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Whimsical Pastel Queensland Wedding

With a fabulously fresh mint color palette and whimsical details abound, this pretty pastel wedding capture by Matt Rowe Photography is overflowing with sweet little moments that will surely inspire. Every image is a true testament of this couples love for each other, and you can get wrapped up in all the sweetness here.

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From Matt Rowe PhotographyWe just knew there was something special about these two. Such elegance and fun wrapped up into a moment in time resounds very clearly and their wedding will remain a favourite of ours. From the real tears of the ‘first look’ between Elissa and her Dad, the genuine and beautiful vows to the hilarity and fun of their chosen besties (bridal party) we had a ball. We’d like to thank Mark for allowing us to shove a pug in front of his face and call it art. Seriously though, those moments in between – when the bridal gown is on, when the groom waits for his bride and when she is ready to walk down the aisle and the anticipation and sincerity become near tangible – these create the foundations of the wedding day that, for us, define each couple.

From the Bride… We met in high school at Brisbane State High (we were in the same Grade 9 form class) and started dating in grade 11. We were best friends before we got together, and that friendship has been at the core of our relationship all the way through; we genuinely love each other’s company and make a great team. There’s not a lot that we don’t know about each other, having been together since our teens we’ve experienced so many things together, grown up together, gone through highs and lows of life together and love each other more than words can say.

He proposed the night of our farewell party, before we left for 18 months in Europe and the UK. We went for a low key dinner date beforehand in Brisbane’s Southbank and then went for a walk. When we reached the spot where Mark had asked me to be his girlfriend 9 years earlier, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife

We loved the way Matt captures couples and the scenery in a magical and artistic way; his images stood out clearly from every other photographer we looked at. We were so thrilled with our shots and everyone has commented that they can feel the love between us.

Photography: Matt Rowe Phtotography | Floral Design: Willow Bud | Wedding Dress: White Lily Coture | Makeup: Tasleema Nigh | Hair: Sass And Niki Hair Design | Groom's Attire: Strictly Formal | Venue: Flaxton Gardens

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Rustic & Elegant Australian Wedding

When you have a beautiful backdrop like Flaxton Gardens in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland it’s impossible not to embrace its beauty as a part of your special day. This couple did just that with a rustic style wedding which included simple 3-tiered cake wrapped in burlap & wildflower centerpiece. You can see every moment of pretty captured by Jennifer Oliphant here!

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From Jennifer OliphantEmily and Daniel’s elegant and rustic wedding was held at the beautiful Flaxton Gardens in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on a rainy day. The stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland was a top priority for Emily and Daniel when choosing a location for their wedding. The gorgeous scenery there makes for a truly beautiful backdrop, not only for a wedding but for the location photography as well.

The bride and groom met at a very young age but did not start dating until after high school. After six years together Daniel proposed at the top of Mount Edward, somewhere that was very special to them since they went there on one of their first dates. This January will mark eight years together for this gorgeous couple.

Emily and Daniel’s reception in the Barrel Room at Flaxton Gardens was peppered with lots of lovingly created DIY bits and pieces. Daniel made the vases that held the flowers for the name place cards, his mother made the lovely table runners that covered the tables, and Emily crafted the beautiful place cards and thank you notes with the help of Daniel’s cousin and the lace and twine candle holders with her friends. These tiny details really made the reception unique and looked just gorgeous.

There was so much fun and laughter throughout the day; the bond between the bridal party and Emily and Daniel was evident and helped make the day truly special for them. The staff at Flaxton Gardens did an amazing job for their wedding, ensuring the day was relaxed and stress free, which I know was an important element for Emily and Daniel.

Photography: Jennifer Oliphant | Floral Design: Willow Bud | Wedding Dress: Jordanna Regan Couture | Cake: Ideas In Icing | Ceremony: Flaxton Gardens | Reception Venue: Flaxton Gardens | Makeup: Powder Me Makeup Studio | Hair: Ally Hodgson | Groom's Suit: R.M. Williams | Celebrant: Darienne Davis

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Rustic Sunshine Coast Wedding at Kenilworth Homestead

After losing touch after high school and reuniting five years later, this gorgeous couple’s love story got its happily ever after as the two pledged their love under the purple canopy of a beautiful jacaranda tree. With Calli B Photography behind the lens, all the rustic details—from the wood pews to the burlap accents—from this wedding are picture-perfect. 

