Real Weddings Get inspired by real brides' weddings


Ellie & Michael play for love at golf club wedding

She cursed at him and it was the beginning of something beautiful!

Ellie Watson, 22, and Michael Crisp, 24, met as teenagers while working at AMF Bowling Alley. “The first thing I said to him was ‘watch out shetbag’ because he nearly ran me over with a table he was moving,” explains Ellie. “Since then we have been together.”

The Brisbane couple were hitched at their Pacific Golf Club wedding on March 14, 2015 – exactly two years from when they were engaged. “Our wedding was amazing, I couldn’t fault one thing,” says Ellie. “I think this is because our venue had an events manager.”

Ellie got a head start on her wedding gown, looking for her dress the month after she was engaged. She found ‘the one’ at Hills in Hollywood but didn’t want to commit too far in advance. Luckily, it was still available when she was ready to order 12 months later! To accompany her gown were “massive” heels from Famous Footwear. “I am very short,” she laughs.

“Michael is the love of my life and I’m so happy I can now call him my husband. He brings the best out of me and is always making me laugh,” smiles Ellie.

The couple honeymooned in Hawaii.

Photos courtesy of KM Studios.

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_003

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_002Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_001
Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_006Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_010

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_008

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_010

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_005

The bridesmaids wore dresses and accessories from Forever New.

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_050

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_011

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_015Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_016
Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_025Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_026

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_033

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_034

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_028

Michael and his boys were dressed by Black Jacket Suiting.

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_032Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_036
Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_037Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_SBS_039

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_036

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_047

Ellie says their photographer helped them to feel really relaxed.

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_024

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_025

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_023

Ellie_Michael_Golf-Club-Wedding_026

Featured Suppliers:

Bomboniere: eBay / Brides Accessories: Equip, Lovisa / Brides Gown: Hills in Hollywood / Brides Shoes: Famous Footwear / Bridesmaid Shoes: Famous Footwear / Bridesmaids Accessories: Forever New / Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New / Cake: Cakes by Simone / Celebrant: Jessie's Celebrations / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Entertainment: C&C Premium DJ's / Flowers: Nina Angela Photography & Flowers / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Black Jacket Suiting / Grooms Shoes: Black Jacket Suiting / Groomsmen Attire: Black Jacket Suiting / Hair: Step 'N' Out Hair and Body / Honeymoon: Hawaii / Invitations: Zazzle / Makeup: Melanie Jane Makeup Artist & Spray Tanning / Photographer: KM Studios / Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller / Venue: Pacific Golf Club / Venue Decor: Beautiful Weddings / Videographer: Wrapped Up Media


African adventure leads to rustic vineyard wedding: Anna & Jamie

Early in their relationship, Anna Mitchell made the tough decision to leave love of her life Jamie Baker to volunteer at a school in South Africa.

It was a difficult six months for the pair before they happily reunited.

“At the end of the six months Jamie finally got on a plane to meet me over in South Africa, something we’d been waiting for, for a long time! We had a very romantic meeting at the airport,” Anna says.

The Brisbane couple, both 26, then climbed up Cape Town’s Lion’s Head to enjoy a picnic and, to Anna’s surprise, a romantic proposal.

Instead of getting on with their wedding plans, the caring couple spent the next two months volunteering in Uganda.

When they returned to Australia, they had just six months to plan their rustic vineyard wedding at Queensland’s O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

The couple wed on March 28, 2015 in front of 140 guests.

“It was a beautiful rustic chic outdoor wedding with the ceremony on a green lawn next to a bubbling creek,” Anna explains.

While the photos were being taken guests enjoyed afternoon tea on the lawn and games including bocce, totem tennis and giant Jenga before the gorgeous reception in an on-site marquee.

Colourful native flowers and succulents in rustic tins and planter boxes were in keeping with the theme and guests enjoyed a DIY photo booth and plenty of dancing.

“It was shamelessly the best wedding we’ve been to and it was ours,” Anna says.

Photos courtesy of Bernadette Draffin.

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_014

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_038

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_018

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_014Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_013

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_023

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_024

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_026

“I definitely liked what I saw and boldly went up to introduce myself!” remembers Anna of her first meeting with Jamie in 2013.

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_022Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_024

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_031

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_030

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_002

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_028Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_027

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_004

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_003

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_008

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_018Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_017

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_011

Anna’s bouquet represented her chic rustic theme with a gorgeous arrangement of natives from the Lynch Flower Markets.

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_012

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_037

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_008Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_016

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_041

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_043

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_054

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_038Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_039

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_044

Anna_Jamie_Rustic-Vineyard-Wedding_046

Video by Bernadette Draffin.

