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Real wedding: classic sparkle

Looking radiant in a stunning white drop-waist gown embellished with Swarovski crystals, Renee walked down the aisle at St James Anglican Church in Menangle, New South Wales, to Anastasia and Eros’ I Belong To You. “We were both a little bit nervous, but most of all we were excited to see each other,” Renee says. “ The day had finally come to show exactly how much we love each other by saying ‘I do’!” The couple had a traditional service, adding their own personal touches by dancing out of the church to Chris Brown’s Forever and releasing two white doves outside. “This was so beautiful and added that extra special touch to our ceremony,” adds Renee.

The reception was held at the Harrington Grove Country Club with a classic and elegant theme, coincided with a black, white and crystal colour scheme, which perfectly matching the bride’s gown and the bridesmaids’ lilac one-shoulder dresses with crystal embellishments. The couple hired event stylist Sheree from She Designs Events to create a fairytale reception room. “It was one of the highlights of our day,” Renee says. “Seeing the room transformed into the most amazing reception room ever – words cannot describe it! I cried when I saw it on the day, it just blew both of us away.”

In keeping with the couple’s theme, chandelier candelabras sparkled as centrepieces and white Tiffany chairs were used for the bridal table, while blue lighting bounced beautifully off the crystals and white drapery around the room. After guests enjoyed a delicious two-course meal, with the four-tier mud cake – coated in white icing and decorated by black ribbon, a crystal brooch and topped with crystal initials J and R – Jason’s friend and DJ for the evening, Rob Brizzi, kept everyone entertained. “Our reception had a relaxed atmosphere and everyone was having a great time,” the bride says. “The night went so fast, Jason and I never left the dance floor. There was so much love going around on our wedding day, it was definitely the best day of our lives!”

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