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Congratulations to our Front Cover Couple

LAUREN & ALICE

Image TRAVIS AND BENNY WEDDINGS www.travisandbenny.com

We hope you all enjoy this latest edition of SAME SAME WEDDINGS. There hasn’t been a better time than 2020 to celebrate ALL LOVE and that is what we love doing. Congratulations to all of the fabulous Australian couples who have shared their weddings in this edition. The next (SEVENTH) online edition will be uploaded March 2020. Share this free publication with everyone you love x Kerrie & Julz Real Wedding Submissions and Advertising Enquiries Julz Fullerton, Sales & Marketing Manager 0439 811 221 julz@paddingtonpublications.com.au Stay Social - Instagram and Facebook @samesameweddingsmagazine @samesameweddingsexpo

PADDINGTON PUBLICATIONS PTY LTD ABN 819 479 402 20 Kerrie Gowenlock, Publisher kerrie@paddingtonpublications.com.au SAME SAME WEDDINGS MAGAZINE SAME SAME WEDDINGS EXPO BRISBANE WEDDINGS MAGAZINE ONTREND BRIDAL MAGAZINE www.ontrendbridal.com.au All rights reserved. All material is copyright and cannot be reproduced in part or in full by any means, without the express permission of the publishers. While the publishers have taken all reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of the material contained in this publication, the publishers do not assume any responsibility or liability for any inaccuracy or omission, or from the use of the information contained herein and the publishers make no warranties, express or implied, with respect to any of the material contained herein.


IN THIS ISSUE FEATURED BUSINESSES 36 13 35 12 40 27 32 160 28 33 30 34 31 2

CALOUNDRA POWER BOAT CLUB DIVON PHOTOGRAPHY HEMINGWAY’S BREWERY LALA DESIGN LE SANS SOUCI LM IMAGES MILLBROOK WINERY MUD SHACK AT MUDJIMBA BEACH MUSSON JEWELLERS NOOSA SPRINGS GOLF & SPA RESORT THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDEN THE CHAPEL MONTVILLE AND RECEPTION VILLA BOTANICA XENNOX DIAMONDS

BUSINESS PROFILES AUSTRALIA WIDE 39 CIRCLE OF LOVE 39 ECO CONFETTI 39 ZIVA WEDDING DRESSES ACT 41 41

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS CELEBRANCY | JANINE YOKOM SIP, SWIG & SWALLOW

NSW 48 A LIFE CELEBRANT - LOU SZYMKOW 48 ALPACA KISSES 48 ALUUNA 49 AME NUE INTIMATES 49 ANNA WANG 49 BABALOU WEDDINGS & EVENTS 50 BEVERLY YOUR MARRIAGE CELEBRANT 50 BIZZARO BRIDAL COUTURE 50 CATALINA ROSE BAY 51 CHANDELIERS TO DIE FOR 51 CITY BEACH 51 DAYS LIKE THESE EVENTS + PHOTOGRAPHY 52 ETERNAL ELEGANCE 52 HUNTER EVENTS 52 JILL PLAYER COTTON MARRIAGE CELEBRANT 52 JILL PLAYER COTTON MARRIAGE CELEBRANT 53 JO BOOTH, EVENT CELEBRANT 53 KATALANE 53 LA LUNE CINEMA 54 LDC LUXURY DRY CLEANING 54 LEAH APPLEBY 54 LEIGHSA COX PHOTOGRAPHER 55 LITTLE BIRD BOUTIQUE EVENTS 55 LITTLE MISS PARTY PLANNER 55 LOOBYLOU 56 LUXE - UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS 56 MUSSON JEWELLERS 56 NIQUE JEWELLERY 57 NOVOTEL NEWCASTLE BEACH 57 PAPER & STUFF 57 PENRITH BRIDAL CENTRE 58 SHIRALEE ARCHER FLORIST BY APPOINTMENT 58 SOCIETY PHOTOGRAPHY 58 SPERRY TENTS HUNTER VALLEY

NSW 59 59 59 60 60 60 61 61

STUDIO ZANETTI TAMBURLAINE ORGANIC WINES 30 THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDEN THE PARTY HIRE COMPANY - ELEGANCE OUTDOORS THE ROAMING EAGLE WEDDINGS I DO YASMINA NADINE PHOTOGRAPHY ZEST WATERFRONT VENUES

QLD 76 76 76 77 77 77 78 78 78 79 79 79 80 80 80 81 81 81 82 82 82 83 83 83 84 84 84 85 85 85 86 86 86 87 87 87 88 88 88 89 89 89 90 90 90 91

AMBER GILLAM CELEBRANT BE BEAUTIFUL - MAKEUP, HAIR & BEAUTY BOOTH CHIC BRISBANE CAKE ABOUT CALOUNDRA POWER BOAT CLUB CELEBRANT CHIC BRISBANE CELEBRATED MOMENTS DRAYHORSE SHIRES DRIFTWOOD BLUE FLORAL EVENTS EMMA NAYLER PHOTOGRAPHER FIRST CLASS PET WEDDING ASSISTANTS FM FORMAL WEAR FREY + WILDE DESIGN GENENE DEAKIN - MARRY ME KATHY H HAIR LIAM GRIFFIN MUSIC LIGHT UP LETTERS LITTLE EVENT BOUTIQUE MAKEUP BY MIRANDA MALENY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MANSWAG MARRY ME ADAM MICHAEL JANZ CELEBRANT MINX CONTEMPORARY HAIR BOUTIQUE NOOSA RIVER AND CANAL CRUISES NOOSA SPRINGS GOLF & SPA RESORT PAPER PICKLE RAINBOW WEDDINGS QLD RED SEVEN GROUP ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES RENEE’S WEDDINGS ROARING TWENTIES VINTAGE CAR HIRE ROD NOENDENG PHOTOGRAPHY SIMPLY DIVINE OCCASIONS SO ROSIE PHOTOGRAPHY SOMMER SAUNDER CELEBRANCY STAMFORD PLAZA BRISBANE STARFIRE DIAMOND JEWELLERY SUGAR ROSE TEA PARTY HIRE SUZANNE RILEY MARRIAGE CELEBRANT THE PAVILIONS THE PROP HOUSE TWO BEAR STUDIOS TWO LITTLE CUPCAKES WARNER BROS. MOVIE WORLD WEDDING DANCE DIVA WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY

SA 113 113 113 114

ANNETTE PERRYMAN MARRIAGE CELEBRANT BEACH ROAD WINES SFERA’S PARK SUITES AND CONVENTION CENTRE THE CURRANT SHED


IN THIS ISSUE TAS 121 121

ANNSLEIGH GARDENS & EVENTS BIRCHVIEW TASMANIA

VIC 122 122 122 123 123 123 124 124 124 125 125 125 126 126 126 127 127 127 128

BLUE PYRENEES ESTATE BRETTS JEWELLERS CELEBRANT MICHAEL CELEBRATE WITH HAILEY CUSTOM CELEBRATIONS BY DEE DEB STALLARD MARRIAGE CELEBRANT EVENT PLANTS INSIDE OUT BAR CO. JEANETTE DYKE KANGAROO RIDGE RETREAT KMD HAIR AND MAKEUP ART MARNONG ESTATE MEGAN JORDAN CELEBRANT MELBOURNE CELEBRANT TRACEY O’CONNOR ONEDAY ESTATE RIPPON LEA ESTATE THE PIER GEELONG TUSSIE MUSSIE VINEYARD + RETREAT YK ENTERTAINMENT

WA 135 CELEBRATIONS BY CANDICE 135 COMPOSE PHOTOGRAPHY 135 CONFETTI DAYS - DONNA MCCLELLAND, CELEBRANT 136 ETERNAL LOVE CELEBRANCY 136 MILLBROOK WINERY 136 PULLMAN BUNKER BAY RESORT 137 WEDSTYLE

FEATURED COUPLES 6

LAUREN & ALICE SERAFINO’S MCLAREN VALE SET YOUR SCENE THE WILD FLOWER COMPANY TRAVIS AND BENNY WEDDINGS VINTAGE VIBES EVENT HIRE

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DEAN & DYLAN DIVON PHOTOGRAPHY LALA DESIGN

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JORDAN & BRI

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LAUREN & ALICE SERAFINO’S MCLAREN VALE SET YOUR SCENE THE WILD FLOWER COMPANY TRAVIS AND BENNY WEDDINGS VINTAGE VIBES EVENT HIRE

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DEAN & DYLAN DIVON PHOTOGRAPHY LALA DESIGN

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JORDAN & BRI

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SIMONE & KATE

FEATURED COUPLES 63

JONO & MARLOW INLIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY LOXLEY ON BELLBIRD HILL

70

KATE & STEPH BENT FILM CO KATE DAWES FLOWER DESIGN MR A TAYLOR WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY

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SCOTT & KEITH WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY

98

DEBORAH & JESS FORAGED AND FLEURS MALENY FOOD CO

107

ALEX & JAY BUBBLEWRAP EVENTS MINTY MARY PEA MOBILE MAKE-OVERS AUSTRALIA WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY

115

JULIE & AMY

129 FABIANE & REBECCA STONEBARN 138

NAT & KAY CURATOR OF LOVE STORIES

144

JORDII & BECCA E.L. SIMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY PRESTON PEAK WINERY FUNCTION CENTRE

155

LOREDANA & MEGAN

FEATURES 20

BEBEAH LOVE FEST BY GIGI DAYS LIKE THESE EVENTS + PHOTOGRAPHY FLOSSY BYRON BAY LITTLE LANE EVENTS THE GIANT TIPI COMPANY TUMBLONG HILLS WOW TENTS

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SAME SAME WEDDINGS EXPO - BRISBANE

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MANSWAG

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AUSTRALIAN WEDDING BLANKET

69

STARLIGHT’S WEDDING FAVOURS

104

INDUSTRIAL LUXE MEETS RUSTIC EVENT MANAGEMENT BY ALEX LOCUS PHOTO STEKKI DESIGNS

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THE BEAUTY OF LOVE DARB BRIDAL COUTURE REDKI COUTURE JEWELLERY


Congratulations LAUREN & ALICE 22 February 2020, McLaren Vale SA

LAUREN RODATO AND ALICE GEE MET PLAYING BASKETBALL FOR WEST ADELAIDE BEARCATS IN U21’S IN 2009. “WE PLAYED IN A TEAM TOGETHER AND WERE FRIENDS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS BEFORE WE GOT TOGETHER IN 2012.”


On 12 October 2018, Alice planned a weekend away at Lauren’s favourite place in the world - her family vineyard in McLaren Vale. Alice left a note on the kitchen table and asked Lauren to come inside. The note read, “Lauren, I’ve gone for a stroll, wait for my call and meet me in the vineyards. Stay inside until then. Love you, Alice xx” Alice grabbed a bag she had hidden, sprinted out the door and into the vineyards searching for the perfect spot. She set up a rug, cushions, music and a bottle of wine. When she finally got the call, Lauren walked outside to search the vineyards for Alice who was waiting down a row amongst the old Grenache vines. Pinned along the vines were 10 photos of Lauren with a poem on the back of each photo describing something Alice loved about Lauren. At this point Lauren was a blubbering mess! Music was playing, the sun was setting, it was truly perfect. Alice got down on one knee and asked Lauren to be her wife. It was the most magical moment.


“Our advice to other couples planning their wedding is if you have an idea of what you want, then stick with it! A lot of people will bring you ideas (both good and bad) but the decisions rest with you guys, so embrace all of them but stick with what you want! On the day of the wedding, allocate someone to be your decision maker. That way if anyone from the venue, other services or guests have questions, they don’t have to ask you! Don’t sweat the small stuff! Most of the time it’s not going to matter and no one will notice but you. Most importantly, make sure you take a moment to really enjoy what’s happening. The ceremony, for me, went so fast I wished we could have done it again and again just so I had more time to look at the flowers, look at the guests and listen to what was actually being said. I really did try but it is so hard (in the best way)! We spent our honeymoon in Palm Cove, Far North Qld.”


“The staff at Serafino’s were great to us and very accommodating to our requests and needs. Shout out to Michelle Wiley for coordinating the events on the day and for all the time and work she put in behind the scenes to make our day extra special. We loved our flowers from the Wild Flower Company. We don’t know anything about flowers but after one meeting with Kate, she totally understood what we were going for and absolutely nailed it on the day. Special thanks for her efforts in putting everything together as some stock was destroyed in the horrific fires that burned through much of the east coast and the Adelaide Hills. We were so impressed by the two incredible women and musicians Cerys and Claudia who performed our ceremony music. These girls are young but my goodness are they talented. Our celebrant Lucy Short was so lovely from the moment we met. The ceremony was genuine, meaningful and felt so special, she nailed it! Finally, a big shout out to all the staff at M&Co, especially Mandy and Michelle for doing an amazing job with not only our hair and makeup but also the hair and makeup of our entire bridal party.”


“THE THEME WAS BOHO/RUSTIC. OUR WEDDING DAY HIGHLIGHTS WERE LITERALLY EVERYTHING! BUT IF WE HAD TO PICK ONE THING THAT STOOD OUT TO BOTH OF US, IT WOULD BE THE CEREMONY. IT WAS EMOTIONAL, FUN, EXHILARATING AND JUST HOW WE IMAGINED IT WOULD BE.”


