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Real Oregon Wedding: Brittany and Doug at Castaway

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Real Oregon Wedding: Brittany and Doug at Castaway

Brittany and Doug were married at the gorgeous Castaway Portland. While they had a few rain drops on their wedding day, you would have never known it by the brightness of their smiles and their infectious happiness. It was a beautiful day and every detail came together beautifully.

I love the personal details they included in their reception, including the use of Doug’s family plaid. It was the perfect Spring wedding!

We have included a complete list of vendors at the bottom of the page for your reference. All were incredible to work with!




Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

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Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

Hello 2017! We hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and we wish all of you an even better 2017. The year of the Chicken or Rooster is upon us. Still a few more weeks until that changes over and I bet many of you are ready for a fresh start, new energy and opportunities. I know I am. 2016 was a rough one on many levels for myself and my family but within the dark times there is always light.

I’m excited to start the first post of 2017 off with a real wedding! This wedding is stunning and makes us want to book a flight to Australia right now. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Julia and Michael’s wedding day. Cheers!

The Details…
How did you and your partner meet?
Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced at university. Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting our furbabies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.

How did he propose?
Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition especially using that ring. He did add his own flair, however, having starting the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the cupboard to make me breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I didn’t have specific inspiration for my gown, I just wanted to choose a gown that made me feel myself, and this was perfect. I loved my gown which was a fit and flare, strapless luxurious satin gown designed by Cristiano Lucci. Featured an intricate beaded belt and dramatic beaded skirt and train. I loved how this gown made me feel and how it fitted on the day! It matched the glamorous theme I was hoping for! My accessories were as follows:

My veil- a custom length 4 meter veil by Wedding Veils Australia, exclusively stocked through  two-tier veil, made in ivory glimmer tulle, customized cathedral length, and beaded edges made up of Swarovski clear crystals along the edges, with top tier having teardrop crystals spaced along the edge.

My shoes- Badgley Mishka “Gene” shoes, satin Mary Jane peep toe shoes which had embellishments on the heel that matched my gown!

My something blue was offered by my delicate lace garter, which my maid of honour and best friend had bought for me when we were travelling together in Venice in 2012, long before the engagement!

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted an old fashioned gold glamour with romantic touches, with main colours of gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroons. I once saw a wedding photoshoot set in a forest, with strong bold berry colours but accented with metallics. I was inspired by the bold colours and how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so we developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. I fell in love the champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! I was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match.

Any DIY décor elements?
Almost everything was DIY! We did the tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationery and bonbonniere amongst other things!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would take more photos with my family, as we somehow missed the opportunity because it was so busy!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Tips on how to enjoy the engagement:

Really remind yourself that the wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other, forever. We took on board a lot of family support and ideas, which can be stressful. For us we wanted to make sure our families were happy, and took that stress on willingly, as our families have done so much for us. At the end though, we just had to remember that the day would mean we’d be married, and all the stresses sort of become insignificant! And have a party, why not!

On Planning:

I adored wedding planning, at every stage. I would recommend that brides use so many of the resources online and in bridal magazines that helped me along. Our relatively short engagement period meant we had to be decisive in decision-making and I loved what we came up with. I felt that the day was a perfect representation of what we both wanted, which is so important, and in the end the day will be what it is! Money can be stressful too, but just make sure to use DIY options available!

 And on the Wedding Day:

BREATHE! I nearly forgot to do this so many times. But you’ll have surrounded yourselves with vendors and people you trust. So take a back seat to the operational aspect of the day, and focus on the actual event- marrying your fiancé!

Thank you for your submission. You too can submit your real wedding for a chance to be featured on our blog. For info on how to do so CLICK HERE. Here are all the fab vendors that made their day so special.

Who Made it Happen?
Couples Names:  Michael Wentworth-Perry and Julia Price
Wedding Date:
26th February 2016
Cristiano Lucci
Shopgirl Beauty
Leslie Henshaw
Stationery: Giant Invitations
Badgley Mishka
LOVEON Jewellery
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore
Grooms Suit:
Overseas tailor
Keepsake Photography
Traditional cake- Cake of Your Dreams
Croquembouche: Croissandor
ANU House
Silk Flora
Ceremony Venue:
St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra
Reception Venue:
ANU House
Videographer: Say Hello to Forever
DJ: Mr Michael Music
Live music: Jay Boats
Transport: Select Limousines

