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Cruising for love: The traditional wedding of Liana & Aaron

If you think finding the love of your life while cruising through the Pacific Islands sounds romantic – meet Liana Dall’Alba and Aaron Nixon.

These two met during exactly that and upon return did everything in their power to make things work, despite living apart. “After 10 months I moved to Townsville from Cairns to be with him and another 12 months later he proposed,” says Liana, 26. And it was a pretty special proposal at that.

Aaron, 23, took Liana to Sea World while they were staying on the Gold Coast. Liana is a confessed lover penguins and dolphins! “We arrived at Sea World and he pulled me aside and told me today I would be swimming with the dolphins,” she explains. “I have wanted to swim with the dolphins since I was little so I burst into tears.” Once the venture was over, Aaron dropped to one knee and popped the big question.

Their traditional wedding in Cairns on August 30, 2015, included a church ceremony and ballroom reception. Aaron was the groom every bride hopes for. “Aaron wanted to be involved in all the decisions so together we chose our colour theme, church readings, decorations and all the other details involved in the day,” says Liana.

Photos courtesy of Something Special Photography.

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Liana sourced her amazing strapless gown from Irene Costa’s Divine Bridal Cairns.

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“We both wanted to have a traditional wedding, but we wanted it to really reflect our personalities,” says Liana.

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Liana’s bridesmaids found their shoes at Williams and accessories at Myer.

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The couple headed to Thailand for their honeymoon.

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Laura & Chris go back to where it all began at harbourside wedding

After hitting it off on their first date at Sydney’s Opera Bar, Chris Carter could think of no better place to propose to love of his life Laura O’Loughlin.

On their first anniversary, Chris, 32, took Laura, 28, back to the place where they first met, this time with a diamond sparkler carefully concealed.

“Chris had the engagement ring in his sock because he didn’t want me to feel the box in his pocket during dinner,” Laura recalls.

After dinner, Chris suggested a walk along the promenade before popping the question and, of course, got the answer he was looking for.

The pair knew they wanted a wedding around Circular Quay and chose the Eucalypt Lawn at the Royal Botanic Gardens for their harbourside wedding.

A red carpet was rolled out for the occasion and the couple wed on February 7, 2015 in front of 130 guests.

They then held their reception at the nearby Royal Automobile Club of Australia (RACA).

“I love old heritage buildings so when saw RACA we fell in love immediately,” Laura says.

Chris, from Sydney, and Laura, originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, say there is nothing they would change about their day.

“Everything about our wedding day was absolutely magical, it felt like a dream,” Laura says.

Photos courtesy of Emma Brittenden.

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Laura met Chris online and said the connection was instant. “It felt like we had known each other for a long time and was so comfortable right away,” she says.

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For bridesmaids’ gifts with a difference, Laura worked with Tessarella House to design earrings for her favourite girls.

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Chris describes his first date with Laura as love at first sight. “My jaw dropped the first time I laid my eyes on her,” he says.

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Sydney Harbour provided the perfect backdrop for the couple’s big day. “We picked this spot because it is one of the more private lawns in the gardens,” Laura explains.

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The RACA suited the couple’s style perfectly. “The vintage chandelier and stained glass ceiling above it are absolutely magnificent,” Laura says.

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“I had butterflies in my tummy all day and couldn’t believe how smoothly everything went, just like it was meant to be,” Laura says of her special day.

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Love on a shopper docket: The Peninsula wedding of Julia & Sam

Shopping with your male friend can be a dangerous exercise if you’re not on the hunt for a hubby.

Along with working, catching the train and partying together, shopping was just one activity that turned the friendship between Julia Albu and Sam Ayoub turned in romance. “We were just friends for quite a while and never did I think seven years later I would be calling him my husband,” smiles Julia, 28.

Sam, 32, had been planning his proposal to Julia at least a year in advance. She knows this because he proposed with something they collected 12 months prior. “During a trip to Thailand we went on an elephant ride, during which the caretaker said we should get married,” explains Julia. “Once we reached the end of the line he turns around to Sam and hands him a handmade ring he quickly whipped together with a leaf and advises him he should ask me to marry him with this ring.”

The Melbourne couple exchanged vows at their Mornington Peninsula wedding on December 19, 2014. “As soon as we saw the venue Stillwater at Crittenden Estate we knew it was the one,” says Julia. “Not only did it have the beautiful winery setting but you cannot beat a stunning lake as a backdrop to the ceremony.”

The couple are honeymooning in the USA in April.

Photos courtesy of T-One Image.

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Julia’s flower girl was dressed by Tea Princess.

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A family friend provided the music for Julia and Sam’s ceremony.

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Julia’s gown was Inspired by a dress worn by Selena Gomez.

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Megan & Matthew’s love soars at modern Melbourne wedding

Their first meeting was likely thousands of feet off the ground.

Megan Wilson and Matthew Nobes, both 30, met working in the airline industry. Matthew is a pilot and Megan, now a legal admin, used to work as a flight attendant. “We knew each other for many years before going on a date and getting to better know each other,” explains Megan. “We only had one date and the rest is history.”

As Megan puts it, it was “straight to business” after the couple were engaged, deciding to skip the engagement party and dive straight into planning their modern Melbourne wedding. “This way we could put more effort, time and money into our wedding day,” she says.

The couple were married on August 29, 2014 with 110 guests as their witness. “There were lots of flowers in white and pastel hues,” describes Megan. “Our venue was quite modern which let us manipulate the style of the wedding exactly to our taste.”

The reception at Carousel in Albert Park was a great success, the couple says. “There is no better party than celebrating love with the people you hold closest to your heart,” smiles Megan.

Photo courtesy of Tizia May Photography.

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Megan says her Karen Willis Holmes’ gown was a “dream to wear”.

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“I absolutely loved Tizia and we are so happy with our photos,” says Megan. “I highly recommend her.”

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“I still have people talking about the food at our wedding! I wish I wasn’t so nervous and ate a little more,” laughs Megan.

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‘Rustic’ gets a bold new makeover by Sugar & Spice Events

Ready for some rustic wedding inspiration? This styled shoot by Sugar and Spice Events showcases a fresh take on the ever-popular theme.

Plum and burgundy shades set the tone for this glamorous shoot, set in a grassy field at Capaja Meadows near the Gold Coast.

“We came up with the theme ‘the new rustic’ because from a styling perspective, there’s only so many mason jars filled with baby’s breath we can take!” laughs Decinda MacDonald, Creative Director at Sugar & Spice Events.

“But seriously, rustic weddings have been huge over the last few years and it’s our job as stylists to educate clients on how a relaxed, non-fussy look can be achieved without looking like so many others.”

She adds, “Weddings should be individual and this look has all the elements of a rustic wedding but with fun and vibrant colours to really bring it to life.”

The Gold Coast stylists joined forces with White Ivy Design to create a whimsical scene with touches of Australiana and a festive feel.

Plums, pomegranates, grapes and hydrangeas, thistles and roses in red wine and rich blue shades combined to create a true feeling of opulence. “There is something so romantic about deep reds and purples,” says Decinda.

An antique buffet takes pride of place, hosting a decadent display of desserts, while fresh fruit and flowers burst from the drawers.

“Botanical styling is the new rustic,” comments Decinda. “Rather than a DIY look, brides are opting for more elegance with dark furnishings that don’t require linen, lots of greenery and tall candlesticks.”

The bride herself is a picture of bohemian elegance, draped in a vintage lace gown whose backless design adds a modern edge and long train gives an extra romantic touch.

Photos courtesy of Sugar & Spice Events and Tim Sherriff Photography.

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