Sara & Shane

I love the quirky feel to Sara and Shane’s fun Perth garden wedding. Sara’s vintage inspired wedding dress, with its ruffle skirt, set the scene for a day about family, friends and plenty of love and laughter.

Sara has some key advice to share with others planning their wedding: “Don’t cave to pressures – if there is something you want that goes against the norm, just go for it, it’ll probably end up being the thing that you love most about the day.”

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Photographer: Fiona Hoy Photography

There is nothing we love more than curling up on the couch and reading Real Weddings submissions from our newly wedded couples. Do they ever get tiresome or repetitive to read? Absolutely not. No two weddings are ever the same and each couple puts their personal stamp on the day right down to every little detail. Beyond the venue, the dress, styling and everything else that goes into the wedding, what we love more than anything is getting a window into unique, loving relationships through these real weddings stories. Who doesn’t love love?!

We have some seriously stunning weddings lined up to share with you in 2018 but, before we forge ahead, let’s take a look back at the weddings you adored reading about most in 2017!

Image by Tru Photography

Mia and Dennis’ Glamorous Bayside Wedding

“It wasn’t love at first sight, but it turned out to be one of the biggest loves I have ever found. We spoke, there was no flirting, and became best friends!”

Image by Sherise Fleming

Laura and Joe’s Modern Australian Ballarat Wedding

“Even before getting engaged I saw a Karen Willis Holmes dress on Pinterest and knew I had to try it on when the day came.”

Image by Steve Wise 27 Creative

Mary and Magnus’ Pretty Perth Farm Wedding

“Organising our whole wedding with Magnus was so fun and easy. Quite a few friends told us ‘You’ll have so many fights and wish that you eloped’ but that was never the case. We had lots of fun and laughs planning it all.”

Image by Qlix Photography

Viktoriia and Jason’s Elegant Substation Wedding

“We were on one of our group hikes along the Great Ocean Road, when he finally got down on one knee – on the cliff tops overlooking the ocean with an iconic lighthouse in the background – and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.”

Image by T One Image

Vanessa and Chris’ Boho Cammeray Water Wedding

“I was always planning other peoples’ weddings, always the wedding planner never the bride…then one December evening Chris asked me to spend the rest of my life with him!”

Images via Sylvia and Lew

On Love and Marriage – Sylvia and Lew

“In Sylvia’s words, she was ‘straight-up impressed’ by Lew and could tell he was a good man. Lew asked Sylvia to join him at a New Year’s Eve party on the beach a few nights later and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Image by  Lucinda May Photography 

Renae and Ben’s Garden Wedding at Mount Lofty House

“I was surprised to see Ben shed more tears during the ceremony than I did. It was such a beautiful moment and I loved hearing Ben’s own vows for the first time in front of our closest family and friends.”

Image by Leah Da Gloria

Rowena and John’s Sydney Summer Wedding

“After our engagement, I spent the next 15 months trawling through wedding magazines, Pinterest and Instagram for wedding inspiration and ideas.”

Image by Capture The Moment Photography

Kylie and Liam’s Bohemian Country Wedding

“It was there that Liam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was absolutely surprised but I was totally ready. I said yes.”

Image by Hyggelig Photography 

Jessica and Sean’s Beautiful Melbourne Garden Wedding

“Sean and I were married at the Pioneer Women’s Gardens in Kings Domain Park, Melbourne on the 17th September 2016. We chose this place because it felt like a little secret garden filled with 1920’s charm, secluded from the busy city nearby with blossoms everywhere!”

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I worked closely for many months with Adelaide-based wedding gown designer and couturier to the stars, Paul Vasilef, who heads up the label Paolo Sebastian. The custom gown surpassed all of my expectations with off-white Italian embroidered lace applique over a French tulle base, which was semi-sheer, with further layers of nude, pink and sand tulle underneath adding contrast. The gown featured an illusion neckline and mermaid silhouette, with a detailed lace back and gorgeous train that glided down the aisle. Working with Paul Vasilef was absolutely incredible. He’s so down to earth and talented, and really understood the aesthetic I was chasing. That’s why it’s important you always choose a designer who already creates gowns you would sell your house to wear. The fact that I chose Paul, out of several other designers, speaks volumes; as it’s quite a long trip from Perth to Adelaide. Amazingly though, he was able to do my consults via Skype including measurements and fabric selection. Just incredible.

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A tough choice for me was whether to wear my hair up or down on the big day. I feel more glamorous with my hair down but, with the gown’s lace detailing, I opted for a sleek, low knot bun. My hair was styled by Marie Cain at Head Studio, while Aimee Smart from Allure Beauty Couture used her amazing skills to create a glamorous look with smokey eyes.

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Images by Jemma Keech Photography

Ms Zigzag says: Need I state the obvious? What a spectacular dress!!! Take a look at this beautiful modern wedding by the river from start to finish.