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From Calli B Photography… Rachel and Warwick’s love story was a long time in the making. After meeting at high school they lost touch for five years, but the couple reconnected at the age of 21 and have been together ever since. Rural Queensland’s unspoiled beauty perfectly matched their desire for a rustic themed wedding, and they chose to get married at Kenilworth Homestead, located in the Mary Valley region of the Sunshine Coast. Knowing exactly how she wanted her special day to look, Rachel opted for rustic styling elements and a stunning floral design created by local Sunshine Coast florist, Willow Bud. Beautiful glass bubbles filled with candles and lush flowers were hung from the roof of the homestead, while vintage furniture laden with bonbonniere complemented the venue’s rustic feel. Kenilworth Homestead’s huge jacaranda tree provided an ideal ceremony location, and Rachel and Warwick said their vows beneath a riot of purple flowers, surrounded by family and friends. “Walking down the aisle and seeing Warwick tear up and listening to our vows…these memories will be clear in my mind for the rest of my life,” said Rachel. “The whole day was perfect. I married my best friend and not one thing went wrong.” While the couple had their official photos taken in the property’s picturesque surroundings, guests entertained themselves with outdoor games and snacked on the delicious assortment of candy. The reception’s table setting featured soft white linen, swatches of lace and vases filled with delicate blooms. A single-tier white wedding cake finished off the look seamlessly. Just when Rachel and Warwick thought they couldn’t get any happier, prior to jetting off on their Hawaiian honeymoon, the couple found out they were expecting twins.

Photography: Calli B Photography | Flowers: Willow Bud | Cakes: Sweetness Contained | Bridal Gown: Hills In Hollywood | Ceremony & Reception: Kenilworth Homestead | Marriage Celebrant: Bill Scurry

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Colorful Bohemian Wedding at the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Lush, vibrant and every bit what a bohemian garden party should be, this Queensland wedding captured by Calli B Photography is pure magic! Love Bird Weddings infused effortless romance throughout, while Mondo Floral Designs upped the wow factor with jewel tone blooms. Don’t miss out on all the loveliness in the full gallery right here!

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From Calli B Photography... After meeting at a music festival just before sunrise, Marie and Joel were destined to be together. The couple said their vows at Spicers Clovelly Estate in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where they celebrated the occasion with a bohemian garden party.

The wedding ceremony was decorated with an assortment of pretty details, including a sign featuring the words “With my whole heart, for my whole life.” Trudy Croad of Love Bird Weddings created an effortlessly romantic setting by combining elements of bohemian styling with a colour palette consisting of antique white, ivory cream, peach, apricot, pink, fuchsia, lavender and hints of blue.

Guests were seated on wooden bistro chairs beneath a jacaranda tree, amongst an array of brightly coloured petals. The wedding alter was fashioned with bamboo wrapped in calico, with a beautiful floral design on one side. The registry table was made from driftwood, accompanied by two Hampton chairs wrapped in lace and adorned with jewel-toned flowers. The relaxed style of the garden party allowed guests to unwind after the ceremony, with rattan benches and wine barrels placed around the venue for seating.

Marie and Joel wanted one long dining table for their reception, and six tables were pushed together lengthways in order to accommodate their 32 guests. Macramé cloths, candles, glass pillars and tea lights covered the table, and each place setting featured a cute Bonbonniere provided by the bride and groom. Men received personalised golf balls inscribed with “He put a ring on it” while women were given handmade lip balm on which was written, “Our love is the balm.” The icing on the cake was literally the amazing mint green banana and chocolate cake made by Cake Designs, which was decorated with florals and placed on a timber bolt table.

Mondo Floral Designs delivered a stunning arrangement of flowers with rich, jewel-toned colours executed in a relaxed gardenesque style. David Austen roses, tulips, hydrangea, dahlias, delphinium, hyacinth, freesias, berries, flowering foliage and unstructured greenery were all used to create a vividly bohemian design. A beautiful hairpiece made with an assortment of flowers was the perfect accessory for Marie’s wedding day look and a lush floral canopy brought wow factor to the ceremony. Even the venue’s chandeliers were adorned with beautiful blooms.

The most special part of the day for Marie and Joel was when they first saw each other at the ceremony, and that they were able to include their children in their wedding day.

Photography: Calli B Photography | Floral Design: Mondo Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Hilde Heim | Cake: Cake Designs | Makeup: The Ballerina Bride | Hair: Hair By Nicola | Officiant: Next Chapter Cermony | Wedding Venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate | Event Styling & Décor: Love Bird Weddings

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Emotional + Intimate Wedding Chosen by the Public

Truth be told, you won’t find a dry eye around the office after reading through this couple’s journey down the aisle. It’s a story about strength, survival, and a love so powerful that not even a life-changing diagnosis could derail them. What started out as a promotion for a local venue, BV Pizzeria + Wine Bar, Kawana Island, turned into a full Express Wedding give-away with radio station 92.7 MixFM holding the reigns and a fantastic number of generous wedding vendors jumping on-board to donate $15000 of services and products. Every moment that photographer Lani Carter captured is undeniably powerful and we invite you to witness it all here.

