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Dimity and Ben hunt for trash ‘n’ treasure at vintage wedding

‘Garage sale this Saturday’ – when your wedding photographer stumbles across this sign, you’re in for a treat.

Dimity Kalaburnis, 28, and Ben Matthews, 27, were pleasantly surprised when they left their Serafino McLaren Vale wedding ceremony on March 14, 2015 for some off-site photos. “When we met up with our photographer we explained we didn’t want generic wedding shots,” says Dimity. “He spent the afternoon scoping out areas around the wedding where he stumbled across the garage sale.”

When photographer Josh took the couple to the sale on the big day, the vintage wedding theme really came into itself. “I was so excited when we pulled up, it was an old mechanic shed, filled with loads of vintage furniture, pots, books and plants,” smiles Dimity. “A photographic dream!”

“The owner came out and was so surprised to see me in a wedding dress! He was so wonderful… moving things, pointing out ideas and even let us walk across his property.”

After paying for a succulent which now sits as a gorgeous reminder on their dining table, Dimity and Ben returned to the SA winery to celebrate with their 170 guests. These guests were treated to bomboniere with a difference – a charitable donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The newlyweds also created a take-home marriage box, a ‘just in case’ for when times might get tough. “We filled it with our vows, photos, a letter to each other and a bottle of our favourite wine,” says Dimity. “The purpose is when our marriage encounters some challenging times, we are to open the box, drink the wine and reflect on why we are made for each other.”

Photos courtesy of Joshua Kane Photography.



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The bride’s gorgeous accessories are by Tiffany & Co..

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Ben and his crew were dressed in navy by Bells and Barnett.



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Dimity says their wedding day was special because “it represents us as a couple”.



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“We have been back to visit the garage sale and purchased some vintage furniture and shown our unique shots to the owners, who are lovely people,” says Dimity.



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Amy and Heath set free their inner child at Scienceworks wedding

The industrial chic of an old Melbourne pumping station gave Amy McLachlan and Heath Attwood a venue with an edge.

The Seaford pair headed to Spotswood for their Scienceworks wedding at the renowned Melbourne museum. “Our venue was perfect! Every ‘oh that’s different’ comment we received before the wedding turned into a WOW on the day,” Amy, 29, says.

Amy and Heath, 30, wed in the courtyard of the pumping station on  March 27, 2015 in front of 100 family and friends. While photographs were being taken, guests were given free rein to explore the museum. “Our guests’ inner child were in heaven as they sipped on champagne and played on all the exhibits,” Amy says.

The reception was held in the old boiler room, which boasts exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings and barn-style doors.

“The buzz of our guests throughout the day was contagious however my favourite part was hearing and seeing their reaction as they walked into the adjoining engine room and seeing a Mr Whippy van ready to serve their favourite childhood soft serve ice-cream and gelato,” Amy recalls.

A DIY photobooth and a stylish exit through a tunnel of sparklers added to the evening celebrations.

“Our big day gave our family and friends an insight to our love for one another; effortless, fun and carefree. We wanted to bring out everyone’s inner child and allow them to let loose,” Amy says.

Photos courtesy of Motta Weddings.



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“The courtyard of the pumping station was so romantic and different to your traditional ceremony venues,” Amy says.



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The nuptials were a family affair, with Amy’s sister-in-law Chantelle McLachlan as celebrant and her talented sister Kate recording a cover of “Feels like Home” for the bridal procession.








Amy teamed her strapless gown and veil with an up-to-the-minute headband for a modern touch.


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A DIY photo booth used Amy’s mum’s vintage couch and plenty of fun props.

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Smoke and mirrors proposal leads to classic wedding

Dress ups are what Gabriella Bellissimo does best, but boyfriend Robert Alvaro used her super power against her when popping the big question.

