On this cold New England evening, Matt Rowe has managed to transport me to a summer day that radiates warmth and love. With every sunny detail designed a la Cloud Nine Weddings, from the stunning altar installation to a romantic walk down the aisle, every moment of this Wirreanda Park affair is endearing. Take a peek at the gallery for so much more here.
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From Matt Rowe Photography… Tarsha and Matt’s garden-styled wedding was a treat. This couple maintained a focus on fun (and hilarity) as well as their genuine affection and love. Styled in a flush of greenery in a giant fig-lined park with soft details of petals and vintage props the scene was perfect. As photographers we like to get into the vibe of each wedding and the groomsmen had us laughing early on and right through the night with their care-free antics. The sincerity of the gestures within the details – the wishing well and the jams – demonstrated the core of a wedding celebration and the involvement of those dearest. The final announcement at the end of the night really tipped the scale to awesome-ness and elicited so much joy (what a great way to celebrate the start of a family!). We had a ball and felt blessed to have been part of this gorgeous celebration.
From the Bride… We met when we were 14 years old at one of my Nan and Pop’s family BBQs. Matt had known my cousins and my Aunty and Uncle for many years as he played in the same soccer team as my cousins which my uncle coached. Matt’s mum had moved next door to my Nan and Pop which is why they were invited over to the BBQ. We started dating at 15.
I came home from work on Friday to an empty suitcase on the bed with a note saying ‘pack your bags I will be home to pick you up in an hour’. He had reserved a penthouse in Noosa for the weekend. I was expecting something to happen on the Saturday night at dinner, but nothing happened. He waited until Sunday afternoon just before we went home. We had gone to get some cheese and champagne to have a picnic down by the Marina. As I have walked off onto the grassed area to sit down he asked ‘why don’t we see if we can get on one of these boats (off to the side there were BBQ boats down a pontoon) reluctantly I agreed. But as we got to the bottoms of the pontoon Matt turned and shook hands with the owner of a gondola which he had pre-booked months in advance. We went for a lovely romantic boat ride around the canals of Noosa. Matt downed half a bottle of wine due to nerves (he is a strict beer drinker haha) then just as we were about to dock as hopped on one knee and proposed. I cried.
On the day felt like one big blur having coffee, then makeup, then hair, then limo, then ceremony. It didn’t really feel any different. It just felt like this is what I was meant to be doing all along. I did get excited and it started to kick in as I got out of the limo. I was excited to finally be able to call Matt my husband. One of the best highlights of the day though was when we were at the reception and Matt was doing his final speech and asked our guests to look under their seats for an envelope which was a ‘lucky door prize’. Whoever had the envelope under their seat (which was planned to be one of my best friends) was asked to read out the card which said ‘Matt and Tarsha would like to announce that in May next year they will be expecting their first baby’. The room just erupted with screams and whistles and it turned the whole day into a really amazing celebration of love and life.
The details of the wedding were amazing! My bridesmaids helped me decorate hundreds of jars which had been collected by family and friends. My beautiful Nana had worked tirelessly for almost a year hand making five different flavours of jam in over 100 jars which were given to all of our guests as gifts, which were all hand decorated. our wine box was another important detail. My step father had had made a special box for us to us in a wine ceremony. We both wrote letters to each other about what we think our life will be like in 10 years and how we felt in the days leading up to the wedding. We then chose a bottle of red wine to go in the box and we had our parents help seal the box shut with nails which we will open on our 10th wedding anniversary. We also had a handmade wishing well that plays a part in each one of our family weddings. A little plaque is made with the couple’s names and the date of their special day. So far we are up to wedding number 6.
Photography: Matt Rowe Photography | Event Design: Cloud Nine Weddings | Wedding Dress: Casar Elegance | Cake: Sunny Girl Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Wirreanda Park | Reception Venue: Buderim Tavern | Bridesmaids Dresses: For Her And For Him | Makeup: KJ Artistry | Groom's Attire: Suits Direct | Officiant: Lynette Maguire | Transportation: Image Limos
Truth be told, I’m a chatterbox. Always have been, always will be. But when it comes to this beautiful garden affair captured by Casey Jane Photography, I’m at a loss for words. From the lush florals from Willow Bud to the awe-inspiring cake from Dream Cakes And Creations, I’m fairly certain that nothing I say can possibly give this gorgeous day it’s due. Get lost in the lovely right here.
From Casey Jane Photography…Childhood sweethearts Ce’Nedra and Luke married at Flaxton Gardens against the majestic backdrop of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland underneath an arbor of flowers. Ce’Nedra wore a dazzling Swarovski crystal embroidered gown with a dramatic trumpet skirt that led to a beautiful organza and English net sweep train.
The bride and groom shoot took place up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Ce’Nedra and Luke spent some quiet time together enjoying the view of the beautiful glass house mountains before traveling back in style in a classic Rolls Royce! The reception featured raw timber runners, mixed candle holders, tarnished silver goblets and mugs, timber boxes, antique cut crystal and the prettiest of pretty nude toned flowers!
