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Race to the altar: Brooke & Nathan marry at Montsalvat wedding

It’s the shotgun wedding that wasn’t prompted by a pregnancy, but instead true love!

Brooke Wigmore, 27, met Nathan King, 36, in February 2013. Just a little over a year later, the Melbourne pair were married at their Montsalvat wedding on May 17, 2014. “From the night we met everyone knew something magical had happened,” smiles Brooke. “Nathan, who had sworn to his poor mum only two weeks prior that he would prefer to be single forever, took me home to his very shocked parents within a week and asked me to marry him within four.”

Brooke describes her and Nathan as two very deep and gentle souls with a cheeky outlook on life. “Our connection, honestly and compassion healed the places in each other’s hearts that hurt,” says Brooke.

Speaking of that cheeky side, they decided to print out some very simple wedding invitations at Officeworks with a picture of them poking their tongues out. While the 120 guests made jokes about their “casual” invites, they were wowed on the day. “We thought it would be good to understate and over deliver on the day,” laughs Brooke.

Just a few of those over-deliveries included a magician, comedian and band for the entertainment as well as a banquet menu to die for.

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Brooke’s bridesmaids each wore a different pastel colour in a gown of their choice. “There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re stuck in a gown that doesn’t work for you,” says Brooke.

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Nathan had a rather large team on his side that day.

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“The day was a pure reflection of our personalities and our relationship. All about true emotion, connection, bringing people together and laughing from the soul,” says Brooke.

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Photos by Xsight Photography.
Video by Andrew Noble.

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Sally & Brendan make their own rules for relaxed vintage wedding

Not everyone is chasing the grand white wedding little girls are supposed to dream of.

Sally Prideaux and Brendan Watson, both 29, tastefully opted for an early afternoon ceremony followed by a relaxed celebration. “A big, sit down reception with a bridal table, speeches and dancing wasn’t really ‘us’,” explains Sally. “After much too-ing and fro-ing we came up with an idea for an early afternoon ceremony followed by drinks, canapés, speeches, cake and photos for a couple of hours.”

Sally says this allowed the couple to invite everyone they wanted to be there for their special day. “We then had a formal dinner at our favourite restaurant with our immediate families and bridal party.”

Their modern vintage wedding on August 16, 2014 took place in Townsville, Queensland. There were 130 people present for the ceremony and casual celebrations, followed by 22 at the formal dinner. “Another bonus of doing our day this way was that Brendan and I got to sit together, relax and enjoy our evening without the pressures of a formal reception – for example trying to mingle and say hello to hundreds of guests,” says Sally.

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Sally says she loved planning her wedding, right down the finer details.

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“Sally is a down to earth, true and honest woman,” says groom Brendan.

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Brendan proposed to Sally in a hot air balloon!

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Sally was determined to find ‘the’ perfect shade of blue-grey for her bridesmaids’ dresses.

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Photos by Matt Rowe Photography.

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Don’t sweat it: Sheree & David marry with elegant wedding

It was in the first kiss that sealed the deal for Sheree Hope and David Frisina.

“David and I met nine years ago at our first job out of school,” the 27-year-old explains. “Over time we became good friends and grew closer. Eventually we ended up on a date!”

Sheree says it was their first intimate moment shared when she knew David, 27, was her future husband. “From our first kiss I knew he was the one for me,” she smiles. A lucky seven years later David proposed with a beautiful Blue Mountains lakeside sunset setting the scene.

The pair, who both work in real estate, married at their elegant wedding on September 14, 2014 in Oatlands, NSW. “Our wedding day was beautiful, our closest family and friends [99 guests] joined us in a beautiful intimate setting.” Sheree says the day was filled with laughter, love and even a boogie to Grease! “David makes me smile and I love all of his unique quirks,” she smiles.

Her advice to brides-to-be? “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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Sheree’s gorgeous strapless gown was from Farina Fashions.

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Sheree says their wedding captured “to a tee” her and David as a couple.

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Broadway Limousines provided the bridal party transport for the day.

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Photos by Two Peaches Photography.

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Gate crashers fall in love and marry at vintage country wedding

It turns out gate-crashing a party is a gateway to love.

“Deanna [Mitchell] and I grew up in Gunnedah and actually went to pre-school together but never officially met until we both gate crashed a party,” groom Peter Chapman says.

The lovebirds, both 30, became engaged during a family trip just outside Newcastle. “We had just bought a new puppy and were taking her outside for a toilet break,” explains Peter. “Little did I know that when our new puppy was doing her business that it would be the perfect time to propose to my now wife,” he laughs.

Peter says it was lucky he chose a fake ring for the proposal because when Deanna ran back to the house in shock, she dropped it underneath the decking!

They were married on September 27, 2014 in their hometown of Gunnedah, NSW with a vintage country wedding for 185 guests.

“Deanna has described our wedding as the most perfect thing ever which makes me pretty happy as I think she’s the most perfect thing ever,” smiles Peter.

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Friend Fanny Lumsden provided the music for Deanna and Peter’s ceremony. “It was always a lifelong promise that she would sing Deanna down the aisle,” says Peter.

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“To have the opportunity to showcase Gunnedah and its beauty to all of our interstate friends made this day unforgettable,” recalls Peter.

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Deanna’s bridesmaid gowns designed overseas were a disaster, so days before the wedding, the bridal party visited Portmans to purchase their beautiful lace dresses.

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Photos by James Bennett.

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Feels like home: Selina & Lee’s London-inspired wedding

British expats Selina Nicol and Lee Garnish brought a bit of their homeland to their beachside Perth wedding.

The Londoner colours of red, black and grey guided Selina’s DIY styling and ensured that, despite the truly Australian setting, there was a little bit of home.

Selina, 26, and Lee, 28, met during high school and after getting engaged in Perth in 2011 they began planning their wedding with a special date in mind.

They planned their London-inspired wedding for March 15, 2014, the same date that Lee had arrived in Australia 15 years ago and Selina 10.

“We wanted to get married on the beach, which is something different to what our English families have ever seen,” Selina says.

The pair married on Iluka Beach with a reception for their 110 friends and family following at The Breakwater restaurant at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

Selina says a big part of the preparations were ensuring her father in the UK, who has terminal brain cancer, was able to be a part of the day. A video link was set up so he could still fulfill his father-of-the-bride duties.

“We wanted to make it a family affair with brothers and sisters in the wedding party along with our best friends; we had a lot of involvement from friends and family along the way,” Selina says.

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Bridesmaids dressed in grey, and classic red roses set off Selina’s red, black and grey colour theme.

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Selina wowed in an off-white mermaid chiffon lace-up dress which she found online.

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The couple’s vows included the words “today I married my best friend, the one I laugh with, dream with and love forever”.

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 A black cab as wedding car kept with the couple’s London theme.

Photos by Mustard Seed Photography.

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