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AU ST R A LI A’ S FI R ST S AM E S E X W E D D I N G MAGA ZI N E


Congratulations

JAY & JAYDEN

our Front Cover couple Image courtesy Ben Connolly Photography

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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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IN THIS ISSUE FEATURED SUPPLIERS

FEATURED WEDDINGS

72 80 37 92 104 80 80 81 85 115 116 116 7 105 14 84 29 105 105 97 81 3 123 105 22 106 38 106 6 130 106 79 81 51 82 78 78 106 82 82 50 83 131 71 98 21 62 83 108 83 107 84

8 15 23 30 39 44 52 58 63 73 86 93 109 117 124 132

ANGIE’S FLORAL DESIGN ANN JOUBERT, MARRIAGE CELEBRANT AUSTRALIAN WEDDING BLANKET BASSLINE STUDIOS BAND CALOUNDRA POWER BOAT CLUB CAPELLI FOODS CAVES HOUSE HOTEL CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA CUCINETTA WEDDINGS DRESS IN A BOX FELICITY McSHANE, FUSION ELEMENTS GIRL AND THE WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY HIGH CHURCH HUNT AND HEART EVENTS IVORY STATE HAIR AND MAKEUP JONELLE MCDONELL, MARRIAGE CELEBRANT KINGFISHER BAY RESORT, FRASER ISLAND LILLICREEK FLORALS LUXE - UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS MASTERPIECES PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO MAY & MOSS MILLBROOK WINERY MUD SHACK AT MUDJIMBA BEACH, SUNSHINE COAST ONELOVE WEDDING DIRECTORY PAGODA RESORT & SPA PETHERS RAINFOREST RETREAT PRESTON PEAK WINERY FUNCTION CENTRE PROVIDENCE GULLY PURE CATERING RAINBOW WEDDINGS QLD ROD NOENDENG PHOTOGRAPHY ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AUSTRALIA SALLY CANT - CELEBRANT FOR ALL SAME SAME WEDDINGS EXPO SECRETS ON THE LAKE SILVESTRI’S OF CLARENDON SKYLIGHTER WEDDINGS SOUTHPORT YACHT CLUB INC. SPICERS SANGOMA RETREAT STRADBROKE ISLAND EVENTS THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDEN THE CHAPEL MONTVILLE & RECEPTION THE CHEESE BAR THE CURRANT SHED THE LANE VINEYARD THE LARDER BYRON BAY THE PAVILION AT THE MARINA MINDARIE THE POWDER ROOM THE WILLIAM INGLIS HOTEL TRENT THE CELEBRANT VILLAGE ROADSHOW THEME PARKS ZEST WATERFRONT VENUES

JAY & JAYDEN - QLD KATE & JO - NSW WILLIAM & DOMINIC - WA FIONA & JULIE - QLD MARG & ROS - QLD HUGH & JOHN - VIC ALEX & LAURA - QLD ANDREW & ANTHONY - NSW VANESSA & MEL - NSW JOHN & JOSH - SA MICHELLE & ELINOR - NSW SCOTT & MARK - SA JAE & SHARI - QLD ANDREW & ANTHONY - QLD EMMA & MAGDALENA - WA AGE & BEC - NSW

FEATURES 99 LOVE, LIGHT AND WINE 164 BOOKING.COM CELEBRITY DESTINATION WEDDING LOCATIONS

Dani Bartlett Photography


IN THIS ISSUE SSWM DIRECTORY SSWM DIRECTORY - AUSTRALIA WIDE 139

DRESS IN A BOX

SSWM DIRECTORY - AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY 140 140

BARLENS EVENT HIRE MERCURE CANBERRA

SSWM DIRECTORY - NEW SOUTH WALES 141 BARLENS EVENT HIRE 141 CUCINETTA RISTORANTE 141 DPWEDDINGFILMS 142 ERIN SHANLEY.HAIR 142 HARBOURSIDE CRUISES 142 IVORY STATE HAIR AND MAKEUP 143 JO BOOTH EVENT CELEBRANT 143 JONELLE MCDONELL, MARRIAGE CELEBRANT 143 LDC LUXURY DRY CLEANING 144 LOVEDALE WEDDING CHAPEL & RECEPTION 144 NOVOTEL NEWCASTLE BEACH 144 ONELOVE WEDDING DIRECTORY 145 ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AUSTRALIA 145 SYDNEY DRAG CELEBRANT, SANDY BOTTOM 145 THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDEN 146 THE EPPING CLUB 146 THE LARDER BYRON BAY 146 THE WILLIAM INGLIS HOTEL 147 TINDARRA RESORT 147 VAGABOND CRUISES

SSWM DIRECTORY - SOUTH AUSTRALIA 156 156 156 157 157 157 158

ANNETTE PERRYMAN MARRIAGE CELEBRANT CHATEAU YALDARA CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA DANI BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY FUNCTIONS @ SEA RESCUE THE CURRANT SHED THE LANE VINEYARD

SSWM DIRECTORY - TASMANIA 158

BIRCHVIEW TASMANIA

SSWM DIRECTORY - VICTORIA 159 159 159 160 160 160 161

BARLENS EVENT HIRE CELEBRANT MICHAEL DALBLAIR BED & BREAKFAST DEB STALLARD MARRIAGE CELEBRANT KANGAROO RIDGE RETREAT MELBOURNE & WERRIBEE ZOO EVENTS RACV INVERLOCH RESORT

SSWM DIRECTORY - WESTERN AUSTRALIA 162 162 162

MILLBROOK WINERY PAGODA RESORT & SPA THE PAVILION AT THE MARINA MINDARIE

SSWM DIRECTORY - NEW ZEALAND 163

QUEENSTOWN WEDDING ASSOCIATION

SSWM DIRECTORY - QUEENSLAND 148 148 148 149 149 149 150 150 150 151 151 151 152 152 152 153 153 153 154 154 154 155 155

AMBER GILLAM CELEBRANT ANN JOUBERT BASSLINE STUDIOS BAND BLOOMS OF NOOSA CALOUNDRA POWER BOAT CLUB CHERISH THE MEMORIES ELOPEMENTS NOOSA HEMINGWAY’S BREWERY HILLSTONE ST LUCIA KINGFISHER BAY RESORT MAKEUP BY MIRANDA MINX CONTEMPORARY HAIR BOUTIQUE PRESTON PEAK WINERY FUNCTION CENTRE RAINBOW WEDDINGS QLD ROD NOENDENG PHOTOGRAPHY SECRETS ON THE LAKE SKYLIGHTER WEDDINGS THE CHAPEL MONTVILLE & RECEPTION THE FITTING ROOM ON EDWARD THE POWDER ROOM WATERS EDGE SCARBOROUGH WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY WOODEN LETTERS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Dr Excelsior’s Photography


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Beautifully renovated in a WEDDING heritage-meets-modern luxe styleVENUE , High Church offers BRISBANE’S MOST UNIQUE & CEREMONY SPACE FOR HIRE stunning views of the Story Bridge, overlooking the night sky in the heart of the

Beautifully Valley renovated in aentertainment heritage-meets-modern luxe style , High Church offers - Brisbane's precinct. This venue offers a unique creative space and is the perfect backdrop for your whole wedding. stunning views of the Story Bridge, overlooking the night sky in the heart of the Valley - Brisbane's entertainment precinct. This venue offers a unique creative 483 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley 07 3852 2211 space and is the perfect backdrop for your whole wedding. www.highchurch.com.au

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Congratulations JAY & JAYDEN

26 October 2019, Montville QLD


Jay Bingle and Jayden Brown were married on 26 October 2019 in a ceremony at The Chapel Montville. Their reception was held in Poets Cafe. “We met in Warwick. I had another wedding business and was an exhibitor at an event. Jayden was the local journalist covering the event. We became friends and over many years both in different relationships, we lost contact. Four years ago we found ourselves single and met up for a date and it all went from there.” “I (Jay) proposed. I had gone away for a week of ‘RnR’ in northern NSW in our caravan. Jayden and a few family and friends joined me at the end of the week. Everyone was teed up, except Jayden! The crew set up for me on the edge of the ocean between the rocks. Jayden being stubborn when I said, ‘Let’s go for a walk and meet everyone now the sun’s going down’ replied, ‘Oh do I have to?’ He finally agreed but wanted to wear his PJ’s. I managed to convince him to get changed. When we arrived, everyone was hiding but the hundreds of battery-operated candles signalled something was going on, and onto one knee I went. Popping the question, Jayden’s response was, ‘About time!’”

Venue THE CHAPEL MONTVILLE & RECEPTION www.thechapelmontville.com.au Marriage Celebrant SUZANNE RILEY www.suzanneriley.com.au


“Jay based his whole outfit around gold snakeskin boots imported from the UK by Jeffery West. He was on the hunt for a blue suit to match (it had to be a particular blue) and gold accessories. Jayden wanted white for himself and had so many suits delivered before deciding on a crystal-embossed suit. We brought elements of each other’s outfits into the overall theme. We wanted a big celebration with a relaxed vibe and elements of fun and theatrics. Instead of a flower girl we had a ‘lolly man’. He entered the chapel, stood at the front with an old school tape deck playing while he handed out lolly necklaces and wrist bands.”

JAY & JAYDEN


“I walked down the aisle with my mum and the doors closed. Then Jayden entered with a surprise train flowing from his shoulders like a prince. After we walked out of the chapel, Jayden’s grandmother ‘Kunchi’ performed a Native American smudging and blanket ceremony. During our reception, drag queens Shu Shu Fontana and Scarlett Fever performed to get the party started.” “Our highlight was how well it all came together. We received so many comments from our guests on how amazed they were by everything and how they loved the vibe we created in the space.” “On our honeymoon we found ourselves standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.”


“Our advice to anyone planning a wedding is book all of your main elements in first (venue, photographer, celebrant, etc.) and then booking the smaller elements will be less stressful.�

JAY & JAYDEN


JAY & JAYDEN

The Chapel Montville & Reception; Ben Connolly Photography; Suzanne Riley Celebrant; Politix; Jeffery West; Wish; Michael Hill; Be Beautiful Makeup, Hair and Beauty; Barbalicious Bakes; G&M Events; Shu Shu Fontana; Scarlett Fever; Serenity on Montville.


Dusk and Vine Photography

Elite hair and makeup bridal specialists with over 16 years’ experience.

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Nicole Anderson Photography

Dr Excelsior’s Photography

Based in the Hunter Valley and available throughout New South Wales.

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Congratulations KATE & JO

1 December 2018, Hunter Valley NSW


Kate Galea and Jo Castle were married on 1 December 2018 (one year and one week after the referendum) at Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat. “We met across a pool table in 2005 in a cigarette smoke filled bar in our University town in England. We played pool, then Jo gave me a ‘backie’ home on her bike and the rest is history. I proposed a lifetime ago on Primrose Hill in London. I knew that Jo was taking me out for a birthday picnic and she led me there by drawing chalk arrows on the floor from my office in Camden all the way to a lovely picnic spot several miles away with an amazing view of the city. She was waiting there with a spread of all my favourite foods. When it came time for presents, I said the best present I could have was for Jo to be my person forever and I pulled a ring out which I had commissioned a designer to make. It had a tiny diamond but that didn’t matter. Basically Jo did all the hard work and I just whipped out the ring. That was about nine years ago, then we moved to Australia where we couldn’t actually get married so we didn’t talk about it until marriage equality passed here. The day the vote came in, my sister called us and said that we had made such a fuss about marriage equality that there had better be a wedding after all that!”

