Never before has there been so much celebrity inspiration as bridal trends translate to the red carpet. Fashion stylist Renée Enright talks us through some of her standouts from red carpet events


Former model and host of Australia’s Next Top Model, Sarah cuts a striking
figure in this white textured Alex Perry creation, a modern take on the classic ball
gown with pockets and high neck line. The perfect full skirt for any bride wanting
to be the belle of her own ball.

Sleek, sophisticated and daring to be different, KK shows us exactly
how to wear a cape. Understated and edgy is Stella McCartney’s vibe, and I’m diggin’
it. Perfect for the fashion-loving bride who wants a little more impact and drama
to her wedding day look.

Sexy, sultry and super sophisticated. RHW just slaying in
Glavan silk. The perfect proof a simple silhouette, a beautiful fabric and great craftsmanship
can be the answer – can be everything! Be prepared to turn heads as you slip on down
the aisle, less is more for this bridal attire and confidence is everything.

When gold is more your thing and you want a little bling bling, look no
further than Emma Stone. The epitome of old Hollywood glamour and looking every part
the leading lady in this intricate Givenchy Haute Couture masterpiece. WOW. Now that’s
a dress.

This 20-year-old actress was an absolute vision turning heads in
a metallic floral Ralph & Russo gown, proving that ruffles and floral appliqués are
very much a sheer delight for any bride-to-be.

Aussie actress and The Legend Of Tarzan star Margot is a long way from
the jungle showing us how to do white right in a deep V sleek Calvin Klein masterpiece.
Minimalism at its best, showing that the sleeve is totally sexy and perfect for the
modern day bride who’s oh-so on-trend.

There’s nothing funny about comedian/actress Kristen in this stunning
Reem Acra lace dress, perfect for the barefoot boho or beach bride wanting something
a little more casual and a little less structured.

Bohemian babe Drew is no stranger to a red carpet, and staying true
to her unique style she turned heads in this metallic cold shouldered Monique Lhullier
frock that is one part boho, one part disco and it’s all parts amazing. Perfect for
the Art Deco loving bride who likes a little bit of vintage glam with a twist.


Photography: Jenna Fahey White

A beautiful set up of glasses of rosé garnished with flowers, sweet treats and fresh
table florals make this hen’s day one of pure celebration. Set at Moorabool Valley
winery Austins & Co., ladies wine and dine as the sun shines down on them in a natural
setting with greenery and white roses adorning the lunch table. This daytime kitchen
tea style set up is a fresh approach to a bride-to-be’s pre-wedding celebration, styled
by Geelong wedding stylist Laura Harvey of Weddings of Desire. “It’s more of a girly
type of celebrating,” says Laura.

Styling: Weddings of Desire
Location: Austins & Co. winery
Wine: 6ft6
Flowers: Botanical Muse
Stationery: Sketch & Etch Creative
Cake: Alice BroadwayCake Design
Cheese platters: Bear & Bean
Desserts: Cakesmith
Photography: Jenna Fahey White
Outfits: Purple Cow Clothing
Glassware, cutlery, crockery, place settings and linen: Table Art



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 theweddingauction.com.au 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


Cover girl: Nicole Mitrov

Our annual wedding magazine is on newsstands and is all about festivities that let love shine through.
As well as a new issue, we have a new look, one that we are so excited to share that we have a little sneak peek here for you.

The magazine still showcases the best our region has to offer in terms of celebrating love – it is simply brimming with ideas to plan your nuptials.
And even if you are not planning your own big day, it is full of familiar faces and event inspiration.
This year we feature 25 weddings from across our region, from the Bellarine and the stunning Moorabool Valley, to the Surf Coast and Otways.
Each one is a unique celebration, telling the couple’s love story and how they made it happen.
We are thrilled to feature our home grown star, actress Esther Anderson, and her wedding at Terindah Estate.
She married her love Howard Moggs on the Bellarine earlier this year and GT BRIDE gets an exclusive look inside their professional wedding album.
Esther tells us about her laid-back rustic style celebration, from the dress to the planning, and gives an insight into her day.
The nuptials of former champion Cats player Steve Johnson and his wife Erin also grace the pages.

