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Rustic charm: Alicia & Nick’s country wedding

Alicia Denton and Nick Goodwin shared their first kiss on school camp and haven’t looked back since.

“It was a two-week bus trip to central Australia and was to this day still the most memorable and amazing trip of our lives,” Alicia, 29, says.

After 13 years together, Nick, 28, planned a New Year’s Eve proposal. “I was so surprised and deliriously happy that I called my entire family that night, waking some of them up,” Alicia says.

With just over a year until the special day, the couple began planning a country wedding at Gembrook, near Melbourne, for March 8, 2014. DIY played a big part in the preparations.

“Colour and style were very important to me and I worked particularly hard with my mum, friends and mother-in-law to get all details just right,” she says.

The couple wed and hosted their reception for 80 guests at Forest Edge, a glorious venue overlooking the Dandenong Ranges.

The rustic country feel perfectly captured the couple’s style and allowed Alicia to get creative.

“Everything was made by hand. From the invitations, table flowers, place settings, bomboniere, guestbook, and family photos on display, to the antique family suitcase that became our table setting chart, everything was carefully crafted and considered,” she says.

“It was important to include our friends and family in the process and where there was talent we used it.”

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“Typical of our goofy relationship, Nick and I tripped on the dress at times, forgot to stop at the cake to cut it when we were announced and a few other dorky incidents, but none of that even mattered,” Alicia says.

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The ceremony had many emotional moments for the couple and their guests. “It was not our intention to make people cry, but our vows had everyone in tears,” Alicia recalls.

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Forest Edge provided a spectacular backdrop for the couple’s photographers to get creative.

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DIY creations adorned the reception venue and carefully followed Alicia’s teal and orange theme.

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Photos by Amy Murray & Jess Shattock.

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Cultures come together to create colour at this fusion wedding

Colour was central to this fusion wedding, uniquely incorporating two cultures; Scottish and Sri Lankan.

“We wanted to involve our families in our wedding as much as possible and to incorporate both our backgrounds,” says bride Rachel Smith, 30. She married her beau Shehan Fernando, 34, on April 19, 2014 at Noosa Heads.

There were plenty of personal touches on the day including a homemade Sri Lankan wedding cake by Shehan’s mum, grandma and aunties. There was a bagpiper playing at the ceremony and Rachel’s dad, brother and a family friend wore kilts. The ladies in Shehan’s family wore Sri Lankan saris. “It was a very colourful day,” smiles Rachel.

Rachel and Shehan chose to offset their cultural coming together with a theme of lavender, grey and silver. “The ceremony and reception areas were more beautiful than we could have imagined, thanks to all our wonderful vendors and my mum for making the table centrepieces,” says Rachel.

The pair honeymooned in the Maldives.

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Rachel wore an Allure Bridal lace gown, with her bridesmaids in chiffon WTOO dresses from Bella Donna.

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The flowergirls were decked out in ruffled baby pink frocks from Etsy.

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“Beautiful Day” by U2 and “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers made up the ceremony music.

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“Everyone is right – the day goes by so quickly!” says Rachel.

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The groom and his crew were dressed by Moss Bros.

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Photos by Matt Rowe Photography.

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First kiss fail leads to classic wedding for Haley & Andrew

Although Andrew Gibb’s first attempt to kiss Haley Spark was met with rejection, the pair recently celebrated their classic wedding.

“Andy [33] and I met when we were in high school,” explains Haley, 31. “It wasn’t love at first sight…I actually rejected him the first time he tried to kiss me!” But a strong friendship quickly developed and Haley says she fell “madly in love”.

Haley describes the February 15, 2014 event as a fairy tale. “I had the big white dress, was married at a beautiful castle to my prince charming and could not have faulted the day at all.” The couple’s daughter, Chloe, had a special role as flower girl on the day. Haley and Andrew are expecting another bub in April.