The pair, both aged 26, met as 19-year-olds at an 18th birthday party where Gabriella was dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow with dreadlocks and moustache to-boot. “He spent his night with a beer in hand, laughing and making ‘I bet that’s a girl’ jokes,” smiles Gabriella. Two months later they had a blind date and it was on.

Besides enjoying a dress-up party, Gabriella entertains children, often as a clown. So Roberto, a finance analyst, figured he’d lure her to a surprise proposal, posing as a customer booking a child’s party. “As I got closer to where the party was supposed to be in a park, I saw him beside a gorgeous river,” explains Gabriella. “What are you doing here?” led to “Where’s the kids?” and shortly after, her confusion turned to elation as Roberto got down on bended knee with a dazzling sapphire. “Of course!” she responded.

The couple married at their classic wedding on July 12, 2015. The ceremony at Saint Joseph’s Moorebank was followed by a reception at Curzon Hall, Marsfield, NSW. Gabriella wore a Pronovias gown which was the eighth dress she tried on. “I knew it was the one when I danced around the store not wanting to get out of it,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Yasmine Parker Photography.









Fashions by Farina supplied my headpiece, veil and earrings,” says the bride.






Gabriella describes the couple’s church ceremony as “very traditional.”















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So Art Cakes created an elegant four-tier cake with buttercream frosting and fresh flowers.



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Just the two of us: Amy and Eddy’s San Francisco elopement

Amy Pringle’s decision to pack up her life in Australia and move to the UK turned out to be the best of her life.

While pulling beers in Buckingham, Amy, 31, met Eddy Raymond, 41, and now the couple happily call Queensland’s Gold Coast home.

Marriage had always been on the agenda, but getting the pair’s two families in the same room, let alone the same country, was always going to be an issue.

Instead, Amy and Eddy planned a surprise San Francisco elopement for August 19, 2015. “We agreed to keep it all a secret from our family and friends – we knew it would be more exciting that way,” Amy says.

The couple chose San Francisco City Hall for their elopement and Amy describes it as an experience they will never forget.

“They marry three couples every 30 minutes, six days a week so you can imagine all the brides and grooms lining up waiting for their number to be called,” she says.

The couple spent the afternoon with their photographer capturing gorgeous images around the city. “The rest of our day was then spent drinking martinis at a piano bar overlooking San Francisco as the sun went down – bliss.”

And do they regret being the only two people at their special day? “Not one bit! It was perfect for us. The photos speak for themselves,” Amy says.

Photos courtesy of Ysabella Jones.


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When it came to her styling for the big day, Amy chose a short and sweet wedding dress.

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“There are not many couples that elope completely on their own,” Amy says. “Ultimately, that is what a wedding is about – two people in love.”


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Amy and Eddy were lucky to have a talented photographer to capture some great images of the pair at various locations across the city.

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Unbridled: wedding inspiration from Attic Designs, Pt 2

In this wedding inspiration shoot by Attic Designs, hues of green and cream were the understated heroes.

Mildura wedding photographers, Andrew and Madison Maher, collaborated with some local stylists to create a four-part series of styles shot at Ampelon Gardens.

In Part 1 we saw bouquets bursting with reds and oranges (which may have had something to do with model Montana’s fire-engine red hair!) whereas today’s look is more sophisticated and subdued.

Model Jamie graces a demure Deerfield Vintage lace gown with sheer three-quarter sleeves and an asymmetrical hemline. The figure-hugging silhouette and deep V-back adds a contemporary and ever-so-sexy edge whilst the simple flower crown of doda vine adds a romantic and feminine touch.

The amazing artificial bouquet was arranged by Kerry at Flowers of Elegance and includes lots of earthy varieties to suit a rustic, country wedding.

Photos courtesy of Attic Designs Photography.





Madison’s earthy, two-tier cake creation is adorned with blueberries and twine and the rolled fondant hides a traditional fruit cake.




This incredible artificial bouquet includes green lisianthus, blueberries, box wood, leucadendron, skimmia, brunia and weeping birch.




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