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Managing Editor/Design Director Jon Zabiegala | | 0412 996 210 Managing Director Garry Flanigan | | 0422 402 271 Graphic Designer/Advertising Production Manager Samantha Hamilton | | 0434 840 379 ADVERTISING Mark Towse | | 0488 488 162 Suzie Goold | | 0409 257 096 All rights are reserved. No part of this magazine can be reproduced without the written permission of the managing editor. Provincial Media is not responsible or liable for any errors or omissions in Geelong Wedding nor images or words supplied by our advertisers. Provincial Media acknowledges the Wadawurrung people – traditional custodians of the land on which we publish – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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BRIDE ...................... 12

VENUE ..................... 98

HAIRSTYLING ........... 54

CATERING .............. 136

BEAUTY ................... 63

CELEBRANT ........... 146

FLOWERS ................ 76


JEWELLERY ............. 78

PHOTOGRAPHY ...... 158

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geelongweddingmagazine ISSN 1839-5319

Published by Provincial Media ABN 75 151 081 275 PO Box 1891, Geelong 3220 1800 063 063

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OUR COVER Photography Peter Foster Gowns (left to right) And The Veil, Bernice Fashions, Foreverness, Embrace Bridal Boutique Hair Onyx Republic Models Jessica Leaming, Erin Langmaid, Sophie Moore, Chanel Mikota Styling Merryn Willams @styledbymerryn Makeup Blush Bar Flowers Miss Lilly Pilly Photographed at The Geelong Club

welcome Hello and welcome to the 2021/2022 edition of Geelong Wedding magazine. Formerly known as Living Bliss we have relaunched with our title that totally encapsulates the true essence of the magazine where we offer up the best options for you when seeking the experts to help you ensure your day is indeed special. With marriage equality now a reality we respect everyone as an individual and don’t define our couples by gender or identity. We applaud all of the wedding providers you will find in our magazine who share this respect and welcome you to celebrate your nuptials with them. The Geelong Wedding team who create our publication are second-to-none including talented graphic designer Samantha Hamilton who has certainly crafted beautiful

pages that highlight the local wedding industry as it goes from strength to strength. Whether it be a venue, a gown or suit, delicious food and wine options through to specialist experts in the realm of hair, beauty, florals photography and much more, we have gathered them here to make your planning so much easier, enjoyable and as stress-free as possible. We also introduce you to six couples who have already embarked on their lives together as they share their wedding day experience with our readers. So sit back and enjoy Geelong Wedding as you start your journey to wedding day happiness and remember to support local when and where you can. Jon Zabiegala Managing Editor

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bride On your wedding day you should look like yourself at your most beautiful.

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GAME CHANGERS Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now let’s make

They also pride themselves with stocking

sure you have something fabulous to wear!

designers who offer super-inclusive sizing and

Step inside Geelong’s only family-owned and

fabulous support from the likes of Rachel Rose

operated, multi award-winning bridal boutique,

Bridal, White April Bridal, Zavana Bridal, Maggie

And The Veil Bridal.

Sottero, Stella York, Luna Willow Bridal, Wendy

After opening their first boutique in 2013, the

Makin Bridal and Kellylin Couture.

mother and daughter team from St Leonards have

And The Veil Bridal are currently noticing a large

created a truly unique bridal shopping experience

trend toward square necklines and they happily

which begins with their gowns, their boutique and

offer an extensive range of veils to complement

their team.

each gown.

They are all about changing the game when it

A bridesmaid service with a generous five per

comes to traditional wedding dress shopping

cent discount off your order is also available and

and have created an experience that is warm, relaxed and welcoming. Their philosophy is one of providing amazing bridal wear no matter your size or your shape with bridal gowns available from

the boutique offers an exclusive ‘say yes now and pay later’ program where brides can pay their gown off over 12 or 18 months. Instant approval is given in the boutique!

size 2 to 40 with the average or-dered-size in the boutique being 16-18.

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They leave the stuffy, traditional bridal shopping ‘experience’ at the door and welcome you into a relaxed, easy-going space to say yes to your dress with your closest loved ones. At the time of your booking you will have your own stylist and your own private dressing space to enjoy with your tribe but reserve your time well in advance as the boutique tends to book up super quickly. So if you are a bride who just wants to have a fabulous time with some cool people then make sure you visit And The Veil Bridal. More than just a bridal boutique - they are a community.

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AND THE VEIL 16 James Street, Geelong

5201 0703 E. W.

OPEN: Boutique by appointment only. Sunday to Tuesday - Closed Wednesday to Friday - 10am-2pm Saturday - 9am-4pm

@andtheveil @andtheveil

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ALL IN THE DETAIL The heritage shop front of Bernice Fashions, which opened in 1988, speaks of decades of memories filled with flowing fabrics, lace and ribbons, all lovingly inspired by Bernice herself. The little shop with it’s warm and welcoming vibe is now in the hands of Bernice’s granddaughter Yvonne, whose passion for design, shape, form and quality encompass the spirit of the bridal studio.

offering particular design specifications for the brides sewn by their team in Adelaide. Also available is Enzoani, a modern designer with suave sex appeal, bringing out the glam in every woman; Lillian West, the dream designer of untamed love, romantic adventure and the free spirited woman and; International Couture, offering simply beautiful wedding gowns by Drew Valentine.

Years of liaising with reputable suppliers of bridal gowns, veils, bridesmaid and flowergirl dresses, formal gowns and accessories ranging from beautiful earrings to sumptuous faux fur boleros has the shop filled with handpicked quality gowns and bridal pieces every price-savvy bride can hope to find.

Bridesmaid gowns by Moir, whose choice of colours and styles are boundless - from the softest of pale pink to the sophisticated tones of rusty orange and, of course, the classics of black and navy - can also be found in store.

The stunning range of designer gowns at Bernice Fashions include Caleche’, an Australian onshore designer located in Adelaide. A beautiful selection from their Classic Collection can be viewed and tried on by clients in the studio with Caleche’ also

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Supplied with the colour palette of every artists dream, the next step is to find the silhouette and style that shows off your shape and curves to their utmost potential. For this Yvonne brings her expertise and attention to detail to her fullest with an extensive size from petite to voluptuous. continued on next page >

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Any alteration required is skillfully fashioned in their in-house workroom where Simone and Pia weave their magic. With so many beautiful gowns on display one can only wonder what this year’s trend holds for the brides of 2021-2022? Brides-to-be are seeking features like the glam ‘gypsy spirit’ - a beautiful boho look with timeless and feminine detailing. Whispers of timeless, high quality, elegant gowns that flow between luxe and versatility are sure to forecast the trend ahead. The wedding dress is becoming more than just a one off and is now a gown for more occasions than the ‘big day’.

For the bridesmaid it is all about contrast. Darker tones like slate grey, navy, deep green and marigolds are at the forefront, however the palest pinks flow through the colour palette with the promise of romance all around. The only question is which one will she choose? Bernice Fashions recommends a booking to ensure undivided attention is a priority for every bride-to-be at this special time. A time to relax, to smile and to find that lovely gown that says ‘I do’.

neutral tones, the wedding dress is becoming

Welcome to Bernice Fashions where the little details are attended to - such as your wedding day-ready, pristinely-pressed gown is delivered to your car - and so much more.

the forever gown.

Your dream gown awaits.

With chi and flattering silhouettes, teamed with simple elegance of natural whites and

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Photos: Louisa Jones Photography Makeup: Jessica Kate Hair: Tracey Clarke Models: Fundamental Models Gown: McKenna Gowns opposite page: Heather (top) McKenna (bottom)

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Gown: Landry

BERNICE FASHIONS 87 Fitzroy Street, Geelong (by appointment)

5221 7706 | 0487 002 676 E. W.

STUDIO HOURS: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-2pm Appointment preferred - after hours appointments available on request

@bernicefashions @bernice_fashions

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Models: Fundamental Models Photography: Louisa Jones Photography

Hair: Tracey Clarke Makeup: Jessica Kate

Photos: Louisa Jones Photography Makeup: Jessica Kate Hair: Tracey Clarke Models: Fundamental Models Gown: Amethyst

(by appointment) 87 Fitzroy Street, Geelong.

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MODERN & LUXE Opening their doors in 2020 just as the pandemic struck was a stroke of bad luck for new bridal boutique Foreverness but with strong determination they are back giving brides-to-be a modern and luxe environment to choose the gown of their dreams. The team at Forever-ness love every aspect of weddings and welcome all bridal visions while listening to your ideas and inspirations and respecting that your day should feel right for you. At Geelong’s newest bridal boutique you will always be the centre of attention in their large private and luxurious bridal lounges where you will be guided by one of the experi-enced stylists whose goal is to make all brides - no matter your size or shape - feel confi-dent and beautiful during your appointment. Every

bride will also have the choice of some of the world’s most reputable labels such as Martina Liana, Essence Of Australia, Herve Paris, Randy Fenoli, Sophia Tolli and many more with ruffles trending in 2021/22. Adding dimension and a touch of whimsy they are fashion forward along with off-the-shoulder sleeves, high slits and a touch of colour. Accessories available include stunning, beaded belts, earrings, head pieces, necklaces and glamorous tiaras plus a very large selection of bridesmaid dresses and evening wear perfect for your whole bridal party - including mums -is on offer. Foreverness also do all alterations in-house, ensuring customers are taken care of from the moment they walk through the doors until they pick up their perfectly-fitted dress.

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FOREVERNESS 190 Moorabool Street, Geelong

5221 1577 E. W.

By appointment

@Foreverness-Bridal-Boutique @forevernessbridalboutique

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EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE At Embrace Bridal, Kristy has created a relaxed, friendly and luxurious space where brides and their tribes can enjoy the wedding dress journey without the pressure and pushy sales staff. Our staff listen and take the time to understand your wedding vision and what it is that makes you feel special and beautiful. This is a treasured moment and should be about finding that gown that makes your heart smile. Each of the Embrace Bridal consultants have been carefully selected for their knowledge, experience and - most importantly - their ability to connect and help brides with this exciting journey. Our mission is simple – exceptional friendly service and high-quality, beautiful gowns.

What you will also love when visiting Embrace Bridal is the location. Picture a beautiful art deco building with space that excites and inspires your bridal shopping journey. Conveniently located in the Geelong CBD, the luxurious boutique offers a one-on-one service where brides choose the exclusive gown of their dreams. Your bridal consultant is there to guide you through the entire selection process - from trying different styles to fittings, orders and alterations. Every bride should stay true to herself and her style and Embrace Bridal want to help you do that. continued on next page >

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Our designers are selected to ensure we have a diverse selection of gowns all in the one place, each collection has been carefully considered by Kristy and her team to ensure both uncompromising quality and design. At Embrace Bridal we have spent the past seven years perfecting our service and believe it’s not just about finding the ‘one dress’, it’s the journey and advice we offer that makes the experience so special for our brides. We ensure the designers we carry are all unique to avoid having 25 versions of the same dress. It’s about providing a wide variety of styles for brides with labels stocked including Madi Lane Bridal, Evie Young Bridal, Allure Bridal, Wilderly Bride, Madison James, Jack Sullivan, Miss Chloe By Jessica Couture, Studio Levana, Maisey Bridal Couture and Qnique Bridal. The team at Embrace are passionate about all things bridal, we keep on top of trends as well as ensuring the classics are always covered.

From the new collections coming through, we are seeing lots of soft, flowing tulle and lace skirts, romantic off-the-shoulder gowns are still in high demand as well as unique lace work and dresses which come with options such as detachable sleeves or skirts. We’re finding brides want to feel like they are a bride but not have the burden of 15 layers of tulle under their skirts. Embrace stock a large variety of accessories ranging from head pieces, veils, capes, earrings and crowns with the newest brand stocked, The Bobby Pin, being from the UK and offering some beautiful and unique pieces. Once a bride has found “the one” the process of styling the gown can begin. Every accessory you add should compliment your gown not over power it. Make sure you book your appointment to meet the girls at Embrace Bridal, they love sharing their passion for bridal.

Madi Lane available at Embrace Bridal Boutique. Photography: Madi Lane Bridal

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Embrace Bridal Boutique 117 Ryrie Street, Geelong

5224 2793 E. W.

OPEN: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 9am-4pm

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HUGE SELECTION FROM AWARD WINNING DESIGNERS An exquisite range of sophisticated, traditional, contemporary, boho and modern chic dresses. We have a dress for every bride.


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THE MAJESTIC JOURNEY Geelong’s iconic Bridal House offers more than 25 years experience with owner Anna bringing your dream gown to life. Together with six bridal consultants and three qualified seamstresses she will guide you the entire way, providing you with an unparalleled experience as you embark on your wedding journey. Anna prides herself on giving her brides what they want when it comes to gown selection and shares her experience when it comes to custom modifications to an existing dress. With the designers on speed dial Anna’s clients will have a gown custom-designed and made upon request. Veils, skirts and other specialty bridal items can also be made in store on request. Bridal House is more than just a boutique.

