Real Weddings

Just Married: Cian + Matthew


We’ve heard our fair share of proposal stories, but this one sounded pretty spectacular. While on holiday in South Africa, sweethearts Cian and Matthew (who grew up in neighbouring Nambia) became engaged while surrounded by incredible views and wildlife. “We were halfway through a safari drive when we pulled up on a mountain overlooking an incredible view of majestic animals grazing,” says Cian. “We were enjoying some Champagne when Matthew got down on one knee and produced a beautiful ring!” How could a girl say no?

When it came time to find the perfect spot to say “I do”, Cian and Matthew were inspired by another location dear to their hearts. “We chose to have our wedding day by the water at Kangaroo Point because it’s where Matthew and I shared our first kiss,” says Cian. “We loved the idea of sharing our first kiss there as husband and wife.” So sweet.

After tying the know before their closest loved ones, the two (plus their bridal party) enjoyed a sunset photoshoot and travelled in style to their reception at Victoria Park. “Matthew was really excited about the vintage cars I had organised as our transport,” says Cian. “We had a 1936 Dodge Limo, a 1964 Rolls Royce and a 1928 Chrysler.” Now that’s making an entrance.

Enjoying a night full of beautiful memories and plenty of dancing, Cian and Matthew celebrated with their closest friends and family. “We kept things intimate and shared the day with those who really matter to us.”

Most special moment? “During our first dance to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’, fireworks went off just as Matthew lifted me and spun me around the dancefloor.”

Any advice for brides-to-be?  “You don’t have to stick to tradition. I went for quite an ‘odd’-coloured dress, but I absolutely loved it! It was just so different and it very much represented me.”

Cian getting readyCian and her maid of honourThe wedding of Cian + MatthewYou may now kiss the brideThe wedding of Cian + MatthewThe happy newlywedsThe wedding partyMatthew and his groomsmenCian and her bridesmaidsThe first danceThe first danceThe handsome groomThe beautiful bride

BRIDE’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Dress: Inessa’s Dressmaking and Alterations // Shoes: Nine West // Hair: Stylecreations by Candice // Makeup: Sue McLaurin // Flowers: Madame Bloom // Groomsmen suits: Oxford Suits // Rings: Janine Binneman Jewellery // Ceremony: Riverlife, Kangaroo Point // Reception: Victoria Park // Cake: Karlee’s Kupcakes // Photography: Tom Hall Photography //

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