a venue that will make all the organisation easy. Our venue team were completely organised and professional. We used a lot of their recommended vendors which meant it was super easy for them to co-ordinate everything. On the day, don’t forget to take a breath, look around and take it all in. In a Covid environment, the overseas honeymoon had to wait but we ‘road tripped’ New South Wales - Port Stephens, Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Warrumbungles, Dubbo and the Blue Mountains. We are truly lucky to live in such an amazing place.”


LUCIE & GEORGINA’S WEDDING CREW Photography

SOCIETY PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Chapel Montville AND RECEPTION

Stunning Award-winning Chapel in the Heart of Montville. In a class of its own, combining traditional building skills, craftsmanship and unique features throughout and boasting a backdrop of panoramic views across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to the ocean, The Chapel is sure to make your day a truly special and memorable one.

Enquiries 0437 531 116 161-167 Main Street, Montville QLD 4560 info@thechapelmontville.com.au www.thechapelmontville.com.au thechapelmontville the_chapel_montville

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Congratulations SHARON & REBECCA 9 April 2021, Fraser Island QLD

Sharon Williams and Rebecca Sellers met through a mutual friend and reconnected when Rebecca moved to Victoria for a new employment position. “Our first overseas trip together was to Hawaii. Bec proposed on a beach walk after dinner with a beautiful ring. After returning home, we found the perfect ring for Bec.”


“We had a tropical island theme. We were both raised by the ocean and live for our days at the beach, so our wedding day had to be ‘feet in sand’. We wanted a very relaxed fun vibe, like a bbq party we would host in our own home. Planning from interstate during tricky times meant we had to trust our event planner and wedding coordinator to understand what we were hoping for and they brought it all to life while keeping our day completely stress free! The weather was amazing and the setting was stunning. A definite highlight was having all of our family and friends together again after being apart for 12 months due to Covid. There wasn’t a dry eye to be seen when Bec made a promise to my late mum (who passed away in 2018) to forever love me and my boys. Absolutely everything went perfectly and turned out even better than we could have imagined or hoped for. We spent a few days after the wedding enjoying Fraser Island with family and friends. We will have to wait until life becomes a little more post Covid normal to have a honeymoon.”


“Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to keep things simple and don’t create unnecessary stress. Remember the reasons you are actually getting married. If that stays at the forefront of your mind and the two of you are there to promise yourselves to each other, there is absolutely nothing that can go wrong. Stay positive!”


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KINGFISHER BAY RESORT

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Set right on the water overlooking the Coral Sea, with acres of lush private gardens and even a secluded beach, Villa Botanica is a private wedding venue in the Whitsundays like nothing you’ve ever experienced. With five-star food and drinks, meticulous professional wedding planning, luxurious wedding-night accommodation and one of the most beautiful places in the world - a Villa Botanica wedding is simply unforgettable.

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Botanica Drive, Airlie Beach Qld, Australia 5 T 07 4948 3025 5 www.villabotanica.com.au

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Plunkett Villa Tamborine is a 150-year-old family property on 230 acres at the foothills of Tamborine Mountain. The original Queenslander has been beautifully renovated and stands proudly overlooking surrounding hills and pastures. A magnificent lined 20m x 10m marquee has been erected for receptions and events. The venue offers BYO alcohol and in-house caterers with outside vendors and food trucks also welcome. A stressfree wedding journey is guaranteed with your own coordinator included in the venue hire.

Enquiries 0412 370 698 26-70 Albert River Place Tamborine Q 4270 info@plunkettvillatamborine.com.au www.plunkettvillatamborine.com.au

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Birch Suzanne met Steven in 2017 at their local gym. “I was Steven’s personal trainer. We trained together for over six months and Steven did a great job keeping things professional, until one morning I received a personal message just saying ‘good morning’. I thought it was strange as he hadn’t contacted me outside of the gym. Before long, the gym sessions became a little more ‘friendly’ and Steven finally asked to meet me for a coffee. Arriving on his motorbike, we met each other in the car park to walk into the shop together, but as I took one step out of the car, he removed his helmet and planted the biggest kiss on me. I was so surprised as he always seemed so gentle, shy and sweet. He showed me from that day, what it was to have a strong man beside me. We had been dating for six months and I had a new job back in the beauty industry where I had spent most of my career prior to personal training. I was approached by the salon owner to buy the shop from her and without hesitation Steven said, ‘Let’s do it, you will be great!’ Three years later, through several Covid lock-downs, ups and downs, trials and errors, finally we had grown our little beauty salon into Harmony Wellness Spa. A tranquil Day Spa in the heart of Redcliffe, where Steven grew up and I had made a life for myself over the past six years. Earlier in 2021 just before my 45th Birthday, Steven took me for a weekend away to the mountains and proposed. With things on the Covid front seeming to have settled, we decided on a six months plan. Our wedding date 31 July 2021 sounded perfect and after months of planning, it was time to relax and get ready for a week of love and joy. As a busy mother, grandmother and fiance, I know how hard it is to make time for yourself, so planning my bridal shower was a no brainer. I had a full day of pampering at our Day Spa, inviting my mother, future mother- in-law and two friends. We indulged in mineral baths, an infrared sauna, facials, massages and pedicures while enjoying champagne and nibbles in the Spa Lounge before meeting the rest of our guests at Arts & Drafts for an evening of dancing, belly dancing lessons and sip and paint. Two days before our wedding when things were at their most stressful, I booked myself in to the day spa again for a full day of ME TIME. I had an infrared sauna to release the toxins and stress, full body exfoliation for perfectly flawless smooth skin and an indulgent full body hot stone massage then I was wrapped up in a full body mineral mud wrap, with crystal healing facial. After all that, a beautiful shower under the waterfall shower followed by destressing in the mineral bath, just me! I can’t tell you how amazingly relaxing it is, you must try it yourself.” “Just two days later, we were in the mountains for our wedding weekend at Mt Tamborine. We woke so relaxed on the morning of our wedding but by 10am we were scrambling our thoughts as to what plan of action to take after hearing the announcement of the snap three-day Covid lockdown. Our ceremony was planned for 3pm, so of course we were worrying how we could make it all happen. Within 30 minutes of hearing the news, our coordinator Nikki had contacted our celebrant, photographer, musician, caterer, and venue to bring everything forward. We scrambled to get our guests to the venue early, everything set up to perfection as we had planned. We had our beautiful, amazing, perfect wedding at 1pm. The sun was shining with not a cloud in the sky, birds were chirping and guests smiling. Our ceremony was the most important part of the day and Karen made us all feel calm, happy and relaxed. Although we only had three hours to have our dream wedding, without the staff and planning by Nikki we could have been one of those couples missing out.” OUR DREAM TEAM Makeup and Pre Wedding Hens Party Pampering - Harmony Wellness Spa Arts & Drafts Redcliffe - Sip and Paint Hair - Mona Lisa Styling Wedding Dress - A Bridal Affair Chermside Event Coordinator and Styling - Enchanting Love Wedding Venue - The Secret Garden Estate, Mt Tamborine Celebrant - Karen Miles, Flowers - Enchanting Love Catering - VGC Catering

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Harmony Wellness Spa is a Luxury Day Spa, Health and Healing destination and a nurturing space to Relax, Rejuvenate and prepare for your wedding day. Experience holistic and empowering therapies with a suite of luxury grooming, skin and wellbeing services mindfully selected and magically combined for radiant beauty. Indulge in a Belly Dance Retreat, Bridal Day Spa Pampering, Facials, Body Wraps and Massages in the lead up to saying “I Do”.

Bookings and Enquiries 07 3284 6286 2/147 Sutton Street, Redcliffe Q 4020 Open Tues-Sat (after hours by appointment) www.harmonywellnessspa.net


REAL WEDDING

Congratulations TIM & SIMON 1 May 2021, McLaren Vale SA

Tim Slape and Simon Lemm met via the virtual world by exchanging a few naughty messages through a specific dating App. Tim made the first move and told Simon he had the sexiest smile. After originally ignoring Tim’s messages, Simon responded a few days later and an instant virtual connection was made. “After several weeks of chatting online, we decided it was time to meet up in person. We met at a coffee shop in Glenelg for a quick coffee which turned into more than five hours of conversation. It was like we were long-lost friends reuniting after a lifetime apart, two lost souls finding their way back home to each other. The connection was instant and the chemistry undeniable. The proposal happened during a dream USA holiday. We were in Vegas (of all places) with some of our friends. Simon proposed in our hotel room after a long day of shopping and finding a ring. I was putting some things back into our suitcases then turned around to see him standing there with the ring. I remember he asked me what did I want this ring to mean and I said ideally a life of happiness together and all our dreams to come true. He then asked me to marry him. My reaction was tears and a giant ‘Yes’! In that moment my whole world became like fireworks, I was exploding with so much happiness and love.”


