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A chance meeting at a mutual friend’s birthday party led to a life-long commitment for Talia and Dominik. Originally from Wollongong, Talia was living in Sydney when she met Dominik. “From that point, it seemed like Dom never left my side,” says Talia. Their commitment to one another led to Talia spending more time in the coastal NSW location, which made her family and friends very happy. A mere two years after they met, Dominik popped the question at their favourite walking track in Sydney’s Rozelle and Blackwattle Bay. As Dominik proposed to Talia under the beautiful night’s sky, tears of joy...

It was a chilly winter’s night in Edinburgh when Mitchel proposed to Lacey. Soon after, they started planning their wedding — an intimate celebration with close family and friends that reflected their personalities and which had a rich Art Nouveau feel. “It had rained all day and night before and we had a downpour on the morning of the wedding,” says Lacey. “People kept coming up to me and reassuring me that everything was going to be OK, but I had to keep explaining that I wanted an overcast day. I wanted darker photos and not to have to wear sunscreen....

It’s early morning and Bianca and David are standing on top of Machu Picchu, a breathtaking view of the mountains before them. Mesmerised by the scene, Bianca takes photos. As she turns around, she spots David bent down on one knee. Silence, shock and excitement fill the air. “Well,” David says. Knowing what this means, Bianca responds with the three-letter word to the silent question. “We met at an underage night club when we were 15 years old,” Bianca says. Before getting engaged, the couple were “together for 10 very short, exhilarating and fun years.” Picking a theme for the wedding...

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...

A magnificent and extravagant wedding was always on the cards for bride and groom Graziella and Rosario Puglia. Rosario is a wedding stylist, designer, and owner of Rossi By Design, Rossi Weddings and Events, and Bomboniere and Invitation Factory. The duo knew of each other and had crossed paths over the course of 20 years, but had never been officially introduced until they met through mutual friends. Shortly after, their first date took place in the rolling hills of Bowral, which also became the inspiration Rosario needed to propose to Graziella. “I pretended to have meetings with clients for a wedding...

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...

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...