High school sweethearts Lauren Wells and Lewy Hyland were together seven years before Lewy popped the question during a Melbourne getaway.
Lauren fell in love with the first dress she tried on while at Embrace Bridal Boutique.
“I knew it was the one as everyone started to cry as I walked out,” she remembers.
The pair celebrated their wedding at Oneday Estate with 100 of their closest family and friends. Their two sons, Boston and Bowie, were walked down the aisle by their two grandmothers, making it a true family affair.

Ceremony: Oneday Estate
Reception: Oneday Estate
Catering: Geelong Wood Fired Ovens and Geelong Mobile Ice Cream
Photography: Love & Other Wedding Photography
Transport: Coastal Kombi Weddings
Entertainment: The Detours Duo
Stationery: Etsy
Celebrant: Sarah Scott
Prop hire: Dress My Wedding
Honeymoon destination: Port Douglas

Gown: Embrace Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Hair: Zoe Tresize
Makeup: Abbey Wells Makeup Design
Cake: Canapes Cafe
Flowers: Lustre Blooms
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ShowPo
Suits: Roger David
Rings: Michael Hill



Stacey Collett met Luke Baldwin in their hometown of Colac five years ago. It was the pair’s love, passion and generosity that drew them together.
“Her heart is full of gold,” says Luke of his wife.
In fact, gold balloons spelling out ‘Mr & Mrs’ were a statement piece at their wedding at Clyde Park in Bannockburn.
Stacey wore an off-white strapless gown from Embrace Bridal Boutique, walking down the aisle.
“The whole day was perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing,” says Stacey.

Clyde Park Vineyard And Bistro
Reception: Clyde Park Vineyard And Bistro
Catering: Clyde Park Vineyard And Bistro
Photography:  Sara Taylor Photography
Transport: Night Owl Limousines
Entertainment:  The Vulkans
Celebrant: Dean Sindoni

Gown:  Embrace Bridal Boutique
Shoes:  Novo Shoes
Hair: Blush Bar
Makeup: Blush Bar
Cake: Clyde Park Vineyard And Bistro
Flowers: Otway Blooms Florist
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Embrace Bridal Boutique
Suits: Eddy Elias Menswear
Rings: Michael Hill



Kate Flentje and Murray Tucker’s special day did not go quite to plan, but they had a magical day all the same.
The heavens opened up to rain and hail upon what was meant to be their garden nuptials at Kate’s parent’s home.
The happy couple took it in their stride and had their beautiful ceremony indoors, and gathered umbrellas and gumboots to capture the moment outside on film.
The pair did not hesitate to jump on Kate’s grandparent’s old swing resurrected by her father. “This was a fond memory for me as I used to love playing on the swing as a child,” says Kate. Custom flavours made the day extra special, with custom cocktails and a dessert bar with treats homemade by friends and family’s favourite recipes.

Ceremony: Private property
Reception: Private property
Catering: Steampocket Catering
Photography: Sarah Godenzi Photography
Transport: Family cars
Entertainment: Stolen Apples
Stationery: Danger & Moon
Celebrant: Catherine Crosby-Wright
Honeymoon destination: Sri Lanka

Gown: Pearls & Roses bridal
Shoes: Bared Shoes
Cake: Homemade
Flowers: Laurin Glasby, friend of the bride
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Rodeo Show
Suits: SABA
Rings: Duffs Jewellers



Jordan Kefford and Elliot Turner’s high school friendship blossomed into their own love story, finally getting together in their final year.
The pair was engaged on their five year anniversary in Melbourne.
Jordan walked down the aisle in a full lace gown by Anna Campbell, a label she had dreamt of wearing for a long time.
“When my wife started walking down the aisle all my built in nerves resided and a sense of joy took over,” says Elliot.
The pair were wed in front of 110 of their closest friends and family. Jordan remembers their vows as a highlight of the day. “We wrote our own and kept them a secret from each other,” she says.

