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Alisha and Garry are awesome people. They had a gorgeous and hilariously funny hinterland wedding at St Bernards Mt Tamborine. Here is their story.
I had the pleasure of meeting Garry in Grade 9 of high school when he moved to the Gold Coast. We were partners in shenanigans from the outset, united in our quest to get through year 9 social studies in any way we could. Others joined in. We had an awesome time. The teacher left the school shortly after (I feel a little bad about that, but she was super ill-equipped to deal with a bunch of bored 14 year olds).
Bearing all this in mind, I was stoked to be asked to shoot Garry’s wedding to Alisha, his lovely and equally funny fiance. These two are gold. They have two munchkins, love the outdoors and love a good sense of humour. So we were solid.
The location was set, the Gold Coast hinterland was calling, and I couldn’t wait to be involved in this shindig. Many laughs were had, many moments were captured and the hinterland turned it on like never before with a sunset to rival Hollywood blockbusters.
Here is the super fun hinterland wedding of Garry and Alisha. Congrats guys x
Katie-Marie and Daemen are awesome. I met them at a bridal expo and knew we’d get on like a house on fire as soon as I noticed Katie-Marie’s pin-up style. They met at a ballroom dancing competition, which sounds out of the ordinary but for the daughter of a dance champion (Mark Wilson) it’s completely normal!
After a couple of years of courtship when it finally came to getting married, Katie-Marie and Daemen wanted to incorporate their style and the things they love into their day. So, a 50’s vintage retro style ballroom inspired theme it was (with a little kitsch thrown in for good measure)!
The entire day was held at the property of a family friend in the Gold Coast hinterland, and it was amazing. Katie-Marie and Daemen were married in the gazebo on the terrace in front of their family and friends, we had photos in and around the property, and the reception was held in the 50’s inspired bar area and patio overlooking the lights of the Gold Coast.
Let’s talk about Vintage retro wedding attire. When Katie-Marie said she was going to wear a ballgown I imagined a white ballroom inspired gown, but when she showed me the peach diamonte encrusted piece of fabulousness (an actual tailored ballgown) she was actually wearing I almost died of excitement. Wow. Just wow. And to top it all off, she chose a 50’s style hat with veil to match which just made the whole outfit (ballroom shoes and all) complete. The boys wore a blue suit with black piping and braces and the bridesmaids were fabulous in a mismatched blue floral print dress with petticoat and classic white pumps. Katie-Marie opted for silk corsages for the girls and a mix of peach white and blue silk flowers for her bouquet.
A few things I loved about Katie-Marie and Daemen’s vintage retro wedding:
- Their celebrant Marilyn got in on the action and not only wore a retro dress but helped the couple incorporate the vows of Elvis and Priscilla into their ceremony
- They included both a Catholic and Greek orthodox element into their ceremony to honour each family’s background
- The boys wore red/white striped socks which may or may not have been bought at McDonalds (love that!)
- Daemen arrived on an orange Harley Davidson
- The bride and her father danced down the aisle (and so did the waiting groom)
- The couple have a strange love for Minions, so they had a family friend make a Minion cake topper for their giant cupcake (to go with the retro cupcakes served to the guests)
- There was ballroom dancing
- One of the groomsmen (the bride’s brother) split his pants before the ceremony and Grandma had to stitch them up!
- The caterer’s were a Greek street food style company that the bride and groom loved so much they hired the chef to cater their wedding. The food was soooooooo good!
BRIDE’S DRESS – Martha Williams
BRIDES JEWELLERY / OTHER ACCESSORIES – Family heirlooms
BRIDE’S SHOES – Bride’s own ballroom dancing shoes
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES – Wish www.wish.com
HAIR – Darren Roberts (family friend)
MAKEUP – Bride
RINGS – The Diamond Vault http://www.thediamondvault.com.au/
CAKE CAKE TOPPER – Aunty of Groom
FAVOURS / BONBONIERRE – DIY
CELEBRANT / MINISTER – Marilyn Verschuure http://www.marrymemarilyn.com.au/
PROPS / HIRE PIECES – Family friend
It’s completely true that when I met Rosie at a Brisbane Bridal Expo in 2014 and she told me her wedding would be an O’Reilly’s Hinterland Wedding I told her I was going to shoot it for her. I love O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. The views, the sunsets, the green and gold beauty. Ah-maz-ing! So I was stoked when Rosie and her fiance Pat decided I was the photographer for them.
