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Cross-dressing proposal leads to Bree and Joel’s vintage country wedding

A cross-dressing bridesmaid proposing to a cross-dressing groomsman?

Don’t be too confused. Joel Morrison popped the question to his true love Bree Falla while in costume. The pair were taking part in their annual Winery Walkabout tour with friends where everyone was dressed to the theme “reverse wedding.”

“Joel was dressed as a stunning lady in a blonde wig when he went down on one knee and opened up a carefully sculpted, wax wine bottle which contained a plastic, $2 Shop heart-shaped ring,” laughs Bree.

She adds, “After eight years waiting for him to pop the question, my first reaction was to say, ‘Are you joking?’ – not once, not twice, but three times!”

The Melbourne pair were married on October 11, 2014 with 60 guests at Yarrawonga in Victoria. The ceremony and reception took place at Yarrawonga Yacht Club. The bride says there were many special moments at their vintage country wedding, including having their dog Barney, a beagle pug cross, as the ring bearer.

The first dance was also a highlight, according to Bree. “When the time came for our bridal dance, Joel surprised me by organising the best man and maid of honour to sing a stunning acoustic version of our favourite song ‘Endless Summer’ by The Jezabels.”

The couple headed to the other side of the country for their honeymoon, relaxing in Perth.

Photos courtesy of Duuet Photography.





Bree wore a vintage-inspired lace gown and carried country-style blooms which she arranged herself with flowers from South Melbourne Market.






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“We chose Yarrawonga because we lived there for three years… Some of our most treasured memories and best friends where made there,” expains Bree.





Joel’s 1963 EJ Holden, which he has been gradually restoring since he purchased it for $99, is almost a family member according to Bree. “It was essential it was our wedding car,” she says.




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The bride made all the bunting flags, signs and guest book and collected and hand-painted 60 jars for the guests to drink from.



“Our wedding was joyful, beautiful and outrageously fun,” says Bree.

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It’s a match! Jessica and Ivan swipe right for romantic wedding

“The love story of Ivan and I started with the most modern of gestures, swiping right on a smartphone.”

Yes, thank the marriage gods for Tinder – all the romance that would never blossom without it! Jessica Zehetner, 29, and Ivan Pavlovic, 32, were encouraged to download the dating app by friends. “I was a bit sceptical about my prospects at first, but was intrigued by Ivan’s profile,” says Jessica. But then a romance developed in a more old-fashioned way, with the couple speaking for a few weeks before going out for coffee.

One year later Ivan proposed over ice cream and they began planning their romantic wedding for October 24, 2015. Their ceremony at St John’s Chapel at Sydney University was followed by a reception at View by Sydney in Walsh Bay. “It was an intimate affair, and made special with lots of personal touches from Ivan and me,” says Jessica of the day joined by 140 guests. “The most important part was having our family and friends there together, and seeing them happy because we’re one now.”

The couple honeymooned in Fiji.

Photos courtesy of MM Photos.

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Jessica’s custom Leah Da Gloria gown included a stunning backless design.







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Jessica says if she had her time again she would relax more in the lead up to her day – advice for other brides-to-be!

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Sydney’s sights created the perfect backdrop for photographs.



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Cakes Covers & Candlesticks helped design the classic reception decor.



Video by My Film.

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Office romance leads to Sophie and Blake’s modern vintage wedding

Sophie Broockmann and Blake Virgo’s love story starts with a bit of office flirtation.

“He was charming, funny and – my boss!” Sophie, 28, recalls. “From the start he was always quite flirty, but he’s always denied it,” she laughs.

“One Friday night he invited me me over to his place for a ‘chat.’ In my head all the signs were pointing to a date… then Blake came to the point of the get-together – to talk about work!

“I sent him a message when I got home, making fun of the situation and my embarrassment about thinking it was a date. This was the catalyst for spending more time together and eventually really dating.”

Since then, Sophie and Blake, 29, have been on quite the journey. They went back to university together to become teachers and after graduating the couple packed up their life in Perth bound for Port Hedland.

A breakfast-in-bed proposal in 2014 led the loved-up pair to begin planning their modern vintage wedding. “From the moment we started planning our big day we knew we wanted the whole experience to be relaxed, stress-free and simple,” Sophie says.

The couple chose Faversham House, in WA’s historic town of York for their wedding and reception celebrations on September 12, 2015.

