Beach-side restaurant turning wedding venue

Stunning views of the ocean and a catering menu to impress all guests made this couple's wedding perfect. Couple: Ashley & Jacob Location: Seacliff Restaurant, Wollongong In 2007, Ashley was training for the Endurance Surf Life Saving event and was swimming regularly. Meetings at the pool led to coffees between university classes and the rest is history. Jacob proposed in Port Macquarie at the Cassegrain Winery, the day after they had both completed the Ironman Australia Triathlon. “One day it seemed like the wedding was months away and the next day it was here,” says Ashley. And for this excited bride, an unexpected hurdle arose at the last minute. “The wedding day started off a bit differently as I had woken up with a stomach bug and was finding it difficult to move, let alone get into my wedding dress! However, a panicked trip to the medical centre and some medication and observation got me back to normal functioning. Add hair and makeup and I was feeling like a bride.” Dressed in a Mori Lee strapless ball gown wedding dress with Swarovski crystal embellishments, from Sposabella Bridal Fairy Meadow, Ashley walked down the aisle of the St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wollongong, to “Canon in D Major” by Pachelbel. The happy couple’s 140 guests then moved to the Seacliff Restaurant, Wollongong, where they feasted on canapés of barramundi and oysters followed by Cajun spiced salmon filet with Cajun spices and brandy butter served with fennel and potato galette or roasted herb-crusted veal cutlet served with a mushroom cream sauce at the reception. Bride's Advice: “Plan and prepare early so that you can relax and enjoy the day. Trust your suppliers and reception venue and try not to overthink the preparation too much as it is very easy to get caught up and stressed over minor details. When the day arrives, let go of the preparation and organisation and enjoy it no matter what happens.”

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Traditional Wedding In a Contemporary Location

White with a coral splash gave this traditional wedding a summery feel. Couple: Michelle and David Location: Bella Portofino, Wollongong The bride walked down the aisle at the couple's traditional Macedonian wedding wearing a Demetrios gown from Brides of Francesca made from very soft tulle. It was A-Line in white strapless with a sweetheart neckline, simple bodice with a beaded, jewel-encrusted belt. The hot day didn't put a dampener on the amazing reception at Bella Portofino. The couple's 300 guests were treated to a night of dancing and a gorgeous menu of antipasto, seafood platters, canelloni and tortellini, a melt-in-your-mouth eye fillet and Mediterrenean-style chicken. Dessert was a choice of strawberry delice topped with Frangelico cream and shaved chocolate or white chocolate cheesecake with drunken berries. Bride's advice: I was a very relaxed bride but organised. Ask for advice and let your families help. Stick to a budget and save money where you can.

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Classic, yet simple outdoor ceremony locations

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That wonderful wedding day is being planned that you've both been dreaming about it almost all of your lives. You've got the engagement rings and now your about to choose your venue! You're not sure what exactly you want. However, you do know that you are looking to get hitched in that great outdoors! Your mom thinks you’re both crazy, your other halves mom is worried about rain, your best friends and bridesmaids are worried about mosquitoes and you're worried about their concerns over your outdoor wedding plans. Outdoor weddings vary from country to country and you can usually predict one “monsoon” season to the next. However, if you are planning an outdoor wedding and the season that you've chosen is relatively predictable, then you've been blessed with a variety of options to choose from.

Outdoor Weddings: Beach Outdoor Weddings 

We assume that the most obvious choice for an outdoor wedding has to be that beach outdoor wedding! However, apart from the requirement of some sunshine, here are a few ingenious outdoor wedding essentials that you may want to think about providing your guests with when you outdoor wedding it beachfront:

  • Cute little outdoor wedding sunscreen wipes for additional protection
  • Handheld fans or parasols
  • Ice cold bottles of water
  • Wedding favour sunnies
  • Bottles of water spray for your bouquet Outdoor weddings on the beach are just beautiful yet you'll require a certain amount of items for surviving that sunshine to make your wedding sensational!

The Vintage Garden Party Outdoor Wedding
Whatever could be more boho and glamorous then a vintage garden party outdoor wedding. This is the moment where you fill your outdoor wedding with strawberries and cream and wild woodland flowers and romance! Yet how can you be sure that your vintage garden party outdoor wedding has all the necessary ingredients to ensure all of the authenticity and charm that it requires?

  • Bunting in the outdoor wedding garden
  • Picnic hampers & blankets ; have your breakfast on the lawn
  • Tea lights & lanterns • Scones & tea at 4pm
  • Cucumber sandwiches as canapés

That vintage garden party outdoor wedding will radiate romance and charm and who could possibly ask for a better start to your life as husband and wife. Country Barn Outdoor Wedding Using an old disused (or used) barn for your outdoor wedding is becoming increasingly popular. It's an adventurous way to celebrate an outdoor wedding... but that's not the only reason you should be choosing a barn for your outdoor wedding :

  • It's an outdoor wedding with a roof over your head, ie, weatherproof
  • If you know a friendly farmer, it's an outdoor wedding on a budget
  • It's more accessible than the outdoor wedding beach destination (for a lot of people) The only thing that you'll need to ensure is that there is a great electricity supply to your outdoor wedding barn and that it's free of tractors and farming implements.