Featured Suppliers:

Bomboniere: DIY / Brides Accessories: Tina Jeffrey Design, Garlands of Grace - Etsy / Brides Gown: Wendy Makin Bridal Studio / Brides Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wittner, Myer, Jo Mercer / Bridesmaids Accessories: Mimco, Lovisa / Bridesmaids Dresses: Cue / Cake: Laura's Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies / Ceremony Music: Friends' acoustic band / Entertainment: Playlist / Flowers: Lynch Flower Markets / Gift Registry: Myer / Grooms Attire: Roger David, Lynch Flower Markets, Speaklouder - Etsy / Grooms Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David, Lynch Flower Markets, Frederick Thomas - Etsy / Groomsmen Shoes: Aquila / Hair: Livingdolls Makeup Artistry / Honeymoon: Expedia / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Livingdolls Makeup Artistry / Photobooth: DIY / Photographer: Bernadette Draffin Photography & Videography / Rings: Jae Black Designs / Venue: O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards / Venue Decor: DIY, Supplize Decor Hire & Events / Videographer: Bernadette Draffin Photography & Videography / Wedding Night Venue: O'Reilly's Retreat


Claire & Jarrad seal their French vintage wedding with a kiss

Eloping was the only wedding option for Claire Blomeley and Jarrad Dekuyer who both boast large families.

“An Australian wedding would have been huge… instead we invited everyone to join us in France for what was truly an international destination wedding,” explains Claire, 26.

The Perth couple were married at their French vintage wedding on December 18, 2014 with 75 guests in Menton on the country’s south east coast.

“An Australian bride of New Zealand descent and an Australian groom of Dutch, French and Italian descent marrying in a 13th century French baroque basilica overlooking the Mediterranean,” describes Claire. “The ceremony was performed by an American priest from Florida.”

It was certainly a mix of cultures on the day, where guests from Australia, England and the USA, joined by distant relatives from France and Italy, followed the French tradition after the ceremony to parade through the old town where they were cheered by locals and tourists.

The couple went for a minimalist look, letting the sunset over the Mediterranean, the illuminated villa, pool and garden speak for itself.

Photos courtesy of Alliance Photo.

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_001Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_002

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_004

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_005

Claire says shopping for her Sophia Tulli gown is a memory she will cherish forever.

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_006

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_006Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_007

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_010

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_018

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_020

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_014

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_018Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_019

The pair exchanged vows in the St Michel Basilica where Jarrad’s grandparents were married.

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_024

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_025

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_028

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_020Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_024

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_029

“The speeches were beautiful, tasteful, heartfelt and were translated into French… and only some of the jokes were lost in translation,” recalls Claire.

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_031

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_033

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_034

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_028Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_026

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_039

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_041

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_042

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_046

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_034Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_035

The bridesmaids’ bouquets were used later in the evening as table centrepieces.

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_047

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_050

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_051

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_053

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_038Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_SBS_045

Claire_Jarrad_French-Vintage-Wedding_055

“We danced the night away in the elegance of the candlelit pool house with an open fire and real Champagne,” smiles Claire.

Featured Suppliers:

Brides Accessories: Swarovski, Etsy / Brides Gown: The Gown Gallery, Sophia Tulli / Brides Shoes: Benelli Shoes / Bridesmaids Dresses: For Her And For Him / Cake: Susi Doherty / Caterer: Susi Doherty / Ceremony Venue: St. Michel Basilica, France / Flowers: Azur Fleurs / Grooms Attire: Tony Barlow / Grooms Shoes: Julius Marlow / Groomsmen Attire: Tony Barlow / Hair: Anette Davidsson / Lolly Buffet: Susi Doherty / Makeup: MakeUp by Kelly McClain / Photographer: Alliance Photo / Reception Venue: Villa Belle Epoque / Rings: David Murphy Jewellers, Angus & Coote / Wedding Night Venue: Villa Belle Epoque


Michelle & Ian’s run for love leads to fun rustic wedding

“Ian and I met when he approached me on the treadmill at the gym.” – Michelle Griffiths.

It’s not how many love stories start but with Gen Yers so keen to stay fit these days – maybe it’s one we’ll hear more of!

Thirty-one-year-old Michelle was the woman Ian Kahul, 25, was chasing down at the health club back in 2011. “We went from friendship, to a long distance relationship and then to being engaged within two years and it was clear to us both that we had found our other half,” smiles Michelle.

They planned an intimate, casual celebration for January 3, 2015. The fun rustic wedding included about 60 guests at Flowerdale Estate in Victoria on a 43-degree, windy day. “For a kiwi boy, this was pretty tough conditions,” laughs Michelle. “But it didn’t matter, it was the perfect day of celebration, so much laughter and a ridiculous amount of love.”

The Faux Fighters were employed to entertain the cosy audience. “Ian is the biggest Foo Fighters fan in the world. After the ceremony while we had nibbles and mingled the singer did an acoustic set for us as well.”