At Bridal House, the 2021 bride has an innate and irrevocable majesty about her. Anna says this spirit has inspired their new collection of gowns that blends refined simplicity with aweinspiring elements of nature’s beauty. “This year collection alludes to hot trends of modern grace and new femininity with inspiration being drawn from the young royals and women who redefine tradition,” says Anna. “Simplicity with no-fuss flare to grace the body,” she adds. This season gowns feature soft intricate laces that climb the body like wild vines and powerful skirts with an ethereal air. Bridal House also stock a vast collection of accessories to complete your final look with a range of jewellery, shoes, headpieces and veils. continued on next page >

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Bridesmaid’s gowns are also available at Bridal House giving you the opportunity to find dresses for you and your bride tribe together with men’s suit hire under one convenient roof. Did we mention bridal alterations? This is one area you don’t wish to trust to anyone with and the seamstresses at Bridal House - with a combined experience of 50 years - is at your service.

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BRIDAL HOUSE GEELONG 140 Little Malop, Geelong

5222 6272 E. W.

OPEN: Monday-Thursday 9.30am-5pm Friday 9.30am-5.30pm Saturday 9.30am-4pm Sunday 11am-3pm Closed Public Holidays

@bridalhouse_geelong @bridalhousegeelong

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ONYX REPUBlic With 17 years experience, firstly in Geelong’s leading salons then freelance and now a salon of her own, Nat is the go-to stylist for all your bridal-hair needs. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Newtown, Onyx Republic can create a range of looks for your special day from short hair styles to hair extensions or hair pieces tailored to the individual. Using the finest of vegan-friendly products, Nat offers personalised bridal packages that cater for the whole tribe whilst at the forefront of emerging trends with effortless waves, elegant pony tails and accessorising with crowns, headpieces and veils adding that finishing touch.

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Little Chief Photography. Heather Lipp Makeup Artistry.

Little Chief Photography. Heather Lipp Makeup Artistry.

Little Chief Photography. Heather Lipp Makeup Artistry.

Onyx Republic is all about bringing everyone together as one in a calming and positive environment to ensure your wedding day is stress-free.




0487 849 589



IVY CREATIONS Situated in Queenscliff, Ivy Creations was created to fit into a niche hair and makeup and have brought a touch of luxury to the tiny seaside town. Since 2018 they have created and devel-oped a unique and wonderful space focusing on their client’s experience as well as achieving your most perfect hair creation. With a vision of protecting our planet, all their products used are cruelty free, naturally and ethically sourced, free from chemicals and will tailored to give you the best results. They pride themselves on their knowledge of current trends in hair, makeup and wedding including tussled, unstructured curls, loose romantic pin ups and more natural looks with bohemian brides with floral crowns bigger than ever. Their highly-trained team are also able to travel to you to create the dream look you desire for your special day.

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Ivy is a place where luxury meets hair and together will create an experience like no other.

We specialise in bridal and bridal party hair and make-up for your special day.


03 5258 4764



HERMOSA HAIR Hermosa Hair is owned by Narelle Gibson who has serviced the Bellarine for more than 18 years and was publicly voted Geelong’s Best Salon in 2019 and 2020. Taking pride in being the destination that is rewriting what it is to have good hair, the salon is a micro-salon which means the entire team of stylists are qualified and run their own business within the salon including the onsite beautician. The beautiful salon has been fitted out using mostly recycled materials and they proudly only use Australianmade and owned products. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Narelle is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to event

hair with her teaching others in the trade. “While some clients still love the beauty of a classic ‘up do’ we are seeing the trend for more natural and lived-in texture becoming very desirable.” Narelle loves the way bridal hair and makeup has relaxed and really allowed women to feel like themselves but still have elegance. She says the trick to great bridal hair is having the look you want that lasts from beginning to end. Offering a full bridal experience and catering for any special requirements from hair extensions, fillers, clips and hair pieces - and everything in between - services are provided in the salon or they can come to you.

Sheree Dubois

Sheree Dubois

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Smith + Archer

Shop 1/10 Pinnaroo Ave, Clifton Springs

03 5253 3032


Lewis Hair Co

With dressing hair an obsession from a young age, Rachel founded Lewis Hair Co, specialising in bridal and occasion hair. With more than 15 years experience managing salons in Melbourne, Rachel relocated to the Bellarine Peninsula and created a home studio. She has also placed within the Top 10 Paul Mitchell Color Outside the Lines Competition Australia wide, which shines light on key skills across colour and styling that interprets current hair trends. With a passion to create effortless and beautiful styling with attention to detail, brides can trust that Rachel will collaborate to design a look that is modern and tailored to the individual bride’s needs. Rachel sees signature glam waves as the current trend which gives brides a romantic boho feel. For up-dos the trend is textured ponies or buns. Rachel loves letting her creativity shine through making people feel beautiful.

Photographer: Dijana Risteska

Specialising in bridal hair artistry

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Hair by Evie Rauber

Having worked in salons for more than 10 years, Evie Rauber began her own business in 2016. Renting space out of Blush Bar on Pakington Street, Evie specialises in blondes, weave extensions and bridal. Using products from Oway, which are non toxic and fume-free, has her clients loving the smell of every product - even the bleach - as it’s a butter not a powder. No more smelling like you have just jumped out of the pool. It also gives 100 per cent grey coverage and the blondes look very natural. Evie likes to mix things up for her bridal clients and they have commented on how easy she has made their morning. Current trends include glam waves, low textured buns and high ponytails with the half-up do making a comeback much to Evie’s delight.

Photographer: @jacobnegriphoto Photographer: @m.k.weddings


YOUR BRIDAL HAIR SPECIALIST Gowns: @bernice_fashions Agency: @fundamentalmodels Hair: @hairbyevierauber Makeup: @taylamua_blushbar Photographer: @jacobnegriphoto Photographer: @m.k.weddings

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Salon Utopia

Salon Utopia is the go-to salon for innovative bridal hair and makeup solutions. The relaxing, luxurious space provides a stress-free environment to start your wedding day. Add a touch of indulgence with a champagne breakfast for you and your bridal party while the team works their magic. Alternatively, for parties of four or more, you may prefer to have them come to you. They salute trends whilst nurturing individual client’s needs and desires. Starting with a pre-wedding consultation with personal in-salon wedding planner Brooklyn, Salon Utopia will tailor a look that encompasses the ideas you have always dreamt of whilst also working with your facial features, wedding dress and headpiece. Your entire pre-wedding colour and treatment needs, as well as offering high-quality, natural-looking hair, is also part of the service.

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Salon Utopia are witnessing boho and rustic vibe become new trends in bridal hair and makeup as well as natural-looking hair with soft glamour, combined with a slightly more striking makeup along with statement jewellery or stunning headpiece/veil.


Blush Bridal

The Blush Bridal team have been tending to the hair and makeup needs of bridal parties for more than 15 years and are known for their sleek signature styles. They offer a team of stylists for larger bridal parties cutting preparation time down significantly and they can also look after your guests in salon with their Blush Bar styling menu services. Spray tans, brows and lashes are the speciality of the Blush Beauty team ensuring you and your maids are ready to rock the wedding aisle. Blush Bar are seeing brides ready to glam it up and move away from really natural looks this season. Gorgeous skin is always in and for hair it is ‘lived in’ texture with accessories or vintage Hollywood glam waves for a timeless look that are the most popular. The party pony is on the rise for bridesmaids creating a casual chic look and feel. For makeup, highlight products focusing on the eyes with a pop of colour on the cheeks for a healthy glow is this seasons signature style.

BLUSH BRIDAL award-winning professional freelance hair and makeup team

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Glos Nailbar

Glos Nailbar is a boutique salon bringing high-quality treatments from their skilled team who strive to create a luxurious experience for you to relax and indulge in while being surrounded by a supportive, positive and empowering community. With a superior service giving you perfect nails, pedicures, flawless brows and lashes and a tan in preparation for your big day, Glos Nailbar helps you look and feel your best in a fun and friendly atmosphere from the moment you arrive. Offering a modern chic, streamlined environment where clients immediately feel comfortable and at ease, the salon predicts a lot of brides moving away from the classic French manicure look by choosing milky whites and transparent neutral tones with deep reds and burgundy’s making an appearance as well as short natural almond and soft square shapes.

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Eyedo Beauty

Christina is the make-up artist behind Eyedo Beauty. Often receiving requests from friends and family to do their hair and makeup for special events, Christina discovered a natural talent for makeup artistry and completed a course with The Makeup Professionals. In 2013, after having worked for Napoleon Perdis and other brands, she decided to launch her own business, rebranding to Eyedo Beauty in 2020. Celebrating your wedding day, Christina believes you deserve to be pampered and treated like royalty. Not only does she provide a service, she shares your excitement and takes pride in being one of your largest supports leading up to, and on, your special day. Eyedo Beauty enhances your natural features while making you feel confident and beautiful.

ARO Photography Christina is client-centred and ensures she listens to you while helping you find your special something. She believes the trend is for fresh, healthy skin and natural tones and avoids heavy application of powdery foundation and focuses on accentuating other features such as lashes. The use of soft, subtle pinks and neutral tones is also a key focus that keeps the final look simple, clean and natural.

Photography: ARO Photography


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With more than six years of nursing experience, Ayesha has developed a unique and holistic approach to facial assessments of her clients. Combined with a Master’s Degree in Nursing, clinical nursing experience and extensive training in cosmetic injectables, Ayesha prides herself on her attention to detail and is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients using a natural and holistic approach to procedures. Passionate about client safety Ayesha offers a specificallytailored treatment for each individual need. Fresh, natural results are increasingly popular with the move away from large lips and the past year has seen interest in anti-wrinkle treatments for the frown, forehead and crow’s feet areas as a preventative ageing strategy. Dermal filler treatments to lips and cheeks are also becoming a preferred choice of treatment for the subtle enhancement of volume loss to the face.

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Jessica is a diploma-qualified makeup artist with more than 16 years industry experience specialising in bridal and special occasion makeup. Servicing the Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast regions she is passionate about the industry and her profession and is constantly evolving and undertaking further training to ensure she is up to date with industry trends and knowledge. She believes that this season is all about the natural glow with brides opting for makeup that enhances their natural beauty and that simplicity is the way to go. Jessica looks forward to working with her clients to achieve their desired results for their special day.

Photographer: Louisa Jones photography Gowns: Bernice Fashions Talent: Fundamental models Hair: Tracey Clarke


0413 780 096 @jessicakatemakeupartist @jessica_kate_makeup

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Hails and Shine Photography

KNOCKOUT brows After starting her beauty business from home in 2013, it didn’t take Tess Lunney long to realise she had a passion for eyebrow shaping. Her successful business now has its own salon with five staff members and she opened her second shop next door in 2019. Knockout Brows is unique with all staff trained by Tess creating consistent brow results each time you visit. The salon also offers a brow tattoo service which includes the combination brow method, entailing feathered brow tattoo mixed with powder brow tattoo. Tess believes this is the most successful method to create natural-looking tattooed brows that will last. Her most popular brow tattoo demographic is aged between 40 and 65 as she can add that fullness that clients have lost over the years. Tess also believes the latest trend is the laminated, fluffy brow with 2022 seeing bigger, fuller and bolder brows. Not just brows, Knockout Brows also offer lash lifts, facials, spray tans, body waxing and they have a full time nurse working within the salon who operates Skin Society Co. offering injectables , dermal fillers and skin needling.

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9KH &HÄKHWLF 8NLQ (OLQLF The Aesthetic Skin Clinic is the brain child of skin therapist, Maddison Temelkovski who has worked in the industry for more than 10 years alongside well- known medical professionals, surgeons and wellness experts. Sensing a gap in the market for high-end, medical-grade treatments that provide fast, real-results in a boutique environment all at an affordable price point The Aesthetic Skin Clinic has continued expansion over the past four years and has a local and international celebrity following along with an indemand ever-growing social media presence. Partnering with exclusive brands and technology that have been trialled and tested personally by Maddison, The Aesthetic Skin Clinic helps clients achieve their ultimate goals by tailoring customised treatment plans to them and their concerns.




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&XÄUDOLDQ 8NLQ +DFH 'RG\ Offering a holistic approach to skin rejuvenation, plastic surgery, skin and laser clinic Australian Skin Face and Body houses a team of surgeons, doctors, nurses and dermal clinicians that will help you achieve that coveted wedding day glow. The team prides itself on continual training to offer patients the most contemporary solutions to address individual skin concerns. Their equipment, including state of the art lasers, is continually updated and they believe in providing honest opinions based on your specific needs, to help you achieve natural and realistic results. Trends emerging include body contouring, a revolutionary treatment to help smooth stubborn fat pockets and cellulite to give a smoother appearance; laser, combined with medical grade facial peels and LED which improves skin health; and natural lip fillers. Natural, healthy looking skin is the goal, because at the end of the day, the healthier your skin is, the more you glow. Ideally skin treatments need to commence at least six months before wedding day.

Plastic Surgery, Skin and Laser Clinics


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White Smiles Geelong Kim Micallef is the proud owner and operator of White Smiles Geelong and for the past 17 years has worked within the dental industry as a qualified dental nurse.

Johnny Rollins

She believesthere is no greater feeling than helping people change the way they feel about their smile, brightening what is already there and making it whiter. Offering a mobile service, White Smiles Geelong allows you to enjoy the luxury of having the treatment done in your own home. Your smile is one of your greatest assets and we all deserve to look and feel our best and a whiter smile gives us a greater level of self confidence. So let Kim help you radiate on your wedding day.

