At the stroke of midnight, Riahannon Woods and her professional soccer player beau Mitch Langerak welcomed the New Year with 100 wedding guests. Gold-foiled confetti bombs and giant balloons full of glitter scattered joy across the reception, while nearby fireworks lit up the sky. “A lot of thought went into every single detail,” Riahannon says of December 31, 2015. “You could feel the love all night.”

A fairytale sunset proposal on a yacht off the Mexican coast was matched by a glamorous wedding at Jack Rabbit Vineyard on New Year’s Eve for Riahannon and Mitch. The Geelong bride searched for her dress across Europe, where she now resides with Mitch, but settled on a Melbourne gown. The bodice she designed herself. “She looked as gorgeous as ever,” says Mitch, who is originally from Brisbane. “It was the one day where all our family and friends could be in the same place together.” Instead of wedding favours, the duo made a donation to a foundation which works to improve underprivileged villages in Africa.

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Gown: Violetta Bridal
Shoes: Stewart Weitzman
Hair: My bridesmaid, Kate Priddle
Make-up: Chantelle Baker
Flowers: Pomp & Splendour
Bridesmaids dresses: Solace London
Suits: Aston Man, Australian fashion agency
Rings: Tiffany & Co, Wempe
Ceremony: Jack Rabbit
Reception: Jack Rabbit
Photography: White Images
Cake: Lauren Wiggens
Entertainment: DJ Marcus, Allegro Music Australia
Celebrant: Jen Lawrie-Smith
Wedding stylists: Georgeous
Invitations: Papyrus Design
Videographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings
Honeymoon destination: Italy

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