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

You’ve found the girl that makes your dreams come true and know, without a doubt, that she’s the one. You’ve decided that it’s time to pop the question and make it official. But before you do, it’s important to slow down and take the time to think a couple of things through. You may already know what you want to say. You may have an idea of the type of ring that you would like to buy and know where you want to pop the question. But it’s a good idea to take a step back and not rush things. After all, you want to ensure that your proposal is memorable for all the right reasons, right? As well as being memorable, the chances are that you also want your proposal to be wonderfully meaningful to your fiance-to-be. With that in mind, here are 11 things to do before uttering those four little words:

  1. Talk to her parents

The idea of asking her parents for their blessing might seem a little outdated. However, you would be surprised by how many people appreciate the gesture. You don’t even have to ask if it would be okay to propose. It’s just courteous to let your partner’s parents know that you’re hoping to spend the rest of your life with her. Tell them how excited you are for the future. As well as how you have some incredible dreams that you would like to fulfill with their daughter. The chances are that they’ll be just as excited as you are, so there’s no need to worry.

  1. Determine her style

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Even if you know your partner better than anyone else in the world, that doesn’t mean that you are 100 percent sure about what her ring style would be. Just because she wears a certain style of jewelry, that doesn’t mean that she would want her engagement ring to be designed in the same style. You see, an engagement ring should be elegantly timeless. It shouldn’t be designed in a way that reflects today’s fashions. This is because fashions change constantly. A great way to get an idea of the type of engagement ring that she would like is to look at her Instagram or Pinterest. She may have a secret wedding board on there that could inspire you. Or, failing that, talk to her mom, sister, or closest friends, to get some help getting a better idea of the style of ring she would appreciate.

  1. Decide how much you want to spend

Despite what you might have heard, there’s no right or wrong amount to spend on an engagement ring. A lot of people believe that the amount you spend on an engagement ring should equate to around three month’s wages. So, say, for instance, you earn $1200 a month, you should spend at least $3600 on a ring. However, the amount that you choose to spend on a ring is up to you – there really is no right or wrong amount to spend. Spend what you can afford, don’t worry about customs like the one mentioned above. All that matters is that your fiance-to-be loves the ring.

  1. Go ring shopping

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This is the most enjoyable and most stressful part of popping the question – picking the ring. If you’re really not sure what type of ring she would like, you could always wait until after you’ve proposed and go ring shopping together. However, this should only be a last resort, as it’s much more romantic to pick a ring yourself. To make shopping for a ring a little easier, why not invite her mom or one of her friends along? After all, it’s always good to get a second opinion on things. Don’t just go to one shop, go to lots of different ones. Any rings that you like take a picture of and jot down the details to refer back to, later on.

  1. Consider having a custom ring made

If you struggle to find a ring that you like in the shops, perhaps it could be worth having a custom one made. Admittedly, it will probably work out more expensive, but if it means giving her the perfect ring, it’s worth doing. If you’re going to design a ring yourself, take the time to research the best custom ring designers around. To ensure that you end up with a well-designed ring that looks just how you imagined it would. Take the time to look at the different metals, the different settings, styles, and design options. As for the diamond, take the time to look at all the options, from white round diamonds to more unique diamond colors, like gray. Look at the colors, sizes, and shapes on offer – if you’re unsure what type of diamond is best for a ring, consult an expert.

  1. Start planning your proposal

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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Once you’ve got the ring sorted, the next step is to start planning how you will propose. You may already have an idea of how you want to go about this, or you may be unsure. Either way, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to take your fiance to- be’s feelings into account. If she’s someone who loves to be the center of attention, she would probably love a big, public proposal, such as in a restaurant, for instance. However, if she’s a more private person, she may prefer a more intimate proposal. If this is the case, you need to find a location that is perfect for an intimate proposal, such as an empty beach, for example. However you choose to propose, it’s important to ensure that the proposal is romantic, special, and memorable.

  1. Get everything sorted out

Like with most things, it’s the little details that make the most difference when it comes to asking your partner to marry you. Of course, the location is important, but the little things are what make it feel that little bit more magical. Things like having a bottle of bubble hidden away to crack open once she says yes, for instance. To get ideas, have a browse online on sites like Pinterest.

  1. Decide if you want a photographer

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You’ll only get engaged once, so it’s important to capture the moment. You can opt to take photos afterward, or you could hire a photographer to hid somewhere and snap pictures as you propose? These can make wonderful keepsakes for many years to come – you could even display them at your wedding reception. The important thing if you hire a photographer is to ensure that you tell them exactly what photos you want captured beforehand. It’s also important to do a practice run to ensure that they know where you will be and where they should be to capture your images. After all, the last thing you want is your partner spotting the photographer. Or the photographer being in the wrong place and missing your proposal.

