Nicholas & Jolanta’s Real Wedding

Nicholas & Jolanta’s Real Wedding

A relaxed and rustic beach wedding for the Australian couple who married in New Zealand.

How did you and your partner meet?  We met the day Nick arrived in Perth from New Zealand through a mutual friend. We met up for lunch but let’s just say it wasn’t love at first sight.

How did he propose? It was 2 days before Christmas, we had spent the day on the lake fishing and had set up camp for the night. After dinner, we took the boat to a secluded hot pool where I received an early Christmas present. With my hands in his he asked me to be his wife, he then presented me with the most beautiful ring. We spent the evening lakeside with a bottle of champagne. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship? Be open and honest with one another, say what’s on your mind. Although sharing interests is important to us, we feel that having some separate hobbies and interests really help us to explore more and be open to new experiences together.


Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: My dress was a Stella York design. It was champagne lace over Ivory, strapless and fishtail style. I knew I had found my dress when I began to get teary, I then tried on my veil and burst into tears. I lost my mum 4 years earlier and for me this was a sign from her that this was the one. 

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding? We wanted a relaxed, rustic, beach wedding on the beach, we added a marquee for the reception which had clear windows behind us overlooking the sand dunes. We collected sand, pebbles and driftwood to create our own decorations and centre pieces.

What was your favourite moment from the day? It’s hard to choose a particular moment, they were all incredible. The speeches were full of emotion and love and the photos were loads of fun. But a very special moment would have been taking 20 minutes time out half way though the reception to have sunset photos with my new husband. It gave us time to reflect on the day so far and be alone.

Any DIY décor elements? We collected driftwood to make our wedding arch and centre pieces and added sand and pebbles to our candle holders and vases. 

If you could do it all over again, what would you change? I wouldn’t change anything but I would add a second photographer and have a clear plan of what kind of photos we wanted (groups, sunset, bridal party etc) and where we were having them. 

Any tips that you can give to future brides? Your wedding day is about you and your husband not anyone else, don’t feel pressured to do something you don’t want. Take time to stop and soak up your day, it goes by so fast. If your day allows, spend 10 minutes alone with your new husband and reflect on what has happened. That for me was one of the most special moments of the day.

The Team


Photographer: Michael Schultz Photography

Wedding Invites: Adorn Invitations 

Accommodation: Ohope Top 10 Holiday park 

Flowers: Honey Bee Wild Flowers 

Venue: Surf and Sand Conference Centre, Ohope 

Catering: Kiwizine  

Hire Company: Absolute Party Hire 

Menus & Place Cards: Wedding Invitations 

Hair: Bespoke Hair by Chloe

Makeup: Staci Edwards 

Cake: DIY from Nick’s sister

Celebrant: Natalie Sandifer 

Brides Dress: Stella York Dress from Tuscany Bridal 

Brides Accessories & Shoes: Michael Hill Jewelers and Betts Shoes

Bridesmaid Dresses: The Gown House 

Grooms Suit & Accessories: Hallensteins and Number One Shoes 


Rhys & Merinda’s Real Wedding

Rhys & Merinda’s Real Wedding

The couple grew up in the country, and dreamt of a relaxed and rustic wedding.

How did you and your partner meet?

During the Moto GP of 2005 we were both staying on Philip Island in a house share.  I was there with my friends and Rhys was with his family. I had been out one night and when we came back to the house, there was a cute guy sitting by himself on the couch that we hadn’t met yet. I went over to say hi and we spent the whole night chatting. Over 10 years later I couldn’t be happier that I had the courage to go over and talk to him!

