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Kristen & Damien say ‘I do’ with a view at island wedding

Travel has always been a passion for Kristen Carroll and Damien Maurice so it was no surprise when they chose a unique location for their wedding.

Damien, 40, proposed to Kristen, 41, on Lord Howe Island before they embarked on a year-long world trip. The Sydney pair then returned to the island, along with their 35 guests, to wed on December 10, 2014.

“We wanted to share this unique place with family and friends,” the bride says of their island wedding.

The ceremony was held at spectacular Lovers Bay, offering imposing mountains on one side and picturesque lagoons on the other.

Earl’s Anchorage hosted the reception and Kristen said there was a real party atmosphere.

“Clearly it was infectious because even the wait staff danced on the counters during the reception,” Kristen says.

Photos courtesy of Samantha Ohlsen Photography.

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Due to the humidity on the island and the lack of a local florist, Kristen opted for quality artificial flowers from Artificial Wedding Bouquets.

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Wild storms leading up to the wedding day had Kristen worried. “On the morning of the day before half our wedding party had still not arrived,” she says. “Fortunately the skies cleared and and by that afternoon everyone had arrived on rescheduled flights.”

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The couple’s first trip together was a restaurant tour of top regional Australian restaurants. “We were never once bored of each other’s company or conversation,” Kristen says. Not surprising then that it was the first of many travel adventures for the pair.

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Ashley & Craig ride Ferris wheel to love in classic wedding

The Ferris wheel might not be the most thrilling ride at the fun park, but it provided plenty of butterflies for Ashley Ryan and husband-to-be Craig Hopfe.

The Toongabbie, NSW, pair dated in high school and a spin on the Ferris wheel at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show was one of their first dates. Therefore, it was only fitting after the pair reconnected years later that Craig, 28, should propose at the top of the Ferris wheel at Luna Park.

“He had some mates help with the proposal; they met him in the bathroom to give him the ring so he didn’t have to carry it on the rides all day. I had absolutely no idea,” bride Ashley, 27, explains.

The pair held their classic wedding at the Oakhill College chapel at Castle Hill on November 3, 2012 in front of 130 guests.

The reception was held at The Sebel Hawkesbury Valley, which was styled to incorporate the couple’s theme Love is… a cartoon series from the 1970s.

Guests partied on into the night and Ashley says she could not be happier with the day.

“We had the most amazing wedding day and it was exactly what we wanted for ourselves. It was a day spent celebrating love and we have so many great memories that we continue to reminisce and laugh about,” she says.

Photos courtesy of T-One Image.

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There were hints of purple throughout the day, from Ashley’s gorgeous bouquet to her violet bridal heels.

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“The chapel at the school is only available to ex-students, which made it extra special,” Ashley says of the couple’s ceremony venue.

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Instead of a guest book, the couple had a big frame with love hearts on it and asked guests to finish the sentence Love is…

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Fiery romance: The vineyard wedding of Nicole & 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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