Real Weddings

Tyla + Luke: bittersweet and beautiful

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There are some destinations that just scream romance: Paris… Rome… Venice… a waterpark. “I was 17 and working as a lifesaver at a waterslide on the Gold Coast,” says Tyla. “Luke and his little brother went down it six times, while he mustered up the courage to talk to me and ask me out,” she laughs. You’ve got to admit, that’s pretty sweet.

Luke and Tyla’s love bloomed and, eight years – and an adorable son, Zac – later, the two tied the knot in a touching ceremony at Flaxton Gardens on the Sunshine Coast on 2 April, 2016. Dressed in a stunning blush gown and her mother’s wedding shoes from 30 years earlier, Tyla’s walk down the aisle was the definition of bittersweet. “My father passed away 11 months before my wedding, so I walked down the aisle alone, but felt him by my side,” she reflects. “We asked our guests to (figuratively) give me away.”

Surrounded by their friends and family – including a very smartly dressed Zac – Tyla and Luke said “I do”, before celebrating the occasion with a heartwarming reception. “I asked my uncles to take my hand for the father-daughter dance, which was ‘See you again’ by Wiz Khalifa, which was the song played at my father’s funeral” says Tyla. “Our band sang an acoustic version of the song – and the entire wedding party was in tears.” Full of sweet memories as well, the night was topped off by an indulgent cake from Cake Designs and hours spent on the dance floor. “It was an epic night of dancing, laughter and (happy) tears.”

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BRIDE’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Dress: Essense of Australia // Shoes: bride’s mother’s wedding shoes // Bridesmaid dresses: Phase Eight // Hair and makeup: Allure Hair and Makeup // Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs // Rings: Diamond Dealers Australia // Ceremony & reception: Flaxton Gardens // Styling: Lovebird Weddings // Cake: Cake Designs // Photography: Calli B Photography // Honeymoon: Sunshine Coast


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