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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.


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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Photographer: Jeph Chen

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.







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








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.








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




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.






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




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





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












Floor to ceiling windows fill Acqua Viva with natural light.







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Eryn & Andrew’s black belt in love leads to medieval wedding

Incorporating a shared passion into your wedding day is a clever way of making it unique to any other.

Eryn Campbell-Hardwick, 21, and Andrew Purcell, 44, took on the suggestion of their celebrant, Marry Me Marilyn, to include a belt-tying ceremony – representing their love of karate. “Marilyn suggested that we include an element of our martial arts journey together; a ‘belt tying’ ceremony, similar to those in medieval Celtic culture,” explains Eryn.

The pair met back in 2009 at a karate class. Andrew was on his learners with a yellow belt, and Eryn, further progressed on her brown belt. “Little did I know that the handsome stranger standing opposite me in sparring lines would one day be my husband,” says Eryn. “In our first ever sparring match, he won. I may have been upset about this had I been able to get his adorable smile out of my head.”

The special touch at their ceremony for the medieval wedding on July 12, 2014 at Tyalgum Ridge Retreat involved their siblings. Each draped a belt over the couple’s clasped hands, tying them together in matrimony. “Many of our karate ‘family’ really enjoyed this unique tribute,” smiles Eryn.

Photos courtesy of Angel Eyes Photography.






The bridesmaids’ black strapless gowns were purchased from Rare Dare Stones Corner.





“The two black belts were our current belts and those that we had achieved together,” Eryn says of the belt-tying.





The night concluded with a supermoon adding to the uniqueness of this wedding.


“Andrew is my best friend and my husband, and I can’t imagine a better man to spend my life with,” smiles Eryn.


Video by Angel Eyes Photography.

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Maze of love weaves Melissa & Dave to Airlie Beach wedding

David King’s proposal to long-time girlfriend Melissa Battle was definitely worth the wait.

After eight years together, Melissa, 31, had almost given up on marriage, until Dave, also 31, led his blindfolded bride-to-be out into their Boronia garden.

“All of a sudden he yelled out that I could remove the blindfold. To my amazement I was inside a maze made out of beautiful pieces of fabric. On all of the walls inside the maze where hundreds of photos hanging on string,” Melissa recalls.

“All of the photos were of us, family and our adventures together. Throughout the maze there were also little handwritten notes containing things that Dave loves about me.”

At the end of the maze was a final note and a surprisingly empty ring box.

“Confused, I turned around to see Dave on bended knee with the ring in his hand. Needless to say I burst into tears and of course said ‘yes’,” Melissa says.

After such a romantic proposal, it was important the wedding measured up, and the couple didn’t disappoint with a destination Airlie Beach wedding on May 10, 2014, in front of 60 friends and family.

From providing the stunning venue to planning the day to a tee, Melissa says Villa Botanica left no stone unturned.

“From the moment we arrived on our wedding day we were made to feel special. The ceremony location offered breathtaking views of the ocean and the hand carved gazebo where we were married was exquisite,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Studio Impressions.











Melissa and Dave met through mutual friends in 2005 and, while it wasn’t love at first sight, their friendship quickly grew into something more. “Dave is the most caring and loving partner and would do anything for anyone,” Melissa says.










A quirky first dance mash-up choreographed by Sarah Fry, and a lantern-lighting ceremony kept the celebrations going long into the night.

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