“Our dream day was ‘go big or go home’. We had a black and white theme. Our guests wore black and white which looked very classy. We continued the theme through the stationery, bonbonnieres and as much of our wedding as possible. There were so many highlights. We both remember standing behind a door that led into the Barrel Room (where our ceremony was to be held) and hearing an almighty buzz of noise. Our processional song was designed to build an atmosphere and our celebrant, Camille helped build it even more. When we walked in with our ‘dog of honour’ Malibu, there was the loudest cheer we had ever experienced. It was so overwhelming. Camille suggested we have ‘Ninja vows’. I wrote a vow for Simon and he wrote a vow for me. We opted to go the less serious option and neither of us knew what we were going to say until we saw the card. We are so in sync with each other that our vows cancelled each other out! There was a hint of Mariah and a lot of Diva promised in them!”

“Viewing our reception room before our guests entered was a massive highlight. The room had everything you could imagine... a fairylight canopy, draping to enclose the room a little, a mirror photo booth, a customer neon sign of our initials, up-lighting and moving headlights, sparkler fireworks and our favourite thing, custom Xyloband LED wrist bands that flashed and changed colour throughout the night. Another highlight was a speech by our dear friends, Sam and Lauren Riley with a surprise video from Willie Garson! He wished us well on our journey through life. It was totally unexpected and Lauren and I are very much ‘Carrie and Stanford’ in real life, so this really melted my heart. The favourite highlight for both of us was watching all our friends and family celebrate love. Seeing two families come together and have so much fun was something we could only dream of. The amount of LOVE we both felt was insane. The ultimate highlights were our entrance and exit to the reception. To have all our guests involved using the Xylobands and a little magic from Middleton Events with the sparklers was a moment in time we both love to relive.”


“Our advice for other couples planning a wedding would be to enjoy your day and not stress about all the little things That’s what our wedding coordinator was there for. Also dream big and achieve your dream day. It’s a day you will look back on for years and think wow, it was a day to remember. Our other tip would be to find suppliers who get your vibe and can add their spin to it! Our one regret was that we didn’t have a videographer. We treated ourselves to a 10 day VIP road trip of Tasmania, which was amazing.”


TIM & SIMON’S WEDDING CREW Photography

GLENN ALDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY www.gapweddingphotography.com.au glenn@glennalderson.com Attire

JOSEPH UZUMCU

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Hire and Styling (Ceremony and Tablescapes)

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Established in 2007, Mavis Kitchen & Cabins at Wollumbin, Mt Warning is an iconic destination restaurant, boutique accommodation provider and popular wedding venue which has become a highly soughtafter destination offering everything on site for idyllic celebrations. Wandering creeks, 360 degree views of Wollumbin, various ceremony sites, picturesque gardens and an award-winning restaurant make Mavis Kitchen & Cabins a romantic setting for intimate elopements and large celebrations of 100.

Get Married by Mavis

Contact Ursula Thompson 02 6679 5664 64 Mt Warning Road, Uki NSW 2484 30 minutes from Ballina, the Gold Coast Airport and Byron Bay. events@maviseskitchen.com.au www.maviseskitchen.com.au mavises_kitchen mavisesweddings


REAL WEDDING

Congratulations JAKE & JACKSON 3 September 2020, Uki NSW

Jake Schwager and Jackson Myer met while working together at McDonald’s. “Jackson proposed to me. It was on Valentine’s Day 2019. We were sitting at a lookout when he handed me a present. I opened it to find a candle and tied to the candle was a small bag with a ring on it. I looked at Jackson to see him smiling. I asked what it was and he said, ‘you know what it is’. I wanted him to ask me, but he wouldn’t! Still to this day he hasn’t asked me but I obviously said ‘Yes’. Then we celebrated at a restaurant over a nice dinner.”


“We were married exactly five years after we started dating. We saw our wedding as more of a casual dinner with our family and friends set in a beautiful and relaxed location, which is why Mavis Kitchen & Cabins was the perfect choice for us. All the staff were amazing and we became a part of the Mavis family. Peter and Charlie, the owners at the time, were a major reason why we chose the venue. We spent four hours wandering the property and I would say we have been back at least a hundred times since that first visit. Their events team were amazing. Sharon and Peter helped with all the planning before the day. Ursula was amazing with setting up the whole venue. Clive prepared the best feast cooked over the fire and in the smoker. Roberta made an amazing wedding cake and Rosa, Alex, Grant, Tammy and Ricky all made us feel welcome every visit and were so helpful on the day. Our highlight was spending the day with all our loved ones in between lockdowns (thanks Covid).”


“Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is don’t overthink it. If you find a good venue they will do most of the work for you so you can relax and be in the moment on the day. For our honeymoon we went on a road trip and travelled as far south as we could before we hit a Covid hotspot! Our original plan was Singapore and Thailand but we had to skip that for now.”


JAKE & JACKSON’S WEDDING CREW Ceremony, Reception, Cake and Accommodation

MAVIS KITCHEN & CABINS www.maviseskitchen.com.au

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AUSTRALIA WIDE + GLOBAL BREWSTR Global (based in Brisbane QLD)

ONLINE COFFEE SHOP DIRECTORY Coffee enthusiasts use brewstr to find and review the best coffee experiences, coffee shops, cafes and freshly roasted coffee beans around the world. Find your best local coffee shop to share a loving moment with your par tner and enjoy planning your perfect day. hello@brewstr.coffee https://brewstr.coffee

CIRCLE OF LOVE Australia Wide

WEDDING AND EVENT HIRE & STYLING Circle of Love are excited about all weddings and celebrate love in all its forms. They offer wedding planning, styling and hire Australia-wide. To begin the journey to the most memorable and perfect wedding, book a consultation with Circle of Love today. 0418 960 937 kim@circleofloveweddings.com.au www.circleofloveweddings.com.au

ONELOVE WEDDING DIRECTORY Sydney NSW

SAME-SEX WEDDING DIRECTORY We are a same-sex wedding director y. We aim to have as many same-sex inclusive suppliers to help plan the most impor tant day of your life, your wedding day. Our goal is to include suppliers that suit ever y budget and to make the process as easy as possible as we know how stressful and timeconsuming it is to plan your wedding day. 0410 747 657 tina@oneloveweddingdirectory.com.au www.oneloveweddingdirectory.com.au


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AUSTRALIA WIDE + GLOBAL ZIVA WEDDING DRESSES Australia Wide

WEDDING DRESSES Ziva Wedding Dresses can create your dream wedding gown without breaking the budget. The team at this exclusive, online boutique will work with you to create a custom wedding dress that reflects your personality and style with the perfect fit. Ziva Wedding Dresses use high-quality fabrics and experienced dressmakers to create a unique, yet affordable dress for your special day. ​ 03 8618 6811 customerservice@zivaweddingdresses.com.au www.zivaweddingdresses.com.au

Keep it simple and assign tasks for each other with deadlines. Given we were in the middle of a pandemic, we were lucky to be able to have a wedding at all!

DAMEIAN & TARUN

We found using the app Trello helped us stay on top of things. Keep communication open. Don’t be afraid to ask each other for help and be specific with goals and timelines. Stay positive and make time to remind each other that you’re a team.

AMY & RACHAEL

Enjoy your day and don’t stress about all the little things That’s what our wedding coordinator was there for. Also dream big and achieve your dream day.

