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A smile from the groom is all it took to calm the nerves of bride Emilija Krcoski on her wedding day.
Emilija, a 31-year-old OHS Manager from Perth, met her match in Elliott Bradford, 32, on a work site. Co-workers had always said they would make a great item, and after their first meeting it wasn’t long until they realised they were destined to be together. “I had found myself in the path of one of the most amazing people I have ever met,” beams Emilija.
And it was a surprise, with both parties describing one another as outside their usual taste. “Elliott had long dreadlocks and was far from what I had imagined myself settling down with,” Emilija laughs. “I was very much not Elliott’s type either. In so many words you could say that Elliott’s and my story is about two completely different worlds colliding.”
Elliott proposed on Christmas Day in 2012 and not long after they were married in front of 160 guests in Swan Valley on April 20, 2013. The vintage wedding theme was beautifully marked by Emilija’s choice of a neutral palette in the Caversham House garden ceremony and the reception’s elegant styling at the Underground Cellar, Sandalford Wines.
Emilija says Elliott’s smile was responsible for settling her nerves on their wedding day. “I looked at his face and thought, this is it – this is what I was searching for all my life.”
|Emilija’s stunning gown made with ivory beaded French lace over a nude fine silk was a result of her own vision which Bonita Couture helped bring to light.|
|Dave, of Dave and Charlotte Lifestyle Photographers, captured stunning images of the couple in and around Caversham House. “We played the day casually by what caught Dave’s eye as we drove around,” explains Emilija.|
|“We have Elliott’s work mates and my mates to thank for pushing these two very different people out of the box that they lived in, and we have them to thank for the support, nurturing and guarding the growth of this developing bond,” praises Emilija.|
|“I wake up every morning to that amazing smile and I will do for the rest of my life,” says Emilija.|
|Photographs courtesy of Dave & Charlotte Lifestyle Photographers.|
Imagine every feeling you ever had rolled into one. That’s how Tweed Heads bride Zoe Gustafson describes the heady moment before floating down the aisle to meet Maori beau Kimi Kahika.
Says Zoe, “On a perfect Friday afternoon, with not a cloud in the sky, in the lovely grounds of Mantra [Salt Beach], I married my love, my soul mate, my best friend.”
The wheels of a romantic beach wedding were set in motion with 100 strawberry scented candles. After eight whirlwind months of meeting and falling in love, Kimi devised a proposal destined for just one answer.
Zoe recounts, “I had decided that today wasn’t the day he was going to propose… However much to my extreme surprise, delight, excitement, joy and every other amazingly happy emotion you can feel, I opened our hotel room door to something out of a movie.
“Kimi had his sisters transform our apartment to the most romantic place I have ever been. There were over 100 strawberry scented candles everywhere… along with hundreds of rose petals, chocolate dipped strawberries, rose Moet and they’d even filled the bathtub.
“Kimi put on a playlist of songs in the background and dropped to one knee as he read out a speech he had prepared for me, while I cried and smiled with extreme happiness and joy.”
One year later, the pair wed in a deeply spiritual ceremony officiated by Kimi’s cousin and uncle – both Maori pastors – in which a three-wicked candle was lit to signify the couple’s union with God.
Later, X Factor finalists Jade Louise and Nuz (aka Straight Up) set the vibe to party mode, kicking off with the infectious Black Eyed Peas hit ‘I Got a Feeling’.
The overjoyed newlyweds honeymooned in a luxury campervan, touring the picturesque south island of New Zealand before a total change of scenery, feeding baby elephants in Phuket, Thailand.
|Zoe’s dazzling amethyst shoes were purchased online from the UK. “It was the only place I could find my purple glam shoes,” she says. “Purple is clearly my favourite colour!”|
|To be guaranteed of the type and colour of her Flowers by Corrina teardrop bouquets, Zoe opted for real-touch fake flowers. “You couldn’t even notice, they looked amazing and now I have them forever,” she smiles.|
|Zoe’s Luv Bridal gown was a strapless sweetheart vintage lace and organza creation with embellished feature belt.|
|“The room was decked out in white and purple with lots of sparkle, by the fantastic Maggie-Ann at Bam Events,” praises Zoe.|
|“The daddy-daughter dance went off,” laughs Zoe, “with Dad and I breaking out into a musical mix-up dance much to everyone’s surprise and amusement.”|
|Photos courtesy of Pineapple Images.|
They were young lovebirds at sweet sixteen, and 10 years later they became husband and wife.
The romance of Jessica Laffy and Patrick Sievers first blossomed at a Big Day Out concert listening to Everlong by the Foo Fighters.
On their wedding day, January 14, 2013, Jessica walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of the song. Her dad gave a fitting speech having researched its origins and lyrics to share with their 100 guests. “It was really beautiful,” beams Jessica.
The pair realised their dream of a garden wedding in their discovery of Lyrebird Falls in Kallista, one hour east of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges. “We always wanted a garden wedding with lots of flowers and trees,” says Jessica. “Lyrebird Falls was the first place we went to. It was one of those moments where we both looked at each other and said ‘yes’ simultaneously.”
To fit the garden setting, the couple chose a very natural themed wedding with a hint of vintage style.
Blessed with connections in the wedding industry, Jessica and Patrick received generous help when planning their special day.
“One of my bridesmaids is a graphic designer so she had all the contacts and designed and printed our save the dates, invites, table setting and place cards. She went above and beyond,” praises Jessica.
