Same-sex couple Luke Williams, 31, and Damien Kolbas, 29, wanted a lavish, no-expense spared, fairytale wedding.
And after 12 months of planning, the two happy grooms tied the knot in a breathtaking million-dollar ‘luxury white country wonderland’ dubbed ‘Australia’s wedding of the year’ on March 23.
The pair had asked their 320 guests to pack nine different ‘smart casual’ outfits for the four-day event, held in Forster – a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales.
The Sydney couple – who has been together for five years – kept the rest of the details of their luxurious celebration secret ahead of the special occasion.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the duo offered a glimpse into their extravagant wedding after they adopted all sorts of different approaches to how they wanted to say ‘I do’ in front of their loved ones.
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Same-sex couple Luke Williams, 31, and Damien Kolbas, 29, had six bridesmaids in two different styles of designer gowns
Luke (right) and Damien (left) wanted a spectacular wedding day to remember for the rest of their lives
There was a Swarovski Crystal wall, 20,000 flowers, and over a million diamanté hanging from the ceiling of the marquee
The couple had a show-stopping entrance into their reception with Lebanese drumming (right) moments after they stopped traffic along the Forster-Tuncurry bridge. They also posed for photos with their entire bridal party in a jumping castle (left)
Arriving at the venue in Rolls Royce vehicles, the couple had six bridesmaids in two different styles of designer gowns, Swarovski crystals decor, 20,000 flowers, an 11-tier cake, and more than a million diamanté hanging from the ceiling of the marquee.
The bridal party had a show-stopping entrance into the opulent reception with Lebanese drumming just moments after they stopped traffic along the Forster-Tuncurry bridge.
There were 100 glamping tents set up for their guests, a fine-dining menu, a jumping castle for the bridal party photo shoot, and a fireworks display to wrap up their spectacular weekend festivities.
‘I was just lost for words, our dream wedding came true after 12 months of planning. The day was just faultless,’ Luke told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We knew what we wanted and how we wanted it. The day was a pure fairytale. Everything we dreamed, planned and thought about became a reality. Just to have our family and friends there was just magical.
‘The day was all about having fun, positivity and love – and we definitely delivered it.’
As they wowed the crowd, Luke, a retail executive, said he struggled to hold back his tears the moment he saw Damien, an early childcare learning director and a classically trained dancer, walk down the aisle.
‘The only time we got emotional was when I waited at the alter for Damien,’ he said.
‘I was grinding my teeth, my legs were wobbly but as soon as we were together holding hands, everything was sweet. There are no words to describe it, everything was just perfect – it was breathtaking.’
The bridal party stopped traffic for about 10 minutes so they could march down the Forster-Tuncurry bridge for a photo shoot
Love is love! Damien and Luke walked along the bride in front of their luxury Rolls Royce, bringing traffic to a halt on March 23
The couple had a show-stopping entrance into their luxurious wedding reception with Lebanese drumming
The two happy grooms wowed the crowd as they tied the knot in a breathtaking million dollar ‘luxury white country wonderland’ dubbed ‘the wedding of the year’
Sealed with a kiss! The six bridesmaids looked stunning in their stunning gowns, made by high end wedding designer Nicky Velani, as they danced around the couple
Not only did the couple want a wedding day like no other, they also wanted to offer their guests the most memorable experience ever
The couple adopted all sorts of different approaches to how they wanted to say ‘I do’ in front of their loved ones
Not only did the couple want a wedding day like no other, they also wanted to offer their guests the most memorable and luxurious experience ever.
‘We wanted to get married and look after our guests as well. At the end of the day, the experience was just absolutely amazing,’ Luke said.
‘There were 100 glamping tents, and we provided brunch and champagne for all glampers.
‘We were very secretive about the whole wedding. No one knew what to expect before the day – we kept everything all hush hush.
‘We told them to pack nine outfits, and the dress code was smart casual – that’s all we said.
‘We wanted our guests to change into three different outfits on our wedding day.’
The pair organised the four-day event for their guests, who started arriving on Thursday, March 21.
‘We initially planned two days, but then it turned into three days. While we were planning the wedding, we just opened up a whole can of worms and we decided we wanted four days because we had a lot of people travelling so far so we didn’t want to rush the experience,’ Luke said.
‘We placed postcards on our guests’ pillows with the schedule of the event. So day one, guests started to arrive on Thursday night, the rest arrived on Friday morning and night. We took half of the guests to a nice winery on Friday morning. By the afternoon, we had a bus to take the rest of the guests for a meet-and-greet dinner that night.
‘Saturday was our wedding day. We prepared brunch for all the glampers. The ceremony started at 12pm. Around 1pm, the bridal party left for the photo shoot. We got to mingle and greet every single guests until 4pm.’