How did he propose?
We were driving down to the Peninsula on Christmas Eve to a one year old’s birthday party before continuing on to my family’s place for Christmas. We were driving in complete silence and I remember thinking how strange that was and how boring we were. We clearly didn’t have anything to talk about! Suddenly Rhys asked if I wanted one of my presents. I’d given him his earlier that day so I said yes, thinking once we stopped or got to mum’s place he would give me my present. Instead he reached down into his side console (while driving) and handed me a box. At this stage I was still clueless and got excited asking if it was new earrings. He didn’t say anything and just kept quickly glancing at me while I opened it.  I looked inside and there was just a single diamond in the box. I wondered where the other one was, still thinking it was earrings! Then it suddenly hit me and Rhys had a big smile on his face and asked if I wanted to get married. I cried, asked if he was sure, and then replied yes – of course! It caught me completely by surprise which is just the way he wanted it!

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
My biggest advice is to go with the flow, don’t rush things and definitely don’t compare your relationship to other people’s! I’ve learnt that every relationship is different. I think it’s good to be content and happy with your partner and what you have together. Be ‘in the moment’ instead of worrying about the future and what might or might not happen between you.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I’ve never been much of a ‘girlie girl’. I knew I wanted something simple and soft without too much glitz and formality. I never wanted to spend a fortune on a dress either so I looked online for inspiration. I came across the website BHLDN which is based in the US, and I instantly fell in love with the gowns they showcased. After reading lots of reviews, and knowing it was a reputable site, I finally took a leap of faith and ordered a simple strapless gown with a fitted bodice and flowing tulle skirt. Once it arrived I was relieved as it looked like the picture and only needed minor alterations to fit me properly. I added straps to make me feel more comfortable and a diamante belt to give it a bit of sparkle without being over the top! The cost was less than $500 and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We are both pretty relaxed and laid back and having grown up in the country it was an easy decision to go with rustic décor. The venue we chose could be styled to be very formal and modern or rustic and relaxed – we went with the latter! Lots of mason jars, flowers, fairy lights and candles were scattered around the venue. On the deck we had wine barrels to use as tables where you could stand and watch the sunset over the beach. The staff at ‘True South’ did a great job setting up the main areas for the reception and I owe the rest of the styling to my girlfriends and family who carried out my vision beautifully!

What was your favourite moment from the day?
The photos we had on the beach as the sun was setting. Although by this stage I was in party mode and didn’t want to leave the reception, it was actually lovely to get away and spend a moment together, just the two of us, so we could take a breath, talk and just be with each other. Darin timed this perfectly creating my favourite moment and taking my favourite photos from the day.

Any DIY décor elements?
I really wanted to do as much as possible myself. I found inspiration and tips on Pinterest which inspired me to give the craft side of things a go. In the end most of the decorations and decor were hand made by myself with plenty of talented friends and family contributing. We managed to turn mason jars into beautiful vases, make a pop-up Polaroid photo corner with props, and the wedding cake (plus every cup-cake) was hand made and decorated by my mum. We were also very fortunate that a very good friend of ours made scented candles to give to our guests as wedding favours. Another friend’s father made small wooden tags to attach to each candle. Our guests absolutely loved them!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Both Rhys and I agree that if we could have a do-over we would take time to practice our vows! I was pretty relaxed and happy to just wing that part on the day as we’d just be repeating what was said to us. Looking back now though, we would definitely rehearse that part of the ceremony a lot more. We were both so nervous when that part came around we could have done with a bit more preparation!

I’d also make more time to eat the beautiful food we had. I got so caught up talking with everyone I barely ate a thing. The next day everyone was talking about how amazing the food was and I couldn’t help but kick myself for not having more!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Enjoy the day as it goes so quickly! Don’t sweat the small stuff and just enjoy yourself and have fun with the people you love. Also be prepared to feel a bit out of sorts after the wedding. So much planning and preparation goes into the day it can feel a bit strange getting back to your normal life where all your time isn’t dedicated to crossing things off a list!

