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Claire & Jarrad seal their French vintage wedding with a kiss

Eloping was the only wedding option for Claire Blomeley and Jarrad Dekuyer who both boast large families.

“An Australian wedding would have been huge… instead we invited everyone to join us in France for what was truly an international destination wedding,” explains Claire, 26.

The Perth couple were married at their French vintage wedding on December 18, 2014 with 75 guests in Menton on the country’s south east coast.

“An Australian bride of New Zealand descent and an Australian groom of Dutch, French and Italian descent marrying in a 13th century French baroque basilica overlooking the Mediterranean,” describes Claire. “The ceremony was performed by an American priest from Florida.”

It was certainly a mix of cultures on the day, where guests from Australia, England and the USA, joined by distant relatives from France and Italy, followed the French tradition after the ceremony to parade through the old town where they were cheered by locals and tourists.

The couple went for a minimalist look, letting the sunset over the Mediterranean, the illuminated villa, pool and garden speak for itself.

Photos courtesy of Alliance Photo.

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Claire says shopping for her Sophia Tulli gown is a memory she will cherish forever.

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The pair exchanged vows in the St Michel Basilica where Jarrad’s grandparents were married.

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“The speeches were beautiful, tasteful, heartfelt and were translated into French… and only some of the jokes were lost in translation,” recalls Claire.

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The bridesmaids’ bouquets were used later in the evening as table centrepieces.

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“We danced the night away in the elegance of the candlelit pool house with an open fire and real Champagne,” smiles Claire.

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Michelle & Ian’s run for love leads to fun rustic wedding

“Ian and I met when he approached me on the treadmill at the gym.” – Michelle Griffiths.

It’s not how many love stories start but with Gen Yers so keen to stay fit these days – maybe it’s one we’ll hear more of!

Thirty-one-year-old Michelle was the woman Ian Kahul, 25, was chasing down at the health club back in 2011. “We went from friendship, to a long distance relationship and then to being engaged within two years and it was clear to us both that we had found our other half,” smiles Michelle.

They planned an intimate, casual celebration for January 3, 2015. The fun rustic wedding included about 60 guests at Flowerdale Estate in Victoria on a 43-degree, windy day. “For a kiwi boy, this was pretty tough conditions,” laughs Michelle. “But it didn’t matter, it was the perfect day of celebration, so much laughter and a ridiculous amount of love.”

The Faux Fighters were employed to entertain the cosy audience. “Ian is the biggest Foo Fighters fan in the world. After the ceremony while we had nibbles and mingled the singer did an acoustic set for us as well.”

Photos courtesy of Agent 86.

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“I found an image on Pinterest that I fell in love with. I took it to Lorene Harris of Love Love Lorelei and she created my own version of this stunning dress I had found.,” beams Michelle.

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Ian wanted to acknowledge his Maori heritage and so had a Maori print put onto his shirt.

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“The bridesmaids and I had so fun putting our bouquets together on Friday night with all of the flowers we had got from the South Melbourne Market,” says Michelle.

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Video by Sebastian Oswell Photography

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Mining duo escape the desert for relaxed vineyard wedding

Distance was no obstacle when it came to the romance of Kathryn Arthur, 27, and Adrian Isbill, 30.

“Adrian moved the 1300kms to the famous mining town of Broken Hill for me,” Kathryn smiles. “He wasn’t letting me get away!”

After many years of travelling through the Hunter Valley to visit family the couple knew it was where they would want to marry. Wedding planning should have been overwhelming, with the couple also juggling a move, new jobs, making new friends, getting homesick and adopting a new puppy. “But surprisingly it was pretty much stress free,” smiles Kathryn.

Their vineyard wedding on April 17, 2015 took place at Peppers Creek Chapel followed by a reception with 80 guests in the stunning Barrel Room. “Adrian wanted a big party and I wanted something more low key,” says the bride. “After all, marriage is about compromise so a small guest list and in a barrel room was the perfect fit. And no helicopters.”

Kathryn wore a brand new released Maggie Sorreto gown which she says was worth the stress to secure. She had to leave at 4am to collect it in Sydney, got lost in a sea “of corporate uniforms” dressed in her high-vis getup and accidentally cost herself $90 in parking.

Photos courtesy of Little Black Bow.

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“Jodi, who is my Orange bestie, happens to be a florist, and was kind enough to create our wonderful native flowers,” smiles Kathryn.

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Adrian and his bridal pack were dressed by PJ Johnson. “These guys are VERY into their suits and are highly recommended,” says Kathryn.

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“The best advice we received was to make an effort to see your new husband/wife throughout the day,” says Kathryn.

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The couple are still planning their honeymoon.

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Teen romance leads to elegant DIY wedding for Abbey & Chris

Research shows relationships that begin in the workplace are most likely to lead to marriage.

We think Abbey Kenny, 25, and Christopher Conroy, 26, would agree. The two met as teenagers while working together. “We worked next door to each other,” smiles Abbey. “We had been together for seven years and decided getting married was for us.”

The pair held their DIY wedding at Beaconsfield Upper, Victoria on April 4, 2015. “All my DIYing paid off as the venue and ceremony looked fantastic and exactly as I pictured it,” explains Abbey. “We wanted to plan a simple wedding and not costly so we chose to DIY almost everything.”

From the invitations to the venue décor, the bride put her creative skills to the test.

Their ceremony on the grounds of the Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links was followed by a reception in the country club surrounded by bushland.

Abbey says the two are happiest when travelling about in their caravan with their Labrador, Dougie. Despite this, the couple swapped the road for a resort, and honeymooned in Fiji.

Photos courtesy of Michelle Ducasse.

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Abbey’s gown featured a high neck, cap sleeves and beaded bodice. The bridesmaids wore complementary styles from Young Designers Gallery.

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Chris went classic in a three piece suit from Ferrari Formalwear.

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“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day,” smiles Abbey.

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“We DIYed everything so it had a personal touch…we worked on it for 12 months,” says Abbey.

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High school sweethearts host elegant vintage wedding: Shelly & Justin

High school sweethearts Shelly Sanders and Justin Gould met when they were just 15.

Almost a decade later they walked down the aisle in an elegant vintage wedding in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.

Shelly, 24, planned for a year to ensure the day was memorable for them and their guests.

“Our overall aim was to create a really good atmosphere, great music and great food and not a lot of waiting around,” she says.

Shelly and Justin, 23, wed in the charming chapel at Bram Leigh Receptions on January 9, 2015 in front of 110 guests. Their reception followed at the same location, allowing for a seamless transition between the vows and celebration.

A photobooth, kitted out with costumes by the bride, provided plenty of entertainment and, even though they married in Melbourne, the couple had plenty of reminders of their former life in Gippsland.

“We had our families and friends from the country, we had a local band from back home and a brilliant local photographer,” Shelly says.

There was plenty of DIY too. Shelly’s sister made the bridesmaids’ gowns and another sister designed, cooked and decorated the wedding cake.

“And Justin and I designed and made all the bomboniere and table labels,” Shelly says.

“Everyone complimented on what a perfect day it was and how the atmosphere was so great. Great old-school music, a photobooth and just an all-round perfect day!”

Photos courtesy of Alice Campbell Photography.

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Shelly’s lace gown from Fairytales Bridal Boutique featured a peplum bodice, scalloped hemline and delicate lace sleeves which she had added.

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Jumping Jonquils crafted Shelly’s feminine bouquet in elegant muted pastel tones.

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Each layer of the couple’s cake was a different flavour: mud cake with fresh strawberries, vanilla with white choc and raspberry; and coconut and lemon.

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