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Opposites attract: The fun farm wedding of Ally & Dan

She loves dogs. He loves cats. But never fear, a marriage can still work despite this hairy conflict!

Alexandra Macaulay, 28, says she “never expected” to fall in love with one of her brother’s mates. “But that’s exactly what happened,” explains Ally of Daniel Felkai, 33. “After noticing each other over Dan’s sister’s Facebook posts, Dan decided to crash a dinner catch up Vanessa and I had.”

They bonded over a similar taste in YouTube videos, Monty Python quotes and Tom Lehrer songs, but quickly after realising their friendship had blossomed into love, Dan left for overseas to travel. “We spent the first 4 months of our proper relationship on opposite sides of the world – thank god for Skype,” smiles Ally.

A year later they were engaged and then married on September 21, 2013 at Belgenny Farm in Camden, NSW. Their farm wedding was rusticly-styled and celebrated on a clear spring day. “It was a perfect day full of love, happiness, tears, laughs and a lot of dancing and fun,” says Ally.

As for the cat/dog issue… Ally says it’s all good. “We love each other’s differences, it balances us. Two little puzzle pieces that fit together, and are happiest when we are.”

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Ally’s bouquets were created with orange ranunculus and marigold orchids.

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Dressmaker from home, Sue Liolio, created Ally’s gown based on a  Downton Abbey vibe.

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The couple didn’t want to miss out on capturing their day on video, so asked Dan’s sister to work her magic on a handheld digital camera.

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Photos by Instill Photography.

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Outdoor glamour at Praema & Paul’s Indian wedding

In planning their gorgeous Swan Valley wedding Praema Ranga and Paul Watt wanted to recreate the fun, outdoor atmosphere of the music festival where they first met.

Praema, 37, an engineer, met environmental scientist Paul, 43, at the Southbound Festival in Busselton in 2010 when they were volunteering at the Eco Village.

The pair soon became inseparable, moving to Brisbane where Paul proposed along the river in 2013.

The couple chose idyllic venue Mulberry on Swan on Western Australia’s Swan River to reimagine the picturesque setting of their first meeting.

“We had the ceremony next to the Swan River below beautiful trees. It was the naturally set outdoor wedding venue we both wanted,” Praema says.

The bride’s heritage was also an important part of the ceremony, held on April 13, 2014, in front of 90 guests, with Hindu wedding traditions helping create a lavish Indian wedding.

Indian cuisine was also a feature of the reception, held at the same venue, and a trio of musical performers throughout the day ensured a lively, party atmosphere.

“We created our dream wedding, and almost every single family and friend told us at it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to,” Praema says.

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Praema stunned in an Elizabeth de Varga gown with custom-designed neckline, while parasols were a cute touch that also helped keep the harsh Western Australian sun at bay.

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 A traditional Hindu garland exchange took place during the ceremony.

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The happy couple entered their Indian-themed reception in traditional dress.

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Photos by Peter Edwards Photography.

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Sarah & Daniel jump ship for their beach wedding

Sometimes your wedding plans are washed away and you just have to hit the deck and keep on running!

That’s exactly the attitude Sarah-Ellen Coia and Daniel Wallace took on for their beach wedding when things went awry. The bride and groom, 25 and 26 respectively, opted for a wedding cruise in North Queensland. “We invited 43 of our closest friends and family and booked in a seven-night cruise to the Whitsundays, stopping in to Port Douglas for the day to tie the knot,” explains Sarah.

But the November 19, 2014 wedding took an interesting turn when the ship became delayed, meaning there was no longer time to stop in Port Douglas. “This is every bride’s nightmare and I had less than 24 hours to replan my whole wedding,” explains Sarah. “Not to mention I had stranded guests in Brisbane with no accommodation because of the G20 summit.”

But after “a few deep breaths” and a “small bridezilla” moment, the couple reshuffled plans to instead make a drop off in Cairns where all would travel an hour north to get to the chapel. Sacrifices were still made, however, with the bridal party doing their own make-up and a friend jumping in on hair duties. But after the long drive, the bridal party needed a refresh, so they chose…the bathroom of a local police station. “All the staff were very helpful and understanding and even let us have pictures with them…they were my something blue!”

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Sarah & Daniel were married at St Mary’s by the Sea Chapel.

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“It was a beautiful ceremony and there was not a dry eye in the whole room,” says Sarah.

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Blue Sky Photography were amazing,” praises Sarah. “Benn took us to many different locations around Port Douglas.”

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The couple celebrated their reception back on the cruise ship with a live band.

Photos by Blue Sky Photography.

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Animal attraction: Tammika & Brodie’s rustic wedding

A three-month African adventure brought zookeeper Tammika McIvor and her builder beau Brodie Stasiak even closer together.

The pair met in 2010, but it was their holiday to Africa two years later that sealed the deal.

“We fell in love with the wildlife, the people and each other all over again. On the final leg of our big adventure Brodie proposed on a deserted beach on a beautiful little island off Madagascar,” Tammika, 29, explains.

Tammika and Brodie, also 29, then spent the next two years planning their vintage-themed rustic wedding in front of 85 close friends and family.

The Healesville pair married at Kangaroo Ground’s Inglewood Estate on October 11, 2014.

Tammika says the greatest surprise in the wedding planning was discovering how keen Brodie was to get involved.

“He made the favours for the gents (bottle openers made from railway spikes), went on five shopping expeditions to find his and his groomsmen’s perfect outfits, came along to help me find bridesmaid dresses, made all the props and, even made the bridesmaids headpieces,” she says.

Tammika explains it was these personalised features that helped make their day even more special.

“We are just two ordinary people who made our wedding perfect by putting our own unique touches on things without spending a fortune,” she says.

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Photos by Mike Semple Photography.

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Party time at Taryn & Ben’s fun modern wedding

Dancing was high on the agenda for Taryn Green and Ben Foster’s modern wedding, so it was important they found a reception venue to suit.

The Melbourne couple, both 32, exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony at Kamesburgh Gardens, Brighton, in front of 120 guests on November 28, 2014.

“Thankfully Melbourne turned on the weather for us, the blue sky allowing Anzac House to feature beautifully in our ceremony,” Taryn remembers.

The couple was keen to create a party atmosphere at their reception, and so opted for Red Scooter.

“We fell in love with the décor, checkerboard dance floor and Alice in Wonderland oversized chair,” Taryn says.

The couple chose not to have a wedding cake or bomboniere, using the money they saved to add extra time onto the reception. Taryn says it was a move that paid off.

“Our dance floor was full all night and looking around the room you could see everyone was having so much fun. We couldn’t have asked for more than that,” she says.

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Taryn and Ben definitely chose the right time of year to wed. “I fell in love with pale pink peonies and lucky for us we were married right in the middle of peonie season,” Taryn says.

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Anzac House at Brighton’s Kamesburgh Gardens provided the perfect backdrop to the ceremony.

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Taryn and Ben met through mutual friends in 2010. “After bumping into each other on different occasions we both felt there was something special about each other,” Taryn explains.

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The bride searched for months for the perfect dress before discovering her Karen Willis Holmes gown. “I knew instantly it was the one – modern, classy and a little bit different,” Taryn says.

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The couple chose to have their photographs taken before the ceremony to give them extra time with their guests at the reception. “It was still really important for us to capture the moment we first saw each other and discussed with our photographer setting up a ‘first look’,” Taryn says.

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Photos by Iain & Jo.

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