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Our favourite Sydney weddings and what vendors they used

Having a wedding in Sydney and stuck for wedding inspiration? Here are 5 of our favourite Sydney weddings featured in our Real Weddings section, complete with what suppliers the newlyweds used so you can create something just as incredible for your big day!

Hine and Cameron

Photographed by Daniel Griffiths, Hine and Cameron said ‘I do’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens witnessed by 107 family and friends. Their guests were then treated to a reception at five-star hotel Pier One Sydney with incredible views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Lunar Park.

“I am truly a lucky girl,” says Hine. “It was an amazing wedding in an amazing city.”

Simona Janek Wedding Hair & Makeup had previously done a friend of Hine’s makeup for her own wedding – so Hine knew she had to use her, too!

Hine wore an incredible Galia Lavah design, purchased from Eternal Bridal. “I wanted something very glamorous with lots of intricate beading and lace,” she explains.

The pair were married by celebrant Adam Straney with the gorgeous Sydney Harbour as backdrop, and later took their wedding photos in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Roll Up In Style provided the luxurious wedding transport for the day, and Impression DJs kept everyone on the dancefloor all night!

Amy and Alessio

Captured by photographer Alex Marks, Amy and Alessio married at their beachfront wedding in the presence of 192 guets. Their ceremony at St Patrick’s Church Manly was followed by a reception at Orso Bayside Reception at The Spit Mosman.

“Across the road was perfect for photos and the balcony at Orso was so great for people to look out at the water and boats, and just hang out outside,” explains Amy.

Amy’s Rosa Clara gown purchased from Marry Me Bridal reflected the beachfront style with shoestring straps, a low-cut back, and a veil in her tousled wavy hair.

WOW LImousines provided a limo for the day, and a family friend chauffeured the couple in his sporty convertible.

Guests could entertain themselves at Amy and Alessio’s reception with In The Booth’s photobooth and props.

Amy and Alessio spent their first night as man and wife at Park Hyatt Sydney.

Tips for surviving a wedding expo Share View Comments

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you have a ring on it, and may have allowed your mind to start to wander to the possibilities of what your wedding day could look like, you might be tempted by a local wedding expo or two!

Wedding and bridal expos are the perfect way for couples to get a taste-test of what is available to them and the suppliers that they can tap into locally.
While some expos are major annual events that take in a whole region or city, others are more localised, or even focused on a single venue and the suppliers they engage with.
No matter which kind of expo floats your boat, you should make an effort to attend at least one – if for no other reason than to say you’ve had the experience. Who knows? You may come away from it having found your ideal venue or photographer!
There is no doubt that there is potential for information overload on expo day, so here are some tips for surviving a wedding expo…

Choose your team wisely

Wedding expos don’t happen every day, so when they do, they attract newly-engaged couples, halfway-through-planning couples, and couples who are just missing one or two suppliers.
When you consider that’s pretty much anyone who is engaged and yet to walk down the aisle, you can expect large numbers of people at an expo.
A small, but efficient team is what you need to assemble to accompany you to the expo. It could be as simple as you and your partner going together, but if your partner breaks into cold sweats at the thought of braving an expo, it’s best to look elsewhere for a companion for the day. You want to take people whose opinions you value, and who can also offer you good advice to help you wade through the huge amounts of information that awaits you.

Get sticky

Multiple wedding experts recommend creating stickers with your name, email address, contact number, and wedding date (if you have chosen one) on them before you head off to the expo. Print a few sheets of them! Why? Because almost every supplier will ask for your details so they can send you more information, and you really don’t want to spend a few hours writing the same details over and over again.

Some suppliers will also have special competitions with one-off expo prizes that you can enter. With a sticker, you can just grab a form, slap a sticker on and bam! You are in the draw.

Create a special wedding email

With so many suppliers asking for your email address, you just know you are going to be bombarded with emails once the expo is over. So, instead of sending it all to your everyday account, create a special wedding only email address that you can give to suppliers.

This means you will have everything you need in one place for your wedding research and communications!

Car pool

As with any big event, parking will be at a premium. If you are taking a team of two or three people with you, load up into one car and you won’t all be struggling to find a parking space at the expo.
Better still, you will all arrive at the same time and can dive right on in.

Take a bag

Chances are, almost every supplier at the expo will have something for you to take with you. From business cards and brochures to cool key chains and mint tins, they are all marketing tools designed to help you remember who they are later on.
While some expos will arm you with a goodie bag at the door, which will become handy for stowing the things you collect inside, others won’t. So be prepared! Stow a canvas bag inside your handbag so you can easily whip it out if you need it.

Our 5 fave Michael Hill engagement rings to hint to your partner

Our friends at Michael Hill Jeweller have been designing and crafting gorgeous and timeless pieces since 1979. If you’re on the hunt for your dream piece of bling, here are our five fave Michael Hill engagement rings to hint to your partner.


This ring is both perfectly simple and blingin’ at the same time.


This solitaire is the perfect choice for a bride who wants something simple but still packs a punch with its gorgeous diamond.

Certified Solitaire Engagement Ring with a 0.34 Carat TW Diamond in 18ct White Gold

Coloured stone with rose gold

This ring is the perfect choice for the alternative ‘modern’ bride. It’ll dazzle your friends and family, and embodies a twist on the traditional engagement ring. Ideal for those who like to step out of the box.

Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & Diamonds in 10ct Rose Gold

Bridal set

This blingin’ bridal set kills two birds with one stone! Purchasing a bridal set means you won’t have to go hunting for a matching wedding band later on. Winning!

Our favourite Adelaide weddings and what vendors they used

Planning a wedding in Adelaide, SA and stuck for inspiration? Here are 5 of our favourite Adelaide weddings featured in our Real Weddings section, complete with what suppliers the newlyweds used so you can create something just as incredible for your big day!

Renae and Ben

Captured by Lucinda May Photography, Renae and Ben said ‘I do’ among 87 guests at their romantic garden wedding held at Mount Lofty House in South Australia. The location was of sentimental value, overlooking Piccadilly Valley where Renae and Ben had also shared their first kiss, and where Ben had proposed.

“We made our day all about our friends and family. We personalised the ceremony so it was sentimental and meaningful to everyone around us. And we chose to have little formalities at the reception so we could spend the time celebrating with our closet family and friends,” says Renae.

Renae’s gorgeous ballerina-inspired Wtoo by Watters gown, sourced from Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre, was nothing like she’d imagined herself in! “I expected a fitted dress with delicate lace and a long train – and ended up with the opposite!”

Renae completed her bridal look with help from professional make up artist Danika Maree. “Danika takes so much pride in her work and it really shines through. I was blown away.”

Ben and his groomsmen looked impeccable in their Peter Shearer suits. While Ben completed his look with a black bow tie, his groosmen wore blush pink to match the bridesmaids.

Civil Marriage Celebrant Amy Harrison officiated the pair’s ceremony. “We worked with our amazing celebrant, Amy, to personalised the non-legal parts of the ceremony. It was beautiful,” says Renae.