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All aboard the love boat: Zoe & Maddox’s Art Deco wedding

Like many couples, Zoe Unkovich and Michael Maddox met at work. Unlike most couples, she was a dancer and he was a guitarist and their ‘office’ was a cruise ship.

“We dated rather intensely for three months while we worked on the ship and then did the long distance thing for nine months,” Zoe, 28, says. “By the time we started our next cruise ship contract, Maddox had bought my vintage engagement ring.”

Maddox, 41, asked for Zoe’s hand in the Caribbean island of St Maarten. The couple had just two months to plan their special day, all while working on board a cruise ship with unreliable internet.

While Maddox hails from Los Angeles, the pair decided to return to the bride’s hometown of Perth for their art deco wedding. They married and held their reception at Bar Lafayette on April 11, 2015 in front of 15 guests.

Zoe says the venue perfectly suited their style. “You can’t improve on perfection. Art deco, dark, moody bliss!” she says. “It had big leather chairs, lamps, paintings and rugs. So homey and yet glam at the same time.”

Photos courtesy of Peter Edwards Photography.

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When talking flowers, Zoe requested “goth glam” and got exactly what she was looking for, with the help of The Flowergirl. “It was different and stunning,” she says. “You only do it once so why not make a splash and add some colour”.

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After ordering a disastrous dress online, a close friend of Zoe’s came to the rescue to design and make a gown that arrived just one hour before the ceremony. Her advice to future brides is not to put too much pressure on themselves to find the “perfect” dress. “It’s not about looking your most beautiful on the day, but feeling the most beautiful,” Zoe says.

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Monkey business: Danielle & Jared’s zoo wedding in Sydney

Danielle Wynd and Jared Wilson both caught a bug at the same time. The travel bug.

The pair met while working at Holiday Inn in Darling Harbour and quickly began trapesing around the world with a shared love of travel. “We have been lucky enough to travel all over the world together including a one year world trip,” says Danielle, 30, of Jared, 35. “We always have fun together and treat life as the adventure it is.”

After eight years together they bought their first home and Jared chose that moment to propose. Danielle had just returned from a trip to America with her mum. “Unprepared for what he had planned I was in my PJs we started looking through the house together. As we got to the last room I opened the door to a table with a beautiful princess cut ring and a rose on it,” smiles Danielle.

Their zoo wedding on March 7, 2015 at Taronga Zoo included 120 guests (and a few animals) and was styled with the theme of romantic elegance. “Friends, family, dancing and a view to die for set amongst the animals and the time of your life sums up our wedding,” describes Danielle.

Photos courtesy of Nadine Saacks Photography.

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Danielle wore Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee.

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The couple got up close and personal with Taronga Zoo’s tallest locals.

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Classic Bridal Cars provided transport for the bridal party.

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The couple honeymooned in Africa and The Maldives.

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Heidi & Nathan keep it simple with intimate wedding

Family came first at Heidi Mitchell and Nathan Montgomery’s intimate wedding in the Adelaide Hills.

“We decided that we wanted a small, no fuss, intimate wedding with only our family and children involved,” Heidi says.

“We very much wanted it to be about our love for each other and our family.”

Heidi and Nathan, both 40, wed in a relaxed garden wedding on May 16, 2015 at Tally Ho Lodge, Millbrook, South Australia in front of just 15 guests.

Adelaide-based bride Heidi says the day could not have been better.

“The day was perfect, we were very lucky with the weather, the sun was shining and we were surrounded by a beautiful garden setting and the rolling Adelaide hillside,” she says.

Following the ceremony a cocktail-style reception was held inside the lodge, before celebrations continued on into the night at Nathan’s parents’ house.

“Our wedding was perfect for us. It was exactly what we wanted, fun, relaxed and intimate and everyone had a wonderful time,” Heidi says.

Photos courtesy of Lakeside Photography.

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Heidi wanted a gown that wasn’t white or ivory, so opted for a champagne-coloured A-line dress. “I had a thin beaded halter neck added,” she says.

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Nathan proposed while the pair were on a holiday in Thailand. “It was very romantic,” Heidi says of the dinner proposal.

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Kylie & Ben see in 2015 with at bang at New Year’s Eve wedding

Kylie Parata and Ben Goldie saw out 2014 with a bang – hosting a New Year’s Eve wedding by the beach.

The Wyong, NSW pair shared the day with 110 friends and family, marrying at St Cecillia’s Church, Wyong on December 31, 2014.

The celebrations continued at Soldiers Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

“Being New Year’s Eve it was important to us that our friends and family brought in 2015 with a bang,” Kylie says of the party-like atmosphere.

“It was a glamour garden party theme with the operative word being party!”

The high school sweethearts, both 28, opted for a neutral colour scheme throughout, which allowed for dramatic pops of colour in things like the flower bouquets.

“A New Year’s Eve wedding is something different,” Kylie says.

“Everyone agreed it was a great way to end the year, a magical celebration of the beginning of 2015 and the rest of our lives together.”

Photos courtesy of Cavanagh Photography.

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“The day I found ‘the dress’ was unexpected,” Kylie says of her Demetrois strapless gown. “I had no idea of the style I wanted, however the sales assistant knew exactly what would suit my style.”

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The couple had two hours with their photographer and videographer between the ceremony and reception, allowing them plenty of time to get a range of photos in different locations.

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A close friend made the pair’s “choc wasted” wedding cake to cater for Kylie’s love of chocolate.

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In full bloom: Jessica & Leigh’s sweet spring wedding

Jessica Peric and Leigh Fry share a passion for good food, so it was only fitting Leigh packed the perfect picnic lunch to propose to his bride-to-be.

“It was a beautiful picnic under the lighthouse at Byron Bay, one of our favourite weekend getaway destinations,” Jessica, 27, says.

She and Leigh, 31, then began planning a spring wedding at gorgeous Broadway Chapel, Woolloongabba, Queensland.

The Brisbane pair wed on October 24, 2014 in front of 90 family and friends.

“Our wedding day was just beautiful, we got to celebrate the love we have for each other and share some of the monumental times of our relationship with those most important to us,” Jessica says.

The reception was held at Hillstone, St Lucia, decorated by the bride and groom in a classic meets rustic style.

“Our wedding was the perfect balance between classic and contemporary, with an elegant yet simple style, which our guests really appreciated,” Jessica says.

Photos courtesy of Ben & Hope Photography.

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Soft, flowing bridesmaids’ dresses complemented Jessica’s Anna Campbell gown and spring blooms and headpieces worked with the spring theme.

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“Leigh and I are both very determined and committed people and value these traits in each other,” Jessica says.

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