LAUREN & ALICE’S WEDDING CREW Ceremony, Reception and Accommodation

SERAFINO’S MCLAREN VALE

https://serafinowines.com.au/weddings

coordinator@serafinomclarenvale.com.au Florals

THE WILD FLOWER COMPANY https://www.thewildflowercompany.com.au info@thewildflowercompany.com.au Hire

VINTAGE VIBES EVENT HIRE www.vintagevibes.com.au info@vintagevibes.com.au Hire and Styling

SET YOUR SCENE www.setyourscene.com.au info@setyourscene.com.au Photography

TRAVIS AND BENNY WEDDINGS www.travisandbenny.com

hello@travisandbenny.com Attire Alice – Made with Love Bridal Lauren – Adelaide Bridal Emporium Cake Amanda from Sugar and Spice Cakes Favours Olive Oil from Lauren’s Family Vineyard Hair Alice - Mandy Nash at M&Co Style Bar Lauren - Michelle MacDonald at M&Co Style Bar Hire and Styling Australian Hiring Company Marriage Celebrant Lucy Short Music Cerys and Claudia - Ceremony Mitise Entertainment - Reception Online Invitations Greenvelope Transport Jaguar Classic Hire Videography Daniel Koulouris Welcome Sign Vintage Custom Designs


hello@laladesign.com.au

https://www.laladesign.com.au


https://divonphotography.com.au

hello@divon.com.au


Congratulations DEAN & DYLAN 3 January 2020, Perth WA

“OUR CEREMONY WAS HELD IN WESLEY CHURCH, PERTH CITY. WE WERE THE THIRD GENERATION OF DEAN’S FAMILY TO BE MARRIED THERE.”


Dean Langridge and Dylan Van Der Walt met in 2010 at a festival called ‘Summerdayz’ in Perth through mutual friends. “We were introduced, got talking, and ended up spending the rest of the day together. We started going on dates from that day. The moment we began setting joint goals and planning for our future was when we stopped and realised things were getting serious. Buying a house with someone for example two years later, is a pretty big statement of both a financial and emotional investment.”


“I (Dylan) decided I would propose... after I got sick of waiting for Dean to do it! So, I went out and bought two rings (because I need one too!) and planned to propose to Dean during a romantic camping trip. Needless to say, the events that followed were less than ideal. We were kicked out of the original camping spot for having dogs. Dean had the ‘man flu’ and the stress of a proposal put me on edge – so Dean proceeded to continually ask throughout the day, “Why are you being so sensitive today?”. We finally arrived at a beautiful lakefront camping spot, got a fire going, and as the sun was going down I got the ring and walked Dean to the lakefront. He was confused by why I was being so serious about having to watch the sun set, before I got down on one knee. When he saw the ring, the whole day made sense. I proposed and his words were, ‘Of course, Yes!’. Following that we thought we would celebrate with a drink. Typical of me, I forgot to buy champagne or bring glasses. We drove to the nearest bottle shop in the small country town which was three hours south-west of WA and asked if they sold champagne. Confused, the shop owner pointed us to the fridge where there was nothing available that was sparkling. We ended up purchasing the most expensive bottle of wine we could find at a modest price of $18 and drank it out of tin camping cups. I love this story because it’s just so typically ‘us’. It’s not the perfect proposal and not everything went to plan, but it was organic and made us laugh, just like the day we met.”


“Our wedding day highlights were saying our vows, the wedding speeches and of course the reception! In general though, the whole day was a highlight. We could feel the overwhelming unconditional love from both families. Our advice to other couples planning their wedding is to start early so you can relax and just enjoy the day when it comes around. Our honeymoon is booked for Greece and Italy, however is currently on hold due to COVID-19.�


DEAN & DYLAN’S WEDDING CREW Photography

DIVON PHOTOGRAPHY www.divon.com.au

hello@divon.com.au Stationery and Invitations

LALA DESIGN

https://www.laladesign.com.au hello@laladesign.com.au Accommodation Crown Towers Attire Institchu Cake The Cake and I Catering Crown Towers Florals Poppys Flowers Marriage Celebrant Marie Wilson Reception Crown Towers Perth


“OUR WEDDING THEME WAS BLACK, WHITE AND GOLD, LUXURIOUS AND OPULENT, WITHOUT GOING TOO OVER-THE-TOP (SAVE FOR THE INDOOR FIREWORK/SPARKLERS!).”


Bebeah Love Fest The team at Days Like These Events & Photography were struck down with a little bit (or a lot) of cabin fever thanks to the pandemic that saw the wedding industry, like many others, literally come to a halt. They found themselves craving creativity during this idle time and thought there would be no better way to reinvigorate the wedding industry than to host a styled shoot and networking event for the suppliers at the stunning Bebeah Farm in NSW. From this concept, the inaugural two day ‘Bebeah Love Fest’ was born, pieced together by 35 of the best wedding suppliers from all over Australia. This was not just a working weekend; it was a memorable and exciting couple of days to showcase each business while making lifelong industry friends.


Days like these


Bebeah Love Fest


TEAM BEBEAH LOVE FEST Cake

BY GIGI www.bygigi.com.au

enquiry@bygigi.com.au Events & Photography

DAYS LIKE THESE EVENTS + PHOTOGRAPHY www.daysliketheseevents.com

hello@daysliketheseevents.com Fairy Floss

FLOSSY BYRON BAY www.flossybyronbay.com

flossybyronbay@gmail.com Glamping

WOW TENTS www.wowtents.com.au

weddings@wowtents.com.au Planners & Stylists

LITTLE LANE EVENTS https://www.littlelaneevents.com.au kirra@littlelaneevents.com.au Tipis & Stretch Tents

THE GIANT TIPI COMPANY https://www.thegianttipicompany.com.au info@gianttipis.com.au Wines

TUMBLONG HILLS https://tumblonghills.com

emma@tumblonghills.com A Dash Of Wyn Absoloo Bebeah Farm Bhree Shevaun Jewellery Boho Hair and Make Up CaterAid Claire Belford Celebrant Ellebore Event Entertainers Event Hire Services Karina Prebble Makeup Kashiika Memory Lane Weddings and Events Mr Goaty Gelato My Creative Space Nomad Brewing Co. Ooh La Neon Paddock to Plate Catering Co. Premier Event Trailers The Party Hire Co. Upbeat Social Velvet Sea Productions We Are Mancini Models @sammolineaux @charlottefoster @emmaacharlottew


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Entwined

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DESIGN & STYLE

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our boutiques. We are known for our unique sculptural design, unusual setting styles and unparalleled quality of manufacture. Our pieces are contemporary yet timeless.

We tell clients constantly there are no rules. White diamonds are the most popular stones for engagement rings, but they’re far from the only option. We have made the most beautiful

At Musson we create bespoke wedding

engagement rings featuring rare coloured

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diamonds and rich sapphires.

“An engagement or wedding ring should be your unique expression of love.”

“Be motivated by what inspires you. You are going to wear these rings every day and you have to love them. Wedding jewellery is a celebration and you should feel special and honoured to wear these rings.” At Musson we have had a long love affair with Argyle Pink Diamonds, with our founder being one of the first jewellers to be invited to the Argyle Pink Diamond Tender. (Musson is a Select Atelier for Argyle Pink Diamonds). Argyle Pink Diamonds are ‘beyond rare’, being billions of years old and the rarest natural commodity on earth. We love using them in wedding jewellery as side or accent stones to beautifully contrast with white diamonds, or even hidden within a setting so only the wearer is aware of their presence.

Visit us in store or online to discover more of our engagement & wedding ring offering. www.musson.com.au (02) 9412 0888


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Luke Middlemiss Photography

Luke Middlemiss Photography

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.

Keegan Cronin Photography

Keegan Cronin Photography

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

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Millbrook is a multi-award winning boutique winery and two-hat restaurant, situated in the historic town of Jarrahdale - in the Perth Hills wine region of Western Australia - 50 minutes south-east of Perth. Nestled among jarrah and marri forests, Millbrook Winery features sloping vineyards, sparkling lakes and tree-lined walkways and is simply breathtaking. The venue can accommodate a variety of wedding styles, while the beautiful, landscaped grounds provide the perfect ceremony setting and backdrop for photography.

Discover Millbrook at www.millbrook.wine/weddings | 08 9525 5648 | events@millbrook.wine | Photo Credits (top, L-R): Ella Otranto Photography, Jodie @ Merge Photography, Ella Otranto Photography, Amanda Alessi Photography, Nathan Maddigan Photography

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Ceremony I Reception I Accommodation I Golf I Spa Bordering on Lake Weyba and within minutes to Hasting Street and Noosa main beach Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort offers a tranquil setting for onsite ceremonies, unique photographic locations, exceptional service and catering, onsite accommodation, pampering options at the Day Spa or a relaxing round of golf on our championship golf course.

No minimum spend. No minimum number.

... all in one location

Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort - Links Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567 07 5440 3333 weddings@noosasprings.com.au www.noosasprings.com.au


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

Ben Connolly Photography


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Your Complete Wedding and Event Venue “I do” with a view Thanks to our central location and breathtaking water views, we are one of Caloundra’s most popular meeting venues and event spaces for weddings, conferences, engagements and birthdays etc.

Function Rooms 3 spacious air-conditioned function rooms, complimentary in-house audio/visual equipment and free WiFi.

WEDDINGS | CORPORATE | CELEBRATIONS Ph 5492 1444 | 2 Lamerough Pde (Woorim Park) Golden Beach https://caloundrapowerboat.com.au functions@caloundrapowerboat.com.au | caloundrapowerboat.com.au Photography courtesy of imagesbylouobrien.com


A Memorable Proposal JORDAN & BRI Shorncliffe Pier QLD

“It was late afternoon when we arrived at Shorncliffe Pier. The sun began to set and I thought the day could not have been more perfect. With COVID-19 causing everything to close and being unsure of how bad things were going to get, it made me so much more certain of what I was about to do. We walked to the end of the pier and I could see the beautiful setting arranged by Memorable Memories. Bri was completely unaware of what was happening. She went to walk past and I had to stop her and pull her back. I said, ‘This is for us’ and she replied, ‘What?’. Confused and unaware, I began with: ‘I know there are a lot of things going on in the world that I am unsure about and what’s going to happen but what I do know is that I have never been more sure about spending the rest of my life with you’. Then I got down on one knee and asked the woman of my dreams to ‘Marry Me’. Bri, in shock at first, said ‘no way’ with a massive smile as she was in disbelief and I said, ‘Probably not the best time to say no way’ and laughed before receiving a relieving ‘OMG YES!’ Meanwhile, So Rosie Photography had captured our special moment and we went on to have wonderful photoshoot after enjoying some Rose and soaking in the moment together!” Jordan www.memorablememories.com.au manager.memorablememories@gmail.com www.sorosiephotography.com.au rosie@sorosiephotography.com.au


Photos courtesy Masterpieces Photography & Video

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Sunday 28 March 2021 BRISBANE POWERHOUSE 10am-2pm FREE ENTRY ALL COUPLES WELCOME

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BUSINESSES SUPPORTING ALL LOVE

AUSTRALIA WIDE

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

ECO CONFETTI 07 55766387 Australia Wide

CONFETTI AND PETALS Australian-based Eco Confetti stocks venue-friendly, 100% biodegradable confetti and petals that are perfect for celebrating stylishly and sustainably. Our quality confetti and petals are light and fluffy to ensure the perfect flutter complements your once-in-a-lifetime photographs. Available in bulk, DIY or pre-assemble kits with all biodegradable accessories, we hope Eco Confetti enhances your special day with family and friends. Your exclusive 5% discount code: SAMESAMEWED. hello@ecoconfetti.com.au www.ecoconfetti.com.au

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 one-of-a-kind gown 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

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photo: Dan Vonhoff Photography venue: Gabbinbar Homestead Toowoomba

WEDDINGS & EV EN T S

Exquisite Flowers for all Moments in Life

We take care of the little things

hello@lesanssouci.com.au https://www.lesanssouci.com.au

0437 305 700

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MANSWAG

Pre-tied Italian silk bow ties. Classic pre-tied bow tie made from the finest Italian silk. Adjustable band. Hook and eye fastening. Presented in a gift box. Black, black ribbed, black and white polka dot. $59 incl free delivery within Australia.

Self tie Italian silk black bow tie. Classic bow time made from the finest Italian silk. Adjustable length. Presented in a gift box. $59 incl free delivery within Australia.

Men’s suit lapel pins. Make a statement on your special day with these stunning lapel pins. Various colours and designs. Presented in a gift box. $24.95 incl free delivery within Australia. hello@manswag.com.au

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BUSINESSES SUPPORTING ALL LOVE

ACT

ESSENTIAL 07 55766387 ELEMENTS CELEBRANCY | JANINE YOKOM ACT, Southern Highland and South Coast NSW

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT What sets me apar t is I genuinely care that you have the best experience ever! I always get totally immersed in anything I do and gain my energy from being around people and making them happy. I really care that you get your essential elements included in the ceremony and tell your love stor y the way you want it to be told. My job is to make your ceremony the one your guests will walk away from feeling they were included in one of the most special days of your lives. I’m creative and happy to share plenty of ideas and information on ways to make your day unique to you. From star t to finish, it’s all about you, my job is to make it real! 0414 797 211 hey@janineyokom.com.au www.essentialelementscelebrancy.com

SIP, SWIG & SWALLOW ACT and NSW

MOBILE BAR, COFFEE AND EVENTS VAN When Joan rolls in, you’re going to have a great par ty! Joan is a travelling bar and coffee van based in Canberra, but loves tripping around NSW. The best thing is, you supply the drinks (saving you money) and they do the rest. Want signature cocktails - they can do that too! 0477 863 766 sipswigandswallow@hotmail.com www.sipswigandswallow.com.au MASTHEAD WITH BANNER

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Congratulations SIMONE & KATE 28 February 2020, Forresters Beach NSW

“OUR WEDDING ADVICE - DO IT YOUR WAY! DON’T BE TRAPPED BY TRADITION AND WHAT YOU THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE OR DO. CHOOSE THE THINGS YOU LIKE, MAKE IT A TRUE CELEBRATION OF YOU AND YOUR LOVE. REMEMBER WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. FOR US IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT DRESSES OR TABLE CENTRES. IT WAS ABOUT US AND OUR LOVE AND OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES, SO THAT MADE THE PLANNING RUN SMOOTHLY.”


Kate Reid met Simone Baker at work at a casual job while Kate was still in late high school and Simone was in her first year of university. “I guess we just always knew we would get married one day. We had been together for 19 years by the time Australia achieved marriage equality so it was really time! I came home from work one day to find Simone on the laptop with spreadsheets and stuff everywhere and asked what she was doing. Her response was, planning a wedding’, to which I asked, ‘whose?’ It turned out it was ours!”


