Former Hit Newcastle Breakfast co-host Simon Baggs and his bride Iuliia connected on social media while they were both travelling in Italy. After meeting in Paris they decided to take a leap of faith and began a long distance relationship, with Iuliia in Russia and Simon in Australia. Two years, a lot of flights and many hours on Facetime later, they decided to call Newcastle home. Their wedding day really brought the two families together. “The speeches that were made from our family on the day will stay with us for the rest of our lives,” says Simon.

Venue and catering: The Anchorage, Port Stephens;
Marriage celebrant: Marsha Wright;
Wedding cake: Hello Naomi;
Wedding dress: Made with Love;
Flowers: Newcastle Flower Market;
Photography: Muse Photography

Find more gorgeous weddings in the Autumn issue of Hunter&Coastal Lifestyle Magazine.