TIM & SIMON

photo: Ryan Barnes Photography

Take your time to experience every bit from the start. We will never forget sitting down with Chris Hood in a beer garden in Queensland to design our engagement rings. Write your own rules. We had a ‘Flamingo Party’ not a Buck’s or Hens, but somewhere in between. ”

DEBRA & KIRBY


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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY GUEST OF HONOUR PET CHAPERONES Canberra ACT

TRANSPORT AND CHAPERONED CARE OF PETS We are Kellee and Lee, the award-winning TLC - Transpor t and loving care of pets to attend weddings, celebrations, photos shoots, elopements and proposals. The sky is the limit! If you want them there, we can get them there for you. We cater for all pets, not just dogs. We cover Canberra and the surrounding areas, the Snowy Mountains, Riverina, Eurobodalla South Coast and Southern Highlands. 0417 415 156 info.guestofhonour@gmail.com www.guestofhonour.com.au photo: Maddi Green Photo and Film

McGLADES 07 55766387 JEWELLERS Canberra ACT

RETAIL JEWELLERY STORE McGlades Jewellers has been a family-run business since 1939 and has grown to become one of Canberra’s most reputable jewellers. With an in-house designer and jeweller to create custom pieces and an extensive selection of unique wedding and engagement rings, the experienced staff will help you find your perfect rings. Shop 2&3, 182-200 City Walk, Canberra City (next to Carousel). 02 6248 5651 mcglades@mcglades.com.au www.instagram.com/mcglades_jewellers www.mcglades.com.au

MISSY’S MAGIC STYLES ACT / NSW

WEDDING HAIR SPECIALIST Award-winning Hair Specialist, Missy can help take the worr y out of looking and feeling great on your big day. With over 25 years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge, Missy specialises in making your wedding day perfect with her magic styles. “Be pampered in the comfor t of your own home... or venue request.” Available Australia-wide. 0477 668 360 missysmagicstyles@hotmail.com www.missysmagicstyles.com.au

photo: Anisa Sabet


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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY SHOW PONY EVENTS Canberra and Southern Highlands NSW

WEDDING STYLING, EVENT HIRE AND FLORIST A boutique company delivering signature bespoke Weddings. Show Pony Events offer an end to end event solution which includes the provision of marquees, event furniture and table decor as well as in-house qualified stylists, wedding planners and florists. They are a one stop shop for your perfect day. 1800 096 634 info@showponyevents.com www.showponyevents.com

photo: Slique Photography

Focus on the love you have for each other, and your own relationship. Do not waste a moment making sure other people are happy with the plans for your wedding. Relish in your day, as the hours will slip away faster than you could even imagine. ”

JOSHUA & ADAM

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Choose a venue that will make all the organisation easy. Our venue team were completely organised and professional. We used a lot of their recommended vendors which meant it was super easy for them to co-ordinate everything. ”

LUCIE & GEORGINA

Put the time into planning your day in a way that is true to yourself. Enjoy the planning journey and don’t wish the time away. It’s easy to get bogged down in the details and forget to have fun during the lead-up.

NICHOLAS & SONNY


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NEW SOUTH WALES ANNIKA JANE Wollongong NSW

MUSICIAN - SINGER/GUITARIST Annika Jane has the musical exper tise for making your wedding feel unique and special. With a passion for enter tainment and performance, she has a range of wedding music packages available to cater for all her couples. Annika will personalise your ceremony, allowing you to choose your significant songs as well as filling your wedding celebrations with a joyful atmosphere. Ever y step of the way, Annika collaborates with you, helping deliver what you have always imagined on your big day. 0401 038 234 annikajanemusic@gmail.com www.facebook.com/annikajmusic

BEVERLY YOUR MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Sydney and Surrounds NSW

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Your Celebrant and Ceremony. Helping create memorable memories that are filled with your love stor y! I am so grateful to be a par t of couples’ love journeys for over 10 years. Will travel anywhere in NSW and flexible with any type of Ceremony, with some bling or simple, maybe traditional, including family rituals, special blessings or celebrating over cheese and champagne. I will take the stress out of your ceremony planning. I love a chat over coffee, wine or vir tually. If you want a chat, give me a call! 0430 035 058 beverly@yourcelebrantandceremony.com www.yourcelebrantandceremony.com.au

CASSANDRA KEMPSTER-ROBERTS Sydney, New England/Northern Tablelands and Mid North Coast NSW

FLORIST Cassandra’s approach is all about creating florals that feel a touch wild and a little untamed. Think overgrown, abundant, romantic, rambling botanicals, where curling tendrils and arching stems are the heroes. Whether you’re planning a micro, mid-sized or backyard wedding; dreaming of moody tones, bold colour pops, foliage only or soft pale hues, Cassandra designs without floral foam and with no chemically bleached or dyed flowers. cassandra.kempster.roberts@gmail.com www.cassandra-kempster-roberts.com


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NEW SOUTH WALES CATALINA 07 55766387 ROSE BAY Rose Bay, Sydney NSW

RESTAURANT Catalina is an established award-winning fine dining venue, Hatted consecutively for 26 years and renowned for being one of the top 3 wedding venues in Sydney. Catalina hosts mar vellous sit down events for 150 people and cocktail par ty events for up to 250 guests who arrive to champagne, cocktails and an optional oyster bar on the deck overlooking prized views of Sydney Harbour and Shark island. 02 9371 0555 reservations@catalinarosebay.com.au http://catalinarosebay.com.au

JO BOOTH, EVENT CELEBRANT 07 55766387 Sydney NSW

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT + MC Wedding Whisperer. Par ty Star ter. “Jo was our fair y godmother, agony aunt, saving grace, celebrant and MC rolled into one incredible package.” No two couples are the same and neither are their ceremonies. Each ceremony is tailored, bespoke and special. My job is to wow at your ceremony and add MC magic to your reception. A double whammy! Why not? 0425 304 912 hello@joboothcelebrant.com.au www.joboothcelebrant.com.au

photo: Sydney Wedding Photography by Katsu

MICHELLE COTTELL MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Lithgow and Richmond NSW

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Pick me! Why? Because I sincerely wish to help create the most incredible day of memories, by designing a unique and ver y personal ceremony for you both to rejoice in. I will take care of ever y legal detail while guiding you through the process, with enthusiasm and genuine joy. And, if having your love stor y woven into your ceremony is something that appeals to you, then I’m your Celebrant. So, pick me! 0431 405 580 michellecottellcelebrant@gmail.com www.facebook.com/MarriagesByMichelle


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NEW SOUTH WALES MUSSON 07 55766387JEWELLERS Sydney NSW + Online

FINE JEWELLERY SPECIALISTS As one of Australia’s most prestigious designer jewellers, Musson have been providing Sydney and the world with exquisite jeweller y for over 45 years. We hand craft bespoke creations with you to ensure the perfect settings for your perfect day. 02 9412 0888 info@musson.com.au www.musson.com.au

0430 035 058WINKLER 0430 035 058 NICOLE JEWELLERY

Sydney NSW

FINE JEWELLERY Collaboratively bespoke fine jeweller y. We work with you to create jeweller y as beautiful and unique as you are. Using natural gems, unusual diamonds and a spirit of inclusion, we design pieces of jeweller y that celebrate the precious moments of life. Ethically made in Sydney and offering vir tual appointments with clients worldwide. 0414 340 939 workwithme@nicolewinkler.com www.nicolewinkler.com

NOVOTEL NEWCASTLE BEACH Newcastle East NSW

VENUE Ideally located within the beachside suburb of Newcastle East, Novotel Newcastle Beach is surrounded by multiple picturesque photography and ceremony locations. Our function rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, ample natural light and flexible room configurations. Our affordable package options are flexible and can be tailored to your needs. 02 4032 3703 events.novotelnewcastlebeach@accor.com www.novotelnewcastlebeach.com.au/weddings-at-novotel

photo: CNJ Photography


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NEW SOUTH WALES ROSEBERRY CAKE CREATIONS Sydney and Surrounds NSW

CAKES Roseberr y Cake Creations is an award-winning Sydney based Cake Studio creating unique, individually designed wedding cakes, specialising in vintage-inspired and the more contemporar y and unconventional weddings. It is about transforming your ideas into visually exciting creations that taste absolutely amazing. Let us create that edible work of ar t for your special day. 0417 571 387 info@roseberrycakecreations.com.au www.roseberrycakecreations.com.au

photo: @thisisfloragraphica

0430 058 0430 035 SYDNEY 058 THE035 LANGHAM,

Sydney NSW

VENUE An elegant harbourside location with classic British luxur y interiors and extraordinar y fine dining menus. The Langham, Sydney is dedicated to providing sophistication, style and glamour under one roof. Choose from an intimate, private ceremony in The Drawing Room, an extravagant, lavish wedding in The Ballroom or a more low-key gathering in The Harbour Room. 02 9256 2222 tlsyd.weddings@langhamhotels.com www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/sydney/events/weddings

THE MINDFUL CELEBRANT Central Coast and all of NSW

CELEBRANT ‘Let’s Tell Your Stor y Together.’ Hi, I’m Sal. I’m a fun, grounded celebrant and I believe love makes the world go round! I specialise in unique, bespoke ceremonies - so whether you’d like a sweet intimate elopement or the full fandango, we can make it happen just the way you’ve dreamed. ​ 0421 484 449 sally@themindfulcelebrant.com www.themindfulcelebrant.com photo: Syl Marie Photography


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NEW SOUTH WALES TINDARRA RESORT Murray River NSW

