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Family rules Carly & Mark’s Daylesford wedding

Gorgeous Daylesford in country Victoria was the perfect location for Carly D’Sylva and Mark Parfett’s vintage-themed celebrations.

The couple chose The Convent for their vintage-themed Daylesford wedding for 75 guests held on April 12, 2014.

Carly says the day had special focus on their loved ones.

“We made an effort to ensure that our ceremony represented us and involved the people we love,” she says.

“We had our sisters and brother in our bridal party, had Mark’s grandfather present a reading and thanked our mothers with a rose.”

The couple, who were together for seven years before Mark proposed in New York’s Central Park, say it was important they spent the day with those closest to them.

“Don’t get caught up on the little things,” Carly warns brides-to-be.

“Remember the reason why you are getting married and share it with the ones you love the most. Be present in the moment and take time on the day to spend with your husband-to-be.”

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Photos courtesy of Cam Grove.
Video courtesy of C2 Video.

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Kaycee & Eamonn’s Hunter Valley wedding with a hint of Ireland

Combine the talents of an event planner and a head chef and the results are sure to be spectacular.

And while strong-minded pair Kaycee Tuckerman, 29, and chef hubby Eamonn Conboy, 35, didn’t always see eye-to-eye when planning their Hunter Valley wedding, they both agree it was “the best day ever”.

The couple wed at Peterson Champagne House, NSW, in front of 39 family and friends on August 11, 2014.

The venue had special significance for the pair as it was the first place they shared a meal together when Kaycee took Eamonn home to meet her family.

The day was a casual affair, with hints of Ireland here and there paying tribute to Eamonn’s heritage.

“The vows were personalised to include our quirks and love for each other. It also tied in a bit of tradition with an Irish hand-fasting,” Kaycee says.

“The reception also had its highlights including a smash piñata cake, great music and mini Jameson [Irish] Whiskey as the bomboniere. All throughout the day there were bursts of dancing as everyone was also helping film the wedding video – our very own version of “Happy” by Pharell.”

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Eamonn and his groomsmen were dressed by mobile outfitters, Formalwear Express. “Made it so easy, with our busy schedules,” says Kaycee.

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Luv Bridal was the one-stop boutique for Kaycee’s gown and her bridesmaids’ aubergine frocks.

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Photos courtesy of Alex Winner Photography.
Video by Umbral Creative.

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Emily & Dylan’s rustic winter wedding in Newcastle

You’ll never see a PDA out of Newcastle couple Emily Thomas and Dylan Sharpe – except, maybe, on their wedding day.

The shy couple from the NSW coastal town say being the centre of attention isn’t their thing, and certainly neither are public displays of affection.

“It was the first time anyone had seen us kiss,” says Emily, of their rustic winter wedding in Newcastle, NSW, on June 21, 2014.

“We’d rather shower others with gifts and generosity than receive it,” she explains.

The café manager and lab technician first met studying at university in Lismore. In a crowded nightclub, Dylan spotted Emily and declared, “One day, I’m going to kiss that girl.” It only took a week. Emily was his first girlfriend, and now, five years later, she’s his wife.

Their laid back celebration began at St John’s Anglican Church and continued beachside at Merewether Surfhouse. Rustic was the style that encapsulated their earthy, back to nature personalities.

DJ Luke Sonter, aka Luke La Beat arrived with his arsenal of alternative tracks, just as the newlyweds requested, but he had one more trick up his sleeve.

“He also played electronic drums,” says Emily, who loved the surprise live element he brought to the entertainment. “You couldn’t get people off the dance floor.”

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Emily knew she’d found the right flower girl dress when her niece refused to take it off.

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Recalling Dylan’s proposal, Emily says, “He asked me if I would stay myself the rest of my life but spend every moment with him.”

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“Both Emily and Dylan told us how camera shy they were but they were an absolute dream to photograph,” tells Chalk and Cheese Photography.

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Photos courtesy of Chalk and Cheese Photography.

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Alfresco love: Wisteria & Ryan’s vintage garden wedding

A majestic outdoor space they discovered years before provided the perfect backdrop to Wisteria Mulvey and Ryan Ferguson’s vintage garden wedding.

After a failed setup by friends in 2005, jewellery designer Wisteria, 31, and arborist Ryan, 29, were in the right place emotionally when sparks flew a year later at a black tie party.

Despite Wisteria’s imminent plans for seven month, worldwide trip, an “intense six week, whirlwind courtship” ensued, says Wisteria and Ryan asked if she would wait for him.

“Smitten and already in love, the relationship began,” she smiles.

“One month into my trip, reality set in,” recalls Wisteria. “Life without my new love was difficult. We decided the only possible answer was for Ryan to come and join me for the remaining three months of the trip.”

At their four-year milestone the Melbourne couple purchased a home together in the Dandenong Ranges; a 1930s miner’s cottage just down the way from the Alfred Nicholas Gardens where they would later say ‘I do.’

The gardens’ renowned tree ferns, waterfalls and wandering paths provided a fabulously romantic setting as the pair exchanged vows in front of an intimate gathering of 50 family and friends on April 28, 2012.

Planning the wedding in just three months, Wisteria says she and hubby Ryan were overwhelmed with the result. It was a day “that secured a special moment in time forever, with love,” Wisteria says.

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The bride’s dress, created by Pamela Nelson, was an ivory silk high-necked gown modeled on a wedding gown Wisteria uncovered in a local op shop years earlier.

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Dreamlife Photos & Video captured unforgettable images of the day.

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Photos courtesy of Dreamlife Photos & Video.

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Location, location, location: Coastal wedding of Brooke & Jordy

The coastal wedding of Brooke Winn-Williams and Jordan Walker was all about the venue.

The Queensland pair were married on October 12, 2013 with their 100 guests at a location Brooke describes as “rare and stunning”. Harrigan’s Drift Inn is located at Jacob’s Well, somewhere between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“When I first arrived at Harrigans, before talking to anyone or trying any food, there was no doubt I had found the place,” recalls Brooke, 19. “Harrigan’s is very tranquil as it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, but still with water views.”

Brooke’s princess-style strapless gown was purchased from Brides of Brisbane and her bridesmaids wore one-shoulder lilac dresses. Brooke and Jordan, 21, hit the sand dunes and beach for some gorgeous photos with their bridal party.

Careful planning ensured the day ran effortlessly. “On our wedding day everything went beyond smooth,” Brooke says. Her advice for other brides is to not worry about what others think. “Do what you want because at the end of the day, it’s your wedding day.”

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Brooke had two flower girls on her wedding day dressed in tulle and satin.

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Brooke says her day was special because she “got to marry my best friend”.

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Bridesmaid dresses were purchased from Brides by the Bay.

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Photos courtesy of Lee Hardcastle.

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