Cara and Nathan’s epic high-five before classic wedding

Wedding: 25/09/2015

Posted by Kellie | 24 October, 2015

A high-five in the face isn’t exactly what you need one week before your wedding day.

But it’s exactly what Cara Sturrock got from a friend doing the reading at their rehearsal day. “She went to high-five me after her practice run and high-fived me in the face leaving a gash in between my eyebrows,” explains Cara.

“Thank goodness for my God-sent make-up artist Maggie Tamarua.”

The repaired bride, 29, married her love, Nathan Valentine, 26, on September 25, 2015. “We had all of our favourite people in our bridal party, including the high-fiver.

“I didn’t kick her out,” laughs Cara.

The pair were wed at The Brighton International in Melbourne by celebrant Yvonne Wood who conducted the light-hearted vows. “She let us incorporate a funny little promise ceremony, which included Nathan promising to ‘like’ my selfies in a reasonable time-frame!” says Cara.

Their classic wedding reception was held at the same venue and was attended by more than 80 guests.

“The room was so pretty, we didn’t need to do much styling,” says the bride.

Unfortunately, sneaky daylight savings meant the pair were chasing the sun for photos! “We didn’t realise that daylight savings didn’t start until the following week so with a 5.30pm ceremony we were, literally, chasing the sunlight.”

The couple honeymooned in New Zealand.

Photos courtesy of Dijana Risteska Photography.






Cara’s gorgeous and elegant Raffaele Ciuca gown wasn’t her first choice — she hated her original dress! She was very relieved to find this replacement four months before her big day.







“The day was over so quickly, we didn’t want it to end,” smiles Cara.







“Our wedding was intimate and included all the key people in our life, it was classic and classy,” says Cara.






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25 October, 2015

Anne Rogers says:

Cara and Nathan’s Wedding was a very intimate Occassion for family and close friends. Heartfelt touches saw the bride and groom presenting their Mother’s with a single rose. Also Included into the Ceremony, speaking of loved ones that had passed away.
The Venue was immaculate, with incredible, plentiful food. It was a very happy evening with so much love in the room.

Cara and Nathan looked like a Hollywood couple. Cara looked absolutely beautiful and Nathan so very handsome.

25 October, 2015

Rhiannon Hoskin says:

I have been to a few weddings and this one would have to be on the top of my list for the most beautiful wedding I have ever attended. Cara looked like a bride from a wedding magazine. So elegant and absolutely stunning.
The ceremony was perfect and It was beautiful to witness how much love Cara and Nathan have for each other and their families.
A wonderful night and I am so glad to have been able to share it with the gorgeous couple.

9 November, 2015

mary falzon says:

I’ve none the bride sins she was a little girl and to see her growing up so beautiful with a loving parents and her beautiful sister they all look amazing on her wedding day so good luck cara Nathan
Cara was like a princess what a joy your and proud mother felt when she so you walking down the aisle It was a great day for all
such a beautiful couple Xxxx

13 November, 2015

ball gown says:

What a gorgeous wedding!It’s so amazing and the bride is really stunning and beautiful!Love the shoot so much!Best wishes for the sweet couple.God bless this marriage.

28 December, 2015

Carla says:

Absolutely stunning! Cara you look amazing, and everything from the cake to the bridesmaid dresses is perfection!

Can I ask where those ‘love’ giant letters are from? They would be perfect for our big day at Quat Quatta.

8 February, 2016

Trish Moriarty says:

Simply a lovely couple.

10 February, 2016

Isabelle says:

Wow, what an elegant wedding. everything is perfect from the couple themselves, to the dress, bridal party, venue & that photo of the groom with tears welling, is just fabulous, the photographer definitely captured the key moments of the day. A very lucky bride to have those moments to cherish forever. Hands down the most deserving couple to win for 2015. Best of luck Cara & Nathan!

10 February, 2016

Jax says:

my fiancé and i were having trouble working out what we wanted for our wedding. it started being blown out of our budget and then we saw this wedding featured & have taken a lot of ideas from it for our own.
this wedding deserves the win!

21 February, 2016

Dianne says:

What a stunning couple. They get my vote. I hope they win.

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