ACCOMMODATION, WEDDINGS AND EVENTS Tindarra Resor t is located on the banks of the Murray River on the NSW/VIC border. With 300m of spectacular river frontage, a relaxed atmosphere and tranquil ambience, you and your guests are guaranteed to have a memorable Echuca/Moama wedding experience. Ever ything is taken care of so you can relax and enjoy the moment. 03 5483 6888 events@tindarra.com.au www.tindarra.com.au

photo: Justin and Jim Photography

WILLOW SAGE EVENTS Sydney NSW

WEDDING STYLIST & FLORIST Let us tell your love stor y through bespoke styling, florals, stationer y, styling, furniture, props and decor. From concept creation, venue inspection, draft plan through to finalised details, our packages offer the best value in the industr y with all the inclusions you need to create magic. 0404 899 587 hello@willowsageevents.com.au www.willowsageevents.com.au photo: Russell Stafford Photography

ZEST WATERFRONT VENUES 07 55766387 Sydney NSW

VENUE Zest Waterfront Venues offers two outstanding absolute waterfront locations in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Nor th Shore. We create unique experiences focusing on the highest quality of ser vice, food, styling and personalised event design. Allow Zest to create an experience unlike any other for your special event, tailored especially for you. The Boathouse at The Spit 02 9932 4644 maree@zest.net.au The Beachouse at Point Piper 02 9327 3441 renee@zest.net.au www.zest.net.au


Luxe looks



LUXE STYLISTS Accessories - November Luxe Gowns - Gwendolynne Hair Styling - Elizabeth Crossley, November Luxe Makeup - Dyan Acuesta Models - Annra, Samantha, Methuli Photography - Peppermint Photography


REAL WEDDING

Congratulations NICHOLAS & SONNY 12 June 2021, Gold Coast Hinterland QLD

Nicholas Heard and Sonny Royal met through a mutual friend at the Griffith Uni Bar on the Gold Coast. “We were fresh undergraduates in early 2010.” While Nick was working away, he secretly arranged to have engagement rings made. A month later, during a surprise weekend getaway at Binna Burra and following a day of hiking, Nick pulled out the rings and proposed to Sonny on the deck overlooking the hinterland during an unforgettable sunset. “The whole area was unfortunately lost soon after from the Black Summer bushfire season, which is now bittersweet and makes the memory even more special.”


“We have always been deeply inspired by nature and the great outdoors, in particular the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This location has long been a place to escape, reset and reconnect. Naturally, we wanted to incorporate this at the heart of our wedding theme by taking our guests on an adventure and truly experiencing the refined beauty that is so close to our hearts. We aimed to capture the forest backdrop to inspire those we care about most in a place that helped define our relationship.” “There were so many highlights. A few friends dropped by to see us both individually on the morning of our wedding to build the excitement while we were getting ready at our family’s mountain view villas. To share this moment with a close group of people was really special and added to the overwhelming amount of love that was in the air. Following the ceremony we headed off with our photographer to capture the beautiful moments that unfolded over the course of the afternoon. Being together wrapped in the bliss of the day was really special giving us time alone before returning to the party to soak it all in and savour the moment. Hearing the speeches from family members and friends was both heartwarming and humbling and of course dancing the night away under a blanket of stars was the icing on the cake. We asked for advice from people who had been married before and the key messages were to stick together as it’s your day, try not to get overwhelmed and take the time to step back and enjoy the day as it will be over before you know it. We had a ‘meet and greet’ the afternoon before the wedding which provided our guests with the opportunity to become acquainted so that nobody was a stranger on the day. Any excuse to extend a full weekend of celebrations!”


“Our advice for other couples is to put the time into planning your day in a way that is true to yourself. Enjoy the planning journey and don’t wish the time away. It’s easy to get bogged down in the details and forget to have fun during the lead-up. Don’t sweat the small stuff because on the day none of it matters. Remember to relish in the moments together. We will be honeymooning in Tasmania to enjoy a part of Australia we have always been excited to travel to for its stunning flora, fauna, and landscapes, mixed with good wine!”


NICHOLAS & SONNY’S WEDDING CREW Photography

AMY DE BOER PHOTOGRAPHY

www.facebook.amydeboerphotography amydeboerphotography@gmail.com

Attire - Sonny (Saba suit, Peggy & Finn protea bow-tie), Nicholas (Bruno’s suit, Peggy & Finn protea tie) Cake - Shawtima Rakovsky (cupcake tower and rainbow wedding cake) Celebrant - Doug Beitz Ceremony, Reception and Accommodation - O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Hire and Styling - Scenic Rim Wedding Hire Music and Entertainment - Ross River Fever Rings - LeGassick titanium wedding rings


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QUEENSLAND AMBER GILLAM CELEBRANT Brisbane Region and Sunshine Coast QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT I am a wedding tragic and just love a good ceremony - one that makes you laugh, brings a tear to your eye or has you gripping the hand of the person next to you. Let’s work together to make sure your ceremony does all that and more! 0436 294 279 ambergillamcelebrant@outlook.com www.ambergillamcelebrant.com.au photo: Carlie Wheeler Images

BLOOMERS FLORIST AND GIFTS Hervey Bay QLD

FLORIST Bloomers Florist and Gifts have been operating in Her vey Bay since 2009. Local owner, operator and creative driver of Bloomers, Leeanne Jasse, has had the reins now for over 7 years. Leeanne brings with her over 17 years experience in floral design and is surrounded by her team of qualified florists. Bloomers can cater to a wide range of needs from thoughtful arrangements, wedding flowers and gifts to corporate and large events. orders@floristherveybay.com www.floristherveybay.com

BREWSTR Global (based in Brisbane QLD)

ONLINE COFFEE SHOP DIRECTORY Coffee enthusiasts use brewstr to find and review the best coffee experiences, coffee shops, cafes and freshly roasted coffee beans around the world. Find your best local coffee shop to share a loving moment with your par tner and enjoy planning your perfect day. hello@brewstr.coffee https://brewstr.coffee


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QUEENSLAND CAKE ABOUT Mt Gravatt, Brisbane QLD

CAKES At Cake About we pride ourselves on our unique and diverse range of custom cakes. We love creating cakes to match your special occasion, be it bold colours, crazy designs, or a touch of elegance. All cakes are tailored to your theme and are baked using quality ingredients. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. We will work with you to make your cake dreams come true. enquiries@cakeabout.com.au www.cakeabout.com.au

CAKE MY DAY BY JO Brisbane QLD

WEDDING CAKES Brisbane’s finest buttercream cake specialist! Creating tasty memories for weddings, celebrations and events. We love using delicious locally sourced quality ingredients and all our creations are made by hand from scratch in our 5-star Council-approved Stafford studio. Using fresh seasonal florals or silks, we create truly beautiful oneof-a-kind cakes. Deliver y available to Brisbane and surrounds. We offer sample boxes, private consultations, cake toppers, signage and homewares. hello@cakemydaybyjo.com.au www.cakemydaybyjo.com.au www.instagram.com/cakemydaybyjo

CELEBRATED MOMENTS Brisbane and Surrounds QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT I deliver stylish, modern and fun ceremonies that connect with your guests. The most common comment I hear after a wedding is: “That was the best ceremony I have ever been to!” Looking for a personalised ceremony that is unique, fun, relaxed and memorable? Contact me, Krista Webb, Marriage Celebrant. 0417 626 791 krista@celebratedmoments.com.au www.celebratedmoments.com.au


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QUEENSLAND CELEBRATE WITH ME, DEBBIE PAYNE Moreton Bay, Brisbane QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT If you’re reading this, it means you’re engaged, ver y excited and looking for a Celebrant who is fun and easy to work with and who offers solutions, options and tons of ideas. If you decide I’m the one, from our first ‘no pressure to book’ meeting to the ‘I Do’, you’ll receive awesome personalised ser vice and suppor t. 0408 010 317 debbiecelebrant@bigpond.com www.weddingcelebrantbrisbane.com.au

photo: Matthew Eastgate Photography

CLOUDLAND Brisbane QLD

WEDDING VENUE Re-imagine your wedding at Cloudland with five private and exclusive spaces including the all-new Rose Room available for a variety of seated or cocktail style receptions, alongside on-site ceremony options to best suit you. Experience the gardens, the waterfall, the spiral staircase and the magic of this exquisite venue for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Our doors are open and our arms will greet you and your guests on your day, your way. 07 3852 5000 weddings@cloudland.tv www.cloudland.tv

DRAYHORSE SHIRES Maroon QLD

WEDDING CARRIAGES AND COBB & CO COACH Drayhorse Shires have a stunning range of wedding carriages which seat from 2 to 12 people. Choose from traditional, countr y or fair y-tale themed carriages (including our Cinderella carriage), a Cobb & Co coach or a Brewer y Dray pulled by a pair or team of 4 Shire horses. For an unforgettable entrance, why not call us today! 0476 199 826 info@drayhorseshires.com www.drayhorseshires.com


