Real Martina Liana Bride Therese + Mitch

Even though her wedding was set for a beachfront, real Martina Liana bride was not going to compromise her unique, glamorous style. In an on-trend, high-low wedding dress, she stole the show during her intimate and sweet wedding tying the knot to husband, Mitch. Read on to find out why it was so important for her to stay true to her personal style, and other great wedding-planning advice!

From the bride: For every year we were together, my husband would buy me a ring. In our 8th year, he finally put a ring on it, and in our 10th year, with all 9 rings worn on my necklace, my heart nearly burst with happiness as we finally said: “I do.” Our intimate destination wedding was more than I could have hoped for! It was so perfect for us.

My 3 tips for brides-to-be:

  1. Outsource as much as you can, especially if you’re having a destination wedding. The best decision we made was hiring a wedding planner. They not only help take the organizing chaos out of your hands, but they share their wealth of knowledge and supplier network! Leah, from BridesBestFriend, was amazing and we were so relaxed leading up to and on our big day.
  2. Choose the dress for you, not for anything else. A lot of people recommended for me to choose a style that suited the beach theme and was easy to carry overseas, but those styles just weren’t me. I am so glad that I trusted myself and chose my dress. It was big, puffy and princessy and I’d be happy to marry my husband in it for the next 100 years!
  3. Get dancing lessons and choreograph your first dance together. It’s one of the few things that only you and your partner can do together, and the absolute best (and my favorite) part of the wedding planning. Highly recommend You can dance studio in South Melbourne, they were amazing!

Oh and if you don’t want to be a blubbering mess during your vows, have your mum stand right next to you, she’ll heckle the tears straight out. My mum heckled me the whole way through, softly whispering “sloooow down…” bless her haha

The whole day was simply magical but my favorite part would be our first look. In front of our closest family and friends, my husband-to-be walked towards me with two dozen balloons. On the count of 3, we both let go and we just could not wipe the smiles off our faces, even though they were so sore from a 2-hour photo shoot before! It was just so magical, and to top it off, as we watched our balloons fly up high into the sky, we heard our stylist softly gasp “oh no! I needed those for their reception!” Haha, it was priceless.

Photography by Burtz Rolian at Blink Box Photos