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Dior Miss Dior, 100ml, $244 Chanel No 5, 100ml, $249 Dior J’adore, 100ml, $244

Chloe Chloe Signature, 75ml, $185

Scent of a woman Leave a lingering memory long after your day has ended

Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle, 100ml, $188

Valentino Born in Roma, 100ml, $225 Giorgio Armani Si, 100ml, $220

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ENHANCE YOUR STYLE WITH COLOUR Looking for that pop of colour to frame your wedding day? Eye Gallery Optical Boutique in Highton and Geelong can help you with their exclusively-designed eyewear. Owned by Mandy Lovett, a local Optical Stylist, Eye Gallery began trading in 2008 and now 13 years later sees Mandy designing her own eyewear ranges consisting of colourful acetates which are also manufactured in Australia. Jacqueline Rose Eyewear is named for her daughter and Robert Gordon Eyewear is named for her son. Seeing a gap in the market led to the innovation where first you choose your shape and then you choose your colour. Although production is still in its infancy, the brands are being rolled out with some styles now available at the Highton store. With a special event such as your wedding day it is important to choose something that fits you well and enhances your own style - maybe even something blue. The optical dispensers at Eye Gallery are on hand to ensure you select the style that is perfect for you.

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With more than 20 years experience and known for their big and beautiful weddings at an afforda-ble price point, A Natural Bunch is the newest florist to service Geelong and the Bellarine and they ensure the value can be seen in every arrangement they make. Possessing a love of interesting and unique flowers sets them apart from standard florists and they endeavour to only buy locally grown when available and to keep a keen eye out for interesting flowers as they come into season. Trends they are currently noticing are traditional white blooms with an emphasis on naturally flowing greenery displays. With smaller intimate weddings with fewer guests becoming more regular there is more budget available to spend on the extra items - including florals - to make your day extra special. Having come through 2020 with few or no weddings, couples may also be looking at larger events with 300+ guests where again the trend will see white flowers with an abundance of greenery or bright colours like burgundy, oranges and peaches to bring a real splash of colour.

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Established in 2016, Miss Lillypilly is located in the heart of Drysdale and offers a beautiful selection of boutique flower arrangements, hampers, homewares and gifts. Their quality, freshness and large variety has earned them the reputation of being one of the most sought after florists on the Bellarine Peninsula. Although offering a range of flowers for all occasions they are most passionate about weddings creating unforgettable floral designs for your special day using only the freshest flowers sourced from local suppliers. From the first meeting with the couple, they work closely with you to bring your vision to life and offer a personalised service covering every detail of floral design and whatever your choice. They make sure your flowers are perfect and exceed your expectations. Picking the right floral arrangements can be tricky however at Miss Lillypilly they are passionate about keeping up-to-date with the latest floral trends and owner and florist Vicki suggests soft and romantic florals, natural styles and pops of colour are the emerging trends for 2021/22.

Monika Berry

Our flower creations are made from the heart to match your occasion

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your BEST FRIEND The high quality, ethically-sourced diamonds and coloured stones at Charles Rose are carefully selected, ensuring their designers incorporate only the finest gemstones into their handcrafted jewellery creations. Admired and celebrated for their superior artistry, Charles Rose diamond and jewellery designs are everlasting expressions of love. Charles Rose diamantaires carefully select all their diamonds to ensure consistent high quality and use stricter selection criteria than all domestic and international competitors. They fully document, certify and guarantee your purchase, including the provision of an independent and internationallyrecognised diamond grading certificate. They do not sell clarity or colour enhanced diamonds or inferior stones that hide chips and inclusions. You can be confident that Charles Rose provide only the finest high-quality diamonds from which to choose, upholding the ethos of quality, beauty and timelessness in every jewellery

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design. Their four Cs (4Cs) diamond grading guide is of universal standard helping assess a diamond's quality using the 4Cs: Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat. Together, the 4Cs contribute to a diamond's beauty, but diamantaires agree that a high-quality cut is of utmost importance. Cut refers to proportion, symmetry and polish – factors which affect how light reflects, disperses and flashes off a diamond surface. Jewellers cut diamonds into a variety of shapes with some traditional shapes fashioned hundreds of years ago and exude a timeless aesthetic and old-world. Others reflect elegant contemporary styles popularised within the last 20 years (for example, Asscher and princess shapes). A classic round brilliant diamond is the most enduringly popular shape due to its exceptional radiance, brilliance and sparkle. Other highly favoured styles include alluring square and rectangular shapes. Superb crafting enables the beauty of a diamond to be enhanced – the jewellery artisans at Charles Rose expertly shape the finest of diamonds into exquisite

Shade refers to a diamond's colour, which can range from rare pure white to fancy coloured vivid shades like yellow, pink and green although most tend to yellow/brown. The lack of colour in a diamond determines its grading, with higher colour grades assigned to diamonds with less colour. This is because colourless diamonds exhibit greater sparkle than yellowish/ brownish tinted diamonds.

Carat weight measures a diamond’s weight, not size. The weight of a diamond is expressed in “points” up to 99 points (for example, 25 points refers to a 0.25 weight), with 100 points equal to 1 carat. Many people mistakenly believe that a larger carat weight is preferable to a smaller carat weight however carat weight does not affect sparkle. For example a well-cut .98 carat diamond may appear larger and more sparkly than a poorly cut 1-carat weight diamond with great colour and clarity.

Clarity refers to inclusions, which are small marks, fissures or foreign crystals in the diamond. Every diamond has billions of inclusions. However many inclusions are not visible to the naked eye, so the diamond is “eye clean. Flawless diamonds are “Loupe Clean”, meaning that inclusions are invisible even when using a 10x magnification lens.

Remember this is a guide only – the best way to select your perfect diamond is to consult with the skilled jewellers at Charles Rose. Their expert team are always available to help you learn more about the diamond 4Cs before choosing your ideal diamond cut, colour, clarity and carat, which the artisans lovingly handcraft into a show-stopping jewellery design.

styles that captivate and dazzle with their transcendent beauty and sparkle.







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SET IN STONE Charles Rose’s Geelong store and engagement rings have one quality that distinguishes it from the rest – longevity.

“The better grades are much brighter and that’s the most important aspect of diamonds.”

The company has been in Geelong for more than a decade – and will be for longer, says Director Marcus Rose. “It will never go because fine jewellers last a very long time.”

The beautiful designs allow Charles Rose Geelong customers to customise the cut and size of the principle stones in their engagement rings, and wedding bands.

Jewellery has been in Marcus’s family for four generations.His grandfather and great uncle, Charles Rose, started as jewellers and master watchmakers in France, near the German border in the 1920s. They died during World War II, so his father Frederick, also a jeweller, migrated to Australia as a 26-year-old in 1948. Marcus developed a passion for his father’s business selling jewellery at Monash University in the early ‘70s. With Marcus’ son, Asher, taking a more prominent role in the business in recent years. Now the specialist diamond house has a team of dedicated artisans producing work from the highest grade stones. “Higher than any other brand in Australia, I would say,” Marcus adds.

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Feel like a princess with a pear-shaped style like this, featuring Argyle pink diamonds.

SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND Starting out in 1927 in St Arnaud before moving to Geelong in 1950, The Duffs family business has been operating for more than 90 years and been a part of the local community for more than 70. Duffs Jewellers is still operated by the Duffs family. The people who own the stores, run the stores and are part of the local community. Duffs have three stores in Geelong - at Westfield, Market Square and Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre. Duffs Jewellers is large enough to provide incredible quality, service and range of products and yet small enough to offer a high level of personal service. Duffs is more than just a retailer. They source, design and create beautiful jewellery as well as providing a repair service. Using in-house designers, jewellers and gemologists, Duffs are able to create handmade jewellery in their workshop and they have a long business history and have become a trusted name. Jewellery styles are influenced by current trends, but Duffs believes it is worth remembering that an engagement ring is meant to be for a lifetime and beyond. Rather than just following trends, a ring that reflects personality and individual style should be chosen.

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The diamond solitaire engagement ring is as popular today as ever. Or for something truly luxurious, think Argyle pink diamonds. Coloured gems such as morganite, aquamarine, ruby or sapphire can be a more affordable option and offer lots of design options. Duffs understands that every ring should reflect its owner. Your love story is individual and special and having your rings custom-made means that any changes can be accommodated. If you have a particular design in mind they will help bring your ideas to life. Also available is an easy-to-follow system called Duffs Selects which makes it easier to understand and choose the right quality of diamond to suit your style and budget. Duffs also offers the option of lab-grown diamonds - a more affordable alternative for anyone wanting a larger diamond at a more affordable price. They are still ‘real diamonds’ - the main difference being they are created by humans in highly-controlled laboratories rather than mined from the earth. Duff's advice to couples is do your research and speak with your jeweller about the choices on offer so you know what you are buying and get the best ring for your budget.




1. A classic trilogy ring represents the past, present and future. 2. The diamond solitaire is always elegant and in style. 3. For full-on sparkle, the Isla halo cut comes with approx 30 diamonds along the band and in the halo.




4. For a statement ring - choose a coloured gemstone like this or have one custom designed. 5. Add an extra dash of dazzle with a grain set diamond wedding band. 6. Go for glamour with a stunning sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

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GRO OM Ensure you are comfortable and look your best on your wedding day.

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SUITSWELL Look and feel amazing on your special day with a well-tailored suit. Every groom deserves to be dressed at his best and SuitsWell specialise in custom suiting, creating the perfect style and the exact fit. Custom bespoke options include fitting mould, hand-stitched construction, Milanese lapel buttons and much more. Select from a wide range of fabrics with accessible pricing. Experiencing a struggle to find the best suit for his own wedding, SuitsWell’s founder decided to create the best custom tailoring destination for grooms and groomsmen in the Geelong region and is passionate about making clients look and feel like a million bucks. Each suit is created by master artisan tailors with bespoke pattern drawing and cutting, a tradition that is superior to the made-to-measure suit and SuitsWell also provide bespoke fitting suits that allows customer to have additional fittings before making the final suit. They also arry a range of exclusive labels from Italy and the UK including Zegna, Scabal, VBC, Reda, Holland & Sherry and more. continued on next page >

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SuitsWell finds men are spending more on clothing and custom suiting is quickly becoming a necessity for gentlemen looking to be dressed to their best. Some men choose fast fashion for its affordability but the wise will invest in a classic. Clients can also purchase luxury and traditional ties, fine leather Blake stitched shoes, cufflinks and more and can customise matching ties/bow ties and cufflink sets. Whether it is tuxedos, a double-breasted linen design or a classy, three-piece suit you're looking for, SuitsWell have countless fabric options with accessible price points and you can expect them to show patience and offer friendly and knowledgeable advice. For those who haven’t experienced the joy of wearing custom-made clothing, head to SuitsWell's website at to learn more or make an obligation-free appointment by email. They will be more than happy to speak with you about what style may suit you and your wedding group and to show you their unique collection.

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SUITSWELL 151 Ryrie Street, Geelong

0431 619 133 E. W.

By appointment.

@suitswell @suitswell_geelong

SuitsWell™ Geelong Custom Bespoke Tailor Look and feel amazing on your special day with a well-tailored suit. Every groom deserves to be dressed at his best. SuitsWell specialize in custom suiting, FUHDWLQJ WKH SHUIHFW VW\OH DQG WKH H[DFW ÀW &XVWRP EHVSRNH RSWLRQV LQFOXGH ÀWWLQJ mould, hand stitched construction, Milanese lapel buttons and much more. Select from a wide range of fabrics with accessible pricing. SuitsWell is the chosen destination for wedding grooms and groomsmen in the Geelong region. 0431619133 151 Ryrie Street, Geelong

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BROWSE Geelong West's Browse Fashions for Men offers an individual service for clients. Grooms-to-be will be impressed with the level of care, guidance and professionalism the fashion consultants will provide as they embark on the journey of finding the perfect outfit for their wedding. With more than 37 years experience in the industry, owner Louise Boudrie and her dedicated team of consultants will provide grooms and their groomsmen with a personalised service like no other. At Browse Fashions for Men, every style, venue and budget is catered for with their large range of international and Australian brands. Whether you are hosting a formal black-tie event or a

relaxed coastal celebration, your ideal outfit is possible here. "We do a lot of searching for clients and will source items from the different suppliers we have," Louise says while adding, "we can cater outfits for young boys right through to a made-to-measure service." This extensive service is what Browse Fashions for Men love as it gives them and their groomsmen the freedom of choice. "Like commitment to marriage it takes thought, honour, love, care, loyalty and an element of faith in themselves and the people they trust in. We help bring it all together for that special day regardless if you're organised or have last-minute needs."

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BROWSE FASHIONS FOR MEN Shop 2-3, 111 Pakington Street, Geelong West

5223 2052 E. W.

HOURS: Open 7 Days

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Valentino Uomo, 100ml, $149

Tiffany & Co For Him, 90ml, $150

Dolce Gabbana The One, 100ml, $164

Versace Eros Flame, 100ml, $102

Scent of a man The perfect finishing touch to your outfit on the day YSL Y, 100ml, $175

Giorgio Amrani Acqua Di Gio, 100ml, $155

Dior Sauvage, 100ml, $152

Tom Ford Oud Wood, 100ml, $485

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YOU R DAY Organisation is key to keeping everything on track.

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MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME Nestled in the seaside town of Ocean Grove, The Dunes create events that are everything you dream of and more. Architectural design paired with sensational panoramic views, The Dunes reopened in August 2019 after an extensive rebuild and is a truly spectacular venue overlooking the surf beach. With ceremony locations nearby, The Dunes offers everything you need in one location. Just 150m down the lush coastal path, lies a beautiful, open, grassy space, perfect for a ceremony. Offering 180 degree views out over the open water, it’s the ultimate backdrop for your 'I dos'. Your ceremony blends seamlessly into post-ceremony drinks and nibbles for your guests on the expansive deck, giving you the space and time you need for your photos.

