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‘Cause I like you: the bohemian wedding of Natalie & Clayton

The bucket list for Natalie O’Sullivan and Clayton Smith can’t be too long now.

Before they were even engaged the pair had travelled Australia in their home “Urvan”, spent time living interstate, worked as FIFO employees for the mines and had their son, Cooper. “Not long after we welcomed Cooper and a year later, on a sneaky weekend away alone together, Clayton [31] proposed,” remembers Natalie, 27..

Their bohemian wedding on April 5, 2014, welcomed 116 guests to East Melbourne. “Clayton’s dad is a Minister and married us, making it extra special as we said our vows. We had the most stunning ceremony held in an outdoor amphitheatre on a five-acre property, overlooking a billabong in Alphington Victoria,” says Natalie.

The property is owned by the couple’s friends. “So lucky to have my best friend’s family own this amazing property and allowed us to use it for the day,” praises Natalie. “They put so much effort to make it absolutely perfect.” Their reception took place at Eastern Hill Dining Hall.

The bride’s flowing, understated gown from Grace Loves Lace was complemented with accessories from Samantha Wills. “The day had a relaxed bohemian style, with the girls in flowing white dresses, the boys in grey suits. Of course the star of the day was our little boy, Cooper.”

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The couple were over the moon with Tricky Dan Photography. “Daniel Fewchuk is such an amazing photographer and person. He flew down from Sydney for our wedding and is my sister-in-law’s cousin,” says Natalie.

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“I did a lot of details for the day myself and we were so lucky to have so many talented family and friends who helped us,” praises Natalie.

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“Our wedding was unique, relaxed and thoughtfully pieced together,” says Natalie.

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Reception music was from Damian O’Sullivan Molly’s Dream courtyard entertainment.

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Photos courtesy of Tricky Dan.

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Kirsty & Cameron jet off for vintage beach wedding

Kirsty Salter’s vintage beach wedding to long-time love Cameron Allen was the fairytale ending to a life-changing few years.

“When I met Cam I didn’t have much at all, I was 20 kilograms heavier than what I am now with absolutely no confidence in myself and in the six years we have been together he has shown me how much true love can heal and help someone grow as a person,” Kirsty says.

Kirsty, 26, met Cam, 27, at a party in Wagga Wagga in 2008. After discovering they had a “crazy amount of things in common”, they were soon living together.

Four years on, Cam proposed while the pair were on holidays in Fiji and the date was set for May 8, 2014.

For the venue, Kirsty and Cam settled on beautiful Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove, North Queensland. “We had it up there as we wanted the occasion to be more than one day,” Kirsty explains.

“We wanted all of our friends and family to have a well-deserved holiday as well as help celebrate our special day.”

The couple’s 70 guests were treated to a relaxed and elegant celebration, with many of them having their own part to play in the day’s success.

We tried to involve many of our friends and family…by utilising their amazing strengths and using many of them as a hairdresser, videographer, entertainment, make up artist, wedding invites etc,” Kirsty says.

The couple says there is nothing they would change about their special day.

“It was a true reflection of pure love, happiness and fun that made everyone feel good!” Kirsty says.

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Kirsty says she knew her Maggie Sottero gown was ‘the one’ from the moment she tried it on. “My mum, sister, cousins and aunty all got teary when I put it on. It was perfect for the location.”

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When it came to accessories, Kirsty kept it simple. “I only wore my wedding ring and a headpiece, as my dress was quite busy with jewels in the shoulders and lower back.”

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Blue Sky Photography captured some stunning images of the day. “Benn had a remarkable way of making everyone feel so comfortable and at ease with his sense of humour, direction and wit,” Kirsty says.

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Photos courtesy of Blue Sky Photography.

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Lexie & James’ black tie wedding in Queensland worth the wait

It took six years for friends Lexie Mayor and James Rahkala to start dating, but when they finally did, things moved fast.

“Jamie and I met years ago through my brother-in-law and we always had our eye on each other,” explains Lexie, 26. “After about six years Jamie [35] moved to Queensland [from Sydney] and as fate would have it I made the move the same year with my family.” The pair from Jimboomba, Queensland, started seeing one another and within weeks moved in together and had their daughter Charleigh within the year.