Photos courtesy of Agent 86.

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_001Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_004

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_003

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_019

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_019Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_002

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_024

“I found an image on Pinterest that I fell in love with. I took it to Lorene Harris of Love Love Lorelei and she created my own version of this stunning dress I had found.,” beams Michelle.

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_016Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_005

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_007

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_010

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_012Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_011

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_017

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_027

Ian wanted to acknowledge his Maori heritage and so had a Maori print put onto his shirt.

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_022

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_025

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_031

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_036

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_035

“The bridesmaids and I had so fun putting our bouquets together on Friday night with all of the flowers we had got from the South Melbourne Market,” says Michelle.

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_018Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_SBS_013

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_016

Michelle_Ian_Fun-Wedding_032

Video by Sebastian Oswell Photography

Featured Suppliers:

Brides Accessories: Family heirloom / Brides Gown: Love Love Lorelei / Brides Shoes: Myer / Bridesmaid Shoes: Own shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Lovisa / Bridesmaids Dresses: Portmans / Cake: Flowerdale Estate / Celebrant: Ysabelle Dean / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Entertainment: The Faux Fighters / Flowergirl Dress: Myer / Flowers: South Melbourne Market / Grooms Attire: YD / Groomsmen Attire: Myer / Hair: Runway Room / Invitations: Zazzle / Makeup: Runway Room / Photographer: Agent 86 Photography / Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller, Bride's grandma / Venue: Flowerdale Estate / Videographer: Sebastian Oswell Photography / Wedding Night Venue: Flowerdale Estate


Mining duo escape the desert for relaxed vineyard wedding

Distance was no obstacle when it came to the romance of Kathryn Arthur, 27, and Adrian Isbill, 30.

“Adrian moved the 1300kms to the famous mining town of Broken Hill for me,” Kathryn smiles. “He wasn’t letting me get away!”

After many years of travelling through the Hunter Valley to visit family the couple knew it was where they would want to marry. Wedding planning should have been overwhelming, with the couple also juggling a move, new jobs, making new friends, getting homesick and adopting a new puppy. “But surprisingly it was pretty much stress free,” smiles Kathryn.

Their vineyard wedding on April 17, 2015 took place at Peppers Creek Chapel followed by a reception with 80 guests in the stunning Barrel Room. “Adrian wanted a big party and I wanted something more low key,” says the bride. “After all, marriage is about compromise so a small guest list and in a barrel room was the perfect fit. And no helicopters.”

Kathryn wore a brand new released Maggie Sorreto gown which she says was worth the stress to secure. She had to leave at 4am to collect it in Sydney, got lost in a sea “of corporate uniforms” dressed in her high-vis getup and accidentally cost herself $90 in parking.

Photos courtesy of Little Black Bow.

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_003

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_007Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_005

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_014

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_037

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_011

“Jodi, who is my Orange bestie, happens to be a florist, and was kind enough to create our wonderful native flowers,” smiles Kathryn.

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_020

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_015Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_014

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_016

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_017

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_023

Adrian and his bridal pack were dressed by PJ Johnson. “These guys are VERY into their suits and are highly recommended,” says Kathryn.

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_024

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_024Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_025

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_029

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_039

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_038

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_041

“The best advice we received was to make an effort to see your new husband/wife throughout the day,” says Kathryn.

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_035

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_045

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_046

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_039Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_SBS_041

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_053

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_051

Kathryn_Adrian_Vineyard-Wedding_044

The couple are still planning their honeymoon.

Featured Suppliers:

Bomboniere: Emma Williams / Brides Accessories: Matthews Jewellers / Brides Gown: Abbey Bridal, Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaid Shoes: Big W / Bridesmaids Accessories: Forever New / Bridesmaids Dresses: White Runway / Cake: Art Of Baking / Celebrant: I Do Bespoke Ceremonies / Entertainment: Kylie Jane Duo / Grooms Attire: PJ Johnson / Grooms Shoes: Josephs / Groomsmen Attire: Gentlemen's Outfitters / Hair: Jet Hair & Make Up / Invitations: Envite Stationary Studio / Makeup: Jet Hair & Make Up / Pageboy Attire: David Jones / Photobooth: Little Black Bow Photography / Photographer: Little Black Bow Photography / Rings: Matthews Jewellers / Transport: Falcon GT Car Club of Newcastle / Venue: Peppers Creek / Venue Decor: Decorating Dreams, Huon Pine Man / Wedding Night Venue: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley


Wedding of the year competition prizes

Recent discussions!

{{post.replies_count}}

Recent blog posts!

Posted in


Competitions

{{competition.post_excerpt}}

Enter the comp »

Competititon ends 


Upcoming Expos


{{expo.post_expo_when_date}}


Get the mobile apps