Nicole wears Kemp by Daughters of Simone available from Embrace Bridal Boutique.
Styling and Creative Direction: Renee Enright
Photography: Enchanted Wedding
Hair and makeup: Blondie Hair + Cosmetica

And let’s not forget local beauty, model Nicole Mitrov, who is gracing our new-look cover.
Our Mediterranean-style cover shoot looks like a European oasis, but was shot right here in Geelong, with the help of some of our very best local creatives.
From the ring and the dress, to the honeymoon and advice on keeping the love alive after the celebration is over, let us inspire you to create your own love story.
Buy GT BRIDE at newsagents across the region.
Last year’s edition is also available in full online, HERE



Hello from the team here at gt Bride.
Wedding season is in full swing and so are we –
working on the next issue of the magazine!

Our aim, as always, is to curate yet another beautiful publication that celebrates our amazing local wedding industry and features the real weddings that inspire and delight our wonderful readers.
If you haven’t already got on board to advertise, there is still time and your presence in the magazine also ensures you will take your place in our comprehensive online directory right here on gtbride.com.au
We’d love to get to know you and help to showcase your business.
If you would like to explore advertising options you can request a copy of our media kit by contacting Daniel O’Keefe on 5227 4309 or via email on daniel.o’keefe@news.com.au
If you have a real wedding submission or story idea – or a submission for the blog – then it is the editorial team you are looking for so please email bride@geelongadvertiser.com.au
We hope to hear from you soon!


Photography (clockwise from top): Enchanted Wedding Photography; Kane Jarrod Photography; Enchanted Wedding Photography

Photography (clockwise from top): Enchanted Wedding Photography; Kane Jarrod Photography; Enchanted Wedding Photography

Gone are the days of shells and starfish taking centre stage in coastal themes. Add a touch of whimsical ocean wonder with a chic combination of crisp mint greens and beautiful blonde timber

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1. Hollie sandal in nude, $99.99 from Wittner
2. Tasmanian Oak cufflinks, $34.95 from Peggy and Finn
3. Rendezvous pearl ring duo, $99.95 from Mimco
4. Susan Simonini rustic bowl, $35 each, brand stocked at Frank & Dolly’s
5. Orsen Glass Lantern, $10 from Target


Photography: Stephlee Photography

Photography: Stephlee Photography

Whether you have one or 10, bridesmaid selection is the big proposal you might have forgotten about. Choosing a bridesmaid squad as strong as Taylor Swift’s girl squad takes a lot of thought

The big proposal has happened, but now you have to pop the question to someone else. You need to choose your bridal party.
You’re about to walk down the aisle to marry the love of your life – but who is going to stand by you to hold your bouquet, ensure you don’t trip on your train and plan the best hens day ever? Choosing your bridesmaids is a big decision. From the size of your bridal party to who makes the cut, there are many things to consider.

Photography: Stephlee Photography

Photography: Stephlee Photography

The bridal party
How many bridesmaids and groomsmen are you going to have? Do you want an even amount of bridesmaids to groomsmen?
Do you want to have a big bridal party or do you want to keep it simple with a smaller selection?
If you have a big family or group of friends, or both, it can be tricky to single out that select few who will be closest to you when you walk down the aisle.
This is a good opportunity to talk to your groom-to-be to nut out how intimate or big the bridal party should be.
Choosing a good maid of honour is key.
The maid of honour is the leader of the pack, your right-hand-woman so-to-speak.
Her responsibility is to do a lot of planning to make your day the best it can be. Choosing someone who is organised could save a lot of stress and time down the track.

Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

Selecting the extended bridal party
The best kind of bridesmaid to have around is one that is helpful, supportive and agreeable.
Will they wear their hair the way you want it?
Will they wear the colour and style dress of your choice without complaint?
Who do you see being a part of your life for the rest of your life? Because those wedding photos will potentially be on display in your home forever.
Money can be another factor to consider.
Do you expect your bridesmaids to pay for certain parts of their look? Can they afford it?
Ensuring all bridesmaids will be able to fulfil financial expectations is important to avoid any awkwardness between you later.
Considering how your bridesmaids will get along is another factor to consider, however, they are there for your big day, so hopefully this is not an issue.

Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

How to break the news
Asking your select few to be bridesmaids at your wedding is hopefully a joyous moment.
It is an invitation to intimately share one of the biggest days of your life.
Inevitably there will be people in your life who expected to be asked to be a part of your bridal party but for whatever reason have not; you could have grown apart, you could have decided to only ask family.
Although it can be stressful to think you might upset people by not asking them, it is important to remember it is your day, and your choice.


