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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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Chapter two: Emma & Nguyen say their vows at romantic wedding

After a traditional Vietamese tea ceremony, Emma Huynh and Nguyen Pham made their love official with a romantic wedding in Sydney.

It was held for 250 guests at Paridiso Receptions in Fairfield, NSW where the bride ensured a personal touch at every turn. “We had all handmade stationery features such as personalised menus, place cards, bomboniere tags and personalised Hershey nuggets,” explains Emma. “Church programs were hand crafted and designed to complement the overall look and feel.”

Emma says marrying Nguyen was the happiest day of her life. “My husband not only goes out of his way for me but his also very kind and helpful towards his family and friends,” she praises. “You can always rely on him for help or a good time.”

Her advice to other brides, however, is to not go overboard worrying about the smaller things. “I’ve also spent too much money on certain things that I didn’t even need.”

The pair chose to honeymoon in the USA and Hawaii.

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Emma wore red at her tea ceremony but her wedding gown was by Maggie Sottero.

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“Although there were a few hiccups, the aim of the day was to have fun and enjoy every moment,” says Emma.

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The weather made way for Clarzzique Photography & Video to capture beautiful images.

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Photos by Clarzzique Photography & Video.

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Chapter one: Emma & Nguyen’s big day starts with a tea ceremony

Emma Huynh and Nguyen Pham honoured their cultural background in the first chapter of their wedding day.

The Sydney pair, 30 and 32 respectively, started their big day with a tea ceremony on October 4, 2014. “I respected both parents and had the Vietnamese traditional ceremony,” explains Emma.

In line with Vietnamese custom, Emma wore a red gown tailor-made by Ceci.

But before the big day, of course came a proposal. “Nguyen pretended that he had scratched the back of my car and made me open the boot to inspect it,” says Emma. “Once I opened the boot it was a surprise – filled with flowers and scattered rose petals. I turned around he was on one knee.”

Emma says the two are complete opposites, creating the ideal balance in a relationship. “We challenge each other all the time and that brings out the best of one another,” she says. “He fills the gaps that I’m missing and the same for him.”

Read about part two of their special day tomorrow.

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“The day should be about love and happiness,” Emma says.

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“It was a super fun wedding,” smiles Emma. “It was filled with laughter.”

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“After 10 years together we finally tied the knot and it was great to have shared our wedding with friends and family,” says Emma.

Photos by Clarzzique Photography & Video.

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Understated elegance at Teresa & Clint’s town hall wedding

In searching for a cosy venue for their Adelaide wedding, Teresa Herbig and Clint Bellenger discovered the city’s town hall.

The intimate but stately meeting hall was the perfect location for their classic celebration.

“We love the look of old, beautiful buildings, and when we stumbled across the old meeting hall we felt it had that old charm and timeless look we were after,” Teresa says.

The pair met at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner in 2009 and three and a half years later Clint proposed while on holidays with friends in Bali.

On March 15, 2014, Teresa, 27, walked down the petal-strewn aisle at their town hall wedding to the sound of Jack Johnson’s “Angel,” as Clint, 29, nervously waited for his gorgeous bride.

The reception, for the couple’s 115 closest friends and family, followed at Adelaide’s exclusive Hotel Richmond, which also perfectly captured Teresa and Clint’s style.

“White, classic high ceilings with beautiful detail, timeless arched windows -  it was perfect!” Teresa says.

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Sitting opposite each other during a dinner at their first meeting, Teresa says Clint was good looking but very shy.

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Kombis4U added a quirky touch as the couple’s wedding transport.

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Adelaide Town Hall epitomised the old-world style the couple loves.

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Clint teamed his classic charcoal suit with a white tie.

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Teresa says watching her Jane Hill Bridal gown getting made inspired her to get creative. “Since the wedding I have taken up sewing lessons – so the wedding planning has opened up new interests for me,” she says.

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