Ceremony: Truffleduck
Reception: Truffleduck
Catering: Truffleduck
Photography: Leo Farrell Photography
Transport: Red Mustangs
Entertainment: No Dramas
Stationery: Amelia Turner
Celebrant: Nicole Penning
Prop hire: Surfcoast Party Hire and Memphis Hire
Name tags: Sketch and Etch Creative
Bonbonniere: Terrariums by Bacchus Marsh Florist
Honeymoon destination: Dubai

Gown: Anna Campbell Bridal
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Hair: Bec Hammond
Makeup: Studio Three
Cake:  Kris Stanley
Flowers: Flowerbowl
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Camilla and Marc
Suits: Browse Fashions for Men
Rings: Michael Hill


You have your dress, your shoes and your jewellery, now, to focus on the finer details, your perfect makeup look.
Incorporating some spring makeup trends will ensure your look is fresh.
Australian makeup artist Napoleon Perdis says maintaining the condition of your skin is essential before considering any makeup.
“The weather during spring and summer can really play havoc on the skin, it can become dry and dehydrated from sun exposure to shiny and oily from the dry hot weather,” he says.
“The skin needs extra TLC so my must-haves would be a balm cleanser to keep the skin hydrated and soft all day.”
He says, once you have hydrated skin, and have primed appropriately, it’s time to try something a little bold.
“Electric blue is huge this season,” he says.
“The easiest way to inject some colour into your look is by using a blue mascara, teamed with a bright pop of colour on the lips to add a fun youthful look perfect.”

Jacob Stanley, MECCA Head of Education, says it’s time to leave the dark tones of winter behind, recommending coral, peach and apricot tones for lips.
“Casual summertime glamour is the goal,” he says.
For your eyelids, Jacob recommends metallic and shimmer, especially rich and warm metallic including copper.
Eyebrows, which have been having such a moment, should be looking natural.
“Brows are definitely ‘calming down’ – we’re definitely seeing a preference for less intense, less ‘done’ brows,” says Jacob.
“They should look like human eyebrows.
“Fill, define, and enhance, but don’t try to make your brows the most noticeable thing about your face.”

Dewy complexions are making a return after a few years of matte-madness.
“But when it comes to lashes and lips, bigger-than-big is better – everyone wants longer, larger, louder when it comes to those features,” says Jacob.
It is also important to remember makeup maintenance throughout the day.
“Don’t neglect the touch up,” Napoleon says.
“Packing essential touch ups is a must; non-negotiables are powder, eyeliner and lipstick.”
However, while doing your makeup, it is important to wear what you love.
“My best tip? You do you. Wear whatever makes you feel great,” Jacob says.

1. Cover FX matte setting powder, $51 from Sephora;
2. Total Bae Own It! Electric mascara, $29 from Napoleon Perdis;
3. Stila matte n’ metal eyeshadow palette, $71 from Mecca;
4. Too Faced sweet peach creamy peach oil lip gloss in peach tease, $27 from Mecca;
5. Eyestudio colortattoo metal 24hr cream gel eye shadow, $9.99 from Chemist Warehouse;
6. Take The Day Off cleansing balm, $55 from Clinique;
7. Urban Decay de-slick oil control makeup setting spray, $49 from Mecca;
8. Crème sheen glass in Cha-Cha-Cha, $43 from MAC;
9. ARDELL fashion lashes 105 black, $10.99 from Priceline;
10. Foolproof brow powder, $42 from Benefit




Tynique Smith and Casey Lugg met at a birthday party when they were 18.
“Casey and I had an instant connection,” says Tynique.
Casey proposed in a candlelit room in their home, where they shared the special moment together.
When it came to her dream dress, Tynique’s mother spotted a gown hanging on a rack in an op shop and asked her to try it on. “It was a perfect fit and looked beautiful, it still had the tags and had never been worn before,” she says.
Tynique, Casey and their families helped create their beautiful rustic-themed celebration at Saint Regis Winery, where they celebrated with the people closest to them, including their young daughter.