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QUEENSLAND FOREVER A MOMENT EVENTS Brisbane QLD

WEDDING PLANNING + STYLING Forever A Moment Events is dedicated to bringing your dream wedding vision to life from planning to styling and coordination. Ser vicing all of SEQ, April focuses on ensuring each planning proposal and design brief is bespoke to her individual couples, navigating the balance between dreams and budgets. 0429 596 940 create@foreveramomentevents.com.au www.foreveramomentevents.com.au/

JW MARRIOTT GOLD COAST RESORT & SPA Surfers Paradise QLD

RESORT The JW Marriott Gold Coast Resor t & Spa offers 5-star hospitality in a warm and relaxed atmosphere creating the perfect backdrop to an elegant wedding day. Poolside wedding ceremonies offer a unique waterfall backdrop with natural light and tropical surrounds, while the resor t grand staircase offers the perfect location for photography oppor tunities. 07 5592 9800 sales.goldcoast@jwmarriott.com www.jwmarriottgoldcoast.com

LOGAN ENT. + LOGAN EVENTS Brisbane QLD

ENTERTAINMENT + PLANNING / STYLING / DAY COORDINATION / HIRE With over 15 years’ experience in the Australian music and events industries, we have the ability to adapt and cater packages to ever y event. We provide specialist event planning, styling, logistics and coordination ser vices to help create the most unique experience at your event. With enter tainment lineups including acoustic soloists, duos and trios, various sized bands and DJs, we can design truly unique enter tainment packages to suit any event and venue. 0417 538 580 dani@loganonline.com.au www.loganonline.com.au


Glamour Among the Vines Located in one of the oldest wineries in South Australia, Hardys Tintara recently opened their doors as the newest wedding venue in the McLaren Vale region. Combining burnt orange florals with the stunning red and orange tones of the historic brickwork and couture attire created in the heart of South Australia, our real life couple, Kate and Rachel are the epitome of glamour among the vines.


KATE + RACHEL



GLAMOUR AMONG THE VINES Wedding Coordinator and Venue Directory

VENYU

www.venyu.com.au

hello@venyu.com.au

Attire - Ara Experience Flowers - Flowers of Envy Florist Furniture & Props - MASE Adelaide Hair - Blush Hair Makeup Beauty Makeup - Makeovers by Annie Photography - Hannah Benwell Photography Second Photographer - Dylan Minchenberg Photography Styling and Planning - VENYU Secrets Venue - Hardys Tintara


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QUEENSLAND MARRIED BY BEC Brisbane and Sunshine Coast QLD

CELEBRANT I am a modern, down to ear th (non-religious) wedding celebrant and a big believer in ‘life is to be lived and celebrated’. I take pride in creating a light-hear ted, engaging, warm and meaningful ceremony for my couples. As an experienced wedding planner, I will be ver y suppor tive of your wedding journey and look forward to helping you create your perfect day. 0416 237 229 hello@marriedbybec.com.au www.marriedbybec.com.au

MICHAEL JANZ CELEBRANT Brisbane QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT With a knack for setting an unforgettable tone to a wedding day, Michael Janz is a professional, personable, and passionate Marriage Celebrant. Michael makes ever y ceremony unique. He is always excited to celebrate each couple’s love and ensure your ceremony is exactly what you want. 0411 420 918 Michael@michaeljanzcelebrant.com.au www.michaeljanzcelebrant.com.au photo: @caseyjanephotography

MINX CONTEMPORARY HAIR BOUTIQUE Toowoomba QLD

HAIRDRESSING SALON At Minx, we are all about luxur y and glamour and pride ourselves on our attention to detail. We want your special day to be stressfree and relaxing, like a private luxur y suite booked out just for you, your bridesmaids and guests or our Premium Mobile ser vices which allow for professional and highly-trained bridal stylists and make up ar tists to assist you at your own location. 07 4632 3055 info@minxhairboutique.com.au www.minxcontemporaryhairboutique.com.au


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QUEENSLAND MOISSANITE GEMSTONES INTERNATIONAL Gold Coast QLD

ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS Located in Mermaid Waters, Moissanite Gemstones Internatiional will custom make your dream engagement and wedding rings using the most beautiful gemstones on ear th. With 20 years’ experience in the Jeweller y industr y and being the original source of Moissanite in Australia, nobody has more experience than us. We love what we do and you will too. 1800 444 464 info@moissanite.com.au www.moissanite.com.au

MORETON BAY CELEBRANCY South-East QLD

SALLY-ANN THOMAS, CELEBRANT Let me tell your stor y. Let me get to know the secrets of your hear ts and minds; what made your true love grow. I’ll weave my wordsmith magic around your special day and craft with you a love poem that says what you want to say. 0425 719 784 moretonbaycelebrancy@gmail.com www.moretonbaycelebrancy.com.au

PAPER PICKLE Gold Coast QLD

HAND PAINTED JACKETS AND ACCESSORIES Whether you are a bride-to-be planning a wedding, just engaged or planning a special day to remember, your jacket or accessor y is a personal statement you can choose to wear again, or display in your home as a timeless memor y. Contact Amanda @paper.pickle for more details. 0431 205 750 hello@paperpickle.com.au www.paperpickle.com.au


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QUEENSLAND REBEKAH MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY Sunshine Coast QLD

PHOTOGRAPHER Hi, my name is Bek... I am a fun, easy-going and relaxed photographer who is constantly looking to capture the in-between moments that make a wedding so special. I will provide a relaxed, authentic ser vice, capturing the emotions and expressions of your wedding day and photographs that you will cherish for a lifetime. 0432 662 770 bek@rebekahmarie.com.au www.rebekahmarie.com.au

ROARING 07 55766387 TWENTIES VINTAGE CAR HIRE Brisbane QLD

WEDDING TRANSPORT Roaring Twenties Vintage Car Hire specialises in vintage vehicles from the 1930’s to celebrate your special day. Amazing double act: Clyde, their 1937 Midnight Blue Dodge Conver tible and Capone, their 1936 Burgundy Chr ysler Airstream represent the ultimate in comfor t and style. Enjoy being seen amongst exquisite luxurious interiors and old world charm. 0405 111 875 roaringtwenties@outlook.com.au www.roaringtwenties.net.au

ROBERTSON GARDENS WEDDINGS Brisbane QLD

WEDDING VENUE YOUR WEDDING, YOUR WAY... From an intimate elopement to a lavish celebration - it’s up to you! Set amongst 10 acres of lush grounds, with a choice of two gorgeous wedding gardens, several reception rooms and on-site accommodation, your whole day will be easy and perfect just for you! 07 3875 1999 functions@robertsongardens.com.au www.robertsongardensweddings.com.au


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QUEENSLAND ROD NOENDENG PHOTOGRAPHY 07 55766387 Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast QLD

PHOTOGRAPHY Are you looking for a creative and friendly photographer to capture those special moments? Rod understands that ever y wedding and couple are unique. Rod loves getting to know his couples to ensure you will have wedding photos that you can cherish and enjoy sharing for years to come. Rod is helpful in working with you to capture your wedding day your way. 0414 716 825 rod@noendeng.com www.rodnoendengphotography.com.au

SAMARINDA JEWEL BY THE SEA North Stradbroke Island QLD

SELF-CATERING APARTMENTS Our self-catering apar tments are fully equipped with one, two or three bedrooms ideal for family holidays, or just that weekend break away. Situated at Point Lookout, the apar tments are perfect for weddings as they are just a two-minute walk from The Gorge and the Surf Club where many weddings are held. 07 3409 8785 manager@samarinda.com.au www.samarinda.com.au

SOUTHSIDE FLOWER MARKET Brisbane QLD

FLOWER MARKET - FULL SERVICE AND DIY It’s about you. You can choose from full ser vice floral weddings or DIY supply or even a combination of both. The only Flower Market on Brisbane’s south side, just off the M1 at Slacks Creek. We are ver y happy and capable to look after all of your floral needs on your wedding day. Open Mon-Fri from 7am to 4pm and Sat from 7am to 1pm. 1300 886 171 service@southsideflowermarket.com.au www.instagram.com/southsideflowermarketlogancity


REAL WEDDING

Congratulations DAMEIAN & TARUN 10 October 2020, Sydney NSW

Dameian Sullivan and Tarun Naidu met through an online dating app. “We had been chatting for about two months. After a few failed attempts to meet up, we discovered we were heading to the same party in a few weeks’ time. When I walked into the party with friends, I saw Tarun on the other side of the room. We locked eyes but I nervously ran away! A few drinks later, I finally built up the courage to say hello and have a dance, and the rest is history.”


