{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.

couple

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

cake

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.

dance

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.

coles

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

 

Michelle & Shawn – A beautiful marriage

‘Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails’ Corinthians 13:7

Love Birds is one of our very favourite sections and nothing makes us happier than sharing the details of a beautiful day with you. What makes this just a little bit more special is the fact that this also happens to include a few of my very favourite people. Congratulations to local couple Michelle and Shawn on their wonderful wedding day and thank you for sharing the details of your special day with us.

Michelle, Shawn and their children Kaelie & Noah

Michelle, Shawn and their children Kaelie & Noah

The Love Birds: Michelle Eviston and Shawn Ryan

Ceremony: At the Assumption Church, West Bathurst. We chose this church because it has such sentimental value to us, as both of our parents were also married there.

Reception: In the Panorama Room at Panthers Bathurst.

Theme: Black, pink and silver colours and cocktail attire for the guests.

The reception

The reception

The Dress: An ivory strapless dress, with a princess neckline and corseted bodice (Unsure of the designer, but it fitted perfectly like a glove).

Groom & wedding party attire: The groom, groomsmen and page boy wore black suits with black shirts. The groom wore an ivory vest and tie. The groomsmen and page boy wore silver vests and ties.

The bridesmaids had fuchsia pink floor length strapless gowns with silver shoes and a bouquet of blue Singapore orchids and pink oriental lilies.

The flower girl had a baby pink, shoestring strap dress with silver shoes and carried a basket of oriental lilies and blue orchid buds.

Decorations: The church had tall vases in the aisle with clear gel balls and blue LED lights with a lily floating on top.  We also had silver ribbons on the pews.

The reception continued our colour theme. We chose black tablecloths and chair covers with pink table runners and chair sashes supplied by Posh designs. The bridal table was covered with a white tablecloth and each chair had a pink sash. We also displayed the bridesmaids bouquets in vases at the front of the table.Michelle made the table centrepieces herself. They were a beautiful float bowl containing gel balls and LED lights on the bottom with an oriental lily and blue Singapore orchids floating above.

As a personal touch, we created the table numbers from photos of ourselves at that particular age.  For example table six had a photo of the two of us aged six and a copy of the menu on the back.

Food: We chose a delicious three course menu

  • For entrée we had alternate drop of Tomato and Leek Tart or Baked Mushrooms
  • Our mains consisted of Pork loin cutlet served with an apple glaze on a bed of sweet potato or Lamb loin with herb crust finished with a mint jus
  • The dessert was our wedding cake served with cream and strawberries

Cake: We had a beautiful chocolate and white chocolate three tier mud cake. The cake was created by Jaime’s Cakes and was white with pink ribbons and a diamanté heart. We also had a personalised bobble-head cake topper.

cake

Drinks: We had an open bar for our guests and offered beer, wine, champagne and soft drink.

Photographer: Candid Photos of a Lifetime captured our day perfectly, we can look through our album and relive the whole day and feel every emotion.  Great price, great photographer

Cars: We used three white Toyota Aurions for the bridesmaids and a black H3 hummer for Michelle (her favourite car).

Rings: Shawn’s wedding ring is white and yellow gold with one diamond and was purchased from Angus and Coote. Michelle’s ring was purchased from a jewellery store in Bondi Junction Westfield and is a yellow gold band with diamonds.

Stationary: Luckily enough one of the bridesmaids (the bride’s sister) happens to be a graphic designer and created the invitations. Michelle made the church booklets herself using supplies purchased from Fantasia Bathurst.

Special moments: The whole day was wonderful but the part that we will remember forever is the moment when we were announced as husband and wife. Michelle says ‘It made my heart flutter in such a good way”.

The love birds with their bridal party

The love birds with their bridal party

Guests: We had about 90 people celebrate our day with us.

Cost: Approximately $10,000

 STOCKISTS:

Jaime’s Cakes – Can be found on Facebook at Jaime’s Cakes 

Utter Entertainment – You can find their website at Utter Entertainment  or speak with Gavin Pears on 0419 431 774 

Posh Designs – Lisa Smith is available at 0407 226 321 

Candid Photos of a Lifetime can be found on Facebook at Candid Photos of a Lifetime

Panthers Bathurst – 132 Piper Street  Bathurst (02) 6330 0600 

Fantasia 2/91 Rankin Street  Bathurst (02) 6331 8688