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DIY bush wedding the work of professional planners: Tegan & Tom

When his future mother-in-law was inadvertently invited along to his proposal, Tom Douglas, a financial planner, had to do some quick thinking.

“As I wasn’t aware of the impending proposal, I’d invited my mum along for the evening walk,” says Tegan Sly, a 27-year-old town planner from rural Victoria.

She adds, “Tom [also 27] had to do a bit of thinking on his feet to get rid of her but luckily she picked up the vibe that she wasn’t required and left us to it!”

The town planner and financial planner can now add wedding planner to their list of talents, creating a mostly DIY, vintage bush wedding held on April 19, 2014 – Easter Saturday.

“We planned our wedding in eight months and were married on the banks of the Darling River at Tom’s parent’s property [in Wentworth, NSW],” explains Tegan. “Everything was either ‘do-it-yourself’ or sourced locally with little expense.”

The loved-up occasion for 150 guests included contributions from family and friends, including the almond bomboniere from the groom’s family farm, the wedding cake by Tegan’s gran and great aunty and the live music by Jeff Tynan, the bride’s cousin.

It was the perfect ending to what was an initial “flat-out no” from Tegan when the idea of dating Tom was presented to her by his matchmaking friend. It seems, however – persistence paid!

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“A colleague of mine has a beautiful garden of seasonal flowers and provided our bouquets, button holes and table settings,” praises Tegan.

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“Tom’s dad transformed the ceremony venue in four months from scrubby riverbank to an amazing three-tiered setting,” smiles the bride.

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Of her fitted lace wedding gown Tegan says, “I love it, it’s my favourite outfit and I’m continually thinking of places I can wear it again.”

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Using the cash they saved having a DIY wedding, Tegan and Tom honeymoon in luxury in The Maldives.

Photos courtesy of Attic Designs Photography

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Everlasting love story: Jenna & Ray’s rustic wedding

Not even three knee reconstructions would stop Ray Watkins from following tradition and getting down on one knee to propose to high school sweetheart Jenna Bonaventura.

“He proposed at our favourite beach lookout on his favourite day of the year – Australia Day,” smiles Jenna, 27. “Ray [28] had already asked my dad for permission and had secretly purchased the ring on a holiday one month prior.”

For part of their 11-year relationship leading up to their rustic wedding was spent long distance. As stated at their ceremony, “Even with Jenna away in Townsville for university testing them both, but with phone calls to each other every day and Ray putting in the kilometres back and forwards down to visit, even this ‘life test’ would not dent the love, the affection and the regard these two had for each other.”

More than 100 guests gathered at Tinaroo Lake Resort in Queensland to witness the couple’s love on May 3, 2014. “It was so special to have all of our beautiful family and friends in the one room at the same time,” says Jenna. “They had travelled from over the globe to celebrate with us.”

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Jenna’s gown was by Romeo & Juliet’s Bridal and the bridesmaids were dressed by For Her and For Him.

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“We have endured long distance, highs, lows, laughs and cries - with every moment leading us to a spectacular wedding day,” says Jenna.

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Jenna’s ring was purchased on an American cruise ship liner!

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Photos courtesy of Blue Sky Photography.

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Dorky dance moves pull the chick and lead to classic wedding

Don’t think the sprinkler and shopping trolley are cool dance moves? Melissa Sharpe might beg to differ.

Those groovy steps were exactly how Clint Starkey won her heart. “Clint [34] was certain his sprinkler and shopping trolley dance moves would make me take notice and it worked,” laughs Melissa, 28. “It didn’t take us long after that night to realise we had something pretty special.”

Mutual animal lovers, the pair didn’t take long to build a brood of pets once they moved in together. “We both share a love for animals as well and were quick to fill our house with them,” says Melissa. “We were very lucky to have developed such a strong love for each other and share a lot of common interests.”

The pair were married at their classic wedding on March 22, 2014 in the Hunter Valley and Melissa took a DIY approach. “I tried to do a lot of things myself to both save a bit of money and to make it more personal,” she says. “I’m sure I drove Clint mad sometimes in the lead up to the day.”

Melissa and Clint honoured his mum who passed away before the wedding. “All our guests were handed leopard print ribbons to wear in her memory,” explains Melissa.

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Melissa’s gown by Soretto & Midgley was flowing with Verona chiffon and a Swarovski crystal neckline.

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The couple were married at St Patrick’s of Nulkaba, a sandstone chapel more than 120 years old.

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One hundred and forty guests attended the Cessnock Leagues Club reception.

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Photos courtesy of 3L Photography.

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Rodney plans in advance for his classic wedding to Claire

It’s good to be prepared. That’s what Rodney Duffy would probably tell you – he started saving for an engagement ring just one month after meeting Claire Barrett-Lennard.

And of course such careful planning calls for a wow proposal. “The proposal was a culmination of three days of indulgence,” says Claire, 28. “On the third day…Rodney [35] suggested that I find a shell, so that he could make it into a ring for me. Shell after shell broke, until a ring was formed! I was so overjoyed with the shell version that I didn’t even expect the real one to be just one bent knee away.”

The two were married with a classic wedding on October 12, 2013 with 90 guests present. Their ceremony at St George’s College in Western Australia was made extra special by Claire’s grandmother. “My Grandmother walked the same aisle more than 60 years earlier and surprised me when she offered her hand embroidered bridal handkerchief as my ‘something old’ to have on my big day,” she smiles.

After a little slip up trying to get Rodney’s wedding ring on, Claire’s advice to other grooms-to-be – “Vaseline the wedding band!”

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Claire’s couture, backless, lace and satin gown was by Leonard Derecourt Designer purchased on the Gold Coast.

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Says Claire, “We didn’t want the night to be over have agreed, we would do it again in a heartbeat – to each other of course!”

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The reception celebrated with 90 guests was held at Mosman’s Restaurant, Mosman Park, WA.

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Photos courtesy of Dave & Charlotte.

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Loved up Melbourne couple celebrate classic wedding in autumn

We don’t think the small ring box hidden inside multiple bigger ones trick ever gets old! And it’s how Matthew Rosata chose to propose to his girlfriend of 18 months, Claudia Cavicchia.

“Once I opened it I was so overwhelmed I burst into tears,” smiles Claudia, 27. “It was actually really late at night and he had to go to sleep as he had to go to work the next day – I said to him ‘how do you expect me to sleep now?’” she laughs.

The couple were married on March 1, 2014 at their classic wedding in Melbourne. Although Claudia describes wedding planning as one of “the most stressful times”, she says the day couldn’t have run any smoother. “From the weather to the way everything ran so smoothly, we had the best day ever!”

Claudia says she and Matthew, 25, are a great balance as a couple. “He is pretty quiet and laid back while I’m pretty loud and over the top,” she smiles. “No one is perfect but we always try to communicate to each other because we love and care for one another very much.”

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The bride’s shoes were from Fendi and the bridesmaids, Tony Bianco.

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St John the Baptist Church in Clifton Hill is an old blue stone building with bell tower. Two hundred and ten guests sat inside to witness the nuptials.

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Jag jaunts provided the classic cars. “There wasn’t really a theme but we went for an antique look,” says Claudia.

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Claudia’s Diva Haute Couture dress was made by a familiar face. “Elysa is a very talented fashion designer/dressmaker who actually made my deb dress a long time ago,” says Claudia.

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Photos courtesy of Studio House Photography.

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