REAL WEDDING

EMILIE + DANIEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Ocean Grove couple Emilie Biggar and Daniel Crook were showered with gum leaves as confetti after they said ‘I do’ at Oakdene Vineyards. Their union was held against the backdrop of a homemade macramé by Emilie, who also made her own flower crowns and wildflower bouquets. The newlyweds, their two children and their 90 guests covered their cheeks in glitter and danced barefoot under the stars for their celebration.
“Our life path was spontaneous and never planned; full of luck and surprises, just the way life should be,” says Emilie.




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REAL WEDDING

GEORGIA + DANIEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Georgia Torney wore a Raffaele Ciuca gown with a lace cape draped around her shoulders. “As soon as I put it on, I got that feeling,” she says of her dream dress. The pair was married in front of 75 guests on Georgia’s family’s Jan Juc property. “Standing next to my brother and looking out at the ceremony crowd of our closest family and friends as Georgia walked down the aisle is something I will never forget,” says Daniel.


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LOOK TO THE STARS

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

 

SARAH MURDOCH
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.

KARLIE KLOSS
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.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON–WHITELEY
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.

EMMA STONE
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.

HAILEE STEINFELD
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.

MARGOT ROBBIE
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.

KRISTEN WIIG
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.

DREW BARRYMORE
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.

BASK IN THE HONEYMOON GLOW

We all know the go-to destinations for newlyweds but there are many swoon-worthy destinations you may not given the consideration they deserve. Every couple is different, meaning no two honeymoons are ever the same, you and your loved one need to consider if you want to start your newlywed chapter with a relaxing romantic beach holiday, action-packed adventure, history-rich learning experience or gastronomical enterprise.

The Greek Islands, Bali, Bora Bora, Phi Phi Island and the Italian Riviera are all top-rated honeymoon hotspots, often meaning they attract those honeymoon prices. There are a number of destinations emerging in the couples-paradise market you may not have considered.

 

Orosi Gulf Sardinia
Some of Italy’s most beautiful and secluded beaches are waiting to be discovered and, in fact, aren’t on mainland Italy at all. The island of Sardinia, west of Naples, leaves plenty to be desired and is one of the country’s best kept secrets and is largely unvisited by English-speaking tourists, creating an authentic Italian experience. Many of the top beaches on the east coast of Sardinia are not accessible by car or foot, instead you must go by boat from Cala Gonone. Must-stops include Cala Goloritze, Spiaggia di Cala dei Gabbiani, Cala Mariolu and Cala Luna. These white sand and pebble beaches are heavily featured atop of the world’s best beaches lists and it’s easy to see why. Getting up to 40 degrees in the peak of summer, there is nothing more soothing than the gentle feeling of the calm waters. One of the most comforting things about these spots is the lack of commercialisation, being so secluded means there are no businesses, no rubbish and everything is pristine and tranquil.

Southern Croatia
Strike it rich in colour, culture and celebrity, while basking in brilliant sunshine, exploring historic townships and indulging in the finest gelato. There is a paradise for all tastes and budgets in southern Croatia. Get lost among Dubrovnik’s spectacular city walls and forts. There is a reason why famed HBO program Game of Thrones opts to film scenes in this historic city, it is just magical. Hvar Town is a playground for the rich and famous and is predominately known as a party town with its marble pedestrian streets filled with restaurants and bars, with something
to suit all tastes and budgets. Hire a boat and explore by dinghy and cruise around the natural grotto of the Green Caves and Blue Caves, they are illuminated in the purest of tones, where lighting is experienced at its best between noon to 2pm. Tours to the caves can also be arranged from Hvar and Split. In major port, Split ancient history meets modern culture. Take a stroll back in time through Diocletian’s Palace and take a break by Bacvice Beach.

Tasmania
A hop, skip and a jump across Bass Straight, Tassie offers a plethora of romantic experiences to be had. Wineglass Bay is every inch as stunning as it sounds. Located on the mid-east coast of Tasmania, both walking tracks are brisk, but provide a picture-perfect view. You can also visit the Wineglass Bay beach where you can enjoy the crystal blue waters and white sand while snorkelling, mountain bike riding or sea kayaking. For the more adventurous the Overland Track more of a challenge – it requires a booking and has a few shorter walks as well as a six-day hike between Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain – which could be the perfect newlywed test for some. Food and wine options leave little to be desired. Hobart’s MONA gallery requires at
least a full day in itself to properly explore the exhibitions and displays, while it’s fine dining restaurant, The Source, is a must-visit.

