{The Nest Relationships} 20 Secrets of Couples Who Stay Together Forever

Everyone knows that marriage is hard work, not always shiny, not always perfect.

So, what you ask is the way to make a marriage or long-term relationship last?

Here is a compilation of 20 Secrets of Couples who Stay Together Forevercouple

I like this list. A. Lot.

Honestly, a bunch of it is common sense, you know basically don’t be a jerk but sometimes it is nice to be reminded of the little things that really can make the biggest difference.

Here are our two favourites:

Some fights are just fights. They don’t have to be deal breakers. You can be madly in love with a person and still be mad at that person. Fights don’t have to spell The End. Couples that stay together choose the relationship over the conflict.

Sometimes you have to say no to invitations so you can spend time with each other. Just because your calendar is blank one night doesn’t mean you have to agree to plans if someone asks. Life gets weirdly busy as you get older. It’s nice to use that free time to just be together.

What makes your relationship last?

Happy Love Nesters xo

{The Nest Wedding} Head to fully engaged

Recently engaged? Planning your big day?

Then this, my friend is for you.

Fully Engaged is an event at Mayfield Vineyard on 31 May 2015 that you would be absolutely daft to miss. weddingUnlike your normal bridal expos this event is different. You can actually see real vendors, in their element showing all there is to know about bouquet designs, wedding cake options, ceremony options and many more.

Tickets are not yet on sale but you can register your interest here or through Facebook here -> Fully Engaged Event

Happy wedding planning Nesters x

{Love Birds} Mr & Mrs Barnes. A family forever.

“Love is a force more formidable than any other.

It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured,

yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment,

and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”

– Barbara de Angelis

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Be still my beating heart.

This wedding is one of the most magnificent weddings that has ever come across my desk.

I love the warmth, the love, the happiness of this stunning couple. A beautiful country wedding with touches of glamour, elegance and fun.

Thanks to the gorgeous Mr & Mrs Barnes for sharing their special day with The Central Nest. We wish you (and your growing baby bump) all the best for your futures together xo

The Love birds: Tess & Martin Barnes, married 18 January 2014.

Ceremony & reception: Waldara, Oberon.  The bridal party enjoyed staying at Waldara for the whole weekend.

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The property has two houses- a homestead, where the ladies got ready and a barn house, where the men got dressed. The ceremony was on an island, in the shade of some big old trees (as it was forecast to be in 38 degrees that afternoon!) The bridal party and the guests then had drinks and canapés in the garden of the homestead which overlooked the property.  The reception was in a specifically designed barn (which was completed just in time-the day before!!)

The dress: The bride says the dress was the first one she tried on! It was a Maggie Sottero gown which had a couple of alterations including changing the back from lace up to lace covered buttons. She also chose to wear capped sleeves for the ceremony and then look them off for the reception.

Groom & wedding party attire: Suits from Jack Holman’s Menswear.Barnes Wedding_057 (2)

The bridesmaid dresses were originally found on Pinterest! After extensive searching online the bride was able to locate them locally in Orange!

The Flower girls wore dresses from Myer.

Hair/makeup: Kayla and Melissa from Luxe Hair and Body did an amazing job on hair and makeup.

The bride wanted an elegant and soft look and was extremely happy with the result. The luxe girls travelled to Waldara and the bride says their relaxed personalities added to a beautiful morning preparing!

In the weeks leading up to the wedding the girls were pampered by the lovely ladies at Beauty 4U.Barnes Wedding_327

Food: Felicity Thompson and her team created a delicious menu using fresh local produce.

Canapés
Chicken, dill and rocket mini sandwiches.
Corn blinis with avocado and cherry tomato salsa.
Crispy pork belly with caramelised dressing.
Coconut prawns with mango mayonnaise.
Homemade sausage rolls with char grilled tomato chutney.
Chicken balls with roasted red capsicum relish.

Main course –shared platters in the middle of each table
Whole fillet of beef, with mini potato galette and roasted truss tomatoes.
Salad of mixed leaves with avocado, caramelised walnuts, nashi pear and shaved Parmesan.

Dessert–  An extensive dessert table prepared by Legall Patisserie
Date and crème brulee tart
Crème brulee
Lemon tart
Coffee choux
Raspberry almond tart chocolate choux
Macaroons
Japonais
Fruit flan
Toffee Choux
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Midnight Snack – Narromine smoked ham, with crusty bread rolls and chutney.board

Cake: Cakes by Katrina.

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography and Katie McKay Photography.

The bride says she was over the moon with the photos captured. She says the photographers were so much fun. Tess didn’t want to miss out on any of the party so the photographers managed to take photos during canapés! It was perfect!

The bride and groom say that the photos were a perfect reflection of the day. There was so much fun- no standing in a line posing! They really show the happiness of the day, everyone is smiling and laughing the whole time.

