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Wedding of the Year: Tate and Matty win July

The votes have been tallied: Tate and Matty’s vintage wedding at the theatre has won our July Wedding of the Year competition.

Every little detail of this Melbourne soiree had us and voters too, it seems, totally spellbound.

Boutique cinema, the Sun Theatre in Yarraville played host to Tate and Matty’s ‘I dos’, where guests witnessed the final act of this real-life love story, while crunching away on popcorn from their crushed-velvet seats.

It was then onto Clyde Park Vineyard to celebrate a charming vintage-style reception among the wine barrels.

Tate ravished in an off-the-rack Tadashi Shoji gown styled with an elegant birdcage veil and Matty looked just as dashing in his French-blue Jack London suit.

We’re thrilled to be sending the pair a $1000 Michael Hill voucher and they’ve now earned the seventh spot in our Top 12 where an InterContinental Fiji holiday flying with Fiji Airways could well be theirs.

Congratulations and our thanks go out to all our July nominees.

Here’s some of Josephine Lee‘s uber-romantic photos from the day.

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Photographer: Josephine Lee Photography


Rachel and Stu’s beach wedding with a bang

Friends describe Rachel Lockhead and Stuart Andrews as just like Penny and Leonard from popular TV show The Big Bang Theory.

“Even though we were together before they were even created,” Rachel, 26, laughs.

“Stu works as an industrial chemist and I’m an early childhood teacher.”

Despite their differences, the Wollongong, NSW, couple were together for 11 years before Stu proposed with a ring inspired by the movie spin-off of another cult TV show: Sex and the City.

“Being the scientist that he is, Stu used a calibrator to measure all the rings in my jewellery box to make the ring a perfect fit!” says Rachel.

One-hundred-and-fifty guests joined the pair for their gorgeous beach wedding and reception on the deck of Wollongong’s Novotel Northbeach, on March 21, 2015.

“We wanted to create a relaxed wedding with plenty of time for guests to mingle and have a great time,” Rachel says.

The bride says her and Stu’s, 27, day could not have been better.

“There was lots of love and celebration,” Rachel says.

Photos courtesy of Holly Prins Photography.

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Despite the less-than-ideal weather, Holly Prins Photography captured some amazing images of the day.

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The men looked dapper in suits from Bonanno’s Menswear.

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Guests acted as DJ, choosing favourite songs for the reception on the couple’s RSVP cards.

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All white on the night: Crystal and Ron’s Sheraton Mirage wedding

Crystal Doohan and Ron Saciri brought winter magic to the sunny Gold Coast in their gorgeous Sheraton Mirage wedding.

The Gold Coast pair, who met more than a decade ago, went for an all-white theme to their winter wonderland wedding at the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa.

“It definitely wasn’t love at first sight,” laughs Crystal, 26 whose first impression of Ron, also 26, was of a loud skater boy. Nevertheless, a friendship developed, and luckily for Ron, Crystal’s feelings changed because according to him “she makes the BEST toasted sandwiches!”

The lovebirds wed in an emotionally-charged ceremony on July 4, 2015 in front of 50 guests. Young daughter Sailor starred as one of the flower girls. “She danced down the aisle with her cousin,” recalls the bride and proud mum.

Celebrations continued at the same venue with elegant white decor, courtesy of Beautiful Weddings.

“Our wedding day was all-white elegance and it was better than my dreams,” Crystal says.

Photos courtesy of Victoria Nelson Photography.

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“The celebrant said I was one of the most emotional [brides] she had ever seen,” recalls Crystal. “It was a big release of stress and emotion.”

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The outdoor ceremony made the most of the beautiful surrounds at Sheraton Mirage.

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Beatrice gets Zen for autumn country wedding to Steve

We’re not sure how many brides could fit in a run with the dog, brunch and yoga with 20 girlfriends before their ‘I do’s but for Beatrice Iezzi it was all in the name of organisation.

“I was [also] able to enjoy painting the flower girls’ nails the night before and getting an early night’s sleep because things were all done,” says the autumn bride.

She credits use of a wedding app to keep planning “simple and organised” and as a result had ample time to start the day off relaxed and with close friends. “So happy we went through with this activity as it created a festive feeling that carried through the whole day,” she smiles.

Beatrice married her love Steve Varga on April 4, 2015 at their autumn country wedding in Newstead, Victoria. Her dress and the venue, Butterland (owned by her best friend) set the theme for the day. “Fresh, clean country-style influences by the autumn turn of colour,” she describes.

Beatrice’s gown by Le Lourve was a chance purchase. “The dress I found was heavily reduced, the wrong size and four years old,” she laughs. “But it was fun and different and I went for it.”

The couple honeymooned in Europe taking touring bikes to ride from Munich to Barcelona.

Photos courtesy of Zoe McMahon.

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Beatrice entrusted the gorgeous floral arrangements to friend and freelance florist, Katie Marx.

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“The sun was out and nearly all our beloved friends were in one place at one time,” recalls the bride.

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“Our dog, Sid, ran up and jumped mid air as we were declared husband and wife,” laughs Beatrice. “He gets a bit jealous!”

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Beatrice says the Butterland crew went out of their way to make the venue amazing.

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“Marriage changes nothing and everything,” says Beatrice. “We went home an even stronger couple.”

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In sickness and in health: Sarah and Anthony’s destination wedding

Not many brides miss their own wedding reception, but Sarah Berry was lucky just to make it up the aisle.

Sarah, 30, and partner Anthony Whittard, 28, had been planning their Port Douglas destination wedding for months and arrived in gorgeous North Queensland with their two young children from their home in Canberra before disaster struck.

Sarah was overcome with violent gastro the night before the wedding and on the morning of her big day she felt no better.

“I ended up getting some medication, which made me feel a bit better and got me through getting my hair done, getting dressed and down the aisle,” she says.

The couple wed at The Sugar Wharf on May 14, 2015 in front of 25 guests and, although celebrations continued at The Watergate Restaurant, Sarah was too unwell to take part.

“I felt terrible and I just wanted to go to sleep,” she says.

“So I went back to the hotel with Anthony while our guests went on to the reception without us. I spent the rest of the afternoon and night sleeping while my new husband watched TV and ordered room service.”

While the day may not have gone to plan, Sarah still got to marry the love of her life and, speaking from experience, her advice to future brides is simple: “Try not to get sick!”

Photos courtesy of Rachael Muller Photography.

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Poor Sarah had to get beautified by Port Douglas Hair & Makeup while she lay sick on the couch.

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“The idea was to have a wedding and honeymoon at once,” says the Canberra bride of their Port Douglas wedding.

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Sarah wore a gorgeous strapless ruffle gown from Ferrari Formalwear and Bridal.

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