Rosie and Pat are a cool couple. Laid back, slightly disorganised and into food. My kind of people. They also own a vintage car. Win!
So when it came to their wedding in October I was expecting cruisy, fun, colourful and a nice touch of DIY. I wasn’t disappointed. The day was perfect. The people, the laughs, the dress getting stuck in the brambles. All awesome. Then the sun set and I lost my mind. I mean, you could not have orchestrated this kind of beauty if you tried. Absolutely STUNNING!
Awesome Vendors that made this happen:
Ceremony Venue: O’Reilly’s Chapel http://www.oreillys.com.au/
Reception Venue: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin http://www.wendymakin.com/
Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral Design http://www.bellabloomfloraldesigns.com/
Hair and Make-up: The Beauty Case http://www.thebeautycase.com.au/
Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice http://www.irregularchoice.com/shop/
Bridesmaid’s Dress: For Her and For Him http://www.forherandforhim.com/
Groom’s suit: Mitchell Olgivie http://mitchellogilvie.com/
Minister: Father John Maher
Wedding Planner: Carla Ventura of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Wedding Rings: Dimani Jewellery http://www.dimanijewellery.com.au/
Engagement Ring: Canturi http://www.canturi.com/
Cake: Gillian Bell Cakes http://www.gillianbellcake.com.au/
To book me for your O’Reilly’s Hinterland Wedding, email me here or hit the enquiry form above! I’d love to chat about your plans and help you capture your day.
When Ben and Katrina told me they had planned a Lego, yes you read that right, LEGO themed wedding reception I have to say I was more than a little bit excited. You see, it’s weddings like these that keep us creative types on our toes. We live for this stuff. The different, the out-there, the ‘why the hell not?’
Everybody already knows that Lego is awesome (pun intended). These guys just took their interest and incorporated into the most special day in their lives thus far, and let me tell you, they nailed it. It wasn’t over the top, it was just a whole bunch of fun inserted in exactly the right places.
The highlight of the day was definitely the cake. What an excellent cake! Business in the front, party at the back. There wasn’t a guest/staff member/photographer who didn’t love the cake. A truly epic win from Frosted Indulgence.
Anyhow, this wedding had it all. Spectacular scenery accompanied by sun, showers and whispy cloud on the weather front, and some good old fashioned romance mixed with a surprise of fun and frivolity. I hope you enjoy it too.
Here is the wedding of Ben and Katrina.
Suppliers responsible for helping make this day wow:
Dress: Luv Bridal
Hair: P.S I love Hair
Venue: St Bernard’s Mt Tamborine
Church: St John the Baptist Mt Tamborine
Car: Somerton Limousines
Cake: Frosted Indulgence
Contact me yo have your Mt Tamborine or Gold Coast Hinterland Wedding captured!
So, remember these guys (aka the lovely Sarah and Rob?)
Well, they got hitched in December, and it was a humdinger! Does anyone even use that word lol? Nope just me. I’m ok with that. Anyway, I digress.
It really was awesome, and what made it even better is that is was a DIY wedding. That’s right, all the decorations and details were either made and or styled by the bride and groom (and their super helpful minions). From gorgeous table settings and a rad vintage ladder laden with tealight jars to blackboard bouquets and giant balloons this wedding had it all, and then some. I had an absolute ball capturing the Ecostudio Fellini Wedding of Sarah and Rob.
Venue: Ecostudio Fellini, Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast
Bride’s Bouquet: Artificial Floral Boutique
Celebrant: Bree Nicholls from Be Weddings and Ceremonies
Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers
Bride’s Dress: Brides of Brisbane
Cake: Creative Cakes by Lisa
Contact me to capture your Ecostudio Fellini Wedding on the Gold Coast!