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Dating rules no obstacle for Marina & Jeremey’s classic wedding

Not being allowed to date would be a difficult start to anyone’s relationship.

Lucky for Marina Kovacevic, Jeremey Czabotar hung in there and, a year after he first asked her out, they began seeing one another. “We have been inseparable ever since,” smiles Marina, 24.

Jeremey, 25, didn’t disappoint with his proposal of marriage either, choosing none other than the City of Love to make his move. “Our last evening in Paris we walked towards the Eiffel Tower so we could watch the fireworks…we were standing there watching how beautiful all the colours in the sky were, when I turned around to look at Jeremey and saw him on bended knee,” remembers Marina.

Their classic wedding on March 2, 2014 included almost 100 guests and simple, elegant theming. They were married at St Sava Church, Serbian Orthodox and celebrated at the Fremantle Sailing Club in Perth.

Like most weddings, theirs didn’t go to plan, but it didn’t spoil a thing, says Marina. “There were many hiccups leading up to the day and when it finally arrived all of our family and friends brought a great spirit which made me forget all of the imperfections.”

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Marina’s bridal gown was by Collezione Bridal Couture.

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The couple created original gifts for their guests. “We purchased our favourite cologne and perfume as a miniature (5mL). His being Versace and mine, Gucci.”

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Marina’s tip for the perfect wedding day? “If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would relax more. As hard as that sounds, I wouldn’t let small things get to me as much.”

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Photos courtesy of Alan Khan Wedding Photography and Video.

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Rhianna brings the wow factor at her elegant wedding to John

And the bride wore…floral.

It’s hard to deny the highlight of this wedding was Rhianna Mackinnon’s choice of bridal gown. The stunning Wendy Makin design was a strapless princess style in a pastel floral pattern. “The whole experience, from the time I stepped into their bridal salon to the time I picked up my dress, was amazing,” praises Rhianna, 29.

Rhianna married John Lawson, also 29, on Waiheke Island, New Zealand December 29, 2013. The elegant wedding began with plenty of relaxing. “Our wedding celebration started at 5pm, so we had the day to relax and enjoy the island,” explained Rhianna. “John played golf on the morning of the wedding and I went for a run, swam at the beach and had a late brunch before starting to get ready.”

It was a family affair, with both the bride and groom including their siblings on the day. “John and I were lucky enough to have all of our siblings in our bridal party,” says Rhianna.

Seventy guests gathered for the ceremony and reception at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant. “John and I could not have imagined a more perfect way to start our lives as Mr and Mrs Lawson. Not only did we get to spend our wedding day on beautiful Waiheke Island, but we got to continue celebrations over a week long holiday.”

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The pair opted for a Silver Wraith Rolls Royce to transport the bride.

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This couple got together after playing together in a work basketball team.

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“John wakes up every day thinking it will be his best day yet – and that’s infectious!” says Rhianna.

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Photos courtesy of Shine Studios.

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November rain: Soggy beach wedding goes ahead at last minute

When Kayla Murray and John Quadrio chose the last Friday in November to hold their Perth beach wedding, they knew they’d be by the water – just not engulfed in it.

Thinking November 29, 2013, would bring a perfect sunset wedding, “mother nature had different plans,” laughs Kayla, a 26-year-old travel consultant. “It rained all day – and it didn’t just rain – it poured, and ended up being one of the wettest days in November on record.”

Just as she and John, 27, were about to make “that horrible decision” – to call the whole thing off – the sun peeked through the oppressing sky and shone down on their golden colour theme. “We were all good to go!” says Kayla, who adapted a gown previously made for her mother.

The high school sweethearts have known each other half their lives so when they were engaged at just 20 years old, it was probably not a shock to those who knew them – but rather that they took another five years to make it to the altar.

“Many people asked us for years when we were actually going to get married… but we weren’t in any rush,” explains Kayla. “At the beginning of 2013, we realised that we were in the right stage.”

She adds, “As I walked down the jetty I saw all of the excited faces of my family and friends and I couldn’t believe they were all here to see us – these once annoying teenagers taking their next steps in life to becoming husband and wife.”

