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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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Romantic Clifftop Engagement Session

I’m not one to use to use the term “wildly romantic” very often, but describe this enchanting engagement session any other way and you’d be lying.  Because this is the type e-shoot that takes one of the world’s most stunning twosomes (seriously) and pairs them with breathtaking scenery and the uber talents of White Ash Photography.  See every beautiful moment right here.

From White Ash Photography… Colette and Jonathan are a lovely couple with an edgy sense of style. The clifftop for this engagement session was the perfect location to host their wild and romantic affair. Colette’s lovely 3 carat raw black diamond ring set the tone for the styling; and her George dress was the right choice, especially considering it was such a windy afternoon.

We wanted a lovely polished look for this session, because their engagement party turned into a surprise wedding for their guests! This afternoon of just the two of them was how they wanted to capture their love for one another, so at the engagement party/wedding, they could relax with their family and friends. A perfect idea for such a beautiful, spontaneous couple!

Photography: White Ash Photography | Dress: George | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Traditional Church Wedding by Goliath Productions

Without fail, this Goliath Productions has brought me to happy tears. With two stunning features below, the only thing more beautiful than the breathtaking views of the Maleny countryside is the love these two Aussies have for one another. With touches of daisies and darling glances, this sweet couple significantly wed at the White Wedding Church and it’s truly a sight to see. More below!


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From Goliath Productions… Laura and Braedon’s elegant Maleny wedding was every bit as fun as they are! They chose to marry in the timeless “little white wedding church” which boasts breathtaking views of the Maleny countryside and complemented Laura’s graceful style completely. It definitely set the scene for their classic styling and Laura’s incredible gown; however, this was far from your regular wedding. Laura and Braedon’s bright and lively personalities meant that the celebration was a complete representation of who they are as a couple. What more could you want?

Photography: Dave & BJ From Iconic Imagery | Videography: Goliath Productions | Floral Design: Wallflower | Church: White Wedding Church

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.

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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

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Elegant Beach Wedding on Stradbroke Island

Held at the perfectly named An Island Hideaway, this wedding has me believing there’s something extra special in that ocean breeze, from the bride’s beachy hair to her gorgeous gown. Bird & Boy Photography and Anchored Cinema captured it all from first kiss to barefoot bliss and you too can indulge in your childhood mermaid memories with me right this way!

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From Bird And Boy Photography… Kate is a wedding decor professional so she was absolutely thrilled to plan and style her own wedding… she was so organised and knew exactly what she wanted. Kate and Ryan made a lot of the wedding decor. She focused on a beachy theme with lots of flowers and floral arrangements. She was told constantly on her wedding day that she looked like a mermaid!

Kate and Ryan had just moved to the Gold Coast from Melbourne and were so excited to start their married life with a beachy start. They wanted a wedding to feel more like a holiday so they decided to get married at An Island Hideaway which we all needed to take a ferry to get to. It really felt like we were travelling to a secret destination.

We were able to drive to the other side of the island for a secret portrait location with magical lighting and beautiful sunlight.

Photography: Bird And Boy Photography | Videographer: Anchored Cinema | Flowers: Elyssium Blooms | Cake: Two Little Bakers | Ceremony Venue: An Island Hideaway | Makeup: Erin Stuart Styles | Hair: Melissa Jayne Hair | Decor: Hunter Gatherer (The Bride's Business)