Saint Regis Winery
Reception: Saint Regis Winery
Catering: Saint Regis Winery
Photography: Leanne Kelly Photos
Transport: Chrysler 300s
Celebrant: Donna Noakes
Honeymoon destination: Ballarat

Op shop find
Shoes: Betts
Hair: Friend of the bride
Makeup: Independent makeup artist found on Facebook, Rachel
Cake: Kiss Kakes
Flowers: Dahlia Button Florals
Bridesmaids’ dresses: For Her Boutique
Suits: Eddy Elias Menswear
Rings: Prouds The Jewellers and Michael Hill



Bella Sabatino and Karl Yool met by chance in Melbourne, and their relationship bloomed. Karl proposed among the roses in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, before Karl led his love to a surprise engagement party with all of their family and friends.
The pair wed at Werribee Mansion in front of their 96 guests. “One of our first dates was at the Werribee Mansion – we fell in love with it and always knew we’d get married there,” says Bella.
Bella, whose mother had passed away, was able to hold her close with her photo, on a little love heart in her bouquet, created by her mother-in-law.

Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Reception: Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Catering: Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography
Entertainment: Top Dog Entertainment, DJ Andy K
Stationery: Made by the bride
Celebrant: Kirk Goodsell
Prop hire: Hoppers Party Hire, Dress My Wedding and Social Playground
Honeymoon destination: Paris, Liverpool, London, Morocco, Marseille and Monte Carlo

Karen Willis Holmes
Shoes: Badgley Mischka and Aquila
Hair: Done by the bride’s aunt
Makeup: Karla Roccuzzo
Cake: Sweet Bakes
Flowers: Loose Leaf
Maid of honour’s dress: Handmade
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Kookai
Suits: Peter Jackson
Rings: Diamond Exchange


Bridie Embellished Cape

Forever New has officially expanded into the bridal and occasion wear market, launching its Ever After collection.
Ever After is a 20-piece capsule of bridal and formalwear, which includes dresses suitable for brides, bridesmaids, debutantes and guests of special events.
The premium collection features pieces made with 100 per cent silk, Chantilly-inspired lace, delicate hand beading and exquisite embroidery.
Fronting the campaign is Australia’s Next Top Model 2016 winner Aleyna Fitzgerald.
Forever New Ever After is priced between $149.99–$299.99 and is available in-store and online at

Kristy Embroidered Dress: Embrace fairy tale feminine vibes in this embroidered
tulle prom style dress, a stunning option for the modern bride.

Jane Strapless Tulle Maxi Dress: This porcelain strapless tulle maxi dress is fit for the most fabulous of brides, with a stunning flowing skirt and hand-embellished bodice.

Marielle Embellished Dress: Accentuate your figure in this show-stopping bridal gown,
a one-of-a-kind design featuring all-over hand embellishment and sheer sleeve detail.

Seraphina Embellished Gown

Juliet Lace Spliced Midi Dress: This stunning lace spliced midi dress is perfect for your
special day, featuring sheer silk organza detail and an embellished satin belt. 

Shanae Lace Top Maxi Dress: This nude lace top maxi dress is the epitome of elegance,
a winning option for any stylish bridal party or modern bride to be.  

Andrea Embellished Maxi Dress: This stunning blush embellished maxi dress is soft and feminine, featuring a hand-embellished bodice adorned with beads, pearls and floral applique.  

Lou Prom Dress: Bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and wedding guests alike will look
and feel the part in this classic prom dress style.

Kiki Bead Bodice Dress

Cleo Tulle Prom Dress: Make a stunning entrance in our sky blue tulle prom dress,
a flattering silhouette for any formal event. 

Rosalinda Twist Maxi

Shanae Lace Top Maxi Dress: This navy lace top maxi dress is the epitome
of elegance, a winning option for any stylish bridal party. 

Luna Strapless Printed Dress: With its stunning pink floral design, flattering length and classic silhouette, this strapless printed dress is ideal for any special occasion. 



