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Whimsical Sunshine Coast Wedding

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.


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 | Groom's Attire: Suits Direct | Officiant: Lynette Maguire | Makeup: KJ Artistry | Transportation: Image Limos

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Mother of the Bride Attire from Living Silk

I’m currently smack-dab in the middle of helping my mother find THE perfect dress for my sister’s upcoming wedding and, let me tell you, loves… it hasn’t been easy.  Which is why I plan on sending her to Living Silk the second I am done telling you how very, very awesome they are.  I’m talking hand-crafted bespoke attire in rich silk fabric that will wow every last one of your guests.

It goes without saying, your mother is the second most important lady at your wedding.  Which is why she needs to feel just as beautiful as you do.  Enter Living Silk, a family business based in Brisbane and Melbourne that cares about your big day (and your mom!) just as much as you.  Think individually and delicately created gowns and dresses crafted by skilled couturiers with only the finest in silk fabrics. Your mom is sure to shine in any one of their amazing styles, from their sassy skirts to their regal jackets.  And don’t even get me started on the amazing color choices – your mother won’t be blending in sporting bright turquoise or vibrant amethyst.  And isn’t that the way it should be?

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Call your mother ASAP and schedule your next girls’ day at Living Silk or head to their website, where you can take advantage of FREE worldwide shipping.  Trust me, you’ll be so very, very thankful you did.


Rustic Fall Wedding at Silos Estate

This wedding was really fun, you can just tell. From the giant Jenga blocks and Polaroid backdrop, to the letters on the lawn spelling out this adorable couple’s feelings for each other, this celebration was bursting with picture perfect moments. Gemma Clarke captured them all and despite stormy skies, this gallery, and these guests, had one fun-filled moment after another.


From The Bride… To us, our wedding day was perfect. We enjoyed every single aspect. I would describe the day as romantic, fun, intimate and beautiful. As I’m an Executive Assistant, I had planned and organised most details myself (and loved every minute of it!), so on the day I knew I had done all I could, so I was very relaxed and extremely happy. Knowing the day had finally come, I could not wait to get married and celebrate with our loved ones.

My vision for the day was for an elegant, romantic wedding with rustic touches. A vineyard estate at picturesque Berry towards the NSW south coast fulfilled all of these elements. By adding some wooden details, lace, hessian and soft pastel colours, our theme was complete. Ultimately, we wanted our family and friends to experience a laidback, relaxed, fun and happy wedding where they felt comfortable and special. Having the ceremony and reception at the one site (amazingly beautiful Silos Estate) allowed for guests to let their hair down and enjoy a mini weekend away.

I wore a wedding dress by Maggie Sottero. I found a picture of the dress online and just had to see it in person. As soon as I tried it on I was sold – it was the first and only wedding boutique my mum & I went to. I loved the beautiful lace overlay, slim fit and open heart backing with buttons down the lower back. I added a jeweled belt for some sparkle, along with a stunning beaded hair piece and wore simple pearl drop earrings and a diamond bracelet that Steve gave me on my 21st birthday.

The ceremony was held in the beautiful manicured garden of the property overlooking the vineyards. Giant LOVE letters decorated the space, along with the handmade picket fence directional signs and giant wooden Polaroid frame which gave guests unique photo opportunities.

As the ceremony started we could see lightning in the background, it was quite amazing. The rain held off for the ceremony but decided to make an appearance for half an hour and then let the sun stream through the clouds in the late afternoon; it had a real magical feel to it!

Lawn games including the handmade ‘human sized’ Jenga entertained guests during the cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception.

The reception was held under a purpose built marquee that had a stunning view of the surrounding vineyards which only got better as the sunset with a rainbow in the distance. The wooden floors, and handmade elements including the chalkboard easel, treasure chest, seating plan and wooden table numbers added a rustic vibe.

Romance exuded by the many tea light candles in jars covered with lace, flowers in mismatched vases and bottles, fairy lights strung from beams and two gorgeous chandeliers; all of which created a warm, inviting ambiance, while the simple framed messages dedicated to our parents added a heart-warming personal touch. At the end of the night, after all the dancing (including some awesome break-dancing ‘battles’) our guests had fun with sparklers and made an arch to farewell us.

My favourite part of the day was exchanging the rings during the ceremony. Because of the mild humidity I couldn’t fit Steve’s ring on his finger. We both burst out laughing as I struggled and over emphasized finally getting the ring over his knuckle. It was definitely a light hearted moment that broke some of the nervous energy we both had at the beginning of the ceremony.

Another truly memorable moment that I will never forget was just before I walked down the aisle with my dad. Seeing my future husband waiting for me in front of all of the people who mean the world to us and whom we love so dearly, especially Steve’s 90 year old grandma who flew from Melbourne, made me feel so special. We felt so blessed that these people came to share our day and celebrate our love.

Overall, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about our day (even the brief storm!). More than anything we wanted our guests to have a good time, and as clichéd as it sounds, it was the best day of my life. I’m so lucky and grateful to now be Mrs Owen.

Photography: Gemma Clarke | Floral Design: Carol Fairweather | Ceremony Venue: Silos Estate | Reception Venue: Silos Estate | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids Only – Double Bay | Suits: Just For Him – Beecroft | Celebrant: Robyn Lenahan | Bride's Dress: Dressense Bridal At Miranda | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Shoes: Macy’s | Hair Artist: Annie Johnson | Invites: The Print Fairy | Make-up Artist: Julie Bell | Music And MC: Shoalhaven DJ – Dave Broadhurst

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