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.

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

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



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.

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

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



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.

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

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



Jordan Kefford and Elliot Turner’s high school friendship blossomed into their own love story, finally getting together in their final year.
The pair was engaged on their five year anniversary in Melbourne.
Jordan walked down the aisle in a full lace gown by Anna Campbell, a label she had dreamt of wearing for a long time.
“When my wife started walking down the aisle all my built in nerves resided and a sense of joy took over,” says Elliot.
The pair were wed in front of 110 of their closest friends and family. Jordan remembers their vows as a highlight of the day. “We wrote our own and kept them a secret from each other,” she says.

Ceremony: Truffleduck
Reception: Truffleduck
Catering: Truffleduck
Photography: Leo Farrell Photography
Transport: Red Mustangs
Entertainment: No Dramas
Stationery: Amelia Turner
Celebrant: Nicole Penning
Prop hire: Surfcoast Party Hire and Memphis Hire
Name tags: Sketch and Etch Creative
Bonbonniere: Terrariums by Bacchus Marsh Florist
Honeymoon destination: Dubai

Gown: Anna Campbell Bridal
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Hair: Bec Hammond
Makeup: Studio Three
Cake:  Kris Stanley
Flowers: Flowerbowl
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Camilla and Marc
Suits: Browse Fashions for Men
Rings: Michael Hill


You have your dress, your shoes and your jewellery, now, to focus on the finer details, your perfect makeup look.
Incorporating some spring makeup trends will ensure your look is fresh.
Australian makeup artist Napoleon Perdis says maintaining the condition of your skin is essential before considering any makeup.
“The weather during spring and summer can really play havoc on the skin, it can become dry and dehydrated from sun exposure to shiny and oily from the dry hot weather,” he says.
“The skin needs extra TLC so my must-haves would be a balm cleanser to keep the skin hydrated and soft all day.”
He says, once you have hydrated skin, and have primed appropriately, it’s time to try something a little bold.
“Electric blue is huge this season,” he says.
“The easiest way to inject some colour into your look is by using a blue mascara, teamed with a bright pop of colour on the lips to add a fun youthful look perfect.”

Jacob Stanley, MECCA Head of Education, says it’s time to leave the dark tones of winter behind, recommending coral, peach and apricot tones for lips.
“Casual summertime glamour is the goal,” he says.
For your eyelids, Jacob recommends metallic and shimmer, especially rich and warm metallic including copper.
Eyebrows, which have been having such a moment, should be looking natural.
“Brows are definitely ‘calming down’ – we’re definitely seeing a preference for less intense, less ‘done’ brows,” says Jacob.
“They should look like human eyebrows.
“Fill, define, and enhance, but don’t try to make your brows the most noticeable thing about your face.”

Dewy complexions are making a return after a few years of matte-madness.
“But when it comes to lashes and lips, bigger-than-big is better – everyone wants longer, larger, louder when it comes to those features,” says Jacob.
It is also important to remember makeup maintenance throughout the day.
“Don’t neglect the touch up,” Napoleon says.
“Packing essential touch ups is a must; non-negotiables are powder, eyeliner and lipstick.”
However, while doing your makeup, it is important to wear what you love.
“My best tip? You do you. Wear whatever makes you feel great,” Jacob says.

1. Cover FX matte setting powder, $51 from Sephora;
2. Total Bae Own It! Electric mascara, $29 from Napoleon Perdis;
3. Stila matte n’ metal eyeshadow palette, $71 from Mecca;
4. Too Faced sweet peach creamy peach oil lip gloss in peach tease, $27 from Mecca;
5. Eyestudio colortattoo metal 24hr cream gel eye shadow, $9.99 from Chemist Warehouse;
6. Take The Day Off cleansing balm, $55 from Clinique;
7. Urban Decay de-slick oil control makeup setting spray, $49 from Mecca;
8. Crème sheen glass in Cha-Cha-Cha, $43 from MAC;
9. ARDELL fashion lashes 105 black, $10.99 from Priceline;
10. Foolproof brow powder, $42 from Benefit




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



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



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



Hundreds of candles and fairy lights and flowers surrounded Elise Vaccarello and Caleb Plumridge during their nuptials at a family property in the Otways. ”I’m a huge fan of all things rustic but beautiful,” says Elise.
From a foliage adorned garland to the couple’s names illuminated above the bridal table, everything was a reflection of the couple and their love for one another. Their first dance was to a song by Caleb’s brother Nathan, written especially for them.
“It was a magic night of celebrating friendship, family, good food, glorious styling, the majestic Otways, but most importantly us,” says Caleb.

Birregurra Christ Church
Reception: Family property, Barramunga
Catering: The Wedding Fair
Photography: Jake Hogan Photography
Transport: Groom’s father’s van
Entertainment: Nick Tabone
Stationery: Created by the bride
Celebrant: Justin Gall
Prop hire: Vent Collective
Reception co-ordinator: Vent Creative
Honeymoon destination: Bali

Raffael Cuica
Shoes: Wittner Shoes
Hair: Soho Hairdressing
Makeup: Dale Boseley and Genna Nelson
Cake: Two Birds Cake Designs
Flowers: Lustre Blooms and Geelong Flower Farm
Bridesmaids dresses: Shona Joy
Suits: Eddie Elias Menswear
Rings: Michael Hill



Each of Clarissa Rollo and Joel Crothers-Stomps 100 guests shook a maraca during the pair’s first kiss as man and wife. Their Mexican fiesta-themed wedding at Jan Juc was a fun and relaxed party complete with a wedding piñata and sangria bar.
Clarissa, who wore an elegant Rosa Clara gown, arrived with her Maid of Honour and bridesmaid in a Kombi. “We parked up in one of the clifftop carparks which overlooked the lawn of the club and could see Joel and our guests gathered and waiting – it was a surreal and beautiful moment,” says Clarissa.

Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club
Reception:  Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club
Catering: Taco Truck Melbourne and Geelong Mobile Ice Cream
Photography: Chrisp Pictures
Transport: Coastal Kombi Weddings
Entertainment: Marcus Hayden
Stationery: Etsy and Vistaprint
Celebrant:  Georgia Mills
Prop hire: Pepper Sprout Hire
Honeymoon destination: Bali

Rosa Clara, purchased on Still White, alterations by Pearls & Roses Bridal
Shoes:  Jessica Simpson
Hair:  Studio 2 Makeup & Hair
Make-up: Hilary Holmes Makeup
Cake: Friend, Kate Kennedy
Flowers: Live Wild Flower Child
Bridesmaids dresses: Esther Boutique
Suits: Dom Bagnato and Connor Suits
Rings:  Michael Hill and Etsy