Their reception at Curzon Hall in Marsfield, NSW, was decorated with neutral colours and a splash of pink. “We had subtle pink lighting, chandeliers, tea light candles, scattered rose petals, white organza bows around the chairs and a birdcage decorated by me,” says Haley.

The pair honeymooned on Hamilton Island.

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“It was a fairytale wedding, castle and all!” says Haley.

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Haley walked down the aisle to the 2011 rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

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The groom and his wedding party were dressed in satin edge suits by Spurling.

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“Don’t stress out if things don’t go to plan because it can actually work out for the better in the end,” says Haley.

Photos by Jonelle Norman Photography.

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Nicolette & Ben tread the red earth at their outback wedding

It was where this couple first shared the words “I love you” that was the destination for their outback wedding on August 16, 2014.

But marrying in Western Australia’s Broome at Cape Leveque wasn’t a simple task for Nicolette Glasson and Benjamin Farquhar, both 31. “Planning a wedding at a remote, eco tourist destination was truly epic,” explains Nicolette. “Almost every single item for the ceremony and reception had to be transported from Broome over 200km of unsealed dirt road.”

And the bridegroom ensured every guest experienced the Kimberley the authentic way. “We hired 4WD cars for our guests and booked out the entire Kooljaman Eco Resort where they stayed in beach shacks, safari tents and cabins,” smiles Nicolette. “We wanted all our guests to feel they were getting the unique Kimberley experience and to fall in love with the place just as Ben and I had.”

The couple said the arrival of their son Alexander prior to the wedding added to the meaning of their big day. “From the bridesmaids nearly getting hit by the incoming tide, to seeing Alex dressed in his little shorts and bow tie sitting up in the front row and finally marrying Ben on the sand … was an incredible feeling.”

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Nicolette says her gown by Melbourne designer Anna Campbell was a “risky choice” size-wsie having only just given birth to Alex. “But it fitted perfectly on the day,” she smiles.

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“We had spent quite a bit of time on our ceremony and the vows and it fitted perfectly with the very simple and relaxed ceremony we had wanted,” says Nicolette.

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The flowers on the day were native, styled in simple bouquets to keep costs down.

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“To me I think our wedding day was all about simplicity, family and friends and the beautiful place that we call home,” says the bride.

Photos by Edwina Robertson.

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Cultures combine for Daniella & Brendan’s classic wedding

Persistence paid off when it came to Brendan Lahoud asking for Daniella Barba’s hand in marriage.

Brendan was trying to get me into the city for dinner on a Saturday night which I kept refusing as I was tired after work,” Daniella, 24, remembers. “He wouldn’t drop it, he was being very persistent but I too was not budging so he eventually had to make up a story to get me in there.”

Brendan, 23, took Daniella to the same Darling Harbour restaurant they shared their first date and afterwards walked across the same wooden bridge they had on that first night.

“I was looking out at the water, Brendan was standing behind me, he put the ring on his finger and hugged me,” Daniella says. “I eventually looked down and saw this shiny, sparkling ring on his finger. It was a huge surprise, I had no idea he was doing it!”

Celebratory drinks and an impromptu engagement party later and the pair began planning their Lebanese-Italian cross cultural extravaganza.

Four hundred guests filled St George Maronite Catholic Church for the classic wedding on August 20, 2014. The reception was held at Sydney’s Doltone House Hyde Park.

“The party started from the moment we walked in! We entered the reception to the traditional Arabic drums with our guests surrounding us and dancing along. So much fun!” Daniella says.

“Our wedding day was beautiful.  The flowers, the dresses, the venue – were absolute perfection.”

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Daniella kept her accessories to a minimum to allow her Steven Khalil gown to do the talking.

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Daniella and Brendan’s ceremony was held in Brendan’s childhood church, “which was very special to him,” Daniella says.

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The six bridesmaids wore eye-catching dresses created by dressmaker Adriana Nati, a friend of Daniella’s.

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Glamorous Doltone House was decorated with the couple’s black and gold colour theme in mind.

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