Hair and Makeup IVORY STATE HAIR + MAKEUP www.ivorystatehairandmakeup.com.au


“The ceremony was held in the garden under the pergola. It was just us, the celebrant and our favourite 20 people. Our celebrant suggested we could really personalise the ceremony and instead of talking about how much we loved each other, we included how much we loved each individual or couple and what they meant to us. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The reception was held on the deck of the lodge, and in the pool, and then later in the spa. We wanted to keep our wedding small so we could all fit in the same accommodation and have a weekend away with friends and family. We decided to go for a feast type spread which worked really well as it was a small wedding on one big table. We had hired a big speaker and I had put a play list together but feedback was that it sounded like the sound track to Dawson’s Creek or The O.C. My friend Adam who had come from England took control of the play list. For favours, everyone got a different miniature bottle of spirits with their name tied to it. In each person’s room we had a weekend survival kit with paracetamol and Berocca etc. The next day we put our drinking trousers back on and did a wine tour of the local wineries.” “We didn’t have a theme or a vision. We just chose things we liked. Basically we wanted a weekend of drinking wine with our best friends and family and we had to lure them there with the promise of a wedding and free food and drink. We had been away from our Sydney friends and family for two years and away from the English crew for seven years so we wanted our wedding to be a way to bring together all the people we missed and loved the most. While we were planning the wedding, we were travelling around the country, so we had to do everything over the phone or online without meeting people.”


“Choosing our wedding outfits was a bit problematic. While we were planning the wedding, Jo and I lived in a converted motorhome and were driving around the country. We spent most of our time in small towns which didn’t have a lot of shops and we were never in one place for long, so online shopping was out. It also meant we didn’t have anyone to shop with apart from each other, and didn’t actually have a mirror on our bus! Until 10 days before the wedding, I was going to wear a dress I bought in French Connection about six months earlier and had sent to my sister’s house for safekeeping. However, when I tried it on with Jo in her dress for the first time, we realised that we looked like we were going to different events. After a panic trip up and down Oxford Street in Paddington, I found a black tux jumpsuit that I loved. By then it was just five days until the wedding and it was about 10 inches too long, so I bought it and found an alterations place that could make it fit me just right. My jumpsuit was from LOVER and Jo’s dress was from Manning Cartell. Our rings are both plain and from a British designer called Daisy Knights. We have bought each other presents from there for the last decade so it seemed appropriate.”

KATE & JO


“Our wedding highlight was having all the people we love in one place at one time. Our advice for anyone planning their wedding is to make it about the people, not about the stuff. And if your wedding is outside, make sure you know where the sun is going to be at that time so your guests don’t have to sit in boiling hot sun for half an hour as they won’t be very impressed.” “We had already been on a two-year hiatus so after spending another few weeks with family before they went back to London, we went back to living in our bus and travelling around Australia. In June 2019 we went to Europe for two months and then on the way back to Australia we booked into a ‘fancy pants’ hotel in Thailand for our official honeymoon.”


Heart & Soul Celebrations; Dr Excelsiors Photography; Ivory State Hair + Makeup; The Flower Alley; Fennel and Co Catering.


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

Since 1926

A Western Australian landmark sincespecial 1926,day. Whichever style you desire, there are a range of options to satisfy all budgets and guests for your Our dedicated team of wedding specialists look forward to welcoming you has and always your guests the Historic Ballroom enjoyed to the Pagoda Resort &life Spa. as a recreation and entertainment venue with a rich history.

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Congratulations

WILLIAM & DOMINIC 17 August 2019, Perth WA


William and Dominic Grigor were married on 17 August 2019 at Pagoda Resort & Spa in Perth. “Dom was on a deployment at sea with the Navy when he saw Will’s profile on Tinder, giving it a like before he had set sail. Will then came across Dom’s profile and although Will found Dom very handsome in the picture, it was his profile words that hooked him in: ‘Why don’t you come back to my apartment for a game of Jenga, I want to see how good your pull-out game is.’ We chatted for a bit and met for a first date at Opera Bar. Will was so nervous he spilt a beer all over Dom’s pants (and it was the first beer of the date, so no excuses!) Will won Dom over with his charm and witty jokes and with the surprise harbour cruise. At ‘exactly 3:15pm’ we had to go for a walk, and ended up on a tall replica First Fleet ship with cheese, wine and kisses. The rest is history! We never did play Jenga though.”

Venue PAGODA RESORT & SPA www.pagoda.com.au CLICK TO VIEW WILLIAM & DOMINIC’S WEDDING VIDEO


Dominic described how he proposed to Will on a hot summer’s afternoon: “We travelled to Perth from Sydney to do the meet and greet for Will and my family. The day after Christmas celebrations, I planned a day trip to Kings Park for a wine and cheese afternoon session with my friends, Kris and Klyde. Will also invited his mates, Gemma and Keith. Will and I arrived at the park a little early which worked out well, because little did Will know, I had something prepared for him. After an hour of him constantly asking me: ‘Where are Kris and Klyde, do they know Kings Park at all? Why are they so late? What are we doing here?’ Gemma and Keith were also running late and I could see Will getting a little suspicious so I suggested we move to another area. It was 38 degrees, a stinking hot summer’s day! Will said ‘Why? That area is full on in the sun and it looks like we’ll be baked. I’m already so sunburnt babe!’ I finished my wine, built up the courage and stood up to gather our things and Will unwillingly followed me. There was nothing wrong with the spot where we were, I just needed to buy time so Kris and Klyde could set up the camera and drone while they were hiding in the bush. So there we were, overlooking Perth’s beautiful city skyline at Kings Park. I rubbed Will’s back and asked him: ‘What’s on your mind at this exact moment?’ He responded: ‘Well I’m getting burnt on my sunburn and you’re rubbing my sunburnt back while the cheese is melting into fondue and where the bloody hell is everyone, it’s been ages!’ He was clearly frustrated so I told myself, I better do this now. Just as Will began to storm off to find some shade, I shouted ‘Will’. He turned around and realised what was going on because I had dropped to one knee, holding the ring in a box. In shock he accidentally dropped everything he was holding, came over and cried out a ‘YES’. We kissed and that was it. Klyde and Kris turned up just at that moment and Will screamed ‘OMG you just missed…’ Kris quickly interrupted and said: ‘What took so long?’ They had been hiding in the bushes with a drone ready to film the proposal. I had planned it with them to get it on tape. Will was a little embarrassed his tantrum had been witnessed but it’s all a good joke now! Gemma and Keith arrived with champagne and we celebrated the evening away! What an amazing afternoon.”


“Our wedding theme was Rustic/Traditional. The ceremony was our absolute highlight. Our advice for anyone planning a wedding is to take your time, write down ideas as you go and enjoy it!” “We honeymooned in Cebu, Philippines, staying at Shangri-La Mactan.”


WILLIAM & DOMINIC Pagoda Resort & Spa; Andrew Baker Celebrant, One Great Life; Krystie Regnault Photography; White Swan Productions; Institchu; Daisy Hill Flowers; Elvis Gumanggi; Custom Favours; Lumin8 Events; Affordable Wedding Party Hire; Lala Design Creative Design by Nat.


Congratulations

FIONA & JULIE

24 August 2019, Fraser Island QLD


Fiona Crandell and Julie Ward were married on 24 August 2019 at Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island. Their ceremony was held on Sunset Beach and was followed by a reception in The Dingo Den. Fiona and Julie were both working at the Brisbane Casino when they met over 20 years ago. “We were friends first, but there was always a strong attraction. We went on a few dates and before long, we knew we were meant to be together”, said Fiona, reminiscing on how the relationship began. Fast forward two decades, the couple were still going strong and little did Fiona know, was fast approaching a proposal. “When we were rostered on the same shift at the Casino, we would spend our breaks together at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, wandering through the beautiful trees and lying on the banks of the Brisbane river soaking up the scenery. Not long after we had celebrated our 20th anniversary, Julie surprised me with a night out. She told me to pack a bag and we checked in to the elegant Treasury Heritage Hotel – a remarkable, 5-star property located just near the Botanic Gardens. Julie took me back to our old favourite spot by the river and proposed. There were a lot of happy tears and a big ‘Yes!’ It was an immediate acceptance – the most perfect moment! We couldn’t wait to share our happy news with our friends and family.”

Venue KINGFISHER BAY RESORT FRASER ISLAND www.fraserislandweddings.com.au Signage WOODEN LETTERS AUSTRALIA www.wooden-letters-australia.com.au


“When it came time for us to choose a destination for our wedding, we knew we wanted somewhere relaxed, scenic and surrounded by nature; just like how our love story began. We selected Kingfisher Bay Resort, a 4-star eco resort situated on the western bay of Fraser Island and nestled amongst the World Heritage-listed landscape. The resort had a wide range of accommodation options for our guests to select from, with everything from hotel rooms to 2 and 3-bedroom villas. It was also the perfect base for everyone to explore the island in the days following the wedding, whether it was a guided tour to the iconic sights or just enjoying the surrounding beaches.” “In terms of the inspiration or styling for our wedding, we didn’t have a specific theme. Instead, we just tried to select pieces that would blend into the beautiful coastal location. In preparation for the big day, we booked ‘The Beach House’ – one of the Executive Houses within the resort grounds. It was a magnificent 6-bedroom property with a large living area and a number of private decks looking out over the ocean. It was the perfect place for us all to get ready and to stay after the wedding. Plus, it was only 30 metres from the shore (and actually overlooked the ceremony area) which meant no wedding cars were needed! We walked down onto the shore to Sunset Beach; the intimate setting for our vows. Our styling was quite minimal – a lovely floral arbour set the scene, leaving the beautiful beach backdrop to speak for itself and really be the stand-out feature.”


“Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for. The morning began with grey skies and rain, but by the time of the ceremony, the clouds had all broken off for a picture-perfect day. Our children were our bridal party and we were surrounded by 54 of our closest family and friends, celebrating our love in the most spectacular setting! Following the ceremony, we all gathered at The Sunset Bar for cocktails and celebration platters, as the beach was bathed in the most stunning golden light. Our guests mingled down on the sand, enjoying drinks and nibbles alongside the jetty.�

FIONA & JULIE


“For our reception, we selected The Dingo Den, one of the resort’s outdoor venues, for dinner under the stars. Our tables were decorated simply, but beautifully with crisp whites, soft greenery and touches of gold, with festoon lighting strung above. We’d arranged personalised wooden place cards for our guests on each place setting as another way to tie in with the nature surrounds. The resort has an extensive catering selection. We chose the Aussie Barbeque Buffet which was delicious, the food was fantastic! The resort team were excellent throughout our whole stay and were a great assistance to us. Their event coordinators ensured that everything ran smoothly, which certainly took the pressure and stress off us. We printed our own invitations and signs online through Vista Print. For our wedding favours we had ‘magic beans’ with inspirational words written on them, for guests to take home, plant and grow. We organised the music ourselves, putting together a few Spotify playlists with all of our favourite songs which we played through the resort’s PA system.” “We spent one month travelling throughout Europe for our honeymoon, which also included a 14-day river cruise. It was wonderful!” “Our advice for other couples planning their wedding would be to make lists and ask a lot of questions, but most importantly, just have fun!”

