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First seen in Issue 11, when Nick proposed, he knew that if he handed Leah a cubic zirconia she’d know the second she saw it (dammit). He also knew that with her being a jewellery designer, his chances of picking the perfect ring were slim to none. “He proposed on the beach with a loose diamond so I could design my own ring…very smart man!” says Leah, who from that moment on began searching for their ideal wedding venue.

It took a little while for her to find The Priory at Bingie but once she did, she knew it was ‘the one’. “You could almost say it was love at first sight,” she says, confident that once their guests arrived, they’d forget all about the four and half hour drive from Sydney they’d just endured (and the 20 plus McDonald’s they’d potentially stopped and eaten at along the way).

Boasting uninterrupted ocean views, their guests were not only spoilt by the venue’s surrounding natural beauty but by the incredible food, entertainment and decorations that Leah and Nick had spent 18 long months organising.

“We aimed for something rustic and casual with beautiful food, great music and an outstanding view which is what we got. My favourite detail on the day was definitely the flowers that were done by my very talented sister! The cake done by Sharan Callender from Bodalla Bakery looked amazing and was so yummy!”

Leah scrubbed up more than okay too in her gorgeous Rue De Seine gown from The Babushka Ballerina. “I loved my dress…. I did make changes to the gown cutting the original dress into a skirt. I found a cropped bustier, which I wore with the skirt underneath the lace overlay. The separates gave the edge I was looking for and made it a little more unique.”

Similarly, Mother Nature decided to make some adjustments too. After a week of nothing but blue skies and sunshine, Leah and Nick woke up to some crazy weather that forced the ceremony inside, a scramble but well worth the effort.

“The moment I walked down the aisle the heavens opened! It was actually kind of romantic and intimate to be standing in front of the windows with the rain pouring down! I will never forget the ceremony which for me was the most amazing experience of my life and what the whole day was about.”

And then, as if this is what Mother Nature had in mind all along, the rain stopped as soon as the ceremony finished and Leah, Nick and their guests were able to enjoy the reception outside, captured by Mitch Pohl Photography.

To check out more weddings like this one, pick up Issue 12 on sale now.

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CREDITS Photos Mitch Pohl Photography // Bridal gown Rue De Seine via The Babushka Ballerina // Shoes Stuart Weitzman // Hair LaDusk Hair & Beauty // Makeup The Blending Brush // Rings and bridesmaid gifts Chapel + Co. // Bridesmaid dresses Witchery // Suit Brent Wilson // Shirt Politix // Suspenders and socks David Jones // Shoes Hype DC // Groomsmen suits Zara // On-the-day Coordinator Wedding And Event Creators // Florist The Blossom Co. // Stationery 3Eggs Design via Etsy // Printer Kwik Kopy // Ceremony and reception The Priory at Bingie, NSW // Catering Michael’s Catering // Cake Bodalla Bakery // Prop and furniture hire, marquee / teepee and light / sound South Coast Party Hire // Entertainment Marty Simpson and Nana Blade // Celebrant Radiant Sun.