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There were many reasons for Sydney couple Danielle Coombes and Anthony Muscat to choose a fairytale wedding over any other theme.
For it wasn’t just that the 26-year-old “girly girl” had always dreamt it would be. Or that her enchanting Mia Solano gown and dazzling statement necklace had a distinctly Disney Princess feel to it. As it turns out, the Sydney groom, 27, had his own Prince Charming tendencies which is how he came to woo a girl from Perth to the opposite end of the kingdom.
Danielle tells: “We met when I was on holidays in Sydney and although Anthony spilt his drink on me I decided to give him a chance anyway. He flew to Perth to try and impress me – and it worked! After many phone calls, texts and Facebook messages, we decided to give this difficult situation a go. Five months later and after many frequent flyer miles I moved to Sydney so we could be together.”
In chapter two of their romantic tale, the couple flew to New Zealand for a magical skiing holiday. Out on the postcard-perfect balcony of Christchurch’s Skyline Restaurant, with snowflakes falling around them, Anthony asked Danielle to be his bride. On bended knee. With a diamond and pink sapphire engagement ring in hand. “I burst into tears,” recalls Danielle, “and said yes!”
The pair’s nuptials at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on November 16, 2013, were witnessed by 180 guests preceding a sit-down reception with a few modern and humorous twists at Orso Bayside Reception.
|Danielle’s six attendants were dressed by Jacqui E in fuchsia tea-length crossover gowns.|
|“I always wanted a classic fairytale wedding and to have everything in pink and white,” says Danielle. “Luckily for me Anthony was happy to go along with most of my ideas. His only request was we get married in a Catholic church to stay true to his faith.”|
|“The night before the wedding there was a huge storm,” recalls the bride. “We made the most of it by jumping through puddles with gumboots and umbrellas.”|
|Danielle tells, “Our first dance started off as a waltz… then halfway through we broke into a hip-hop routine to “Blurred Lines” which we choreographed ourselves – we both love dancing!”|
|Recalling her wedding day, Danielle smiles. “We just love LOVE. It really was our happily ever after.”|
|Photos courtesy of Schade Images.|
With a perfect city view, Jessica Gillatt, 26, and Joshua Spotswood, 32, were married in a timeless Melbourne wedding.
The couple, together for nine years, say their wedding day on October 19, 2013, has taken their relationship to new heights.
“A lot of people say your relationship doesn’t change, but I feel like, coming from a relationship where we’d been together for nine years, it was like we went back into a honeymoon stage,” beams Jessica. “We’ve fallen back in love again.”
The pair chose a timeless theme for their wedding incorporating lace and soft colours into their décor. “I just wanted something quite classical that wasn’t going to date that I could look back on and the style wouldn’t have changed too much,” says Jessica.
She adds, “We wanted quite a relaxed feel, we’re both relaxed people, so we opted for a cocktail wedding.”
One-hundred-and-ten guests celebrated with the radiant couple at the city’s Rivers Edge Events. It was the 15th and final venue Jessica and Josh had viewed. “Josh came to find the venue with me, we looked at about 15! As soon as we went there we just loved it,” recalls Jessica.
The bride praised her groom for being involved in most of the planning. “He pretty much helped with most of the things…I was really impressed,” she smiles.
|The bridal gown by Georgia Young Couture was Jessica’s dream dress. “I had always wanted a lace, classical gown.”|
|Jessica says it was so important to her and Josh to have their best friends standing by their side on the day.|
|Their cocktail style function included a sweets menu guests could help themselves to.|
|“My entire life I had never been more excited than on my wedding day,” beams Jessica. “It went so smoothly, I had no issues with anything going wrong.”|
|Photos courtesy of Agent 86 Photography.|
James Gallagher may be a man of few words, but according to his bride Jessica Thomas, he planned the perfect proposal.
“When he started thinking about proposing to me, he seemed rather uncertain about how to go about it,” recalls 27-year-old Jessica. “I told him three things that I was hoping he would include; a nice dinner, that he would get down on one knee, and that he would say at least 10 romantic words. He did none of these things – but his proposal was perfect.”
James, 24, had chosen midnight fireworks as the ideal backdrop for his simple request, “Will you marry me?” while holding Jessica in his arms.
The pair were married at Mt Evelyn, Victoria, on October 18, 2013 in the presence of 90 guests.
Despite Jessica’s initial reservations about James not being a keen reader, it turned out they shared a love of books. Their vintage wedding therefore surrounded the world of literature.
