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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Taegan Pearson and Grant James met when they were staying on adjoining campsites at the Apollo Bay Music Festival.
“It was by chance that we both stopped at the Forrest shop at the same time on the way home, so we exchanged details and arranged to catch up again,” Taegan remembers. Grant proposed on a drizzly day walking along the beach in Lorne.
A rainbow appeared just as Grant went down on one knee.
The pair were married in a national park; the environmentally minded couple asked friends and family to shower them in gum leaves as confetti after they became husband and wife.

Sheoak Picnic Area, Lorne
Reception: Grand Pacific Hotel Lorne
Photography: Jake Hogan Photography
Transport: Kombi
Entertainment: Jibberish
Stationery: Jason Monaco
Celebrant: Tony Bugden
Honeymoon destination: Sydney

Gown: Mariana Hardwick
Shoes: Nine West
Hair: Cassandra de Bruin
Makeup: Cassandra de Bruin
Cake: Wendy Dyson
Flowers: Earth Flower Apollo Bay Florist and Geelong Flower Farm
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS
Suits: T.M.Lewin
Rings: Woods Jewellers, Colac


Whether you are already engaged or dreaming of that ring, we have some of the most beautiful proposal destination ideas from Tania Alaee and Gloria Gammo, from my proposal co.
Destination engagements are very much on trend, these romantic getaways will inspire and get your heart all aflutter.
Already have the ring? These might be the perfect places for a honeymoon.

So romantic they named it twice. It’s exciting, it’s fast paced and it presents a truly spectacular backdrop to that most important question. What better place to have your head in the clouds, almost, than atop the Empire State Building? The photos of this proposal will be treasured forever.
Want something a little more grounded? Look no further than the divinely beautiful Central Park – even jaded New Yorkers are swept away in this green haven in the middle of their city. Don’t want grass stains on your trouser knees? There are a myriad of deliciously decadent restaurants overlooking the park that are perfect proposal locations. But make sure you book months in advance – lovers from all over the world have made these places insanely popular for romantic dinners.

When we say romance, you say… Paris! A city that is the epitome of amor. Picture yourself with your sparkling diamond on your finger with the lights of the Eiffel Tower twinkling behind you. Or sitting pretty enjoying a classic French picnic of cheeses, breads and red wine in one of the many lovely parks dotted around this awe-inspiring capital. The love of your life, the city of your dreams, swoon.

We Australians simply adore our beaches, and being proposed to on one is a dream many of us harbour. Let’s not make it any old beach though, let’s make it on the whitest sand beach in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Hyams Beach is a hop, skip and jump south of Sydney and promises to make this a proposal location you won’t forget. And we can’t forget the proposal you can see from space – proposals on and under the sea on the Great Barrier Reef are out of this world.

Mexico is so hot right now, and rightly so. The Mayan Ruins in Tulum, overlooking the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, are a proposal or holiday destination that has to be seen to be believed. Straight after you say “yes” dive into the warm waters of the Caribbean and just see how your ring glitters. If getting close to nature is your thing, then steer yourselves inland with the steamy jungle behind you, why not pop the question whilst visiting the Cobá archaeological site with its pyramid-shaped temples.

Get yourselves over to Yosemite National Park for a proposal that will take your breath away in more ways than one. Thundering waterfalls, majestic mountains or meandering rivers – this location has them all. Glamp overnight in one of the 13 beautifully appointed campsites or for the more energetic amongst you, hike to a stunning rocky outcrop and let the magic happen.

For die hard romantics, there is only one destination to ask the most important question of all. Venice. Corridors and secret stone passages, countless bridges over endless water or being slowly guided in a gondola through the canals of this absolutely stunning city, the locations are endless for the perfect proposal spot. Trying to decide where to actually pop the question is a tough one. Rest assured, romantic places are around every corner.



Anna Ballinger and Lachie Waters met when they were teenagers at a youth group as part of their church.
Lachie proposed to his love during a beautiful picnic in the Otways.
“I love how caring Anna is, she would do anything for anyone and that’s something I really admire about her,” he says.
The pair transformed a dusty storage shed into their dream rustic wedding reception.
Lots of DIY, including flower wreaths made the night before the wedding with lots of female family and friends, made their celebration true to them.
The couple, who are both musicians, sang their worship song together during the ceremony, a special moment for them and their guests.