Rebecca Maddern and Caroline Fitzgerald

Rebecca Maddern and Caroline Fitzgerald


About 180 people braved an early start for the Nine Lives 2016 High Performance Breakfast at Simonds Stadium on Thursday last week.
Cats players Tom Hawkins, Mark Blicavs, Rhys Stanley, Tom Lonergan and Jackson Thurlow were all in attendance.
Bec Maddern hosted an enteraining chat with the players, including a discussion with Tom Lonergan about his wedding gracing the cover of gt BRIDE magazine. Longergan was quick to describe the day as “perfect”, complimenting his gorgeous bride and expectant mum Kim.
Paralympian Kelly Cartwright also spoke.
Everyone at the event went home with a copy of gt BRIDE magazine, as well as fabulous goodie bag from breakfast sponsor Income Solutions.


Steph Miller and Kylie Oliver, gt BRIDE editor

Rebecca Maddern and Caroline Fitzgerald

Tayla Edwards, Elise Ryan and Jess Hall


Nicole Roach and Gina Popowicz


Skye Bartlett and Marie Andersen


Roxie Bennett and Sabrina Krzywdzinski


Daniel Harris, Carol McCarthy and Gareth Daniels


Christine Heath, Stacey Jarvis, Kristie Robertson and Jodie Reyntjes


Diana and Elizabeth Taylor


Anthea Reid and Katie Berechree

Photography: Jackie Paige Sanders




Melbourne couple Samantha Townsend and Daniel Noy longed for a coastal wedding and found their ideal spot in Geelong.
“We tried every coast of Victoria but found Geelong had a great vibe to it and was a lovely little get away,” Samantha says.
The pair met at a 16th birthday party 10 years ago and have been smitten with each other ever since.
Daniel proposed on top of a coffee table during the couple’s house warming party.
They were married in the Geelong Botanic Gardens before heading to The Pier Geelong to continue their celebration.


Sam_Daniel11For more imagery, including a full list of suppliers, CLICK HERE.


Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii

Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii


After all the time and energy put into your wedding, it’s time to take a well-earned break on your dream honeymoon.
There is literally a world of options to choose from as your first getaway as a married couple.
Holiday accommodation listing website Airbnb has revealed its most popular destinations and listings.
When it comes to cities to honeymoon in, Europe has proven the most popular, especially Italy, with Rome, Florence and Venice all making the top ten.
Paris was unsurprisingly the most popular city to travel to on a honeymoon, with 24,000 listings users added to their honeymoon wish lists.
Bali, Barcelona, London, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles also made the list.

Fisherman's Cave in Greece

Fisherman’s Cave in Greece

Top 10 honeymoon destination cities on Airbnb:
1. Paris, France
2. Rome, Italy
3. Bali, Indonesia
4. Barcelona, Spain
5. Florence, Italy
6. London, England
7. San Francisco, California
8. New York City, New York
9. Venice, Italy
10. Los Angeles, California

When it comes to choosing an actual listing, treehouses were the most popular; with the treetop-style accommodation taking up five of the top 10 listings. Seaside escapes also proved popular in Hawaii, Greece and Mexico.

Treehouse in Costa Rica

Treehouse in Costa Rica

Top 10 honeymoon listings on Airbnb:
1. Relax in the natural hot and cool springs at a rainforest tree house in Costa Rica. The number one most wish-listed honeymoon listing is a treehouse in Quesada, Costa Rica, is located in a 35-acre rainforest reserve with natural hot springs.
2. A treehouse near a volcano in Hawaii is the second most popular honeymoon listing on Airbnb.
3. Hawaii also takes the third sport with this hidden jewel at Kealakekua Bay, – a perfect honeymoon cottage.
4. Another lovely treehouse nestled in lush rainforest in Costa Rica makes the list, great for animal-lovers.
5. Couples can explore Santorini and stay in this traditional Greek abode.
6. This stunning tropical treehouse in Hawaii has a 360 degree view of the jungle.
7. Celebrate being newlyweds in a Balian treehouse, only a short three minute walk away from the beach.
8. This adorable garden gingerbread house in Makawao, Hawaii is a romantic hideaway.
9. The famous seashell house in Isla Mujeres, Mexico includes a private pool.
10. Newlyweds are also in love with this traditional Fisherman’s Cave,located in Oia, Greece.

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Can’t decide from all of these stunning options? Choose one for your honeymoon and plan ahead for your anniversaries to come.