A psychologist by day and musician by night, Yara’s obvious inability to stay still helped when it came time to plan her and Aaron’s Latin/Spanish-inspired ‘street party’. Over 12 months she organised an amazing nine piece Cuban band, traditional Spanish tapas, a custom made gown courtesy of Paula & Jo Dressmakers and piûñatas in lieu of a wedding cake.

“I just wanted it to be like a big party, no boring stuff”, she says, adding that they also wanted to support small, local businesses. “… we used mostly word of mouth from friends and family.” Held at Distribution Lane – one of Perth’s newest event spaces – Kay of MaminkWink played a lead role as their stylist, florist and planner while Manuel of Paellas and Tapas (who donates part of his revenue to Oxfam and The Fred Hollows Foundation) made sure that no one went hungry.

And last but not least was their photographer Melissa Mills. “We met Mel… through some mutual friends many years ago and instantly clicked with her… Since then she has become a very in demand photographer which is not surprising, given her amazing ability to tell people’s stories so honestly through her photos. For this exact reason, we had to get Mel in our day too!”

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The competition is open to anyone getting married in New Zealand however entries close 4 July so make haste! For all the details on how to enter, click here.

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CREDITS Photos Melissa Mills Photography // Bridal gown Paula & Jo Dressmakers // Shoes Zomp // Hair and makeup Beauty by Bobbi Jo // Bridesmaids dresses Zimmerman // Bridesmaid gifts Sydney Sterling Silver via Ebay and Miss Bric Brac via Etsy // Grooms suit Canali via Parker & Co. // Shirt Nigel Lincon via David Jones // Waistcoats ASOS // Cufflinks Max & Me Designs via Etsy // Grooms shoes Galizio Torresi // Cinematography Inspire Productions // Flowers, planning and styling MaminkWink // Ceremony Blackwall Reach Reserve, WA // Reception Distribution Lane, WA // Catering Paellas and Tapas and Oyster Shucker To The Stars // Cheese The Mouse Trap //Beverages Gage Roads Brewing Co and Plantagenet Wines // Paper cups Little Kraft Paperie via Etsy // Favours La Flamme Rouge via Etsy // Lighting and sound Evolution Sound // Entertainment Nueva Salsa Orchestra // Celebrant Wendy Wardell // Rings Anthony Colin Jewellers // Transport Westwide Bus & Coach Charter // Portable toilets Nature Calls.