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Halloween wedding a spooky soiree for Rev & Ryan and 101 guests

What’s the definition of normal? For Brisbane-based, Japanese bride Misaki “Revecca” Fujiwara it’s horror and gore and a fascination with death.

So much so, that the full-time pastry chef has recently added a new talent to her CV – she’s now a qualified mortician.

“I prepare dead bodies for funerals,” she explains. “It’s very satisfying. Not all bodies come to us in perfect condition; I fix them up for their loved ones.”

She adds, “I don’t scare easily. Not many people have the guts to do those kinds of things.”

Her Halloween wedding to Ryan Montgomery, 30, was a celebration of their version of normal (and shared love of horror); a spooky soiree on October 26, 2013 that involved a Rottweiler ring-bearer, zombie apocalypse and dinner music from the horror movies Corpse Bride, Nightmare on Elm Street and Saw.

Beginning at the gothic St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane, guests’ first shock was, not by Rev’s black and silver ruffled gown or her unique hair and makeup – but by her astonishing 10-metre veil.

The surprises kept on coming. With Rev wishing for “not one boring moment” for guests – some of whom got into the ‘spirit’ of the day with some incredibly authentic (and frightening) costumes – things were about to ramp up a notch.

“We hired a zombie crew to scare our guests at the reception,” says Rev. “The MC announced a zombie apocalypse – ‘everyone watch-out!’ – and out came the crew to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.””

“Then the bridal party came out and Ryan and I made our entrance as though we were infected by a zombie virus.”

Rev says she’s always loved horror, even as a kid. When asked why, she responds, “Why do you like a dog? You just do. Why do I love gore? I just do.”

The unconventional pair recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, not with roses and chocolates and candlelit dinners, but at Movieworld’s Fright Nights on the Gold Coast.

Venturing into themed mazes based on Wolf Creek and The Evil Within - where real-life characters jump out to scare the bejeezers out of you – is not my idea of a good time. But for this pair, it was the perfect way to say ‘I love you.’

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“My mum knew from early on that I wouldn’t fit into ‘normal’ Japanese society,” says Rev, “so she enrolled me into the International school. If you’re different, the bullying is huge.”

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“I thought my hair was going to fall out!” says Rev of her heavy, sequinned, 10-metre veil.

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Going for the devil’s number, Rev and Ryan chose to have six in the bridal party.

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Rev and Ryan appreciate technically-correct, “mentally disturbing” horror movies – where the atrocities could actually happen.

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Photos courtesy of Scott Parlett.
Video courtesy of Scott Beveridge Productions.

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Kirra & Russell’s DIY garden wedding

DIY and online finds were the secret to success for Kirra Bush and Russell Muni’s garden wedding.

High school sweethearts Kirra and Russell, both 27, married on December 14, 2013 at Bridgeleigh Gardens, Wanneroo – the Perth suburb where they both grew up, and a venue that allowed them to have the ceremony and reception at the one place.

Sharing a casual celebration with their 115 family and friends was top of the agenda for the pair, but Kirra says her role as wedding planner also allowed her to get creative.

“I was a DIY and budget-conscious bride and I loved finding online deals,” she tells.

“If you have the time, shop online! I was obsessed with wedding planning and bought a lot of my bits and pieces online from trusted websites.”

Lifelike artificial flowers and affordable internet finds were able to rein in the budget, while Kirra could splurge on other items such as her showstopping Alfred Angelo gown.

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Kirra teamed her elegant Alfred Angelo gown with a birdcage veil found on an eBay store and a floral headpiece from Etsy.

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Kirra opted for real-touch bouquets from Shaye’s Bridal Boutique on Etsy. “In the end it was a good decision because it was a 42-degree day and real flowers may not have survived,” Kirra says.

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Photos courtesy of Jacqueline Jane Photography.

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Michelle & Joel’s vineyard wedding with a bang

Surprise fireworks ensured Michelle Johnson and Joel Mant began their marriage with a bang.

The couple, both 35, treated 110 guests at their vineyard wedding in Lancefield, Victoria, to a stellar display.

Pretending to be staging a group photograph, guests were called out onto the balcony.

