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Colorful Bohemian Wedding at the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Lush, vibrant and every bit what a bohemian garden party should be, this Queensland wedding captured by Calli B Photography is pure magic! Love Bird Weddings infused effortless romance throughout, while Mondo Floral Designs upped the wow factor with jewel tone blooms. Don’t miss out on all the loveliness in the full gallery right here!

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From Calli B Photography... After meeting at a music festival just before sunrise, Marie and Joel were destined to be together. The couple said their vows at Spicers Clovelly Estate in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where they celebrated the occasion with a bohemian garden party.

The wedding ceremony was decorated with an assortment of pretty details, including a sign featuring the words “With my whole heart, for my whole life.” Trudy Croad of Love Bird Weddings created an effortlessly romantic setting by combining elements of bohemian styling with a colour palette consisting of antique white, ivory cream, peach, apricot, pink, fuchsia, lavender and hints of blue.

Guests were seated on wooden bistro chairs beneath a jacaranda tree, amongst an array of brightly coloured petals. The wedding alter was fashioned with bamboo wrapped in calico, with a beautiful floral design on one side. The registry table was made from driftwood, accompanied by two Hampton chairs wrapped in lace and adorned with jewel-toned flowers. The relaxed style of the garden party allowed guests to unwind after the ceremony, with rattan benches and wine barrels placed around the venue for seating.

Marie and Joel wanted one long dining table for their reception, and six tables were pushed together lengthways in order to accommodate their 32 guests. Macramé cloths, candles, glass pillars and tea lights covered the table, and each place setting featured a cute Bonbonniere provided by the bride and groom. Men received personalised golf balls inscribed with “He put a ring on it” while women were given handmade lip balm on which was written, “Our love is the balm.” The icing on the cake was literally the amazing mint green banana and chocolate cake made by Cake Designs, which was decorated with florals and placed on a timber bolt table.

Mondo Floral Designs delivered a stunning arrangement of flowers with rich, jewel-toned colours executed in a relaxed gardenesque style. David Austen roses, tulips, hydrangea, dahlias, delphinium, hyacinth, freesias, berries, flowering foliage and unstructured greenery were all used to create a vividly bohemian design. A beautiful hairpiece made with an assortment of flowers was the perfect accessory for Marie’s wedding day look and a lush floral canopy brought wow factor to the ceremony. Even the venue’s chandeliers were adorned with beautiful blooms.

The most special part of the day for Marie and Joel was when they first saw each other at the ceremony, and that they were able to include their children in their wedding day.

Photography: Calli B Photography | Floral Design: Mondo Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Hilde Heim | Cake: Cake Designs | Makeup: The Ballerina Bride | Hair: Hair By Nicola | Officiant: Next Chapter Cermony | Wedding Venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate | Event Styling & Décor: Love Bird Weddings

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Emotional + Intimate Wedding Chosen by the Public

Truth be told, you won’t find a dry eye around the office after reading through this couple’s journey down the aisle. It’s a story about strength, survival, and a love so powerful that not even a life-changing diagnosis could derail them. What started out as a promotion for a local venue, BV Pizzeria + Wine Bar, Kawana Island, turned into a full Express Wedding give-away with radio station 92.7 MixFM holding the reigns and a fantastic number of generous wedding vendors jumping on-board to donate $15000 of services and products. Every moment that photographer Lani Carter captured is undeniably powerful and we invite you to witness it all here.

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From the photographer, Lani Carter… This wedding started out as a promotion to launch weddings at a local venue, the radio station and some suppliers got on board and donated a wedding to the value of $15,000. Every step of the way, the public voted on theme, dress, and ultimately they even chose the couple who would win their dream-come-true wedding. The couple who won changed the vibe of the entire thing.

The Bride’s entry-winning letter:  
So, our story begins like this…. October last year I had a grand mal seizure while playing in the park with our kids. I was rushed to hospital. They thought I had a stroke. At the age of 27, fit and healthy I thought “how could this happen to me”? My mum had a stroke 2 years ago and she has recovered miraculously – I thought yup if she can do it and be perfectly normal and happy – I can do it too. It wasn’t until my MRI scans came through and the results of the CT scan that would change our lives forever. I had a 4.5cm lesion in my right paretial lobe of the brain. They couldn’t tell me how long it had been there but kept saying how lucky we were that the seizure had happened. Normally you don’t get a warning like this especially so early on, the tumour itself was putting so much pressure on the other areas of my brain from the swelling from being so fatigued and tired from work and being a mum of a 2 year old that it just erupted. The word “lucky” was not one that came to our minds.

