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In sickness and in health: Sarah and Anthony’s destination wedding

Not many brides miss their own wedding reception, but Sarah Berry was lucky just to make it up the aisle.

Sarah, 30, and partner Anthony Whittard, 28, had been planning their Port Douglas destination wedding for months and arrived in gorgeous North Queensland with their two young children from their home in Canberra before disaster struck.

Sarah was overcome with violent gastro the night before the wedding and on the morning of her big day she felt no better.

“I ended up getting some medication, which made me feel a bit better and got me through getting my hair done, getting dressed and down the aisle,” she says.

The couple wed at The Sugar Wharf on May 14, 2015 in front of 25 guests and, although celebrations continued at The Watergate Restaurant, Sarah was too unwell to take part.

“I felt terrible and I just wanted to go to sleep,” she says.

“So I went back to the hotel with Anthony while our guests went on to the reception without us. I spent the rest of the afternoon and night sleeping while my new husband watched TV and ordered room service.”

While the day may not have gone to plan, Sarah still got to marry the love of her life and, speaking from experience, her advice to future brides is simple: “Try not to get sick!”

Photos courtesy of Rachael Muller Photography.

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Poor Sarah had to get beautified by Port Douglas Hair & Makeup while she lay sick on the couch.

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“The idea was to have a wedding and honeymoon at once,” says the Canberra bride of their Port Douglas wedding.

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Sarah wore a gorgeous strapless ruffle gown from Ferrari Formalwear and Bridal.

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It’s all in the detail: Amelia and Sam’s elegant classic wedding

Sometimes couples can underestimate how important suppliers are in making their big day special.

But not so for Amelia Allen and Sam Welsh. Their story highlights how quality service and products made their classic wedding a day to never forget. “We were lucky enough to have booked the most incredible vendors,” says Ameila. “From our amazing jeweller who custom-designed our engagement and weddings bands, our florist who sent me updates and progress shots the day before, to our astounding photographers.”

The Brisbane city venues selected for the ceremony and reception were both “absolutely stunning” according to the couple, both aged 26. They married at Brisbane City Hall and celebrated at The Brisbane Club. “Both venues were absolutely stunning and allowed our classic elegance theme to shine through,” smiles Amelia.

She praises entertainment by G&M DJ’s as really professional and invitations by Urban Weddings as perfect.

“Bec [from Urban Weddings] created a stunning envelope fold invitation for us. We decided on a classic black and white style which suited our theme perfectly,” describes Amelia.

The couple honeymooned in Fiji for 10 days which Amelia says was the perfect way to wind down.

Photos courtesy of Daisy & the Duke.

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“I fell in love with the applique detail,” Amelia says of her Pronovias gown.

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The boys has their names embroided on the inside of their Black Jacket Suiting attire.

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“The venue is such a historical and elegant building and it has just been restored to its original beauty,” Amelia says of Brisbane City Hall.

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Video by Short Stack Productions.

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Easy elegance: Alyse and Nikola’s idyllic vintage wedding

Alyse Smith and Nikola Stojanovski are so in love they got married twice.

The Melbourne couple returned to Alyse’s hometown of Adelaide for their idyllic vintage wedding before jetting off to Nick’s homeland of Macedonia to walk down the aisle a second time in front of his family.

The couple celebrated their Australian winter wedding at Houghton Uniting Church, the same spot Alyse’s parents had married, watched on by 100 family and friends on August 9, 2014.

The reception was held at gorgeous Glen Ewin Estate.

“The theme of our wedding was vintage, very classic and elegant,” Alyse, 29, says.

The pair also paid homage to Nick, 34’s, heritage with a Macedonian Orthodox priest giving his blessing at the ceremony and a Macedonian band playing traditional music at the reception.

As well as the stunning photographs from Panache Photography, Premiere Films also captured the day’s special moments.

Photos courtesy of Panache Photography.

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The couple met while Nick was in Adelaide visiting a mutual friend. For more than a year they travelled between Adelaide and Melbourne before Alyse made the move to Melbourne permanently.

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“We are the love of each other’s lives,” Alyse says. “We come from worlds apart but are what each other has always been looking for.”

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Since their wedding the loved-up Melbourne pair have welcomed a baby girl.

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Mazel tov! Cara and Adam celebrate Jewish wedding

Adam Ofri’s unique proposal to partner Cara Rosenberg was all about her favourite Sunday pastime.

“I organised a fake copy of the Sydney Morning Herald Traveller as Cara loves reading that on Sunday,” Adam, 32, explains.

“I inserted it into the newspaper. In it I had made advertisements of places we visited together and the back page was my opportunity to verbalise just how I feel about her… Thankfully, she said ‘yes’.”

The Sydney couple celebrated their Jewish wedding at the city’s Great Synagogue on December 14, 2014 in front of 150 guests.

“We observed a number of Jewish wedding traditions, one of the most special moments of the day was the Jewish custom of veiling the bride,” Cara, 32, says.

The celebrations continued at the Sydney Theatre Company’s Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, chosen for its fun atmosphere and iconic Sydney views.

A photo booth courtesy of My Event Photobooths captured plenty of memories, and live music from Glass featuring Potbellez’ frontman Ilan Jidron, got the party started.

“We had so much fun and wouldn’t have changed a thing,” Cara says.

“It was exactly what we wanted; a meaningful ceremony followed by a joyous party.”

Photos courtesy of T-One Image.

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The chuppah (the Jewish ceremony canopy) was covered in greenery.

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“I knew I was in love with her when she ordered Brussels sprouts for dinner one night – my favourite!” Adam says.

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Adam says it’s important not to overlook the smaller details. “Do the little things, whatever little silly ideas you have – don’t dismiss it,” he says.

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Dale and Euon tell a story at their rustic vintage wedding

With that, I ask you right now, will you answer me right now, these questions, as your wedding vow?

“We didn’t feel like the customary style wedding vows reflected our personalities, so instead we chose vows inspired by Dr Seuss, reflecting the many hours of reading these books together with our son Isak,” explains bride Dale of her groom Euon.

These Brisbane lovebirds met in a typical location – the pub. But they were serving the drinks, not buying them.

“Euon and I met whilst both working at Dicey Riley’s Bar at Mount Gravatt,” says Dale.  “A mutual friend set things in motion for us and before we knew it, we were dating, living together and travelling around the world before settling down and having our first child.”

Euon and Dale, aged 33 and 30 respectively, wanted their rustic vintage wedding to reflect their easy-going nature. They chose May 9, 2015 so it was a cool day and opted for Coolibah Downs Private Estate for the location so guests could enjoy themselves without having to travel from ceremony to reception.

“It truly reflected our own style and easy going nature, which is one of the many reasons we love each other,” smiles Dale.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Streets Studios.

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Dr Suess references got quite a good run on Dale and Euon’s day!

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Dale made the bridesmaid bouquets, groomsmen buttonholes and centrepieces using flowers from Brisbane Market Flowers.

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The bride and groom described their day as “a big party with friends”.

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Dale’s stunning boho hair design was created by Pink Parlour for Brides.

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The couple hired a photobooth from Sarah Streets Studios to entertain guests.

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