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Maze of love weaves Melissa & Dave to Airlie Beach wedding

David King’s proposal to long-time girlfriend Melissa Battle was definitely worth the wait.

After eight years together, Melissa, 31, had almost given up on marriage, until Dave, also 31, led his blindfolded bride-to-be out into their Boronia garden.

“All of a sudden he yelled out that I could remove the blindfold. To my amazement I was inside a maze made out of beautiful pieces of fabric. On all of the walls inside the maze where hundreds of photos hanging on string,” Melissa recalls.

“All of the photos were of us, family and our adventures together. Throughout the maze there were also little handwritten notes containing things that Dave loves about me.”

At the end of the maze was a final note and a surprisingly empty ring box.

“Confused, I turned around to see Dave on bended knee with the ring in his hand. Needless to say I burst into tears and of course said ‘yes’,” Melissa says.

After such a romantic proposal, it was important the wedding measured up, and the couple didn’t disappoint with a destination Airlie Beach wedding on May 10, 2014, in front of 60 friends and family.

From providing the stunning venue to planning the day to a tee, Melissa says Villa Botanica left no stone unturned.

“From the moment we arrived on our wedding day we were made to feel special. The ceremony location offered breathtaking views of the ocean and the hand carved gazebo where we were married was exquisite,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Studio Impressions.

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Melissa and Dave met through mutual friends in 2005 and, while it wasn’t love at first sight, their friendship quickly grew into something more. “Dave is the most caring and loving partner and would do anything for anyone,” Melissa says.

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A quirky first dance mash-up and a lantern lighting ceremony kept the celebrations going long into the night.

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Prue & Clayton return to special spot before waterfont wedding

The fig tree grove at Brisbane Botanic Gardens holds a special place in the hearts of newlyweds Prue Harvey and Clayton Warner.

They shared their first date at the picturesque location, it was where Clayton, 32, gave Prue, 29, her custom-designed engagement ring, and it was the spot Clayton got the first glimpse of his beautiful bride.

“We wanted to have a special moment just for us so we planned a first look before the ceremony in our special spot,” Prue explains.

“When he took off his blindfold, I watched a complete change of expression go across his face. I could see he was thinking ‘Wow, that’s my girl’.”

A heartfelt waterfront wedding, which was held on an unseasonably hot day on April 18, 2015, followed in parklands at Riverlife, Kangaroo Point in front of 95 friends and family.

The reception was held in the venue’s sunset marquee and was decorated in a country garden theme with touches of lilac, burlap and lace.

“The tables were overflowing with relaxed posies of country blooms in lilac and peach,” Prue says.

A trivia quiz on the couple, a four-piece band and a vintage gelato van helped get the party started.

Prue says the day could be summed up by the simple note Clayton had written her on the morning of the wedding: Today is our day and we are going to soak it up and enjoy it. “He was right, we didn’t let anything stress or upset us – we made it our day,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Streets Studios.

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The couple met at an end-of-season hockey club event and shared their first date picnic at the gardens’ fig tree grove, where they returned for their first look.

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Prue’s dad and brother constructed the wisteria-draped arch for the riverside ceremony, which perfectly matched the lilac wedding palette.

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The country garden look was achieved in the reception thanks to Americana chairs, burlap and lace table runners and vintage-style jars overflowing with blooms.

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A simple two-tier mud cake draped in blooms kept with the classic country theme.

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The wedding planner: Rebekah marries Doug at vintage wedding

Always the organiser, never the bride!

That is the tune Rebekah O’Connor was singing in her role as event manager at Wynnum Golf Club until one day, she had a wedding of her very own to plan. “For the past five years I have been an event manager and have organised over 300 weddings for other brides,” the 26-year-old explains. “Finally it was my turn.”

She married police officer Douglas Roberts, 31, on April 11, 2015 with a vintage wedding at Queensland’s Mount Tamborine. The pair met in Darwin where Doug was patrolling the Mindle Beach Markets with colleagues. “Out of a crowd of thousands our eyes met and he gave me a cheeky wink and smile,” smiles Rebekah. “My brother wrote my number down and handed it to him in front of a large group of officers. From that day on we were inseparable.”

The bride and groom chose Coolibah Downs for their ceremony and Cedar Creek Lodges for their reception. “We had pre-dinner canapés on a large deck over the rainforest with putt putt as an activity. We had a choreographed first dance on our main entrance as a surprise.”

Photos courtesy of Dreamlife Photo & Video.

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Rebekah’s bridesmaids were dressed in a soft mushroom pink by Forever New.

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The couple released doves after their ceremony.

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The bride looked gorgeous in her Maggie Sottero princess-style gown.

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The couple’s unique wedding cake creation was by The Cheesecake Shop.

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Little arrival adds to fun at Sarah & Josh’s vintage wedding

After scouring South Australia for a spot to hold their vintage wedding, Sarah Pitt and Joshua Clothier found the perfect place. But life had other plans.

“We discovered we would be expecting a baby girl just weeks before our proposed wedding day,” Sarah, 29, explains.

Luckily for her and Josh, 28, their dream venue, Glen Ewin Estate at Houghton, was happy to reschedule.

After welcoming their daughter, the Williamstown couple wed on October 24, 2014, in front of 100 family and friends.

The garden ceremony was complete with a dove release and giant outdoor lawn games kept guests entertained.

Grand Glen Ewin Estate also held the reception, where a unique two-tier ruffle cake and drool-worthy lolly bar took pride of place.

“Our wedding day went off without a hitch, the most perfect day with all our family friends and our beautiful baby girl,” Sarah says.

Photos courtesy of Panache Photography.

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Sarah and Josh first locked eyes on the dancefloor at their local pub before Josh proposed on an evening Valentine’s Day picnic about three years later.

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“We make each other laugh every day and through thick and thin we know we have each other’s back,” Sarah says of their relationship.

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Sarah has some simple advice for future brides planning their big day. “Don’t panic about how the day will unfold, just enjoy every second,” she says.

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Weekend-long celebration for Emma & Brent’s riverside wedding

Emma Mew and Brenton Olfers didn’t stop at a ceremony and reception to celebrate the start of their marriage.

The Melbourne pair, aged 27 and 29 respectively, continued their riverside wedding on April 11, 2015 through to the Sunday with a spit roast, yabby races and a game of cricket on the lawn.

Their chosen venue, Tindarra Resort in Echuca, Victoria, allowed for the couple’s wishes of a weekend getaway, the historical town being the place they first met camping through mutual friends.

“Tindarra Resort was the perfect place for us,” says Emma. “It has such a relaxed feel with a gorgeous marquee and beautiful tin shed right on the banks of the river… we were able to hire out the whole resort exclusively for the weekend.”

Emma recalls the surprise river action that created an interesting backdrop for their vow exchange. “During the ceremony we had boats and paddle steamers going past which not only made it hilarious when they blew their horns during our vows, but the ‘Emmylou’ paddle steamer made the perfect photobomb.”

The bride went DIY for her decorations, collecting bottles and jars for the flower centerpieces. “We also used antique wooden ladders, one was my pa’s who is no longer with us, and hung them from the roof of the marquee with bulb lights, jars of flowers and different heart decorations,” she smiles.

Photos courtesy of Kiss Me Hello Photography.

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“She’s gorgeous,” Brent says of his bride.

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Emma’s brother walked her 10-week-old neice and flowergirl down the aise.

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The famous Emmylou photobombing paddle steamer.

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“It had a gorgeous low back with lots of fine beading detail and a beautiful soft chiffon bottom and train,” Emma says of her Baccini & Hill gown.

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