FIONA & JULIE


Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island; Jennifer McCue Photography; Forever Bridal, Myer, Suit Lab; Francesca Jewellery; Rolling Scissors; Lisa Klein MUA; Bay Flowers; Natalie Hill Celebrant; Selina’s Cakes; Bean Me Up; Wooden Letters.


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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


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Congratulations

MARG & ROS

24 August 2019, Brisbane QLD


Marg and Ros were married on 24 August 2019 in a ceremony and reception held at Level 12, Rydges Hotel, South Bank. “We met in 1977 when we were playing cricket for different clubs in Brisbane. We both were selected for the Queensland side and we went from there. In 1980 we bought a house together but we still weren’t ‘together’. It was a slow process and when we were in Perth for the National Titles in 1981, that’s when we got serious and realised it was more than just a friendship! You could say the penny dropped! Since then we have been together through thick and thin, from living in different houses to sharing three dogs, a cat and a cockatoo.” “No one really proposed. We thought that when same sex marriage became law we would take the next step but we were not in a hurry. After all we had waited 38 years so what’s a few more months! We just made a decision one night, I think we were in bed and we both sort of just said: ‘Why not?’ Not very romantic! But if you know us, you will realise that’s just the way we make decisions like that.”

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“Our wedding theme combined of Star Wars, Frozen and Elvis. The whole day was a highlight. The Ceremony was brilliant. The Reception was fabulous. We loved every bit we can remember. We are so glad we decided to take that step. Not just because we are now legal, but that we could do something that monumental in front of all our friends and family. For years, we had sat through the weddings of our ‘straight’ friends and family and wondered when it would be our turn, and now we know what the feeling is like... Fantastic!” “Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to take a moment after the ceremony and before the reception to gather your thoughts and get ready for the next part. That was advice given to us and it was great advice. Get a great wedding planner. It makes a huge difference to your day and the months of planning beforehand. Without Julz, we would have had a much more stressful time and not enjoyed our day as much as we did.” “We spent our honeymoon at Channers on Norfolk Island. We would recommend it to anyone as a great place to holiday.”


MARG & ROS


Rydges Hotel South Bank; Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions; Julz Fullerton - Wedding Planner; Roxy Hotten, Celebrant; When Freddie Met Lilly; Richardsons Jewellers, North Lakes; The Powder Room; Bouquet Boutique; Frosted Indulgence; Twisted MR; Music4You; Chalkboards & Artisan Designs; Enklo Printing/Brisbane Letterpress Printing; Kylie Strickland, Wedding Dance Diva.


Congratulations

HUGH & JOHN

4 October 2019, Baxter VIC


Hugh Allen and John Webby were married on 4 October 2019 at Baxter Barn, a private 1840’s cottage and barn yard. “We met on Grindr in December 2015 but did not chat much. We met for dinner at Lezzet Turkish restaurant in February 2016. John picked this location for dinner as he had just moved around the corner. John offered to drive Hugh back to Richmond, so I knew he was interested. Being a gentleman, he dropped me off and went home because he had an early start the next day for work. We celebrate our anniversary each year over dinner at Lezzet’s. On our second anniversary we had dinner at Lezzet’s then went to Ormond Point at Elwood to watch the sunset. Hugh surprised John with a bottle of champagne and our favourite cheeses for dessert. As the sun was setting, Hugh presented John’s ring and asked John to marry him. We designed and made the rings a few months earlier, which include our birthstones, Ruby (John), Sapphire (Hugh) and a diamond (as every queen needs a diamond) set in a white gold band. It was discussed and decided very early in our relationship that it would be Hugh that proposed. If it was left up to John, we would have been engaged and married after about six months of meeting.”


“As soon as we walked into Baxter Barn 18 months earlier, we both fell in love with it and knew straight away we wanted to have our wedding there. Baxter Barn is an 1840’s cottage and barn yard with its own lake, rose and flower gardens and plenty of opportunities for photos. There were ducks and geese roaming around the grounds. Our wedding theme was a smart casual country barn yard shindig as we are both originally country boys, Hugh from Southwest Victoria and John from the North Island of New Zealand. We wanted a relaxed wedding with no pretense or anything contrived. We wanted to celebrate in style with flare, so we had glitter cannons, a rainbow balloon arch and rainbow umbrellas, drag queen performances and fireworks.” “The dessert table was included in the package. We preserved our own olives in small jars, which would be the bonbonniere for guests to take home.The jars were stacked and displayed as a cake decorated with a rainbow ribbon. We performed a ribbon cutting instead of a cake cutting. We had a cocktail style wedding with small and medium sized finger food being passed around all afternoon and evening. Drinks and cocktails on arrival. The dessert table was loaded with anything we requested plus jars for desserts, slices, cakes, jam donuts, lollies and cheeses. The food was absolutely amazing.”


“Our highlights of the day were having our friends and family there to celebrate love and having a great time; Drag queen performances by our friend Abril La Trene; Fireworks display that lasted about 8 minutes; The incredible food and desert table by Going Gourmet; Fun in the photo booth; The reading by Ellie and Latoya (our close friends) during the ceremony; Excellent speeches by Hugh’s Godfather (Redda), John’s father (Mark), Hugh’s brother and best man (Tom) and John’s Groomsmaid (Sascha).” “We had rain on the day, so had a slight change of plans with the ceremony. We had planned to have the ceremony in front of the wisteria on the 1840’s cottage at Baxter Barn, however last minute moved it to the marquee next to the barn with the rainbow arch and ‘LOVE’ sign as the backdrop. But we didn’t let the rain ruin our day. Our wedding was the best day of our lives and so many people said that they had an amazing time and loved every bit of it. Our recovery the next day was drinks at a good friend’s brewery, Mr Banks. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining. The day before the wedding we had a family rehearsal lunch at Lezzet restaurant for our immediate family members so they could meet and get to know each other before the wedding, as John’s family all travelled from New Zealand.”


“Our advice for anyone planning their wedding is to make it about you and have what you want. Don’t let others tell you what you need to do or have on the day – it is your day not theirs! Have time together away from everything to absorb everything that happens, as it happens so quickly.” “On our honeymoon we had 9 days around Sri Lanka with a guide in a small group followed by 5 days on an island in the Maldives. We had an incredible time and loved every bit of it. Sri Lanka was busy with plenty of tours and activities, then being able to relax and unwind on a tropical island in the Maldives.”


Hugh and John’s Wedding Reading by Ellie & Latoya 4.10.19 When our children started school, one of the first events of the year was Harmony Day... where the class celebrates all the diverse cultures present. Our daughter Brooklyn came home and asked us what ‘culture‘ we were. We explained that we are Australian but that Harmony Day is more for people who have another culture to celebrate. She thought for a minute and then said... ‘Well we are a Rainbow family, is Rainbow our culture?’ Yes! Rainbow is our culture. And one we are proud to be part of.

And so, some words for the happy couple, in the style of Dr Seuss...

Being a member of the Rainbow Community is not about the colour of your skin, or your country of birth. It is not about your religion, or the language you speak at home. It is, purely and simply, about love. It celebrates the fact that love is love, and that love unites people, all over the world. Our Culture welcomes everybody.

It is love. Simply love. It is easy you see It grows inside all of us, yes, you ‘n me. It brings us together, it fills us with glee But the best part of all, it’s totally free.

A rainbow wouldn’t be a rainbow without each individual colour and so our Culture is made up of a group of individuals. Thousands and thousands of individuals.

Blood isn’t the only thing that makes up a family It’s what’s in your heart that counts, what others can’t see. So whether you grow one, or buy one, or make one in a lab It’s the love that you give that makes you a Mum or a Dad.

And today, just like the colours of a rainbow, the families and friends of John and Hugh are blended to create an incredible sight.

Dear John and Hugh John and Hugh, today is your day You’re starting a journey, love guiding the way. Your love for each other, so amazing to see Members of the Rainbow tribe you will be. The Rainbow Tribe? Huh? What is that? Do I need a dress? A mask? Or a hat? No, not at all, its not something you buy It is something you have. You don’t need to ask why.

It doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t take sides If you’re green or you’re blue or you’re brown or you’re white. Wait ‘til you see us together, what a sight Most importantly there’s no wrong way or right.

When your family has two mums or two dads you will know You’ll know cause you’ll feel it, you’ll see it and so, Just look for the glitter and the sparkling rainbow. Our culture is special because we share it with all There are no rules, no books, no tickets, or walls. It’s full of the uncles, cousins, sisters and friends Of the aunties and brothers, it just doesn’t end. We march and we dance and we laugh and we cheer Loved and supported, You’ll always be here. Here we are, today is your day To share with your family the Rainbow Tribe way. Your future is waiting, our dear John and Hugh So get on with your vows, the Kiss and ‘I Do’ We’re all very excited to be here for you.

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Congratulations ALEX & LAURA

13 September 2019, Brisbane QLD


Alex and Laura Mathie-Marciano were married on 13 September 2019 at Victoria Park, Herston. Alex planned the proposal for six months. Being shift workers, she started writing in a journal every time they were on opposite shifts or away from each other. She wrote notes about funny conversations they had, plans they made and even little disagreements that were usually about her trying to hide any proposal plans. Alex had the ring made in Scotland, where she is from and made sure it had sentimental qualities and was perfect for Laura. On a much anticipated holiday to Tasmania in June 2018, Alex took Laura to the Bay of Fires to watch the sun rise. While they were there, Alex read her last journal entry to Laura and got down on one knee asking her to spend the rest of her life with her. Alex then gave the journal to Laura to enjoy reading about the six months of planning. The rest of the trip was amazing and a few months later Alex came home to Laura to find her reading a letter and down on one knee. Laura didn’t want Alex to miss out on a beautiful engagement ring and also proposed.


“Being in a same-sex relationship with marriage only becoming legal in recent times, there wasn’t a set precedent which made it easy to style our special day exactly how we wanted it. Our colour theme was mauve and silver and we wanted a relaxed approach.” “A highlight was performing a traditional Scottish Handfasting, signifying our family, friends and each other. Also surprising Alex with a bag piper as she went to walk down the aisle.”


ALEX & LAURA

“We went on a 6-week Italy, Barcelona and Scotland adventure for our honeymoon.” “Our advice for anyone planning a wedding is be selfish! Make it what you want and at the end of the day you will be standing in a room filled with people who love you and want to celebrate your happiness. Enjoy every minute because it goes fast. Don’t sweat the small stuff, it will all fall into place!”


ALEX & LAURA


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Congratulations ANDREW & ANTHONY

13 November 2019, Newcastle NSW


Andrew Barr and Anthony Toms were married on 13 November 2019 in a ceremony and reception at Longworth House, Newcastle. “We celebrated our marriage on the 20th anniversary of when we first met and the 10th anniversary of our 2009 ACT Civil Partnership.” Andrew and Anthony met at Canberra’s SpringOUT Pride Festival on the evening of 13 November 1999. Andrew proposed to Anthony over dinner on the Sofitel Private Island at Bora Bora in January 2019. “The wedding theme was Cocktail/Lounge Bar/Speakeasy. It was a relaxed and well planned day that started with a massage and facial, then photos, followed by the ceremony and reception. Nieces and nephews armed with bubble guns created some fabulous photo opportunities.”