In January I had a biopsy of the brain tumor. The results that came back were as good as can be – stage 2 cancer, the type of tumor is called an Astrocytoma Glioma. The median life span of this particular tumor is 10 years. I was referred straight through to my oncologist team at the RBWH where I met with my radio-oncologist and my chemo-oncologist. It was then when reality hit the hardest – they looked at my husband and me and said great news we have caught this early – however the type of tumor it is, and where it’s located in the brain makes it inoperable. Radiation won’t shrink it or cure it – it will only give you time. The tumor has stealth like features it grows little tentacles (like arms and legs) and goes to good parts of the brain and grows. Those little tentacles won’t show up on scans only when it forms more tumours will be when we see another lesion/growth in the brain. Even if they operate those little legs won’t be seen therefore they will just keep growing and multiplying. My first reaction was let’s beat this thing, let’s get straight into radio and chemo I need to see my son grow up, and I want to grow old and experience life adventures with my best friend and husband-to-be. The doctors then went into the risks of the radio and chemo – at 28 – loss of sight, permanent loss of hair, brain damage to good parts of the brain and cells, early dementia, infertility, numbness and loss of full movement and quality of life were just some of the things I would be at risk of losing. Again – reality sunk in along with a lot of emotions. This wasn’t going to be over in a couple of weeks nor months. The one course of the first treatment is 6 weeks radio therapy every day which equals time off work = no income or support for my family from me.

At this stage Troy and I are buying our time together until the next MRI and radio-oncologist appointment in April and May. The risk of treatment is all too much for me right now. Too much at risk, too much to lose. We have decided to put our wedding plans on hold and defer them for a couple of years and focus on getting better this year which means spending quality time with family. I know in a couple of years I may not get this opportunity to marry Troy or even physically walk down the aisle the way I had dreamt of; however, we now have the best opportunity to do both. Have our cake and eat it too.

We had our friends and family nominate us for Mark and Caroline’s Express Wedding. We know we don’t have forever together but forever is our now and we are hoping that everyone in our family can get involved and have their loved ones and friends get behind us and support us by voting.

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So obviously since this was written, Troy and I did indeed win Mark and Caroline’s Express Wedding. We were announced legally Husband and Wife on the 16th of March 2015. We were surrounded by all our loved ones – family and friends and had a spectacular day. It was certainly an express rollercoaster and luckily enough not too many hiccups along the way. I really have a lot of respect for Bride’s who plan a wedding over a year – I could not have handled that – the pressure and organizing it all, mine was organized in just one a week! No stress since it was all done. 

We still feel extremely grateful for all the support from the sunshine coast including our friends and family and those who continue supporting us and those who we have met along the way since the wedding and exposure in the media. We are truly in awe and still very much on cloud nine.

Photography: Lani Carter | Styling: Beedazzled Events | Flowers: Magnolia Grove Flowers | Wedding Dress: Elizabeths Bridal Palace | Cake: Ideas In Icing | Ceremony Venue: BV Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Reception Venue: BV Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Makeup: Pure Envi | Hair: Altered Images Kawana | Entertainment: Sunshine Music Bookings | Celebrant: Kim Morrison | Jeweler : NYTK | Promotion (Mark And Carolines Express Wedding): 92.7 Mix FM

Intimate Lakeview Queensland Wedding

The work of a wedding photographer is intimately special, but add in the fact that Leanne Jade also played the role of a proud sister to the handsome groom makes this special day unlike any other. Capturing a beautifully intimate affair situated overlooking a lake, every moment in the heartfelt gallery is waiting for you here!

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From Leanne Jade PhotographyTwo families and a few friends flew half way round the globe, to witness a ‘never-to-be-forgotten’ event at the  union of Jonny and Beki.

