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Linda and Sean’s Perth wedding a chic celebration

When Linda Scott and Sean Scrimgeour met through mutual friends, love was not on the cards.

“We were both in serious relationships,” Linda explains.

It wasn’t until years later, both single, that they met again at a birthday party in 2005. Sparks flew and the Perth pair began dating, moving to London for two years in 2008 and travelling through Europe.

After returning back home, Sean organised a big party for his 30th in 2012, with a special surprise in store. “In front of all of our family and friends on that night he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him,” Linda says.

Sean, now 32, and Linda, 31, got straight down to planning the big day, and a Perth wedding with a modern chic style was set for November 8, 2013.

The couple wed in a meaningful ceremony at St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco. “Walking down the aisle of that church was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had!” Linda gushes. “I was so excited that I was finally marrying the man of my dreams.”

With the ceremony over, it was time for the real party to begin at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. “All 140 guests were on the dance floor at one point, and Sean and I actually said to each other ‘Wow, take a look. No one is sitting down!’ It was just fantastic,” Linda says.

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Kisschasey Wedding Flowers created the elegant bouquet in peaches and cream.

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Lanceshotme Creative Photography ensured plenty of fun and memorable images were captured on the day.

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Roc Candy provided unique bomboniere

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Photos courtesy of Lanceshotme Creative Photography.

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Sweet sixteens go the distance for destination wedding in Thailand

Caught hiding in your boyfriend’s bathroom isn’t the ideal way to meet your future in-laws.

But lucky for Saskia Livingstone, even at 16, Matthew Bebe knew she was ‘the one’ and fought to keep seeing her. “We were told we were never to see each other again however Matt [now 25] knew better,” explains Saskia, 26. “He told me with tears in his eyes, “you need to have faith in us; I have faith in us.”

She adds, “I did, and proving we shared something truly meaningful, soon enough I became a truly loved and valuable part of his beautiful family.”

Saskia says despite the ups and downs (which any couple would have being together since 16!), she and Matthew always knew they were meant to be. “As we grew together we made plans for our future, sharing a love of all things fun and taking every opportunity to go snowboarding, surfing, camping, water skiing – because life is one big adventure when we’re together.”

The nurse and engineer chose Thailand for their destination wedding as it held a special place in their hearts. “[It’s] a place of pristine beaches, island hopping and a beautiful culture of happy faces and grateful hearts,” says Saskia. “A place of crystal clear oceans, hidden paradises and untouched natural beauty.”

They were married on February 26, 2014 in Koh Samui. “We knew we wanted to get married the year we’d be celebrating 10 years together.”

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Saskia’a gown was from Impression Bridal.

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“The naturally beautiful surrounds of our beachfront ceremony were complemented with a simplistic bamboo alter,” says Saskia.

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“With a sparkling ocean lapping at the shore and the warm afternoon sun pouring across the beach, we allowed our ceremony location to speak for itself,” the bride recalls.

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The bridesmaids were dressed and accessorised by Forever New.

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Saskia dressed back into her wedding gown for their snow holiday in Japan. “The staff at Aqua Alpine convinced me to go to the summit for the photos and then snowboard back down in my dress!”

Photos courtesy of Koh Samui Photography.

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Chasing Amy: Dave marries his blushing bride at vineyard wedding

She was running away but all he wanted to do was propose!

Not all proposals are what you would expect, and for Amy Nunn, 24, she thought she was escaping some teasing from boyfriend David Forsyth, 29, who was actually trying to pop the big question. “When Dave went to propose I actually told him very nicely to ‘go away’. We were mucking around and he was chasing me down the hallway with his hands behind his back,” smiles Amy. “Instead of whipping me with a towel he pulled out a ring box and asked me to marry him.”

Their vineyard wedding on May 10, 2014 at RiverBank Estate in Perth’s Swan Valley was decorated with mint green, soft pinks and whites. “Dave and I spent many weekends making seating plans, table numbers and Dave even drew our fingerprint tree after many failed attempts from a bridesmaid and me,” says Amy.

The couple performed a special act during the ceremony, including their 70 loved ones. “The ring box was passed around during our ceremony and every single guest held it thought happy and loving thoughts,” remembers Amy.

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Amy’s Secrettopia gown was a one-of-a-kind design. “it was perfect,” she says.

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Amy recommends having your wedding filmed. “We ended up getting our wedding filmed [by Red Empire Media] and it wasn’t originally in the budget – we are so glad we did its amazing to be able to relive the day.”

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The décor at Amy and Dave’s wedding was mainly DIY, “however I knew some things were best left to the pros,” she says.

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Guests each received sunglasses with a tag that read “For the morning after” on one side and on the other, “Don’t be blinded by our love.”

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Photos courtesy of White Tulip Photography.
Video courtesy of Red Empire Media.

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Fire threatens beautiful bush wedding: Rebecca & Kosta

If anything could threaten the success of your wedding day – it’s a bushfire.

On the Thursday before an October 19, 2013 bush wedding, a bushfire broke out just 20km from Rebecca’s Thompson’s parents’ property – the location for the ceremony and reception. “My parents, bridesmaids and best friend gathered up dresses and basic decorations and everything important out of the house and left,” explains Rebecca. “As we left, I was watching the fire licking the bush around the area that we had cleared for the ceremony and just had to let it go.”

But lucky, Rebecca, 25, returned the next day to discover the Rural Fire Service has saved everything, so her wedding to Kosta Kaptis, 34, could go ahead - with a few alterations to the plan of course. “The ceremony area was completed blackened but the house and marquee survived,” says Rebecca. “We had fire trucks at the ceremony and there were some things that didn’t get done but in the end, we got married and nothing else mattered.”

Needless to say, Rebecca’s advice for other brides-to-be is to not sweat the small stuff.

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“I got my Mum’s wedding dress remade so that it would fit me and so that it was more of the style that I wanted,” says Rebecca.

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“Mum and Dad have 10 acres and we decided that we should have it there – there was plenty of space to spread out,” Rebecca says of their venue choice.

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Rebecca enlisted some special family members to help with her day. “The cake was made by my grandmother and decorated by my grandfather and a family friend.”

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Photos courtesy of Living Light Photography.

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Classic wedding arrives not a moment too soon for Lizzi & Joel

If you think Flatmate Finders is just a website for roommate hunting, you better read on for the story of Lizzi Carnell and Joel Dovile.

After living together for three months, the Melbourne bride, 31, headed overseas for a holiday, leaving behind Joel, 32, only to realise she was in love. “In the space of a week we went from flatmates to couple and three months later we started looking to buy a house. Before we knew it – we were engaged,” smiles Lizzi.

They didn’t waste any time with a long engagement, instead choosing to marry five months later on May 10, 2014 with a classic wedding. “We fell in love with Ballara Receptions in Eltham the minute we arrived at the property,” explains Lizzi. “It felt like home-away-from-home.”

Their day for 160 guests was simply styled with understated decorations and classic designs reflected in Lizzi’s custom-made dress. “My dressmaker was Joel’s aunty and mum who are professionals,” says Lizzi. “Dressmaking runs in the family as Joel’s Nona was a dressmaker, too, so to me it felt like I was capturing part of the family’s history by having them involved.”

The pair headed to Hawaii for their honeymoon.

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“Getting married, to us, meant celebrating with the people we were closest to,” says Lizzi.

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“Our photographer, Michael Briggs, captured the moments that everyone had that night,” praises Lizzi.

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The couple spent their wedding night at InterContinental, The Rialto.

Photos courtesy of Michael Briggs Photography.

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