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...

Whether it’s man-made or a natural phenomenon, these countries’ landscapes are visual feasts that satisfy a hunger for the spectacular When it comes to vibrant encounters, the world plays host to many colour parades, from vivid carnivals in Spain to the intoxicating red hue of Marrakech. Avoid feeling blue and inject some colour into your honeymoon with these top destinations. After all, a honeymoon should be a special holiday and why not turn to the colour wheel to help determine where to go? A honeymoon encapsulates that feeling of je ne sais quoi - magic in the air, moments of romance,...

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,”...

Shine like a bright star on your wedding day with these prime cuts, intricate pieces and jewellery must-haves   Tiny treasures BGB Jewellery   The team at BGB Jewellery combine superb craftsmanship and stunning style to bring you authentic Italian pieces. Established in 1993 by Italian master jeweller Giovanni Blanco, the brand has been creating custom pieces ever since. The Western Sydney-based store offers a one-of-a-kind interactive jewellery experience. All the best brands are at your fingertips and you can get an insight into life on the other side by watching the brand’s jewellers work their magic at their in-house workshop. bgbjewellery.com.au   One of a kind Luminate Pearls Encouraging...

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...

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...