Photography NATURAL LIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY www.nlphotography.com.au/wedding-photography Marriage Celebrant THE ALTAR GUY www.thataltarguy.com


“Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to keep it simple and be true to yourselves. Don’t stress the finer details - you won’t remember them anyway! As long as you both show up, nothing else really matters.” Andrew and Anthony honeymooned in Hawaii.

ANDREW & ANTHONY


Jeremy Bell (That Altar Guy); Ellen Starrett (Natural Lights Photography); Morgansons Finery; Georg Jensen; Flowers from the Garden; Shaw’s Bakery.


Congratulations

VANESSA & MEL

15 March 2019, Avalon NSW


Vanessa La Rose and Melanie Cotts were married on 15 March 2019 in Avalon and their reception was held at the Beach House. Vanessa and Mel met in September 2012. “Mel was living and working in Perth and was in Sydney for just a few days for a hen’s party. A mutual friend thought it would be great for us to meet and therefore organised a night out.That night, Mel pretended she had too much to drink just so she could ‘crash at mine’ cheeky cheeky! We connected instantly but at the time I thought it was only going to be a one night hook up type of thing because I was flying to New Zealand the very next day for a holiday and she was going back to her life in Perth. However, when I was at the airport the following day, I wasn’t allowed to fly as I didn’t have the right visa, which meant I had a couple of extra days with Mel before she flew back home - and that changed everything for us! A ‘one night stand’ turned into something much more serious within just a couple of days. Only a short week later, Mel quit her job, packed her life in Perth and moved back to Sydney for good.”

Photography KAT ROLLINGS PHOTOGRAPHY www.katrollings.com.au Florals and Event Styling HUNT AND HEART www.huntandheart.com.au


Vanessa described the proposal: “We had been dating for just over two years and were in Mauritius for a holiday, which is where I am originally from. It was Mel’s first visit. We were spending a couple of days in a luxurious resort, Dinarobin Resort, set at the bottom of my favourite mountain in Mauritius, Le Morne. We had an amazing day then went back to the room and had a bubble bath. Mel ordered champagne. We were in our bathrobes, just chilling on the balcony watching the sunset... and then it happened! She reached into the pocket of her bathrobe and started getting all emotional, telling me she wanted to spend the rest of her life with me. At the time, the law had not been passed, so it was more like: ‘When we can finally do it, will you marry me?’ I was in tears... we both were actually! And of course I said ‘Yes’! At that time, it was so uncertain as to when we would be able to get married, but it didn’t matter. We just knew that we would when we could! And five years later, we did!”

VANESSA & MEL


“Our theme was Coastal Elegance. Coming from Mauritius and Mel growing up in Newcastle, we both always loved being near the ocean. We wanted a ‘beach wedding’, but without being on the beach. We wanted something elegant without being ‘over the top’. We wanted a coastal vibe, without the tacky beach theme. It was mainly all white with just a subtle splash of aqua tones. Mel is a chef and baked our wedding cake herself. Coming from a tiny island where same sex marriage is still illegal and Mel coming from a GreekItalian background, where it can be a very touchy subject, having both our families not only present, but supportive and genuinely happy on our big day, was definitely THE biggest highlight. Also, Mel and I spent over 24 hours apart before the big day and only saw each other for the first time at the aisle. That moment was very special for both of us. Another highlight of the day was a speech made by my 8 year old nephew on ‘Love is Love’. It was the most beautiful thing and was delivered with such a pure innocence, it really touched all of us.” Hello everybody, My name is Kyle and I am a very happy boy today. It is a happy day for all of us as we are celebrating the union of two beautiful human beings. I remember last time I was in Australia, people had to vote to decide if my Taties (Aunty in French) could get married. I just could not understand! I could not understand why they could not get married like everyone else. I could not understand why people had to vote for such a personal choice. I could not understand why others were given the power to say No! A few weeks later, the results were out and I was SO relieved! And now, this day has finally arrived. I am so proud of Tatie Van and Tatie Mel. In the end, love is love.. and love always wins! TO LOVE!


“Our advice for anyone planning a wedding is don’t blow out the budget! It is of course a really special day, but it all goes so fast and is over in a few hours! You can have something really beautiful and intimate and special without going overboard. Focus on what is important: You and your wife/husband. Spend money on what’s really worth it, like photography. These memories last a lifetime, so spend your money wisely, don’t get into unnecessary debt just for one magical day.” “Planning a wedding is stressful as it is but you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Give close family members and friends a task each. It gets everyone involved and relieves some of your own stress and your to-do list will be so much shorter! Also, all brides say this and yet we all seem to make the same mistake... EAT AT YOUR WEDDING! We spend hours perfecting the menu and menu tasting but somehow get caught up at the wedding and don’t even touch the food. Make sure you actually ENJOY every bit of YOUR big day and look after yourself and eat so you don’t get drunk too quickly (guilty!).” “We are looking forward to our honeymoon in Greece.”


“I (Vanessa) found my wedding dress at Penrith Bridal Centre. It was the very first dress I tried and I loved it straight way. However, it had a massive train and I knew it would annoy me so I decided to have it removed but I didn’t want to waste the fabric. We were trying to think about how we could use it and the lady at the shop suggested a veil or hairpiece but it just wasn’t for us. Mel never wanted to wear a dress, but she also did not want to wear a suit that would look too masculine. So after some thought, we both had the brilliant idea of incorporating my lace into her sleeves so it would add that feminine touch she was after. It would feel like I was with her the whole time prior to the wedding. We literally do everything together and are very rarely apart, so spending the night before our wedding apart was a pretty big deal for both of us. With wedding nerves, we knew we would both struggle being apart, especially with the mobile phone ban we both agreed to have 24 hours prior to the big day. So just having a ‘part of me’ with her at all times gave us a sense of comfort in a weird way that is hard to explain! It sort of represented our union and we just wanted to be linked, even through our outfits! The addition of the lace sleeves was so subtle and yet so special to us. It was hard to find someone to customise Mel’s outfit. I think it was only about six weeks before the wedding that Mel’s sister found Marilena Gabriel who understood what we were after and made our vision come to life. Mel felt like a rockstar that day. She looked absolutely stunning and I remember seeing her for the first time at the end of the aisle on the day thinking OMG she just looks perfect in her outfit. We had kept each other’s outfits a secret until the ceremony.”


Kat Rollings Photography; Beach House Avalon; Meggan Brummer, Celebrant; Penrith Bridal Centre; Shane’s Avenue; Marilena Gabriel; Makeup Artistry by Rebekah; Hunt and Heart Events; Mobydisc.


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Congratulations

JOHN & JOSH

19 October 2019, Adelaide SA


John and Joshua White were married on 19 October 2019 in a ceremony conducted by Rev. John Maddern at the Adelaide West Uniting Church. The reception was held at Silvestri’s of Clarendon. Photos were taken at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. John and Joshua met online. “We had been talking about when we would be ready to decide to get married for many months and when the time came, it was a mutual decision with no surprises. We both knelt down together and made sure we got equal chance to propose to each other at the same time. In the absence of any prepared rings, we used the key rings on our car keys. This led to one of our best friends immortalising our engagement with a painting of those sets of keys linked together.”

Photography ELISE MEZNER PHOTOGRAPHY www.elisemeznerphotography.com/weddings Venue SILVESTRI’S OF CLARENDON www.silvestris.com.au


“We didn’t really have any theme for the style of our wedding. We wanted to get married at our church. Aside from that, we just wanted to find a nice venue everyone would like and something special for our close family and friends. We did end up having a colour theme and we are really glad we did as it helped with making a lot of decisions and ultimately made the look of the wedding ceremony and reception all come together. We borrowed a friend’s MX5 as our wedding transport. A close family member made our cake.” “Our highlight was the enormous cheers from our friends and family when we were announced as husbands during the ceremony, which really blew us away and made us feel very accepted as a newlywed couple. Another highlight was our photography session with Elise Mezner at the Mt Lofty Botanic Garden. It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to relax and spend time with just us and the wedding party. Elise made it very easy to feel relaxed and to be able to enjoy the session.”


“Our advice to other couples planning their wedding is to set several budgets and be realistic about what you actually want. Make sure you hire the venue and photographer early. Communicate and always let each other know how much you love each other. That will always be more important than the organising, the planning, or even the event of the day. Be honest about what you want and what is important to you, and remember that compromising doesn’t mean getting less of what you both want, but finding out what you both want and how to bring that to its fullest. ” “We spent our honeymoon on the North Island of New Zealand.”

JOHN & JOSH


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The perfect wedding venue for your special day, Silvestri’s Of Clarendon is set in the Adelaide Hills township of Clarendon, just 25 minutes from the CBD. A blend of contemporary design and heritage features, our exclusive estate offers a breathtaking manicured wedding garden with sweeping views across the valley and hills. Choose from two stunning function rooms catering from 10 to 140 guests, who will be treated to exquisite European cuisine featuring the best local produce. Silvestri’s have been hosting beautiful weddings since 1988. Winner ABIA Hall of Fame Award, No. 3 Restaurant Reception Venue in Australia.

73 Grants Gully Road Clarendon SA 5157 Enquiries 08 8383 6059 www.silvestris.com.au

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ANN JOUBERT

Brisbane, South-East QLD and Northern NSW MARRIAGE CELEBRANT From creating the perfect script reflecting the love of the couple, to working with the couple’s colour scheme to ensure that nothing is out of place. Working as a Celebrant I offer undivided attention to my couple’s requirements, and no request is too much. As your Celebrant I offer as much time as you need to make your day one of treasured memories. I would be honoured and delighted to have the privilege of leading your ceremony on this YOUR wedding day. 0418 881 067 ann.joubert.celebrant@gmail.com www.annjoubertcelebrant.com

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CAVES HOUSE HOTEL Yallingup, Margaret River WA HOTEL AND RESTAURANT Surrounded by 1.8ha of Heritage-listed gardens and pristine laws stretching towards the ocean, Caves House at Yallingup is the perfect location for outdoor and indoor ceremonies, receptions and breathtaking photos. Our menus offer the finest products of the Margaret River region and beverage options with award-winning wines can be customised. 08 9750 1888 functions@ychh.com.au www.caveshousehotelyallingup.com.au

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

MAY & MOSS Sydney NSW

FLORAL DESIGN With a wild, bohemian aesthetic, May & Moss lives and breathes flowers. Adding blooms, grasses and foliage foraged from a private garden, May & Moss creates bespoke bouquets and arrangements in tune with the seasons. Let their passion for all things botanical bring beauty and romance to your joyful occasion. info@mayandmoss.com.au www.mayandmoss.com.au

SALLY CANT - CELEBRANT FOR ALL Melbourne VIC CELEBRANT I love creating ceremonies that are warm, personal, relaxed and fun. Ceremonies that celebrate ‘you’. Having been recently married to my gorgeous wife, I look forward to conducting many more same-sex marriage ceremonies. 0408 691 405 sally@sallycant.com.au www.sallycant.com.au