“We had seen some photos of Gracelands online and loved the vibe of the place. We wanted a relaxed, intimate feel with great food and wine to be shared among our closest friends and family. It truly was the most magical day.” “Our highlights were all of it! The amount of love that filled the space all day. Standing up and declaring our love for each other in the most beautiful setting was incredible. Seeing all our closest family and friends sharing beautiful food and drinks together.” “Our wedding night was spent at Sticky Fig Retreat in Matcham. We didn’t have a honeymoon, partly in thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and partly because we have 2 children and lots going on with them. We had planned to get away in May 2020 to celebrate Simone’s birthday and a honeymoon but that has been squashed by COVID-19 also. Maybe later in the year!”


SIMONE & KATE’S WEDDING CREW Accommodation Sticky Fig Retreat, Matcham Attire White Runway Cake Cake and Plate and Krispy Kreme Catering Gracelands Florals Forever Floral Designs Hair Shed Your Locks Makeup Eye Do Make up and Lashes Marriage Celebrant Kate Tyler-Webber, Celebrate with Kate Music and Entertainment JC Entertainment Neon Sign King of Neon Photography Joey Corner Photography


“WE GAVE OURSELVES JUST THREE MONTHS TO PLAN OUR DAY WHICH PROVED TO BE A BLESSING AS WE HAD TO MAKE DECISIONS AND STICK WITH THEM. THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR CHANGING OUR MINDS.”


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A CELEBRANT - LOU SZYMKOW 07 LIFE 55766387

Western Sydney and Blue Mountains to the Sea NSW

MARRIAGE 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 0457 001 922 lou@alifecelebrant.com.au www.alifecelebrant.com.au

ALPACA 07 55766387KISSES Sydney NSW

ENTERTAINMENT Imagine exquisitely presented, friendly, event-trained alpacas at your wedding. Our alpacas are superb social catalysts that enjoy posing for selfies. They can add a unique touch of nature and fun to your special day. Mother Nature’s perfect solution for creating emotion-filled wedding day photos as well as an unforgettable Cocktail Hour experience that will have your guests (of all ages) cr ying, laughing, giggling and ‘OMG’ing for years to come. View our Slideshow. 0425 353 283 maria@alpacakisses.com https://www.alpacakisses.com/video

ALUUNA

Byron Bay NSW INTIMATE EVENING AND BRIDAL WEAR From a nostalgic dream, we take you on a journey of passion and romance, one to evoke deep love and embrace a moment. That moment star ts with a gown, a piece that empowers you and strengthens your soul. Aluuna has been designed to embrace our love for intimate apparel and whimsical gowns. Combined, the pieces are powerful, elegance comes naturally and a moment of passion transcends. We want you to create memories under the moonlight. info@aluuna.com www.aluuna.com www.instagram.com/aluunaofficial

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ÂME NUE INTIMATES 07 55766387 Sydney NSW + Online

LUXURY LINGERIE AND RESORT WEAR Âme Nue Intimates produces limited collections of lingerie, we do not mass produce. Each piece is cut and stitched locally by local Sydney tailors and can be bespoke. Keeping it close to home. We design timeless silhouettes with gentle palettes and ethereal fabrics. They have delicate details which reflect your ar tistic sensibility and merges comfor t and sensuality. Made from luscious silks and impor ted French leavers laces for a truly luxe experience. 0410 284 952 info@amenueintimates.com https://www.amenueintimates.com

ANNA WANG

Sydney NSW and International

WEDDING AND EVENTS PLANNER AND STYLIST We love weddings so much at ANNA WANG and have been creating unforgettable events for over 15 years! Our weddings are a truly personal experience as we take your vision into our hands to bring it to life, designing the visuals and styling the elements for your big day. We can transform any space for our gorgeous couples to share with their loved ones - from the florals, ceiling installations and bridal table, to the ceremony decorations, furniture and props. 1800 898 876 hello@annawang.com.au www.annawang.com.au

BABALOU WEDDINGS & EVENTS Kingscliff NSW

WEDDING AND EVENTS VENUE Babalou is a premium ocean front reception venue. Located only a stone’s throw from Kingscliff Beach, Babalou exudes cool coastal charm, with stylish interiors and décor sure to impress your guests. Babalou can hold seated receptions for up to 140 guests and cocktail events up to 200 guests. 02 66748764 functions@babalou.com.au http://babalou.com.au

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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

BIZZARO BRIDAL COUTURE Earlwood, Sydney NSW

BRIDAL COUTURE At Bizzaro Bridal Couture ever y gown is individually designed, exper tly fitted and beautifully hand crafted in Australia using quality fabrics, laces and embellishments from around the world. Each gown is designed to flatter a bride’s silhouette, accentuate her best features and stay true to her personality. This devoted and dedicated team have been transforming bridal dreams into reality for 30 years and are always happy to have a no obligation chat via email or phone. Studio open by appointment. 02 9558 7145 enquiries@bizzarobridal.com.au www.bizzarobridal.com.au

CATALINA 07 55766387 ROSE BAY Rose Bay, Sydney NSW

RESTAURANT Catalina is an established award-winning fine dining venue, Hatted consecutively for 23 years and renowned for being one of the top 3 wedding venues in Sydney. Catalina hosts mar velous sit down events for 140 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

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CHANDELIERS TO DIE FOR Sydney NSW

CRYSTAL CANDELABRAS, CHANDELIERS, FIREWORKS HIRE AND LUXURY STYLING Specialising in creating luxurious and elegant weddings by supplying Sydney’s finest cr ystal ‘Table Chandeliers’. Sparkling Swarovski Cr ystal to enhance your special day and create memories that will last a lifetime. We also provide sumptuous chairs, divine plates, glassware and cutler y to beautifully complement your guest table centerpieces. From glamorous intimate celebrations to lavish and extravagant events, our table chandeliers will provide you with that extra sparkle and romance! 02 9328 0333 peter@chandeliers.net.au http://www.chandeliers.net.au

CITY BEACH

Wollongong NSW

WEDDING VENUE Wollongong’s only premier beachfront wedding and events venue.With a unique blend of luxurious beach vibes, city sophistication and award-winning ser vice. Our two event spaces – filled with natural light - feature elevated bridal tables, pillarless design for unobstructed bridal table views, floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the magnificent ocean outlook and private balconies with twinkling outlook of Wollongong lighthouse. Inclusive packages star t from $107pp. 02 4228 3188 weddings@citybeach.events https://citybeach.events

DAYS LIKE THESE EVENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY 07 55766387 Sydney and Tweed Heads NSW

WEDDING PLANNER, COORDINATOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER Based in Sydney, this hubby and wife team create and capture stunning weddings all over Australia. Emily is a master at planning weddings and loves to be there on the day to ensure that ever ything goes to your plan. Meanwhile Dax has a sharp eye for capturing memories that you will cherish forever. 0422 982 262 hello@daysliketheseevents.com www.daysliketheseevents.com photo: @daysliketheseweddings


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ETERNAL ELEGANCE Sydney NSW

HAIR AND MAKEUP Eternal Elegance originated from three friends with a passion for makeup and hair. Bringing their experience from film, television, editorial and fashion to create beautiful hair and makeup designs for their brides or grooms. The team cherish par taking in a couple’s magical day, creating beautiful moments to celebrate their love. 0424 484 736 eternal2elegance@gmail.com http://www.eternal2elegance.com photo: Mitch Pohl @mitchpohl

HUNTER EVENTS

Hunter / Newcastle Region NSW

WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNER Hunter Events NSW offers a unique and fresh approach to all types of events. Their ser vices include Designing, Planning, Creating, Styling, Consulting, Producing, On-Day Coordinating, Venue Event Management and Emceeing. With an abundance of experience they have the ability to create memorable events while saving their client time and money. 0400 969 588 louise@huntereventsgroup.com.au http://huntereventsnsw.com.au

JILL PLAYER COTTON MARRIAGE CELEBRANT 07 55766387 Sydney NSW

AUTHORISED MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Jill describes her job as ‘Joyous!’ She’s warm, ar ticulate and giving, with a lively sense of fun. She’s been a performer, a music teacher, a writer, even a public relations consultant. Jill is as organised as she is creative. Together with you both, her job is to create and facilitate exactly the style of ceremony you want. Come throw all of your thoughts, plans and ideas at her, she loves hearing them! 0403 440 037 jillplayercotton@gmail.com www.jillcelebrant.com


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JO BOOTH, EVENT CELEBRANT 07 55766387 Sydney NSW

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT “Jo was our fair y godmother, agony aunt, saving grace, celebrant and MC rolled into one incredible package.” Love hustler. Wedding whisperer. Par ty star ter. No two couple are the same so I’m not trotting out something I’ve done before. Each ceremony is tailored, bespoke, special – damn it, each one is the O.G. Laughter filled ceremonies are my jam. 0425 304 912 hello@joboothcelebrant.com.au www.joboothcelebrant.com.au

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KATALANE

Brookvale NSW

EVENT HIRE CO. Offering a holistic approach to event hire, Katalane creates extraordinar y event spaces in a plethora of style and size combinations. With a stunning range of tipis, marquees, stretch tents, bespoke furniture and accessories, Katalane will go above and beyond to ensure your special event is just perfect. 0412 858 391 info@katalane.com.au www.katalane.com.au

LA LUNE CINEMA Newcastle NSW

VIDEOGRAPHY Love is a stor y wor th telling. That is why @lalunecinema have been film makers for over 12 years, with shooters available throughout Australia. Taking a different approach, their films capture the feeling and atmosphere of your day and the best bit is you have it forever to relive with ya frenz! VIEW Pete & Anthony’s Video https://vimeo.com/357279384 0466 616 147 joel@lalunecinema.com www.lalunecinema.com

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LDC LUXURY DRY CLEANING Cardiff, Newcastle NSW

SPECIALIST WEDDING GOWN CLEANING We provide a complete Garment Care Package specialising in gown cleaning. Our special White Glove Ser vice includes pre-wedding gown and suit pressing and deliver y to the destination, then our Cer tified Wedding Specialists professionally clean and take delicate care of your wedding gown which will be preser ved and boxed with a life time warranty. Our ser vices extend to the wedding par ty, from grooms suits, bridesmaid dresses and flowergirl/pageboy outfits, to the parents. photo: The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists Shelby & Jessica wedding in Tennessee

0416 052 528 ldcluxurydrycleaning@gmail.com www.ldcluxurydrycleaning.com

LEAH APPLEBY Sydney NSW

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Whether your ceremony is formal, casual or elaborate, Leah is fun, charming and cheeky and brings the right amount of energy to your celebration. Leah prides herself on making your weddings dreams come true by creating the perfect ceremony tailored just for the two of you. 0422 904 171 marriedbyleah@gmail.com www.marriedbyleah.com.au photo: Tanya Voltchanskaya, Australian Elopements

LEIGHSA COX PHOTOGRAPHER Hunter Valley NSW

PHOTOGRAPHER Weddings are amazing. In the 15 years I have been photographing weddings, I have seen so many great couples get married and each one is special and unique. Photographing a wedding is a privilege and so much fun. I love the drama and the family craziness! On your wedding day there is so much going on and my aim is to capture the little moments as they happen, to naturally document the details and emotions as well as find the best light for some gorgeous por traits. 0421 034 805 hi@leighsacoxphotographer.com.au https://leighsacoxphotographer.com.au


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LITTLE BIRD BOUTIQUE EVENTS Sydney NSW

BOHO PICNIC HIRE Little Bird specialise in creating luxurious, intimate and unique boho picnics. Lay back on luxe cushions and rugs and enjoy a relaxed get together or celebrate with a set pop up picnic complete with cr ystal glasses, china plates and silver cutler y. Quality decor and impeccable styling. 0405 697 917 ebby@littlebirdevents.com.au www.littlebirdevents.com.au

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LITTLE MISS PARTY PLANNER

Sydney, Byron Bay NSW and Gold Coast QLD

WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING Little Miss Par ty Planner is a wedding and event planning business based in Sydney offering boho picnics for all occasions, wedding and event planning and also soon to come a wedding planning bible that helps you plan the wedding of your dreams whilst saying connected to the universe. 0411 877 684 kelly@littlemisspartyplanner.com.au www.littlemisspartyplanner.com.au

LOOBYLOU 07 55766387

Manly Vale NSW

CANDLES AND HOME FRAGRANCE Loobylou is driven by a love of candles and inspired by the connection between emotion and fragrance. We believe in treading gently, celebrating the ar tistr y and originality of making quality products by hand. The act of lighting a candle, taking a moment to make your event a little more beautiful, is a ritual that ignites an intention. Let us work with you on a bespoke scent for your special day. 0424 604 603 candles@loobylou.com.au www.loobylou.com.au


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LUXE - UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS Sydney NSW

WEDDING PLANNING, STYLING, ON THE DAY COORDINATION & EVENT SPECIALIST SERVICES This Sydney-based wedding planning, styling and event specialist ser vice par tners only with premium suppliers, vendors and venues on behalf of their clients - as no two couples are ever the same and neither is the planning journey or on the day deliver y. Magic Moments that become treasured memories with us @ LUXE - Unforgettable Events. 0416 208 092 kerrie@luxeunforgettableevents.com.au https://.luxeunforgettableevents.com.au

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

NIQUE JEWELLERY 07 55766387 Manly, Sydney NSW

JEWELLERY A personalised bespoke Jeweller y Brand with pieces that modern women appreciate not only for the stor y but the process. After a personal consultation, in person or video, we make your dream piece with our hands. We like to educate our customers throughout the manufacturing process of their Engagement rings, Wedding bands, Celebration Pieces, remodels and restorations. Facebook & Instagram @niquejewellery hello@niquejewellery.com www.niquejewellery.com


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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 three 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

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PAPER & STUFF Cooranbong NSW

WEDDING STATIONERY AND SIGNAGE Celebrating 48 years of beautiful stationer y, Paper & Stuff offer an outstanding selection of stationer y designs with unlimited variables of colour and products. From Basic to Bespoke. Any Style or Design. Great Ser vice. Unique. Handmade. Quality. Personalised Ser vice. Simply make an appointment by phoning or emailing us... we LOVE love. 02 4977 3200 cath.john.duffy@gmail.com www.paperandstuff.com.au

