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First kiss fail leads to classic wedding for Haley & Andrew

Although Andrew Gibb’s first attempt to kiss Haley Spark was met with rejection, the pair recently celebrated their classic wedding.

“Andy [33] and I met when we were in high school,” explains Haley, 31. “It wasn’t love at first sight…I actually rejected him the first time he tried to kiss me!” But a strong friendship quickly developed and Haley says she fell “madly in love”.

Haley describes the February 15, 2014 event as a fairy tale. “I had the big white dress, was married at a beautiful castle to my prince charming and could not have faulted the day at all.” The couple’s daughter, Chloe, had a special role as flower girl on the day. Haley and Andrew are expecting another bub in April.

Their reception at Curzon Hall in Marsfield, NSW, was decorated with neutral colours and a splash of pink. “We had subtle pink lighting, chandeliers, tea light candles, scattered rose petals, white organza bows around the chairs and a birdcage decorated by me,” says Haley.

The pair honeymooned on Hamilton Island.

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“It was a fairytale wedding, castle and all!” says Haley.

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Haley walked down the aisle to the 2011 rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

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The groom and his wedding party were dressed in satin edge suits by Spurling.

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“Don’t stress out if things don’t go to plan because it can actually work out for the better in the end,” says Haley.

Photos by Jonelle Norman Photography.

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Nicolette & Ben tread the red earth at their outback wedding

It was where this couple first shared the words “I love you” that was the destination for their outback wedding on August 16, 2014.

But marrying in Western Australia’s Broome at Cape Leveque wasn’t a simple task for Nicolette Glasson and Benjamin Farquhar, both 31. “Planning a wedding at a remote, eco tourist destination was truly epic,” explains Nicolette. “Almost every single item for the ceremony and reception had to be transported from Broome over 200km of unsealed dirt road.”

And the bridegroom ensured every guest experienced the Kimberley the authentic way. “We hired 4WD cars for our guests and booked out the entire Kooljaman Eco Resort where they stayed in beach shacks, safari tents and cabins,” smiles Nicolette. “We wanted all our guests to feel they were getting the unique Kimberley experience and to fall in love with the place just as Ben and I had.”

The couple said the arrival of their son Alexander prior to the wedding added to the meaning of their big day. “From the bridesmaids nearly getting hit by the incoming tide, to seeing Alex dressed in his little shorts and bow tie sitting up in the front row and finally marrying Ben on the sand … was an incredible feeling.”

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Nicolette says her gown by Melbourne designer Anna Campbell was a “risky choice” size-wsie having only just given birth to Alex. “But it fitted perfectly on the day,” she smiles.

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“We had spent quite a bit of time on our ceremony and the vows and it fitted perfectly with the very simple and relaxed ceremony we had wanted,” says Nicolette.

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The flowers on the day were native, styled in simple bouquets to keep costs down.

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“To me I think our wedding day was all about simplicity, family and friends and the beautiful place that we call home,” says the bride.

Photos by Edwina Robertson.

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Cultures combine for Daniella & Brendan’s classic wedding

Persistence paid off when it came to Brendan Lahoud asking for Daniella Barba’s hand in marriage.

Brendan was trying to get me into the city for dinner on a Saturday night which I kept refusing as I was tired after work,” Daniella, 24, remembers. “He wouldn’t drop it, he was being very persistent but I too was not budging so he eventually had to make up a story to get me in there.”

Brendan, 23, took Daniella to the same Darling Harbour restaurant they shared their first date and afterwards walked across the same wooden bridge they had on that first night.

“I was looking out at the water, Brendan was standing behind me, he put the ring on his finger and hugged me,” Daniella says. “I eventually looked down and saw this shiny, sparkling ring on his finger. It was a huge surprise, I had no idea he was doing it!”

Celebratory drinks and an impromptu engagement party later and the pair began planning their Lebanese-Italian cross cultural extravaganza.

Four hundred guests filled St George Maronite Catholic Church for the classic wedding on August 20, 2014. The reception was held at Sydney’s Doltone House Hyde Park.

“The party started from the moment we walked in! We entered the reception to the traditional Arabic drums with our guests surrounding us and dancing along. So much fun!” Daniella says.

“Our wedding day was beautiful.  The flowers, the dresses, the venue – were absolute perfection.”

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Daniella kept her accessories to a minimum to allow her Steven Khalil gown to do the talking.

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Daniella and Brendan’s ceremony was held in Brendan’s childhood church, “which was very special to him,” Daniella says.

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The six bridesmaids wore eye-catching dresses created by dressmaker Adriana Nati, a friend of Daniella’s.

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Glamorous Doltone House was decorated with the couple’s black and gold colour theme in mind.

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Photos by Xtraordinary Photos & Video.

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School chapel a family tie at winter wedding of Amy & Nicolas’

After attending six weddings in one year, Amy Weeks and Nicolas Alridge knew exactly what they wanted for their day!

Their glam winter wedding saw guests in black tie and the bride in a stunningly unique gown. Even the bridesmaids were dressed like they were attending an event on par with the Golden Globes. Amy and Nicolas, 27 and 30 respectively, met as friends while studying and now both work as secondary school teachers. So it was appropriate they chose a school as their ceremony location.

“I attended All Hallows’ and so did my sister and mother, so an old girl I could not go past the beautiful heritage listed chapel with the stunning backdrop of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River,” explains Amy. Their reception followed at The Brisbane Polo Club. “Our speeches were heartfelt, the food was delicious and our guests looked glamorous in their black tie attire.”

And oh the dress. The shimmer champagne gown with sheer top, high neckline and ruffled cap sleeves, matched by an Ostrich feather cape – both by Elizabeth de Varga – was Amy’s dream come true. “It was the first dress I tried on…I tried more dresses, but couldn’t stop thinking about the original.”

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“Nicolas wore the cufflinks his grandfather wore on his wedding day,” smiles Amy.

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“The girls wore white faux-fur stoles from Gossip Gowns at Coorparoo,” says Amy.

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“Nicolas proposed at home, the night before we headed to Europe for a six weeks,” says Amy. “Needless to say, it was an amazing holiday.”

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“Tihanna was AMAZING!” beams Amy of her makeup artist from Brush & Blush.

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Even though Amy was a super organised bride, she recommends clearing your schedule in the lead up to the day.

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Photos by Pelizzari Photography.

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Laura & Gavin’s Sydney wedding a breath of fresh air

A personal assistant and mining operator proved you don’t need a huge wedding budget to create the day of your dreams.

Laura Roberts, 26, and Gavin Bright, 27, were building their first dream house while planning their Sydney wedding for October 11, 2014. “We have been together for seven years and I couldn’t wait to start planning our wedding,” says Laura. “Although, we had a tight budget and it was a busy time for us both.”

Chasing the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding, the couple settled on Clark Park, Lavender Bay in Sydney. “The reception was held at Deckhouse, Woolwich Dock,” says Laura. “It was beautiful so didn’t need much. We had simple fairy lights draped behind the bridal table and tea light candles scattered on four intimate round guest tables.”

Fitting with the rustic theme, bomboniere was hessian bags filled with heart shaped chocolates on which the place cards were pegged. Tables were decorated with glass jars saved by family and wrapped in lace from Laura’s mother’s wedding dress. “At the ceremony we had a hessian aisle runner and wicker hearts.”

Laura said the highlight was seeing her groom for the first time that day. “I have never felt so happy or more in love than that moment.”

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“The theme we had selected was rustic elegance,” says Laura.

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Open Air Wedding Cars provided the transport on the day.

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