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Fast cars race hearts before couple’s bayside wedding

The Gold Coast Indy 300 isn’t exactly the place you imagine romance to blossom, but it’s where Danika Bravo and Aaron Graham fell in love.

The pair, aged 27 and 28 respectively, had known each other through high school but it wasn’t until seeing each other at the Surfer’s Paradise car race years later that they took things to the next level. “We partied all night and exchanged numbers,” explains Danika. “Aaron then invited me over for dinner a few weeks after that…and the rest is history as they say.”

On a camping trip with friends at Somerset Dam, Aaron surprised Danika with a proposal. “At sunset he asked if we could go for a walk by the dam,” says Danika. “He pulled out a box from his shorts and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes of course and we went back to the group who all knew what was happening and we celebrated.”

The Brisbane couple chose water views for their bayside wedding on April 26, 2014. They were married at a church in Petrie where Danika attended primary school, followed by a reception at Full Moon Hotel in Shorncliffe.

“Our wedding day was amazing; everything went to plan and the only bad thing was that it went so quickly,” laughs Danika.






Danika wore a strapless gown by Maggie Sottero.






The bridesmaids wore gowns and accessories from Witchery.






“What I love about Danika is that she restored my faith in love,” says Aaron.






Photos courtesy of Bailey is Brown.

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Garden setting for Brogan & Adam’s modern Melbourne wedding

City girl Brogan Trevaskis and country lad Adam Pearsall were just teenagers when they first met.

Adam, now 27, lived a relaxed lifestyle in Albury, NSW, while Brogan, 26, grew up in Melbourne. “Despite the differences in our lifestyles it was clear we were meant to be together forever,” Brogan remembers.

Ten years and 19 days after first “getting together” Adam got down on one knee in the couple’s new home in Greenvale.

“One would think after being with the man of her dreams for 10 years a girl would have a fair idea of how her big day would look. Unfortunately, I had been so excited about the prospect of getting engaged I hadn’t thought a minute past that moment,” Brogan says.

After reality set in, the couple began planning a modern Melbourne wedding for 135 guests on March 29, 2014. They married in the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens before an elegant reception at Leonda by the Yarra.

“The magic continued until we waved goodbye to our guests from a boat down the Yarra River,” smiles Brogan.

“I don’t have any regrets from the day and wouldn’t change a thing! How could you when you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend?”







The podiatrist bride took on most of the planning herself, jetting to Sydney for fittings of her custom-made Steven Khalil gown.







Brogan says she put many hours into finding the best quality suppliers and lists the five-piece band that travelled from Albury as a real highlight.





Photos courtesy of Dezine by Mauro.

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Guests take their hats off to Gypsy & Kale at Scottish wedding

Pirate ships, top hats, bustles and kaleidoscopes. Sounds like a cool museum but it’s actually the unique and impressive union of Gypsy and Kale.

The unconventional Melbourne duo had a pre-wedding steampunk party at Eastern Hill Dining Hall before their Scottish wedding in May 2014. They went to plenty of trouble to ensure it was an experience to remember.

“The room was lit with oil lamps and I had an artist friend commission a projection that spliced the original time machine movie with images of our steampunk trinkets and personal items,” explains Gypsy. “All our wonderful guests participated in the theme and the room was filled with corsets, top hats, cravats, goggles, petticoats and bustles.”

And it is lucky Kale is a brave man. “My twin brothers walked beside me down the aisle each holding decorative swords that they presented to the groom as a sign of protection for our marriage,” says Gypsy. Phew, they were only for symbolic reasons.

At this unofficial wedding the couple didn’t exchange rings but instead their hands were bound together in a white ribbon. That was followed by some toil and trouble with a goblet. “We placed the ribbon into the goblet and each poured coloured liquid over it. This erupted the goblet in bubbling smoke,” describes Gypsy.

Gypsy and Kale then travelled to Scotland to legally marry in a private ceremony accompanied by two witnesses, a celebrant and – a falconer. Here are their favourite images.





The pair were legally married at a castle on the Scottish borders. It was Gypsy’s first time out of Australia.






“We wrote vows just for each other and at the bottom of the grand staircase exchanged rings delivered by an owl,” says Gypsy.




“Ay the end of a beautiful day we retired to the original lord’s bedroom in the tower of the castle and dreamed of all the adventures to come,” says Gypsy.

Photos courtesy of Jen Crook Photography.

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Fairytales and folklore at Nicole and Robin’s Irish wedding

Back-to-back jokes from the thick-accented priest at Nicole Ward and Robin Heaton’s Irish wedding set the tone for what was a merry week-long celebration in the tiny Irish coastal town, Clonakilty.

The Aussie bride from Newcastle, NSW, was first introduced to West Cork, south-east of Ireland when she touched down to meet her “charming” Irish boyfriend’s parents.

“It was like being in an entirely new world,” remembers Nicole. “I was in love with the mythical legends, folklore and scenery. It was nothing but magical.”

The fun-loving duo spent the next few years building a life together and when Robin proposed, Nicole’s excitement at returning to Clonakilty was immediate.

“It was a no-brainer that the wedding [on September 13, 2014] would be held at Rathbarry Church, on the forest’s edge, followed by a party everyone would want to be invited to,” she says.

The couple, whose 100-long guest list included loved ones from six countries, put on a night to remember. There was traditional Irish music and fare (five types of potatoes!), a mobile fish and chip van at midnight (perfect hangover cure!) and best of all, guests took up the entire hotel for the week.

“Seeing them all in the one room together is something I will cherish forever,” smiles the bride.





“I lost 20kg from when I purchased my dress to my final fitting!” says Nicole. “So lots of nerves and stress for the wonderful ladies at Bridal Reflections.”








Nicole jokes, “After a year of stress I think I now qualify as a wedding planner!”








Photos by John Beasley Photography.

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Melbourne stars at Jacqueline & Sam’s chic urban wedding

A wedding is all about the bride and groom, but for Jacqueline Smith and Sam Cook, it was also about embracing their hometown, Melbourne.

The pair, 28 and 29 respectively, adopted the urban edge of Australia’s most trendy destination with a ceremony at Federation Square and reception on the river’s edge. “We had a very relaxed, personalised and touching civil ceremony with Melbourne City as the backdrop,” explains Jacqueline. “The Comedy Festival was on at the same time so provided some entertaining sound effects at different points.”

Their chic urban wedding on April 19, 2014 was celebrated with 120 guests. It was decorated with the intention to give the day some “rustic flair”. “We had silver birch tree logs saturated with jars of candles and flowers that matched the bouquets,” describes Jacqueline. “We absolutely loved our décor.”

Guests were treated to gifts of a similar theme – jars with twining and a candle inside. “Attached was each guest’s name and a donation made on each guest’s behalf,” says Jacqueline. “The men donated to Beyond Blue and the women to the National Breast Cancer Association.”

Jacqueline says their wedding was “the day of our lives”. “We ate, laughed, drank and danced the night away,” she says.






Jacqueline was adorned on her special day with gifts from her in-laws and sister.







The bomboniere also doubled as place cards for the guests.






The bride wore Gwendolynne and her bridesmaids, Harry Who.










Photos courtesy of Immerse Photography.

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