Words by Alexandra Longstaff, Photography by Daria Kurilo and Phill Taylor There’s a reason Italy is considered to be one of the most romantic countries in the world. Italians are passionate people who place the highest importance on a little thing called love. The country exudes it, from every nook and cranny, to every sleepy coastal town and buzzing restaurant. A stroll down an ancient cobbled street reveals statues and carvings made with love, about love. Balconies and windows tell of sweet nothings that have been spoken through them, and galleries and museums ring with the sound of beating hearts that have...

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of planning a day that will make everyone around you happy, and completely forget about your own health and wellbeing in the process. To help combat this, my husband, Justin, and I decided that we wanted to keep our planning to a minimum and give ourselves only four weeks to pull together our wedding. We didn’t want to get caught up in the minutiae of planning and simply wanted to stay true to ourselves by keeping the day as simple as possible, without fuss or grandeur. We had a $5000 budget to...

On the anniversary of when they first laid eyes on each other, Jurgen and Festime were celebrating with a romantic dinner date. “I turned away for one second that night and when I looked back, Jurgen was on his knees with a ring,” Festime says. “It was so magical and beautiful, I had tears of happiness. It was perfect.” The lovebirds spent every moment they could with each other after they first met at a concert. “Sparks were flying when we first saw each other,” Festime says. “After that, we were so happy and in love, we couldn’t wait to tie...

The crazy thing about love is just that: it makes you crazy. Crazy about love, crazy about the person you love and just generally crazy in love. Training manager Marion and international football player Ludovic met through mutual friends one summer night. After a year of dating and travelling to wherever Ludovic was playing, he suddenly got signed in Turkey. While Marion was visiting him in Istanbul for her birthday, he proposed. Knowing how madly and deeply in love they were, and still are, she knew they were meant to be. So after leaving her amazing job, childhood home, close family...

Maybe it was fate or simply love getting in the way but after meeting at work, Winnie and Chris got to know each other when they repeatedly found themselves in the same place at the same time. Working on the same projects, playing in the same lunchtime netball team and attending the same yoga class, Winnie speculated that maybe she had met the one. “On reflection, perhaps Chris was just following me around!” Fast-forward four wonderful years when Chris seized the moment to propose to Winnie at Lake Como, set against the foothills of the Alps. The unbelievably romantic moment was...

Bohemian vibes, a relaxed atmosphere and a festival feel describe the wedding of Melbi and Andrew. Held in a historic 1850s house in the lush hinterland of Nowra, with six acres of ornate gardens and a rustic barn, the event was conceived as a free-spirited extravaganza. “Working and living in Sydney, I did not want to have a wedding in a Sydney venue as it would remind me of work,” says Melbi, who, as an events manager, had the expert knowledge to bring the celebration to life. “Merribee was recommended by a friend. We loved it and booked it immediately. It...