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From the photographer, Lani Carter… This wedding started out as a promotion to launch weddings at a local venue, the radio station and some suppliers got on board and donated a wedding to the value of $15,000. Every step of the way, the public voted on theme, dress, and ultimately they even chose the couple who would win their dream-come-true wedding. The couple who won changed the vibe of the entire thing.

The Bride’s entry-winning letter:  
So, our story begins like this…. October last year I had a grand mal seizure while playing in the park with our kids. I was rushed to hospital. They thought I had a stroke. At the age of 27, fit and healthy I thought “how could this happen to me”? My mum had a stroke 2 years ago and she has recovered miraculously – I thought yup if she can do it and be perfectly normal and happy – I can do it too. It wasn’t until my MRI scans came through and the results of the CT scan that would change our lives forever. I had a 4.5cm lesion in my right paretial lobe of the brain. They couldn’t tell me how long it had been there but kept saying how lucky we were that the seizure had happened. Normally you don’t get a warning like this especially so early on, the tumour itself was putting so much pressure on the other areas of my brain from the swelling from being so fatigued and tired from work and being a mum of a 2 year old that it just erupted. The word “lucky” was not one that came to our minds.

In January I had a biopsy of the brain tumor. The results that came back were as good as can be – stage 2 cancer, the type of tumor is called an Astrocytoma Glioma. The median life span of this particular tumor is 10 years. I was referred straight through to my oncologist team at the RBWH where I met with my radio-oncologist and my chemo-oncologist. It was then when reality hit the hardest – they looked at my husband and me and said great news we have caught this early – however the type of tumor it is, and where it’s located in the brain makes it inoperable. Radiation won’t shrink it or cure it – it will only give you time. The tumor has stealth like features it grows little tentacles (like arms and legs) and goes to good parts of the brain and grows. Those little tentacles won’t show up on scans only when it forms more tumours will be when we see another lesion/growth in the brain. Even if they operate those little legs won’t be seen therefore they will just keep growing and multiplying. My first reaction was let’s beat this thing, let’s get straight into radio and chemo I need to see my son grow up, and I want to grow old and experience life adventures with my best friend and husband-to-be. The doctors then went into the risks of the radio and chemo – at 28 – loss of sight, permanent loss of hair, brain damage to good parts of the brain and cells, early dementia, infertility, numbness and loss of full movement and quality of life were just some of the things I would be at risk of losing. Again – reality sunk in along with a lot of emotions. This wasn’t going to be over in a couple of weeks nor months. The one course of the first treatment is 6 weeks radio therapy every day which equals time off work = no income or support for my family from me.

At this stage Troy and I are buying our time together until the next MRI and radio-oncologist appointment in April and May. The risk of treatment is all too much for me right now. Too much at risk, too much to lose. We have decided to put our wedding plans on hold and defer them for a couple of years and focus on getting better this year which means spending quality time with family. I know in a couple of years I may not get this opportunity to marry Troy or even physically walk down the aisle the way I had dreamt of; however, we now have the best opportunity to do both. Have our cake and eat it too.

We had our friends and family nominate us for Mark and Caroline’s Express Wedding. We know we don’t have forever together but forever is our now and we are hoping that everyone in our family can get involved and have their loved ones and friends get behind us and support us by voting.

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So obviously since this was written, Troy and I did indeed win Mark and Caroline’s Express Wedding. We were announced legally Husband and Wife on the 16th of March 2015. We were surrounded by all our loved ones – family and friends and had a spectacular day. It was certainly an express rollercoaster and luckily enough not too many hiccups along the way. I really have a lot of respect for Bride’s who plan a wedding over a year – I could not have handled that – the pressure and organizing it all, mine was organized in just one a week! No stress since it was all done. 

We still feel extremely grateful for all the support from the sunshine coast including our friends and family and those who continue supporting us and those who we have met along the way since the wedding and exposure in the media. We are truly in awe and still very much on cloud nine.

Photography: Lani Carter | Styling: Beedazzled Events | Flowers: Magnolia Grove Flowers | Wedding Dress: Elizabeths Bridal Palace | Cake: Ideas In Icing | Ceremony Venue: BV Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Reception Venue: BV Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Makeup: Pure Envi | Hair: Altered Images Kawana | Entertainment: Sunshine Music Bookings | Celebrant: Kim Morrison | Jeweler : NYTK | Promotion (Mark And Carolines Express Wedding): 92.7 Mix FM