Dameian and Tarun were in a long distance relationship due to Tarun working in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Dameian taking leave to go backpacking for six months in Africa. “We met up in Johannesburg and drove down the garden route to Cape Town. The proposal day began with parasailing off Signal Hill in the morning. The day started to get hotter but Tarun still wanted to hike to the top of Lion’s Head. On the way up, I offered to take the backpack from Tarun, but he was quick to respond that he was fine with it (although I could see he was struggling in the heat). When we finally arrived at the top, I wanted to relax and enjoy the view, but each time I went to sit down, he suggested a different spot with a ‘better view’. Finally he agreed on a spot and wanted me to stand and look at the view so he could take a photo. He seemed to be taking forever so I turned around to see why and saw him standing there holding up a ring and then he popped the question.”


“We had to plan our wedding twice. The first wedding was going to take place on the South Coast of NSW, however with the devastation of the bush fires and Covid, it all fell to pieces. Unsure if it would be even possible to have a wedding in the mists of a global pandemic, less than two months before our planned date we received hope it could still go ahead. We changed the location to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden and managed to pull everything together at the most perfect location. The backdrop was the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. One of my highlights was the surprise Limousine ride Tarun organised for myself and my family.”


“Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to keep it simple and assign tasks for each other with deadlines. Given we were and still are in the middle of a global pandemic, we were lucky to be able to have a wedding at all, so the honeymoon is on hold until the international borders open. We plan to visit Eastern Europe.”

DAMEIAN & TARUN’S WEDDING CREW Rings

SARA HANDMADE JEWELLERY www.sarahandmadejewellery.com.au

info@sarahandmadejewellery.com.au Attire - Brent Wilson and Calibre Cake - Little Dance Catering - Botanic House Celebrant - Louise Spedding Ceremony Location - The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Reception Location - Botanic House Photography - Better Together Photo Co


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QUEENSLAND SPICERS 07 55766387HIDDEN VALE Grandchester QLD

LUXURY RETREAT Spicers Hidden Vale is a luxur y retreat approximately one hour from Brisbane. The retreat, including hatted restaurant Homage, offers a traditional homestead wedding venue perfect for romantics. With your dedicated wedding coordinator on hand to help with any questions, it’s hard to imagine a more enchanting setting for your wedding. 1300 179 340 weddings.hiddenvale@spicersretreats.com www.spicersretreats.com/retreats/spicers-hidden-vale/weddings-hidden-vale/

STARFIRE DIAMOND JEWELLERY Bulimba, Brisbane QLD

DIAMOND SPECIALISTS AND JEWELLERS Starfire Diamond Jeweller y signifies the fier y brilliance of diamonds. Founded and created by Shweta, a leading industr y exper t on diamonds who not only has extensive experience in diamonds but is also a talented jeweller y designer. The team at Starfire are diamond specialists and can tailor make any engagement ring or wedding band. The advantage of having their own diamond wholesale business also means the Starfire team have an extensive range of diamonds which the client can hand pick from to suit their budget and style. 07 3399 1176 enquiries@starfirejewellery.com www.starfirejewellery.com

SUTTONS BEACH PAVILION Redcliffe QLD

BAR, CAFE, RESTAURANT, WEDDING & FUNCTION CENTRE The only truly beachside venue in the greater Brisbane area. This stunning 1937 Ar t Deco building has uninterrupted views across Moreton Bay. Offering numerous spaces for you to say your vows and take advantage of the gorgeous backdrop, it also features an award-winning restaurant and rooftop bar. 07 3284 3320 info@suttonsbeachpavilion.com.au www.suttonsbeachpavilion.com.au


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QUEENSLAND THE ISLAND GOLD COAST 07 55766387 Gold Coast QLD

WEDDING VENUE Our designer spaces are refreshingly unique, purposefully bringing the outside in and harnessing the natural beauty of the Gold Coast. We offer two beautiful penthouse rooms, a breathtaking terrace and The Glasshouse, each with a décor of understated opulence that allows your individuality to shine. Expansive views also provide a stunning background that will forever be a highlight of your memorable day. 07 5538 5000 weddings@theislandgoldcoast.com.au www.theislandgoldcoast.com.au

photo: @toddhuntermcgaw styling: @maineventweddings

THE SURFING CELEBRANT Gold Coast QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT AND MC Fun, yet hear tfelt Celebrant and MC - Crafting custom, fun-filled days of celebration. Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Byron Bay, Maleny, East Coast Australia (and beyond). 0414 808 222 mitch@thesurfingcelebrant.com.au www.thesurfingcelebrant.com.au Facebook & Instagram @thesurfingcelebrant

THE WAREHOUSE Brisbane QLD

WEDDING VENUE Originally built in 1905 to meet increased demand from an adjacent draper y, The Warehouse has been restored to reveal its original beauty and charm. Featuring exposed brickwork, seven metre high loft-style ceilings and light filled arched windows, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Our team of creative stylists and wedding planners work closely with you to design a picture perfect day to remember. 07 3852 5000 weddings@thewarehousebrisbane.com.au www.thewarehousebrisbane.com.au

photo: @toddhuntermcgaw styling: @maineventweddings


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QUEENSLAND TOWRI SHEEP CHEESES Scenic Rim QLD

SHEEP DAIRY AND EVENTS LOCATION Towri is a ‘ewenique’ farm, home to over 300 milking sheep, five acres of French styled gardens, endless rural views and gorgeous renovated raised timber stables perfect for intimate occasions. The Towri events team adapt their countr y chic design to any affair and take pride in delivering a memorable occasion. 0403 463 429 towrisheepcheesemarketing@gmail.com www.towrisheepcheeses.com.au

photo: Orange Sunshine Photography

TWO LITTLE CUPCAKES Gold Coast QLD

CUSTOM CAKES, CUPCAKES, COOKIES AND SWEET TREATS Two Little Cupcakes bakes custom sweet treats using quality fresh ingredients. They specialise in contemporar y, elegant, affordable designs to enhance your wedding decor while tasting delicious. Their goal is to provide 5 star ser vice and taste so that customers keep coming back for more. Deliver y available from Brisbane to Byron Bay. 0410 879 081 twolittlecupcakes@outlook.com www.twolittlecupcakes.com.au

photo: Pancake Digital

WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY Brisbane QLD and NSW

WEDDING DRESSES & SUITS, BRIDESMAID DRESSES AND FORMAL DRESSES Make a personalised appointment at our Brisbane studio to see our stunning bridal, bridesmaid, formal and suiting collection. Dresses and suits are made to order and can be fully customised to your liking. Our experienced stylists will guide you through the creative process to make the design become entirely your own. We offer a divine bespoke suiting ser vice for our brides, grooms and their groomsmen as well as our formal clients. We also have off-the-rack suiting options. 07 3368 3261 or 0408 079707 whenfreddiemetlilly@gmail.com www.whenfreddiemetlilly.com.au

photo: Camilla Kirk Photography


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SOUTH AUSTRALIA CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA North Haven SA

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE One of Adelaide’s best kept secrets, we offer awardwinning function areas which provide panoramic marina views. We understand that ever y wedding is unique and can offer a tailored package specifically for you. A truly memorable experience. 08 8248 4222 functions@cycsa.com.au www.cycsa.com.au

DEBORAH LILLEY CELEBRANT SERVICES Adelaide and Surrounds SA

CELEBRANT AND MC I believe ever y couple should have the wedding ceremony of their dreams. Large and lavish or intimately romantic, it is your day! As an experienced Celebrant with a passion for creating bespoke ceremonies with all the pomp, pop and pizzazz you deser ve, I would love to tailor a ceremony to your specific needs, personalities and preferences. 0417 466 100 admin@lilley-cmc.com.au www.lilley-cmc.com.au

SWEET NOTHINGS FLOWERS Adelaide SA

FLORIST Ever y big day is unique and I love working with my couples to give them the personalised flowers they dream of. Flowers aren’t just a beautiful celebration of the day, they can say so much and bring your wedding theme together. Whether you’re simply after flowers for your bridal par ty or you want to surround yourself with glorious blooms all day and into the night, I’m excited to help make it happen! hello@sweetnothingsflowers.com www.sweetnothingsflowers.com

photo: Our Wild Love Elopements


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AUSTRALASIAN HAUTE COUTURE WEDDING CAKE DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by Brisbane Weddings Magazine and Same Same Weddings Magazine _________________________________________________________________________________

The ACADA Australasian Haute Couture Wedding Cake Designer of the Year Award is part of the ACADA (Australasian Cake Artists & Decorators Association) Australasian Cake Oscar Awards. It is designed to applaud the work of the best of the best within an industry of very talented cake creatives. The public were invited to nominate their favourite Haute Couture wedding cake designer and almost 4,000 nominations were received from all over Australian and New Zealand. The public were then asked to vote to select 8 Finalists whose work was then assessed by a panel of industry judges. Next, the Finalists were given a challenge set by Lux Magazine Top 20 Global Wedding Planner, Alysia Bridger. Alysia paired each Finalist with a Brisbane-based Bridal Gown Designer to create an exquisite gown to inspire them to create their couture wedding cake. The cakes and gowns were displayed in the Haute Couture Wedding Cake Designers’ Marquee and the winner was selected by the public attending the ACADA International Cake Show Australia Show in Brisbane in May 2021.