Planning their black tie wedding for June 28, 2014 was a breeze as Lexie and James share very similar tastes. “Jamie came and helped me all the way along,” says Lexie. “We kept everything about our day a secret from our [87] guests to make sure it was an event they would never forget.”

Lexie’s princess gown by Ann Wilson was perfectly matched with flower girl dresses of a similar style from the same designer. “The detail and extras we had for our wedding were all never before seen which made our wedding not only unique but just the perfect fairytale day,” smiles Lexie.

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“I love the support Jamie gives me everyday – he makes me laugh! We are complete opposite in our personality but work so well in balancing each other,” praises Lexie.

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Lexie’s bridesmaids were also dressed by Ann Wilson, in pastel pink empire-line evening gowns.

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Photography by LM Images at Bond University in Robina flattered the black tie styling.

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Photos courtesy of LM Images.

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Tradition rules Karisa & Brendan’s elegant wedding

In planning their elegant, vintage-style wedding, childhood sweethearts Karisa Demarte and Brendan Harrison ensured they kept a special family tradition alive.

The couple, both 26, wed at the Basilica of Saint Patrick, Fremantle, Western Australia, on March 16, 2013; a venue that held special significance for the bride. “It was the same church my grandparents and parents got married in,” Karisa says.

The reception for 90 guests followed at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, in the intimate Indian Ocean suite, completing the elegant wedding theme.

With chandeliers falling from the ceiling, “it was the most amazing reception we could ever ask for,” Karisa says.

“The room was set up how I imagined, candelabras on each table, the room felt so romantic, lit by candles. It was so beautiful, exactly what we wanted.”

The pair, who met when they were 18, describe their wedding as magical. “The night ended so quickly, I didn’t want to take off my dress,” Karisa says.

“We had the most amazing time of our lives, everything went perfectly and we wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Roger David suited up Brendan and his boys in charcoal three-piece numbers with black trim.

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Rose bouquets to match the dusty pink one shoulder dresses were by Lush Creations.

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Fremantle provided the perfect backdrop for Steve Hughes Photography to work its magic.

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Karisa loved the intimate Indian Ocean suite, with its chandelier-adorned ceiling and candlelit tables.

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Photos courtesy of Steve Hughes Photography.

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For as long as we both shall live: An intimate wedding

She needed a washing machine, he needed a place to live. It was a match made in heaven.

Thurza Sullivan, 49, and Michael van der Heyden, 50, met in 1993 when he moved into her share house. They were engaged after three years of dating, but it wasn’t until April 8, 2014 they were married. “To be honest, I had never expected to be in a life-long relationship with someone and really didn’t see myself having children at any point,” explains Thurza. But a close friends’ wedding inspired the pair to make the commitment of engagement. “But the wedding never happened,” says Thurza.

The birth of their children Hannah and Sjouke followed not long after, but so did the passing of Thurza’s parents. Strain on the relationship almost saw the couple separate, but they dug deep and stuck together. The tough times didn’t end there, however, with Thurza then diagnosed with bowel cancer. “It was a very, very tough year for all of us,” she says.

Leading up to the end of treatment, the couple decided to throw a party to celebrate Thurza’s recovery. “Then we thought we could also celebrate Michael’s 50th as his birthday was coming up in November,” says Thurza. ”Then our daughter Hannah said ‘and you two could get married!’ So essentially our children proposed, and we accepted.”

The long-time lovers celebrated with an intimate wedding of six guests under the theme for as long as we both shall live. “We’d given all those vows a good testing over the years and I was so impressed by Michael’s response to ‘in sickness and in health’ that after 21 years together it was finally the right time to get married.”

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“It was a damp, poignant, wonderful day,” remembers Thurza. ”Wonderful for Michael and I, but also incredibly special to have our children Hannah and Sjouke there to be part of our ceremony and celebrate with us.”

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The couple’s daughter Hannah did a reading from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Sjouke read from Dr Seuss’ Oh The Places You’ll Go.

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Although it was just six guests at the wedding, the pair celebrated with wider family and friends a few days later.

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Thurza wasn’t so sure about pulling off a traditional wedding gown. “As an older bride, a big white dress just wasn’t my thing. I found a gorgeous outfit in the ‘mother of the bride’ section.”

Photos courtesy of Tizia May Photography.

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