PENRITH BRIDAL CENTRE Penrith NSW

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Check out our stunning Bride Vanessa and her gorgeous Mel. Vanessa wears a sexy fitted lace Nicole Spose gown from Penrith Bridal. Mel had matching sleeves made for her jacket from the lace off Vanessa’s train to tie their outfits together perfectly xx 02 4731 2308 info@penrithbridalcentre.com.au www.penrithbridalcentre.com.au

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SHIRALEE ARCHER FLORIST BY APPOINTMENT Mudgee NSW

BESPOKE WEDDING AND EVENT FLORISTRY Ar tistr y, passion and knowledge are all elements vital to a wedding. Striking colours, rich textures, lingering scents - inspired design combined to make wedding and special event florals by Shiralee Archer extraordinar y. Shiralee is a wedding florist known for using the highest quality flowers in creative and memorable floral arrangements. 0409 071 098 archer.shiralee@gmail.com www.shiraleearcher.com

SOCIETY 07 55766387PHOTOGRAPHY Mosman NSW

PHOTOGRAPHY We specialise in natural, ar tistic images - looking for the details, expressions and moments that make up your wedding day. We also love to utilise the beautiful surroundings that you have chosen for your wedding, and create images that give a sense of place and space. Call us or drop us an email today and we can chat about your needs, and how we can capture those timeless memories that celebrate your life and love. 02 9960 7100 info@societyphotography.com.au www.societyphotography.com.au

SPERRY TENTS HUNTER VALLEY Hunter Valley NSW

MARQUEE / TENTS/ EVENTS Our stunning handcrafted sailcloth tents with sweeping canopy suppor ted by natural wooden poles create a signature look that conveys both elegance and romance.​ We provide magical spaces for unique events throughout the Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Newcastle, Mid Nor thCoast and surrounds. 0452 233 117 hello@sperrytentshuntervalley.com.au www.sperrytentshuntervalley.com.au


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STUDIO ZANETTI Sydney NSW

PHOTOGRAPHY For the past two decades, acclaimed photographer Michael has been providing Sydney’s gay and lesbian community with commitment ceremony and same sex family photography. To celebrate our big YES win, get in touch with Michael for natural and ar tful photography, not to mention packages that are sensibly priced. 0412 391 144 mike@studiozanetti.com.au https://studiozanetti.com.au/sydney-gay-and-lesbian-wedding-photographer

TAMBURLAINE ORGANIC WINES Hunter Valley NSW

ORGANIC WINERY / FUNCTION CENTRE The Lodge at Tamburlaine Organic Wines in the hear t of the Hunter Valley offers you elegance and atmosphere paired with the utmost privacy. The surrounding grounds and vineyards make it an ideal backdrop to capture your special day and create memories to last forever. 02 4998 4202 weddings@tamburlaine.com.au www.tamburlaine.com.au/weddings

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THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDEN Mount Annan NSW

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE Just an hour from Sydney CBD and boasting 400 hectares of stunning backdrops, The Australian Botanic Garden offers endless choices for your outdoor ceremony, photos and reception, all in one location. Our specialist venue coordinator will be with you from the minute you say ‘yes’ to the moment you seal the deal with ‘I do’. 02 4634 7935 mtannan.events@bgcp.nsw.gov.au www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au

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THE PARTY HIRE COMPANY - ELEGANCE OUTDOORS 07 55766387 Central Coast, Hunter Valley and Newcastle NSW

MARQUEE AND FURNITURE HIRE The Par ty Hire Company is a boutique event hire company specialising in structure style marquees with clear, white and peaked roofs as well as furniture hire for weddings and special events. Our hire equipment is beautiful, safe and well maintained and our ser vice is second to none. Let us help you create your ‘Elegance Outdoors’ event. 02 4340 0500 info@thepartyhireco.com.au www.thepartyhireco.com.au

THE ROAMING EAGLE Newcastle NSW

MOBILE BAR Our caravan bar comes with ice, glassware, RSA cer tified staff, styling, florals, lawn games, music and a state of the ar t keg system so you can offer your guests beer on tap at any location imaginable. We are BYO which means you get to choose what you want to ser ve and control your budget. We also offer grazing tables and recover y par ty packages. There’s a reason we were awarded the winners trophy for the Couples Choice Awards 2018, 2019 & 2020 for the bar categor y! hello@theroamingeagle.com www.theroamingeagle.com

WEDDINGS 07 55766387 I DO

Sydney, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands NSW

SYDNEY WEDDING CELEBRANT I am passionate to create the wedding of ‘Your Dreams!’. As one of Sydney’s most fun Inner West Celebrants and with over nine years’ experience, I would love to marr y ‘You!’ Your Wedding can be romantic and intimate, traditional and larger than life, or perhaps a little bit of ever ything, and I will help you create a ceremony just for you, including and if you wish, your own stor y! x Janet 0404 463 664 celebrations@weddingsido.com.au www.weddingsido.com.au

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YASMINA NADINE PHOTOGRAPHY Sydney NSW

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY There is nothing better than beautiful, authentic moments of love... like this of Lou and Tiff at Merribee House. If you are looking for a wedding photographer who is fun, makes you feel relaxed and really captures the inner you on your wedding day, then take a look at Yasmina Nadine Photography. 0478 653 463 info@yasminanadine.com www.yasminanadine.com

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 MASTHEAD WITH BANNER

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The Australian WEDDING BLANKET... the new traditional gift Melbourne based artisan Linda Reeve of The Flying Lamb is excited to announce the start of a new tradition in Australian weddings with the release of the Australian Wedding Blanket. Each intricately hand-stitched throw takes over three full days to complete. These blankets are a real labour of love, a unique gift that celebrates the lives of two people, stitching their families together, weaving in unconditional love and happiness for their future. The Australian Wedding Blanket is more than a pretty homewares accessory. Good luck and warm best wishes are crafted into each unique blanket. The blankets are made from sustainably grown cotton, Australian Merino wool and over 3000 sequins! The traditional story of love and life are woven into each stitch and begins with Merino detailing the journey of two souls side by side, promising their love and devotion. The twists and turns of their life are captured in the sequins, celebrating and sharing the ups and embracing the love during the downs. Fun and happiness are captured in the moments that make up a life, memories made, friends shared, the little ‘bits’ that decorate the fabric of our world. The simple cross stitch conjures feelings of home and the anticipation of marking off the days until the next big event. The abundance of life is gathered in lush bundles of Merino wool, pure and simple, full and rich with life. “The Australian Wedding Blanket has been a dream of mine for years and I am thrilled to finally see it launched, and see so many families starting a new tradition. The concept of storytelling through stitches has been around for as long as humans have been clothing themselves. With the Australian Wedding Blanket, I have been able to capture the concepts and techniques used for millennia and develop a product that real couples can use every day.” In many cultures, gifting the new couple with a wedding blanket is a tradition passed down through centuries. Traditionally it was mothers, sisters and aunties stitching their warmth, care, and love into the future life of the newlyweds. Family and generational connections, old wives’ tales, charms for luck, ribbons and fine needlework are the hallmarks of a traditional wedding blanket. Linda fell in love with this concept and designed the Australian Wedding Blanket for a new generation of families who value tradition and meaning, and who are looking for items that are more relevant to their lifestyle which also care for our earth. Natural, simple and practical are all hallmarks of Linda’s design ethos. Instagram @the.flying.lamb @australianweddingblanket Facebook @theflyinglambau www.theflyinglamb.com


Congratulations JONO & MARLOW 30 May 2020, Kurrajong Hills NSW


“DUE TO COVID-19 WE DECIDED TO HAVE OUR WEDDING IN TWO PARTS. PART 1 - 30/5/2020 WAS THE CEREMONY AND INTIMATE DINNER WITH THE MANDATED NUMBER OF GUESTS. PART 2 - 29/5/2021 WILL BE A RENEWAL OF VOWS AND THE RECEPTION. WE WILL HAVE OUR HONEYMOON AFTER PART 2 NEXT YEAR.”


Jono Nash met Marlow Magnayon while working at CBA in 1999. “I asked Mars to marry me on New Year’s Day 2019. Our wedding theme was FABULOUS. A highlight was the fact that it could still proceed albeit with a smaller group of people due to COVID-19.


Our advice to anyone planning their wedding is to ask other couples what they did. It’s great to seek advice from those who have gone before.�


JONO & MARLOW’S WEDDING CREW Ceremony, Reception and Accommodation

LOXLEY ON BELLBIRD HILL www.loxleyonbellbirdhill.com.au info@loxleyonbellbirdhill.com.au

Photography and Videography

INLIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY www.inlights.com.au

russell@inlights.com.au Accessories Bespoke with House of Priscilla Attire Bespoke Cake Exquisite Cakes Favours The Grump Witch Florals The Bloom Room Marriage Celebrant Married by Andy Stationery and Invitations Zazzle Styling Anna Wang


Starlight’s Wedding Favours STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

In Australia, 77% of couples have some form of bonbonniere or wedding favour for their guests. So, instead of the usual sugared almond or candle, celebrate your special day with a Starlight Wedding Favour, and thank your guests with a personalised donation to help bring fun and laughter to seriously ill children in hospital.

From just $4 per guest and with a range of designs to suit your wedding theme, a Starlight Wedding Favour is the perfect way to make a lasting impact on the lives of seriously ill children.

Couples can also choose to add a silver (+$1) or gold (+$2) star pin to their design for an extra touch of sparkle! The pins make for a wonderful keepsake which will remind your loved ones of your big day for years to come, and the big difference your contribution has made. Your personalised donation will help give happiness to sick kids via Starlight’s vital hospital services, including Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Room which are available in every major children’s hospital around the country (including Queensland Children’s Hospital). Visit shop.starlight.org.au for a full list of style options and cross one more thing off your wedding to-do-list.


Congratulations KATE & STEPH 1 September 2019, Brisbane QLD


Kate Bonanno and Steph Charge met in 2013 through a mutual friend. “Steph had just turned 18 and was still figuring herself out. I had moved out of home two years before to find a more accepting place in the world and was still looking. When I met Steph, I knew I had met the girl that I wanted to marry but it took her a little bit longer to cotton on. For a little while we settled on being friends, or so she thought. On one of our early ‘friend dates’, I picked her up and we went to a theme park at night. I hated both heights and the dark, so this was my idea of hell, but I knew Steph wanted to go so badly. I put on a brave face and bought the tickets. She loved every second of it and I loved every second with her.” “SOMETHING CHANGED THAT NIGHT. AFTER WEEKS OF TELLING ME WE SHOULD JUST BE FRIENDS, ON THE WAY HOME, SHE KISSED ME.”


“After a few years of hounding Steph with the question, ‘Will you marry me?’, she finally said ‘yes’ one night... sort of! I had planned to take her up to a restaurant at the lookout that we loved and to propose on the grassy area where we had spent so many nights sitting and looking at the beautiful city that we live in together. When the moment finally came, I chickened out. I had asked her playfully at least 100 times, knowing that she wouldn’t think it meant anything. But this time it did. I had the ring in my pocket and had been checking on it all night to make sure it was still there. At this point she already knew my plan, and on the way home turned to me and asked, ‘So will you marry me?’.”


“Planning our wedding didn’t take much after we’d found the venue. Steph fell in love with Hillstone the second she walked in. Aside from the stunning views over the golf course, the classic feel of the place and the million fairy lights set up around the place, the team at Hillstone were relaxed, organised and down to earth. Our Celebrant, Paul Voge was recommended to us by our photographer. I called him my ‘human Valium’ throughout the planning process. The highlight of the day was the ceremony, Paul made sure it was super personalised and seamless.”


KATE & STEPH’S WEDDING CREW Attire - Dress

WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY www.whenfreddiemetlilly.com.au whenfreddiemetlilly@gmail.com Attire - Suit

MR A TAYLOR www.mrataylor.com info@mrataylor.com Florals

KATE DAWES FLOWER DESIGN https://www.katedawesflowerdesign.com.au kate@katedawesflowerdesign.com.au Photography and Videography

BENT FILM CO

https://www.instagram.com/bentfilmco/ bentfilmco@gmail.com

Ceremony and Reception Hillstone St Lucia Hair Krystal Ann Hair Makeup Fernando Hervas Marriage Celebrant Paul Voge Photography Graham Murray


“Our advice to anyone planning a wedding is to take your time selecting a celebrant. They can make or break the day. Also, if you are getting anything custom made for your  wedding, make sure

you

give yourself

plenty

of

time, especially if you are prone to stressing out!” 


