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Fiery romance: The vineyard wedding of Nicole and David

Bushfires sweeping through the area where you planned to be married isn’t the best news weeks before the big day.

But lucky for Nicole Beaumont and David Furniss who were to marry on January 17, 2015, the Golding Winery in Lobethal, SA, was given the all clear in time for them to wed. The two, both aged 26, met in high school and began dating before Nicole turned sweet 16. Seven years later they were engaged.

Their vineyard wedding boasted close to 100 guests and a cooler summer’s day of 25 degrees. “It was the pick of the month, with the bushfires going close to the property only two weeks before,” explains Nicole. “We had an amazing band playing, Alice and the Wonderlands out in the courtyard, while our guests ate wood-fired pizza, drank wine and relaxed in the gorgeous setting before heading into the old-style stone barn for the reception.”

Their photographer Dan Evans says it was a close call leading up to the day. “Despite the closure of Golding’s weeks prior due to the terrible fires, we were blessed to find that they had been contained and suppressed.” He says the Adelaide Hills wedding was an “absolute ball”.

Photos courtesy of Dan Evans Photography.

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Nicole’s bridesmaids wore stunning bright gowns from Bridal on Pulteney.

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Nicole’s strapless embellished gown was from Adelaide Bridal Centre. Her shoes were from…Kmart!

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“We planned our wedding day to be the most relaxing, inviting, fun day,” says Nicole.

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The hessian-trim ivory cake was by Sarah at Cupcake Crumbz – the groom’s sister.

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The couple honeymooned in Vietnam.

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Mistletoe responsible for Steph & Andy’s elegant seaside wedding

It’s unconfirmed if the flowing booze at their work Christmas party played a role in the start of Stephanie Wogowitsch and Andrew Barham’s romantic relationship. But now they’re married, we can safely say it was true love!

At just 20 years old, Andrew proved himself as a worthy boyfriend, supporting Stephanie through the loss of her dad not long after they got together. “After a horrible year of treatment and hospitalisations, my dad passed away and I knew Andy was the one,” says Stephanie. “His support of my family during this tough time was amazing and went beyond his young years.”

A proposal during a camping trip at Bay of Fires in their temporary home of Tasmania soon led to their elegant seaside wedding back home in Sydney. “We were the only ones having champagne and cheese at sunset on the beach and Andy got down on one knee with the most beautiful cushion-cut diamond flanked by tapered baguettes,” remembers Stephanie, now 29, of Andrew, 28.

They invited 140 guests to join them at Loreto Kirribilli Chapel, followed by a reception at Orso Bayside Reception at The Spit. “My mum walked me down the aisle and the ceremony was full of my dad’s favourite Austrian classical music composers such as Mozart and Haydn,” describes Stephanie. “Our priest Fr Edward was so helpful and taught us a lot about marriage.”

Photos courtesy of Infinity Photography.

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“We love summer camping holidays up and down the NSW coast and love saving money – we are very economical,” says Stephanie.

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Stephanie wore a Karen Willis Holmes gown.

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“We caught a water taxi from Kirribilli to Orso which was a great way to arrive at our reception,” smiles Stephanie.

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Modern vintage wedding follows first kiss: Eleni & Greg

A first kiss wasn’t quite the spark to ignite a relationship between Eleni Demetriou and Gregory Kalligeros, but after remaining friends, they later decided to give things a go.

“We kept it on the down low for a while of course,” says Eleni, who shares mutual friends with Greg. “But being in a relationship with my best friend ended up being the best feeling in the world.”

They were married with a modern vintage wedding on July 5, 2014 at St George Greek Orthodox Church, South Brisbane, followed by a reception at The Greek Club. “Our wedding day was the best day of our lives filled with love, laughter, lots of crazy fun memories,” smiles Eleni, who wore a Steven Khalil gown. “My mum, aunty, sister and I absolutely fell in love with Steven. He took time to get to know all of us – he even asked my mum and aunty about their vintage wedding dresses.”

Eleni says while her hubby Greg considers himself a “tough guy”, she knows underneath that’s all for show. “My family have come to love him the way I do for his charming ways,” praises Eleni. “He never ceases to surprise me with his gentleness and sensitivity.”

The pair honeymooned in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Paris.

Photos courtesy of Porfyri Photography.

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Eleni’s stunning bridesmaids dresses were by Jane Katsoufros.

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Eleni says she and Greg are very happy with the wedding photos which “portrayed exactly how we felt on the day”.

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“Don’t stress too much, everything falls into place on the day,” Eleni says to brides to be.

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The couple’s impressive four-tier wedding cake was by Frosted Indulgence.

Video by Sipka Media

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Childhood sweethearts Paulina & Vlad host destination wedding

Paulina Rotshtein and Vlad Newman grew up together and then grew apart before rediscovering their love and walking down the aisle in a gorgeous destination wedding.

The childhood sweethearts, Paulina, 31, and Vlad, 33, began dating in 2000 after connecting at a family event, however, they broke up three years later and another three years passed before the Melbourne pair reconnected.

Meeting up again, this time, they knew they belonged together.

“It felt as if no time had passed.  My heart was exactly where I left it – with him,” Paulina said.

They moved in together, travelled and started a family before Vlad proposed while on holiday in Lorne in 2012.

The couple were keen for a low-key celebration and wed in front of 35 guests at Sea Temple Pullman Hotel at Queensland’s Palm Cove.

“We wanted something small and intimate so we could truly enjoy the day and have the opportunity to share it with our closest friends,” Paulina says.

“The day was perfect and reflected exactly who we are as a couple.”

Photos courtesy of Posh Photography.

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Paulina describes Vlad as her perfect match. “Vlad and I are very similar yet completely different, we complement each other perfectly,” she says.

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Paulina lists walking down the aisle as one of the highlights of the day. “I can clearly remember the overwhelming emotions of walking down the aisle – this was such a fantastic experience,” she says.

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Video by Mod Films

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Lucky dip: The vintage country wedding of Holly & Ben

We didn’t realise the Sydney Royal Easter Show had a husband showbag on offer.

But maybe it does, because that’s where Holly Ebbeck, 24, and Ben Goodman, 27, found one another. “I was riding horses and Ben was showing cattle,” says Holly. Years later, Ben took Holly back to the showgrounds to propose. “He designed the ring, surprised me and made sure family and friends were around to celebrate with,” she smiles.

The pair married at their vintage country wedding on September 20, 2014 in the Hunter Valley. Holly said it had everything she and Ben had dreamed of; glam, glitz, horse and cart and bow ties – to name a few. “We were so proud of one another as we did it on our own – we saved the money and made most of the décor,” says Holly. “I really enjoyed making chalkboard signs and details about Ben that made the room personal to the two of us.”

Holly’s Anna Campbell gown was fitting for their vintage theme. “I loved the idea of a dress that was comfortable and that flowed – much like a glam goddess.” She had a matching head piece and veil.

“We are just two country happy people that fell in love,” says Holly.

Photos courtesy of Image Photography.

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“I walked down the aisle to the song that Ben and I listened to when we first met – “My Best Friend” By Tim McGraw,” says Holly.

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Holly and Ben married at The Sebel Kirkton Park.

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“We love each other’s company, sense of humour and work ethic,” smiles Holly.

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The couple had a white choc and caramel mud cake.

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