“We ended up with up with a vintage typewriter for guests to leave messages on, table scatters made from The Book Thief – a book we both love – LED candlelit jars wrapped in Jane Austen and green string, noughts and crosses boards with boxes of buttons made out of Harry Potter, book paper flowers in our bouquets and a hollowed out book for the rings,” says Jessica.
The highlight was the couple’s choice of cake made to look like books. “The third book from the series of a first book I gave James all those years ago was on top – the chapter being called Man and Wife.”
|Jessica made several adjustments to her Héra Couture gown including changing the tulle overlay to chiffon and the shape of the keyhole at the back of the dress. “I felt that it was modest, but showed my figure,” she says.|
|“My beautiful and beloved Nan passed away two months before our wedding…this made our choice of green for the bridesmaids’ dresses extra special as it was her favourite colour,” smiles Jessica.|
|Jessica and James praised their wedding venue, Chateau Wyuna. “Rustic and charming with lots of greenery and photographic opportunities.”|
|Photos courtesy of On Three Photography and Cinematic.|
For teacher Daniela Moreira and lawyer Adrian De Luca, perseverance was the key to their romance.
After a failed match-making attempt by Adrian’s mother where Daniela mistook someone else for her potential suitor, the couple met two years later by chance.
An electric New Year’s Eve pash set the ball rolling, but with a broken heart from a previous relationship, Daniela was hesitant to date. “Over the next couple of weeks, I dodged several of Adrian’s requests to take me out,” says the 29-year-old bride of her 30-year old groom.
Weeks later Daniela dropped Adrian home from a party they happened to both attend, and that is when the penny dropped.
“When I arrived at his house, his mother had just arrived home too,” she recalls. “We both looked at each other with a look of familiarity. We realised we had met before, two years back.”
Needless to say, Daniela accepted fate had played a part in her and Adrian’s life and accepted his next request for a date. “Our romance soon blossomed…I could not fight fate,” she smiles.
The couple exchanged vows on April 31, 2013 at their elegant black tie wedding in West Melbourne at the symbolic St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. “It was the church were Adrian was baptised and his parents and grandparents were married,” says Daniela.
|Daniela’s stunning gown was designed by Jason Grech. She paired her look with shoes from Peeptoe and accessories by Georgini.|
|The bridesmaids also wore dresses by Jason Grech and the groomsmen donned Trevor West black tuxedos and bow ties.|
|The couple chose Europe as their honeymoon destination.|
|Photos courtesy of Field of Vision.|
While Australians everywhere were celebrating our national day with barbecues and beer, SA couple Rebecca Engledow, 25, and Ashley Altus, 24, were getting hitched in a romantically styled – and classically Aussie – country wedding. A date they won’t forget in a hurry.
They first met at a mutual friend’s nuptials in the very church where they would later exchange vows in front of 80-odd guests.
Ashley, a farmhand, proposed under the guise of chopping wood in the pair’s favourite paddock on his family’s farm. While taking a break, they sat in Ashley’s car – student Rebecca on his lap – and through the speakers Train’s “Marry Me” played, prompting Ashley to get down on one knee.
Rebecca says, “When it got to the chorus, he gave me this little look I will never forget, sat me down, went on one knee and – asked me to do just that!
“We celebrated with happy tears, then by building a fire and watching the sun go down whilst drinking champagne and eating a beautiful meal he had prepared.
“Not bad for an afternoon chopping wood!”
When it was time to start planning, sticking to their budget was a necessity. The pair used local suppliers, friends and family, and did lots of shopping around and DIY projects to achieve a dream wedding which, incredibly, totalled just $8,500.
|With the chance of scorching Australia Day temperatures, the boys opted to go jacketless with shirts, vests and trousers from menswear store, Ed Harry.|
|Henry Roth helped Rebecca choose her embroidered organza gown at a designer day at Adelaide Brides and Bloom. “There was champagne and nibbles and it was a really fun atmosphere,” she recalls. “All the staff were so patient.”|
|Sticking to a budget was a top priority however the couple’s one splurge was flowers, using Gawler Flower Gallery to provide fresh bouquets of lisianthus and antique roses, and buttonholes for the boys.|
|Ashley and Rebecca purchased all the outfits for their bridal party themselves, including the pretty lilac bridesmaids frocks from Tea Rose.|
|Up-and-coming photographer Kelsey Marshall of Elevation Photography shot the pair’s wedding, locations including local parks, and oddly, a beautiful nursing home. “She has a gift!” praises the bride.|
|Photos courtesy of Elevation Photography.|