BUSINESSES SUPPORTING ALL LOVE

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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

BE BEAUTIFUL - MAKEUP, HAIR & BEAUTY 07 55766387 South-East QLD and Northern NSW

MAKEUP, HAIR AND BEAUTY At Be Beautiful we have an amazing professional team who are friendly, reliable and love to pamper our clients. Whether it’s in our boutique salon or mobile to your chosen location, Be Beautiful are able to cater for all your makeup, hair and beauty needs. No par ty is too big or too small, we look after all. 0424 414 374 bronwyn@be-beautiful.com.au www.be-beautiful.com.au

BOOTH CHIC BRISBANE 07 55766387 Brisbane QLD

PHOTO BOOTH HIRE Sleek, sassy and fresh, all with that classic vintage charm we know and love. Meet our gorgeous open air photo booth, ‘Byron’, who delivers studio-quality images and lighting with her oh-so-CHIC beauty dish. Add our funky attendant, hip props, personalised photo strips and professional ser vice, and you have yourself your dream Booth booking. It’s all about you. Drop us a line - we’re nice! 0438 769 295 hello@boothchicbrisbane.com.au www.boothchicbrisbane.com.au

photo: Dawn Photography


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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

CALOUNDRA POWER BOAT CLUB 07 55766387 Sunshine Coast QLD

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE Say “I Do” With a View. We cater for small to large functions in your choice of three air-conditioned function rooms, all boasting magnificent water views of the Pumicestone Passage. Our professional team will help plan your function with an emphasis on fine detail, personalised ser vice and a tantalising array of superb menus at affordable prices. Call Priscilla on 07 5492 1444 to chat about your day. 07 5492 1444 functions@caloundrapowerboat.com.au www.caloundrapowerboat.com.au

CELEBRANT 07 55766387 CHIC BRISBANE Brisbane QLD

REGISTERED MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Well Hi! I’m Rowena and first let me say a great big congratulations to you both - what an exciting time! I love creating unique, engaging, modern Ceremonies for couples who are looking for a youthful, breath-of-fresh-air Celebrant. I get that your Ceremony needs to be all about you, delivered with a stylish vibrancy that really brings it to life and I would love to do this for you. 0438 769 295 hello@celebrantchicbrisbane.com.au https://www.celebrantchicbrisbane.com.au


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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

photo: Evoke Studios

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

DRIFTWOOD BLUE FLORAL EVENTS Brisbane QLD

STYLING & FLORALS Creating bespoke and customised floral designs and styling! With our flexible and mobile design consultancy and ongoing ser vices together with our full set up and pack down ser vices, you’ll feel completely looked after up to and including your Wedding Day! 0414 757 190 sharon@driftwoodbluefloralevents.com.au https://driftwoodbluefloralevents.com.au

photo: Tara Howard Photography


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EMMA NAYLER PHOTOGRAPHER 07 55766387 Sunshine Coast QLD

PHOTOGRAPHY I love capturing something out of the ordinar y and personal. Recording the relationships between the two of you and all of your loved ones is paramount. From Dad’s welled-up eyes to Grandma busting out on the dancefloor, weddings are full of all these little moments you could have never predicted or known how precious they would be to look back on. It’s my job to help you do that. 0417 749 293 info@emmanayler.com.au www.emmanayler.com.au

FIRST CLASS PET WEDDING ASSISTANTS Australia Wide

FURBABIES DATES! @pet_wedding_assistants will ensure your wedding day is PAWFECT! They’re seriously the best when it comes to pets, going above and beyond to make sure your furbaby is happy, looking WOOFTASTIC, ever ywhere they need to be on time and of course take WAY TOO MANY photos from their point of view! 1800 PET SIT or 0420 264 216 info@firstclasspetservices.com.au https://petweddingservices.co/ photo: @beherebenowphotography Winston - Bianca & Tim 25.10.19

FM FORMAL WEAR

Newport, Moreton Bay Region QLD

FORMAL WEAR FOR MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN FM Formal Wear is an online Formal Wear store, with viewings by appointment. If you are looking for Vests, we cater for both Men’s Cut and Ladies Cut. We also have a great selection of Shir ts and Braces, and one of Australia’s best ranges of Ties and Cufflinks. New in is our beautiful range of Bridesmaid Dresses from Goddess Gowns and a small selection of Bridal Accessories. 0424 748 208 fmformalwear@outlook.com www.fmformalwear.com.au


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FREY + WILDE DESIGN 07 55766387 Brisbane and Surrounds QLD

BOUTIQUE WEDDING EVENT STYLING Brisbane based styling business, born and unear thed with the purpose of providing high quality yet authentic and rustic design, Frey + Wilde specialises in bringing your vision to fruition. Leonie will bring into alignment all that you have ever wanted, through her exper tise in curation of design. She has teamed up with well renowned vendors to ensure a suite of high quality ser vices is made available to you for your special day. 0439 300 621 https://www.instagram.com/freyandwilde/ www.freyandwilde.com.au

photo: Angela Brushe Photography

GENENE 07 55766387DEAKIN - MARRY ME Brisbane QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT HELLO THERE, I’M GENENE! I get a thrill when meeting people and learning about their love stories. Whether you fancy celebrating your marriage with a cast of hundreds or a romantic elopement, my ceremonies are all about you. ALL LOVE IS WELCOME. Ever y letter of the alphabet and ever y colour of the rainbow is perfect with me. If you’re in love and ready to tell the world, let’s chat X 0431 083 306 marryme@genenedeakin.com.au https://brisbanemarriagecelebrant.com.au

KATHY H HAIR 07 55766387 Brisbane QLD

HAIR EXTRAORDINAIRE FROM BRIDES TO FASHION SHOOTS Kathy from kathyhhair is a Hairstylist who has had her magical hands busy for 15+ years. She’s a bride’s best friend, helping you bring your wedding day dream hair to life. And don’t fret, she is available for both local and destination weddings. kathyhhair@gmail.com www.instagram.com/kathyhhair https://www.facebook.com/Kathy-H-Hair-493152720883784/ photo: @evernewstudio


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LIAM GRIFFIN MUSIC 07 55766387

Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast QLD

MUSICIAN AND DJ Liam Griffin provides music for weddings, from the ceremony to the reception. His laid-back acoustic music will set your hear ts on fire and is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and rustic locations. DJ sets include dance hits, tropical chilled, and modern jazz. Bookings include speaker system, par ty lights, microphone for speeches, and travel up to 140km from Brisbane. 0478 038 145 liamgriffinmusic@gmail.com www.liamgriffinmusic.com

LIGHT UP LETTERS 07 55766387 Gold Coast QLD

ILLUMINATED GIANT LETTERS AND NUMBERS Say “I DO” with Light Up Letters. For this once-in-a-lifetime event, shine bright with our fabulous Light Up Letters. Illuminated letters are the perfect addition to your same sex engagement or wedding. All letters measure 1.2 metres tall, change colours from antique to bright white and all colours of the rainbow. The range includes the fabulous ‘MR & MR’ and ‘MRS & MRS’ along with ever y letter and number in-between. 07 5648 0925 sales@lightupletters.com.au www.lightupletters.com.au

LITTLE EVENT BOUTIQUE Brisbane QLD

PERSONALISED CAKE TOPPERS, PLACE CARDS, INVITATIONS AND MORE Cake toppers, place cards, menus, signage and more, Little Event Boutique laser cuts your ideas to bring that personal touch to your special day. With our range of acr ylic and wood materials, and our passion for designing uniquely personalised pieces, we love creating those special touches that make a celebration. 0404 256 327 info@littleeventboutique.com.au www.littleeventboutique.com.au


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MAKEUP BY MIRANDA Gold Coast QLD

MAKEUP, HAIR STYLING AND SPRAY TANNING Miranda’s passion has always been making her clients feel like a better version of themselves by enhancing their natural beauty. Specialising in makeup, hairstyling and spray tans for weddings and special occasions, Miranda offers a mobile ser vice along the Gold Coast and is also available to travel interstate. 0423 413 763 bijouxbodies@yahoo.com.au www.makeupbymir.com

MALENY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Maleny QLD

PHOTOGRAPHY Clive captures the magic of your love with stunning backdrops on the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland. Photos to WOW you forever. 0455 500 007 clive@malenyweddingphotography.com.au www.malenyweddingphotography.com.au

MANSWAG Brisbane QLD

MEN’S FASHION ACCESSORIES MANSWAG helps the self-assured man find high quality, affordable fashion accessories. Whether it’s the 1930s sophistication of an Italian silk bow tie and pocket square, or the street cred of cuffs, MANSWAG gives guys the gear to make a statement on their special day, or on any day. hello@manswag.com.au www.manswag.com.au


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MARRY ME ADAM Sunshine Coast QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Incredibly blessed to be a ‘Preferred Celebrant’ at the Sunshine Coast’s most iconic Wedding venues including Weddings At Tiffanys, Noosa Boathouse, Surfair, Sebel and many more. Master of Ceremonies and Hosting events for Beef Australia, Lady Quentin Br yce, Cur tis Stone and our own Prime Minister. I might just be the right one for you! 0435 874 346 adam@marrymeadam.com.au www.marrymeadam.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: @evoke_studios

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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NOOSA RIVER AND CANAL CRUISES Noosa QLD

CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS AFLOAT Set adrift on your wedding day with an intimate celebration in a dream location. Whether you wish to exchange vows, transpor t the wedding par ty or celebrate afterwards, our boat offers an elegant, relaxed venue on the stunning Noosa River. With the option of BYO or take advantage of our catering, from the moment you step aboard, we will do our utmost to make your special day extra special. 0414 727 765 info@noosariverandcanalcruises.com.au https://www.noosariverandcanalcruises.com.au

NOOSA SPRINGS GOLF & SPA RESORT 07 55766387 Noosa Heads QLD

WEDDING RECEPTION AND CEREMONY, CONFERENCE, EVENTS, RESTAURANT, DAY SPA, GOLF, ACCOMMODATION Just minutes from Noosa’s main beach, Noosa Springs offers the complete wedding package: romantic ceremony sites, elegant reception rooms, stunning photo locations, fine dining and spacious onsite accommodation together with a world-class spa and championship golf course. 07 5440 3333 weddings@noosasprings.com.au www.noosasprings.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

photo: @uprisingbrandphotography


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RAINBOW WEDDINGS QLD Sunshine Coast and Brisbane QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Julia is a culturally inclusive, LGBTI friendly, contemporar y Celebrant who understands that your wedding day should be unique to you. Julia will work closely with you to ensure that your day reflects ever ything that is impor tant to you, and includes all the people and things impor tant in your life. 0418 774 858 rainbowweddingsqld@gmail.com www.rainbowweddingsqld.com.au

RED SEVEN GROUP ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES Brisbane & Gold Coast QLD

DJ & MASTER OF CEREMONIES Helen founded Red Seven Group Enter tainment Ser vices after noticing a lack of female DJs. Helen is a real people’s person. Her warm and consultative approach to each event ensures success and puts her clients at ease from the ver y first meeting to the ver y last song. 0488 439 029 helen.clancy@redsevengroup.com.au www.redsevengroup.com.au

RENEE’S WEDDINGS Brisbane QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Let’s celebrate your love for each other and share your stor y with your most favourite people in the world! Renee’s weddings creates truly unique wedding ceremonies.There is a reason that she is currently one of the top 5 celebrants in Queensland as her ser vice deliver y is exceptional! 0410 642 147 renee@reneewilkins.com.au www.reneewilkins.com.au photo: Britt Spring Photography


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ROARING 07 55766387 TWENTIES VINTAGE CAR HIRE Brisbane QLD

WEDDING TRANSPORT Roaring Twenties Vintage Car Hire offers journeys in Bonnie, their 1928 vintage car and Clyde, their 1937 Dodge Conver tible. Arrive in style and immerse yourself in the luxur y of the Roaring Twenties for your special day. Brisbane’s most romantic wedding cars. 0405 111 875 roaringtwenties@outlook.com.au www.roaringtwenties.net.au

photo: Ben Clark Photography

ROD NOENDENG PHOTOGRAPHY 07 55766387

Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast QLD

PHOTOGRAPHY “Rod was the perfect photographer for us as he was warm and informal. He was great on the day, working in with us and adapting quickly to changing circumstances. He delivered a wonderful set of images and a beautiful book of nine fine ar t images which we have on display. I’d recommend Rod’s ser vices to anyone.” Jason 0414 716 825 rod@noendeng.com www.rodnoendengphotography.com.au

SIMPLY DIVINE OCCASIONS Brisbane QLD

BESPOKE CAKES AND SWEET TREATS Specialising in show-stopping bespoke buttercream cakes that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Natasha is a passionate cake ar tisan. Her stunning creations are consistenlty delicious and her menu boasts amazing flavours including options for vegan and gluten-free. Natasha works closely with her clients to create beautifully delicious cakes, biscuits and treats for any occasion. Facebook & Instagram @simplydivineoccasions enquiries@simplydivineoccasions.com.au www.simplydivineoccasions.com.au photo: A Little Life Photography


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SO ROSIE PHOTOGRAPHY

Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast QLD

WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Rosie and Angus are a fun, laid back husband and wife team. Their style is candid, gently posed with a luxe boho vibe. They always have fun at weddings and get just as excited with ever y single one. They will enjoy your wedding as much as you do. 0421 130 468 rosie@sorosiephotography.com.au www.sorosiephotography.com.au

SOMMER SAUNDER CELEBRANCY Sunshine Coast QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Do you both want your wedding ceremony to be fun and memorable? With my passion, creativity and care, your ceremony will leave your guests saying how ‘YOU’ it was, for years to come. I will have your backs through the planning process with suppor t and guidance and offer my calm professionalism on the day. Who knows, we may even become friends! 0424 195 158 hello@sommersaundercelebrancy.com.au http://sommersaundercelebrancy.com.au

STAMFORD PLAZA BRISBANE Brisbane QLD

5 STAR HOTEL A riverside venue to suit ever y taste, occasion and budget. Stamford’s beautiful indoor and outdoor event spaces are a canvas for you to create the wedding of your dreams. The romantic river backdrop, picturesque ceremonial gardens and impressive grand staircase are just some of the wonders of this stunning inner city wedding venue. 07 3221 1999 weddings@spb.stamford.com.au https://www.stamford.com.au/spb/weddings--occasions

photo: @visualbrandinggc


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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

SUGAR ROSE TEA PARTY HIRE Brisbane QLD

LUXE PICNIC STYLE EVENT HIRE We are a small family run and owned business catering to Luxe Picnic style events. Relaxed Boho, Countr y Rustic or Vintage styled Weddings are our specialty with hand picked props from all over the world. We can customise your wedding to suit your unique personality. 0412 598 640 slandesmann@me.com www.sugarroseteapartyhire.com

SUZANNE 07 55766387 RILEY MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Sunshine Coast QLD

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT More home time means more research time for your wedding next year! You’ll love @SuzanneCelebrant’s blogs, especially her 10 top tips for do’s and don’t’s when planning your big day BLOG. Visit website suzanneriley.com.au award winning Celebrant’s blog posts, stay home and stay positive. 0411 384 868 suzanne.riley@bigpond.com www.suzanneriley.com.au photo: Candy Photography


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THE PAVILIONS 07 55766387 Albion QLD

WEDDING VENUE Located amongst the historic surroundings of Queensland Cricket, The Pavilions at Albion offers two beautifully appointed rooms and multiple ceremony areas overlooking the picturesque Allan Border Field, just 7 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. The rooms are both pillar-less and feature a private bar, quality AV facilities, private outdoor spaces for pre-dinner drinks and canapes and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lush green field. 07 3896 4533 events@qcclub.com.au https://www.qcclub.com.au/pavilions/