In addition to this, flowers were provided by the best man’s aunty and one of the bridesmaid’s mums was the artist behind the cake. “The cake topper figurine was a little bride and groom which my mum and dad had on their wedding cake, and my grandmother and grandfather originally had on their cake too,” says Jessica.
|On their wedding eve, Jessica stayed with her bridesmaids at Como Cottages in the Dandenong Ranges. “The cottage was this old beautiful house and was absolutely perfect for photos the next day,” says Jessica.|
|Jessica said deciding on her Peter Trends Bridal gown was a laborious one. “It took me months to decide on a gown, I drove my mum and bridesmaids crazy,” she laughs. The bridesmaids donned different styles by Anna Campbell in mocha.|
|Guests were treated to canapés and drinks after the ceremony in the gardens while the happy couple and bridal party had their photos taken. “Our guests were well looked after,” says Jessica.|
|Jessica described her wedding day as perfection, including the 35 degree weather. “We made sure we took time out to talk to each other and watch the night unfold. Our guests were happy and had an awesome time and we loved every minute.”|
|Photographs courtesy of Duuet Photography.|
|British expats Gemma Foy and Jak Cann may have fallen in love in the UK, but it was Perth they fell in love with together.
The Western Australian city became their hometown and ultimately their wedding destination on October 20, 2012.
“We decided to have our wedding at Kings Park for many reasons,” explains Gemma. “First being that it was the place where we decided I would stay in Australia instead of returning to the UK and because we wanted our UK visitors to see why we had chosen Perth as our home.”
The stunning view of Swan River and Perth city from Kings Park was blessed with beautiful spring weather – a great setting for English visitors who were used to cooler temperatures.
“It was very hot for that time of year – our groomsmen from the UK in their full suits almost fainted,” recalls Gemma. “We told guests October could be hit-and-miss with weather, but the whole time they were here it was beautiful.”
Classic ivory was matched with dramatic red and black to style their cocktail wedding.
The couple and their bridal party were lucky to even make it to their reception at the WA Rowing Club after their limousine broke down.
“The photographers made two trips to get us there in their car. At the time it was a bit stressful – now it just makes a funny story,” laughs Gemma.
|Gemma’s jewellery from Swarovski fitted beautifully with the colour scheme. For her bridesmaids, she created something extra special. “I bought Swarovski gems and had a jeweller make wish necklaces (to be worn from the day until the silk snaps for a wish to come true) and matching earrings,” says Gemma.|
|Gemma’s bridesmaids wore stunning black after-five dresses from Light in the Box - an online store. The groomsmen were lucky to receive a visit from Gemma and Jak in the UK where they sourced the suits together.|
|The couple commended their photographer, Billie, who pulled off stunning photographs. “Billie the trooper was heavily pregnant and still managed to last all day and night,” praises Gemma.|
|The couple chose to have a cocktail function over a sit-down meal so their overseas guests had the chance to mingle. “It was the first time our parents and grandparents had met, so with a sit down meal no one would have got the chance to talk to each other. It was so nice to see friends from the UK talking to friends from Australia.”|
|Photography by Digitally Enhanced Photography.|
I thought Yellow Pages directories were on the verge of extinction until I read the story of Jessie Boshier and Stephen Malpass’s high tea wedding in the Blue Mountains. They may yet serve their purpose!
Through the words of the groom, this “colourful and glamorous” couple tell their quirky wedding tale:
“The setting was perfect – the picturesque Blue Mountains during April. There was a good chance of clear, albeit chilly days associated with a persistent high pressure system hanging over Sydney throughout autumn.
“The setup was smooth; the equipment providers converging on the ceremony and reception locations to do their thing, as well as numerous family members on hand to help out.
“Sadly, only 16 hours before the wedding, the weatherman tested our mettle; 120km/hour winds, horizontal rain and arctic temperatures. Despite this dose of bad weather, nothing was going to detract from the most special day of our lives.
“All hands were on deck to up-right chairs and dry table-settings and, by the time the ceremony came around, we only had dampened shoes – not dampened spirits.”
Read more of Stephen’s take on their wedding day as you scroll through their lovely pictures by Over the Moon Photography.
|“The beautiful bride and her three bridesmaids were picked up in retro Mustangs and driven to the ceremony at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath. The palpable anticipation of the awaiting crowd was nerve-racking, but hearing the deep rumbling of the vintage cars enter the property and drive past the ceremony marquee for the whole crowd to see brought tears to people’s eyes.”|
|“The bride’s graceful walk up to her waiting groom, bridal party and celebrant, arm-in-arm with her father, was the most poignant moment of the day. Her beaming smile and the pride on her father’s face was just beautiful.”|
|“The ceremony was a relaxed but special event; the bride and groom wrote their own vows, both of which had the crowd in hysterics with the personal and funny nature of their ever-lasting promises to each other.”|
|“Owing to the groom’s height disadvantage against his soon-to-be-wife, a Yellow pages book was brought out from under the registry-signing table on which he could stand!”|
|“The ceremony ended with the perfect song, “Ne Me Quitte Pas” by Regina Spektor, after which the bridal party was driven to Leura to have photos taken in the grounds of the Toy & Railway Museum.”|
|“The bridal party was driven back to Blackheath to a rented property for the reception where waiting guests welcomed them to “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mixalot!”|
|“Throughout the evening there was a sit-down meal, with speeches from family, and petit fours-style desserts were brought out on three-tier cake stands.”|
“The night ended with hours of dancing, kicked off by the bride and groom having their first dance to “I’m Shakin’” by Jack White.”
Stephen says, “Our wedding was characterised by humour, with a touch of tradition and a whole lot of chic. It perfectly matched our personality and styles – colourful and glamorous!”
|Photos courtesy of Over the Moon Photography.|