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Montville, Sunshine Coast Hinterland QLD LUXURY ACCOMMODATION, RESTAURANT & WEDDING VENUE The hinterland’s most breathtaking lakeside wedding destination and unique hand-car ved luxur y treehouse honeymoon escape. With stunningly beautiful rustic, waterfront and rainforest settings, and featuring a private jetty, car ved decks, dreamy rock ponds and waterfalls fringed by pristine rainforest and mountains… we have the perfect location for your vows. Featured on national TV as ‘the perfect romantic escape for couples’. 07 5478 5888 info@secretsonthelake.com.au www.secretsonthelake.com.au Congratulations Natalie & Sarah

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Hawksbury Region, Bowen Mountain NSW LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL A personalised & private affair at Spicers Sangoma Retreat. Secluded, private and intimate, Spicers Sangoma Retreat is a stunning location for your wedding. With onsite dining and accommodation, as well as a range of beautiful sites for photography, Sangoma is perfect for small weddings and elopements. 13 77 42 info@spicersretreats.com www.spicersretreats.com/spicers-sangoma-retreat

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CHAPEL AND RECEPTION VENUE Our stunning award-winning Chapel stands in a class of its own, combining traditional building skills, craftsmanship and unique features throughout, backdropped with beautiful views sweeping down over the Sunshine Coast to the ocean. The Chapel is sure to make your day a truly special and memorable one. 0437 531 116 info@thechapelmontville.com.au www.thechapelmontville.com.au www.facebook.com/thechapelmontville www.instagram.com/the_chapel_montville

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At The Powder Room we are your best friends on the best day of your life. Commit to the one you LOVE and let us create your exquisite hair and makeup. We proudly suppor t the LGBT community. Our team consists of 20 Industr y professionals, each of whom are individually ar tistic, friendly and dedicated to just one Bridal Par ty per day. We look forward to meeting you both and creating your dream wedding look. 07 3254 1786 info@powderroom.com.au www.powderroom.com.au

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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

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Congratulations

MICHELLE & ELINOR

17 June 2017, Bilpin NSW - Commitment Ceremony & Reception 7 October 2018 - Wedding Ceremony & Naming Ceremony


“Elinor and I worked together in 2008 (we’re both Occupational Therapists) but we didn’t like each other! I thought she was really snobby, but turns out she was just really shy. We met up again in 2013 and thankfully I got to know the real Elinor. The rest is history.” “Elinor knows my biggest fear is being proposed to in public. I think it’s an intimate moment between two people. On the night of our first anniversary, she awkwardly handed me a book (that she had hidden for six months) that talked about all the things she loved about me. At the end she asked me to marry her in the romantic privacy of our bedroom. It was perfect.” On 17 June 2017 prior to same sex marriage being recognised in New South Wales, Michelle Wykes and Elinor Stuart held a commitment ceremony at The Secret Circle at Bilpin Resort followed by a reception at the resort.

Marriage Celebrant KAREN BROWN, A TIMELESS LOVE CELEBRANT www.atimelesslove.com.au


“We both wanted a small wedding that was intimate and wintery but also close to home. We had 40 guests because we wanted just our nearest and dearest there to celebrate with us. I’m really glad we kept our wedding small. Every person there was special to us and really knew us as a couple. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Oh, and we had Brazilian barbecue instead of alternate plate drop. That was a huge hit!” “As part of our ceremony, each of our parents came up to tie ribbons around our hands as part of a Celtic ritual. My mum tied our hands and kissed us but then also kissed my brother, the ’bridesman’. The celebrant joked about how she didn’t get a kiss, to which my dad went up, tied our hands, kissed us and kissed the celebrant. Everyone was in stitches and it really lightened the mood.” “We’d given our florist very broad instructions: ‘Pretty with no babies breath!’ Little did we realise, she would make amazing bouquets, arbour florals, ceiling installations and buttonholes. We were beyond impressed with her creations despite our difficult, vague instructions. We were both really laid back about our wedding and it was pretty drama free. We ordered our dresses online (against the advice of... well... everyone) but they turned out great!”


MICHELLE & ELINOR


“We went to Bali for our honeymoon.” “We legalised our marriage on 7 October 2018 with the same lovely celebrant who officiated our commitment ceremony, Karen Brown. The day was small, with only family in attendance. It was extra special because we also held a naming ceremony for our daughter who we welcomed into the world earlier in the year.” “Marriage means having each other’s back for the rest of your lives. You may not always agree but you’re always on the same team and want the absolute best for each other. Elinor is my everything and that means the world to me.”

MICHELLE & ELINOR


Karen Brown, A Timeless Love Celebrant; Bilpin Resort; Same Love Photography; Piccolo Petalo Florals; Kristi K Make Up & Hair.


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Congratulations

SCOTT & MARK

16 November 2019, Murray River SA


Scott Crump and Mark Bess were married on 16 November 2019 at their own bed and breakfast in Younghusband. Riverview House Bed & Breakfast has five accommodation rooms and gardens overlooking the Murray River and can accommodate events up to 70 people. Catering supplied externally or in-house. “We chose to have a cocktail event with a tropical theme. We wore 3-piece Tuxedo suits from Bridal Fushion by Mascia. Mark prepared the music. ” “Our advice to anyone planning a wedding is to relax and enjoy the day, as this is your day!” “We spent our honeymoon at Lake Bonney, Riverland.”


SCOTT & MARK


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Congratulations

JAE & SHARI

12 October 2019, Brisbane & Gold Coast QLD


Jae Deane and Shari Bridges were married on 12 October 2019 in a ceremony at the Registry Office, Brisbane. They celebrated with family and friends on 13 October 2019 at Justin Lane Pizza, Burleigh Heads. “Well, it was certainly different how we met... we matched on Tinder! Through talking, we had an immediate connection. I (Shari) simply invited Jae over to my house, no fancy clothes or makeup, no alcohol or fake chats. It was a real honest catch up. We chatted for hours and even joked about getting married and spending the rest of our lives together. The rest is history. We have been, and are, inseparable.” “I had been hinting to Jae that if she asked, I would say ‘yes’. I continued to say things like ‘I can’t wait to be your wife’ and ‘You’re going to be the hottest bride’. Sure enough, Jae proposed. NOTHING WENT TO PLAN for Jae. While riding home one Thursday night (Jae rides a Harley) with ring in bag, she was knocked off her bike. She woke up the next morning realising how precious life really is and just couldn’t wait another moment to ask. She got down on one knee and proposed on the bedroom floor! We cried and laughed and I said ‘YES’.”


Jae wore Country Road pants and button up shirt, Midas leather shoes, Dylan Kain belt, Ksubi scarf, Ksubi neck tie, Cort Jewellery ‘S’ signet ring and Casio watch. Shari wore a Zara one shoulder top, Little Lace (online) skirt, Tony Bianco shoes, Lovisa earrings and a 40 year old sapphire ring from her mother, Leila. They both wore matching Ksubi denim ‘Mrs’ jackets. “My (Shari) highlight was listening to Jae read out her wedding vows. That special moment had everyone in the room captured. Straight from her heart, with every breath, making sure she knew I was at full attention and understanding the severity of her words, all while tears were rolling down her face. That moment will forever be etched into my memory.” “The ceremony really hit home for me (Jae). I was completely overwhelmed with emotions. Standing hand in hand, looking into each other’s eyes and sharing our vows in front of our family, is a memory I will cherish forever.”


“Jae proposed on 23 August 2019 and we were married within 6 weeks. It was important to us to plan something that represented us. We broke all the rules. We didn’t want to wait. It took our family and friends by surprise but it was what we wanted. The wedding day was truly a dream for us both. Jae never wanted to get married but continued to say to me, ‘Shari how could I not marry you?’ The day came together beautifully. The weather was predicted to be the wettest weekend we’d had all year. Sure enough, the morning of the wedding was freezing cold and rainy but by lunch time the rain cleared, blue skies appeared and it was perfect. We couldn’t believe it and felt so lucky. The Registry Office was amazing - elegant, friendly, cost-effective and with floor to ceiling views of Brisbane city!”

JAE & SHARI


“Our advice to anyone planning a wedding is to keep things stress free. Don’t overspend and don’t fall into the pressures or exceptions of fitting into the ‘normal’. Do things that represent you both as a couple. This is your wedding and you only get to do it once, to have fun, laugh, cry and make your own dreams a reality.” “We spent our honeymoon in Noosa Heads. It’s a memorable place for us together as a couple.

JAE & SHARI Love + Wonder Photography; Registry Office Brisbane; Justin Lane Pizza, Burleigh Heads; The Emporium South Bank; Fernando Hervas MUA; Jenny Harris Future Hair Design; Lothar Blackstein Celebrant; Diamontime Jewellers;


I am the creative designer of marriage ceremonies and would be honoured to be your Authorised Celebrant for your special day. Love cannot be measured

by definition of boundaries, for love knows no boundaries. Marriage is defined as a mixture of elements and a fusion of the connection that exists between two people. Choosing a celebrant that you feel comfortable with and who will provide you with everything you require for your special day is a huge

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for your lifetime together. I am Fusion Elements and I represent life celebrations - Weddings, Vow Renewals and Commitments. I am Felicity McShane, an Authorised Celebrant and I can’t wait to be part of your special day.

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Congratulations ANDREW & ANTHONY 16 March 2019, Noosaville QLD


Andrew Martin and Anthony Ash were married on 16 March 2019 in a ceremony on the Noosa River, Noosaville followed by a reception at Noosa Boat House. “We met while working for the same hotel chain when we were both 16. Andrew was transferred to another hotel a few years later and we would run into each another with mutual friends.” “It wasn’t until one fateful night on the town when we were heading home together in a cab that we realised we lived only a few blocks away from each other. At the time neither of us were ‘out’ and Anthony was the shy, reserved type and social media didn’t exist! Anthony then went overseas after finishing university and it wasn’t for some time until we coincidentally ran into each other again while working at another hotel.” 

Photography GIRL AND THE WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY www.girlandthewolfphotography.com.au


ANDREW & ANTHONY


“We would joke and laugh whenever we got the chance. We went through the stages of butterflies, fear, joy and ‘roster stalking’ and eventually Anthony worked up the courage to ask Andrew out on a daytime date and as they say, the rest is history.” The proposal was Andrew’s time to shine. “Always the showman, he had planned the day for months. We were on a family trip to Canada and given our love for the outdoors the beautiful spot of Stanley Park, Vancouver was chosen. Strangely looking back on it, the day was very much taking a page out of Snow White. Whilst walking through the park we saw a family of raccoons, gorgeous birds and finally a squirrel which was keen on spending time with us once we got down by Beaver Lake (yes, the actual name of the lake). We stopped to admire the incredible scenery and all of a sudden (as Anthony tells it) Andrew is on one knee asking Anthony to marry him. A ‘yes’ and tears quickly followed.”


