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Chris and Libbi played the part of princess and prince perfectly in their fairytale Woodlands of Marburg wedding. The heritage-listed mansion in Queensland in which they wed is fit for royalty and Libbi’s ‘Starling’ by Sophia Tolli ball gown, with its sweetheart neckline, took her prince’s breath away. All of the dreamy details were captured by Peppermint Photography and below, the bride Libbi shares the story of her wedding in her own words… 

Libbi tells us how she met Chris… We went to school together, we both had crushes on each other but never made a move. Fast forward nearly a decade and we reconnected online over a love of fitness and hip hop. I knew he was the one when he came over one weekend and never left. We just slipped into forever naturally.

We got married in a beautiful, heritage-listed and historically rich, local mansion – Woodlands of Marburg – that I fell in love with on sight. I had never been there despite it being a well-known function site. We looked at another, but Woodlands was perfect for us. Local, classic and all-inclusive.

Libbi remembers the proposal… We had ice cream on the local bridge, the same thing we did for one of our first dates. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said ‘holy shit, are you serious?’ because I am the least classy person alive.

My dress is ‘Starling’ by Sophia Tolli. I bought it in New York and had it altered for my petite frame (took it up, took layers out.) I looked online extensively but knew this dress was the one when I put it on. I immediately felt like Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

My grandmother walked me down the aisle. She is an amazing, inspiring woman. If I grow to be half the woman she is, I will have succeeded in life. It was so important to me to have her by my side. I carried a wooden horseshoe she bought me from Scotland (her home country). I could not have been prouder.

Marriage means being safe enough to completely fall to pieces and have someone who patiently puts you back together every time. It’s mutual support. It also means I get to finish Chris’ meals for the rest of my life. All fries are fair game.

My photographer (Amanda from Peppermint Photography) captured everything so naturally. I love how my photos are a journal of the day, not a series of posed shots.

Ms Zigzag says: Every little detail of this fairytale wedding worked in sync together to create a romantic, classic celebration of love, from the tiered cake to Libbi’s breathtaking ball gown. We wish Chris and Libbi a happily ever after! 

Photographer: Peppermint Photography / Bride's Dress: Sophia Tolli / Groom's Attire: Strictly Formal Hire / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Design / Invitations & Stationery: Inks Heart Paper / Venue: Woodlands of Marburg / Ceremony Officiant: Natalie Pedler / Flowers: Paper Flowers Australia

I love the vibe of Brodie and Nic’s modern Brisbane Powerhouse wedding. Brodie chose this stunning, glittering wedding gown that is almost ombre. Nic chose a soft orange bow tie that looks fabulous with his navy blazer and bone coloured pants. But the best part? The emotional ceremony, the joy-filled faces and a dance-off of a first dance.

Being organised and dedicated to your goals is the key to succeeding in most things in life, and it’s certainly the case when it comes to wedding planning. Brodie says, “Be organised and then you will enjoy the planning and the day itself. And do it how you want as that makes the day feel natural, personal and just have a beautiful vibe. Definitely also take that moment at the reception together to get in a kiss as Mr and Mrs and soak up the day.” 

There was one dress shop left in Bendigo. But it was another 15 minute drive away and I was exhausted from trying on dresses at various other shops. My nan argued with me and said she once found a dress at a shop she was never going to go to, so we went to Belles and Bows Bridal in Eaglehawk.

The staff were really amazing, I found the exact dress from the magazines I liked and it wasn’t too expensive,

I could have picked any dress in that shop and it would have worked for me, but the hip-hugging, mermaid-style dresses seemed to suit me more and I liked the look as long as it wasn’t tight too far down. But then again, by that stage, I was open to any style so I tried a strapless one on straight off the mannequin.

OMG, it was the one! It even fit me. The lady in the shop even said it was her favourite gown and that she could tell how comfortable I was wearing it. I was glowing in it.

Read all about Amelia and Jake’s Rustic Cleveland Winery Wedding here.

Photographer: Ildiko Photography