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KERI + MICHAEL

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“We are one of those cliché couples that when you know, you know,” Keri Troman says. Her first date with Michael Burnell was made up of beers at the Torquay Hotel two years ago. Keri, originally from Melbourne, fell in love quickly. “We started dating on weekends, and when that wasn’t enough we’d add a mid-week catch-up in, and soon enough I made the move down to Geelong and we moved in together,” she says. Keri wore her grandmother’s wedding dress, a 1930s stunning gown, with minor alterations to make it her own. At their nuptials, picture frames with song lyrics and quotes were used as decorations, a true personal touch that reflected their once long distance relationship. “We started doing ‘Tune Tuesday’ where we would send each other a song on Tuesdays and ‘Quote Fridays’ we’d send each other a quote,” Keri explains. “Be your natural self,” she advises.
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ODETTE + CHRISTOPHER

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Christopher Hart waited patiently with his back to his bride Odette Rodda before their November nuptials. She walked towards him with their two furry family members, their dogs. “When he turned around, it was such a special moment of pure happiness and affection,” she says. The pair was then married under an arch made by the bride’s father, with Port Phillip Bay and the You Yangs in view. Odette wore a full Maggie Sottero gown and a brooch belonging to Chris’ great-grandmother, a beloved piece of jewellery passed onto the next generation. “On the day I felt so strong and beautiful ,” she says. “The entire day was fun and laid-back; most importantly it was filled with lots of dancing, laughter and love.”
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EMILY + ANTHONY

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Emily Prince and Anthony Wilson were married on a sunny afternoon in September, overlooking Corio Bay. Emily had her six sisters by her side as her bridesmaids, and the family arrived in their father’s 1983 red Toyota Tarago van. “It was a family heirloom and was well known as the Prince Mobile,” Emily laughs. The bride knew as soon as she saw the strapless dress with the sweetheart cut on the rack that it was the one. She walked down the aisle in the lace number to a rendition of Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love. “It was the best day of our lives and we look back on it with everyone involved and couldn’t be happier.”



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JACQUI + NATHAN

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Nathan Thomas proposed to his love Jacqui Geary, in a shed on his parent’s property. The pair worked tirelessly to create their dream wedding celebration on the same property, making seating, the bar, decorations, every touch unique to them, making the moment all the more special when they read their handwritten vows to one another. “Whatever we didn’t have, we made,” Jacqui says. “There were personal touches everywhere.” The pair were wed on their six year anniversary. The rain held off for just long enough, with the pair only showered in rose petals, a happy moment. “It was a fun and emotional day that went so fast,” Nathan reflects. “We definitely made memories to last a lifetime.”

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JESSICA + SAMUEL

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Jessica Smith put her late grandmother’s wedding ring and her late great-grandmother’s wedding ring on her right hand on her wedding day, something special to honour family who could not be there. Samuel Dangerfield waited a top of a hang gliding launch pad at Moggs Creek, when Jess was led down the aisle by her parents to say “I do” with the sweeping views of Aireys Inlet and Lorne on show. “It is somewhere Sam and his family really treasure so it was very special having it up there, even with a bit of wind,” Jess says. “It was amazing to see the guests’ reactions to the ceremony location, it was so special.” The reception, at a Surf Coast venue, was a continuation of a joyous day and night. “For the both of us, watching everyone else have so much fun and being so happy for us was so special – it was such a happy and fun wedding,” Jess says.
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SALLY + SEAN

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Sally Mayberry and Sean Wride met while at university and have been inseparable ever since. “I love way she walks, talks and just is,” says Sean. “Sean tells me he loves me and that I am beautiful every day, and I mean every day for the last 11 years – that’s something very special,” Sally adds. Sean proposed on Lake Ashi in Japan, with Mount Fuji as the backdrop. “Sean had planned this moment for the better part of six months to make sure everything was perfect,” Sally says. “It was unbelievable and I hold Japan close to my heart.” The pair opted to take their closest family and friends on a magical trip to lush forest in the Dandenong Ranges for their nuptials. “It felt special to be able to take our guests to somewhere so beautiful and then spend the entire weekend with everyone,” Sally remembers with happiness. “The day was just perfect.”
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HARRIET + ANDREW

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“Easily the first look,” is Harriet Fist’s instant reaction when asked what her favourite memory of her wedding day. She first laid eyes on Andrew Rhodes when assigned a seat next to him in year 8. “A friendship began and a deep connection which has grown and evolved ever since,” she says. “I love Andy’s sense of humour and his patience – never before have I met such a humble and patient soul.” Harriet named her groom’s late sister as her bridesmaid, and honoured her further by releasing a balloon at the end of their ceremony in her memory. “It was a beautiful moment to share and a special way to acknowledge and include our sister in our day,” Harriet says. “The photos from that moment will be cherished forever.”


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ERIN + JOSHUA

Erin Kennedy and Joshua Laing, a dietitian and a doctor, were great friends before realising there was a spark. The pair relish in the fact they are such different people who are still so perfectly matched. “Josh is more adventurous, whereas I tend to be more grounded,” explains Erin. “At the core of our relationship is a strong friendship, a love for animals and we both a strong value for our family and friends.” The pair, with the help of Josh’s cousin Thea, styled much of their marquee wedding on the Bellarine. Erin remembers the delight of being able to the make the celebration a true representation of them, choosing or designing every element. The couple, who love travelling and exploring the world together, headed to Sri Lanka for their blissful honeymoon.



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LAURA + CAMERON

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When Cameron Alford and Laura Schram first kissed as husband and wife they could not help but beam with joy. The couple has been through a life-changing couple of years, with Laura diagnosed with cancer during her third pregnancy in 2016. Children Jasper, Ivy and Alfie held the wedding rings in their hands for a few moments and handed them to their parents to exchange. “We wanted everyone special in our lives there to celebrate and who more special than our three babies,” says Laura. “The second I saw Laura all I could think was how lucky we both were to be here,” Cam says. “It was the happiest I’ve been and the best day to top off such a stressful few years. She looked so beautiful and just beamed light.”For more imagery, including a full list of suppliers, CLICK HERE.

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CARLIE + BRAD

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Carlie Dean unexpectedly met the love of her life at a close friend’s wedding, who happened to be marrying the cousin of Brad Chilko. “We have been inseparable ever since,” says Carlie. To celebrate the women in her family, the bride wore her great-grandmother’s engagement ring, and was able to use red gum wood from her nana’s old farm as the base for her centrepieces. Everything came together exactly how they imagined, with everyone partying into the night on the dancefloor. “I didn’t know when I met Carlie at 21, that I would be standing here eight years later, marrying the woman I love,” says Brad. “But I knew she was the one after we made a long distance relationship work, we could renovate and build two homes together, move interstate, and travel the world together, and grow to love each other even more through it all.”


BEHIND THE SCENES:
Ceremony: The Pier Geelong
Reception:
The Pier Geelong
Catering:
The Pier Geelong
Photography:
Jake Hogan Photography
Entertainment:
Baker Boys Band
Prop hire:
The Pier Geelong
Stationery:
Little Orchard Designs
Celebrant:
Tennille Welsh
Honeymoon destination:
United States and Mexico


LOOK BOOK:
Gown:
Embrace Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Jeanette Maree
Hair: Momu Hair & Makeup
Makeup: Momu Hair & Makeup
Cake: Kailey’s Kakes
Flowers: Floral Perfection Geelong
Bridesmaids’ dresses: JJ’s House
Suits: Peter Jackson
Rings: Zantis Jewellers