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Young lovers Emma-Leigh & Nicholas marry at fairytale wedding

They’re just 21 but that wasn’t too young for Emma-Leigh Begg and Nicholas Senyard, who have known “true love” since they were aged 15.

“My husband and I are childhood sweethearts,” says Emma-Leigh. “Everyone doubted us but we always knew that we were met to be together.”

At 18 the pair packed up and moved out of Bundaberg to Brisbane where Emma-Leigh studied and Nicholas worked on a plumbing apprenticeship. “Living together at such a young age and financially supporting ourselves solidified our relationship,” she says.

Six years later they celebrated their fairytale wedding at Maleny Manor in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on February 22, 2014. “Many have questioned our decisions, saying we’re too young, but all [89] guests that attended our wedding would know how special our love for one another is.”

Emma-Leigh and Nicholas describe theirs as “1920s love”. Fall in love young, marry young and stay together. “Just like our grandparents,” she says.

A wet day was the perfect setting for magical photos. “But what made our wedding was the raw emotion and many tears shed by most of us attending. A Disney wedding,” smiles Emma-Leigh.

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Emma-Leigh’s crystal and tulle princess gown from Luv Bridal & Formal was her dream dress. “After visiting 10 other bridal shops and not finding my dream dress, I was in heaven.”

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The bride’s advice is to relax during preparation for the wedding and enjoy the company of family and friends.

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“When the rained poured on my wedding day I thought it would be a disaster. But the mist in the Maleny hills was just magical,” Emma-Leigh says.

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Photos courtesy of Lani Carter.

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Wedding of the Year: Rhianna & John win July

Rhianna and John Lawson of Canberra have become the seventh nominees in our 2014 Wedding of the Year competition, taking out the July prize against five other amazing weddings.

Their vineyard nuptials in New Zealand went from wow to wowee when Rhianna presented in a stunning floral gown by Brisbane designer Wendy Makin.

Rhianna may now choose $1000 diamond earrings from our prize partner, Ice Online, and they are both now in the running for a luxury holiday to Fiji staying at InterContinental Golf Resort & Spa and flying business class with Fiji Airways.

Congratulations!

Here are some of our fave pics from this breathtaking union. You can see the full post here.

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Photography: Oiduts Photography


Rustic wedding the third chapter in Kate & Stuart’s book of love

In the last week of spring, Kate Marshall and Stuart Jose will always have – not one – but four reasons to celebrate.

For not only will they remember back fondly to November 27, 28 and 29 as the anniversaries of their first date, engagement and 2013 rustic wedding at Victoria’s Gum Gully Farm, later this year they welcome their first-born into the world – on November 30.

“Our dates certainly weren’t planned,” smiles 29-year-old Kate, “but we can’t wait to see what December 1, 2015 has in store for us!”

Their chapter book of love is quite the fairy tale, Kate remarking, “I knew from the moment I saw Stu [31], I’d marry him,” and his proposal at Melbourne’s Southbank is a highlight of the story so far.

“We received a standing ovation from all of the restaurants lining the Yarra River,” recalls the bride. “Highly embarrassing – but so incredibly romantic!”

The generous pair gave donations to the Cancer Council Victoria on behalf of their 80 guests at what was a relaxed celebration without “too much structure and formalities,” says Kate. The colour palette was soft and feminine.

Having a videographer was one of the couple’s better decisions says Kate. “Yes, they are expensive, but being able to watch our wedding day over and over again and to one day show it to our children is priceless.”

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Kate wore a handmade vintage-inspired gown by Diane Calwell and the bridemaids were lucky enough to find the perfect frocks off the rack at Review.

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Kate walked down the aisle to John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” performed live by Brightside. “It’s the song my dad sang to my mum on the way to their honeymoon,” she says.

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Recalls Kate, “Stu and I got some alone time whilst taking photos… we kept saying ‘take it all in’ as we wanted to be 100% present in each moment.”

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Photos courtesy of Bonavita Photography.

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A love song: Kelly & Glen’s music passion leads to elegant wedding

Kelly Fletcher hit the right note with her beau Glen Middlecoat when the pair first bonded over their mutual love of music.

They discovered their shared passion while at high school and married at their elegant wedding on September 29, 2013 in Perth.

“As our love had stemmed from playing music together, we wanted this theme to carry out through our wedding,” explains Kelly, 26. “With Glen [26] playing guitar and myself on the piano, the first song we played together was “November Rain” by Guns n Roses which was the song I walked down the aisle to.”

Kelly describes their wedding as glitzy and unique, with elegant touches everywhere guests turned. “Our wedding definitely epitomised our bold personalities,” she says. “Our 120 guests joined us at Caversham House for a beautiful garden ceremony, which we decorated with hedges, bows, and giant LOVE letters which would be the focal point for many (amusing) photographs!”

Kelly and Glen were treated to a surprise at their Crown Perth reception when their nieces and nephews performed an impromptu dance before dinner. Too cute!

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“My dress was slightly pewter coloured which we then complemented with charcoal bridesmaid dresses,” says Kelly.

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Kelly’s long dark tresses were styled by Belinda Luca Wedding Hair Specialist.

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“Both of our (musical) styles are contemporary and very modern which the theme of our wedding was based on,” describes Kelly.

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Kelly’s advice for other brides is to relax. “Don’t sweat the small stuff; at the end of the day the most important thing is marrying your love.”

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Photos courtesy of Viva Photography.

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Royalty for a day: Lauren & Jacob’s chic wedding in Melbourne

“People always tell you that your wedding day is the most special day of your life. I have to agree.”

Lauren Grabowski says she and Jacob Muraca were “treated like royalty” at their chic wedding on January 25, 2014. Surrounded by 175 guests, “we could not wipe the smile off our faces all day,” she says, enjoying every moment of the perfectly still 23-degree weather in their “own little bubble” of love.

It was fate – and mutual friends – who brought the 26-year-old lawyer and 28-year-old accountant together at a debutante ball in their late teens.

“We both did not want to go to the deb but our tickets had been purchased for us already,” explains Lauren. “Jacob was trying to get rid of his ticket on the day but he just couldn’t… Eight years later we are still together.”

Their wedding style was classic with modern touches including the ceremony music at St Mary’s Parish in East St Kilda. “I walked down the aisle to a beautiful cover of Calvin Harris’s “Feel So Close to You” sang by Abbey Stone,” says Lauren. She says their first dance to Lana Del Ray’s “Young & Beautiful” “tied in perfectly with the theme.”

Fitting of the event’s minimalist aesthetic, guests received clear acrylic photo frames to house their In the Booth photos, which also doubled as name cards.

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“I just had to have the red sole,” says Lauren of her dazzling Christian Louboutin platform peep-toes.

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Jacob proposed to Lauren after a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef in Port Douglas.

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The classic Audrey Hepburn-inspired bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by Lauren Acciarito, the bride’s friend. The pearl trim belt complemented Lauren’s Steven Khalil couture gown.

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AbFab Cakes continued the pearl motif with a silver bauble encrusted, three-tiered wedding cake topped with fresh flowers.

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“We absolutely love our wedding album,” praises Lauren of Sujon Photography.

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Photos courtesy of Sujon Photography.

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