Jane Pigdon-Ferguson and Jacob Clark met on Jane’s 18th birthday in Queenscliff.
Jacob proposed to Jane, also on her birthday, years later. After making her breakfast in bed, Jacob let their dog Arni hop up on the bed with the proposal engraved on his collar.
“Jane is the kindest person I know, she has a heart of gold,” says Jacob.
Jane lost her mother to cancer when she was 16, and her twin nieces just a couple of years ago. At the start of their ceremony Jane and Jacob lit candles for their loved ones who could not be at the celebration.

Ceremony: Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Reception: Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Catering: Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Photography: Ashley K
Videography: Luxe Film House
Transport: Coastal Kombi Weddings
Entertainment: Like This Corporate Band and Imogen Brough
Stationery: Abacus
Celebrant: Carol Barden-Bond
Prop hire: Memphis Hire and made by the couple
Honeymoon destination: Airlie Beach

Gown: Whimsical White
Shoes: Wittner Shoes
Hair: Blondie Hair + Cosmetica
Makeup: Maddy Griffin
Cake: Katie Soldani
Flowers: Flair to make you Stare
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Love Storey Boutique
Suits: Politix
Rings: Duffs Jewellers


When you think destination wedding, minds often drift to a beachside getaway. However, there are so many other stunning backdrops to say “I do” at across the world.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts has put together a list of distinct hotels that specialise in throwing an unforgettable wedding – no sand in sight.

Castello Di Casole in Tuscany, Italy
Perfect for oenophiles and food lovers, Castello Di Casole is a 4200 acre estate in the heart of Tuscany that offers a picture-perfect backdrop for wedding day nuptials with sweeping views of the romantic Italian countryside. Couples can exchange vows among rows of Italian vineyards, in an intimate centuries-old chapel, or in a newly restored stone amphitheatre. The hotel also offers a couture wedding package, featuring a couture wedding gown designed by an Italian designer. Between formal gatherings, wedding guests can live la dolce vita by enjoying a pizza making class, painting with wine, or taking a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the grounds.

The Alpina Gstaad in Gstaad, Switzerland
With the beautiful Bernese mountains as a stunning wedding backdrop, blissfully-engaged couples can choose The Alpina Gstaad as an exclusive and reclusive retreat. The resort hosts one or two big weddings per season, allowing discerning brides and grooms the opportunity to have an ultimate extravaganza with limitless possibilities. The resort can organise helicopter flights, limousine transfers, or even ceremonies on alpine huts. In the summer season, couples can exchange vows in the mountain huts located in the alpine gardens and enjoy long days. After sundown, couples can release lanterns into the sky or choose a fireworks display to wrap up the evening. Couples can soak in the alpine scenery on their wedding night in the stunning Panorama Suite, voted one of the 50 greatest suites in the world by The Telegraph.

Hotel New Otani Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan
For couples looking to participate in a one-of-a-kind ceremony, the Hotel New Otani Tokyo offers a “Shuugen” wedding package in its beautiful 400-year-old Japanese garden. The package includes live instrument performances, decorations, and ceremonial equipment for Kagami-biraki, a Japanese tradition that celebrates a significant event such as marriage with pair of round mochi – round ornamental rice cakes. Couples break the mochi to mark the beginning of their new lives together. For even more memorable wedding portraits and a true immersion in local culture, traditional wedding kimonos, with hair-sets and makeup, are currently available for the brides and grooms to purchase.

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming, USA
Celebrate wedded bliss with a slice of Americana at The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. The sprawling 30,000 acres of unspoiled ranch land provides a rustic and romantic setting for couples looking for a truly intimate affair. Couples can exchange their vows outdoors in a natural stone amphitheatre with the majestic Medicine Bow Mountains serving as the backdrop, for a stylish and unique ceremony. The ranch also offers the Cowboy Chapel & Dance Hall for indoor ceremonies and receptions so guests can fully immerse themselves in the ranch experience. The bride and groom will arrive and depart by horse drawn carriage and guests can enjoy a fully immersive ranch experience. For brides and grooms looking for a western wedding weekend, the Brush Creek Ranch is the ultimate one-stop destination.

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