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Lucky dip: The vintage country wedding of Holly & Ben

We didn’t realise the Sydney Royal Easter Show had a husband showbag on offer.

But maybe it does, because that’s where Holly Ebbeck, 24, and Ben Goodman, 27, found one another. “I was riding horses and Ben was showing cattle,” says Holly. Years later, Ben took Holly back to the showgrounds to propose. “He designed the ring, surprised me and made sure family and friends were around to celebrate with,” she smiles.

The pair married at their vintage country wedding on September 20, 2014 in the Hunter Valley. Holly said it had everything she and Ben had dreamed of; glam, glitz, horse and cart and bow ties – to name a few. “We were so proud of one another as we did it on our own – we saved the money and made most of the décor,” says Holly. “I really enjoyed making chalkboard signs and details about Ben that made the room personal to the two of us.”

Holly’s Anna Campbell gown was fitting for their vintage theme. “I loved the idea of a dress that was comfortable and that flowed – much like a glam goddess.” She had a matching head piece and veil.

“We are just two country happy people that fell in love,” says Holly.

Photos courtesy of Image Photography.

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“I walked down the aisle to the song that Ben and I listened to when we first met – “My Best Friend” By Tim McGraw,” says Holly.

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Holly and Ben married at The Sebel Kirkton Park.

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“We love each other’s company, sense of humour and work ethic,” smiles Holly.

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The couple had a white choc and caramel mud cake.

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Tulin & Huseyin head to the beach for white wedding

After a decade together, Tulin Girgin and Huseyin Sevgin could think of no better way to celebrate their love than an elegant white wedding.

Tulin, 24, and Huseyin, 25, wed in the bride’s hometown on Austinmer Beach, Wollongong, NSW, in a traditional white wedding on December 28, 2014.

Tulin stunned in a custom-designed Azzaria Bridal Couture gown with Elie Saab lace sewn into the dress.

The reception for 280 was held at Dockside, Sydney, with a bit of extra sparkle courtesy of Elena K Weddings.

Tulin describes the day as the best of their lives.

“We married the loves of our lives and would not change anything,” she says.

“We wouldn’t go back to do anything differently, it was the best way to celebrate our 10 years of being together.”

In her advice for future brides, Tulin says it’s important the bride and groom work together during the wedding planning.

“Always make time for each other because it’s such a busy period of time in your life,” she says.

“Always respect, love and hear each other out.”

Photos courtesy of Gray Photography.

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Video by NYC Films.

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Chatroom romance: Emily & Rhys’ country chic wedding

MSN – bringing Gen Y babies together since the ’90s.

Emily Goldstein, 22, and Rhys Velingos, 23, met in high school and quickly turned to the chat room, MSN, to develop their romance. “Although we were in separate years we still had classes together and next door to each other where we would push little love letters under the wall,” remembers Emily. Once they had the permission of Emily’s mum, achieved easier than expected, they officially became a couple.

Six years later Emily was surprised with a romantic proposal while dressed in motorbike riding gear! After a hot day of riding, Rhys dragged his girlfriend up a hill where a helicopter was waiting to take them to a private picnic. There, he proposed. “It was the perfect moment. Time stood still,” smiles Emily.

Their country chic wedding on March 8, 2015 was celebrated with 90 guests at Oakville House, NSW. “Our ceremony was outdoors under a tree… a really hot day, guests sitting on bales of hay, violins playing,” describes Emily. “There were no bridesmaids and groomsmen, as we wanted it to be a very intimate ceremony.”

The couple are planning a honeymoon in Europe.

Photos courtesy of Ben Newnam Photography.

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“What I love most about Rhys is how he is a very kind person, so selfless and always willing to help someone in need,” praises Emily.

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Rhys says he loves Emily for her determination to reach goals, but most of all, he loves her cooking.

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After the ceremony guests played outdoor games while the happy couple went off for photos.

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Kylie & Luke mix luxury and tradition at white wedding

After planning the wedding of her dreams to long-time love Luke Hallaby, Kylie Barnes has some simple advice for future brides.

“Don’t stress the small things,” she says.

The Sydney pair, Kylie, 28, and Luke, 27, had a lavish white wedding for 350 guests on September 20, 2014.

The ceremony was a traditional Assyrian one held at St Hurmized Cathedral in Greenfield Park, renowned for it high ceilings, chandeliers and high ceilings.

The reception followed at Nineveh Lounge & Reception.

“The theme was white elegance,” Kylie explains.

“We had all the decorations white and pink and spotlights running up the walls of the hall.

“The bridal table was made up of fish bowl vases consisting of flowers white and peach roses with baby’s breath, mirrors and tea light candles going across the table. Behind the main table was a white curtain with draping fairy lights and was illuminated by the pink spotlights.”

An Assyrian singer continued the traditional theme and a lolly buffet and photo booth were fun additions for guests to enjoy.

Photos courtesy of Frank Farrugia Photography.

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Fairy tale dreams come true at Donna & Adam’s classic wedding

What do Disney on Ice, Summer Bay and a helicopter all have in common?

That would be the proposal of Donna Elsegood and Adam Marchant, both 27. The West Australian couple became engaged during a surprise holiday organised by Adam. “We arrived in Sydney and ticked off many of my childhood dreams of seeing Disney on Ice and going to the set of Home And Away,” explains Donna. But the dream trip didn’t end there, with the couple heading north to Queensland’s Hamilton Island.

“We stayed at a beautiful resort and on our final days there we took a helicopter flight to the Great Barrier Reef,” says Donna. It was after landing on White Haven beach that Adam dropped to one knee.

A love of pink and whiskey – the bride and groom’s only challenge was incorporating their passions into their classic wedding on November 28, 2014. “We gave all the men a mini Jack Daniel’s bottle as their bomboniere,” smiles Donna. “The girls all got a hot pink lip gloss, which added to the small pink detail on the tables.”

Donna and Adam have a strong connection to family and therefore chose to include loved ones wherever possible. “We had all of our siblings in the bridal party and both our mothers signed our marriage certificate,” says Donna. “Adam’s sister also made our wedding cake.”

Photos courtesy of Steve Hughes Photography.

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Donna and Adam were married at Mosman Park Golf Course in WA.

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“I have always wanted the fairy tale wedding and the princess dress,” explains Donna.

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Nearly 120 guests celebrated at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club reception.

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