I’ve never had the opportunity to meet these two Brisbane cuties (sadly), but I can tell you one thing for certain: they are one seriously fun duo. I know this for a fact, because I have spent the last hour gazing at their drop-dead gorgeous wedding and when I tell you it’s one joyous moment after another, it’s an understatement of epic proportions. From the bride’s pre-wedding portraits with her beautiful pup to the bridal party’s shenanigans (they know how to take a fun-filled picture) to the dance party reception, it’s the kind of wedding you just can’t stop talking about. (And you won’t.) See it all captured by Clare Sophia right here.
From the Bride… When we started planning the wedding we decided that we didn’t want to be tied down to a particular theme. Instead we decided just to choose elements that we liked. Fortunately when everything came together on the day it looked amazing. I guess we stuck to a similar colour palate for the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers, but we didn’t incorporate it into the stationery like many other weddings.
I love doing anything crafty, so I relished the opportunity to create our wedding invitations, place cards + holders, menus, booklets and thank you cards. We also made the most of the talents of our friends and family. For the ceremony my cousin sang and we had a friend who is a guitarist accompany him. Another cousin of mine, who created hats and fascinators for some family members for our garden themed engagement party brunch, made my veil and the hairpiece for the reception.
The morning of the wedding Steve and I were the opposite of what would usually be expected of the bride and groom. I was calm while us girls were being fussed over with hair and makeup, while Steve had a hectic morning which put him a bit on edge for the ceremony. The boys stayed in a hotel in the city and Steve, who is usually very organized, had to drive to a friend’s place to borrow their iron for his wedding shirt. Us girls were lucky enough to have my mum and stepdad rushing around doing any worrying for us. Mum even managed to pack a delicious picnic basket for us to enjoy while we were out having photos. We would also have loved to involve our dog Bluey in the ceremony, but as we couldn’t I insisted on photos with him in my dress before we left home.
It was wonderful having many of my students at the ceremony and hearing their excitement when they first saw me. The whole atmosphere was so magical. My heart was pounding with anticipation knowing I was walking down the aisle to meet my love at the end, so that we could start the rest of our lives together. When we proceeded out of the church together all of the children had gathered to blow bubbles and congratulate us. They were absolutely in awe and followed us around like we were celebrities!
We had so much fun with all of our family and friends at the reception. In the week of the wedding we had finally decided to name our tables by each of the years we had been together. We had the perfect number of tables, one for each of our seven years together. As well as the year number on the table we had a photo from that year and a little description of some important events from that year. We found it to be a great idea to encourage mingling as most of the guests visited other tables to see the picture and read the description. They also enjoyed seeing their own weddings and important events mentioned. The whole day really encapsulated everything that makes us happy.
Wedding Photography: Clare Sophia Photography | Ceremony Venue: St Thomas Aquinas Church in St Lucia, Australia | Reception Venue: Hotel Urban Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia | Floral Design: Albert’s Flowers | Reception Floral Design: Romantica Floral Design | Reception Decor: the Bride | Wedding Cake: Deliberately Delicious | Guitarist: Yusuke Akai | DJ: GMSolution | Fingerprint Tree: Karen from Spotted Nest | Wedding Stationery + Invitations: the Bride | Wedding Dress: Brides Desire | Bride’s Veil + Hairpiece: Carla from 3aletter | Bride’s Shoes: Nat Sui | Rings: John from Hofstays House of Diamonds | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Glenda Hutchinson via Sew Formal | Groom’s Attire: Country Road | Groom’s Shirt + Tie: Herringbone | Groomsmen’s Attire: Rhodes and Beckett | Hair: Michelle, friend | Makeup: Vana from The Brow Bar