With two years to plan their rustic, nature-inspired nuptials on the southern Tasmanian coast, Sydneysiders Michelle and Matt had plenty of time to ensure their celebration was picture perfect.

Having booked the date to say ‘I do' exactly two years after their magical Mexican proposal, the scene was set. In the lead up to the big day the entire bridal party bunked together in a waterfront pad overlooking Hobart, allowing plenty of time for the couple to enjoy adventures on the Apple Isle before getting hitched.

The Destination

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After trawling Tasmania for potential venues, the couple settled on a January destination wedding (wise choice with Tassie weather) at the Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed in Dunalley.

Why? It's easy to see...stunning scenery, a laidback atmosphere, delicious local wines and...fresh oysters galore.

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Matt and Michelle exchanged their vows in front of the vines overlooking the bay. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed drinks, canapes and giant yard games by the rustic shed taking in the ocean views.

As evening approached, everyone moved to a clear marquee on the grass, complete with romantic pendant lights, which had been chosen to make the most of the natural elements, including the spectacular sunset.

The wedding location was a mystery to the guests until they were bussed in from Hobart on the day, and their excited, joyful arrival set the scene for the rest of the day.

Even better, it was all captured on film by Marry Me Movies - and the reel is now a favourite on repeat in the newlywed's home.

The Theme

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Matt chose the wedding's colour theme - gorgeous grey and lovely lemon yellow - with inspiration also coming from the venue's earthy location.

Plenty of ideas were found via Pinterest, and the pair had a helping hand from wedding stylist Bek Burrows, who dreamed up many of the finer details, including the flowers.

The Dress (and the rest)

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From the outset Michelle knew what she wanted - an elegant high-necked dress featuring lace. And while she expected to pound the pavement to track it down, she stumbled upon it almost first time, at Brides in Love in Wetherill Park.

Fluke....or fate? Either way, when her Mum and mother-in-law both shed tears seeing her in the cap-sleeved, embellished lace creation, she knew it was the one.

Matt's slick suit-and-bow-tie combo were from Van Heusen and online tie store OTAA, while the couple sourced the groomsmen's cute yellow bow ties from a Spanish seller via Etsy.

The bridesmaids' Tokito dresses followed Michelle's high-neck style, and were practical as well as pretty - and will be undoubtedly be worn again.

Quirky details

With Matt and Michelle both firm travel fans - they've spent much of their seven-year relationship on the go - they wanted to represent their love of roaming in a fun way on the day. (You will find this quirky detail in their wedding video).

They decided to have guests write their next travel destination on a globe, a memento which now takes pride of place in the newlyweds' home.

Fast food 

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With a well-known weakness for doughnuts - the couple often trawl Sydney for the best - Matt and Michelle commissioned Hobart's Sweet Envy to bake a special batch.

Dishy doughnuts were displayed on wooden boards next to the globe at the reception, and Sweet Envy's red velvet wedding cake was the perfect doughnut chaser!

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Bombonniere bliss

A friend of the loved-up couple owns House of Fudge and retails his tasty treats at the Salamanca Markets, so lucky guests were treated to a true taste of Tassie to take away as bonbonniere.

Fab flavours included choc mint, salted caramel, raspberry and coffee...yum!

The music 

the bridal waltz

A lead-singer friend of a friend formed a band especially for the reception, playing a magical mix of old and new tunes to set the scene for a magical night.

Michelle's brother and his girlfriend sang a moving rendition of James Arthur's "Say you won't let go" for the couple's first dance - and there wasn't a dry eye to be seen.

One of the most memorable moments that night came when guests danced on the moonlit grass in front of the marquee, singing along as the band played "Dancing in the Moonlight".

The honeymoon

Many moons ago, just months after they met, Michelle told Matt she wanted to honeymoon in Tahiti.

Fast forward seven year and that's exactly what they did. For 10 superb days, the couple chilled in Moorea and Bora Bora, the ideal spot for a post-wedding wind down and introduction to married life.

The best bit?

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With everything going according to plan on the day, the couple find it hard to pick a favourite element. If they had to though, they'd pick the ambience.

"There was so much love in that marquee you could feel it coming out of every part of your body!"........Michelle

Wedding Video : Marry Me Movies
Wedding Photographer :  Jonathan Wherrett
Wedding Planner : Bek Burrows
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