“The theme of the wedding was shabby chic. We are both laid back and wanted the wedding to be a simple, fun celebration located in a beautiful beach style setting.” “The entire day was a highlight. There is not one thing we’d do differently. We spent three days welcoming over 100 family and friends who were all there to share in the love and excitement of such a special day. One of the most memorable moments was being able to stand hand in hand with the man you love and express that to the world.” “Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to ensure the decisions you make are for you and no one else. There is a lot of emotion and expectation around what a wedding ‘should’ look like. If it doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t do it. Best thing about a gay wedding is there is no structure or expectation you have to follow so you get to design the wedding how you want it! Thanks to the support and guidance of our celebrant, she was able to talk us through some of the more stressful moments in the months prior. The range of emotions you go through was very unexpected. Make sure you have a good shoulder to lean on if needed.” “We took three weeks to travel across Spain for our honeymoon.”

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Congratulations

EMMA & MAGDALENA

28 August 2018, Swan Valley WA


Emma and Magdalena Dzambo were married on 28 August 2018 in a ceremony at Caversham House. The reception was held in their home which was transformed into a beautiful venue. Emma and Magdalena met while working as bakers at Bakers Delight. Emma proposed to Magdalena in a hot air balloon over the Hunter Valley Gardens in New South Wales. “Our inspiration for the wedding styling was Victorian. Magdalena wore her maid of honour’s wedding shoes from 10 years ago and her something borrowed was a piece of jewellery which was a family heirloom also belonging to her maid of honour.”


“My (Emma) highlights were getting ready with my mum, dad, brother and my best friend. Having my best friend drive my dad and I to Caversham House in her red 1955 Morris Minor. Arriving at the garden house and seeing a glimpse of my bride waiting at the altar for me. Words cannot describe how beautiful she looked - she was glowing with happiness. Having my dad hold my hand as we walked down the aisle to my beautiful bride. A funny highlight was when I took the ring pillow from our page boy, our gorgeous nephew. I couldn’t get the ribbon undone and I made a joke that maybe it was a sign and everyone laughed. Another highlight was embracing the rain and dancing in the puddles.”


“Our advice to anyone planning their wedding is to enjoy the day! Definitely keep the wedding dresses a surprise. And if it gets rained out, embrace the wet! You will get some amazing photos.� The newlyweds honeymooned at Charms Spa Retreat in Denmark WA.

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Hi, I’m Julia... I am a culturally-inclusive, LGBTI-friendly certified celebrant who just loves weddings!     I’m a bit alternative, and a bit high energy... I love adventure racing, triathlon, mountain biking, kayaking, trekking, leaping off tall buildings (well out of planes anyway - with a parachute!) and I am a true romantic at heart. That’s why I love weddings! I am of the new generation of contemporary celebrants and I know that we all have different ideas on how we want to say our “I do’s” and your wedding day should be unique to you, so I am here to help plan the perfect day for YOU. I understand that your wedding day is a special moment in your life and I would love to work closely with you to ensure that your day reflects everything that is important to you and your forever partner. Together we can create a ceremony that reflects your relationship and includes all of the people and things that are important in your life.  So if you are looking for a celebrant who understands your uniqueness and can support you with an inclusive ceremony that reflects who you are, your relationship and your dreams, something you will always remember with a smile, then give me a call or contact me here and let’s have an obligation-free chat.  

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Congratulations AGE & BEC

24 August 2019, Maitland NSW


Age and Bec were married on 24 August 2019 at Walka Water Works in Oakhampton Heights. Their ceremony was held on the Annex lawn and their reception followed in the Pump House. “We first met at work when Bec was my direct supervisor. A short time later we reconnected through mutual friends. It was clear there was a connection and we spent most of the night talking. It was through the intervention of these friends that we finally got together.” “We had been together two years when Age proposed with cryptic clues for a treasure hunt. I had just finished a night shift at work and got into the car to receive a phone call telling me there was a clue hiding under my seat. Each clue took me to places which had special meaning to us throughout our relationship - the first place we kissed; the first place we said “I love you”, and the first home we shared together. The last clue took me to the beach - the location of our first date. Age was waiting on the steps of the beach when I arrived. She was so incredibly nervous.”

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“Our wedding theme was Relaxed Rustic Vintage. We wanted to create a day and night that reflected the type of people we are. We wanted a fun and relaxed vibe. We visited Walka Water Works and instantly fell in love with the location. We wanted a small and intimate wedding and having around 50 guests allowed us to do this well.” “The highlights for both of us were seeing the months of planning and the vision all come together perfectly. The vibe was fun and relaxed. It was such an amazing day. From morning to night it was chilled and fun with lots of laughs. Some guests told us it was the most enjoyable wedding they have ever been to.”


“Our advice for other couples planning their wedding is to have a vision and make your wedding a reflection of your personalities. Choose a celebrant who you connect with, someone who can bring aspects of your personality to your ceremony and make it your own. We were so lucky to find Amy. From the moment we met her, we knew she was a perfect fit. Enjoy the day, take in the moments and savour them. The day flies by so incredibly quickly. Lots of people told us this before the day and I’m so grateful they did.”     “We honeymooned on the Gold Coast with our two young children.” 

AGE & BEC


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BARLENS EVENT HIRE Event Hire Company Canberra ACT www.barlens.com.au Barlens is distinguished in the market place by our size, experience and professionalism. Most impor tantly we have the know-how to help make your event a success. Our extensive range of modern hire products and equipment are meticulously maintained and cleaned and always ready to go. Our two locations, Albur y, NSW and Canberra, ACT, have provided us with greater event hire capabilities throughout NSW, ACT and regional Victoria.

MERCURE CANBERRA Hotel and Events Venue Braddon, Canberra ACT www.mercurecanberra.com.au Built in 1927, the Mercure Canberra combines beautiful old world features with modern comfor ts. The picturesque internal gardens are perfect for private ceremonies and have played host to many pet-friendly ceremonies. Flexible event spaces and quality accommodation make the Mercure Canberra an ideal choice for outdoor and indoor ceremonies and stylish wedding receptions. MASTHEAD WITH BANNER

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BARLENS EVENT HIRE Event Hire Company Albur y NSW www.barlens.com.au Barlens is distinguished in the market place by our size, experience and professionalism. Most impor tantly we have the know-how to help make your event a success. Our extensive range of modern hire products and equipment are meticulously maintained and cleaned and always ready to go. Our two locations, Albur y, NSW and Canberra, ACT, have provided us with greater event hire capabilities throughout NSW, ACT and regional Victoria.

CUCINETTA RISTORANTE Wedding Venue Sydney NSW www.cucinetta.com.au/marr y-me Overlooking the sparkling waters with sweeping views through to the harbour, stands the exquisite Cucinetta: a sophisticated and contemporar y restaurant that offers the ver y best in award-winning food, professional ser vice and memorable event experiences. Cucinetta can accommodate any wedding style to make sure your day is ever ything you dreamed it would be.

DPWEDDINGFILMS Videography Sydney NSW www.dpweddingfilms.com.au

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dpweddingfilms is a Sydney videography studio that specialises in Discover Cucinetta at www.cucine crafting authentic stor y driven wedding films. As a husband and wife team, we love to create wedding films that have depth and an individuality to them that are unique to our couples. We offer three main packages but are happy to discuss other options.


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ERIN SHANLEY.HAIR Hair Stylist Sutherland NSW www.erinshanleyhair.com Whilst getting excited for your wedding, you star t flicking through all the inspiration photos from any source you can get your hands on. You star t forming an idea of what you would like but you’re still not sure. A trial is a great way to star t. Touch base with us. Let’s get those ideas flowing. Let’s turn them from a photo to reality.

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HARBOURSIDE CRUISES Boat Charter - Wedding Venue Sydney NSW www.harboursidecruises.com.au Ever y couple dreams about the perfect wedding day. A beautiful setting, attentive ser vice, the finest details covered, and a magnificent venue. What better way to say ‘I do’ than on the sparkling waters of the iconic Sydney Harbour with one of the most beautiful views in the world! Our experienced wedding team will help you create your perfect waterfront wedding aboard the Harbour Spirit. Enquiries 02 9002 5778.

IVORY STATE HAIR AND MAKEUP Hair and Makeup Hunter Valley NSW www.ivor ystatehairandmakeup.com.au IVORY STATE Hair and Makeup are an elite hair and makeup team, based in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. With over 16 years’ experience, they are absolute bridal hair and makeup specialists. From dreamy upstyles to flawless makeup, ever y detail will make you feel like the BEST version of you. You will have direct contact with the owners of IVORY STATE to ensure your whole experience is personal and relaxed. photo: Dusk and Vine Photography


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JO BOOTH EVENT CELEBRANT Marriage Celebrant and MC Sydney NSW www.joboothcelebrant.com.au I’m a Marriage Celebrant and MC who loves to laugh so it makes sense that I tend towards fun, joyful and laughter-filled ceremonies and events. If you’re looking for a relaxed professional who’ll walk you through the marriage process, then drop me a line and let’s chat over a wine.

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JONELLE MCDONELL Marriage Celebrant Sydney NSW www.celebrantofceremonies.com.au “We definitely made the right decision by choosing Jonelle to marr y us.” Hi, I am a young, modern and fun celebrant. I enjoy getting to know my couples and hearing their stories so I can tell it in their way on their day. I’d love to hear yours. Let’s meet, Jonelle 0404 837 599.

LDC LUXURY DRY CLEANING Specialist Wedding Gown Cleaning Cardiff, Newcastle NSW www.ldcluxur ydr ycleaning.com 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.

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LOVEDALE WEDDING CHAPEL & RECEPTION Chapel, Accommodation and Reception Centre Hunter Valley NSW www.lovedaleweddingchapel.com.au Lovedale is in the hear t of the Hunter Valley wine countr y. The venue offers a chapel, reception venue and accommodation, providing an all-in-one package and located on a picturesque/private 27 acre estate with views across the valley to the Watagan Mountains.

NOVOTEL NEWCASTLE BEACH Venue Newcastle East NSW www.novotelnewcastlebeach.com.au/weddings-at-novotel 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.

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ONELOVE WEDDING DIRECTORY Same-Sex Wedding Directory Sydney NSW www.oneloveweddingdirector y.com.au We are a same-sex wedding director y. We aim to have as many same-sex inclusive suppliers to help plan the most impor tant day of your life, your wedding day. Our goal is to include suppliers that suit ever y budget and to make the process as easy as possible as we know how stressful and time-consuming it is to plan your wedding day.


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ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AUSTRALIA Venue Sydney CBD NSW www.raca.com.au Brimming with character and charm, the Royal Automobile Club of Australia is the perfect venue for a sophisticated, romantic and elegant wedding. Ideally located in the hear t of the city, situated on Macquarie Street, opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens and adjacent to Circular Quay, and the iconic Sydney Opera House.

SYDNEY DRAG CELEBRANT Civil Marriage Celebrant Sydney NSW, Australia-wide www.sydneydragcelebrant.com.au Australia’s Only Drag Celebrant and Enter tainer, Sandy Bottom has been a par t of the wedding industr y for the LGBTI and Friends Community. Fun, traditional or modern, with Sandy your ceremony will be Magical.

THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDEN Ceremony and Reception Venue Mount Annan NSW www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au 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’.