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The space itself is versatile, with the ability to cater for 60-250 guests seated or 60-300 guests cocktail style. The food and beverage offer is focused on local, seasonal produce with an absolute emphasis on quality and service. As if these things are not enough, there are plenty of #instagrammable opportunities also. The Dunes offer several inclusive packages to take the stress out of the wedding planning, however, the bespoke option is where it’s at. This allows you to completely customise every detail of your event to truly reflect you. A dish recreated from your first date? A traditional family dessert? Perhaps the same cocktail that was served the night of your engagement? The beauty is in the detail.

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From your first encounter you will notice the genuine warmth and interest that the team at The Dunes shows. They have worked tirelessly to build a reputation for stunning events that they can be truly proud of - so you can too. When asked about your engagement, or what is important about your day, it comes from a deep-rooted inquisitive nature that is fundamental to their event delivery. This carries through the planning process until well after your event is finished. It shows when you return for a special anniversary dinner or perhaps to show off a new addition to your family - be it human or furry. The building itself has a contemporary, sophisticated style with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow an abundance of light. The beautiful facade creates a cinematic experience that is ideal for watching the waves crash in or the silhouettes of the surfers as the sun goes down.

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Your wedding day has all the feels (your coordinator can be caught at the back, shedding a tear as you say your vows) and the team understand the significance of the journey you are embarking on. The Dunes is not just about creating a wonderful event, they create an unforgettable experience from start to finish that will be remembered for years to come. Put simply and eloquently by one of their gorgeous brides "if you are thinking of having a beach wedding, this is your place” - Mrs Corrin Cameron, February 2021.

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360q 360Q is an iconic venue on the water at picturesque Queenscliff Harbour that had been shuttered for several years until renowned chef, restaurateur and celebrity event caterer Barry Iddles reopened its doors in October 2016. Since then the two-storey venue has become a destination dining favourite for locals and visitors on the Bellarine Peninsula. Downstairs is a stunning spot for a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner while the upstairs function space with million-dollar water views and a dancefloor is ideal for weddings and special occasions. The views over Queenscliff Marina are superb and guests can also get a bird’s eye view of the township, Port Phillip Bay and The Rip from the observatory tower within 360Q’s building structure. Their chefs are globally trained but take immense pride in their inclusion of the freshest seasonal produce, seafood

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and meats from the Bellarine region. The beverage list is an impressive who’s-who of local vineyards, craft breweries, cideries and distilleries. An incredibly diverse selection of global flavours including traditional Australian fish and chips to Sri Lankan curries and a huge selection of Asian-fusion fare with inspiration from Japan, Vietnam and Korea are. For catered events, sit-down formal meals with shared grazing dishes or cocktail-style catering are presented by the friendly staff. Every menu is tailored to each client and they can accommodate all dietary requirements. 360Q is renowned as a first choice to spend special occasions thanks to its menu, first-class service and waterfront location. The team is led by Barry who has more than 45 years experience in the hospitality and events catering industry which means all guests receive the five-star treatment.


Book your perfect day at 360Q and enjoy incredible service; tailored gourmet catering for cocktail or sit-down meals; and incredible water views over Queenscliff Marina.

Contact our friendly team for a quote today.

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LEURA PARK ESTATE The stunning working vineyard cocooned by majestic cypress trees at Leura Park Estate is one of many features that endorses the venue’s undeniable charm. This Bellarine Peninsula gem lends itself beautifully to a relaxed couple looking for a rustic space where they can celebrate their marriage with style, elegance and minimum fuss. Leura Park Estate is bound to delight you and your guests from the moment you step foot on this unique property. As you wander the vines and magnificent surrounding gardens, you will quickly realise that this venue has it all. From a beautiful onsite ceremony to fabulous photography backdrops and a sophisticated

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reception venue, Leura Park Estate will accommodate all of your desires. Couples can work alongside the culinary team to create their dream wedding menu best suited to their tastes and guest list. With a superb selection of both plated and cocktail menus available, the Leura Park Estate experience is one to remember. Impeccable service and high attention to detail is what Leura Park Estate prides itself on when it comes to planning your special day. A dedicated wedding coordinator will help ease the stress of organising such an event, and will provide advice and resources to assist with the coordination on the big day.



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BATESFORD HOTEL A family-run venue located within the beautiful landscape of the Moorabool Valley, The Batesford Hotel is the perfect location for an outdoor, naturefilled event, with the historic bluestone Batesford Bridge dating back to 1859 arching over the serene Moorabool River in your midst. An oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of city living and enter a place of community and gathering. The Batesford Hotel will create a magical setting for your wedding.The stunning and unique venue offers a blank canvas for couples and has the flexibility to cater to your dreams. Enjoy their spacious rooms and decking, complimented by beautiful gardens, river and gumtree tracks. The three distinct spaces provide a wealth of options to suit every wedding and is the perfect setting to say ‘I do’!

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The Moorabool Gardens is a stunning riverside setting with ample lawn area neighbouring the historic bluestone bridge. Post ceremony everyone can relax and mingle in the picturesque gardens with a drink in hand and delicious food while you and your bridal party go for photos either down by the river, along the beautiful gum trees or across to the iconic Dog Rocks located nearby. continued on next page >

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The Moorabool Room is a truly unique and magnificent space. The open plan interior is complete with modern furnishings, exposed white beams and a light colour palette creating a versatile space allowing for any style of wedding. With panoramic windows and an encompassing deck, the space has a wonderful warm and inviting feeling as it overlooks the picturesque gardens. For larger sit-down reception the space can seat 150 guests or 300 stand -up. The Batesford & Sunroom is ideal for a more intimate reception seating 50 guests or 70 stand-up. The Batesford Room offers couples a more rustic space with darker tones, suspended pendant lighting and an open fire that delivers a quintessential country ambience creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere to celebrate your special day with family and friends.

They have years of experience and the attention to detail is second to none, from the initial site inspection, the creation of your menu, through to floor plans and coordinating with your suppliers. Their team is there to ensure nothing is forgotten. All that is left for you to do is relax and enjoy your day and allow them the pleasure of seeing pure joy as your dream day unfolds. Bookings for the Batesford Hotel are requested at a minimum of 8-12 months in advance if possible. They can be flexible but Saturdays in peak season are usually booked out 12 months in advance.

Together with their team of executive chefs and dedicated event manager the Batesford Hotel allows you the opportunity to tailor a package that perfectly suits your needs. Choose from a modern cocktail menu to formal dining or their family feast option. All wedding packages include venue hire, furnishings, staff and of course five hours of food and beverages. The team at the Batesford Hotel know that one size does not fit all and no two weddings are ever the same because no two couples are. They enjoy the challenge of creating a wedding that is unique and personal to you. Their approach is flexible. You have ideas and they make them happen. You may choose to keep it simple or let your imagination run wild! Every wedding is tailored to meet your expectations and budget and together with you they will bring your dream day to life with their team of professionals with you every step of the way.

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FLYING BRICK CIDER HOUSE Iconic Flying Brick Cider House is the perfect wedding venue for the fun and eclectic couple. Located on the Bellarine Peninsula, the imposing, charismatic open-concept restaurant and cidery embraces coastal elegance with its contemporary relaxed ambience. Complemented by an exceptional menu and dedicated service, Flying Brick has everything you would need and want for your wedding day celebration. Set on five acres, the property also has a working vineyard which offers picturesque views of the rolling Bellarine hills and doubles up as the stunning backdrop for memorable wedding photos. With exclusive access to the entire venue, Flying Brick offers both ceremony and reception locations with the flexibility of holding these celebrations on the luxurious sprawling lawns or indoors cocooned by the dynamic restaurant atmosphere. A wedding coordinator will assist couples in the planning and execution of their big day, ensuring all aspects of the wedding are on point. Food and beverage packages at Flying Brick offer great variety and room for customisation depending on the style of wedding. The venue also offers an extensive list of preferred suppliers – from accommodation through to videographers – that can assist couples with every aspect of their special day.

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DEL RIOS del Rios is a family-owned vineyard, winery, restaurant, and cellar door established in 1996 on the slopes of extinct volcano Mt Anakie. Driven by the family’s passion for great food and wine, Gus and Esther del Rio, together with their three sons Andres, Joshua and Marcus purchased the property in 1994 and the first vines were planted in 1996. There is a focus on craftsmanship and controlling the process from start to finish to create the best possible product. On the estate theere is 45 acres of vines that are hand-pruned and hand-picked. The wine is made on-site in their winery where they also process the fruit, ferment, mature, bottle and label. In similar vein they also raise free-range, pasture-fed Black Angus Beef and Texel Friesian Cross Lambs. Beyond what they can do themselves they partner with family-owned local producers and bring the

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freshest produce to their venue. In the restaurant, the family’s philosophy of great wine, food and friends comes together in a wonderful setting. The new building was redesigned to capitalise on the breathtaking views from the estate and it finished construction in 2019. Using local and estate grown produce that, similarly to the wine, offers a blend of traditional Spanish and contemporary cuisine is what del Rios offers. They also have the ability to host different function options at their Winery & Restaurant, whether it be a small and casual celebration or a special occasion. They are happy to customise all function packages based on the wishes of their guests with the belief that every occasion is different and they want to know you on a more personal level so they can adjust and create the perfect event.


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LONSDALE LINKS The newly-designed Lonsdale Links is home to a brand new clubhouse designed by award-winning architects Wood Marsh Architecture and completed in December 2020. Perched atop the highest point on the golf course it offers spectacular sunset views extending over Lake Victoria and is the perfect place to celebrate your special day. From your ceremony on the lush greens to your reception, the experienced team at Lonsdale Links will take care of the pre-planning and execution on

the day and offer great food and service in either a sit down or cocktail setting. Pre-dinner drinks and canapes, a 2 or 3 course meal, an oyster bar, grazing tables, a dessert bar and a 5 hour beverage package are just some of the options available to couples on the day. Lonsdale Links invite you to enjoy the exclusive use of the clubhouse but have limited dates available so get in quick to ensure your wedding is celebrated in one of our region's newest and spectacular venues.

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JACK RABBIT VINEYARD For more than ten years, Jack Rabbit Vineyard has been creating exquisite and memorable weddings on the Bellarine Peninsula. Nestled on a high hill with unrivalled views of the bay, this remarkable wedding venue is a breathtaking treasure of the region. Say ‘I do’ with the vineyard in your midst, and usher your guests to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés while you take in the multiple sublime photo opportunities dotted around the property, creating your first memories as newlyweds. Continue celebrations at either of the venue’s two distinctive reception locations, the Jack Rabbit Vineyard Restaurant and the House of Jack Rabbit, where you will feast and dance the night away. The venues can host up to 120 guests seated or 200 for a cocktail style wedding.

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Recognised for its multi award-winning cool climate wines, Jack Rabbit Vineyard offers a truly enjoyable culinary experience. Incredible local and seasonal produce shines in the sophisticated contemporary menus created by the culinary team. Known as a gastronomic showcase of the Bellarine, the chefs at Jack Rabbit Vineyard will tailor individual menus for plated, grazing or cocktail-style receptions. Entrust the team of highly experienced and welcoming staff at Jack Rabbit Vineyard with creating an unforgettable experience you and your guests will reminisce over for years to come.

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SCOTCHMANS HILL Established in 1982, Scotchmans Hill is the Bellarine Peninsula’s oldest and largest winery. A producer of premium cool maritime climate wines, Scotchmans Hill has been a leading local winery for more than thirty years and is rated among James Halliday’s Top 100 Australian Wineries. Scotchmans Hill offers a unique and magical wedding experience amongst its vineyards with some of the Bellarine Peninsula’s best views across Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula, Swan Bay, Queenscliff and the Heads out to Bass Strait. The French provincial-inspired homestead offers a picturesque backdrop to your wedding as you enjoy a fully catered experience with their premium award winning wines to make your special day even more memorable. They offer a two course or three course sit down menu with canapés as well as grazing menu options and is able to cater for small and large weddings.

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Scotchmans Hill also has a dedicated bridal suite onsite and partnership with a neighbouring B&B so your wedding experience can not only be magical, but seamless as well. Scotchmans Hill offer wine and food packages suitable for all wedding occasions from small intimate gatherings to large celebrations.


CURLEWIS GOLF CLUB Looking for the complete package? Fall in love with every aspect here – stunning locations, spectacular venues and stylish accommodation. At Curlewis Golf Club, options abound for fabulous locales to say “I do”, it’s just a case of finding your perfect spot. With a golf course, contemporary clubhouse, driving range and entertainment complex, a Curlewis Golf Club function is unique and oozes individuality. Couples can take advantage of the lush green golf course with its spectacular views of the bay for photo opportunities. The driving range and mini golf course on site also offer a fun backdrop for capturing a couple’s first moments as newlyweds. Celebrations of all kinds are accommodated for, with the opportunity to craft a casual cocktail wedding or more formal and lavish occasion. A dedicated functions manager will help tailor a celebration with the right amount of ambience, style and formality to suit couple’s individual desires.

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Receptions can be held at the spectacular new Curlewis Clubhouse (to be completed November 2021) or The Range @ Curlewis, offering seated a la carte menus, shared dining concepts or fabulous canapes for contemporary cocktail-style occasions.