“We decided on a weekend wedding where we could spend as much time with family and friends as possible,” Sophie says of the big day, which was enjoyed with 74 guests.

“The vibe was vintage with a touch of country rustic. The ceremony was short and sweet with personal vows and the rain held off long enough to capture some amazing photos,” Sophie says.

“The reception was intimate and cosy with lots of laughter, good food and dancing.”

Photos courtesy of Ayesha Martin Photography.




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Sophie’s pink sapphire engagement ring was designed by her and Blake.



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Sophie says the couple’s choice of venue made them feel comfortable and at home.









“With help from some amazing people, our wedding day was the most relaxed and happy day of our lives,” Sophie says.





The bridesmaids were dressed in mismatching gowns from For Him And For Her.




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The historic Western Australian town of York provided plenty of stunning photography locations.


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Keeping it old school: Melissa and Adrian’s formal wedding

Tradition ruled Melissa Pizzinga and Adrian Zuccarelli’s formal wedding, from their “old school” courtship to their large church ceremony.

“We both have an Italian background and were always under strict rules,” Melissa, 26, explains.

The couple has been dating for more than eight years and Melissa says taking it slow has drawn her and Adrian, also 26, closer together.

“We are so grateful that today we are not only husband and wife, but best friends.”

After a romantic proposal aboard a gondola on the Yarra River, the Melbourne couple could not wait to tell their family and friends.

“We’re a bit old school so wanted to announce the good news to family and friends in person. We believe it is so much more special than… just checking who ‘likes’ our news on Facebook,” Melissa says.

After sharing their happy news the pair began planning their formal wedding for March 28, 2015. The ceremony was held at St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Flemington in front of 280 guests. “I was overwhelmed that there was barely a spare seat in the house,” Melissa recalls.

“The most memorable part of my wedding day was walking down the ailse… In a church full of people he was the only one I could see and he was the only one that mattered.”

The reception was held at Lakeside Banquet and Convention Centre in Taylors Lakes with the couple opting for the large ballroom to cater for the celebrations.

“Our reception was so much fun. Our MC, a comedian, was hilarious and our band had everyone on the dance floor the whole night,” Melissa says.

Photos courtesy of Dolce Vita Photography.

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Adrian’s groomsmen looked sharp in suits from Ferrari Formalwear and Bridal.

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Melissa had some alterations made to ensure she had the perfect wedding gown.




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“Adrian and I met at the age of 18, a week into studying at Australian Catholic University,” Melissa says. “A mutual friend introduced us and it’s pretty safe to say it was love at first sight.”


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A classy Rolls Royce was the couple’s choice of vintage transport.

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“Loving Adrian is pretty easy,” Melissa says. “He is so relaxed, happy and a real gentleman.”

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Cakes of Distinction provided the elaborate wedding cake, with its lace design matching Melissa’s gown.



Video by 8 Ounces.

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Lang and Blake start next chapter with modern elegant wedding

After 14 years of a “thrilling” ride, travelling 35 countries and living life to the max, Lang Te and Balke Otene got hitched.

The couple married at their modern elegant wedding on November 18, 2015 in front of 110 guests. They chose Crown Casino in Melbourne for their ceremony and reception and Lang was having “none of that frilly stuff.” “I do not enjoy anything frilly, pink, pastel, and if I did not deem it necessary I did not bother with it,” laughs the carefree bride, aged 33. It was her partner Blake, aged 32, that was more the “bridezillia” according to Lang. “He wanted to fly in on a helicopter!”

Lang and Blake attended high school together in New Zealand and moved over to Melbourne about a decade ago. Since then they have travelled 35 countries, worked on their careers and property portfolio. “It’s gone so fast as we have had so much fun,” smiles Lang.

Weddings are always a busy time but Lang and Blake had a few extra things on their plate. “Once everyone started flying in it became mayhem!” explains Lang. “It was so much fun to have 30 adults and 11 kids all staying in my house.”

The couple honeymooned on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road at the Lorne Hotel.

Photos courtesy of Michelle Ducasse Photography.

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Carla Rae Makeup Artist took care of Lang’s picture perfect look.


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Lang’s beaded-encrusted strapless gown was sourced from Kylie J. Bridal & Formal.

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Lang says she and Blake are best friends, but total opposites.

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