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Wedding of the Year: Thurza & Michael win September

Their heart-warming story of a 21-year love affair has crowned Thurza and Michael of Melbourne the September winners of our 2014 Wedding of the Year competition.

After more than two decades testing the vows they would finally take on April 8, 2014, Thurza and Michael, with their children Hannah and Sjouke, wed in an intimate and emotional celebration of life and love in Healesville, Victoria.

Thurza may now choose earrings to the value of $1000 from Ice Online and a chance at the grand prize awaits: Five luxurious nights at InterContinental Golf Resort & Spa flying business class with Fiji Airways.

Here are some of our favourite pics, captured by Tizia May Photography. You can see the full post here.

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Photographer: Tizia May Photography


New York proposal leads to destination wedding for Melbourne couple

It may as well have been the paparazzi following Peter Tautor during his proposal.

He was popping the big question in New York City after all, and completely unawares to Belinda Booker, he had arranged a photographer to capture the special moment. “Wandering our way through Central Park and around the lakes we came to a patch of grass near the conservatory where a picnic rug and basket was laid out,” recalls Belinda, 26.

“Peter [33] had planned this be laid out and only then I found out that a photographer had been following us since early morning taking candid photos of us walking, talking and the moment he proposed and my overwhelming ‘yes’ reaction.”

The couple chose Hamilton Island for their destination wedding with an intimate selection of 43 guests. The March 21, 2014 event began at All Saints Chapel and continued on at the Yacht Club.

“A main priority was great food, dancing, live music and everybody to have the time of their lives,” smiles Belinda. “It was really nice having it smaller because we really got to speak to everyone on the night too.”

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Belinda had her shoes custom made by Figgie Shoes. They “included where we got engaged, our wedding destination, wedding date and our new surname,” she explains.

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Belinda’s ivory gown was a simple design from Pretty Woman Bridal Wear.

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Belinda and Peter celebrated a larger engagement with 115 guests.

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Peter donned a casual sand-coloured suit with tan shoes.

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Photos courtesy of Hamilton Island Weddings.

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Halloween wedding a spooky soiree for Rev & Ryan and 101 guests

What’s the definition of normal? For Brisbane-based, Japanese bride Misaki “Revecca” Fujiwara it’s horror and gore and a fascination with death.

So much so, that the full-time pastry chef has recently added a new talent to her CV – she’s now a qualified mortician.

“I prepare dead bodies for funerals,” she explains. “It’s very satisfying. Not all bodies come to us in perfect condition; I fix them up for their loved ones.”

She adds, “I don’t scare easily. Not many people have the guts to do those kinds of things.”

Her Halloween wedding to Ryan Montgomery, 30, was a celebration of their version of normal (and shared love of horror); a spooky soiree on October 26, 2013 that involved a Rottweiler ring-bearer, zombie apocalypse and dinner music from the horror movies Corpse Bride, Nightmare on Elm Street and Saw.

Beginning at the gothic St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane, guests’ first shock was, not by Rev’s black and silver ruffled gown or her unique hair and makeup – but by her astonishing 10-metre veil.

The surprises kept on coming. With Rev wishing for “not one boring moment” for guests – some of whom got into the ‘spirit’ of the day with some incredibly authentic (and frightening) costumes – things were about to ramp up a notch.

“We hired a zombie crew to scare our guests at the reception,” says Rev. “The MC announced a zombie apocalypse – ‘everyone watch-out!’ – and out came the crew to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.””

“Then the bridal party came out and Ryan and I made our entrance as though we were infected by a zombie virus.”

Rev says she’s always loved horror, even as a kid. When asked why, she responds, “Why do you like a dog? You just do. Why do I love gore? I just do.”

The unconventional pair recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, not with roses and chocolates and candlelit dinners, but at Movieworld’s Fright Nights on the Gold Coast.

Venturing into themed mazes based on Wolf Creek and The Evil Within - where real-life characters jump out to scare the bejeezers out of you – is not my idea of a good time. But for this pair, it was the perfect way to say ‘I love you.’

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“My mum knew from early on that I wouldn’t fit into ‘normal’ Japanese society,” says Rev, “so she enrolled me into the International school. If you’re different, the bullying is huge.”

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“I thought my hair was going to fall out!” says Rev of her heavy, sequinned, 10-metre veil.

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Going for the devil’s number, Rev and Ryan chose to have six in the bridal party.

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Rev and Ryan appreciate technically-correct, “mentally disturbing” horror movies – where the atrocities could actually happen.

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Photos courtesy of Scott Parlett.
Video courtesy of Scott Beveridge Productions.

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Kirra & Russell’s DIY garden wedding

DIY and online finds were the secret to success for Kirra Bush and Russell Muni’s garden wedding.

High school sweethearts Kirra and Russell, both 27, married on December 14, 2013 at Bridgeleigh Gardens, Wanneroo – the Perth suburb where they both grew up, and a venue that allowed them to have the ceremony and reception at the one place.

Sharing a casual celebration with their 115 family and friends was top of the agenda for the pair, but Kirra says her role as wedding planner also allowed her to get creative.

“I was a DIY and budget-conscious bride and I loved finding online deals,” she tells.

“If you have the time, shop online! I was obsessed with wedding planning and bought a lot of my bits and pieces online from trusted websites.”

Lifelike artificial flowers and affordable internet finds were able to rein in the budget, while Kirra could splurge on other items such as her showstopping Alfred Angelo gown.

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Kirra teamed her elegant Alfred Angelo gown with a birdcage veil found on an eBay store and a floral headpiece from Etsy.

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Kirra opted for real-touch bouquets from Shaye’s Bridal Boutique on Etsy. “In the end it was a good decision because it was a 42-degree day and real flowers may not have survived,” Kirra says.

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Photos courtesy of Jacqueline Jane Photography.

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Michelle & Joel’s vineyard wedding with a bang

Surprise fireworks ensured Michelle Johnson and Joel Mant began their marriage with a bang.

The couple, both 35, treated 110 guests at their vineyard wedding in Lancefield, Victoria, to a stellar display.

Pretending to be staging a group photograph, guests were called out onto the balcony.

By this time, the night air had cooled, people weren’t feeling all that enthused, until the fireworks shot into the night sky,” Michelle explains.

“’Amazing’ doesn’t really cover it! It was an awesome display, something people didn’t expect and definitely won’t forget.”

The Canberra pair – Michelle, originally from Melbourne, and Joel,  from Perth, – discovered their venue, the Grange Cleveland, and on visiting the vineyard it was love at first sight.

Their rustic-style wedding, on March 22, 2014, also incorporated a touch of purple, paying homage to the Fremantle Dockers, Joel’s favourite AFL team. Luckily it is also Michelle’s favourite colour.

The loved up couple are now expecting their first child.

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Michelle’s neices from Japan, Mia and Emma, played Japanese song “Jupiter” (Ayaka Hirahara) at the ceremony.

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Michelle discovered  Kyliecakes online. Kylie created a unique cake that incorporated the purple theme, the couple’s dogs and even their chooks.

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Photos courtesy of Marc Grist Photography.

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