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Couple stay home for rustic vintage wedding in SA

A backyard wedding can turn out to be much more than a simple affair when your backyard is a stunning farm.

Jessica Duncan, 28, and Scott Bascomb, 38, only had to look over their shoulder when it came to finding their perfect wedding venue. “We decided to get married at our farm which we bought in 2013, it has been in and out of Scott’s family since they first settled in the area in 1889,” explains Jessica. “So it was so very, very special to us and the family.”

The pair held their rustic vintage wedding on September 20, 2014. An impressive 180 guests joined the couple at Gum Park Station in Elliston, SA. Jessica and Scott took charge on many of the styling touches for the day. “Scott and I love everything vintage and anything that has a story, so we incorporated a lot of personal touches,” says Jessica.

It was a family effort to put everything together. The bride’s mother and grandmother grew flowers especially for the reception and Jessica called on her mum’s homemade chutney recipe for wedding favours. “We used wood from the farm as table centerpieces and placed jars and doilies we and the family collected to use in the middle with tea light candles and snotty gobble [a species of shrub],” describes Jessica.

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Scott and his wedding crew were dressed by Doug Watsons Mensland, Port Lincoln.

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“We were married by a dear friend of ours, celebrant Tracy Kenny. She personalised our vows, readings and program especially to suit us,” says Jessica.

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“We are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives at our farm and will gaze out our window every day bringing back memories of our special wedding day,” smiles Jessica.

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Photos by Jade Norwood Photography.

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Proposal at The Hangover location leads to emotional wedding

It was a proposal fit for the movies – taking place at one of the scenes from popular film The Hangover.

When planning their first overseas holiday in Thailand, Amy de Celis and Dean Mackie, both 28, knew there was one spot they had to visit. “I had said in passing to Dean that I would love to have dinner at the top of Lebua State Tower – it’s the world’s highest open air bar and restaurant and also where they had filmed scenes from The Hangover movie, which Dean and I loved,” explains Amy.

But this bride-to-be didn’t realise Dean had carefully planned to pop the question at the top! “Whilst watching the sunset over the city of Bangkok Dean got down on one knee and proposed,” she explains.

Rewind 10 years, the pair met while working at McDonald’s Restaurant. They quickly began dating and worked hard in their jobs as a paralegal and mechanic to eventually build their own home.

Their emotional wedding on October 11, 2014 took place in the Hunter Valley, NSW. “I am an extremely emotional person and I literally cried with happiness all the way down the aisle as my dad held onto me,” explains Amy. “As soon as I got to the end Dean laughed, pulled me into him and hugged me. It was a beautiful moment.”

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Amy found her strapless, princess-style gown from The Bridal Outlet.

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Amy’s advice to other brides is “only let the happy tears shed for a little while – seriously woman, pull yourself together,” she laughs.

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“If we could, we would do it all over again in a heartbeat,” says Amy.

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The blush pink bridesmaid dresses were sourced from Shazam.

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Photos by Ben Newnam Photography.

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Brave proposal pays off and leads to classic wedding in Melbourne

Proposing to your girlfriend in front of her entire family is risky business. Like, totally awks if she says no, right? But it was one risk Brenton Gooch, 28, was willing to take.

He popped the big one to Cassandra Fitzgerald, 24, on Christmas Eve. “As a family tradition, each Christmas Eve we play a game,” explains Cassandra. Multiple rounds with a dice leads each player to receive a present and consequently steal them from one another.

Brenton was the last to open his. “As he opened his last present, which turned out to be my ring, he got down on one knee and popped the question,” smiles Cassandra. “It was a total surprise. It was absolutely perfect – proposing in front of my family, in particular my parents and grandparents, just made it so magical!”

The pair were married with a classic wedding on January 10, 2015 in Melbourne. More than 130 guests joined the couple for a ceremony at St Monica’s Church and “after party” at Meadowbank Receptions.

Cassandra says she was preparing herself for a scorching hot day, but closer to the date a wet week was predicted. “However, in true Melbourne fashion, the weatherman was wrong and we did not receive a single drop of rain,” she says.

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“Having live music really added to the atmosphere at our ceremony,” says the bride.

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Brenton and his groomsmen opted for a classic black tie look for the special day.

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Cassandra initially struggled to find her dream dress, but after weeks of searching discovered her “amazing” Fairytales Bridal Boutique gown.

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Photos by Ateia Photography & Video.

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Emma & Mackay celebrate love in elegant rustic wedding

Being in the army created some unique challenges when it came to Emma Grigson and Mackay Gair finding love.

Emma, 31, first met Mackay, 32, at college in Canberra in 2004 but, keen to focus on her studies, wanted to just remain friends.

After both were deployed to Afghanistan at different times, it wasn’t until 2011 that they shared their first date.

“Since that day we have been inseparable and we always said to each other that we could be miles apart, but we would only need each other ‘just us’,” Emma explains.

Despite plenty of romantic holidays, Mackay was waiting for the perfect moment to propose, until Emma took the lead.

“Given that I had so often answered his previous requests for a date with a no, I felt that it was only right I propose. So Valentine’s Day 2013, whilst five months pregnant, I got down on one knee and proposed,” Emma says.

“That very weekend the ring he had ordered arrived. The timing and our ability to be in sync could not have been more perfect.”

On November 7, 2014, Emma was walked down the aisle in the beautiful Adelaide Hills by gorgeous son Lawrence in front of 75 close family and friends.

The ceremony and reception at Glen Ewin Estate perfectly suited the couple’s elegant rustic wedding.

“Our wedding really did show that no matter what life circumstances come along, getting married to your best friend is easy, relaxed and simple,” Emma says.

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Fourteen-month-old son Lawrence proudly walks his mum down the aisle.

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Away with work for most of 2014, Emma discovered her Pronovias  Urbina gown in a Darwin dress shop. “I wanted something different and that I could use again – it’s being dyed emerald green ready for my next formal dinner,” she says.

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“If we could do it again we would take more time out to just look at each other and realise just how magical the day and start of our next chapter is,” Emma says.

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Photos by Citrus Photography.

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Opposites attract: The fun farm wedding of Ally & Dan

She loves dogs. He loves cats. But never fear, a marriage can still work despite this hairy conflict!

Alexandra Macaulay, 28, says she “never expected” to fall in love with one of her brother’s mates. “But that’s exactly what happened,” explains Ally of Daniel Felkai, 33. “After noticing each other over Dan’s sister’s Facebook posts, Dan decided to crash a dinner catch up Vanessa and I had.”

They bonded over a similar taste in YouTube videos, Monty Python quotes and Tom Lehrer songs, but quickly after realising their friendship had blossomed into love, Dan left for overseas to travel. “We spent the first 4 months of our proper relationship on opposite sides of the world – thank god for Skype,” smiles Ally.

A year later they were engaged and then married on September 21, 2013 at Belgenny Farm in Camden, NSW. Their farm wedding was rusticly-styled and celebrated on a clear spring day. “It was a perfect day full of love, happiness, tears, laughs and a lot of dancing and fun,” says Ally.

As for the cat/dog issue… Ally says it’s all good. “We love each other’s differences, it balances us. Two little puzzle pieces that fit together, and are happiest when we are.”

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Ally’s bouquets were created with orange ranunculus and marigold orchids.

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Dressmaker from home, Sue Liolio, created Ally’s gown based on a  Downton Abbey vibe.

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The couple didn’t want to miss out on capturing their day on video, so asked Dan’s sister to work her magic on a handheld digital camera.

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Photos by Instill Photography.

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