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PROVENANCE WINES Provenance Wines, located at the heritage-listed Paper Mill perched on the banks of the Barwon River at Fyansford opened its doors in 2018 after an extensive renovation. Their unique grand Barrel Hall, where events are held, has sweeping cathedral-like high ceilings twinkling with fairy lights and whitewashed bluestone walls lined with wine barrels.

which day of the week you would like to get married and whether it falls in a peak or off-peak period. They also have an impressive list of inclusions and optional upgrades to help you create your dream wedding.

Ceremony locations include outside the rustic winery barn doors which includes artificial grass, chairs, umbrellas, white picket fencing and barrels. This area is just in front of the Provenance bluestone building with a pretty garden to one side. The second option is inside their on-site winery, which is filled with natural light, wooden cross beams on the ceiling with ample space for guests to relax and enjoy the ceremony.

Provenance offers flexible packages for sit-down banquet, alternate drop or stand-up cocktail-style menus with the option of including extra canapes or cheese platters to finish the evening. Their canapes offer Smoked Portarlington Mussels, Pork Belly Chicharon and Black Garlic Prawn Skewers and the banquet and alternate drop menus include delicious Slow Cooked Lamb, Cured Kingfish and Confit Duck. An array of choices to suit varied tastes including vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements is also available.

They offer all-inclusive packages with everything already there for you including award-winning wine and delicious food. Available is a range of wine/drink and food options based on a five-hour package with different rates to suit your budget, depending on

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This year awarded ‘Best Tasting Experience & Best Food’ in Geelong by Gourmet Traveller Wine,

Provenance understand that each couple they meet is different and the team thrives in excelling client expectations. From the very first meeting they enter

into the couple’s world, learning about how long they have been engaged, why they are considering this venue and what their vision is for the wedding. In addition to the initial consultation and site visit, they offer two further planning meetings to ensure all details of the day are covered including a food and wine tasting.

pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Due to disruption by the pandemic, bookings for 2021/22 are filling fast . After the wedding consultation and site visit, Provenance is happy to hold a preferred date for up to seven days at no-obligation to ensure couples are 100 per cent happy when they book.

With a friendly, professional and organised team they believe couples feel this instantly, trusting them with their special day. This gives couples confidence to know they are in good hands so they can relax and enjoy their wonderful day and create beautiful memories for years to come. With a venue as grand and versatile as Provenance, couples decide the layout they think will work best for their guests. They can bring the space in and make it feel cosy around the fire with smaller numbers or barrels can be removed to create a larger area for 180 guests seated featuring up to three long tables. There is plenty of room for a large dancefloor as well as great area around the bar for

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Barwon Edge Boathouse From pink lily ponds and lush green lawns to swaying treetops and a flowing river, the romantic landscape at Barwon Edge Boathouse reads like the love story itself. And just like your story, a wedding here is utterly unique. Just 10 minutes from central Geelong, the environment here is quintessentially Australian and all yours for one very special day. Enter via the country driveway to greet manicured gardens and vast outdoor decks enveloping glassy ponds. Indoors, the elevated reception rooms lure you to a fragrant canopy of eucalypts, abundant along the Barwon River below. From a cosy reception in the Balyang Room to reserving the entire venue, it’s all about flexibility; in location, in set-up, in timing, in the contemporary menu and in your choice of boutique beverages. Add to this the Boathouse Bar, wrapped in river scenery. Here, guests relax between ceremony and reception while your photo shoot might lead you to the striking one-lane bridge; an alluring bush setting and landmark on the riverbend.



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Empire Grill

Established in the 1980s, Empire Grill is the longest continuously running restaurant in Geelong and has delivered consistently high quality food and service throughout the years. The venue has a warm ambience with a cosy open fire in the lounge and beautiful high-backed antique chairs. With the capacity for large events in the upstairs private function room Empire Grill can still operate their restaurant downstairs at the same time. For more intimate gatherings there is also a smaller private dining room. They also have the ability to cater for offsite events anytime, anywhere. They are happy to assist you in arranging a most memorable occasion to suit your style and are pleased to offer menus using the finest quality local ingredients. Having always been known as the special occasion place, Empire Grill is perfect for any celebration.

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With its glorious country charm and sweeping views of the hills beyond, Barrabool Maze Estate is the ideal venue for laid-back couples. Set on 28 acres and located only 15 minutes from Geelong’s CBD, the venue boasts extensive gardens, an iconic hedge maze and rustic reception area. Owners Teresa and Wayne have crafted an all-inclusive venue for couples and their guests to celebrate their special day. Couples can exchange vows surrounded by sculptured gardens, in front of antique red church doors, by the lake or on the vast lawn area. Receptions for up to 150 guests at a cocktail capacity or 100 seated, are held in the idyllic function space lined with stable ceilings as well as an indoor and outdoor fireplace to create the perfect country ambience.

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Mr Umamis

Pakington Street institution The Barking Dog is offering you the ultimate special occasion package with their bottomless brunch. For only $70 per person, you and your gang will enjoy four courses of aromatic Asian-fusion dishes from Mr Umami’s and two hours of bottomless cocktails. Spaces are available for parties of two all the way up to 100 guests and you can even reserve a private room if you wish. Looking for a fun and entertaining way to celebrate your special day be it a hen’s or buck’s party? Then look no further than Mr Umami’s bottomless menu for the ultimate celebration.

Bottomless Brunch $70p/p Includes 4 courses of Asian fusion 2hrs of bottomless cocktails



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Red Gum Run Arena

Having recently received council approval, Red Gum Run Arena is one of the newest wed-ding and event venues in our region. Located in the idyllic Freshwater Creek, RGR Arena is a very unique venue housed in an equestrian centre. A blank canvas it can be adapted for anything from seating up to 150 guests or stand-up cocktail parties. Being an open space indoors and outdoors, it can be dressed with any themed décor that is in your dreams. Because RGR Arena is an animal-friendly space and believe pets are part of the family, they invite you to have your fur babies in attendance at your celebration. Why not make your way down the aisle on your ponies or have your dogs or cats carry the rings? If this is in your dream plans, theweddingsitter. pet can arrange any animal involvement absolutely stress free. On site is a large separate kitchen with the facilities to accommodate any catering company. Red Gum Run Arena has a great working relationship with Annie’s Kitchen in Barwon Heads and highly recommend them to meet the culinary requirements for your event however they are open to all caterers of choice.

A blank canvas to create your dream wedding or event. Affordable, Adaptable, Unique and Picturesque. | 0447 247 544 |

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Bennetts on Bellarine

A boutique, family-run vineyard in the heart of the Bellarine, Bennett’s is one of the newer spots in the area and they aim to be the best venue for loved-up couples looking for a laidback and awe-some wedding day. Their mode is rustic and relaxed with good food, great wine and old-fashioned hospitality. They know how to put on a party and take care of everything on the day to ensure couples and their guests have a great time. They will work with you to create your per-fect day so if you are looking for a unique venue that will leave your guests talking make sure you drop by and check them out.

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The Corner Paddock

The Corner Paddock is a self sufficient, 50 acre property located in Gnarwarre, 20 minutes from Geelong just past the Barrabool Hills. They run a small number of beef cattle, have their own chickens, grow organic vegetables, run on solar power and has our its own water supply. Their little corner of the countryside includes open rural paddocks as well as five acres of beautifully manicured gardens that provide a stunning setting perfect for an intimate romantic country wedding. The garden has an electrical supply and there is ample paddock parking for guests. The Corner Paddock provides a picturesque blank canvas in a country garden location for you to design and plan your perfect wedding, your way.

The Corner Paddock Gnarwarre

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Almyra is the ideal beachside wedding venue for your special day. Newly renovated to the highest possible standard, the stylish restaurant is located right on Lorne’s spectacular beach with panoramic views of Louttit Bay and the Otway Ranges. Almyra offers a destination wed-ding experience minus the hassle and with plenty of luxury accommodation in Lorne, you and your guests can escape the city and enjoy a wedding weekend to remember. Exclusive use of the iconic waterfront restaurant is available for up to 150 guests and catering for smaller groups is an option if you are planning a more intimate celebration. Why not exchange vows on the sand before your photographer captures your joy against Lorne’s magnificent backdrop of sea, forest and waterfalls. While you are exploring the natural surrounds, Almyra will welcome your guests with a signature cocktail and generous canapes in your private courtyard. On return your wedding reception will kick off inside with a sumptuous array of food and wine served by the attentive team. From the moment you arrive until the moment you’re sent off with a cheer, Almyra will ensure every detail reflects your vision for your special day. With decades of experience in hospitality, the events team will stop at nothing to deliver your dream wedding. Say ‘I do’ to a spectacular waterfront wedding!





YO U R D R E A M B E A C H W E D D I N G AWA I T S AT A L M Y R A 81 Mountjoy Parade & Corner Grove Road, Lorne

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The Li'l Dumpling Van

Established in February 2020, The Li’l Dumpling Van is a colourful and bright food truck with the juiciest and most delicious dumplings that will make your wedding a standout. Hand-made in Geelong and freshly-cooked, the dumplings are sure to impress with their fresh, mouthwatering flavours. Everything is made from scratch including the homemade stock and the dumpling’s dough colour is natural, using vegetable water to create the bright colours. Five delicious dumpling flavours are available – beef, pork, chicken, vegetable (vegan) and prawn with sauces complimenting the pan-fried dumplings including ginger and vinegar, soy and Sriracha. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and accompany with a colourful salad or fried rice. The menu is regularly developed and updated seasonally.

Freshly cooked dumplings for your wedding from The Li’l Dumpling Van are sure to impress with their fresh, mouth-watering flavours.

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Little Happy Hut Little Happy Hut was founded in 2019 by owners Joe and Kim to take years of events experience and turn their passion into reality. They provide an elegant, premium, fully-functional vintage style mobile bar and coffee service that guests and customers adore. Combining customer satisfaction with a quality product they offer professional service with fun and a wow factor. Not just a BYO Bar, Little Happy Hut is fully licensed offering premium beers and ciders on tap. With five star, good oldfashioned service from initial enquiry to your event, a seamless service is guaranteed. Being mobile, Little Happy Hut can bring the party to wherever your special day is and whether it be a BYO Bar or a catered beverage option - or a mix of the two - a flexible approach is offered. Also available is a premium coffee and hot beverage



service, cocktails mixed by the Little Happy Hut team or add on a Gourmet Grazing Table. Service comes with glassware, RSA-qualified staff, experienced baristas for coffee service, styling to their van, vintage-style menu board and easel, ice, ice buckets, bar tools, water system, double bar fridge, single bar fridge and three sinks which means no washing up for you.








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Soft Catering Specialising in cocktail weddings, Soft Catering can provide you will the full service. The small family-run business is famous for its spectacular grazing platters that are works of art that start off (or finish off) the night wowing all who see it. Delicious canapes, finger food and mini meals will fill everyone up using local ingredients with an accessible menu sure to please even the fussiest aunt. Customised beverage service available from BYO packages to full provision meaning you can make sure all aspects of your night represent you both


and keep your guests dancing all night long. Celebrations of all kinds can be catered for too and be customised to suit what you need making it as personal as the day should be. Soft Catering understands that if there is one thing that should outshine you on your day it should be the food, so get in contact and start planning.






Annie's Provedore

Annie’s Provedore opened in 2004 and since that time their love of quality food and produce has been the essence of the unique gourmet café and provedore. Allowing their Italian background to shine through they bring the taste, style and passion of Italy to the Bellarine creating an authentic dining and shopping experience. The provedore is an all-encompassing food business from its retail store through to full catering options along with food and wine tours in Italy. It’s like one big hug from Nonna from the minute you walk in. This also translates through to Annie’s catering department where they bring the joy of food and wine to their guests. They can cater for weddings, engagement parties, birthday celebrations, large or small gatherings, corporate events and also have DIY online catering with flexible and convenient options. Their online Christmas catering is also hugely popular, servicing both locals in the region or visitors here on holiday.

At Annie’s Provedore Catering & Events we create memorable weddings. We aim to succeed in every way to make your special event an unforgettable one. Our team has a wealth of experience and passion for creating amazing food using seasonal, local produce. Our hands on approach means we provide you with exceptional service every step of the way and we are here to work with you to create the catering dream that you and your guests will remember for years to come. | 03 5254 3233 2021-22 Geelong Wedding 139


The Cheesecake Shop After 7 years in the industry, the owners of The Cheescake Shop in Belmont have developed a love for making wedding cakes. The extra care they put into making your cake is worth the delight on your face when you collect it from their store. A simple design can usually be made with only a week’s notice and they have all their cakes to purchase available in slices so you can taste before choosing a flavour. They keep their cakes simple but delicious with the majority of wedding and other celebration cakes being mud cakes, chocolate, vanilla or caramel and their prices aren’t bad either. All cakes are supplied in boxes for easy transporting or can be delivered around Geelong for an extra small fee.

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Baking Bliss

Baking Bliss began as a home-based cake decorating business which grew so much that in 2020 they opened their first shop front in Geelong. The loyal customer base now returns for every family event and Trish and Jacquie have invested heavily in training with both Australian and international teachers for several years to finely hone their skills. They now create custom-made cakes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or any other occasion and aim to make your special day especially memorable with a showstopping cake. They also have a range of personalised cookies, mini cupcakes, macaroons and other sweet treats that can personalise your special day. The cakes available are not only delicious flavours but can be decorated to suit the style and theme of your event. Let Baking Bliss help you celebrate your special occasion with their perfect cakes and desserts.


