When Aaron surprised Lauren with a trip to Melbourne for their five-year anniversary, she wasn’t expecting anything else. The pair spent three wonderful days exploring Melbourne and relaxing in their hotel spa. One afternoon, Lauren took a shower and as she got out, she was greeted by Aaron, kneeling down and with a message on the bathroom mirror. “The message read, ‘I love you, will you marry me?’ It was followed by two boxes, ‘yes’ and ‘yes’,” Lauren says. The couple met at a local hotel, where they both worked part-time after returning to their hometown from university. “We instantly became friends,”...

It’s true what they say, sometimes love turns up when you least expect it. Such was the case for April and Paul who met on a night out at The World Bar in Sydney’s Kings Cross in 2007. “We started dating casually soon after,” says April. “At Easter the following year, I was sitting with my dad and sister and they were playfully probing me about my relationship with Paul. I sent Paul a text saying that my dad wanted to know if we were official and he said, ‘yeah, why not?’ The rest is history.” The couple planned their wedding...

Australian stylist Bianca Roccisano reveals her secrets to choosing the best dress for your big day Your wedding day is considered one of the most important days of your life. The memories and the photographs will last a lifetime and naturally every woman wants to look her best. When shopping for a wedding dress, it’s easy to go for something you love; however, what you love and what suits your body shape don’t always match. The best advice any bride can be armed with is to understand and dress for her body type. People have this idea that brides need to wear...

With a few months to go before the big day, now is the ideal time to devise an effective eating plan to shed some unwanted kilos, maintain your weight or shape up to ensure you feel fit and fabulous in your wedding dress — and on your honeymoon. Linda O’Byrne, nutritionist for Atkins Nutritionals, the original low-carb eating experts, has put together some tips to get your pre-wedding diet plan started — based on reducing your carbohydrate and sugar intake — to ensure you see lasting results in time for the big day and for anniversaries to come. Make a plan Just...

A romantic proposal on Christmas day came as a joyous surprise to Ellana, who accepted immediately on her favourite day of the year. In just a short month’s time, she and Benn tied the knot in front of their closest family and friends in the Hunter Valley. “Emily is my lifelong friend and I first met her cousin Benn at her house on a cold and rainy day,” says Ellana of how she and Benn met. “We’ve been friends for 23 years and I’ve been to all the birthday parties and family functions but Benn and I had never met. The...

Sometimes all it takes is one look. A catch of the eye, you might even feel a spark. For Grant and Ceilidh, the moment they met was just like a scene from a movie. “There was an instant attraction, sweaty palms, blushing cheeks, lingering looks,” says Ceilidh, who vividly recalls the emotions she felt as she gazed upon her soon-to-be fiancé for the first time upon being introduced by a mutual friend for work. Ceilidh and Grant’s first date was as spontaneous as their first meeting. Merely a day after they met, Grant left the country on a work trip to...