THE PROP HOUSE Brisbane QLD

EVENT STYLING & PROP HOUSE The Prop House has you covered, with their vast catalogue of luxe furniture, custom centrepieces and funky statement items for your event. Known for their love of trends and attention to detail with 25+ years of experience up their sleeves, their stylists will be by your side from concept to creation. 07 3555 8660 styling@theprophouse.com.au https://www.theprophouse.com.au/

TWO BEAR STUDIOS

Brisbane and South-East QLD VIDEOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY Two Bear Studios is a Brisbane based videography and photography team specialising in Same Sex Weddings and Events. As a gay couple, we understand the struggle when finding the right fit for your unique needs. We are here to capture your special day and create memories that will last a lifetime. 0403 036 554 gordon@twobearstudios.com https://twobearstudios.com/


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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

WARNER 07 55766387BROS. MOVIE WORLD Gold Coast QLD

WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE Create your perfect day at Warner Bros. Movie World and say “I Do” in one of our unique venue options. Imagine dining under a canopy of stars enveloped by a dream streetscape in Main Street or Spooky Castle is the perfect venue if looking for something a little out of the ordinar y. With many unique options for both your ceremony and reception, your wedding at Movie World will be unforgettable. 07 5591 0020 conferencesandevents@vrtp.com.au https://movieworld.com.au/groups-and-functions/weddings

WEDDING DANCE DIVA Brisbane QLD

WEDDING DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY Wedding Dance Diva provides beautiful and fun First Dance Choreography for Brisbane couples. With new packages star ting at $450, in just 3 lessons you can be wowing your guests. Kallangur and Albion locations. Beginners welcome! Choose any song! 0402 625 567 kylie@weddingdancediva.com.au http://weddingdancediva.com.au

photo: Pancake Digital


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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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BRISBANE’S 5th SAME SAME WEDDINGS EXPO


Congratulations SCOTT & KEITH 17 November 2018, Gold Coast Hinterland QLD

“WHILE WE WERE GETTING OUR PHOTOS TAKEN, WE WERE CAUGHT ON A HILL JUST BEFORE A MASSIVE THUNDERSTORM HIT. WE ENDED UP BEING STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM, GOING DOWN A HILL ON A QUAD BIKE AT 80 KPH. WE ARRIVED BACK AT THE VENUE BOTH ABSOLUTELY SATURATED BUT IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST FUN EXPERIENCES OF OUR LIVES AND THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY!”


Scott Palazzi met Keith Russell through mutual friends one night at The Beat in Fortitude Valley. “Our paths crossed again five years later when Keith contacted my flatmate to catch up with her, not knowing I lived there.  We’ve been inseparable  ever since. The proposal was probably not the most romantic  thing! We were talking about jewellery and Keith has a lovely gold and diamond ring that his father bought for him before he passed away. One day Keith suggested we should buy a ring for me, to which my reply was, ‘I’m only getting one if it’s an engagement ring’ and that was that!”


“Our wedding theme was Modern Country with white and gold accents. We made our own wedding favours which were 110 jars of mustard pickles (Keith’s specialty). Our advice to anyone planning a wedding is that it’s easier said than done, but try not to stress over the small stuff. It will all come together in the end, but whatever you do, don’t forget the table numbers! We reversed the usual and had our honeymoon the year before the wedding.  We went to England, Scotland, France and Spain and it was the best trip we’ve ever been on.” 


SCOTT & KEITH’S WEDDING CREW Attire

WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY www.whenfreddiemetlilly.com.au whenfreddiemetlilly@gmail.com Accommodation Peppers Broadbeach Cake Two Little Bakers Catering VGC Catering Ceremony and Reception Cowbell Creek, Austinville Marriage Celebrant Evie Teasdale Photography True North Photography Florals Missy La’Belle


Congratulations DEBORAH & JESS 18 April 2020, Sunshine Coast Hinterland QLD

“WE WERE MARRIED IN THE MIDDLE OF A ‘GLOBAL PANDEMIC’ ON A PRIVATE PROPERTY IN THE SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND. WE ENJOYED AN EVENING AT SPICERS CLOVELLY ESTATE, MONTVILLE AND ARE NOW FOCUSING ON OUR HUGE VOW RENEWAL PARTY IN AUGUST 2021 WHERE WE WILL CELEBRATE AGAIN WITH OUR FABULOUS VENDORS ALONG WITH ALL OF OUR ORIGINAL GUESTS.”


Deb and Jess met online. “Isn’t that where all the best ones start? It was an instant attraction and connection. As they say: ‘When you know, you know’. We were lucky enough to have two proposals!” Deb proposed to Jess while holidaying in Victoria to celebrate her finishing her last-ever doctor exam and buying their first home. They stayed in a delightful little stone cottage along the Great Ocean Road. Deb hid the ring in the firewood hoping Jess would find it and it would be a super-romantic moment, but she didn’t see it! Deb told her to put more wood on the fire and when Jess did this, she was a millisecond from throwing the ring into the fire! They had a laugh about it, in their usual style. Little Master N gave Jess a matching sapphire necklace and earrings and asked her to be his mum. The little man came as a bonus package to Jess after falling in love with Deb. Some months later, Jess hid the ring under the bed and Deb found it whilst vacuuming and continued cleaning with it on her hand! Because Deb isn’t very good at keeping secrets, she told Jess she had found it and Jess presented it to her properly that evening.


“There were so many highlights but it was more the kindness of people in the leadup. Becoming married while the rest of the world was ‘on hold’ was very special. Also, the rawness of the occasion because we decided to bring the date forward (and to shrink the guest list from potentially 150 to 5) because we realised what truly mattered. We forged precious friendships with our three vendors. Australia Post lost our wedding rings so the jeweller was kind enough to rush a second lot in time for the wedding, free of charge. The hens night over Zoom the night before the wedding was different and not what was originally planned, but beautiful all the same. Another highlight was having our son approved by the authorities to be in attendance. He played a big part in our day and we couldn’t imagine it any other way. We had family and friends watching the ceremony via Zoom from the UK, South Africa and LA. We spent a few hours getting photos as the pink sunset washed over the horizon, which was pretty spectacular.”


The theme was Bohemian/Rustic/Farmhouse. Deb spent weeks DIY styling the celebration. She is very clever on the power tools! As everyone was in lockdown, and Jess was working long hours on the frontline, there was little support. Many of the DIY touches were small surprises for Jess on the day. Their beloved neighbours (John and Maree) let the photographer, Danielle scout their paddock for the photoshoot. John and Maree followed the girls around (at a Covid-safe distance) with water bottles to ensure they stayed hydrated. John also drove the tractor out to use for some great photos. “Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to really listen to what your hearts want and do that!”


DEB & JESS’ WEDDING CREW Catering

MALENY FOOD CO www.malenyfoodco.com info@malenyfoodco.com Florals

FORAGED AND FLEURS https://foragedandfleurs.com.au lucy@foragedandfleurs.com.au Accessories and Jewellery Vinny and Charles Attire Jess’s dress - Glamcorner Hire Deb’s dress - her own creation (from 3 dresses as the original dress didn’t turn up on time!) Cake Cakes By Jaime Hair and Makeup Maleny Hair & Beauty Marriage Celebrant Sommer Saunder Photography Lightsmith Images Videography Your Wedding Story


“AMIDST THE DISAPPOINTMENT, PANIC AND DEVASTATION OF THE PANDEMIC, I RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM DEB AND JESS WHO CAME TO THE REALISATION THAT ALL THAT MATTERED WAS THE COMMITMENT THEY COULD MAKE TO ONE ANOTHER. WITH JESS BEING A FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKER, THEY WERE PHYSICALLY DISTANCED AT THE TIME AND DEB WAS HOLDING THE FORT WITH THEIR SON. THEY DECIDED ON A WEDDING IN THEIR BACKYARD, WITH JUST THEIR CELEBRANT SOMMER, VIDEOGRAPHER MICHAELA AND PHOTOGRAPHER MYSELF AS WITNESSES AND THEIR SON WHO WAS GRANTED SPECIAL PERMISSION BY THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE PART IN THE CEREMONY. NEVER BEFORE HAS A WEDDING MEANT SO MUCH TO EACH OF US PRESENT THAT DAY FOR SO MANY REASONS. THE SKY WAS FULL OF CLOUDS AND RAIN AND IN THE CONTEXT OF ALL THAT WAS GOING ON IN THE WORLD, I HAVE NEVER BEEN LESS CONCERNED ABOUT THE WEATHER. WE ALL CRIED, WE ALL LAUGHED AND AFTER THE SUN HAD GONE DOWN, WE ALL DANCED JOYFULLY WITHOUT A CARE IN THE WORLD. IT WAS A CELEBRATION OF LOVE, HOPE AND A NEW WORLD.” Danielle, Photographer, Lightsmith Images


Industrial LUXE meets RUSTIC The inspiration for this styled shoot was a copper pipe candle holder. The bold colour scheme was inspired by the white canvas with splashes of teal at the Luna Event Space. The perfect combination of teal and copper in a playful mix with white flowers to soften and bring elegance. A collaborative effort from some very talented suppliers brought all of the elements together to create a unique, fun tablescape. Luke and Simone wore casual yet elegant outfits to express the playfulness of the occasion.


Event Planner and Stylist

EVENT MANAGEMENT BY ALEX www.eventmanagementbyalex.com.au

hello@eventmanagementbyalex.com.au Photography

LOCUS PHOTO www.locusphoto.com.au

contact@locusphoto.com.au Stationery

STEKKI DESIGNS www.stekkidesigns.com

fcaswelldesign@hotmail.com Cake Design Sweet Affection Candles, Candlesticks, Copper Bucket My Event Decor Cutlery Cloth & Confetti Floral Design Basia Puchalski Furniture & Glasses Memphis Hire Models Simone Venanzi and Luke Renfrew Venue LUNA Event Space


Congratulations ALEX & JAY 7 March 2020, Adelaide Hills SA

ALEXANDRA (ALEX) RUNGIE AND JAY (MARJEAN) VAN BAALEN HELD THEIR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION AT ‘FORBES HILL’, THE RUNGIE FAMILY 10 ACRE PROPERTY IN ALDGATE, ADELAIDE HILLS.


Alex was new to Mount Isa after returning from deployment in Iraq with the Australian Army and accepting a nursing contract at the Mount Isa Hospital. After six weeks of not getting to know many people, her best friend, Benita told her it was time to get out of the nursing quarters and visit the town. Alex took herself to a local bar called The Buffs. She had been there when she first arrived in town and had noticed an interesting woman working behind the bar. As Alex walked up to the bar the woman she had noticed weeks earlier was serving and her name was Jay. As the night wore on, Alex built up the nerve to give Jay her number (some liquid courage was involved). It took Jay two weeks to pluck up the courage to send Alex a message. Their date started with beer and the longest game of pool in history at The Irish Club. Then Jay took Alex to her favourite place in Mount Isa, the Civic Centre amphitheatre steps, where they talked for hours. They went back to the bar and danced the night away, both realising they had met someone special! In the weeks that followed Alex and Jay got to know each other and their fondness for each other grew. Alex was due to leave at the end of her contract but in a brilliant turn of favour, a permanent job came up at the hospital and she threw her hat in the ring. She got the job the same day and as she knocked off at 3am in the morning, Jay was waiting outside the hospital doors to congratulate her.


When Alex was on her second deployment with the Australian Army in Iraq, for her recreational leave the couple went for a holiday to Sri Lanka. While there, they bought a beautiful yellow sapphire so that, one day, Jay would make it into a ring and propose to Alex. While deployed, Alex’s father became unwell. She made the decision she wasn’t going to wait around for a ring to be made and Jay to propose. Alex made the decision that it was going to happen as soon as she got back to Australia and bought a ring. Alex flew from Iraq to Adelaide to see her family and to spend time with her parents. Jay couldn’t be in Adelaide when Alex arrived but flew from their home in Mount Isa, Queensland, three days later. Alex requested that their family and close friends come to the airport on a Sunday evening to surprise Jay. Everyone agreed thinking that it would be a nice surprise not knowing it was going to be a proposal. Jay came up the ramp and saw everyone standing there except for Alex. The crowd parted and Alex, on one knee, asked the question. After the shock wave passed, Jay said ‘Yes’ with the cheers from friends, family and strangers filling the airport.


“Highlights were our vows to each other, Jay playing two songs to Alex on the acoustic guitar and having an absolute ball on the dance floor. Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to remember why you are getting married. It’s about the love and commitment of two people for each other. Block out all the rest, it’s just white noise. Also, this kind of celebration costs money! But we wouldn’t have had it any other way. We unfortunately haven’t gone on a honeymoon yet but we will visit Jay’s family in South Africa once international travel has resumed after COVID-19.”


