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Love stories by Briolette: Brenna and Luke

Laura Peppas

Warm, funny love stories aren’t just reserved for the movies – some of the most romantic stories have happened right here in our own city.

In the fourth edition of this series brought to you by Briolette, we meet Brenna and Luke, who met through friends and had a beautiful South Coast wedding. We asked Brenna to take us through their story…

The meeting

Many years ago my sister and Luke’s cousin met while travelling oversees and became best friends. They wanted to be related so they planned our wedding! Both being from Canberra, Luke and I knew of each other and had mutual friends. However, we didn’t start seeing each other till much later on.


The first date 

On our first date, we went to Green Square in Kingston. It was a great first date – it felt like old friends catching up.

The proposal 

A few years ago we went to the Blue Mountains for a long weekend.  We spent the day exploring with high tea and finishing with dinner in a grand ballroom. It was then that Luke got down on one knee and proposed.


The ring

The engagement ring was stunning, but Luke knew that I would want to design my own ring so Briolette allowed Luke to buy a ring but return it for a store credit. Louise from Briolette helped with the design of the ring.  The design process was fun, taking a few months as we discussed a number of different designs. As part of the process we also decided on the wedding bands.

The wedding 


With a strong connection to the south coast, we were married there in April this year. The day was perfect. A family member married us, our MCs organised a flash mob with the bridal party and guests from all over Australia came (along with a voice telegram from Ricky Stuart). We loved having a packed dance floor with all of our family and friends.


Share your love story with us for the chance to win a ‘romance package,’ including one night’s accommodation and a ‘love notes’ package at Hotel Realm (includes overnight accommodation in a One Bedroom Suite, chocolate platter on arrival, bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Mini Moet, rose petal turndown service, full buffet breakfast and more), dinner at OTIS Dining Hall, an ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ day spa experience for two at Canberra Day Spa worth $440 and a Briolette gift voucher worth $1000. To enter, simply send a brief paragraph about your love story – how you met your partner – to [email protected]! Winner to be notified via email on Friday 28 October!

Photos: The Beautiful Collective 


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author