October 2015

Andrea proposes to Matt before Fiji destination wedding

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Andrea Halkett and Matt Forsyth may have met the ‘old-fashioned’ way – in a bar – but nothing much else about their road to married was too conventional after that.

For one, their first dates involved Matt graciously showing Andrea around his hometown Hobart after she’d moved there from New Zealand. And then when the pair moved together to Sydney, Andrea took her future into her own hands by proposing.

“I planned it all, dropped to one knee with a ring and he was very surprised and pleased and of course said ‘yes,’” she smiles.

With loved ones spread across the two countries, the vet and IT engineer, both 28, decided on a Fiji destination wedding, where their respective families and friends could meet on “mutual territory” for a wedding come beach holiday.

“The InterContinental situated on the gorgeous Natadola Bay was better than any of us expected,” praises Andrea. “We had a lovo and bonfire on the beach the night before and married in the chapel lawn overlooking the ocean.”

Near on forty guests joined the couple for their vows on May 21, 2015. Andrea’s church pastors flew from New Zealand to officiate the day which gave it an intimate and family feel, but it was the extra mile the resort went that impressed these newlyweds the most.

“When we got back to our room the staff had dimmed the lights, put on a nice CD and filled the whole bath with flowers and hundreds of candles – it was like a fire hazard!” she jokes. “Then we went skinny-dipping in the sea – it was so nice!”

Photos courtesy of Cheer Wedding Photography, Fiji.





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Andrea says wedding planner Chelsea Jane Weddings was the “best investment I made,” and the locals were also a huge part of her day’s success.






“Fiji time really exists,” smiles Andrea. Her advice: “Be patient and have faith that they’ll pull out all the stops once you’re there.”

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Andrea says one of the other reasons they chose a destination wedding was to ensure all the guests who were there really wanted to be.


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Andrea had two gowns, Lilli Marcs and Maggie Sorreto, so she could ‘trash’ one.






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“The Fijian fire dancers wowed the guests and got everyone up and dancing the rest of the night away,” smiles Andrea.

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Brides Gown:

Lilli Marcs, Maggie Sottero / Brides Shoes:

Panache Bridal Shoes, Shoes of Prey

/ Bridesmaids Dresses:

JJ’s House

/ Celebrant:

Emily Wotton

/ Entertainment:

Fijian fire dancers

/ Hair:

Hair and Makeup Perfectionist / Honeymoon:

Lomani Island Resort / Invitations:

Polkadot Stationary
/ Makeup:

Hair and Makeup Perfectionist

/ Photographer:

Cheer Wedding Photography, Fiji
/ Rings:

Michael Hill Jeweller / Transport:

Fiji Hens Party / Venue:

InterContinental Fiji

/ Wedding Planner:

Chelsea Jayne Weddings

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Before Nathan proposed in December last year Ana knew where she wanted to host their special day. They planned their wedding at The Grounds of Alexandria in just three months, paying meticulous attention to the details. ‘We wanted a very relaxed garden party feel with very simple but thought out styling elements,’ says Ana.

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Three New Designs by Lilli Marcs

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Set to join the rest of the gorgeous collection created by Lilli Marcs are three new designs that will inspire brides with visions of seductive glamour and sparkling beauty.

Lilli Marcs pride themselves on considering each and every wedding day such a special and unique occasion, they are dedicated to making every bride feel amazing and creating wedding dresses that flatter and fit perfectly.

I think the three new styles are simply gorgeous and the exotic location used for the shoot makes me think of romantic wanderlust and warm evenings with orange sunsets! Take a look at the whole Lilli Marcs collection or browse our bridal section for a huge range of beautiful wedding dresses.


Claire shimmers with delicate bead work and embroidery.


Lin would be ideal for a beach wedding with loose, light fabric.


Pauline is sensual and glamorous, perfect for the celebration of a life time.

Megan x

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Confessions of a Couturier

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When she was a child, Lilli Marcs dreamt of hearing her name mentioned on stage…

Two years ago, that childhood dream came true when my gowns appeared on the catwalk at the Melbourne Bride Wedding Expo. I was so excited. I’ve been sewing for more than 40 years but didn’t start my own business until I was older. Even though I started at a late age, I’m very happy that I did. I love being able to put a beautiful smile on beautiful brides’ faces. It’s hard to describe it because I just love what I do.

Brides today are a bit more relaxed about gowns like ours, which are a bit different to the rest. My style is all about the body shape, with a silhouette designed to follow the natural look of a woman’s body and show it off, rather than hide it under a bigger dress. I’m glad girls are going for the slinky look instead of bigger gowns. After the wedding, many of my brides chop their dress to a cocktail length or dye it another colour, which works very well with the silks they’re made from. It’s not a gown you just put away.

I do love my silk – I always work with silk. I wouldn’t use anything else for a bride because it’s very special day and a very special gown. I also love lace, and beading is a favourite as well. When somebody comes to show me some fabrics or laces or beading, I just close my eyes and see a gown in it. I said to someone once, ‘Is that strange?’ and they said, ‘No, it’s natural, it’s what you are.’ Audrey Hepburn is my biggest inspiration. She always wore such simple, beautiful gowns, in styles that could still be worn today, tomorrow, next year, in 20 years’ time. They’re just timeless.

My style is all about the body shape, with a silhouette designed to follow the natural look of a woman’s body and show it off, rather than hide it under a bigger dress.

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