I had the honour and privilege of photographing my Big Brother’s wedding. A beautiful, intimate wedding celebration shared  with some of my favourite people in the world.

The work of a wedding photographer is tough enough, but combining it with the role of being a proud sister made this day like no other.

Lakeside Terrace is a beautifully restored 100-year-old venue. Situated in the  Hinterland above Montville, a quaint Queensland town overlooking a Lake with views down to the Sunshine Coast and the ocean. Truly breathtaking.

My mission was to capture the moments, and the moments in-between. Waiting for that knowing glance; that look of love; that smile of pure joy.

Our two families united; with the pride of four parents; the mateship of close friends and especially the unbridled joy, of two people very much in love. An experience I’ll cherish forever.

I hope to capture many more love stories as real as this one.

Photography: Leanne Jade Photography | Videography: Lester & May | Wedding Dress: Jeffrey's Boutique | Makeup Artist: Kate Fide | Groom's Attire: Topman | Groom's Shoes: Poste | Boutonierres: Montville Florists | Bride's Ceremony Shoes: Zara | Bride's Reception Dress: ASOS | Bride's Reception Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid's Dress: Country Road | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Montville Lake Terrace | Flower Girl's Dress & Shoes: Country Road | Groom's Barber: General Officer Barber | Groom's Hat: Laird & Co Hat | Private Chef: Matt Yurko

Glamorous Pink & Ivory Country Wedding

Opulent and sophisticated, this glamorous affair planned in the hands of Lovebird Weddings is filled with plenty of loveliness. Overflowing with artistically arranged Mondo Floral Designs blooms, Studio Impressions Photography captured it all in the gallery waiting for you, here!

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From Studio Impressions PhotographyThe beautiful and emotional wedding of Kristy & Trent took place at the lovely Spicers Clovelly Estate in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It was an opulent and sophisticated affair with many DIY details. Flowers were a must for Kristy who chose a pink colour palette with shades of coral, orange and ivory. Mondo Floral Designs artistically arranged coral peonies, with David Austin roses, double tulips, lace roses, sweet pea, cottage roses & hydrangea.

From the beautiful Bride… I love design and surprising people so I put a lot of time into the details. I worked closely with my wedding planner and amazing florist to bring to life my table design ideas.
I also designed my dress and got to work with the most beautiful talented lady who would do anything to make it happen!

I made personalised boxes as bonbonieres and in each one was a stamped lolly bag with our own wedding logo on it. Lollies were in abundance on every table to delve into at anytime. Also inside was a printed card letting the guests that we had donated to the cancer council in memory of a recent uncle passing and a cousin suffering & fighting from this disease.
We also had photographs on each table of a lost loved one, instead of table numbers.

Our relationship is one of soulmates. The wedding nearly didn’t happen because of outside challenges that nearly broke us. We knew that this day had become more important than ever, we had to make it happen and did against all odds.
We met online, fell head over heels, moved in together, had a beautiful daughter and we are now husband and wife.

As predictable as it might sound, our wedding really was a celebration of two soulmates coming together against all odds. The day was all about our love and our journey and it could be heard, seen, and felt.

Walking down the aisle towards the man I have loved for so long, grown with and seeing his reaction was unbelievable. Standing next to him during our vows and him hearing those words for the first time was simply magical. But the most beautiful memory was knowing that this moment was perfect. It was all I had dreamed of and our souls really did connect in the most moving way.
We shared that moment together like no one else was even there!

Having our beautiful daughter Chloé in our wedding was beyond amazing and we loved knowing that everyone was there to share our journey. We loved having a beautiful ring & hand warming ceremony and secret vows.

For Brides-to-be, do what is you, what you love and make it personal! It’s your day to share your love. Enjoy the process and take help if offered. Take time out on the night to enjoy your new husband and try and plan an event before and/or after to talk to those who you missed because it is the quickest night of your life and you will want it to go on forever!

