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Globetrotting pair Renee & Blair touch down for vintage travel wedding

After travelling together to 37 countries, Renee Flanagan and Blair Parkinson’s choice of wedding theme was simple.

“We decided to go with a vintage travel wedding theme and everything just followed,” Renee, 30, says.

She and Blair, 31, were also keen on a vineyard wedding and fell in love with De Bortoli Winery, Dixon Creek, Victoria.

“As soon as we drove up the long driveway we knew it was the place for us,” Renee, from Richmond, says.

The couple wed in glorious sunshine on March, 21, 2015, in front of 72 guests.

The De Bortoli restaurant handled the reception in fine style and a photobooth courtesy of In The Booth kept the party going.

“It was so fun,” Renee says. “Looking back on the photos was hilarious.”

After more than a year of planning to make their wedding perfect, Renee couldn’t be happier.

“The sun was shining, all of our closest family and friends were under one roof. It was amazing to see all our hard work and planning come together,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Iain & Jo – We Tell Love Stories.

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Gentle pastel tones in the modern bouquets were reflected in the gorgeous bridesmaids’ gowns and Renee’s stunning strapless number.

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Renee and Blair met while on the same Contiki trip through Europe. “After Contiki we lived in London for two years and travelled to 37 countries,” Renee says.

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De Bortolli Winery provided the stunning vineyard backdrop the pair had dreamed of.

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Rather than table numbers, Renee and Blair named their tables after some of the many cities they had visited to keep with the travel theme

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Close shave at Janys & Ross’ rustic tipi wedding

Not many grooms can say they had a makeover between the ceremony and reception, but for Ross Macdonald and Janys Chiron it was all part of the fun of their tipi wedding.

Ross, 33, and his groomsmen had grown bushy beards for the wedding, before going under the razor to emerge with a new look and new outfits for the reception.

“Ross thinks he may be the only groom in the world that walked around his own wedding as a stranger for an hour because no one recognised him without a beard,” Janys, 28, laughs.

The Melbourne pair wed on January 17, 2015, at Janys’ godfather’s idyllic Mount Evelyn property in front of 120 guests.

“The idea of a rustic wedding with tipis stemmed from our love of music festivals and all things old, including our 1972 honeycomb bay-window Kombi, Klaus that was used as the bridal car,” Janys says.

“We both agreed we wanted it to be like one enormous party.”

Tipis courtesy of TipiKata and decorated with fairy lights created the festival atmosphere the couple was after.

“We wanted the decorations to complement the rustic outdoor theme we were going for and decided on lace, hessian, succulents, candles, old jars and wood to decorate our venue,” Janys says.

Photos courtesy of Love Journal.

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The groom was dressed in a Macdonald clan kilt and his groomsmen wore the Black Watch kilts.

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The couple’s dogs, Bailey and Mack, were guests of honour. “Mack was wearing Magic Mike-inspired collar and cuffs, while Bailey looked every bit the little princess in her floral headress,” Janys says.

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Ross and his groomsmen surprised Janys and all the wedding guests with their clean shaven looks and semi-formal attire.

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Janys’ bridesmaids showed off their individuality with mismatched floor-length pastel dresses.

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Wedding of the Year: Shae & Rob win June

Shae & Rob’s Italian garden wedding at Nonna’s has won our June Wedding of the Year competition.

The Melbourne newlyweds have won a $1000 Michael Hill voucher and a spot in our Top 12 to vie for a luxe honeymoon at InterContinental Fiji flying business class with Fiji Airways.

Congratulations!

Shae and Rob’s celebration of 10 years of love was a truly family affair, inspired by the huge and crazy Italian dinners they often enjoyed at Rob’s Nonna’s place. “We wanted a very homely, family-style wedding,” explains Shae. So when Nonna offered to host the reception in her backyard, plans for an Italian garden wedding sprang to life.

But Shae admits it took a while to “find her feet” with the rest of the wedding planning. “I had never thought about what kind of wedding I wanted,” she says. “I had nothing planned, no ideas, no scrapbook of wedding cutouts.”

She could have fooled us!

From the ridiculously charming ceremony venue at Dalywaters Rose Farm on the Mornington Peninsula, to her soft floral arrangements that tied in meticulously with the bridesmaids’ pastel print maxi dresses; all set against a classic black tie look for Rob and his crew, the romantic spring soiree came together seemingly effortlessly, as captured in the dreamy photos by Jeph Chen.

Thank you so much to the other eight June nominees whose beautiful weddings continue to make us all a bit giddy.

Here’s a recap of some of our favourite winning photos. See the full story here.

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What a fiesta: Tanya & Deane’s fun Mexican wedding

Perth-based mine workers Tanya Joines and Deane Austin swapped the dust and dirt of their day jobs for the fiesta fun of a Mexican wedding.

Fourteen close friends and family made the journey with them to Isla Murjenes, Mexico, for their Day of the Dead-inspired beachside wedding on February 25, 2015.

“Neither of us had been to Isla Murjenes or Mexico so it was a gamble, but everything fell into place,” Tanya, 30, says.

She and Deane, 37, have a love of everything Mexican and the bride-to-be spent hours collecting sombreros, Day of the Dead trinkets and pinatas.

“I tried to incorporate everything Mexican for a bit of individuality and fun but still tried to keep it pretty simple as it was such a beautiful setting,” Tanya says.

Tanya says their destination wedding was even better than they could have hoped for.

“Our Mexican wedding was fun, quirky, gorgeous, carefree, a dream come true for me and a wedding our guests will never forget.”

Photos courtesy of Cecilia Dumas.

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The ceremony was held with the water as the backdrop at Mirada Beach Club.

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Tanya and Deane met at work, and travel to South America was always a priority for the bride. “I had been dreaming of it my whole life,” she says.

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The Mirada Beach Club also hosted the reception, whose lighting gave a romantic glow.

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As well as Tanya’s strapless wedding gown, she also had Luv Bridal create a white evening dress to wear for the wedding dance and reception.

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Breaking tradition: Kara & Reece’s spring pastel wedding, waterside

Being a guest at a wedding is such an honour and that is exactly where Kara Milentis and Reece Wood directed their focus for their spring pastel wedding.

The Perth couple made several decisions that made the event more enjoyable for their guests, including location choice and breaking tradition with photos. The ceremony and reception were within walking distance of each other along the Swan River foreshore and there was no wait in between as first look photos had been taken before the ceremony.

Acqua Viva was an obvious choice for the reception on November 28, 2014, where Kara works as a wedding coordinator. “Being a wedding coordinator I already had my dream wedding in mind and knew some of the best suppliers in Perth,” smiles the bride.

Their day was inspired by pastel colours which ranged from the vintage Kombi van through to the stationery and flower arrangements by Touched by Angels and Blossom & Bloom. The consistency of style throughout the day is a credit to the bride’s eye for design.

Worried about keeping kids entertained at your wedding? Kara and Reece have the solution. “Children were given an eye-spy activity with a disposable camera and list of items they needed to photograph,” explains Kara.

Photos courtesy of White Tulip Photography.

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The bride looked stunning in her Anna Campbell gown. “I have always loved the romantic and feminine designs,” says Kara.

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The bridesmaids were dressed in pretty spring colours by Forever New.

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Transport for the day was provided by Old’s Cool Limo Company and Lavish Limousines Perth.

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Floor to ceiling windows fill Acqua Viva with natural light.

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