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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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Wedding of the Year: Anna & Jamie win May

Anna & Jamie of Brisbane have won our May Wedding of the Year competition. Congratulations!

And thanks to their photographer, Bernadette Draffin, who submitted their red rustic wedding held in March this year at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard. It ticked so many boxes for us, and obviously all of you, too: A truly romantic love story whose plot included heart-wrenching separation, an emotional airport reunion and generous volunteer work in Africa; a beautiful outdoor ceremony enveloped in nature; rustic styling in deep scarlet; and a stunning marquee reception among the vineyards.

Anna and Jamie are the lucky winners of a $1000 gift card from Michael Hill and have secured the fifth spot in our yearly competition to win an pampered Fiji honeymoon at InterContinental Fiji flying in absolute style with Fiji Airways.

Our thanks goes out to the other eight nominees who shared their days with us and inspired us so!

Here’s a recap of Bernadette’s photos from this winning wedding. You can see the full story here.

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April & Alex bring classic elegance to Sydney beach wedding

High-school sweethearts April Morley and Alex Hamilton are all about the location when it comes to creating special memories.

Not only did 26-year-old Alex propose to April, 24, in New York’s Central Park, they chose the picturesque Watsons Bay for their elegant beach wedding. Eighty guests attended the March 27, 2015 event with classic white, pink and gold styling.

Hand-made wedding invitations were the first to set the theme. “Being very crafty and wanting something unique, I decided to make the invitations myself,” says April. Although they boasted a simple design, this bride battled with hundreds of microbeads to create the look she was after. “I must have had a million beads all over the house,” she laughs.

April knew she had found “the one” (the other important “one”), when a sales girl pulled her a Maggie Sottero gown. “When I found out it was called ‘April’ – it was a done deal,” smiles the bride. “It really seemed the dress was made just for me.”

April says the pair achieved their wedding goal which was all about the guests. “We said from the very beginning that we just wanted everyone that means the world to us to come along and have a good time, and we really felt that everyone did.”

April and Alex honeymooned on Hayman Island.

Photos courtesy of Lucie Zeka.

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Alex says he loves how happy and smiling April always is.

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April says she and Alex always have fun together.

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“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” is April’s advice for brides-to-be.

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