Photography: Studio Impressions Photography | Event Planning: Lovebird Weddings | Floral Design: Mondo Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Judy Copley Bridal | Wedding Venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate

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Modern Tropical Queensland Wedding

It just doesn’t get any dreamier than destination weddings. The proof? This perfect pair saying “I Do” on the shoreline surrounded salty air and stunning sea views. The palm-lined beach made for a postcard setting and the perfect place for their ukulele laced ceremony, while Sass Studios captured every happy moment for us to see, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Rob and I celebrated the start of our married life on the shores of the Coral Sea in tropical Far North Queensland, Australia. The stunning palm-lined beach of Palm Cove offered the postcard setting for a relaxed and happy celebration with 60 of our closest friends and family.

Palm Cove is located on a narrow strip of palm fringed beach between two World Heritage areas. The Daintree Rainforest steeply rises up from the mountains behind the village, and offshore lives the Great Barrier Reef.

We chose to have a destination wedding, as our friends and family are scattered far and wide. Regardless of where we chose to celebrate the occasion, a large majority of our guests would be traveling to join us. With that in mind, we decided to choose somewhere that everyone could look forward to traveling to. Far North Queensland is beautiful, relaxed and completely unique in its environment. It offered our guests the opportunity to explore tropical islands, the Great Barrier Reef, crocodiles in the Daintree river, fresh local food and plenty of beautiful places to do nothing at all! It was important for us to choose a location that offered something for everyone’s budget. With accommodation options ranging from budget to five star, Palm Cove fit the bill perfectly.

With the challenges of organizing a wedding from a distance, we opted to book the function at one of the resorts. This was the best decision we made. There was no way we could have traveled with everything, done DIY 1600km from our home, and still had time to enjoy ourselves. The function staff at the resort made everything easy, arranging the permit for the beach ceremony, back up wet weather options in place and dealt locally with their trusted suppliers. It meant more time for us to enjoy planning the details and the swim up bar!

At first we were shy of booking a resort due to cost – we did not have an unlimited budget! After some comparisons however the inclusions in a resort setting made it quite a competitive option. We were able to negotiate what was included and were able to get extras like candles, microphones, lighting, chair upgrades etc thrown in for free.

We spent a week in total at the destination. Most of our family arrived before the wedding and this gave us a very special few days with our closest family finalizing the last of the details and enjoying being on holidays. Many of our friends stayed on in the days after the wedding and we organized a day trip snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. My memories from our wedding are memories from the entire week, it wasn’t just about one day. Having those other relaxed times to enjoy the company of my loved ones on the days around the wedding took the pressure off trying to get around to talk to everyone on the wedding day itself.

My dad and I walked down the beach to the ceremony with my brother walking a few meters in front guiding the way as he played Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” on his ukulele. He is a guitarist and learned the ukulele just to play it to walk with me down the isle. It was magic!

Our flowers were local, a mix of Heliconias, orchids and ginger plants which grow in the region. It was important to me that the flowers reflected the spirit of the destination. The Esplanade in Palm Cove is beautifully landscaped with lush gardens that line the footpath, filled with tropical plants. The bouquets reflected the local flavor perfectly. The florist thanked me when she delivered the flowers as she was so grateful to use the locally grown flowers instead of the roses usually requested which need to be flown up from the colder southern climates.

I bought my Karen Willis Holmes dress secondhand on the website Still White. It was in perfect condition and I paid less than half price. A fantastic way to save some money without compromising on a designer dress.

Our ring box was an old vintage novel turned into a ring box by my cousin. He made if for us as a wedding gift and made sure we opened it before the day. It suited us perfectly as, unknown to my cousin, our best man was a librarian!

We used a knot tying ritual in our ceremony, the fisherman’s knot. The fisherman’s knot is the strongest there is, becoming ever stronger under pressure. It was a richly symbolic gesture of our two individual lives intertwining and becoming ever stronger as we promise a future together.

The ceremony was followed by drinks and canapés on the open air deck at the front of the resort looking out over the ocean. We chose to have our photographs taken before the ceremony so that we could join our guests straight after the ceremony for the canapés – I would highly recommend this to any couple. Seeing Rob before the ceremony took all my nerves away! As soon as I saw him I felt relaxed and we had such a fun time enjoying each others company for the photos! It also meant that my hair and makeup was at its best.

Canapés were followed by a poolside reception lit up by candles and lighting in the lush surrounding resort gardens. The warm tropical night was ideal for the outdoors setting and thankfully no one fell into the pool! We opted for very simple style for out tables: white tablecloths and tea light candles. The setting itself was so lovely it really didn’t need any more decoration.