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THE EPPING CLUB Function Venue Sydney NSW www.eppingclubevents.com.au We are Nor th Western Sydney’s most beautiful wedding venue priding ourselves on exceptional ser vice, superb food and Sydney’s best value all-inclusive wedding packages. If you have something special in mind, our exper t stylists can work with you to achieve it. From affordable packages to extravaganzas, we make your dream day a reality!

THE LARDER BYRON BAY Catering Company Byron Bay NSW www.thelarder.com.au Owned and operated by 5-star trained chef Jeremy Docher ty, The Larder Byron Bay has been providing a fine dining experience on a mass scale for more than 20 years. Give your guests food they’ll be talking about for years to come. All food is handmade and free of preser vatives and ar tificial colours. Gluten free dishes also available. We provide drop-off catering and full-ser vice options.

THE WILLIAM INGLIS HOTEL Venue Sydney NSW https://www.williaminglis.com.au/weddings/ The William Inglis Hotel is Sydney’s Luxur y venue with Rural soul, the perfect location to star t your journey. Say “I Do” at Riverside Stables. Our gardens and reception spaces boast rich histor y that is embraced with modern details. To discover more, call 02 9058 0369 or email HB042-sb@accor.com

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TINDARRA RESORT Accommodation, Weddings and Events Murray River NSW www.tindarra.com.au Tindarra Resor t is located on the banks of the Murray River on the NSW/VIC border. With 300m of spectacular river frontage, a relaxed atmosphere and tranquil ambience, you and your guests are guaranteed to have a memorable Echuca/Moama wedding experience. Ever ything is taken care of so you can relax and enjoy the moment.

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VAGABOND CRUISES Weddings and Events Venue Sydney Harbour NSW www.vagabond.com.au For over 30 years, Vagabond Cruises have provided the perfect venue for thousands of weddings on Sydney Harbour, from intimate gatherings to grand affairs! Our wedding coordinators will work with you to create your dream wedding with tailored event ser vices and fantastic all-inclusive packages and the most beautiful views in the world! MASTHEAD WITH BANNER

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AMBER GILLAM CELEBRANT Marriage Celebrant Brisbane Region and Sunshine Coast QLD www.ambergillamcelebrant.com.au 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! photo: Dawn Photography

ANN JOUBERT Marriage Celebrant Brisbane, South-East QLD and Nor thern NSW www.annjouber tcelebrant.com From creating the perfect script reflecting the love of the couple, to working with the couple’s colour scheme to ensure that nothing is out of place. Working as a Celebrant I offer undivided attention to my couple’s requirements, and no request is too much. As your Celebrant I offer as much time as you need to make your day one of treasured memories. I would be honoured and delighted to have the privilege of leading your ceremony on this YOUR wedding day.

BASSLINE STUDIOS BAND Live Ceremony and Reception Entertainment South-East QLD www.basslinestudios.com.au Duo to Big Band, All Styles... “They aren’t a typical band, they have a love for weddings and it shows in their music and hear ts.” Kim & Shaun “Ultimate professionals. Amazing musicians and voices. We can’t rave about these guys enough.” Katy & Nate

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BLOOMS OF NOOSA Florist Sunshine Coast QLD www.bloomsofnoosa.com.au Blooms of Noosa have been creating gorgeous florals for the past 20 years. Just like the revolution of same sex marriages, our work is forever evolving and our enthusiasm for modern trends in floristr y allows us to create individually hand crafted bouquets and floral arrangements which are uniquely yours.

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CALOUNDRA POWER BOAT CLUB Ceremony and Reception Venue Caloundra, Sunshine Coast QLD www.caloundrapowerboat.com.au 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.

CHERISH THE MEMORIES Jenny Ashen, Marriage Celebrant Sunshine Coast QLD to Nor thern Rivers NSW www.cherishthememories.weebly.com I am the only Queensland Celebrant to be par t of Mardi Gras for the last 6 years. I will create a magical atmosphere for the ceremony of your dreams. Your relationship is unique and your marriage ceremony is the time to celebrate your love, commitment, dreams and hopes.


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ELOPEMENTS NOOSA Elopements and Small Boutique Weddings Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast QLD www.elopementsnoosa.com Elopements Noosa love celebrating love! Danni and her amazing team help lovers escape in a private, intimate and meaningful way. They create luxe elopements and small boutique wedding packages with your love stor y in mind. They will do it all for you, no stress, no hassles, just pure relaxed love! 

HEMINGWAY’S BREWERY Brewpub, Functions Por t Douglas QLD www.hemingwaysbrewer y.com/functions Hemingway’s Brewer y Por t Douglas, our first brewer y, opened in 2015 and is a unique venue situated on the beautiful Cr ystalbrook Super yacht Marina with 180 degree views stretching from the marina out to the Daintree rainforest and beyond and is a perfect location for your wedding.

HILLSTONE ST LUCIA Ceremony and Reception Venue Brisbane QLD www.hillstonestlucia.com.au/weddings Hillstone St Lucia is renowned for its elegant homestead charm, rich histor y and exceptional reputation in hospitality, making it one of Brisbane’s most popular wedding venues.


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KINGFISHER BAY RESORT Resort Fraser Island QLD www.fraserislandweddings.com.au Named as ‘Queensland’s Best Reception Venue’ for 2019, Kingfisher Bay Resor t offers an array of breathtaking native backdrops to suit ever y couple. Select from a stunning range of indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, with casual catering options to fine dining experiences available. The award-winning event coordinators will ensure your destination wedding is all that you envisioned.

MAKEUP BY MIRANDA Makeup, Hair Styling and Spray Tanning Gold Coast QLD www.makeupbymir.com 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.

MINX CONTEMPORARY HAIR BOUTIQUE Hairdressing Salon Toowoomba QLD www.minxcontemporar yhairboutique.com.au At Minx, we are all about luxur y and glamour. We offer top ser vice and pay special attention to detail to create your perfect wedding day hairstyle and makeup. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail. We want your special day to be stress-free and relaxing and nothing says 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.


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PRESTON PEAK WINERY FUNCTION CENTRE Wedding and Function Venue Darling Downs, Toowoomba and South-East QLD www.prestonpeakfunctions.com.au Imagine your happiest celebration. Dream of breathtaking views and welcoming, impeccable hospitality. Envision tasting superb food and enjoying luxurious, state-of-the-ar t facilities. Only 10 minutes drive from Toowoomba, Preston Peak Winer y overlooks the scenic Lockyer Valley and provides the perfect backdrop to the wedding of your dreams.

RAINBOW WEDDINGS QLD Marriage Celebrant Sunshine Coast QLD www.rainbowweddingsqld.com.au Hi, I’m Julia and I am of the new generation of contemporar y, inclusive celebrants and understand that we all have different ideas on how we want to say our “I do’s”. I will work closely with you to ensure your day reflects ever ything that is impor tant to you and your forever par tner.

ROD NOENDENG PHOTOGRAPHY Photography Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast QLD www.rodnoendengphotography.com.au A wonderful and professional wedding photography experience: “From the pre-planning to the last shot of our great day, Rod was amazing. He’s the consummate professional, ver y personable and was great with our guests. Rod took all of the photos we knew we wanted.” Jenny.

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SECRETS ON THE LAKE Luxury Accommodation, Restaurant & Wedding Venue Montville, Sunshine Coast Hinterland QLD www.secretsonthelake.com.au The hinterland’s most breathtaking lakeside wedding destination and unique hand-car ved luxur y treehouse honeymoon escape. With stunningly beautiful rustic, waterfront and rainforest settings, and featuring a private jetty, car ved decks, dreamy rock ponds and waterfalls fringed by pristine rainforest and mountains… we have the perfect location for your vows. Featured on national TV as ‘the perfect romantic escape for couples’.

SKYLIGHTER WEDDINGS Pyrotechnics & Special Effects QLD and NSW www.skylighter.com.au Skylighter is the ONLY fireworks company in Queensland to source their fireworks direct from the factor y and pass on the savings! Skylighter create stunning outdoor Wedding displays that can be choreographed to your special song or gorgeous intimate special effects such as shimmering fountains and magical fog as you share your first dance together.

THE CHAPEL MONTVILLE & RECEPTION Chapel and Reception Venue Sunshine Coast Hinterland www.thechapelmontville.com.au Our stunning award-winning Chapel stands in a class of its own, combining traditional building skills, craftsmanship and unique features throughout, backdropped with beautiful views sweeping down over the Sunshine Coast to the ocean. The Chapel is sure to make your day a truly special and memorable one.


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THE FITTING ROOM ON EDWARD Clothing Alterations - Suits, Gowns and Dresses Brisbane QLD www.thefittingroomonedward.com Struggling to find something that fits you properly, or you found the perfect outfit but something doesn’t feel right? With our boutique clothing alteration and styling ser vice, you can transform your suit or dress into striking pieces that fit as though they were made just for you. Bringing the timeless ar t of tailoring into a new era, our modern-day tailors are skilled craftspeople with a deep understanding of contemporar y style and different body shapes.

THE POWDER ROOM Hair and Makeup Brisbane QLD www.powderroom.com.au At The Powder Room we are your best friends on the best day of your life. Commit to the one you LOVE and let us create your exquisite hair and makeup. We proudly suppor t the LGBT community. Our team consists of 20 Industr y professionals, each of whom are individually ar tistic, friendly and dedicated to just one Bridal Par ty per day. We look forward to meeting you both and creating your dream wedding look. Jess Jackson Photographer

WATERS EDGE SCARBOROUGH Wedding and Events Centre Redcliffe Peninsula QLD www.watersedgescarborough.com.au Brisbane’s newest Wedding & Events venue, Waters Edge Scarborough is situated on the Redcliffe Peninsula overlooking the Scarborough Marina and beyond. This exclusive and absolute premium waterfront venue seats up to 200 guests and opens out to a spacious private deck where you will be captivated by the magical seaside sunsets.


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WHEN FREDDIE MET LILLY Wedding Dresses & Suits, Bridesmaid Dresses and Formal Dresses Brisbane, Qld and NSW www.whenfreddiemetlilly.com.au 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. Book through our website or call 07 3368 3261 or 0408 079707.

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WOODEN LETTERS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD Event & Home Décor Noosaville QLD www.wooden-letters-australia.com.au Wooden Letters Australia was established in 2014 and has become Australia’s leading manufacturer of wooden, acr ylic and bamboo décor catering for all wedding styles and themes. We have decorated weddings on the Sunshine Coast, interstate, destination weddings and overseas, utilising our bespoke wedding and par ty décor. MASTHEAD WITH BANNER

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ANNETTE PERRYMAN MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Marriage Celebrant Adelaide SA www.annetteperr yman.com.au I am an experienced Celebrant who can make your Marriage Ceremony dreams come true. Couples’ reviews validate my calm and relaxed style, and commitment to quality and professionalism. Confidentiality is top of my agenda and I factor in loads of fun too!

CHATEAU YALDARA Venue Barossa Valley SA www.chateauyaldara.com.au Steeped in histor y, Chateau Yaldara offers the perfect blend of authentic Barossa charm, idyllic rural surroundings and flawless professional ser vice. Boasting multiple picturesque ceremony and reception spaces on site, as well as bridal par ty accommodation, we offer the complete package. Let us bring your wedding day dreams to life.

CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA Yacht Club Nor th Haven, Adelaide SA 08 8248 4222 functions@cycsa.com.au www.cycsa.com.au One of Adelaide’s best kept secrets, we offer awardwinning function areas which provide panoramic marina views. We understand that ever y wedding is unique and can offer a tailored package specifically for you. A truly memorable experience.


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DANI BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY Photography Adelaide SA www.danibar tlett.com Dani will help make your whole photo experience fun & stress free with her warm and easy going personality. Capturing candid moments is what I’m all about! I want to capture that laugh from the silly joke that was told or that quiet moment where you’ve forgotten, for just a few seconds, that I was there.

FUNCTIONS @ SEA RESCUE Function Centre - Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue West Beach SA www.facebook.com/FunctionsAtSeaRescue With 2 function rooms, Barcoo room on the ground floor and Anchorage + Pavilion upstairs, both with indoor and outdoor areas, Functions @ Sea Rescue has ever ything needed to make your wedding day a success. You can even bring in your own caterer to suit your budget and style.

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THE CURRANT SHED Restaurant McLaren Vale SA www.currantshed.com.au ‘The Shed’ is a multi-award winning restaurant, offering an ever-changing seasonally inspired menu with a strong focus on sustainability. It is, in essence, our passion for delicious regional food, quality wine and a relaxed, yet exceptional dining experience combined in one beautiful location, ideal for weddings and functions, or simply a long, relaxing lunch.

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THE LANE VINEYARD Wedding Venue Hahndorf SA www.thelane.com.au The Lane offers a relaxed, sophisticated and intimate wedding experience. Your wedding is one of the most impor tant days for you as a couple and for your families. The Lane offers the entire wedding experience in one location ensuring an enjoyable and stress-free celebration. MASTHEAD WITH BANNER

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BIRCHVIEW TASMANIA Venue for Ceremonies and Photo Shoots Southern Tasmania www.birchviewtasmania.com 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!


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BARLENS EVENT HIRE Event Hire Company Regional VIC www.barlens.com.au Barlens is distinguished in the market place by our size, experience and professionalism. Most impor tantly we have the know-how to help make your event a success. Our extensive range of modern hire products and equipment are meticulously maintained and cleaned and always ready to go. Our two locations, Albur y, NSW and Canberra, ACT, have provided us with greater event hire capabilities throughout NSW, ACT and regional Victoria.

CELEBRANT MICHAEL Marriage Celebrant Yarra Valley to La Trobe VIC www.celebrantmichael.com 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.

DALBLAIR BED & BREAKFAST Accommodation Service Yarra Valley VIC www.dalblairbnb.com.au Dalblair assures you a truly intimate experience and is an ideal romantic getaway for couples. Dalblair offers three totally unique styles of premier accommodation, each decorated and furnished with your total comfor t and experience in mind. All suites have magnificent views of the surrounding Warbur ton Ranges and stunning gardens.


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DEB STALLARD MARRIAGE CELEBRANT Marriage Celebrant Geelong VIC www.facebook.com/debstallardcivilcelebrant Just the joy of your relationship... pure and simply you two... and joining a family can be impor tant too! I aim to create a unique star t to your most amazing journey in life, without the stress... and excitement is contagious! Based in Geelong, I can travel from Bellarine Peninsular to Lorne and countr y Victoria. With 15 years’ experience, all the little details will be considered on your day. I approach my planning with the professionalism and sincerity it deser ves. Feel free to request a no-obligation inter view.

KANGAROO RIDGE RETREAT Accommodation Yarra Valley VIC www.kangarooridge.com.au Kangaroo Ridge Retreat are hidden cabins with just the right amount of elegance, luxur y, nature and exposure to the elements for couples to escape into. Located high on a ridge, each cabin overlooks the mountains of the Yarra Valley. Secluded | Private | Stunning photo: Dominey Flores

MELBOURNE & WERRIBEE ZOO EVENTS Wedding Reception and Ceremony Venue Inner Melbourne & Outer Melbourne (Werribee) VIC www.zooevents.com.au We provide guests with unique wildlife-inspired venues, events and experiences while offering restaurant quality food.


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RACV INVERLOCH RESORT Resort Regional Victoria www.racv.com.au/inverloch Stunning Resor t set on 32 hectares overlooking the Bass Coast. Natural landscapes with photo oppor tunities at ever y turn. The Resor t features accommodation and venue spaces to suit ever y wedding, large or small. Perfect for destination weddings with a variety of packages available that all include the ceremony on site and locally sourced menus.

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MILLBROOK WINERY Wedding Venue Jarrahdale WA www.millbrook.wine/weddings 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.

PAGODA RESORT & SPA Ceremony and Reception Venue Per th WA www.pagoda.com.au Nestled on the shores of Per th’s spectacular Swan River, Pagoda Resor t & Spa offers a choice of three unique venue options to ensure the perfect setting for your dream day.The Historic Ballroom is classic in style, offering old world charm. The Waterwall Restaurant & Bar is perfect for cocktail style receptions. The Pagoda Ballroom is elegantly decorated with detailed ceilings, cr ystal chandeliers and white columns.

THE PAVILION AT THE MARINA MINDARIE Venue Per th WA www.themarinamindarie.com The Pavilion at The Marina Mindarie is Per th’s premium seaside wedding venue. Featuring irresistible vistas over the Marina and Indian Ocean, stylish modern interiors, soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and accommodation on site; nothing quite delivers like The Pavilion. Enquire with our award-winning team today on the vast options and packages available thepavilion@themarinamindarie.com or phone 08 9305 9305.


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QUEENSTOWN WEDDING ASSOCIATION Wedding Directory Queenstown, New Zealand www.queenstownweddings.org Planning a destination wedding in Queenstown, New Zealand has never been easier! Our director y showcases 200 of the most experienced and trusted wedding suppliers in the industr y. Whether you’re after an intimate helicopter elopement in the mountains, or an elaborate fine dining affair, our wonderful members can make it happen.

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Say “I Do” to these Stunning Celebrity Destination Wedding Locations on Booking.com From romantic French Chateaux to magical Indian palaces, this past year has seen multiple celebrity couples exchange their vows in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. To celebrate these love stories, Booking.com, the digital travel leader connecting travelers with the widest choice of unique places to stay, a range of must-do travel experiences and seamless transport options, looked back at some of the most fabulous recent celebrity weddings to present five stunning destination wedding locations packed with star-power. But you don’t need a wedding budget that stretches into the millions to enjoy these special locations as they are also great destinations to explore on their own while feeling like a celebrity yourself.

JODHPUR INDIA While the wedding of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas took place in 2018, it’s still known as one of the most lavish celebrity weddings of recent time. The wedding lasted multiple days (three days of wedding festivities to be exact!) and put Jodhpur on the bucket list of travelers from around the world. In fact, Jodhpur was featured as one of the top trending travel destinations for travelers to explore in 2020* based on year-over-year bookings in this vibrant destination. WHERE TO STAY The actual venue where Nick and Priyanka Chopra said “I do”, the Umaid Bhawan Palace, is actually bookable on Booking.com. As the primar y residence of the former Jodhpur royal family, guests can expect the real celebrity treatment at this grand yellow sandstone palace that spreads over 26 acres of lush gardens with dancing peacocks and a subterranean Zodiac Pool. As the largest private residence in the world, the luxur y five-star Taj heritage hotel offers 64 utterly breathtaking Ar t Deco-style rooms and suites designed for royalty, all equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, spa bath treatments, a pillow menu, well-stocked minibar and high-end Molton Brown toiletries.


BLUFFTON SOUTH CAROLINA USA If inspired by more down-to-ear th destinations then Bluffton, South Carolina, the location of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s star-studded nuptials in 2019, is the destination to add to your bucket list. The quiet but beautiful South Carolina town is full of fascinating histor y and Southern charm. WHERE TO STAY The Montage Palmetto Bluff, which was Justin and Hailey’s actual wedding venue, is the perfect escape for travelers who are looking for plenty of space to explore. Set within a 20,000-acre community, this sprawling resor t encompasses a river-front marina, an extensive nature preser ve, several picturesque dining options, a world-class golf course, individual cottages and an inn with guest rooms and suites, not to mention two on-site churches if inspired to follow in the Bieber’s footsteps and tie the knot in coastal Carolina. If looking to explore more of this area, the Montage Palmetto Bluff is just a shor t drive from both the charming streets of Savannah, Georgia and the funfor-all-ages resor t island of Hilton Head.


CAPRI ITALY While Capri has long been on the bucket list of travelers from around the world, those who saw the romantic images of German supermodel Heidi Klum marr ying Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz aboard a luxur y yacht surely moved this Italian Island higher on their list. Located on the edge of the Gulf of Naples and west of the stunning Amalfi Coast, Capri offers ever ything needed for a romantic and relaxing getaway. Enjoy the amazing cuisine, beautiful nature, warm ambiance and bright blue water filled with jaw-dropping yachts. WHERE TO STAY Located near the beach and with stunning panoramic views over the Bay of Naples, J.K. Place Capri is the perfect place to stay to feel like a celebrity. Especially when the sun sets, the location turns into a magical setting to wine and dine, not unlike the magical nuptials of Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz. And although it’s hard to imagine that travelers would ever want to leave this beautiful proper ty, the Capri por t is just a shor t walk from the proper ty with beautiful views along the way. If feeling more inspired by Heidi and Tom’s yacht location, travelers also have the oppor tunity to stay on the ‘Christina O’ yacht itself! Although not the original yacht that was once owned by former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s second husband Aristotle Onassis, and not located in Capri, the beautiful Christina Onassis Yachthotel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands is a perfect alternative to get the celebrity treatment.


SARRIANS FRANCE There are few places in the world more romantic than the south of France, as proven again by the 2019 wedding of singer Joe Jonas and actress Sophie Turner. Hosting wedding festivities on a historic 18th-centur y estate in the hear t of Provence with vineyards and lavender fields as far as the eye can see, there was no shor tage of enchantment at the nuptials of Mr and Mrs Jonas. WHERE TO STAY Château de Tourreau, the actual wedding venue of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, is available for booking on Booking.com. This elegant holiday home boasts exceptional 20-acre grounds with charming cour tyards, patios at the water’s edge, refreshing swimming pools and various world-class spor ts facilities, a perfect getaway for travelers looking to enjoy an authentic French Chateau experience.


WINDSOR ENGLAND As one of the primar y residences of Her Majesty The Queen, Windsor Castle is a well-known wedding venue for members of the British royal family, having recently hosted three royal weddings - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Euginee and Jack Brooksbanks and most recently Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston. But Windsor has more to offer than just a castle and is a great, quieter alternative to nearby bustling London. Also linked by the beautiful Thames river, Windsor has plenty of parks and gardens to explore, not to mention great restaurants to dine in and offers the perfect mix of histor y, culture and elegance. WHERE TO STAY While it’s not possible to stay at Windsor Castle without an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen herself, travelers can still feel like a royal at the nearby The Oakley Cour t. This award-winning Victorian Gothic Mansion is located on 33-acres on the banks of the River Thames and mixes original character with modern luxur y. It not only looks royal, but travelers can expect the royal treatment during their stay as well.


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