ALEX & JAY’S WEDDING CREW

Guestbook Photos - Instax mini 9 Invitations - QuaintlyKate, Etsy

Attire Jay’s Custom Made Suit

WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY

Lawn Games - Under the Almond Tree

www.whenfreddiemetlilly.com.au

Marquee, Flooring and Heaters Adelaide Hills Party Hire

Bar, Catering, Hire, Lighting and Staff

Marriage Celebrant Caryn Godwin

whenfreddiemetlilly@gmail.com

BUBBLEWRAP EVENTS

www.bubblewrapevents.com.au sam@bubblewrapevents.com.au

Music and Entertainment Robin George, Acoustic Guitar Choons and Mooves, DJ

Chairs and Rugs

Online RSVPs - Greenvelope

www.mintymarypea.com

Photo Booth - In The Mirror

MINTY MARY PEA hello@mintymarypea.com Hair and Makeup

MOBILE MAKE-OVERS AUSTRALIA https://makeoversaust.com.au

artists@makeoversaust.com.au Attire - Alex Bride’s Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Alterations - Alter-Ego, Brisbane; Karen Berrington, Adelaide Earrings - eBay, Shoes - Badgley Mischka Attire - Jay Custom Made Suit - When Freddie Met Lilly Shoes - Custom made RM Williams (Mt Isa) Tie - David Jones Cufflinks & Earrings - Stephanie Browne Attire - Bridal Party Suits - Online made-to-measure Women - Sumissura Men - Hockerty Ties - Tie Store, Earrings - Stephanie Browne Dresses - WhiteRunway and custom made Cake - Aimee, Alex’s school friend Cocktail Caravan - Tipsy Gypsy Couches - The Queens Quarters Dance Lessons - Beatz Dance Company Drinks - Dan Murphy’s Paper Parasols and Fedora Hats - eBay Florals - Sweet Nothings Flowers Generator - Aggreko Golf Cart - Golf Car Rentals SA Guest Book - WoodPresentStudio (Etsy)

Photography - Luke John Photography Styling Ceremony Arch Hand made by Jay’s father, Org Marquee Pad Alex’s brother, Kim with his mini tractor Property maintenance Alex’s brother, Matt and his children Props Jay’s mum, Elmaire Tables - Atlas Events Toilets - Splashdown Transport WWII Era Private Vehicles, GMC driven by owners, National Military Vehicle Museum, Grant’s Coachlines Videography - The Film Room Wedding Planner - Style NV White Marquee - Adelaide Event Group


ALEX AND JAY’S WEDDING THEME WAS VINTAGE ADVENTURE. THEY HAVE BEEN ON ADVENTURES FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP. LOVING THE LAVISH STYLE AND FINESSE OF WOMEN TRAVELLERS FROM THE 1920s AND 30s, THEIR AIM WAS FOR AN ELEGANT BUT ADVENTUROUS STYLE WITH A FUN SPEAK-EASY VIBE.


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SA

ANNETTE PERRYMAN MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Adelaide SA

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Want this in your Wedding? Want that in your Ceremony? Want your beautiful pet too – Annette can make it happen! Nothing’s impossible for her to involve in your signature event. You are her No 1 priority! She’s experienced and fun. ‘…seriously the best Celebrant in Adelaide! xx Luke & Leighton’. 0418 802 570 contact@annetteperryman.com.au https://annetteperryman.com.au

photo: Kelly Champion Photographer

BEACH ROAD WINES McLaren Vale SA

WINERY, RESTAURANT AND CELLAR DOOR Celebrate at our Cellar Door and Restaurant, located in the hear t of picturesque McLaren Vale wine region. Beach Road Wines offer a complete wedding experience with venue, catering, and beverage packages to suit your style and budget. From a casual cocktail setting to a more formal rustic feast, the team at Beach Road Wines will help you plan your celebration and create memories to share for years to come. 08 8323 7344 weddings@beachroadwines.com.au www.beachroadwines.com.au

SFERA’S PARK SUITES AND CONVENTION CENTRE Adelaide SA

PARK SUITES ACCOMMODATION AND FUNCTION CENTRE Discover the 4 stunning, NEWLY RENOVATED event spaces, all different with their own unique atmosphere, elegance and style, set in picturesque parklands. Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre is Adelaide’s leading venue for wedding receptions and ceremonies. Contact Nicole for more information. 08 8397 8600 weddings@sferas.com www.sferas.com

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THE CURRANT SHED McLaren Flat SA

RESTAURANT / WEDDING VENUE The Currant Shed, with its stunning views and inherent charm, is an award-winning, hatted restaurant affectionately known by locals as ‘The Shed’. Standing proudly as one of the most recognised fine dining eateries in McLaren Vale, it remains a firm favourite for hosting an array of long, lazy lunches and beautiful weddings. 08 8383 0232 info@currantshed.com.au www.currantshed.com.au photo: Jacqui Way Photography

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Congratulations JULIE & AMY 15 February 2020, Aldinga SA


Julie and Amy met through friends. “We decided to get married quite a while ago. Although the date was set and venue booked, Jules organised a surprise proposal on the beach. Our wedding highlights were the ceremony and the music. We spent our honeymoon in Fiji.�


“OUR WEDDING THEME WAS RUSTIC, GARDEN WITH GOOD FOOD, GOOD WINE AND ACOUSTIC MUSIC.”


JULIE & AMY’S WEDDING CREW Ceremony and Reception Aldinga Secret Garden Marriage Celebrant Kellie Najar Photography Keith Broadbridge Hair Chic Hair Lounge Makeup Taylor Stewart Cake Amy’s Mum Catering Mullygrub Food Truck Music and Entertainment Andy and Emily


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TAS

ANNSLEIGH GARDENS & EVENTS 07 55766387 Ridgley TAS

WEDDING & EVENT VENUE Located on the Cradle Mountain Highway in Tasmania’s Nor th West, Annsleigh is a stunning 5 acre garden venue including Conser vator y (or outdoor) seating for 100. Filled with glorious intimate garden spaces for ceremonies and outdoor or indoor celebrations, we proudly specialise in the ver y best of garden events for ever y taste. With many inclusions, your bespoke wedding package will be the realisation of the wedding you always dreamed of. 03 6435 7229 info@annsleighgardens.com.au www.annsleighgardens.com.au

BIRCHVIEW TASMANIA Southern TAS

VENUE FOR CEREMONIES AND PHOTO SHOOTS Birchview is a private garden venue in a secluded setting 20 minutes south of Hobar t. Mount Wellington provides the backdrop whilst friendly alpacas and chickens add to the rural charm. Specialising in small, intimate outdoor ceremonies for weddings, commitment ceremonies or elopements. Celebrate with family or just the two of you! 0420 467 555 bvtasmania@yahoo.com www.birchviewtasmania.com MASTHEAD WITH BANNER

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BUSINESSES SUPPORTING ALL LOVE

VIC

BLUE PYRENEES ESTATE Avoca VIC

WINERY Thinking of heading to the countr y? Blue Pyrenees Estate is the perfect location for a relaxed winer y celebration. Packages can be tailored to suit and include award-winning estate-grown wine along with menus of exper tly prepared local produce. 0354 651 111 cellar.door@bluepyrenees.com.au www.bluepyrenees.com.au photo: Miranda Stokkel Photography

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 http://brettsjewellers.com.au

CELEBRANT MICHAEL Yarra Valley to La Trobe VIC

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Your wedding will be the most joyous time of your lives. As your Marriage Celebrant, I will bring the attention to detail and sincerity needed to share your everlasting love and commitment to each other with your family and friends. I would love to be par t of the transition of your lives together into the fantastic world of marriage and all that it brings. 0425 758 769 michael@celebrantmichael.com www.celebrantmichael.com

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VIC

CELEBRATE WITH HAILEY Melbourne VIC

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT There are no rules for what your ceremony should look like. There are a few legal requirements to be completed - then the rest is up to you. It’s all about the feels, so let’s get creative and make your ceremony one for the fans to remember! hello@celebratewithhailey.com.au https://www.celebratewithhailey.com.au photo: Emily Howlett Photography

CUSTOM CELEBRATIONS BY DEE Melbourne VIC

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Dee is a gay, fun, modern and relaxed Marriage Celebrant based in Melbourne. She can’t wait to meet you for a coffee, beer or Prosecco. Be it an intimate soiree, a raucous backyard shindig or a lavish celebration, Dee will create a ceremony that reflects you and your love stor y. 0431 827 226 hellocustomcelebrations@gmail.com www.customcelebrations.com.au

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DEB STALLARD MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, Country VIC

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Just the joy of your relationship. Pure and simply you two. Add the fun of family and friends as that can be impor tant too! Let’s look at that personalised stor y I would love to write up! I aim to create a unique star t to your most amazing journey in life. With a no-stress attitude the excitement is contagious! Over 15 years experience and I plan with the professional sincerity the ceremony deser ves. Feel free to request a no-obligation inter view. 0425 707 736 stallardstcloud@vtown.com.au www.facebook.com/debstallardcivilcelebrant https://www.instagram.com/debstallardcelebrant


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VIC

EVENT PLANTS 07 55766387 Melbourne VIC

EVENT GREENERY HIRE & FLORISTRY Leaders in Event Greener y Hire, we will enhance your wedding with life and our own in-house, experienced wedding florist. We are here to make your wedding stand out from the rest with the ability to provide ever ything from a single plant to an entire landscape display, bouquets, photo walls and table centrepieces. We make the process of designing, planning and producing easy and stress-free. It’s your day, let’s make it great! 03 9548 2670 enquiry@eventplants.com.au www.eventplants.com.au

INSIDE OUT BAR CO. South East Melbourne VIC

MOBILE BAR Inside Out Bar Co. are a mobile bar based in South East Melbourne with a strong focus on customer ser vice and providing high quality, local beer, wine and spirits. Hannah and David will work closely with you to create a curated cocktail menu for anything from a huge bash to a small, intimate dinner. They offer a bar setup in either their renovated vintage caravan or a smaller, por table pop up bar. 0421 429 419 info@insideoutbarco.com.au www.insideoutbarco.com.au

JEANETTE DYKE

Eltham, Melbourne VIC

UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED JEWELLERY Jeanette creates fine, exquisite and exceptionally unique jeweller y. She specialises in individual, contemporar y engagement rings and weddings rings for both men and women. Passionately made by hand, using precious metals and gemstones, from her studio at Montsalvat in Melbourne. Please email Jeanette for an appointment to discuss your jeweller y requirements.

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KANGAROO RIDGE RETREAT Yarra Valley VIC

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

KMD HAIR AND MAKEUP ART 07 55766387 Melbourne VIC

HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ART Congratulations on your engagement! Kate from KMD Hair and Makeup Ar t has been in the industr y for the past 5 years, cer tified in hair, makeup and spray tanning. Her attention to detail is second to none and she will go to great lengths to make sure she gives her clients the ser vice they all deser ve. Wedding planning can be overwhelming and expensive. Kate makes it easier by offering zip pay as a payment option and by travelling to your location for trials and on the day. Contact Kate for fur ther details and to book a trial. kmdmakeupart@gmail.com www.kmdhairandmakeup.com.au

MARNONG ESTATE Mickleham VIC

WINERY, RESTAURANT, HOMESTEAD, CONFERENCE, EVENTS, WEDDINGS & FUNCTIONS Weddings at Marnong Estate –“Where your future, hope, and dreams begin.” Providing unique settings with endless possibilities, your day will remain a truly unforgettable experience. Set amongst the sweeping, sunset hills overlooking the Macedon Ranges, your choice of venues include The Angliss Room, The Shed, historic gardens and surrounding vineyards. 03 9216 4000 enquiry@marnongestate.com.au https://marnongestate.com.au

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MEGAN JORDAN CELEBRANT Melbourne VIC

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Megan is a Marriage Maker. Massive foodie, crazy about proteas and lover of bright prints, but what really excites her is marr ying awesome couples in love. She only books one ceremony a day so that her energy is focused on you alone, making your ceremony the highlight of your wedding day. 0403 422 322 hello@meganjordan.com.au https://www.meganjordan.com.au photo: Dijana Risteska

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

ONEDAY 07 55766387ESTATE Bellarine Peninsula VIC

WEDDING VENUE & WINERY We host unique and memorable winer y weddings in the Geelong region. We pride ourselves on making each wedding different to the last. We understand that you not only want to celebrate somewhere that you love, but you also want to have the freedom to craft your own experience. Therefore, one of our top priorities is offering flexibility in a relaxed atmosphere where you can create a day that reflects who you truly are. 0419 300 281 functions@onedayestate.com.au www.onedayestate.com.au


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RIPPON LEA ESTATE 07 55766387 Elsternwick, Melbourne VIC

HISTORIC MANSION WEDDING VENUE Rippon Lea Estate offers 14 acres of beautiful picturesque gardens for intimate wedding ceremonies through to grander events for more than 200 people. There are a variety of remarkable locations in the gardens that can be chosen for your special day, each offering you a unique and romantic setting. Located only ten kilometres from Melbourne, this venue offers a sublime setting close to the CBD. 03 9656 9889 bookings@nattrust.com.au www.ripponleaestate.com.au

THE PIER GEELONG Geelong VIC

WEDDING VENUE The Pier Geelong is the most versatile wedding venue in the Victorian region. Their ceremony and reception venue is the perfect location for all seasons, offering effor tless natural beauty with 360-degree views of sparkling water, occasional pods of dolphins swimming past, yachts sailing by and amazing sunsets over the bay. 03 5222 6444 enquiries@thepiergeelong.com.au https://thepiergeelong.com.au

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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 https://www.instagram.com/tussie_mussie_vineyard_retreat


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YK ENTERTAINMENT 07 55766387

Melbourne VIC and Albury NSW

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT YK Enter tainment is your one-stop enter tainment shop for all your events. Founder Yasmin has over 15 years of experience in the professional industr y and prides herself on high performance quality, quick response times, around the clock communication, all combined with a love for organisation. We will leave no stone unturned to source exactly what you are after. Let us know your dream vision so we can make it come to life. 0427 642 390 ykentertainment@outlook.com www.instagram.com/y.kentertainment

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Congratulations FABIANE & REBECCA 16 January 2020, North Perth WA

“WE MET IN THE VERY BEAUTIFUL MODERN WAY - ONLINE LOL!”