The Team

Photographer: Darin Collision
Dress: BHLDN
Hair & Makeup: Simone – Pink Gloss
Shoes: Jeanette Maree 
Accessories: Love On Jewellery

Grooms Suit: Formal Red
Menus and Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Flowers  & Cake – By a Family Member
Ceremony Venue: Black Rock House and Gardens
Reception Venue: True South  Black Rock

Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations



Adriana & Andrew’s Real Wedding

Adriana & Andrew’s Real Wedding

A winter-styled winery wedding in Melbourne for Adriana & Andrew.

The two met during their Christmas holidays on the beach in Mornington Peninsula through mutual friends. During a romantic weekend away, Andrew proposed at one of their favourite places – Teddy’s Lookout at Lorne. The couple celebrated with their loved one at Stones of the Yarra Valley.

How did you and your partner meet?
Andrew and I met through mutual friends, while we were both on Christmas Holidays, we met at the beach in the Mornington Peninsula. 

How did he propose?
During a weekend away at my parent’s holiday house at Lorne, and after a very long and beautiful day of site seeing down the Great Ocean Road, Andrew proposed at one of our favorites places in Lorne at Teddy’s lookout. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
I have only been married for a short time now, but Andrew and I have been together for many years. I would say that the most important part of maintaining a strong relationship would be to never take yourself or your relationship too seriously and don’t forget to have fun. 

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
The most important thing to me when I chose my gown was how I connected with the designer. I had a vision in mind, but it was up to the designer to lead me on the journey. Leah was laid back in her approach and not over powering, and that was important to me. My dress was different, I hadn’t seen anything like it and I was so happy with the outcome.

What style did you envision for your wedding day?
I had always envisioned my wedding day to be a laid-back and a glamourous styled one. A winter style winery was perfect for this, and Stones of the Yarra Valley nailed that brief. Stones can be anything you want it to be. Our hanging chandelier of florals with tea light candles, along with drooping fairy lights, really set the mood. There was an open fire pit outside the back doors overlooking the vineyard, it was perfect. 

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Definitley the fireworks at our evening reception. 
I’m a sucker for those big, bright sparkles in the sky, and Andrew knows this. Part way through Andrew’s speech, he surprised me and our guests with a show of amazing fireworks over the vineyard. It was magical. 

Any DIY décor elements?
All in all, the team at Stones are amazing event coordinators. They prompt you with things that you haven’t even thought about in terms of décor, but some things that we added were fairy lighting, outdoor fire pit, and a bird cage for our ‘wishing well’.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change anything. Nothing is perfect but to us, our wedding day was stunning and most importantly, it was a huge celebration with friends and family, filled with love, laughter and of course, great food and wine. 

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Be organised – there is no fun in a last minute stress sessions. In the last 6 months, set your ‘to do’ list and order it in priority. The highest priority items, set to action 6 months prior, and work the list backwards so that you have certain things to action, every month. Plan to have a blank ‘to do’ list two weeks prior, because things will pop up.

The Team

Dress: Leah Da Gloria
Makeup: Cassandra Lusi
Hair: Rokk Ebony
Shoes: Valentino
Accessories: Tiffany & Co
Personalised Wedding Gifts: Adorn Invitations
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Grooms Suit: MJ Bale
Photographer: Darin Collison
Video: Life in Light Films
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: Cakes by Raymond Tan 
Flowers: Blooming Brides
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne
Reception Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley 


Laura & Johnny’s Real Wedding

Laura & Johnny’s Real Wedding

The couple had a timelessly beautiful wedding at St Monica’s in Melbourne and celebrated into the night at The Sovereign.

How did you and your partner meet?
Through long term friends. Johnny’s friend and my friend whom are married introduced us at a birthday night out. Johnny and I caught up after and hit it off. 

How did he propose?
Our very first date he took me to Meat and Wine Co. in Southbank. 