We chose a local produce buffet for dinner which included crocodile, prawns, mango and pineapple salad, marinated kangaroo and many other treats. There were tables of food and it had all been presented although it was in a magazine spread. Flowers, fruits, decorative presentations on platters – no bain-maries in sight. My only regret was that I hadn’t talked so much so I could have eaten more!

Our friends and family are still reminiscing about the holiday we all shared together. Rob and I can’t wait to travel back to beautiful Palm Cove to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

Photography: Sass Studios | Floral Design: Pink Moss | Dress: Still White | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Gorman | Hair And Makeup: Tropical Beauty By Shae Howlett | Celebrant: Melanie Serafin | Wedding Venue: Peppers Beach Club And Spa Palm Cove | Getting Ready Gowns: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Vintage Chic Outdoor Wedding

From incorporating their dog as the ring bearer, to donning rain boots, to ending the evening with a literal cheese cake, this outback affair has all the great makings for a personal and unique affair. With Matt Rowe Photography behind the lens, every image snapped up in the gallery is sure to leaving you wanting more, and it’s all right here!

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From the dashing Groom… When I was waiting there with 90 odd people staring at me. It was no surprise the bride was late. But when I first saw her it hit me and I fought hard to hold back the tears.

What the most special parts of the day were… It was all perfect! If I had to pick one moment I would have to say when I saw Emilie walking down the aisle with her dad. The last song at the reception was also pretty cool. ‘throw your arms around me’ where the entire crowd circled up and literally threw their arms around each other!

From the beautiful Bride… I was surprisingly calm the day of the wedding until I decided to read through my vows while the girls were getting ready…….it hit me hard at this point and I was an emotional mess from then until I made my way down the aisle. Luckily I was able to pull myself together when I saw Ben.

It was important to me that absolutely every detail of our wedding represented Ben and I. I love vintage stuff so we went for the vintage/rustic theme which also suited our venue; however, we added little details to make it our own. Our wedding cake looked like a wedding cake but was actually wheels of cheese, we had our enormous dog in the ceremony (he carried the rings) along with our enormous bridal party, we had flip flops available at the dance floor for the ladies to kick off their heels, we wore gum boots for our photos (thanks to our amazing photographers), our ceremony was short, sweet and very funny with lots of laughter…….I could go on forever. It was also very important to us that our wedding was relaxed and informal. We had many guests traveling from Victoria so having our wedding at a venue where all of our guests could stay together and make a weekend out of it was perfect. The wedding day went so fast that I am now so grateful that I had the whole weekend with everyone otherwise I would have barely got to spend any time with them! I wouldn’t change a thing!

Another part of the day that really stands out to me was an awesome idea from our photographers (Matt and Amanda Rowe). Just before we were about to leave for the ceremony, Matt organized for my dad to come into the room without seeing me. Once he was ready I stood behind my dad so we were back to back. On the count of three dad and I turned around to see each other for the first time. Not only did Matt and Amanda get some amazing photos of that very moment that I will cherish forever but it was also such an emotional and incredibly special moment for my dad and I…….. this is why I was 20 minutes late for the ceremony (thanks for mentioning that Ben) but it was most definitely worth it!

I had been dreading the ceremony leading up to the wedding but to my surprise this was my most favorite part of the day! The look on Ben’s face as I walked down the aisle was incredibly special.

From Matt Rowe PhotographyBen and Emilie’s beautiful Noosa North Shore wedding was a dream. A classic Vintage theme combined with a whole lot of humor, a massive bridal party added some hilarity to the day and their giant fur-baby/ ring bearer just kept us smiling. We loved the dreamy fields and the spectacular sunset and felt blessed to have spent the day with a couple so full of love and light-heartedness.

Photography: Matt Rowe Photography | Event Stylist: Style Le Isle | Floral Design: Buderim Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lucy And Loo | Officiant: Sally Williams Wyn | Wedding Venue: Noosa North Shore Retreat | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Roger David | Makeup & Hair: Emily Glassons | Photography - Assistance: Sage And Thyme

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