“Beki proposed to me on 7 September 2018 at a really nice, fancy glamping camp called Paperbark in Jervis Bay. She prepared the tent with rose petals everywhere, strawberries and candles. She gave me a bunch of cards that explained things she loved about me and with the last five cards she popped the question and gave me the ring. It was the sweetest thing ever and I cherish every single memory of that day.�


“The wedding theme was Romantic Rustic. It was very touching to see Beki coming down the aisle with her mum and we had a violin and cello playing in the background which was the biggest highlight of the day for me. For Beki, the ceremony by the river and saying our vows was the best part. We had to overcome so much to get to our wedding day which made it so very special to see we had made it.�


“Our advice to other couples planning their wedding is to have a wedding spreadsheet and folders for invoices and emails. Beki had these which was a great help as we had to plan the wedding from Sydney.�


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www.stonebarnweddings.com.au info@stonebarnweddings.com.au Attire Beki - Abbey Bridal Fabi - Christina Rossi Cake Jeyne Stanley Catering Drummond Catering Florals Scentiment Flowers Hair and Makeup Michel Haag Music and Entertainment Table for Two Trio Jazz Band and Riverside Ensembles Photography Lee Griffith Stationery and Invitations Emma Louise Styling Hire in Style


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CELEBRATIONS BY CANDICE Perth WA

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Simple ceremonies done really well! Looking for a celebrant known for fun, modern ceremonies, super-fast communication and epic customer ser vice? As a full-time celebrant, making happy memories is what I’m all about. Whether you just want to rock up on the day, or take a more hands-on approach to planning your ceremony, let’s make magic happen! Specialising in elopements and smaller weddings throughout Western Australia and available for larger celebrations too. 0433 977 167 candice@celebrationsbycandice.com.au www.celebrationsbycandice.com.au

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COMPOSE 07 55766387 PHOTOGRAPHY Perth WA

PHOTOGRAPHY Compose Photography is a boutique photography studio star ted by two photographers, Kirsten Graham APP M.Photog and Rebecca Johansson APP M.Photog. Est in 2007 we have over 25 years’ combined experience photographing weddings. Selecting your wedding photographer is such an impor tant decision. We aren’t just there to take some photos, we are there to capture the memories you are creating with your family and friends. 0411 040 344 info@composephotography.com.au https://composephotography.com.au

CONFETTI DAYS - DONNA MCCLELLAND, CELEBRANT Margaret River WA

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Fun and authentic ceremonies with just enough formal bits to know you’re doing something impor tant and more than enough fun to remember the love always! Beach, vineyard, forest, paddock or garden. XL or teeny tiny - let’s get you hitched! xx 0411 854 954 hello@confettidays.com.au www.confettidays.com.au photo: Lauren + Stacey by @shannon_stent_images


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ETERNAL LOVE CELEBRANCY Perth WA

MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Hi, I’m Erin and I can’t believe getting love birds hitched all over Per th and WA is my job! I love getting to know each couple I meet and creating ceremonies that are as unique and wonderful as they are! I can’t wait to meet you and create something beautiful for your special day. Let me get your par ty star ted with my unique brand of fun, warmth and romance. 0488 242 624 elcelebrancy@gmail.com www.erinlovellcelebrant.com photo: Monica Cugnier Photography

MILLBROOK WINERY Jarrahdale WA

WEDDING VENUE Offering stunning surrounds, superb food and wine, and with multiple spaces to accommodate a range of event styles and capacities, Millbrook Winer y is the ultimate wedding destination. The pristine Millbrook proper ty, with its sparkling lakes and tree-lined walkways, also provides the perfect backdrop for photography. 08 9525 5648 events@millbrook.wine www.millbrook.wine/weddings

PULLMAN 07 55766387 BUNKER BAY RESORT

Heart of the Margaret River Wine Region WA

LUXURY LEISURE VENUE Located in the world renowned Margaret River Wine Region with spectacular vistas of the cr ystal clear waters of Bunker Bay, beautifully landscaped native gardens and direct beachfront access, Pullman Bunker Bay Resor t offers an idyllic back drop with accommodation for your dream wedding venue. Choose from elegant indoor and outdoor venues with a range of flexible dining options. At Pullman Bunker Bay Resor t we understand that ever y love stor y is unique and special. 08 9756 9106 H8775-SB1@accor.com www.pullmanbunkerbayresort.com.au

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WEDSTYLE 07 55766387 Perth WA

WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING AND STYLING The boys from wedstyle are passionate about creating unique and extraordinar y events. As a gay couple themselves, Glen and Craig fully understand the needs of same-sex couples and will make sure your special day is one to remember! Based in Per th, they also offer interstate and destination Wedding and Event ser vices. Wedstyle brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity that will have your guests in awe. 08 9228 4352 enquire@wedstyle.com.au www.wedstyle.com.au

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Congratulations NAT & KAY 13 July 2019, Macquarie Park NSW

“FOR OUR WEDDING WE WANTED FUN, SOMETHING SIMPLE AND FOR OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO FEEL INCLUDED.”


An unsuspecting Nat Woods and Kay Metcalfe were introduced by a mutual friend running a gazebo at Fair Day, 2012. They both say that from the moment they met it was easy, as if they had known each other before and their inner selves knew that this was ‘it’. A connection formed that was so strong that even Kay disappearing for weeks without a word shortly afterwards, to witness the birth of their first grandchild, could not diminish the feeling of ‘rightness’. Kay often says that she waited 50 years to meet the right person and then suddenly she just appeared… in a park… under a tree… at Fair Day!


“After five years of love and life together, Kay decided it was time to cement their partnership in marriage. With much discussion of jewellery during the intervening years, she knew exactly the ring Nat admired and placed the order with their favourite jeweller mere days, if not minutes, after marriage equality was finally ratified. Kay hoped to surprise Nat with a Christmas proposal, surrounded by their children and closest family. Unfortunately the exact ring was hard to come by, being just as unique as Nat, and it looked like Kay’s dream proposal may have to be delayed! But somehow everything aligned, and the ring arrived just in time! So on Christmas Day 2017, Kay was able to get down on one knee in front of their loved ones and ask Nat to be her wife. (Nat did cotton on though that something was happening as their best thing, Manda, couldn’t contain the happy tears flowing when she saw what Kay was about to do and alarm bells rang for the innocent Nat – who does not understand happy tears!)” Shoshana, Curator of Love Stories


NAT & KAY’S WEDDING CREW Marriage Celebrant

CURATOR OF LOVE STORIES www.instagram.com/curatoroflovestories curatoroflovestories@gmail.com Catering Your Little Secret Catering Ceremony Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park Florals Admire Florist and Gifts Marriage Celebrant Shoshanna, Curator of Love Stories Photography Mick Tait Photographer Reception Lane Cove Golf Club

“Our highlight was finally being able to proudly say we are married and to see how happy our kids were. Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is don’t overdo it. You can have an inspirational day with the right people around you. It’s more about the feeling and the love that surrounds you than the fussy details.”


NAT AND KAY MAY NOT HAVE HONEYMOONED YET BUT THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SLOWING THE PACE OF LIFE DOWN AND MOVING TO THEIR DREAM OF ‘THE FARM’ – WITH THEIR BELOVED URBAN FAMILY – TWO COUNTRY GIRLS RETURNING TO A SIMPLER LIFE WHERE THERE IS TIME FOR THE IMPORTANT THINGS; QUALITY TIME

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Congratulations JORDII & BECCA 3 March 2020, Preston Peak QLD

“WE MET ON 3 MARCH 2010 AND WERE MARRIED ON 3 MARCH 2020 (10 YEARS LATER). OUR WEDDING WAS INSPIRED BY OUR INCREDIBLE VENUE, PRESTON PEAK WINERY FUNCTION CENTRE, WHICH OVERLOOKS THE PLACE WE FIRST MET.”


Jordan (Jordii) Auld met Rebecca (Becca) Mataio while Becca was working for Jordii’s mum. “Becca was considering moving out of home and mum and I had a spare room in our house. We became friends and later realised our feelings were stronger. We both proposed! I proposed first, on a whim. It was New Year’s 2018 and we had just shared our first New Year’s kiss (8 years after we got together). We had always been in the company of family and didn’t want to make people feel uncomfortable (not because we’re a gay couple, just cause PDA isn’t big in our families). This year we did though. We’d had a pretty crappy 2017 and wanted something to be better about the next year of our life. So I proposed, no ring, no plan, no great big speech. Just a simple ‘Marry Me?’. Seven days later, after our rings came in, Becca took me down to the place we first met and told me we’d take some photos of her wearing her ring (she told me to wait for mine). She set up a video camera and we took a couple of practice snaps, right before she got down on one knee and asked me to be hers. Both moments equally perfect.”


“There were so many wedding highlights. The morning of our wedding we had both bridal parties, our parents and siblings all come to our house. We sat around eating beautiful breakfast grazing platters, drinking mimosas and opening presents. Both our dads made beautiful little speeches and our favourite tunes played in the background. It was the perfect, calm, intimate start to our day. Another highlight was the beautiful cultural aspects built into our wedding. Becca is NZ Maori and in the ultimate display of love and acceptance, her brothers and parents presented us both with a Maori korowai (a traditional Maori cloak made of feathers). Becca was presented hers in the morning and I got mine after the ceremony. We also had a traditional pōwhiri (welcoming) and haka at our reception entrance.”


“Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to pick vendors that you love to spend time with and aren’t afraid to be intimate in front of. We chose girls who became incredible friends; berfore, during and after our wedding. Because we spent so much of our day with our photographer, videographer and makeup artist, we never once felt like we were missing out on time with our loved ones because we spent our whole day with some great friends. We would also recommend spending the day together (that sounds silly!) but at no point (other than getting ready) were we apart. Our day was truly OUR day. We made sure to stop and take in all of the important moments of the day. We took a moment post ceremony, before the reception, during the reception and on the dance floor to step back together and take it all in. Give people a chance to support you, love you and be genuinely proud with you and most people will surprise you. We were so certain we would encounter ‘haters’ or be dismissed or treated as different and we never were. We spent our honeymoon on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.”


“OUR VENUE, PRESTON PEAK WINERY FUNCTION CENTRE, IS MADE BEAUTIFUL BY THE GORGEOUS VIEWS, RAW TIMBER, CRYSTAL CHANDELIER AND WINE BARRELS. WE NEVER FELT THE NEED TO ADD TO THAT. WE KEPT OUR DECORATIONS VERY SIMPLE WITH LOTS OF RAW MATERIALS INCLUDING TIMBER, GREENERY AND SOFT DYED CHEESECLOTH.”


JORDII & BECCA’S WEDDING CREW Ceremony and Reception

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The Beauty of Love

Love and laughter filled the air for this romantic styled shoot in the rustic rooms of the historic Fort Lytton. Created to showcase the contrast of vintage furniture and beautiful flowers, the joy of balloons and celebrating marriage equality in Australia. Love is Love. The Beauty of Love. Serena and Monika were the perfect couple and shared a fun-filled day with a beautiful connection with plenty of laughter throughout the day. The set and flowers were beautifully created and styled by our talented photographer and floral stylist, Natasha Simpson from Dawn Photography. The ladies looked absolutely stunning with their three different looks of hair and makeup created by the talented Makeup by Stace. The breathtaking gowns by Darb Bridal and Goddess by Nature provided many ‘ahhh’ moments. The elegant custom-made jewellery and hairpieces by Redki Couture Jewellery completed the looks perfectly.


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Congratulations LOREDANA & MEGAN 19 January 2020, Sydney NSW

“ON THE DAY, TAKE IT ALL IN (DANCE, EAT, BE MINDFUL) AND SPEND FIVE MINUTES ALONE TOGETHER TO BREATHE AND BE PRESENT WITH EACH OTHER.”


Loredana Costantino and Megan Campbell met at a long weekend event at the Factory Theatre, Marrickville. Meg was invited by some friends but they were a ‘no-show’. Trying to look busy at the bar, someone gave Meg a shove from the back and Loredana was there telling her, ‘people are pushing in front of you, it’s your turn to order’. Meg thought this was ‘pretty crazy-kind!’ They parted ways but ended up running into each other again on the dance floor. One thing led to another and they hung out all night. Meg knew that Loredana would require a ‘special’ marriage proposal that needed to be very personal. It had to be romantic, despite what Loredana would have everyone think. On a rainy Sunday morning, Meg snuck out super early to drive to Balmain to get Loredana’s favourite croissant from Labancz Patisserie-Boulangerie. On her return, she set up a ghetto blaster in her neighbour’s garden, which can be seen from their kitchen window. She rang Loredana and asked her to get up and feed their cat. Loredana got up, heard their favourite song playing and thought it was odd, but didn’t think to look out the window to see where the music was coming from. She fed Ruth and went back to bed. Meanwhile, Meg was still standing outside in the pouring rain. She turned the music up embarrassingly loud and Loredana finally came to the kitchen window, saw Meg out there and immediately knew what was up. When Meg passed her a croissant (with a ring sticking out of the top) through the kitchen window, the answer was, ‘Yes’ followed by, ‘Can we eat breakfast now?’.


“Our wedding theme was Rustic Cocktail. What seemed at first like things going ‘wrong’ actually turned into some of our most beautiful wedding moments. Even though all our weather apps said ‘clear’, the steady drizzle said otherwise. We had to move our ceremony inside, leading to a lot of getting ready stress, in turn leading to us being an hour late! In the chaos, all our family and friends at the hotel left for the venue (so they wouldn’t be late), leaving the two of us stranded for a lift to our own wedding. Luckily both our parents came to the rescue, doubling back to pick us up. This meant that we inadvertently turned up and walked in with our parents, siblings and nonna to an expectant, cheering room full of our nearest and dearest. We hadn’t planned a traditional walk down the aisle for either of us, but this little twist turned into a gorgeous moment we hadn’t anticipated. The feeling of love and joy in the room was overwhelming. We had a pre-wedding honeymoon in Italy in 2019.”


LOREDANA & MEGAN’S WEDDING CREW Accommodation Camden Valley Inn Attire Helen Constance Bridal Nedle & Thread Cake Jillian’s Cakery, Surry Hills Catering Gourmet Fare Catering Ceremony and Reception Belgenny Farm, Camden South Favours We made a donation to Black Dog Institute Australia Florals Flower Markets, DIY Hair Tivello Hair Studio Makeup Deanna Lovett Marriage Celebrant Bridget Cleaver Music and Entertainment Loretta Bolton Photography Yasmina Nadine Photography Styling The Lullaby Gallery


“Our advice to anyone planning their day is to plan and organise the wedding your way, no matter how traditional or non-traditional you want, it’s your day. Be as organised as possible and stick to a schedule and budget, but understand that it won’t work out 100% and that’s OK. A lot of the things that went ‘wrong’ turned into our best moments. Try to delegate jobs and if you, like us, don’t have an event planner, put your best boss friend in charge on the day, someone who will make tough decisions (ours made the weather call for us). Meg wishes we’d organised a longer event - it truly flies by.”


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