Leading up to the night he proposed, every time we went out he’d complain about his meal and say next time we are going Meat and Wine Co. When one night he said we were going there I didn’t put much thought into it. It was a Friday night and I met Johnny there. It had rained all day. I had my hair in pigtails as I got drenched and literally looked like a drowned rat. I had no idea. After we ate he asked if I wanted dessert. I said no and he said ‘read the menu, we’ll share’. So, I said okay, thinking, he never shares! As I opened the menu he had written “Will you marry me?” on the inside! I went silent for a while. I know it sounds silly but I’m never lost for words. 

Then on top of the surprise he flew us to Queensland for a long weekend. It was very romantic! He had it all planned perfectly! I had no idea!

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I’ve known Elide from Bonita for a life time and she always said when I get married she’s making my dress. 
I tried on the entire store and didn’t feel right in anything. Then she picked the Valentina Gown and it was perfect!

What was your favourite moment from the day?
I would have to say the first dance. Johnny organised it. He didn’t even tell me what song he chose. He wanted the dry ice and fireworks to complete it. 
I hadn’t cried the whole day but as we began dancing I realised the song was “Beautiful In My Eyes” by Joshua Kadison. I literally teared up. It was so beautiful. He nailed it!

Any DIY décor elements?
We  decided on a rose gold romantic style to decorate the tables. I purchased rose gold tea lights from Luxury Candle Supply. I also lined the bridal table with candles and tea lights. It was absolutely beautiful. Everyone complimented it. I had roses and greenery as the centrepieces with rose gold tea lights on black tablecloths. It was just divine.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing. The day was perfect. The food was perfect. The DJ was the best! People called me the following week to tell us how beautiful everything was. 


Photographer: Icon Photography Melbourne
Wedding Invitations: B Wedding Invitations
Dress: Bonita Couture 
Makeup: Hellena Make up and Lash and Beauty Co
Hair: Crew 33
Accessories: Wayne Cooper and Bonita Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New
Grooms Suit: David Marcs – Moonee Ponds
Menu/ Place Cards: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Eiffel Tower
Flowers: Floral Event
Ceremony Venue:  St Monica’s Moonee Ponds
Reception Venue:  The Sovereign
DJ: Rinaldo Entertainment and Production
Master of Ceremony: Phillip Pantano 

Christina & Paul’s Real Wedding | Scotland

Christina & Paul’s Real Wedding | Scotland

The couple crossed paths in 2010 and got engaged in Barcelona in July 2015. The traditional Scottish wedding was elegant and natural, exactly what they had envisioned.

How did you and your partner meet?
We met in November 2010 at the birthday party of two mutual friends.

How did he propose?

We got engaged in Barcelona in July 2015 in front of the Fountains of Montjuic. Paul got down on one knee with my great granny’s engagement ring which I had always loved. It was very romantic and a very special but surreal moment which we’ll never forget.

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I found it relatively easy to choose my dream dress as I knew I wanted a fitted dress with lace. I wanted a dress which was modern but elegant. I found my dress in a shop called Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow.

They had the most amazing selection of dresses and the staff there completely understood what style of dress I was looking for. I felt that the Pronovias dress which I chose was elegant and suited to the classic venue. The fabric was amazing quality and it was such an easy dress to wear all day.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We never started out with a particular theme/style in mind for our big day. We thought the interior of our venue was so beautiful that it wasn’t so necessary to have a bold style. We wanted a traditional Scottish wedding that was elegant and natural.

What was your favourite moment from the day?
Dancing with our nearest and dearest to Loch Lomond (a traditional Scottish song) at the end of the night!

Any DIY décor elements?

We took inspiration from various things we’d seen at other weddings, blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. I had made a few chalk boards

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would love to do it all over again as it really was the best day ever but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Don’t get too stressed over the minor details. Nobody really cares! I threw a bridezilla fit the day before the wedding when we were setting up the venue as I thought the speakers looked huge. In hindsight…it really didn’t matter! The whole venue looked great even with the speakers. Remind yourself that your wedding guests aren’t going to notice the tiny details which haven’t gone to plan. All that really matters is that everyone is having a good time!