  1. Plan a post-engagement celebration

Once you’ve popped the question, you and your fiance are sure to be on an absolute high – happy and incredibly excited. Instead of just heading home, why not celebrate your engagement? There are lots of ways you can choose to celebrate; it’s just a case of determining what your fiance-to-be would enjoy doing. Would she like the idea of having a party with all of your closest family and friends? Or, would she prefer to celebrate just the two of you over a romantic meal? It’s nice to have a plan in place for celebrating your engagement; it’s just a case of determining the best way to celebrate it.

  1. Practice what you want to say

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The chances are that once the time comes, you’re going to be incredibly nervous. So much so that you may not be able to think of what you want to say. That’s why it’s a good idea to practice what you want to say beforehand, to ensure that you don’t end up lost for words. If you’re worried you might forget your words, it might be a good idea to write them down and keep them in your pocket. Just in case your mind goes completely blank, so that you have them on hand to refer to.

  1. Make it as special for her as possible

Last but not least, take the time to think about the ways you can make the proposal as special for your fiance-to-be as possible. It’s not just about finding the right words or choosing the right venue; it’s about being romantic with her. Simple gestures, like holding her hand, or telling her how beautiful she is before you pop the question, are all it takes.

You’ll only get engaged once, so it pays to take the time to think the proposal and everything that goes with it, through properly. The last thing you want to do is rush things and end up messing it up or forgetting something important. Take note of the 11 things above to do before you propose, to ensure that you get every aspect of your proposal, just right.

Commemorating Your Big Day: Unique Alternatives To The Traditional Wedding Ring

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Commemorating Your Big Day: Unique Alternatives To The Traditional Wedding Ring

When you think of wedding ceremonies, the vows and exchanging of the rings stand out. The wedding ring has been a symbol of enduring love for centuries. Many of us still choose to wear wedding bands, but traditional styles aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for something unique to commemorate your special day, here are some suggestions to inspire you.

Rings with a difference

If somebody asked you to draw a wedding ring, you’d probably produce a picture of a plain, solid gold or silver band. Traditionally, wedding bands are unbroken pieces of precious metal, which are worn by both men and women. However, you don’t have to choose a conventional style if you’d rather have something different. You could customize your own rings, or buy something that is more ornate, for example. Some women choose to have gems and stones in their wedding bands. Men may prefer something a little more robust than a gold band and go for a heavier metal such as titanium, for example. It comes down to personal choice and what you want to wear for the rest of your life. If you’re shopping for jewelry, it’s always a good idea to try some styles before you buy. Rings often look very different on your hand to how they do on a display shelf. It’s also important to make sure that your wedding band fits with your engagement ring.

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Necklaces and bracelets

Not everyone likes wearing rings, and in some cases, it may be impractical to wear a band every day. Are you a gardener, a builder or a nurse, for example? If so, you may prefer to have a different piece of jewelry that you don’t have to remove all the time. You could wear a ring on a chain, or design a bracelet or necklace to mark your wedding day. You may choose something like a locket that is engraved with the date and contains your favorite wedding photograph.


Tattoos are an increasingly popular alternative to wedding bands. Ink is permanent and this mimics the idea of wearing a ring on your hand forever. You can choose from all kinds of different wedding ring tattoos. You could have plain bands printed on your ring fingers, or design a unique pattern yourselves. The date of your wedding and your spouse’s initials are other personal touches you may wish to consider. Many couples choose to have the tattoo where they would wear a ring. But you could have a tattoo anywhere on your body. You don’t always have to have matching tattoos. Some people choose to have a tattoo to match their partner’s wedding ring. If you don’t like wearing rings, or it’s not practical to have a ring, but your partner wants one, this could be an option.

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Wedding rings have been a tradition for centuries. For many of us, it’s a joy to wear a wedding band every day. But this is not the only way of commemorating your special day and symbolizing your love. There are other options too. If you’re keen to swerve wedding traditions, or you’d rather something more personal, don’t be afraid to be different.

Whatever you decide to do, commemorate your big day with any of the unique alternatives to the traditional wedding ring that feels right for both of you.

Add These Personal Touches To Your Proposal And Make Her Say YES!

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Add These Personal Touches To Your Proposal And Make Her Say YES!