Our cakes range in not only delicious flavours but decorations to suit your style and theme Phone: 5221 0503

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Mizy's Sweet Boutique

After 7 years in the industry, the owners of The Cheescake Shop in Belmont have developed a love for making wedding cakes. The extra care they put into making your cake is worth the delight on your face when you collect it from their store. A simple design can usually be made with only a week’s notice and they have all their cakes to purchase available in slices so you can taste before choosing a flavour. They keep their cakes simple but delicious with the majority of wedding and other celebration cakes being mud cakes, chocolate, vanilla or caramel and their prices aren’t bad either. All cakes are supplied in boxes for easy transporting or can be delivered around Geelong for an extra small fee.



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The Peach Cakes and Sweets

The Peach Cakes and Sweets was established in 2017 and is owned and run by creative, passionate, and talented Dragana. With her south eastern European background, she continues to keep the flavours of her origins alive through her bakes. Originally focused mainly on small petite sweets and celebration cakes, Dragana has since fallen in love with wedding cakes too. Creative and committed to skilfully combining the best from both patisserie and wedding cake worlds into one through the use of patisserie creams for fillings and layering of other delicious stable elements, Dragana is able to achieve one-of-a-kind and unforgettable gourmet wedding cakes. Sweet catering is also available with many options to choose from.

The Peach Cakes and Sweets

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The Little Treat Box

The lead up to your wedding is an experience to remember. One filled with love, laughter, friends, family and - of course sweet treats. Located in Geelong, The Little Treat Box will help top off your celebrations with a little something extra. Whether it be personalised sugar cookies to match your colour palette, gift boxes to call on your bridal party to stand by your side or maybe a surprise proposal hidden away in a breakable heart the options are endless! Johanna Oliva, the creator behind The Little Treat Box, offers a hassle-free experience with complimentary delivery on wedding orders within the Geelong area. As well as delivery outside of Geelong including the Western suburbs, Johanna offers dedicated customer service to calm the minds of stressed-out couples. Her knowledge and creativity will fill you with confidence to ensure you have the ideal wedding and that’s why The Little Treat Box supports you in every way.

Add a touch of sugar delightfulness to your special day The Little Treat Box specialises in custom personalised cookies made to suit your occasion or try one of our Smash Hearts. Fill your chocolate heart with gifts, treats or anything you like.

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Timeless Events by Sarah

With more than eight years experience in Event Management, Timeless Events By Sarah will be there for you from start to finish. From the very first meeting to announcing the happily-married couple, Sarah aims to take the stress out of your day and ensure you enjoy your special moment to the fullest. She prides herself on relating and connecting with couples and creating a unique, fun and vibrant ceremony. Sarah understands what it takes to plan a wedding and is also available to assist in all stages of the planning process, offering MC and Event Management services to be there from beginning to end. Let’s start your day of celebrations right.

Photo: Seaside Daisy Photography

Looking for a unique, fun and vibrant Celebrant, MC or Planner? With years of Event Management experience, let me help create the day of your dreams!

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MAKE IT FABULOUS Meet Luke. The effervescent, entertaining and fabulous wish granter - just think of him as your ‘Fairy God Brother’. Luke truly believes that the ceremony is the most important part of your special day and with so many different celebrants available it can be incredibly overwhelming trying to choose the right one for you. Your wedding should be your fairytale, everything you have ever dreamed of. Your wedding ceremony is exactly that, YOURS! Your celebrant needs to be someone you connect with and complements your personalities. So much more than someone who can just read some downloaded generic words off a piece of paper and hear you say ‘I do’. The ceremony is what sets the atmosphere and tone for your entire wedding. With more than 15 years experience in the events and wedding industry, it

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is Luke’s absolute pleasure to help bring the glitter, sparkle, and unique magic to your special day. He is with you every step of the way on your wedding journey. As well as the ideal celebrant, Luke can also act as Master of Ceremonies to ensure your day is one that is fabulously entertaining and eve-ryone enjoys and remembers it. Don’t just leave it up to your ‘funny’ uncle or mate. For a very unique reception experience, Luke’s also a Host in Heels, his fabulous take on the often overlooked, yet very important Master of Ceremonies. This is where he entertains your guests, manages the flow of speeches and formalities, all while sporting fabulously im-pressive six-inch high heels. If Luke sounds like the fabulous celebrant for you then click your heels together three times and if that doesn’t work, you can contact Luke at and let him help you make it fabulous!

Just think of me as your “Fairy God Brother”





Debbie Waite Celebrant

Debbie Waite is a wedding celebrant who delivers engaging and unique ceremonies for all couples. Perfectly balancing her bubbly personality with a sincere delivery Debbie creates a truly heartfelt and memorable ceremony reflective of your personal beliefs and lifestyle. With a background as an art teacher and graphic designer, Debbie has a wide variety of skills which help her to develop and deliver creative, interactive and enjoyable ceremonies. Debbie brings a relaxed feel and fun loving approach to highlight your unique story as you celebrate your special day with your family and friends.




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Rhona Johnson Celebrant Rhona’s journey as a celebrant started with a love of books and words and listening to others telling their yarns. Having relocated to the Surf Coast five years ago, Rhona loves to engage with couples, respect their individuality and most importantly hear about their journey together.

She then provides the wedding ceremony of your dreams memorable and meaningful and an authentic manifestation of your love. Rhona only officiates one ceremony each day therefore gifting you her full attention. She is finding ceremonies and receptions are more casual and relaxed with speeches no longer a requirement while fun and dancing will always be essential.


Specialising in creating intimate, calm and gentle ceremonies. Your words manifested.

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Fresh Creative Entertainment Born out of a grand final appearance on Australia’s Got Talent in 2010, Fresh is operated by husband and wife duo, Chantelle and Benji, who strive to produce entertainment options that are one of a kind. Fresh are a creative duo working directly with clients to deliver an end product that exceeds expectations. Would you like to have a fun first-dance choreographed especially for you? Fresh work with you to come up with the songs and vibe for your routine, choreograph it, and have you feeling like a pro by the big day. Fresh can also work with you to develop a Bridal party (or guest) flash mob routine as a surprise at the reception. They also have amazing entertainers available from African or Brazilian drummers, Lollypop Lyra, circus performers, pop opera singers or their own professional flash mobs - often dressed as waiters. Acts can be roving as your guests arrive or as a show during the evening. Hula hooping fun and themed dance classes are available for hen’s.

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Ballroom Baby

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Ballroom Baby Geelong is a dance studio specialising in couples dance classes. Launched in 2016 to provide a contemporary take on ballroom and couples’ dance lessons they have helped more than 150 couples craft unique dances for their weddings. Each dance is individually choreographed to reflect your story and as they are professional ballroom dance teachers the routine can be as simple or as complicated as you like - to any song that you wish. Operated by young people, the studio also offers private classes for you and your wedding party, group classes for couples and hen’s nights and buck’s parties in their own studio in Ryrie Street - which is also a safe space for LGBT+ couples - in a relaxed atmosphere to learn your dance.

Dances that are beautiful and unique...

Charlie & Kim - Seashells wedding photography

An exciting day needs an exciting dance to top it off. Ballroom Baby are Geelong’s wedding dance specialists.

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Lukey Luke Music

SAXXYBEAST are in some mighty fine form! Specialising in special event entertainment, SAXXYBEAST is a perfect match for your special day. SAXXYBEAST The Lukey Luke & Tinta Show is an exhibition of awesome acoustic guitar rhythms, sexy saxophone sounds, vibrant vocals and humming harmonies. Hire this dynamic duo for your wedding, engagement or special event and they’ll put on a show for your eyes, ears and emotions. Toe tapping, hip swinging, ear pleasing entertainment. All smiles and good times! SAXXYBEAST is the Best in Live Music Entertainment. Experience their musical passion and take pleasure in a truly professional performance. Prepare to be amazed!

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Brush & Bottles

Brush & Bubbles was born from a desire to immerse into something memorable, creative and real. They offer a range of art experiences where you can switch off and engage in something fun with your pals. This paint & sip stu-dio is ideal for hen’s parties, and any booze-sipping wannabe Picassos who are after a creative night out all whilst enjoying a drink or two. During the class you will learn the steps involved to create your very own displayworthy master-piece by their friendly local artists. They run weekly art classes and offer their services for private clients who are wanting to add some colour to their next event. Their venue has its own bar serving a range of bubbles, beer, wine, spirits and cocktails so you can paint and drink along the way as they like to think that it adds to the creative process. Friendly instructors will be there to guide you on your creative voyage with the promise that it will be an experience you won’t forget! Ceramics, pot painting, alcohol ink classes, candle making, drag nights, life drawings and a whole lot more are also available to make you event truly memorable.

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Hails & Shine Photography

Love Light Letters

Love Light Letters originated in the Geelong region in 2015 before relocating to the Yarra Valley, then in 2021 it was purchased by Chris and Leonie who have brought it back home to our region. An extensive range of letters and numbers in multiple sizes are available to hire to light up your special day in many possible ways. From the 1.2 metre-high range which really makes a statement to the 60cm range which are a great addition for bridal table, bar, gift table and more. There are just so many options for events of any kind. Also available is a selection of other items such as a green wall, arbour and neons with the owners planning to extend the range later in 2021 so make sure you keep in touch.

that make your event stand out from the crowd will be a must and light-up letters and neons can really bring a space to life.

Chris and Leonie believe that the style and look of any wedding or event has really become a key aspect so décor has emerged as an integral part. Individual items

Love Light Letters wants to take the fuss out of your day with delivery, setup and collection after your event to ensure minimal stress for your big day.

Photography: La este Film

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The Wedding Sitter

Wanting her beloved cat Theodore present when she married her husband, led veterinary nurse Karryn to launch her growing business The Wedding Sitter. They quickly realised that involving pets in a wedding can be logistical nightmare with nothing in the area offering a service to assist. Karryn believes having your pet as a part of your wedding is something people dream of - a great idea - but when it comes to executing it the responsibility will often fall on a friend or family member, taking them away from fully enjoying your day. Your dedicated wedding day pet assistant has your pet as their sole focus and will take care of everything for you. Each and every pet whether furry, scaly of feathered can be catered for with their involvement in the wedding tailored for each individual, ensuring they are as calm and happy as possible - because no two pets are the same! They’re exercised beforehand, transported safely to and from your venue and chaperoned throughout the ceremony - even

Emily Howlett Photography assisted if they have a role in the proceedings such as ring bearer or flower dog. The team work closely with photographers to capture those picture-perfect moments so you can have those beautiful memories with your treasured pets forever. Afterwards your pets are taken home for playtime, feeding, medicating and overnight sitting if requested. Karryn and her team are equipped with the knowledge and experience to handle any pet, even those that may be anxious or boisterous. They wouldd love to answer any questions you have so get in touch with The Wedding Sitter to find out more.

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Geelong Wedding Guide Expo

January 16, 2022. Mark it in your diaries newly engaged couples. After its earlier success, with more than 2000 people through the door, the Geelong Wedding Guide Expo is preparing for an even bigger showcase of our region’s best wedding vendors in 2022. With more than 50 local vendors exhibiting with interactive displays and prizes to be won, the expo is the key to a seamless wedding

planning journey. Entry to the event is free and the first 50 couples to walk through the doors will receive a goodie bag worth $1500. So rally up your tribe and get down to Deakin’s Waterfront Campus to experience the infinite possibilities at the Geelong Wedding Guide Expo. Follow @geelongweddingguide on Instagram to keep an eye on any updates.

Sunday 16th January 2022 at Deakin Waterfront Free Entry ~ Heaps of Giveaways ~ Goodie bags valued at $1500!