Photography: Casey Jane Photography | Styling: Willow Bud | Floral Design: Willow Bud | Cake: Dream Cakes And Creations | Ceremony Venue: Flaxton Gardens | Reception Venue: Flaxton Gardens | Make Up: The Glamour Bar | Hair: The Glamour Bar | Transport: Champers Rolls Royce Hire
When it comes to weddings dripping in romance, you Australian lovelies really know how it’s done. Maybe that has a little something to do with the serious cuties tying the knot… or the breathtaking landscapes… or the fab vendors coming together to put on one heck of a party. My guess? A sweet combination of all of the above. Soak in some Australian perfection captured by Matt Rowe Photography right here. It’s time to get your pretty on.
From Matt Rowe Photography… Vikki and Bryan blended a calm ‘knowing’ with a whole lot of vibrance for their wedding day. Details in the decorations (twig and blossom) held a natural appreciation of beautiful things and Vikki’s bridesmaids packed a punch of colour in their floral dresses. As a photographer, I had so much fun with Vikki and Bryan on their location shoot; they were willing to give everything a go and just embraced the moment. One of my favourite moments was with the dandelion (wishes) where a little competitive spirit came out followed by laughter. When you leave the night feeling like you’ve been with friends, then you know it was a good one!
From the Bride… There are so many ‘best parts’ of my day. The whole day was a best part! But the one moment that sticks in my mind more than any is walking down the stairs at home and seeing my dad crying, watching me (it made me cry, too). We are very close, and it’s so nice to be daddy’s little girl one last time. This is probably the moment where it all started to really feel like my wedding day.
We didn’t purposely go out of our way to do anything different to other couples. We really wanted to be able to invite whoever we wanted and not be constrained by maximum guest numbers. We decided to have an afternoon at the church with the 200-something guests, followed by an intimate reception with 45 close family & friends.
I loved my dress!! I had seen it months before we even got engaged. When I put my dress on, it was very surreal. It had been a few weeks since I had last tried it on. It’s just such a beautiful dress, I couldn’t believe that I was wearing it!
I am so incredibly blessed to have all four of my grandparents around. It truly was a blessing to have so many family and friends around us celebrating our special day with us in all it’s delights.
Photography: Matt Rowe Photography | Florist: Nambour Hospital Florist | Cake: Sweetheart Cakes | Church: Immanuel Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: Ebb Restaurant | Makeup: I Do Makeup Artistry | Hair: Zimbuca Hair | Decorating: Twig & Blossum
Some shoots simply make my eyes happy. The way they are captured, the colors, the scenery, it’s all so pretty I can almost feel them smiling. Little Owl Events and sent us just such a shoot. One where every image from Ale & Kim Photography is oozing with prettiness, making this gallery one joyful place to be today. See it all here.
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From Little Owl Events…Some of the finest Brisbane and Sunshine Coast wedding vendors came together to create a a relaxed, yet beautifully polished beach ceremony elopement inspiration shoot full of summer florals, turquoise hues and a fun couple in love.
The Sunshine Coast has some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, popular with Bride’s from all over the country. We wanted to show these Bride’s what could be done for those wishing to escape the stresses of planning a full wedding. The elopement shoot showcases some of this season’s most popular colours, which work so well with the natural landscape of the beach.
Ale & Kim’s use of film photography really enhances the natural colours and lighting at the beach while still showcasing the deep, bold colours of the floral work by Willow Bud. Hair and Make-Up by The Beauty Case showcases the relaxed atmosphere of the shoot, while enhancing our model’s gorgeous skin and hair.
The shoot was brought to life with styling by the impeccable Simply Style Co. who managed to pull off the relaxed, yet polished vibe with a stunning canopy, church pews and a relaxed low table dining area.
The concept for this shoot was developed by both Little Owl Events, and Simply Style Co, who really wanted to showcase what is possible on the Sunshine Coast for those couples who prefer a more intimate wedding.
Photography: Ale & Kim Photography | Styling: Simply Style Co. | Coordination: Little Owl Events | Flowers: Willow Bud | Stationery: Maytide | Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Gowns: Eve Boutique | Hair & Make-Up: The Beauty Case | Suit: Suit's Direct Mooloolaba
Photo shoots like this one make me so, so very happy. You know the ones. Those totally gorgeous, totally mesmerizing days of inspiration, all thought up and executed by a dream team of Australian vendors. And this one in particular has left me a bit speechless with a whole host of pretty from Tasleema Nigh, Ginger Lily & Rose, Honeycomb Hair Cafe, and One Print Wonders. See it all in the full gallery captured by Bonnie Jenkins right here.
The intention behind this shoot was to allow some talented local vendors to express their creativity. Set in the beautiful forest of the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland, the model wears a 1940’s wedding dress and is surrounded by nature and pastels. The magnificent property in Eudlo on the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland was such a huge source of inspiration as was the gorgeous model, styling, stationery, florals, hair and make-up.
Photography: Bonnie Jenkins Photography | Make-up:Tasleema Nigh | Hair: Honeycomb Hair Cafe | Florals: Ginger Lily & Rose | Stationery : One Print Wonders