Add These Personal Touches To Your Proposal And Make Her Say YES!

Not many people realise how much work goes into planning a marriage proposal until they do it themselves. From buying the ring to choosing the location, there are numerous things to think about and organize. Whether you want over the top or intimate, this is a moment you both will remember for the rest of your lives. So you need to make sure it is remembered for all the right reasons. To do this, you need to make sure you include plenty of personal touches within your proposal plans. These elements are what will make your proposal truly spectacular and unique to you both as a couple. Here are some simple ideas that can any marriage proposal feel instantly more personal.

Choose a special location

The location of your proposal can help set the mood and add romance to the occasion. Particularly if you choose somewhere, that is special to you both. You may want to consider proposing where you first met or where you had your first date. Maybe there is a particular tree you like to picnic under or a beach you visit regularly. As long as it holds a special meaning to the both of you, any location will be the right one. It can be worthwhile visiting the location beforehand if possible to ensure it is as you remember it.

Get creative with the ring

When planning your proposal, the engagement ring should be at the top of your list. This is the centrepiece of the event and is something your partner will wear for the rest of her life.

So you need to choose wisely. But rather than buying one from a store, why not get more creative and design the ring yourself. Custom engagement rings are a fantastic addition to a marriage proposal as the have so much sentimental value. You can include your partner’s birthstone or their favourite gemstones in the design. Engravings of your initials or a significant date is another option. The fact that you have helped create the ring also makes it ten times more special. So look online to find custom jewellers who can assist you in creating the perfect design.

Ask family to get involved

If you and your partner have a fantastic relationship with your family, asking them to be involved can be a wonderful touch. You could organise a surprise party directly after your proposal where all of you family members can meet and celebrate. Your partner’s parents may be able to help lure her to a particular location and keep your plans under wraps. Take a look online for ideas on how you can get both families involved in this momentous occasion. Having the most important people in your lives present during your proposal is a thoughtful detail that is bound to be appreciated.

Whether you use these personal touches or come up with your own, your proposal is guaranteed to be more memorable. It will be hard for your partner to say anything but yes when you’ve created such a beautiful, personal moment.


Artistic Ways to Propose With a Diamond Engagement Ring

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Artistic Ways to Propose With a Diamond Engagement Ring

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Being creative when it comes to thinking up the perfect marriage proposal idea is no easy feat. If you want to get things off to a great start, it’s likely that you have been working up a sweat thinking of the ‘perfect’ way to propose to that special person in your life.

First things first, if you have not yet purchased your diamond engagement ring, you probably would have discovered the sheer amount of choice there is.  With all of the diamond engagement rings in Sydney, it can seem overwhelming.

Even though a proposal is unique to your relationship, there is always room for more ideas to inspire your imagination. You want to be as creative as possible for this day your future wife or husband will remember for the rest of their lives.

This is where Delphi Diamonds come in. Their range of stunning diamond rings in their showroom or if you wanted to be adventurous, you have the option to design your own! If you want to view their range, click here. 

So, let’s assume you have the sparkly engagement ring all ready in its box. Here are some creative ways to propose

  • Say it with a puppy. Maybe she has been wanting a puppy for ages. There’s no better way to show you are committed to the relationship and to her needs than tying the engagement ring to the pups collar!
  • Has scrabble always been your thing? If it has, make it known and spell out your engagement! Watch her eyes light up as she reads ‘Will you marry me’. Best game of scrabble. Ever.
  • QR codes are definitely not a passing fad. If you wanted to add a bit of technology into your proposal, why not get her a QR code necklace which when scanned, uncovers the special question. You can purchase them online!
  • You can always go down the route of your favourite TV show. There are lots of beautiful trinkets, box holders and more in the theme of your favourite show. Whether it’s Doctor Who or Harry Potter, say it with something that she loves.
  • If you are marrying a musician, they may appreciate a guitar pick with the special question carved in it. Even though that idea is mainly for guitarists, you can do other things depending on what their favourite instrument is.
  • Treasure hunt! Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt every once in a while. Especially if the prize is a beautiful diamond engagement ring! So set up some meaningful locations to set the hunt and ask your girlfriend with a couple of her friends. Chuck in some random apportionments such as a beauty salon session then a store where she can pick out a new dress.  Along the way at each destination, there should be clues or cards explaining why this location is special and clues to lead on to the next place. On the final one, you will be there to greet her and ready to propose.

This should get you started on the creative track to figuring out the best way to propose. We wish you all the best when popping the question!

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