WINNER Lyons Den Cakes Gown Designer - House of Ezis

Terresia Welch, Lyons Den Cakes


2021 FINALISTS AND GOWN DESIGNERS

(WINNER) Terresia Welch, Lyons Den Cakes, Adelaide and House of Ezis Paul Delaney, Delaney’s Cakes, Wollongong and White Lily Couture Vas Hatzinik, Frosted Indulgence, Brisbane and Jennifer Gifford Designs Diana Llanos, The Sweet Society Co, Brisbane and Bloom Australia Zoe Clark, Zoe Clark Cakes, Sunshine Coast and George Wu Couture Ekaterina Salinger, Ekats Cakes, Brisbane and Darb Bridal Couture Helen Hatzaras, Blissful Inspirations Cakes, Melbourne and White Lily Couture Faye Cahill, Faye Cahill Cake Design, Sydney and Begitta Bridal & Couture

FINALIST Vas Hatzinik, Frosted Indulgence Gown Designer - Jennifer Gifford Designs

FINALIST Paul Delaney, Delaney’s Cakes Gown Designer - White Lily Couture

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FINALIST Diana Llanos, The Sweet Society Co Gown Designer - Bloom Australia


FINALIST Zoe Clark, Zoe Clark Cakes Gown Designer - George Wu Couture

FINALIST Ekaterina Salinger, Ekats Cakes Gown Designer - Darb Bridal Couture

FINALIST Faye Cahill, Faye Cahill Cake Design Gown Designer - Begitta Bridal & Couture FINALIST Helen Hatzaras, Blissful Inspirations Cakes Gown Designer - White Lily Couture

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INTERNATIONAL CAKE SHOW AUSTRALIA SHOW CHAMPION - Leah Walton

_____________________________________________________________________ The Game of Thrones Sugar Feature was 6m x 3m and entirely edible! It was transported to the show by truck from Yamba by one of the ACADA members, Allison Turner, who won BEST MAJOR SUGAR FEATURE and CAKE ARTIST OF THE YEAR.


Terresia Welch

HENDON SA 0402 492 429 www.lyonsdencakes.com admin@lyonsdencakes.com



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VICTORIA BRETT’S JEWELLERS Geelong VIC

JEWELLERY RETAIL BOUTIQUE AND MANUFACTURER Brett’s Jewellers is a family-run jeweller y boutique in Geelong. Specialising in bespoke and custom engagement rings, wedding rings and anniversar y gifts that are all made onsite. With in-house designers, jewellers and gemmologists they source the perfect gemstones for each individual and create heirlooms to last generations. 03 5223 2800 info@brettsjewellers.com.au www.brettsjewellers.com.au

DALBLAIR BED & BREAKFAST Yarra Valley VIC

ACCOMMODATION SERVICE Dalblair assures you a truly intimate experience and is an ideal romantic getaway for couples. Dalblair offers three totally unique styles of premier accommodation, each decorated and furnished with your total comfor t and experience in mind. All suites have magnificent views of the surrounding Warbur ton Ranges and stunning gardens. 03 5961 9041 info.dalblair@gmail.com www.dalblairbnb.com.au

DEEZEE WEDDINGS Melbourne VIC

ELOPEMENTS / WEDDING PLANNERS / CELEBRANTS DeeZee Weddings take the stress out of wedding planning with our inclusive, midweek, small weddings. We will organise flowers, venue, drinks, cake, photography and bunting! This is not a quick, ‘Legals Only’ style ceremony. We will tell your stor y and ensure you have an amazing celebration with your closest vaccinated friends. deezeeweddings@gmail.com www.deezeeweddings.com.au

Custom Platinum and 18ct yellow gold diamond Wedding rings


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VICTORIA KANGAROO RIDGE RETREAT Yarra Valley VIC

ACCOMMODATION Revel in the togetherness felt during those first glorious days as a wedded couple. Steal away from the reception and hide away. Kangaroo Ridge Retreat are stunning and secluded cabins with ever ything set up for a luxurious post-wedding escape at Healesville in the hear t of the Yarra Valley. 0431 558 247 enquiry@kangarooridge.com.au www.kangarooridge.com.au

photo: Gunvore Jakobsen

LUNA MOSS St Kilda, Melbourne VIC

FLORIST AND WEDDING STYLIST At Luna Moss we keep things simple, but we aren’t typical florists producing little bunches. We love to produce individual, unique designs to suit each couple’s style for their big day getting hitched. It’s a pleasure for us to share our passion with you, taking your vision and making it bloom. Our signature styling has been employed to amazing effect with some of Melbourne’s major wedding events and venues. 03 9042 0844 lunamossflowers@gmail.com www.instagram.com/luna_moss photo: Lou Lou Memphis

MELBOURNE CELEBRANT TRACEY O’CONNOR 07 55766387 Yarra Valley VIC

CELEBRANT Looking for an award-winning celebrant? Whether your wedding celebration is tipped to be famously flamboyant or super dooper chilled with all of the feels, then I’m the Celebrant for you! Nothing sparks the star t of the rest of your life like an authentically engaging ceremony to kick off the celebrations! Let’s chat now, because I’d be thrilled to be there with you ever y step of the way! xx 0433 757 007 hi@traceyoconnor.com.au www.traceyoconnor.com.au


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VICTORIA PEARL RIVERFRONT Melbourne VIC

EVENT AND WEDDING VENUE Located right on the Yarra River, Pearl Riverfront at Crowne Plaza Melbourne offers elegant spaces filled with feature lighting and stylish dining complemented by warm attentive ser vice. Be it an intimate affair, a cocktail par ty or sit-down celebration with a breakout dancefloor ; let us help you plan the wedding of your dreams. 03 9620 5000 events@pearlriverfront.com.au www.pearlriverfront.com.au

TUSSIE MUSSIE VINEYARD + RETREAT 07 55766387 Mornington Peninsula VIC

ELOPEMENT VENUE & BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION Tussie Mussie is a rare and beautiful, private estate in the hear t of Mornington Peninsula where you can stay, play and celebrate amongst the vast garden and vineyards. Our boutique, Provence-inspired accommodation has ever ything you could need for a comfor table stay. Tussie Mussie is the perfect place to run away to – to leave the world behind and celebrate all kinds of occasions with your nearest and dearest. 0437 403 778 hello@tussiemussie.com.au www.instagram.com/tussie_mussie_vineyard_retreat

WINBAS PHOTOGRAPHY Geelong VIC

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Winbas Photography is run by the lovely, charming, Melbournebased wedding photographer, Michaela Winningham. Michaela has used her raw talent and industr y knowledge to capture some seriously breathtaking weddings for over five years. You’ll love Michaela’s customisable wedding packages, out-of-thebox photos and ability to capture authentic, genuine moments. 0421 361 318 events@winbasphotography.com www.winbasphotography.com


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WESTERN AUSTRALIA CAVES HOUSE HOTEL YALLINGUP 07 55766387 Yallingup WA

HOTEL / WEDDING VENUE The perfect location to say ‘I do’, Caves House Hotel is a Heritage-listed building, restored to its former elegance and charm, with glorious Ar t Deco décor and furnishings. Surrounded by 1.8 hectares of gardens and manicured lawns stretching towards the ocean, it is ideal for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, as well as being the perfect backdrop for breathtaking photos. 08 9750 1888 functions@ychh.com.au www.caveshousehotelyallingup.com.au

photo: Wyatt Wedding Films

TOP NOTCH CATERING 07 55766387 Perth WA

CATERING Top Notch Catering is a family-run Per th based catering business that specialises in weddings, corporate, bir thdays, engagements, Christmas functions and christenings. Our menu consists of spit roasted meats, pastas, curries, salads, vegetables and platters. 0403 353 383 enquiries@topnotchcatering.com.au www.topnotchcatering.com.au

WENDY GRACE HENDRY - CELEBRANT 07 55766387 Perth WA

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT I’m a Marriage Celebrant based in WA’s Per th Hills, finding joy in creating relaxed, authentic, stress-free ceremonies for my beautiful couples. I’m proudly par t of the LGBTIQA+ community and truly celebrate alongside my couples as they marr y, with a ceremony reflecting their diversity and love. 0403 531 137 wendyhendrycelebrant@gmail.com www.wendyhendrycelebrant.com

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REAL WEDDING

Congratulations JOSHUA & ADAM 26 September 2020, Sylvania NSW

Joshua Helms and Adam Joyce met in 2005. Joshua came to Sydney from the USA to complete his MFA and six weeks after arriving, they were introduced to each other at an Oxford Street nightclub by a mutual friend. “Within five minutes I knew Joshua was ‘the one’. There’s a very long story involving an Easter ham and Joshua ‘pulling a Cinderella’ on the dance floor, abruptly leaving at 5am to go home and defrost the ham for Easter lunch, without exchanging phone numbers. Thankfully our mutual friend linked us back up the following week. We were engaged in 2005 and had to wait for same sex marriage to become legal in Australia. Then back surgery for Joshua, followed by a COVID cancellation and finally cancer surgery for Adam. It was quite a long journey, but we made it!”


