Je t’aime: French bride Victoria and Englishman Joe’s Melbourne wedding


After crossing the globe to set up a new life in Australia, Victoria Bibet and Joseph Smart wanted to share their wedding with those who helped nurture their relationship.

Victoria, 29, originally from France, and Joe, 30, from the UK, met in Hereford, England. After a few years together they embarked on their next adventure – a move Down Under.

“We both feel that our success in our relationship, and our work life, has been down to the amazing friends and colleagues we have made in Australia. We were welcomed with open arms,” Victoria says.

The couple chose their new home country for their Melbourne wedding, and despite moving to Sydney a few months before, managed to pull off the big day after organising most of it from interstate.

Victoria and Joe held their Melbourne wedding at elegant Butleigh Wootton, in Kew, in front of 50 family and friends on June 10, 2016 – one of the last weddings held at the historic mansion after it was sold to new owners in May, 2016.

Reception celebrations continued at the same venue with an elegant winter twilight theme.

“We wanted an intimate wedding where we could gather everyone who nurtured our relationship,” Victoria says.

“It is true when people say the day goes by very quickly! However, we managed to squeeze few dance moves, to eat, drink, share laughs and tears of joy.”

Photos courtesy of Tameika Brumby Photographer.
















                            Before their wedding day, Victoria and Joe headed to The Pier, Port Melbourne for an engagement shoot with Tameika Brumby.


                                                     Victoria hand made her own fabric bouquet which she has kept as a souvenir.                              


                              “We wrote our separate vows, mine in English and Joe’s in French, and we realised they were very similar,” smiles the bride.



Kim and Toby share summer lovin’ at garden wedding in Tassie


Kimberley Robertson and Toby Skene gained more than fitness when they joined boot camp.

“After a few weeks of group boot-camp sessions my personal trainer cheekily informed me that I had an admirer within the class…Toby [25],” smiles Kim, 28. They were engaged 18 months later but as this bride explains, it was not a fairy tale proposal.

Kim was washing Toby’s work clothes (after her nagging failed to get him on the job), and stumbled across the engagement ring. “Being a hopeless liar and never having kept a secret between us, I promptly rang Toby crying ‘I’ve found something’,” says Kim. Although Toby was upset the surprise was ruined, he promised if they never spoke of it again he would still make the event a surprise – which he did several months later, on Christmas morning, while on holiday at Kim’s parents’ house.

“We married one year later in the exact spot in my parent’s garden where he proposed,” says Kim. The couple opted for a garden wedding with close to 100 guests. “The wedding day was a beautiful summer’s day in Tassie, and believe it or not it was extremely hot,” says the bride. “The reception — a beach side venue — was a perfect end to the day. We had a cocktail style party with beautiful canapés and short, but very sweet, speeches and formalities.”

Photos Tameika Brumby Photography.


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“My brother’s band that had flown over from Melbourne to play at our wedding was absolutely incredible,” smiles Kim. 


The couple used Kim’s uncle’s hot rod as wedding car. 


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Dream in a bottle: Jen & Troy’s rustic beach wedding


For Troy Steven, Jennifer Smith was just the girl next door.

The pair met in a bar and soon realised they were neighbours. They dated for a couple of years before going their separate ways so Troy could make his dreams of travelling the world a reality.

But three years later the Perth pair crossed paths again.

‘’We talked for hours, a few months later we caught up at a bar and rekindled our love and relationship,’’ Jen, 36, says.

On an annual holiday to Rottnest Island, Troy, also 36, hid a note inside a bottle – the last line containing the all-important proposal.

The couple kept with the seaside theme for their gorgeous rustic beach wedding at Castle Rock, Dunsborough, Western Australia on March 14, 2015 in front of 112 friends and family.

‘’Our wedding day was amazing, we had everyone there we love, we planned the entire wedding ourselves which meant we could personalise every single thing,’’ Jen says.

The reception followed at Meneghello Estate in beautiful Margaret River.

‘’The great thing about our wedding was that we stayed at the homestead where the reception was held, we got to enjoy the days leading up to and after the wedding with our bridal party,’’ Jen says.





































”Troy is the most caring, compassionate, considerate person I have met, he always makes me feel so special, always makes me laugh and brings out the best in me,” Jen says. 















































The weather was less than ideal, but Jen says everyone still got into the spirit of the day. ”The bridal party was amazing we all got wet and it didn’t bother any of us,” she says. 



Troy says of Jen, “She is kind, honest and absolutely beautiful. I just can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.”


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