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Matthew Ely creates fine handcrafted jewellery to reflect your unique love story   How did you get into the bridal industry and what motivated you? I have a strong family history in the jewellery industry. My parents owned a well-established jewellery business in Western Sydney where I grew up surrounded by precious stones and exquisite designs. My childhood interest transformed into a professional passion that I pursued both at home and abroad, learning and refining my craft alongside some of the most experienced jewellery makers in the world. Marking a significant turning point in my career, I channelled my passion for design and...

The best wedding venues throughout New South Wales   St Michael’s Golf This little waterfront gem is extra special. Established in 1938, St Michael’s Golf is steeped in history. Located within the Kamay Botany Bay National Park, the venue is conscious about the local flora and fauna and has implemented environmental programs that reduce the carbon footprint and protect the endangered species of the region. Of course, the location makes for beautiful scenic photos like no other. Surrounded by the Pacific Coast, the venue’s Tasman Room is the ultimate affordable option for your wedding day. It caters for up to 140 guests seated...

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...

We catch up with Samantha Sargent, leading skincare expert and Australian distributor of AEOS, to learn how to achieve that elusive natural wedding glow How did you get into the beauty and skincare industry and what motivated you? My love for holistic health, natural beauty and wellbeing led me to my current profession. Ever since I left school, I have been enrolling in courses related to health and beauty - makeup artistry, skincare and image training; aromatherapy; physical education (fitness); aura-soma colour therapy - as well as being active in yoga, meditation and anything else that helps bring about holistic happiness. What’s the...

Reign of style Designer Ervan Woo draws inspiration from world-renowned classics for his ethereal gowns   How did you get into the bridal industry and what motivated you? As a child, I’d always had a huge interest in weddings. I loved attending weddings to see what the bride was wearing. I was fortunate enough that my mother encouraged my creativeness; I would ask for Barbie dolls and create wedding and evening gowns for them. That was my beginning. I studied hairdressing in 1986, then fashion design in 1990 and in 1992, I launched my label Ervan Woo, which included sportswear, evening gowns and later...

We unravel Sydney’s most magical hidden gems   Luna Park Luna Park While Luna Park has been in operation for more than 14 years, the attraction has been a destination for blossoming romances since the 1930s, when it first opened. The unique harbourside setting provides a vintage vibe with hints of modern sophistication. It also offers exclusive photographic opportunities called Brides on Rides for couples seeking something special and extraordinary on their wedding day. Award-winning chef Mark Taylor and his team create exceptional menus and offer seasonal selections, which include local and high-quality produce. Luna Park’s wedding and celebrations manager also works alongside the...