By this time, the night air had cooled, people weren’t feeling all that enthused, until the fireworks shot into the night sky,” Michelle explains.

“’Amazing’ doesn’t really cover it! It was an awesome display, something people didn’t expect and definitely won’t forget.”

The Canberra pair – Michelle, originally from Melbourne, and Joel,  from Perth, – discovered their venue, the Grange Cleveland, and on visiting the vineyard it was love at first sight.

Their rustic-style wedding, on March 22, 2014, also incorporated a touch of purple, paying homage to the Fremantle Dockers, Joel’s favourite AFL team. Luckily it is also Michelle’s favourite colour.

The loved up couple are now expecting their first child.

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Michelle’s neices from Japan, Mia and Emma, played Japanese song “Jupiter” (Ayaka Hirahara) at the ceremony.

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Michelle discovered  Kyliecakes online. Kylie created a unique cake that incorporated the purple theme, the couple’s dogs and even their chooks.

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Photos courtesy of Marc Grist Photography.

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Workplace romance leads to garden wedding for Emily & Bradley

A brush with death was the catalyst for Emily Flynn’s heart to realise the love for co-worker Bradley Johnson.

The two were working at Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek Hotel, but Emily had to take time off after almost losing her life to a stroke. “When I got back to work and study, I saw Brad in a different way,” says Emily, 28. “One date turned into two and the rest is history.”

Brad, 32, kept his girlfriend guessing with the proposal. “I thought I knew Brad pretty well but all the times I picked he was going to propose were all wrong,” laughs Emily. “He caught me off guard one Sunday morning when we went for a walk along the beach…I went into shock and nearly forgot to say yes.”

Emily said she felt honoured to be chosen as Brad’s wife. “The best feeling I had when he did ask me to marry him was that I felt so blessed and lucky that he picked me to be his wife.”

They were married on July 19, 2013 with 80 guests in Samford, Brisbane. Their garden wedding was relaxed and filled with love, just as planned. Emily’s advice for other brides is to soak up every moment of the day. “It goes so quickly and as soon as it is over, you want to do it all over again,” she smiles.

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The bride and groom wed at Topiaries at Beaumont, Samford, Brisbane.

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“Brad and I are a good match. He is very cool, calm and collected where as I, on the other hand, am always on the go,” says Emily.

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Emily’s beaded silk gown is an original design by Hilde Heim.

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Photos courtesy of Alana Beales Photography.

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Two-part vintage wedding for couple who could hardly wait

Getting married within two weeks meant the vintage wedding of Katie Mattner and Tony Tucker needed to be in two parts.

Tony, 33 and hailing from the USA, proposed to girlfriend Katie, 29, in Perth only two weeks before he was due back in his home country. “As we were preparing for him to leave, we were looking at budgets and options about when we’d get to see each other again,” explains Katie. “Then we had an idea: What if we got married straight away? We wouldn’t have to spend time apart and it’d be more cost effective.”

So while also studying full-time at university and becoming an aunty, Katie began planning Part One of their wedding which would include six guests on July 7, 2014.

“We got married 15 days after the proposal, on a rainy Monday morning, in the Perth Registry Office. I was wearing an ivory and black striped, long sleeved dress, an elegant long pearl necklace, patent black shoes, and a gorgeous birdcage veil,” says Katie.

Later on July 26, 2014, the pair celebrated Part Two with about 50 guests. “Having almost three weeks to plan this wedding felt so easy compared to the first,” laughs Katie. The ceremony took place at Woodloes Homestead Chapel in Cannington and an intimate reception was held at Table 78 in West Perth.

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“My immediate family and close friends were in attendance at the registry, and we shared the wedding breakfast at Fraser’s in King’s Park,” says Katie.

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“The theme was vintage-inspired complete with a simple but sexy silk wedding dress from Flannel,” says Katie of Part Two.

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Katie’s 1920s-style hair and makeup was by Creations by Kassy.

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“Achieving two weddings in 34 days, on just $10,000 – including the wedding rings - was quite a feat,” laughs Katie.

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Photos courtesy of Ross Wallace Photography.

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