Barrabool Hills Baptist Church
Reception: Private property, Stonehaven
Catering: Coast to Coast the Golden Roast
Photography: Patrick Britt
Transport: Friend
Entertainment: Baker Boys Band
Stationery: Zazzle
Celebrant: Mark Gellie
Prop hire: Handmade by groom
Honeymoon destination: Fiji

Dream of Daisies
Shoes: Kmart and Target
Hair: Blush Bar
Make-up: Blush Bar
Cake: Groom’s sister
Flowers: Floral Perfection
Bridesmaids dresses: Myer
Suits: H&M, Jay Jays
Rings: Etsy and Salera’s



Anna McKernan and Xavier Wilson were engaged after Xavier took Anna on a horse and cart ride through beautiful gardens in Melbourne.
Anna wore a Raffaele Ciuca ‘Anna’ gown when she walked down the aisle at the Sacred Heart College chapel, a happy coincidence.
Pink and white peonies were stunning accents that surrounded the couple and their guests during the celebration.
“We have both been lucky enough to have parents demonstrate marriages full of love and laughter and I think that is a great start to a marriage” says Anna.
“Our wedding celebrated our love for one another, our amazing friendship and our ability to always make each other laugh.”

Sacred Heart College Chapel
Reception: Terindah Estate
Catering: Terindah Estate
Photography: Ali Bailey
Transport: Ballarat Classic Jags and Geelong Wedding Cars
Entertainment: Sacred Heart Choir, Marcus Schwaiger and Like This Corporate Band
Stationery: The Print Fairy
Celebrant: Fr Kevin Dillon
Prop hire: Festoon lighting by Event Power Solutions
Honeymoon destination: Hawaii

Raffaele Ciuca
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair: Tracey Clarke and Salon Jenaire On the Waterfront
Make-up: Tracey Clarke and Cassandra De Bruin
Cake: Leonie Hickey-Monaghan
Flowers: Moss Industry Florist
Bridesmaids dresses: Claire Home
Suits: Roger David
Rings: Michael Hill


ARE you engaged and about to plan the special day of your dreams?
The GT BRIDE team has teamed up with Barwon Health Foundation to support a special local cause, the Andrew Love Cancer Centre.
And what better way to support #projectlove than auctioning off a wedding?
Sixteen of Geelong’s best businesses have jumped on board to offer their goods and services, time and talents to create a once-in-a-lifetime offer for a couple who are the highest bidders in an online auction.
From your invitations and your rings, to your entertainment, clothing and venue, every aspect has been thought of to make this the complete package.
The wedding, or commitment ceremony, on offer is worth more than $30,000, with all proceeds of the auction going to the cancer centre.
The ceremony will be amongst the olive trees at Mt Duneed Estate and the reception catered for by Peter Rowland Catering for the couple and 50 of their friends and family.
The package even includes a two-night minimoon experience at the award-winning Surf Coast accommodation, RACV Torquay Resort.
Not only supporting a cause close to so many people’s hearts, this is the perfect wedding package for those who want all of the enjoyment and none of the stress.
The Wedding Auction offers the choice of two dates, either Friday, November 10, 2017 or Friday, April 13, 2018.
The auction is open online now, and will close on Monday July 24 at 6pm.
Head to for more information and to bid.

Georgia Wild and Josh Milnes’ wedding ceremony and reception was held at Mt Duneed Estate. Photography: Katie Wheeler Photography

Peter Rowland Catering
Mt Duneed Estate
Nicole Penning Civil Celebrant
Sara Taylor Photography
Robertson’s Farmgate
Pearls & Roses Bridal
Cocoa Pantry
The Beautiful People
Natalie Heffernan – personal trainer
Blondie Hair + Cosmetica
Eddy Elias Menswear
Leafy Design Co
Duffs Jewellers
RACV Torquay Resort