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Emily & Dylan’s rustic winter wedding in Newcastle

You’ll never see a PDA out of Newcastle couple Emily Thomas and Dylan Sharpe – except, maybe, on their wedding day.

The shy couple from the NSW coastal town say being the centre of attention isn’t their thing, and certainly neither are public displays of affection.

“It was the first time anyone had seen us kiss,” says Emily, of their rustic winter wedding in Newcastle, NSW, on June 21, 2014.

“We’d rather shower others with gifts and generosity than receive it,” she explains.

The café manager and lab technician first met studying at university in Lismore. In a crowded nightclub, Dylan spotted Emily and declared, “One day, I’m going to kiss that girl.” It only took a week. Emily was his first girlfriend, and now, five years later, she’s his wife.

Their laid back celebration began at St John’s Anglican Church and continued beachside at Merewether Surfhouse. Rustic was the style that encapsulated their earthy, back to nature personalities.

DJ Luke Sonter, aka Luke La Beat arrived with his arsenal of alternative tracks, just as the newlyweds requested, but he had one more trick up his sleeve.

“He also played electronic drums,” says Emily, who loved the surprise live element he brought to the entertainment. “You couldn’t get people off the dance floor.”

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Emily knew she’d found the right flower girl dress when her niece refused to take it off.

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Recalling Dylan’s proposal, Emily says, “He asked me if I would stay myself the rest of my life but spend every moment with him.”

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“Both Emily and Dylan told us how camera shy they were but they were an absolute dream to photograph,” tells Chalk and Cheese Photography.

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Photos courtesy of Chalk and Cheese Photography.

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Alfresco love: Wisteria & Ryan’s vintage garden wedding

A majestic outdoor space they discovered years before provided the perfect backdrop to Wisteria Mulvey and Ryan Ferguson’s vintage garden wedding.

After a failed setup by friends in 2005, jewellery designer Wisteria, 31, and arborist Ryan, 29, were in the right place emotionally when sparks flew a year later at a black tie party.

Despite Wisteria’s imminent plans for seven month, worldwide trip, an “intense six week, whirlwind courtship” ensued, says Wisteria and Ryan asked if she would wait for him.

“Smitten and already in love, the relationship began,” she smiles.

“One month into my trip, reality set in,” recalls Wisteria. “Life without my new love was difficult. We decided the only possible answer was for Ryan to come and join me for the remaining three months of the trip.”

At their four-year milestone the Melbourne couple purchased a home together in the Dandenong Ranges; a 1930s miner’s cottage just down the way from the Alfred Nicholas Gardens where they would later say ‘I do.’

The gardens’ renowned tree ferns, waterfalls and wandering paths provided a fabulously romantic setting as the pair exchanged vows in front of an intimate gathering of 50 family and friends on April 28, 2012.

Planning the wedding in just three months, Wisteria says she and hubby Ryan were overwhelmed with the result. It was a day “that secured a special moment in time forever, with love,” Wisteria says.

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The bride’s dress, created by Pamela Nelson, was an ivory silk high-necked gown modeled on a wedding gown Wisteria uncovered in a local op shop years earlier.

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Dreamlife Photos & Video captured unforgettable images of the day.

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Photos courtesy of Dreamlife Photos & Video.

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Location, location, location: Coastal wedding of Brooke & Jordy

The coastal wedding of Brooke Winn-Williams and Jordan Walker was all about the venue.

The Queensland pair were married on October 12, 2013 with their 100 guests at a location Brooke describes as “rare and stunning”. Harrigan’s Drift Inn is located at Jacob’s Well, somewhere between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“When I first arrived at Harrigans, before talking to anyone or trying any food, there was no doubt I had found the place,” recalls Brooke, 19. “Harrigan’s is very tranquil as it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, but still with water views.”

Brooke’s princess-style strapless gown was purchased from Brides of Brisbane and her bridesmaids wore one-shoulder lilac dresses. Brooke and Jordan, 21, hit the sand dunes and beach for some gorgeous photos with their bridal party.

Careful planning ensured the day ran effortlessly. “On our wedding day everything went beyond smooth,” Brooke says. Her advice for other brides is to not worry about what others think. “Do what you want because at the end of the day, it’s your wedding day.”

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Brooke had two flower girls on her wedding day dressed in tulle and satin.

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Brooke says her day was special because she “got to marry my best friend”.

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Bridesmaid dresses were purchased from Brides by the Bay.

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Photos courtesy of Lee Hardcastle.

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Greeks v Italians at Diana & John’s European wedding in Melbourne

She’s global manager in a worldwide firm and he’s at home up to his elbows in car parts.

But it’s Diana Leone and John Kompogiorgas’ shared sense of humour that has kept the spark in their 16-year relationship ignited.

“All I’d ever wanted to be is John’s wife,” smiles the Italian bride, 36, who started dating her Greek groom, 35, when she was 19. “So I waited and waited… and waited. I’d have to be one of the most patient women ever!”

The proposal finally came after 14 years, on Diana’s birthday, on her lunch break. “Of course I found it very hard to go back to work,” remembers Diana. “Instead we got a few bottles of bubbles and celebrated. Now I had a wedding to plan!”

Their love and respect for family meant a big, European wedding with 200 guests won out over a destination one.

The celebrations began at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Coburg, followed by a bountiful reception at L’unica. “Our criteria was – lots of food, plenty to drink, great music and lots of fun,” smiles Diana. “We easily ticked all the boxes.”

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Justine O Makeup Artistry transformed Diana into a blushing bride.

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A traditional wedding needs traditional wedding cars. RSV Limos provided a Rolls Royce and Chrysler limousine.

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Fantasy Cakes created a four-tier design to match Diana’s ivory gown and the bridesmaids’ coral dresses.

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Photos courtesy of Alexandra May Photography.

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Pure bliss: Kaylah & Tobi’s bohemian wedding

Teenage sweethearts Kaylah Cook and Tobias Berger took a less traditional route to their trip down the aisle.

Kaylah, 28, and Tobi, 29, met on a camping trip and knew it was something special. Five years later their son was born. The pair then decided to go their separate ways, while still remaining friends and co-parenting their son.

“We knew we needed some time to grow as individuals,” Kaylah explains.

“In 2012 we reunited and Tob popped the question one morning in bed pulling out a gorgeous diamond ring.”

The Lennox Head pair married at the Koonyum Range Retreat in Mullumbimby, NSW, on May 31, 2014 in an intimate and bohemian wedding with just five guests.

“We wanted to keep our day simple, romantic and sacred without distractions,” Kaylah says.

“We fall in love with each other more and more every day. True love is bliss.”

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Photos courtesy of Katrina Cram Photography.

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