Brisbane Wedding Giveaway Winner Announcement

by | Bride, Competitions


The winners of the Brisbane Wedding Giveaway have been announced! A big congratulations to Anastasia & Eugen who have won over $20,000 worth of wedding services & products for their Brisbane wedding!

Organiser Sarah says “The process to choose a winner was. Nikki and myself chose 3 finalists,  Nikki and myself met with the 3 .Each contributor from the creative team was given 1 vote.

A friendly and honest couple and loving family (both 30, with a 3 year old boy and 2 year old girl). Anastasia met Eugen while in Greece and although they did not speak the same language they fell in love.

When we met Anastasia, she was obviously extremely nervous and excited about the opportunity to win the giveaway. She said she felt very humble as there are so many deserving people and they would feel the need to “pay it forward” in some way if they were to win.  Anastasia grew up on the Sunshine Coast and met Eugen while traveling in Greece and after dating for 3 months they rented an apartment there together. When Anastasia fell pregnant they decided that it was best for her to come back to Australia for medical care. When she left the couple were unsure if and when Eugen would be able to join her. They were very lucky that he ended up being granted residency and arrived only 12 hours after his little darling was born.

Eugen is Albanian and grew up in a country that was falling apart — at 15 he left his family and his country to become a refugee in Greece, where he would ultimately learn to survive and work in an entirely foreign country. He mentioned that he thinks little of it as so many people are in harder situations than he was and prefers not to be called a refugee as he believes that many other people have had a much harder time than he.

Anastasia and Eugen brought lots of photos of their children as well as of their families to show.  Eugen works two jobs to look after his family and is very proud of them. They are a couple that are also very easy to relate to and become attached to as they are friendly and open. Although we had met to interview them, they were genuinely interested in both Nikki and myself and wanted us to thank all of the creative team for the giveaway regardless of the outcome.

They were very emotional about the opportunity win the giveaway. There is something undefinable and truly lovely about this couple.”


Anastasia tells their story in their entry “My partner and I met in Greece 2007. I was backpacking/working through the Greek islands and Eugen, was an Albanian refugee living in Athens. Despite the cultural differences between each other, we fell in love and I fell pregnant to our son. My partner had fled civil war in his country 10 years prior. He had lived a life full of Conflict, displacement and poverty. Because of the horrible situation in Greece (for refugees) we returned to Australia on a spouse visa just in time for the arrival of our son. With the stress of work and supporting a family, we never did marry. Fitting in to a foreign country, participating in the work force and a language barrier for Eugen consumed our affairs. I gave birth of our daughter in (2010) and despite intentions, funds for a wedding was never a priority. It would be lovely to consolidate our love with our family one day. If we were to win this competition, and have the financial burden lifted, it may be possible to fly Eugen’s parents from Albania to join us here in Australia for the nuptials. My partner will become an Australian Citizen in March 2013. Thank you.”

Congratulations Anastasia & Eugen! I can’t wait to see what plans you make!

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  • Bex says:
    May 24, 2012 at 9:11 am


  • Kates says:
    May 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Tears in my eyes after reading their story – what a deserving couple. Congratulations Anastasia & Eugen! I hope your wedding is everything you could dream, with your families surrounding you! Well done to the Brisbane Wedding Giveaway suppliers for creating the competition as well.

  • Rebecca says:
    May 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Such a deserving couple. Congratulations to Eugen and Anastasia!! I truly hope you are able to fly your parents over. May your wedding day be filled with love and joy 😀

  • Tanya says:
    May 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I wished and prayed to win this.. but alas it is not meant to be. We will continue to try to get Our wedding together though. I think eloping may be the answer as I cannot do what is necessary, I don’t have the help nor the funds because of a lifetime of illness. Sorry, but I am sad for Us.

    I am truly Happy though for the lovely couple who are very deserving of such a happy ending, to now be able to get married. Congratulations to you both. Wishing you and your family many happy years together. xoxo

  • Sarzy O says:
    May 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Tanya (and all the deserving couples that entered)

    I wanted to let you know that this was one of the hardest things that I have ever had to do. Reading the entries made me realise how many amazing people we were going to let down and I am truly sorry that you were one of them.

    We read and reread the entries over and over as we knew that all of you were hoping and praying to win. From your entry it is clear that you and David have a magic love and I hope that something magical happens to help you realise your dreams.


    • Erin Jaye Williams says:
      May 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Awww Sarah you didn’t let anyone down!

      I am so happy for the beautiful winning couple. Whilst a gorgeous wedding is something every bride dreams of, at the end of the day, marriage is about committing to your loved one forever.

      If Shawn and I can only afford a registry wedding, we will still be so happy because we love eachother and want to be together forever.

      That’s what it’s all about.

      Anastasia and Eugen – you are a beautiful couple and I am so delighted for you! I for one hope to see plenty of photos of this lucky couple’s day!

      And Sarah – you and the vendors did an amazing job with this. It was such a warm and involving competition. The opportunity to daydream alone was amazing xxx

      • Sarzy O says:
        May 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        Erin you are a lovely person.
        I know that you will have the perfect wedding becasue as you said all you need is your amazing man and your loved ones xx

  • Anastasia Tognoni says:
    May 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Both Eugen and myself would like to thank Nikki from savor the moment wedding planning and Sarah from Sarzy O photography for taking the time to meet with us. We would also like to thank the tallented amazing vendors that are making this dream a reality. We are abbsolutely thrilled and shocked !! You have made us both so oerwhealmingly greatful and happy for an oppertunity to wed, We thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts. Words cant express how much we appriciate this gift. Thank you to all involved,
    Anastasia & Eugen

  • Anastasia Tognoni says:
    May 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

    And a special and big thank you to Polka Dot Bride!!!

    Anastasia & Eugen x

  • Maddy says:
    May 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Such a lovely and deserving couple! I wish you both the best in planning your beautiful wedding x

  • Amy - Chic Vintage Brides says:
    May 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

    What a beautiful story and deserving couple – I can not wait to see the wedding on Polka Dot Bride! I love seeing what this magical industry we work in can do when it pulls together 🙂
    I can’t imagine what a hard decision it was for the vendors, it sounds as though Anastasia and Eugen had some tough competition!



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