Just breathtaking! The couple of five years exchanged their vows in front of 320 friends and families in a fairytale wedding
Family and friends were treated to a ‘fine dining’ menu with delicious meal options and a list of prestigious wines
Damien dazzled in a black blazer, which was completely covered in crystals and he walked down the aisle in a crystal crown
The couple exchanged their vows in front of emotional friends and family, along with 250,000 Swarovski crystal backdrop
With up to 16 cameras on the grooms, the wedding photo shoot was taken to an ‘extreme level’ when they decided to pose along the Forster-Tuncurry bridge, bringing traffic to a halt.
‘We closed the bridge for about 10 minutes max, the traffic built up really quickly but we had no issues with it. Everyone was honking their horns, cheering and we had randoms supporting us,’ Luke said.
We wanted our bridesmaids to look beautiful as though they were dressed like a bride on their wedding day
‘We also love drums so we had Lebanese drums drumming us into the formal marquee from the bridge. Love is love and it was such an amazing feeling.’
The pair had two groomsmen, three flower girls and six stunning bridesmaids.
‘So both our best friends are girls, our partners in crimes are boys, we had our BFFs from uni and school and we also added our sisters to the bridal party,’ Luke said.
‘We wanted to keep everything balanced, we wanted our bridesmaids to look beautiful. We wanted them to wear white elegant gowns as though they were dressed like a bride on their wedding day.
‘We were absolutely delighted with how everything turned out. We also had the whole bridal party in the jumping castle and the whole experience was great fun.’
There was an eight minute spectacular fireworks display to wrap up their four-day luxurious wedding festivities
The 320 guests were treated to an amazing fireworks display to end their amazing weekend after the wedding celebrations
Guests standing next to the spectacular 11 tier wedding cake
The months leading up to their wedding day, the pair organised to have their marquee built from the ground up before adding the luxurious elements.
‘There was nothing but snakes and cows on a paddock next to a creek,’ he said, laughing.
‘We spent 12 months planning our venue, knocking down trees, using a tractor to level out the ground. We built the entire structure from the ground up. We didn’t have a wedding planner and I’m a landscape architect by trade so I made sure everything was perfect.
‘We had custom made tables in the marquee, the core of the whole wedding were the 250,000 individual Swarovski crystals – it was 15 metres of crystals around the walls, and we had over a million diamanté hanging off the ceiling.’
The couple worked with 54 different vendors to bring their magical event forward after spending more than a million dollars on their fairytale wedding. According to Bride to Be magazine, the average cost of a wedding in Australia is about $65,482.
‘We spent over a million dollars on the wedding, landscape and renovations. The biggest thing was we knew what we wanted and we didn’t cut a single corner,’ Luke said.
‘My comments to the guests were the seat in the back corner will be the same chair at the front, and you will get the same flower arrangement on every table, there was nothing reduced or cut back. We wanted all our guests to share the same experience and we made sure everything was outstanding.
‘It was like clockwork, we couldn’t have done it without our amazing suppliers – they were the best. We’re very lucky to have everyone fall into our friends category and they all got to be part of our special day.’
Luke said when their wedding preparation was underway, they built their marquee from the ground up before adding the luxurious elements, including the chandeliers, 200,000 flowers, crystals and more than a million diamanté
The married couple made a show stopping entrance into their wedding reception after greeting every guest individually
Despite everything going to plan on the big event, Luke said there was only one disaster – but everything was quickly solved before the guests arrived.
‘We had torrential rain the night before so Damien and I were up at 3am mopping the water in the marquee. The only threat to our wedding was the weather but we got through it,’ Luke said.
‘When the guests walked into the marquee, they didn’t notice anything wrong.’
Our guests loved everything. Everyone joked that the only thing missing from our wedding was the Sydney Harbour Bridge
And their wedding day was nothing short of amazing.
‘I’m a guy who does not cry or get emotional but the moment I walked into the marquee, I just broke down. Everything we had planned was done to a tee, I walked the whole room twice and it was faultless,’ Luke said.
‘We wanted to have a special finale so we had eight minutes of fireworks – it blew everyone away. Our guests loved everything. Everyone joked that the only thing missing from our wedding was the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
‘We’ve been told it was “the wedding of the year” – it’s a big compliment and the best part was our guests got to experience it. Our wedding day was everything we ever dreamed of and more.’
The wedding pictures were captured by Inlighten Photography.
Before exchanging their vows, the couple took intimate photographs ahead of their highly-anticipated wedding day
There were 100 glamping tents set up for their guests, which also included brunch and champagne on Saturday morning
A drone shot showing the wedding venue for the reception, the ceremony as well as the 100 glamping tents set up nearby