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YOUR WEDDING CHECKLIST 13 to 24 Months Before Your Wedding This refers to longer engagements, but these tasks can be handled at the one year mark as well. • Start planning your guest list to get an idea of numbers • Start your wedding budget • Choose your wedding date/season • Choose a wedding theme • Host an engagement party • Begin looking at venues 1 Year Before Your Wedding • Book reception facility • Book your celebrant • Hire a wedding planner (if necessary & budget permits) • Have an engagement photo shoot (hint – this is a good way to find out in advance if you’ve chosen the right photographer for your wedding) • Choose your wedding party • Plan and budget for your honeymoon • Start wedding dress and bridal party shopping • Start researching your nen’s/buck’s parties • Get started on a health and skincare routine 6 to 9 Months Before Your Wedding • Finalise your guest list • Hire your photographer • Book your DJ, musicians or other entertainment • Hire your florist, caterer and other wedding vendors • Order your invitations and thank you cards • Purchase your wedding dress and bridal party dresses • Send out save the date cards • Book any transportation needs and reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests • Book a suite for your wedding night • Revisit your budget to make sure you’re on track • Confirm any rentals you may need, including a tent, tables, chairs, linens and table settings 4 Months Before Your Wedding • Order your flowers

• Decide on your hair and makeup style and book appointments with stylists • Have tasting sessions and choose your cake and food • Start writing your vows and choose ceremony readings • Create a schedule of the ceremony and reception activities • Schedule dress fittings • Purchase your rings • Purchase gifts for your wedding party 6 to 8 Weeks Before Your Wedding • Send out your wedding invitations • Start tracking RSVPs • Arrange for your marriage license • Plan any name change documents and insurance • Finalise your reception menu • Finalise any outstanding vendor bookings • Purchase a guestbook • Create a seating plan • Confirm any travel arrangements • Get together with your bridal party to help you coordinate the details of the day • Purchase your wedding accessories including shoes, jewelry, veil, ring pillows, etc. 1 Month Before Your Wedding • Finalise your wedding vows • Have a trial hair and makeup day • Finish tracking and following up RSVPs • Final fitting of your gown • Find something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue • Pick up your wedding rings • Start preparing DIY elements of your wedding • Prepare thank you cards • Get a facial and continue with your skincare routine 2 Weeks Before Your Wedding • Finalise your guest list and give a final headcount to your reception facility, caterer etc. • Confirm all final arrangements with your vendors

• Send detailed instructions to your bridal party and vendors, including the final schedule for the ceremony and reception • Pack for your honeymoon • Provide a final song list to your DJ/musicians • Print place cards • Prepare payment for all your vendors • Write speeches • Pick up your wedding dress 1 Week Before Your Wedding • Build a bridal emergency kit with tissues, lipstick, band aids, a sewing kit, safety pins etc. • Check the weather forecast and make any required alternative plans • Have a spa day with your bridal party. (Be careful about getting a facial this close to your wedding day. It may cause breakouts.) 1 to 3 days Before Your Wedding • Get a manicure/pedicure • Wedding rehearsal or pre-wedding dinner • Pack all your wedding day items including your rings, booking receipts, passports, shoes, accessories, vows and your marriage license • Arrange for someone in your wedding party to transport any gifts or flower arrangements before and after the wedding • Finish DIY elements and arrangements • Arrange for return of rental items Your Wedding Day • Give the rings to the best man and maid of honour • Spend a lot of time getting ready • Eat breakfast • Attend hair and makeup appointments • Include your photographer in the wedding preparation process • Give your bridesmaids their gifts • Meet with your vendors and officiant and go over any final arrangements • Get dressed • Get married!

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Ash Hughes Photography Ash Hughes Photography is a local business based in Torquay on the Surf Coast. Ash began his business by photographing the beautiful landscapes of our world class region and has quickly grown with weddings now being a major component of his work. In his own words Ash says ‘weddings are just real good fun. Everyone is excited to be there and looking fabulous, the venue is pristine and there’s a new love story unfolding which I help you capture, cherish and remember forever’. His style is un-intrusive and natural while his attention to even the smallest details shines through. Ash’s background in landscape photography gives him a beautiful understanding of light and how it will flow into your images while also incorporating the surrounding landscapes where possible to give you real art pieces to enlarge and display with pride in your home. @ashhughesweddings

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ROSE & THISTLE PHOTOGRAPHY Rose & Thistle adore a good love story and they would love to document yours. Specialising in relaxed, fun photography they want you to be comfortable in front of the camera and have discovered a sweet spot between just photographing you being yourselves and prompting you so that you look freaking amazing in all of your wedding photos. Geelong-based but available for long drives (with the radio blasting) so contact them to chat about what you need for your wedding day.

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STILL MUSE PHOTOGRAPHY Mel has been photographing weddings and families for more than 15 years and relaunched her business this year as Still Muse Photography in 2021. She offers a personalised service and unique selection of high-quality fine art prints and albums to bring the images of your wedding to life. Her focus is you and enjoys getting to know the couples as she documents ‘your story’ by capturing perfectly imperfect emotive in-between moments - images you can feel. Mel’s is a lover of light and creative storytelling and her style is laid back, candid and natural and she will be a subtle addition to your celebrations and make you feel at ease in front of the camera with ‘no awkward vibes’.

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WILD HEART PHOTOGRAPHY Realising their true passion and excitement was missing in their lives, Peter and Hannah began Wild Heart Photography, their true pride and joy. With a love for photography and passion for being around people the couple get excited about each wedding and what the day is going to bring. Steering away from complicated packages their mission is to tell your story and capture those incredible moments that happen - even the ones you didn’t notice. When you receive your photographs and reflect on your wedding day you will be so immersed in the memories it will be as if you are right there doing it all over again. Wild Heart Photography are first and foremost photographers but also offer hybrid coverage in the form of a highlight film. They capture photographs and video at the same time and your final gallery is delivered with 1500+ photos as well as a 4-6 minute highlight film that is perfect to share with family and friends. So let Wild Heart Photography share in the excitement and fun of your special day.

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For the down to earth, laid back lovers

“Choosing a wedding photographer is a big decision! You want someone who will capture the moments with passion, care and attention. We got all of this and more from Peter and Hannah on our big day. My new wife and I are so, so thankful we chose Wild Heart Photography! We received a level of quality and passion that is unsurpassed. Having attended quite a few weddings, we knew we wanted a photographer that worked with us and grabbed us at the right moments, but was also conscious of us both being present on the day and having time to enjoy ¼¼ ÜÕ ãÜ Ê¡ «ãʈ ĝ«Ü Ø ã ó Øú Ø ¼ ù Ãó«ØÊàÃã ¡ÊØ èÜ Ê㨠à ¼¼Êô èÜ ãÊ natural in all the shots. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and are over the moon ô«ã¨  ¢« ¨ ÕãèØ ʅ r«¼¼ Ø ÊÂ à «Ã¢ ãÊ ó ØúÊà ʅ ĝ Ã¹Ü ÜÊ Âè ¨ ¢ «Ãʅʮ Sean & Cassie – Bellbrae Harvest 2021-22 Geelong Wedding 165


Madeleine Kuklych PHOTOGRAPHY Madeleine Kuklych is a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) graduate of Deakin University who absolutely loves capturing your story in a beautiful, romantic and creative way. As your photographer, her aim is to create a safe and comfortable space that allows you to open up in front of the camera and foster those candid and authentic moments. She will be there alongside you to give gentle guidance and capture your unique story and is committed to giving you her full attention and provide you with a series of images that reflects who you are as beautiful, unique people. Madeleine loves how different each wedding is and excited to hear about what makes yours unique to the two of you and how you plan on expressing that.

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Romantic and Intimate Wedding and Elopement Photographer | Bellarine Peninsula / Melbourne / Victoria |

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LITTLE CINÉ With a motto of 'candid, fun and magical memories', you can ensure your wedding day will be well captured by Little Cine, a boutique local production company with a background in film making. Experience has taught them to be nimble and fastapproaching with an incredible eye for capturing those magic moments without missing a heart-beat. They capture your day on both photography and film and pride themselves on being able to continue capturing life’s milestones of newborns and family memories.

graphic designer husband who has an exceptional eye and attention to detail. His cinematography work captures the beauty of the day and the small little, important details. He works alongside Luisa crafting the creative di-rection and loves to shoot with a creative approach to depth of field and lighting.

Luisa also has a styling background creating eye capturing shots and is fast at creating a good image working with her surrounds and environments. She is ridiculously organised, results-oriented, creatively-obsessed and has an eye for all things visually interesting, compelling and moving.

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Whether it’s by night, by weekend, by moonlight, by sunset, by sea, by field or by cityscape - together they are capturing the most treasured days of special people. It’s not something they take lightly.

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KARI TEAGAN PHOTOGRAPHY One of Kari Hauser’s fondest memories is walking down the aisle, seeing her husband-to-be looking handsome and getting tummy butterflies knowing she was about to say ‘I do’ and it would be forever. Her family is now the reason she loves photography. Since launching Kari Teagan Photography she feels privileged to be a part of other families special occasions like hers and to capture the moment in time she gets to preserve for you. A multi award-winning photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography Kari has also come runner-up in the Australian Family Photographer of the Year category. While embracing three publishing methods; digital, albums and wall-art, albums are the medium she gets most excited about as they’re something tangible to be shared amid happy conversation. “I remember looking at my parents’ wedding album,” she says, “how special it was to hold in my hands. It’s something to sit down with, to share with your children the most beautiful moments of your wedding day.”

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Parrot Media

Parrot Media was created because they are passionate about making content that inspires and connects with people. Their main focus is to create exciting, engaging and emotional video content for businesses and wedding couples in the Geelong and Melbourne regions. With a determination to create a personalised experience for their clients, Parrot Media get to know you on a personal level as they strive to create the perfect video that captures all the love and emotion of your special day.

We are passionate about creating beautiful and unique wedding videos. We strive to create a great film that you can revisit endlessly.


Be the star in your own love story

“What we got was not only incredible quality and well put together footage, it was a beautifully executed story of our wedding day. He perfectly captured our personalities and our love for each other while making sure all the important people in our lives featured. There were parts of the day that I only saw once we received the video footage from Jake. When they say the day flies by they aren’t lying. So having all the moments Jake captured is honestly priceless. Best money we ever spent.” – Olivia



Seaside Daisy Photogrpahy

Nicola of Seaside Daisy Photography was given her first camera as a child and has loved being behind the lens ever since. Having completed a degree in pho-tography in New Zealand, Nicola now combines her passions for photography, people, travel and capturing special moments with her business specialising in photographing weddings, couples, pets and families. With a bubbly personality, Nicola is a professional committed to capturing your special moments and ensuring you feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera.

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W E DDING A L BU M Real weddings capturing the journey of others.

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Ally + Jackson

Otway Ranges love affair

The Otway Ranges was where Jackson and Ally met 10 years ago and it was the site of their marriage proposal in 2019. They began planning their wedding not long after and once the venue was locked in they had a clear vision of how they wanted the special day to look and feel. Fortunately pandemic restrictions were lifted two weeks prior to the day and they were able to have 85 mask-free guests in attendance. Complimenting the day's bright and summery country vibe, Ally's gown was an ivory crepe, lace and tulle fit-and-wear ensemble with a high

neckline, long lace train and a low back with beaded straps. The bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses with a halter neck and nude, strappy heels while Jackson and his groomsmen were fitted with black chinos, black boots, a sand-coloured sports jacket with a white shirt and black tie. The ceremony was very memorable for them both, especially the moment that Ally arrived and stood with Jackson and saw their dog Chip sitting up the front with their families. The reception was also a lot of fun dancing the night away with their closest friends and family.

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Honourable mentions Gown Essense of Australia gown from ForeverNess Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids gowns Esther Luxe Bridal from Esther & Co Shoes Novo Shoes Hair & Makeup Ashlea Simmons (bride) and Blondie Salon (bridesmaids) Suits Browse Fashions Rings Duffs Jewellers Celebrant Lana Ryder Marriage Celebrant Ceremony & Reception Rocklea Farm Flowers Wildfolk Flowers Catering The Paella Pan, Spoke Ice Cream, Boutique Event Co Cake Bakeology Cakes Photography La Este Film Honeymoon Daydream Island (June 2021) Music Brothers In Harmony

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Elenckey + Boyd True love from afar

Elenckey, a writer of film/novels from Brazil and Boyd, an opera singer from Australia/New Zealand both found themselves in Bologna, Italy for work and study when they met online. Deciding to meet in person Boyd invited Elenckey to have a cup of tea at a nearby tea salon and he replied 'I don’t drink tea'. As a tea fanatic who didn’t drink coffee Boyd immediately thought 'well… this will never work'.The couple managed to find a nice café that did good tea and coffee and had an enjoyable time. Boyd mentioned he was performing with the Bologna Opera the following night and Elenckey agreed to come along spending the last €15 he had in his bank account to buy a ticket - way up in the top balcony - to see Boyd perform. The couple caught up afterwards over pizza and a few nights later went to a Brazilian Samba party where Boyd met Elenckey's friends and seven years later they are husband and husband.

In 2019 work schedules meant they were in different parts of the world and video calls were invaluable. A time of substantial transition ensued being based in Shanghai, China for many years and relocating to the US. Perhaps unromantically, they decided over the telephone that they wanted to be married and practically it would be helpful. Although there was no dramatic proposal Boyd was with a group of friends when the rings arrived a few days before the ceremony when Elenckey grabbed one, got down on one knee and said 'Will you marry me?' The couple knew from the outset that wedding day planning would be complicated. Each being from different continents and having many friends overseas, things like deciding the best country to get married in, what time of year, how to have it suit their ideas whilst also working for those they wanted to attend was a lot to take on. Working with a limited budget and knowing where they decided to marry that they would not be able to arrive ‘on ground’ until right before the wedding itself they had to make planning work from a distance. At times they thought to give up on a full wedding and to grab a celebrant, some friends and go have a nice dinner after signing some papers. However, for a few different reasons, the couple knew they wanted a day to celebrate with a proper wedding with friends and family around. They called on friends willing to help and were fortunate to have a few who had been part of many weddings before and able to give great advice and guidance meaning only having to pay for the things that really needed to be done by experts. continued on next page >

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Honourable mentions Photography Alexander Shore Photography Celebrant Alex Pittaway – Inclusive Celebrant Ceremony/Reception/ Catering Oakdene Wineries

In the end it gave a very special personal touch to the whole experience. One friend baked their cake, another organised flowers, others sourced guest gifts, one sang during the ceremony, another led the ceremony and even the celebrant was found through mutual friends and Boyd's brother was DJ. They had a general idea of what to wear and spent several weeks in many, many stores trying on all kinds of options. In the end the look came together almost like a scavenger hunt as they ended up weaving things together from seven different stores. 182 Geelong Wedding 2021-22

The final piece were their ties. Boyd had all but given up finding exactly what he wanted when at 7.30pm the night before the big day he was walking past a store and saw one which he liked the look of on sale for $10 so bought it on a whim. One final touch which he knew he wanted to add himself were some origami lilies which he crafted for the boutonnieres. The couple then allocated most of the budget holding the wedding at Oakdene Winery where they were able to have the ceremony, the reception and the wedding night accommodation in one place. They dealt with one team who oversaw the whole day making sure every detail was taken care of. Due to the logistics of travelling from overseas, the couple relied on a venue and team where they could essentially just turn up on the day and know that everything was organised. All this resulted in a day that truly was a dream. Boyd and Elenckey loved every minute of it and even though it poured with rain the whole time they didn’t really even notice as they were having such a great time.

