There are few things in this pretty world of weddings that I love more than a classic + modern affair. And when the soiree has a gorgeous navy, fuchsia and gold palette, sweet details made by the bride + her family and the loveliest florals from Green and Bloom, I simply can’t contain my adoration. Top it off with perfect photos by Simon Peter Taylor Photography and I can promise you, my dears, you’ll be spending some serious time in the full gallery!

From the Bride… Our theme was modern and classic. Navy chevron with fuschia, blush and metallic gold. “The Churchie Chapel” is the chapel at the school John attended. He and most of his friends went to Churchie (Anglican Church Grammar School) so it was special for him to get married at the school that he, his brother, friends and also father attended.  I always thought I’d be super nervous and cry walking down the aisle but on the day I was excited, calm and we both just couldn’t wipe the smile off our faces. It was a really awesome experience!

We chose modern music for the ceremony and John and I picked songs that meant something to us. We had 2 readings – from 1 Corinthians which was read at John’s sister’s wedding and “The Art of Marriage” which was read at my sisters wedding. The words of the “The Art of Marriage” really resonated with John and I and my friend even had the reading framed for us – I like to think we will read them now and then through the years.

We cut our cake immediately following the ceremony so as to maximize dancing and fun times later during the reception. We also had San Pellegrino water and sodas for refreshments. A formal “cake cutting” wasn’t important to us so doing it this way gave us a chance to have a drink and chat with guests before moving off to have photos.  The reception was at my dream venue, GoMA – an awesome covered deck at the top of the gallery with panoramic views of the river and city. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés downstairs under the huge fig tree before making their way up to the rooftop terrace. 

My Mum went above and beyond with helping to organize the wedding . On the night she just blew me away with all the extra special touches she had secretly arranged like  personalized napkins at the cake cutting,  a display of photos of John and I in the corridor,  extra signs and flowers everywhere  a “gift” to John – “Blasters”! John used to work in the Cayman Islands where he and his mates had a signature drink they named a “Blaster” – Captain Morgan rum with half ginger ale and half coke. Since moving back to Brisbane, Blasters have now become a bit of an institution for a lot of his mates and it was fun that Mum organized for the waiters to bring around trays of Blasters for everyone to enjoy. 

Instead of plated dessert we decided to serve Drumsticks. I am an ice cream addict and it only seemed natural to serve ice cream for dessert!  Florist was AMAZING. I almost cried when I turned up the reception because everything looked EXACTLY as I’d imagined, even better. I sourced the chevron napkins from overseas, which arrived just in time for the wedding. The table numbers were wooden numbers again sourced from overseas to which I painstakingly applied gold leaf to each table number for a metallic finish.

Wedding Photography: Simon Peter Taylor Photography / Ceremony Venue: Anglican Church Grammar School Chapel in Brisbane, Australia / Reception Venue: The Gallery of Modern Art, Rooftop Terrace in South Brisbane, Australia / Floral + Event Styling: Green & Bloom / Caterer: Zen Catering / Wedding Cake: Boutique Bites / Music: DJ Brad / Hotel: The Stamford Plaza / Honeymoon: Fiji Resort & Spa by Hilton + Lomani Island Resort / Wedding Stationery: Alannah Rose Stationery / Wedding Dress: Wendy Makin / Bride’s Earrings: Mimco / Engagement Ring: Blue Nile / Wedding Rings: Stones / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Twobirds Bridesmaids / Groom’s Attire: Stuart Suit Specialist

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