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Summer loving: Karly and Will’s romance heats up for tropical wedding

Those summer nights!

Karly Gniel, 27, and William Horne, 29, met while working at a summer camp in North Carolina. A naughty night of skinny dipping soon led to a hot romance which saw the pair travel parts of America together soon after. “The first time Will met my parents it was over a Skype call,” laughs Karly.

Not long after they settled back home in Oz. Following another six-month stint overseas, Will proposed. “It was the most amazing finish to what had been an incredible six months away… and I was completely blown away,” explains Karly.

The pair opted for a tropical wedding in Queensland’s Port Douglas with about 100 guests on August 22, 2014. Brides on Collins created Karly’s gorgeous lace gown from two different designs. “I loved the lace on one dress and the style of another and Brides on Collins combined the two to make my beautiful dress,” says the bride.

Karly says her and Will are now ready to write the next chapter of their lives together. “What I love about our relationship is the different obstacles we’ve overcome and the compromises we’ve made along the way have only made us stronger,” she says. “We love our story and love to share it – always ready to write the next sequel.”






“I bought each of my bridesmaids a Samantha Willis ring,” says Karly.







Live music was chosen for the couple’s ceremony. “We had the lovely local Simone Elias play guitar and sing,” explains Karly.






Affinity Diamonds created the couple’s wedding rings.





“We met Jesse while working in the same ski town in Canada,” Karly says of their wedding photographer, Jesse Hisco Photography. ”From the moment we met him we knew that when the day came, we would ask if he could be our photographer.”






Photos by Jesse Hisco Photography.
Video by Andrew Hardy Photography.

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Benay & Quentin’s secret Whitsundays elopement

A holiday to the Whitsundays had a very special twist for Benay Sykes and Quentin Vardy.

After suffering the heartbreak of having to cancel their 2011 wedding plans because of Quentin’s work with Australian Customs, the couple jumped at the chance of an elopement.

“A hectic work life sees Quentin away for up to six months of year where we can only contact each other via email. This made it hard to set a date,” says Benay.

The pair are not strangers to long-distance love. They met in their hometown of Eden, NSW, while still in high school, staying in contact even when Quentin moved away to boarding school in Sydney. With Quentin then heading to university in Tasmania and Benay settling in Melbourne, the pair parted ways, only to be reunited at Benay’s sister’s wedding in 2007. One year later Quentin proposed.

It was while making plans for a Whitsundays holiday to celebrate Benay’s 30th birthday that the idea of an elopement was born.

“I suggested that we should elope while we were there and it was the most perfect plan. We left on our holiday and had not told anybody our plans,” Benay recalls.

The couple wed on June 26, 2014, on the pristine shores of Whitehaven Beach with just a celebrant and their sea-plane pilot as witness.

“During the 15 years that we have known each other a large part of this time has been separated. To have a day that was just for us and about us was so romantic,” Benay says.

It was not until the next night that Benay, 30 and Quentin, 31, shared the exciting news with their family and friends. Says Benay, “It was our secret just for one wonderful night.”






“We flew to Whitehaven Beach by private sea plane and got married on the white sand beach. Just the two of us!” says Benay.







“We went for a romantic dinner at a local restaurant and enjoyed a warm Whitsunday night,” recalls the bride.





Photos courtesy of Robert Kellett.

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Fast cars race hearts before couple’s bayside wedding

The Gold Coast Indy 300 isn’t exactly the place you imagine romance to blossom, but it’s where Danika Bravo and Aaron Graham fell in love.

The pair, aged 27 and 28 respectively, had known each other through high school but it wasn’t until seeing each other at the Surfer’s Paradise car race years later that they took things to the next level. “We partied all night and exchanged numbers,” explains Danika. “Aaron then invited me over for dinner a few weeks after that…and the rest is history as they say.”

On a camping trip with friends at Somerset Dam, Aaron surprised Danika with a proposal. “At sunset he asked if we could go for a walk by the dam,” says Danika. “He pulled out a box from his shorts and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes of course and we went back to the group who all knew what was happening and we celebrated.”

The Brisbane couple chose water views for their bayside wedding on April 26, 2014. They were married at a church in Petrie where Danika attended primary school, followed by a reception at Full Moon Hotel in Shorncliffe.

“Our wedding day was amazing; everything went to plan and the only bad thing was that it went so quickly,” laughs Danika.






Danika wore a strapless gown by Maggie Sottero.






The bridesmaids wore gowns and accessories from Witchery.






“What I love about Danika is that she restored my faith in love,” says Aaron.






Photos courtesy of Bailey is Brown.

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Groom's attire: Ferrari Formalwear

Garden setting for Brogan & Adam’s modern Melbourne wedding

City girl Brogan Trevaskis and country lad Adam Pearsall were just teenagers when they first met.

Adam, now 27, lived a relaxed lifestyle in Albury, NSW, while Brogan, 26, grew up in Melbourne. “Despite the differences in our lifestyles it was clear we were meant to be together forever,” Brogan remembers.

Ten years and 19 days after first “getting together” Adam got down on one knee in the couple’s new home in Greenvale.

“One would think after being with the man of her dreams for 10 years a girl would have a fair idea of how her big day would look. Unfortunately, I had been so excited about the prospect of getting engaged I hadn’t thought a minute past that moment,” Brogan says.

After reality set in, the couple began planning a modern Melbourne wedding for 135 guests on March 29, 2014. They married in the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens before an elegant reception at Leonda by the Yarra.

“The magic continued until we waved goodbye to our guests from a boat down the Yarra River,” smiles Brogan.

“I don’t have any regrets from the day and wouldn’t change a thing! How could you when you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend?”







The podiatrist bride took on most of the planning herself, jetting to Sydney for fittings of her custom-made Steven Khalil gown.







Brogan says she put many hours into finding the best quality suppliers and lists the five-piece band that travelled from Albury as a real highlight.





Photos courtesy of Dezine by Mauro.

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Guests take their hats off to Gypsy & Kale at Scottish wedding

Pirate ships, top hats, bustles and kaleidoscopes. Sounds like a cool museum but it’s actually the unique and impressive union of Gypsy and Kale.

The unconventional Melbourne duo had a pre-wedding steampunk party at Eastern Hill Dining Hall before their Scottish wedding in May 2014. They went to plenty of trouble to ensure it was an experience to remember.

“The room was lit with oil lamps and I had an artist friend commission a projection that spliced the original time machine movie with images of our steampunk trinkets and personal items,” explains Gypsy. “All our wonderful guests participated in the theme and the room was filled with corsets, top hats, cravats, goggles, petticoats and bustles.”

And it is lucky Kale is a brave man. “My twin brothers walked beside me down the aisle each holding decorative swords that they presented to the groom as a sign of protection for our marriage,” says Gypsy. Phew, they were only for symbolic reasons.

At this unofficial wedding the couple didn’t exchange rings but instead their hands were bound together in a white ribbon. That was followed by some toil and trouble with a goblet. “We placed the ribbon into the goblet and each poured coloured liquid over it. This erupted the goblet in bubbling smoke,” describes Gypsy.

Gypsy and Kale then travelled to Scotland to legally marry in a private ceremony accompanied by two witnesses, a celebrant and – a falconer. Here are their favourite images.





The pair were legally married at a castle on the Scottish borders. It was Gypsy’s first time out of Australia.






“We wrote vows just for each other and at the bottom of the grand staircase exchanged rings delivered by an owl,” says Gypsy.




“At the end of a beautiful day we retired to the original lord’s bedroom in the tower of the castle and dreamed of all the adventures to come,” says Gypsy.

Photos courtesy of Jen Crook Photography.

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