This Bride is simply a doll. One read through her sweet description and you can just feel her happiness. And after one look through the pretty images from Calli B Photography, you’ll quickly realize she had a lot to be happy about. It was a DIY dream come true complete with some seriously stunning florals from Mondo Floral Designs all hosted at the gorgeous Maleny Manor. Oh! It was all topped off with a delicious cheese wheel from Colin James Fine Foods (looove that idea), so it’s pretty obvious why this lovely Bride is as happy as they come. Her wedding was perfect. See it all here.

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From Terrianne of Mondo Floral Design… Courtney’s wedding bouquet was a hand held natural stem posy slightly unstructured in design, which consisted of pale pink peonies, ivory David Austin roses, white freesias and pale pink cottage spray roses.  The vintage inspired bridal bouquet featured a soft pastel colour palette with a slight hint of green and accessorised the bridesmaids gowns perfectly.  The bridesmaids carried a slightly smaller design featuring similar blooms. In the reception we featured French Maison jars which were filled with pastel and ivory blooms including pale pink sweet avalanche roses and white lisianthus, we also incorporated a touch of white thryptomine to highlight the country vintage floral concept.

From the Bride… We had about 80 guests at our wedding. Our inspiration was vintage, romantic and whimsical. Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we had a cheese wheel wedding cake — different and oh-so-yummy! Probably the best part of planning our wedding, for me, were the DIY projects. My poor Dad!

I tried to start early and space out the projects and my father never complained once. He is one of these men that can fix and build anything. He helped me with my blackboard hanging hearts for the chairs at the ceremony, the moss letters, the monkeys fist rope features that held up the table numbers, and the American-styled letterbox that our cards went in. He also helped me make the teacup candles as favours for the ladies. My parents’ kitchen smelled like Vanilla for a month. He even made the display/storage piece that the candles were featured on. I dont think many DIY weddings would be possible without DADS.

Another favourite DIY detail was our place cards. We sourced out lots of toy animals, spray painted them white and then tied a kraft tag with twine to them. It is so fun to go to our guests homes and see them on their hutches and bookshelves. We tried to match the animals to guest personalities or likes. It was a fun process for us to do together. I also had embroidered handkerchiefs made up for both sets up parents with a small message on them. I gave my parents theirs the morning of our wedding day. My mum cried as expected. Luckily she had a new hanky to use.

One of the funniest things that happened on our wedding day was that bugs were attracted to the tulle in my dress. After the ceremony we kept finding them in all the different layers! Also, the second song before the end of the night, the groom and I were dancing away to a dodgy, but fun, Dirty Dancing song when I got bumped in the nose. I don’t think we were attempting the famous lift (the roof was very low) but somehow my nose started to bleed. I got a bit on my dress. I was so lucky it happened at the end of the night and not the start of the day. Dress is now at Leon’s Fine Dry Cleaning and is hoping to make a full recovery.

One of the most special memories of our wedding day was when I woke up at 4:30am the day of the wedding. My parents had booked the stunning Maleny Mountain Lodge in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland which sleeps 18 people. I was the only one awake. I went out to see a picturesque day with Lake Baroon covered in mist and clouds. It was beautiful. I was so excited i had to go and get my mum so i could share the view… the moment with her. Other wonderful memories include: Toasting out of the goblets my parents used 30 years ago with my husband sitting beside me and the amazing speeches. The preparation that went in to these was so incredible.

My advices to brides and grooms would be to do little things every weekend. This helped me to get organized. The week of the wedding I just had to do small little things, so I wasn’t stressed or overwhelmed. Having the week before the wedding off work was also heaven. It allowed my husband and me to get ready and really get excited.

Wedding Photography: Calli B Photography | Wedding Venue: Maleny Manor |Officiant: Tim Gossling | Floral Design: Mondo Floral Designs | Cheese Wheels from Colin James Fine Foods | Music + Entertainment: Graham Hobson | Wedding Dress: Hilde Heim | Bridemaids’ Dresses: Witchery | Men’s Attire: Spurling | Hair: Evalyn Parsons | Makeup: Shima & Gloss

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