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Pure bliss: Kaylah & Tobi’s bohemian wedding

Teenage sweethearts Kaylah Cook and Tobias Berger took a less traditional route to their trip down the aisle.

Kaylah, 28, and Tobi, 29, met on a camping trip and knew it was something special. Five years later their son was born. The pair then decided to go their separate ways, while still remaining friends and co-parenting their son.

“We knew we needed some time to grow as individuals,” Kaylah explains.

“In 2012 we reunited and Tob popped the question one morning in bed pulling out a gorgeous diamond ring.”

The Lennox Head pair married at the Koonyum Range Retreat in Mullumbimby, NSW, on May 31, 2014 in an intimate and bohemian wedding with just five guests.

“We wanted to keep our day simple, romantic and sacred without distractions,” Kaylah says.

“We fall in love with each other more and more every day. True love is bliss.”

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Photos courtesy of Katrina Cram Photography.

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Paradise welcomes a special few at Kate & Tor’s destination wedding

It was quality not quantity at the destination wedding of Kate Evans and Tor Clemmensen from Perth.

Their big day at the Whitsundays on March 2, 2014, was shared with just 25 loved ones, all of whom had never been to the heavenly Queensland islands.

“As our guests were travelling from Western Australia, it was important to us that everyone really enjoyed themselves and we got to spend quality time with each of them,” says the bride. “We were all super excited to get there.”

Entrusting Total Weddings Whitsundays to do the ‘heaving lifting’ for them, Kate, 27, with Tor, 32, says, “Not getting caught up in the stress of organising a wedding allowed us to just be excited about being married.” The destination planners arranged the cake, flowers, styling and photographer, Robert Kellett.

The intimacy of the island was another winning factor for the project administrator and boilermaker. “There’s something very calming about getting ready for your wedding and being able to have breakfast with and bump into the people that you are going to share it with. I found this really helped with the nerves,” explains Kate.

The stunning day full of “love and laughter” led to a famous Whitsundays sunset. The reception room at Long Island Resort was ambient with candles, soft music and a sea breeze “perfect for when we all got stuck into the dance floor!” smiles the bride.

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Remembers Kate, “Come the day of the wedding, everything was so easy; it was only a short walk to the salon and we could see the aisle being set up from our balconies which was really exciting.”

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“We got married right on the beach on Long Island, in between the palm trees with the water behind us,” says Kate. “It was so beautiful.”

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Kate’s slinky silk gown was designed and made by her good friend Sandra of Elvi Design. Tor was dressed by David Jones.

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The pair hopped across to Hamilton Island for their honeymoon – “It’s our new favourite holiday destination,” smiles Kate.

Photos courtesy of Robert Kellett.

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Victoria & Kevin’s glamorous garden wedding in Brisbane

A shared taste in music is what led Brisbane duo Victoria Headland and Kevin Hayward down the aisle.

Victoria, 30, met Kev, 34, when they both boarded the City Cat up the Brisbane River on their way to the Parklife music festival in 2008. “It was love at first sight,” Victoria gushes.

Four years on and Kev nervously proposed. “Of course I said yes! It was the most amazing feeling you could ever have felt,” Victoria says.

The lovers set the date for May 4, 2014 and planned an elegant outdoor ceremony at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Victoria sported an elaborate strapless ruffle gown, later teaming it with Converse All Stars, with groom Kev boasting a matching pair, adding an edgy, rock star touch to their special day.

Following the garden wedding, the couple and their guests soaked up the riverfront views at Moda Events Portside. “Great food, amazing service and perfect river views!” praises the bride.

Victoria says they were thrilled to pull off a dream wedding despite the hassles of everyday life.

“In the last two years we have designed and built two houses, worked full-time jobs with extremely long hours (Kevin’s job being away for weeks with no contact in the mines) and we still managed to plan a very successful wedding.”

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Victoria had a shoemaker personalise their Cons with bride and groom tags.

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Sarah’s bridesmaids wore dusty pink floor length evening gowns by Review.

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Wearing timeless black, the boys were dressed by Ferrari.

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The simple black and white three-tier wedding cake topped with giant wedding rings was by The Cheesecake Shop.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Streets.

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Keeping it old school: Kirsty & Zlatko opt for traditional wedding

We can’t get enough of online dating success stories and that of Kirsty Ziesler and Zlatko Pekusic is victory at its best.

The couple joined the world wide web of love with trepidation but within weeks of chatting met in person. Any boy did things escalate quickly! “We were engaged one year later,” says bride Kirsty, 28. “He was not like anyone I had met before; sweet, caring and very funny! We clicked – pardon the pun.”

Zlatko, 31, proposed on their one year anniversary in the Grampians, Victoria, with Kirsty’s grandmother’s diamond ring. “Unbeknownst to me, Zlatko had asked my parents’ permission before we went away,” she says.

Kirsty had always dreamed of a traditional wedding and made sure every moment of planning for the October 10, 2013 day was personal. “Choosing my wedding dress was such a special moment with my mum. After trying on just a few dresses, when I saw tears in my mum’s eyes I knew for sure I had found ’the one’!”

The pair were taken by Bram Leigh Receptions in the Dandenong Ranges and chose to have the ceremony and reception there. “The fairy lights, beautiful gardens and chapel were magical and I could not imagine getting married anywhere else,” describes Kirsty.

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Kirsty’s custom-made silk bouquet was purchase from Etsy.

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The couple were married in a beautiful chapel set amongst stunning gardens.

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Kirsty’s dress was made of ivory beaded lace and tulle with a sheer lace illusion neckline and fitted bodice.

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“Our wedding was the magical fairy tale I had always dreamed of. It brought us both so much joy, and to share that with our friends and family was pure bliss,” says Kirsty.

Photos courtesy of Jason Vannan Photography.

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Almost 300 guests celebrate Croatian fusion wedding of Holly & Chris

Holly Sheridan-Smith and Christopher Ravas prove a little competition isn’t unhealthy in a relationship.

The Melbourne pair met in high school while taking part in a battle of the bands. “We’ve pretty much been inseparable ever since,” says Holly, 25. “Our wedding was always going to happen, it was just a matter of when.”

Unfortunately it didn’t come as quickly as planned for the midwife and electrician who were thrown a curveball. “Our lives were put on hold…as Chris was in a car crash, and was out of work for two years,” explains Holly. “We always felt like it was never our time; family and friends got married around us, and we always thought, when is it our turn? And finally this year, it was. And it was beautiful.”

Their fusion wedding on June 8, 2014 was attended by 270 guests. A ceremony at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Williamstown was followed by a reception at The Luxor where Chris’s family ramped up the celebrations.

“The Croatians certainly know how to party and I just had a ball capturing all the antics, the dancing, the flares, the band, the drinking and the love that filled the room,” says photographer Jo Cush.

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Holly wore her mum’s wedding dress which she had altered to suit her style.

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Holly’s bridesmaid dresses were from Myer. “I purchased the dresses on a whim…without any of my bridesmaids with me. They fit perfectly.”

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Photographer Jo Cush describes the couple as “the sweetest people you could ever meet” and said “they still look at each other with the excitement and spark as if they had just met.”

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Photos courtesy of FotoJOJO.
Video courtesy of Artistic Films.

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