The most anticipated day among their circle of 110 had arrived and the celebrations continued at Mindarie Marina.

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Dreamscape Wedding & Event Stylists designed the golden-themed beach ceremony.

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“Excellent” is how the bride describes wedding celebrant Dru Soltys.

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The couple’s wedding cupcakes were a creation of a family friend.

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Photos courtesy of Digitally Enhanced Photography.

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Ring glitch leads to getting hitched at garden wedding: Hannah & Nathan

When Nathan Smith was interviewing Hannah Gundersen for a job, he didn’t realise he was face to face with his future wife.

“Luckily for me – I got the job!” says Hannah, 32. Eighteen months later they began dating and were married on February 15, 2014. But it wasn’t as simple as that. Nathan, 39, had planned to propose during a Queenstown holiday, using one of the rings Hannah always wore, as the “placeholder”.

“He was already down on his knees, buried in snow, after taking a fall on the ski slopes,” explains Hannah. “I came over to make sure that he wasn’t injured…Nathan took my ski gloves off, expecting to use my Aunty Maxine’s ring to propose with, but there was no ring to be seen. I had forgotten to put it on that day!”

Nathan put the proposal on hold until a week later, back home in Melbourne, at their favourite restaurant. Seeing the ring was now on Hannah’s right hand, Nathan removed it and, while asking her to be his wife, placed it on her ring finger. “It was such a romantic and intimate proposal,” recalls Hannah.

Their garden wedding at Ascot House Receptions was focused on the guests having a good time. “We wanted our reception to involve plenty of good music and dancing throughout the night,” says Hannah. “My nanna, who is 86, is a fantastic dancer and she showed the guests a thing or two on the dance floor – and also took a strong liking to one of our groomsmen who she danced with for most of the night!”

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“I was after a vintage, elegant but relaxed style of dress,” Hannah says of her Bluebell Bridal gown.

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The bridesmaid dresses were by Review. “Beautiful red lace dresses with a stunning scalloped neckline,” describes Hannah.

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Cake Passion put together a gorgeous ivory wedding cake, scattered with pink and coral roses, in a rich Cherry Ripe flavour.

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Says the groom, “My beautiful bride Hannah was welled up with tears for the majority of the evening. These were tears of fear, love and, not least of all, relief that all the planning paid off!”

Photos courtesy of Tori and Sal.

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Aspiring wedding planner opts for classic wedding: Shenae & Cameron

Of all the themes aspiring wedding planner Shenae Crompton could choose, she got back to basics with a romantic, classic wedding on September 21, 2013.

The Perth bride, who works in administration, revelled in planning the Lutheran church ceremony and AWQA reception with high school sweetheart Cameron Booysen, 24. So much so, we hopes to one day make it her profession.

“I organised every single item for our day with explicit detail,” she muses. “I am looking to start my own business helping others create their dream days.”

Admittedly, Shenae’s first attempt at pulling off an impressive wedding for 120 guests was made markedly easier having chosen quality wedding businesses. ““From our florist to our photographer, to the venues and DJ, each supplier delivered more than we could have hoped for,” she praises.

The couple attended secondary school together and were part of the same church and youth group. LIttle did they know they were laying the foundations for marriage. A Facebook friend request years later led to their first date in which their chemistry was undeniable.

Says Shenae, 25, “From that moment… we both felt like marriage wasn’t just a possibility – but inevitable.”

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National men’s outfitter Ferrari Formal Wear provided the boys’ classic outfits, including their high-shine shoes.

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Shenae chose Collezione Bridal Couture for her fitted, ruffled gown, spending more for a made-to-measure fit. “The best money I spent,” she praises.

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Absolutely Fabulous Wedding Cars provided elegant Royal Daimlers for the bridal party. “Perfect choice and on-time service,” says the bride.

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Of the romantic blooms Shenae smiles, “I would recommend Kiss Chasey to anyone. Absolutely exquisite arrangements and fairly priced.”

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“Although we are so different,” says Shenae, “we bring out the best in each other.”

Photos courtesy of Lanceshotme.

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