Cars: They had golf carts to take the girls to the Island. Family members were the drivers.Barnes Wedding_271

Stationary: The groom’s mother designed all the stationary. This was particularly lovely as she designed a logo with the bride and groom’s names on it with an olive tree in the background (Martin’s grandmother’s name was Olive). This logo was used on the invitations, menus, the order of service fan, kids colouring in book and the thank you cards. They bride and groom also has stubby holders and etched wine glasses made for the guests using the logo.

Music: Kyle Manning, a family friend sung and played the key board as the bride walked down the aisle and signed the registry. His band arrived later that night and had everyone up dancing for the entire night!

Special moments: The bride and groom say “the best thing about our wedding was of course the outcome, being married! However, our favourite thing on the day was having all of our favourite people in the same place, at the same time! That is a once in a lifetime occurrence and we are so grateful that all our friends and family could be there to share in the best day of our lives!”

Guests: 125Barnes Wedding_374 (3)

Stockists: Reception/ceremony: Waldara, Oberon | Dress: Abbey Bridal – Maggie Sottero gown | Suits: Jack Holman | Flower girl: Myer | Hair/makeup: Luxe Hair & Body | Beauty: Beauty4U | Dessert: Legall Patisserie | Cake: Cakes by Katrina | Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography & Katie McKay Photographer |Music: Kyle Manning

{The Nest Wedding} Not all brides wear veils..

Not all brides are big marshmallow, Cinderella ball gown wearers (not that we are adverse to that AT ALL) but, it’s just not for everyone!

We have discovered 7 Unique Headwear Ideas for your wedding day, you know, just in case a veil isn’t your thing.

Our favourites are number 5 and number 7! (Too bad I am already married…but watch out the next one of my sisters to walk down the aisle!)

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Happy wedding days Nesters x

{Love Birds} Sprinkle some gold inspiration

Every so often you stumble across something beautiful.

Just so stunning it takes your breath away. ruffledblog

This styled shoot from Ruffled Blog is the ultimate in wedding inspiration.

The pops of gold are divine! The splashes of romance of knee-weakening.

That cake! O, My!

Enjoy nesters x

{Remember: We are always looking for new weddings to showcase on the blog, if you are interested in sharing your special day just send us an email to centralwestnest@outlook.com}

{Love Birds} Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Elane and Craig forever more.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Sometimes you can just see the love that a couple has for each other.

It is simple math.

Boy loves girl. Girls loves boy.

This is the case for Elane and Craig. They are love. Their wedding is beautiful and filled with special touches to make the day even more remarkable. Incorporating the bride’s Lebanese heritage and the husband’s love of all things V8 this is one wedding that will be remembered for a long time.

Congratulations lovebirds.

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The Lovebirds: Craig McGuire, 40, Store Manager and Elane Doueihi, 29, Administrative Assistant

Ceremony: The Cathedral Church, Bathurst. This was a special location to the bride because it was where she was baptised as a child.

Reception:  Rydges Mount Panorama

Theme: Bling

The Dress: A stunning, sweetheart neckline, lace embraced dress from Princess Bride Bathurst

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Groom & wedding party attire: The men wore grey suits from Bent Threads, Bathurst and the bridesmaids wore striking pink gowns from Eve Bathurst.

Hair: A personal friend of the family, Zenae Grundy

Makeup:  Ivy Skin and makeup

Decorations: Posh Designs completed a white, pink and bling decor group

Florist: Signature florist

Catering: Food was provided by Rydges, Bathurst. Plus as a special salute to the bride’s family there was also Lebanese nibbles available.

Cake: Wedding cakes by Maree – Bathurst

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Drinks: A selection of beer, wine and champagne was available.

Photographer: Allan Hoang Photography

Cars: Mustangs hired through a friend race

Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers

Stationary: The bride made all the stationary and had it printed at CSU Print

Music: DJ Apollo – A Lebanese DJ who ensured the night was filled with a mix of music. Traditional drummers were also hired for the bridal entry and traditional dancing throughout the evening.

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Special moments: Craig is a massive V8 fan, so being able to have photos and the reception at Mount Panarama was very special.

The bride says that the moment her new husband sang ‘grow old with you’ from the film The Wedding Singer will be a moment she will remember for eternity. A friend played the guitar and Craig serenaded his new wife in front of all their family and friends.

The couple also had photos taken in Coles Supermarket which was the location that they first met.

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Guests: 170 guests

Cost: $45,000

Stockists: Reception: Rydges Bathurst | Dress: Princess Bride Bathurst | Menswear: Bent Threads | Bridesmaids: Eve Bathurst | Makeup: Ivy Skin and Makeup Studio | Decorations: Posh Designs | Florist: Signature Floral Designs | Photography: Allan Hoang Photography | Music: DJ Appolo | Cake: Wedding Cakes By Maree