As I mentioned this morning, we were devastated to hear of the loss of Sydney event planner & stylist Anthony Del Col over the weekend.

I have never had the pleasure of meeting Anthony but he was solidified as part of the Polka Dot family through words he had written, weddings we had featured and events we had attended.

From the styling and planning the weddings of much loved Australians like Ada Nicodemou, Rove Mcmanus and Guy Sebastian to his large involvement in Sydney events like The Ultimate Wedding Planning Party,  Anthony’s talents and knowledge of beautiful wedding styling and events was incredible.  His own brand- Anthony Del Col Weddings was set to launch in October.

The Australian wedding industry is a small one and I know this loss will be felt greatly- Anthony had a special talent and was so obviously adored within the industry. Our love and prayers go out to Anthony’s partner, his family and his friends who will be forever in our thoughts.

I wasn’t sure how to recognise Anthony De Col’s life and contribution to Australian weddings, I have Graham Monro and the gm photographics team- colleagues and close friends of Anthony’s to thank for this tribute. The images- each a memory, a moment in time are all captured by the gm photographics team. The words that follow, come courtesy of Graham Monro.

Anthony with Sydney wedding suppliers

Wedding stylist Anthony Del Col has unfortunately passed away.

He died in Mykonos whilst holidaying there with his lifetime partner Noel and friends.

He was on an extended European holiday with his mother and Noel visiting relatives from his parents homeland of Italy.

Anthony with Steven Khalil and Graham Monro

Anthony Del Col was hugely popular in the wedding industry and there has been a massive outpouring of grief and love for him on Facebook.

For the past ten years Anthony was working for Staging Connections as their head wedding stylist and planner and was just about to launch his own company Anthony Del Col Events on his birthday, the second of October this year.

Anthony’s niece Marissa & Anthony Laria Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf Flowers by Maria Lush Dress by Steven Khalil

Anthony had established himself as the Wedding Stylist to the stars working on high profile couples like;

Rove Mc Manus and Belinda Emmett

Ada Nicodemou and Chrys Xipolitas

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Ada Nicodemou & Chrys Xipolitas at the Shangri – La Hotel

Guy Sebastian and Jules Egan

Guy Sebastian & Jules Egan at Crystal Palace Luna Park Cake By Planet Cake Flowers By Maria Lush

Titans Rugby League Mark Minichiello and Milena Angelucci

Mark Minichiello & Milena at Opera Point Events

TV star Tessa James and Cowboys Rugby League player Nate Myles

Tessa James & Nate Myles home wedding Melbourne

And hundreds of weddings for many many Sydney couples and interstate couples and overseas as far away as China.

Anthony Del Col was a beautiful person with a big heart and full of energy and positivity.

He was a consummate professional and extremely focused, dedicated and hard working.

To all of his brides he formed great friendships and went beyond the brief and call of duty to deliver weddings far exceeding their expectations.

Over the past ten years we had worked on a lot of weddings with Anthony and he always pushed you to do your best.

Anthony and his niece Marissa with Steven Khalil

Anthony and his niece Marissa with Maria Lush

Anthony and his niece Marissa with Paris Cutler of Planet Cake

He would say “Come on gm I want this to be the best wedding that you have ever shot ! ”

He became a very dear friend and I am heartbroken with his passing.

It is like a bad dream.

Anthony and his niece Marissa with Steven Khalil

Everyone who ever met or worked with Anthony loved him, he was that engaging and infectious.

A true Libran.

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From all of us at gm photographics and everyone in the wedding industry we will miss Anthony terribly and our heartfelt condolences go out to his lifetime partner Noel and his family.

Photos courtesy of gm photographics