Iceland
Dramatic scenery, northern lights sightings, wilderness lodges, mountains and glaciers, it’s hard not to feel passionately romantic on an Icelandic getaway. Enjoy excellent cuisine and the vibrant night-life in Reykjavík, where modern culture meets rich history. Honeymoons can be as relaxing or adventurous as you desire, from self-driving experiences to explore the country at leisure, to stays in remote luxury hotels with private hot tubs and amazing wilderness sights to enjoy.

Sri Lanka
Friendly and fascinating, Sri Lanka is a honeymoon destination that’s both unique and affordable. At the very south of the island, on the fringes of the Yala jungle, Tangalle is uniquely positioned, offering plenty for lovebirds. On the west of Tangalle are exotic hotels and villas, tucked away in idyllic coves and bays. On the east, there are beautiful mangrove lined lagoons and smooth sandy beaches where the blue of the sea is sure to ignite romantic feelings. Witness the magic of the giant turtles coming ashore at night on the beaches of Rekawa and Kahandamodara to lay eggs and explore the wonder of the national parks close by.

Western Australia
Get your glamp on at Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, where the outback meets the ocean. Feel secluded with your significant other, at approximately 1200 kilometres north of Perth. The coastal reef and inshore waters provide one of Australia’s great marine experiences, while the limestone backdrop of the Cape Range hides deep gorges of spectacular beauty. Each stay is an immersive wilderness experience which offers the chance to reconnect with nature. The reef is acknowledged as the best place in the world to swim with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, gentle giants who migrate through each year. Indulge in the best of Australian bush cuisine and fine Western Australian wines, all while abiding to strict environmental credentials which ensure a minimal footprint in the pristine environment.

Ha Long Bay
Cruise along the waters of northeast Vietnam. Ha Long Bay is renowned for its stunning emerald waters, sprinkled with of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Whether it’s a tall sailboat float, luxury cruise ship tour, small junk-boat adventure or sea kayak expedition, sights are truly best seen from the water. The region is a heaven for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cát Bà National Park. See the islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets.

Belize
Hide away on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. While it is a cliché to say that good things come in small packages, in the case of 290 kilometre-long by 110 kilometre-wide, English-speaking nation Belize, it is spot on. Explore all that is offshore with the extensive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands which host rich marine life. Go wild in Belize’s jungle areas which are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid, lagoon-side Lamanai and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.

REAL WEDDING

BROOKE + JOSH

DATE TO REMEMBER
Brooke Baxter and Josh Walker, who describe themselves as very shy, decided to meet before the ceremony to share that ‘first look’ moment privately. “It took the nerves away,” says Brooke. “It was very personal and intimate.” The bride stunned with a beautifully structured Toni Maticevski gown. The newlyweds’ ceremony and reception that followed was full of fun and laughter, surrounded by 160 family and friends.


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SWEET CELEBRATION

Photography: Jenna Fahey White

A GIRLY GET-TOGETHER AMONG THE VINES
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.

BEHIND THE SCENES
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

 

REAL WEDDING

TESNI + JOSHUA

LOVE STORY
Tesni Rowlands and Joshua Vrbovski love so many of the same things, and the pair admit, they are the right balance for each other. “We make each other laugh – we are both big kids,” says Tesni. “We are best friends.” Tesni made sure their wedding and reception were full of personal touches.
The bride trawled second hand stores for the two years she was engaged finding her centrepieces. The pair made their exit for the celebrations showered in light and love as their friends and family held sparklers in a guard of honour to send them off.



BEHIND THE SCENES:
Ceremony:
St Steven’s Anglican Church
Reception: Truffleduck
Catering: Truffleduck
Photography: Love You Sweetheart
Transport: Triple R Wedding Car Hire
Entertainment: Baker Boys Band
Stationery: Rhian Cantone
Minister: Timothy Smith
Honeymoon destination: Bali

LOOK BOOK:
Gown:
Rue de Seine
Shoes: Kate Spade New York
Hair: Ashlea Dyson
Makeup: Tobi Em Makeup Artist
Cake: In house- Truffleduck
Flowers: Georgie Stanton Flowers
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Custom made
Suits: Eddy Elias Menswear
Rings: Australian Diamond Company and Lord Coconut

REAL WEDDING

LAUREN + LEWY

LOVE STORY
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.



BEHIND THE SCENES:
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

LOOK BOOK:
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

REAL WEDDING

STACEY + LUKE

LOVE STORY
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.



BEHIND THE SCENES:
Ceremony:
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

LOOK BOOK:
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

REAL WEDDING

KATE + MURRAY

LOVE STORY
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.



BEHIND THE SCENES:
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

LOOK BOOK:
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