Fortunate to have their wedding just before the world began shutting borders all their guests were able to attend – but only just. In fact, some who had come from China were not able to return and are still in other parts of the world.

Elenckey was unable to have any friends or family join him on the day which was sad so we worked hard to have them there through letters we read out, videos they sent and having a live stream for them all to watch back in Brazil.

Travelling to Brazil after their wedding to visit Elenckey’s family who had not been able to attend was when the situation dramatically escalated around the world.

In addition it was only a few years prior that Australia had passed marriage equality and Boyd had personally been through more than two decades of religious ‘conversion’ change and suppression practises which had tried to ‘cure’ him of being gay.

Boarders began shutting, people were getting trapped in foreign countries and over the course of a few days Boyd had all his opera contracts for the next year cancelled. Elenckey stayed in Brazil to be close to his family while Boyd returned to this side of the world and thought they would work out what to do after that. That was back in March 2020 having been married just a couple of weeks and they've been apart since. The couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary apart and still don't know when or how it will be possible to see each other again. Although it has certainly been a memorable first year of marriage, 2020 holds some of the best memories of for them - and also some of the most difficult.

To be able to legally, proudly and whole heartedly stand before their friends and family as they became husband and husband was a moment he never dreamed he could have and will never forget this experience. The couple say a wedding on a budget is absolutely possible and can be amazing. A little bit of creative thinking and some good friends with crafty ideas can create magic and meaning and is a lot of fun. Try to have everything that needs to be remembered or actioned on ‘the day’ delegated to someone else. Boyd and Elenckey did not have to think of anything when the day finally arrived which meant they could enjoy every moment. 2021-22 Geelong Wedding 183



Emily + Alex

A memorable day to remember

Playing netball as a 13-year-old and thinking her teammate's twin brother was rather cute led Emily to be happily married to Alex 10 years later. They were holidaying in South Australia and had returned from their favourite winery and watching the sunset when Alex dropped to his knee and popped the question. Organising their 'first' wedding was an absolute breeze locking in Rocklea Farm as the venue and sourcing all of the vendors to suit the property and the style they were wanting. However that wedding day was cancelled with less than 24 hours notice due to pandemic restrictions. The couple's second wedding then involved pulling together anyone and everyone

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they could with five week's notice. This meant hours and hours on end of social media stalking, more than 50 emails to vendors asking if they could help them with the majority unavailable. Eventually after a chain of recommendations they ended up with their dream team. The couple were pleasantly surprised to discover how kind and helpful local businesses were when contacted, offering to find people free even though they owed them nothing. They are strong believers in everything happens for a reason and when their day eventually arrived they couldn’t have dreamed of having better vendors. Emily had just finished her hair appointment and was meeting up with the bridesmaids

while the men were all headed to check into their accommodation when they heard of the lockdown and their wedding the next day was cancelled.

and personalised jocks, socks and cufflinks. They ran with it though and believe it will be humorous for years to come having all the wrong dates on everything.

Fortunately Rocklea Farm gave them a new date five weeks later but this involved planning a whole new wedding and finding all new vendors in that time frame. It also involved having a cool room in the couple's driveway filled with all the alcohol that had already been refrigerated. They had food for their 150 guests and a lot of wedding things ready to go including personalised pyjamas, wedding gifts for guests, wine labels, hangers, a wishing well, drinking glasses, lighters, a welcome sign, their ring box

The wedding day was relaxed and rustic with Em wearing the ‘Met’ dress custom-made by Georgia Young with the best part being that it could be worn two different ways enabling her to have separate looks for the ceremony and reception without having to change. Alex wore a Jack London blazer paired with a Country Road linen shirt while Eddy Elias Menswear fitted what best suited for pants, shoes and belt - a look that was relaxed and comfortable as well as something that wouldn’t date. continued on next page >

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Honourable mentions Gown Georiga Young Couture Bridesmaids gowns Shona Joy/ Bianca Spender/ Bec & Bridge Shoes Gucci Hair Lauren Bumbers - Labumba Hair Makeup Emma from Studio2 Makeup & Hair Suits Eddy Elias Menswear, Jack London and Country Road Rings Louise Jean Celebrant Lana Ryder Ceremony and reception Rocklea Farm Flowers Elderberry Events Catering Paella Pan, Capri, Pizza Wagon, Boutique Event Co, Hippie Whippy, Jeepsy Photography Ash Hughes Photography Honeymoon The Whitsundays Singer Georga Byrne DJ Emma Peters 186 Geelong Wedding 2021-22

Seeing everyone walking down Rocklea Farm's dirt road to the ceremony one by one as Alex became more nervous waiting for his beautiful bride to arrive, was a memorable moment for him. While Emily recalls the moment after she walked down the aisle and Alex and her squeezed each other as a surreal moment, but believes the entire day and night was just as memorable and one they will never forget.

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Laura + Bobby

Romance blossoms following a blind date

After being setting up on a blind date by a mutual friend, Laura and Bobby followed up with a dinner date and bowling. For Laura's 27th birthday in March 2019, Bobby arranged a trip to Brisbane for her which included a surprise sky diving experience. He surprised her landing on the beach by being there standing next to 300 sunflowers that spelt out ‘Laura, will you marry me?’ The couple didn’t waste much time in the planning process booking At The Heads in Barwon Heads as their wedding venue and searching through Pinterest for inspiration. Ensuring both were involved in the process they were tasked with contacting a range of local suppliers who helped with the planning. Surrounded by 140 guests Laura and Bobby were fortunate to celebrate their wedding day two weeks prior to the state's first lockdown only to return from their honeymoon to a deserted airport and empty supermarket shelves. Wanting a classy but relaxed style that encouraged their guests to have fun the couple went for neutral and earthy tones that complimented the coastal setting and rustic styling. Laura chose her perfect dress which was created by combining elements of three separate gowns. Made of a plain white silk it was a fitted, low back gown with a split up the front. Two lengths of silk that were slightly longer than the train were tied in a soft knot at the base of her back and attached to the waist. These were added with

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invisible fasteners to allow the removal of them later in the night at the reception when the dance floor came alive. Laura also incorporated a long tulle vale with a silk boarder and paired the gown with nude shoes with a pearl anklet attachment. A pearl and diamante hair piece completed the look. Bobby wore a classic full black slim-fitted suit complimented with a black bowtie and green boutonnière. Black ankle boots and a black belt finished his look. "The whole day was absolutely perfect. We both loved every minute from getting ready in the morning all the way through to our sparkler exit and heading to the pub with the guests afterwards," says Laura. Two moments they fondly look back on are when they read their vows during the ceremony and the speeches at the reception. They had kept them a secret from each

other so as to share their words with each other in front of loved ones. An honourable mention goes to having Laura's grandfather as the ring bearer and surprising her two grandmothers during the ceremony by asking them to be witnesses. "Above all else we wanted it to be a relaxed wedding where the both of us and our guests had fun," adds Laura. Three main pieces of advice Laura and Bobby have for newly-engaged couples planning their wedding would firstly be to set a budget (and don’t be surprised when you blow it). Secondly, enjoy every minute as it really does go as quick as is said including choosing flowers and doing the seating plan to walking down the aisle and having your first dance. Lastly, above all, is to remember it's about the marriage, not just the wedding.

Honourable mentions Gown Raffaele Ciuca

Suits Politix

Bridesmaids gowns Witchery forest-green jumpsuits

Rings Sally Rose White Label

Flowers: Elderberry Event Styling Catering At The Heads, Barwon Heads

Shoes Jo Mercer

Celebrant Leonie Duryea Wedding Celebrant

Hair Alex Fielding Hair

Ceremony At The Heads, Barwon Heads

Photography Monika Berry Weddings

Makeup Make Up by Maddi Nicholls

Reception At The Heads, Barwon Heads

Honeymoon Noumea, New Caledonia

Cake Family friend

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Andrea + Charlie A New York proposal

Love blossomed on campus at University in Ballarat for Andrea and Charlie who have spent their whole adult lives together. On a trip to New York in 2019, Charlie got down on one knee in Central Park and in a magical moment asked Andrea to marry him. It was magical! Andrea immediately starting planning their wedding day by creating a spreadsheet and listed the ‘big ticket’ things she needed to book such as potential venues and then the couple went and chose together. Closer to the day she met up with her bridesmaids and wedding planners to go over

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the finer details and wrote lists of things that needed to be organised, bought or planned. Her advice to anyone getting married would be to buy a diary, make lists and be organised. Although the pandemic did not interrupt their wedding, they did miss out on having an engagement party and Andrea was forced to choose her wedding dress alone, relying on facetime for advice from her tribe. The couple chose a relaxed, country garden wedding with 80 guests with no specific colour theme. Andrea's dress was chosen to match the colour palette of her complexion with the bridesmaids in dark forest green.

Honourable mentions Gown Bernice Fashions Bridesmaids gowns Bernice Fashions Hair Salon Sojourn Makeup Crew Faced Makeup Suits Eddy Elias Menswear Rings Michael Hill Celebrant Jessica Odonnel Ceremony Harvester Moon Reception Harvester Moon Flowers Petals by Elise Catering Paella Pan Charlie and the groomsmen wore beautiful navy/ blue suits. During the ceremony, best man Luke was asked to hand over the rings and a look of horror swept his face as he realised he had lost it Charlie's. Everyone thought he was joking and there were a few giggles in the crowd as he fumbled nervously in his pocket for a minute or two. We decided I could just use my celebrant's ring as a back-up but as Andrea looked at Charlies ring she saw hers perfectly snug in his ring.

Cake Felicity Ried Photography Luisa Walsh and Kaitlyn Cousins Honeymoon The couple hired a campervan and travelled the Great Ocean Road across to the Barossa Valley and travelled back via the Murray River enjoying lots of fishing, drinking wine and eating local cheese and fresh produce.

Charlie was pretty nervous about being in front of a big crowd with all eyes on him so to calm his nerves they met in the garden before the ceremony. Although the couple had private photos before the ceremony they also snuck away for half an hour around sunset for further photographs and enjoyed the time to take a break and take in the day and forever cherishing that time they had together.

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Caitlin + Luke

Dream celebration of love

Caitlin and Luke met at the Deakin Commerce Ball in 2012 where their tables were next to each other and they were almost back to back. Neither of them did commerce - Caitlin was a Latrobe University student and Luke was at Deakin and both were at the ball with friends. On the March long weekend in 2019 Luke proposed while the couple were enjoying a weekend trip to Warrnambool along the Great Ocean Road. Luke found the magic moment at a Mutton Bird Island Lookout near Loch Ard Gorge during the only 5 minutes they had time to themselves for the whole day. Caitlin turned around thinking they were leaving to find Luke down on one knee with a ring in his hand. Afterwards, Luke explained that the ring had been in his pocket all day after they had already made four different stops along the way. He planned it perfectly and they got to celebrate with best friends in Warrnambool during their stay. Moving swiftly, the wedding reception was booked two weeks after they were engaged. They loved Barwon Edge Boathouse instantly and everything else easily fell into place until the pandemic hit. They needed to make a couple of vendor changes from their original date to the new date but considered themselves lucky to be able to find replacements. The original wedding date was for late March 2020 but had to postpone closures of churches and venues was announced - the first weekend that weddings couldn’t

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proceed. It was a very emotional lead up to their wedding as with each day that got closer they thought that they would make it only to cancel the special day six days out which was very emotional.

A simple and elegant wedding ensued with 80 guests with Caitlin adorned in a simple, modern and elegant as were the bridesmaids and the groomsmen keeping it classic with navy suits.

Because of the uncertainty they did not immediately choose a new date. After the first lock down and things were starting to look good the couple started looking into an alternative date and pencilled in vendors for a date in September.

Caitlin says the first dance will always be a great memory of their day. They had taken lessons for the original wedding date and luckily had it filmed to practice at home and were able to reteach themselves the week before the new wedding date.

When weddings were given the go ahead in late November they moved quickly spoke to secure vendors, family and the bridal party for January 2021. Whilst it was 10 months later than originally planned their wedding was exactly as planned and the couple were able to celebrate just as they dreamed.

The dance lessons were what they both enjoyed most in their wedding planning. Going through the postponement due to the pandemic made them appreciate the small things and they are grateful that they could still have their dream wedding and get married with everyone to share the celebrations.

Honourable mentions Gown Bernice Fashions Bridesmaids gowns Shona Joy Shoes Betts Hair Pure Edge Hair Makeup Maddi Nicholls Make Up Suits Connor Rings Duffs

Celebrant Fr Sang Ho – St Bernards Parish, Belmont

Reception Barwon Edge Boathouse

Ceremony Sacred Heart College, Newtown

Photography Mike Atchison Photography

Flowers Bouquets by Floral perfection; Arbour at reception and button holes by Miss Petal and Co; Reception table arrangements by the bride

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