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Samantha & Michael’s Wedding



Samantha & Michael’s Wedding

Michael and Samanthat met while studying education at university, both volunteering to tutor children at a local primary school. “It was love at first sight when I spotted him from across the staff room” said Sam of meeting Michael! “I spent several weeks admiring him from afar, before we became ‘Friends’ on Facebook. We started chatting and the rest is history…”

A couple of years later at Michael’s family’s beach house we went for rather awkward silent walk, before he said, “Did you know that this was the place when I first knew I loved you?” He then got down on one knee to ask me to marry him!

Then on the 22nd May 2015 Michael and Samantha said ‘I Do’ at the Ballarat Mining Exchange. Both locals of the Ballarat area they wanted to choose a venue with historical significance. They loved the industrial look of the Ballarat Mining Exchange and the blank canvas it gave them to work with.  For the reception they booked Jackson’s & Co in Ballarat. “Not only is it an amazing venue, but a few years before it had been a night club, where we shared our first kiss”.

Samantha spotted THE dress in the window of Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal and  raced in the next day to try it on. “It was perfect!” said Samantha. I loved that it wasn’t traditional white, which was a blessing for my fair skin.



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Our colour scheme began with the bridal car – my brother Mark’s 1958 FC Holden, which he and my father had lovingly restored for the day.


Samantha is wearing the Allure Bridals 8955 a romantic ball gown created from layers of soft organza. The bodice of the bridal gown features a sweetheart neckline with embroidered lace, while the waistline is accented with a sparkling Swarovski brooch. The gown which is originally strapless looks gorgeous with the organza sleeves Samantha has added.


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Our wedding cake was made by The Cheesecake Shop and was served for dessert. My father made the wooden cake stand. We had a personalised cake topper but it went missing on the morning of the wedding…nowhere to be found!



Venue | Ballarat Mining Exchange \ Jackson’s & Co
Bridal Gown | Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal
Celebrant | Anastasia Meek
Make Up | Jo-Ellen Blacklock
Hair | Eve Salon
Flowers | The Flower Connection
Photographer | One Point Photography





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