“We worked with a wedding and event stylist who took the planning out of our hands. We conveyed our style and aesthetic and let Jo go to work. The original wedding date was 26 March 2020, but we had to cancel 11 days out due to Covid. We then decided to get married on 26 September 2020, after Adam received an unexpected cancer diagnosis in August 2020. We called Jo and asked her what she could put together in three weeks and she immediately started working on a redesign. Our original guest list of 100 was reduced to 20 and we were married in Sylvania at Adam’s childhood home.”


Joshua wanted to create the right mood with the styling and Adam wanted to ensure the food and drink was plentiful and delicious. Joshua creates quilts as a passionate hobby and wanted them featured at the wedding. His latest quilt became the perfect backdrop. With such minimal planning, the focus was on Adam and Joshua’s love. The decisions about guest lists, seating, music, styling, food, etc. became secondary. The couple have an extensive art collection and a painting by Kerry Darlington provided the colour story for their wedding. A tonal metallic rainbow and touches of gold were scattered throughout the styling. “We had a wedding cake and had everyone cut the cake themselves. The champagne had to be flowing all day and all night, and it certainly was! Along with the wedding cake we handed out Golden Gaytime ice cream bars - because who doesn’t love a gay time at a gay wedding? Instead of flowers, we wore crystal brooches on our lapels. Instead of an arbor, we stood in front of a quilt Joshua had made. Instead of a chandelier, we had a disco ball. Our two children signed the marriage certificate and we live streamed the whole event to family and friends around the world, including Joshua’s quilting friends, affectionately known as ‘the Glitterati’. Our highlight was when the celebrant announced us as Australia’s newest married couple, standing in front of a quilt, in the backyard of Adam’s childhood home, in front of our closest family and friends.” “Our advice is to focus on the love you have for each other, and your own relationship. Do not waste a moment making sure other people are happy with the plans for your wedding. Relish in your day, as the hours will slip away faster than you could even imagine.”


JOSHUA & ADAM’S WEDDING CREW Rings

GREGORY JEWELLERS

www.gregoryjewellers.com.au

customerservice@gregoryjewellers.com.au Wedding Planner/Stylist

JO KALIVAS EVENTS

www.instagram.com/jo_kalivas_events_styling?utm_medium=copy_link joannekal@optusnet.com.au

Attire - Calibre (shirts, jackets, ties, tie bars, brooches), Twisted Tailor (pants), Florsheim (shoes and belts) Balloons - Bellino & Co Cake - Mastello Creations Catering - The Grazing Co Crockery and Glassware - The Pretty Table Hire Draping and Decorations - NPM Events Furniture - Simply Seated Graphic Design - Starfruit Designs Lighting - Sydney Fireworks Pyrotechnic Photography - Anna Murray Photography Printing - Nasa Design Sydney Props - The Treasure Room Quilts - Molli Sparkles Signage - Letters By LouLou


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HEART OF THE DANDENONGS Wedding Dress

ZIVA WEDDING DRESSES

www.zivaweddingdresses.com.au

customerservice@zivaweddingdresses.com.au Florist - In Bloom By Diana Hair Stylist - Teighan Lee Mua Makeup - Eloise Hogan Makeup Models - Brittni Giles and Kris Vlassis Photography - Alen Kontra Photography Venue - Mont Du Soleil Estate Videography - Daylight Productions


REAL WEDDING

Congratulations KAYLENE & JODIE 12 March 2021, ACT and NSW

Kaylene McLeod and Jodie Rake met via an online Lesbian social group. “The proposal was on my (Jodie) birthday and with my family’s participation. We went on a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout in Canberra. Kaylene brought along a customised sign for my son and niece to hold up. She surprised me when I turned around by dropping to one knee and proposing. She had already received the blessing from Jodie’s mum, sister, brother and son. It was followed by a beautiful family dinner.”


“Our wedding theme was very traditional with personal touches of our own. We were very passionate about including our son Bayley and making sure he felt very much a part of it. We gave Bayley a ring during the ceremony. Kaylene is a Traditional Owner from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. Our wedding took place on Kaylene’s Country in Booderee National Park at Iluka Beach. This was a proud moment for us as it was the first gay wedding on Country for Kaylene’s community and also celebrating PRIDE month with our Rainbow family members. We wanted to include family and friends as much as possible. We opted for a classic white and gold theme and did as much as we could ourselves with help from family and dear friends. We decorated the reception and prepared the food ourselves. Our dear friends ‘Kings and Queens’ performed an extraordinary drag show at our reception. We loved how personalised our wedding was. A huge amount of effort and planning went into making sure it was meaningful to us. We absolutely adore our wedding photos taken by our dear friend and having an engagement shoot assisted greatly.”


“Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to definitely do what you both want to and try to cancel out all the noise. Not everything will go to plan, roll with the day. Stay focused on what is important. Plan, plan and plan and think outside the box. Our honeymoon was on the Gold Coast. It was 12 days of fun, laughter and sprinkles of family visits.”


KAYLENE & JODIE’S WEDDING CREW Celebrant - Tony Dagger, Shoalhaven Celebrant Ceremony Location - Iluka Beach, Booderee, Jervis Bay DJ - South Coast DJ’s Entertainment - Xenon Revolution, Karina Salgado and Dewayne Huckle aka Ashtray Moona Photography - Mick Tait Photography Reception - Nowra Showground Pavilion


days of sunshine Showcasing MALI Retreat, the Sunshine Coast’s newest venue, this gorgeous styled shoot combines a modern boho vibe with a touch of elegance.



DAYS OF SUNSHINE Hair and Makeup

HAIR 4 BRIDES MAKEUP 4 BRIDES www.4brides.com.au

info@makeup4brides.com.au Florals - Magnolia Grove Flowers Gowns - Judy Copley Couture Hats and Wheat Bouquets - Tom Hall Photography Models - Airlie Ronald and Jasmine Hannell Photography - Tom Hall Photography Shoot Location - MALI A Million Star Retreat Styling - Cloud Nine Weddings



Flowers and Lace The creative team behind this styled shoot were inspired by celebrating femininity and individuality while being part of the same love story.




FLOWERS AND LACE Florals

LOLA’S WILD FLOWERS

www.instagram.com/lolaswildflowers lolaswildflowers@gmail.com

Cake - Jacqui Riley Divine Cakes Dresses - Helena Couture Designs Furniture and Styling - Arctic Fox Events HMUA - Goddess Makeup Designs Models - @cassidy_kidman @_dothebartman Photography - Bird and Boy Photography and Milina Opsenica Weddings Venue - Space 10 Palm Beach


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Proposal Picnic among the Poplars This shoot was a collaboration between many talented vendors, mostly based in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. Our models are a real couple and you can see the real love between them. The stylist, Sugar Blossom Events envisioned a dreamy proposal picnic with boho vibes. The colour palette was burnt terracotta, toffee, ivory and sage and the venue was the absolutely beautiful Stonehurst at Cedar Creek. The stunning poplar grove provided a truly picturesque backdrop and Valley Fresh Flowers brought the colour palette to life incorporating large dried palms, mixed textures and gorgeous warm floral tones. The neon sign by Love Glows provided a special touch and Willow and Ink designed the stunning handwritten acrylic ‘Welcome’ sign. Everyone agreed the gorgeous alpacas from Alpaca Kisses - Chai (brown) and Delilah (white) were the highlight.




PROPOSAL PICNIC AMONG THE POPLARS Alpacas - Alpaca Kisses Calligraphy - Willow and Ink Florist - Valley Fresh Flowers Hair and Makeup - Ivory State Hair and Makeup Neon Signage - Love Glows Photography and Videography - Moments Photography & Film Stylist - Sugar Blossom Events Venue - Stonehurst Cedar Creek


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