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Mudgeeraba Wedding {Emma + Aiden} Part II

We’re obsessed with these wedding pictures, which have “laid-back cool” written all over them! Justin of Bush Turkey Studio photographed them.

Emma and Aiden wed at Hinterland Baptist Church, followed by their reception at The Mudgeeraba Show Society Hall, Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast.

The bride wore a custom made wedding dress made by her best friend Erin. “I had an idea of my dream dress in my head and happened to find a picture in a bridal magazine. My best friend, Erin Davis, is a designer, so we tweaked it a bit and she made my dress for me. I have no idea how she did it from a picture, but she has been making dresses for me for years and it only seemed right that she make my wedding dress. I found the material in Cabramatta, Sydney and I knew it was perfect as soon as I saw it!” says Emma.

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As if DIY flowers put together by the bride weren’t pretty enough on their own, they looked even more amazing when teamed up with a lovely pastel colour palette. “I didn’t want to stick to just a few colours but I didn’t want it to be colour overload either. So I solved the problem by having my bridesmaids in pastel colours and the reception fairly neutral with all different coloured flowers. I think everything ended up looking better than what I had thought!”

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Emma explains what made the wedding unique for her, “I think the whole day was a perfect representation of Aiden and I. I wanted Aiden to share his ideas with me and have the day 50% me and 50% him. I think we did really well! It was such a group effort with all our family and friends ready to help. From my dress being made by my best friend, to Aiden’s sisters making the cake, girlfriends helping me make decorations and well… what did the boys do? Oh, organise the beer and the band!” {Emma giggles}

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The reception was sprinkled with pretty handmade details. Emma remarks “I did get a lot of ideas from wedding blogs (such as yourselves!) and we ended up having a craftanoon as part of my Hens. We made the (very) messy string balls, little flags made from ribbon to hand out to guests at the ceremony, lolly bags stamped with A & E, and also the personalised tags that were hung around the vases on the tables at the reception… I made the stamps myself! I was so impressed how easy it was and how great they looked.”

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More From The Bride:

What was your biggest challenge?

“The biggest challenge was keeping to our budget… it was very hard and we had to be crafty about what we spent our money on. At the end of the day we just had to decide what was a necessity and what wasn’t.”

What was your favourite moment?

“Wow… that is hard! The whole day was beyond incredible. But I would have to say, exiting the church! It was such a high, we couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. Absolute bliss.”

What’s your advice?

“My advice to other brides-to-be is stick to your ideas. Try not to get caught up in thinking you have to do the same thing as other couples have done before you. It’s your day, your way! I had many a strange look and questions when I shared my ideas, but I stuck to what I wanted and I could not have been happier.”

A big fat congratulations Emma and Aiden and thank you for sharing your fabulous wedding pictures and wedding story.

Emma and Aiden’s Style Guide

Photographer: Justin Ealand of Bush Turkey Studio

Wedding Dress: Erin Davis

Caterer: Golden Roast

Hair: Bianca of Wild About Hair

Makeup: Kate McKenna

Venue: The Mudgeeraba Show Society Hall

Photobooth: In The Booth

Sunshine Coast {Sarah + Neil}

Sarah and Neil were married on the 17th of December 2010 at the Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast. The ceremony was held at Pandanus Lawns with the reception at Lily’s on the Lagoon. The talent behind the lens, which captured these wonderful wedding photos, was Tim from Tim Harris Photography.

The beautiful bride shared a few details with us, which you can find after the gorgeous wedding photos.

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What made your wedding unique? “We had each other’s rings engraved with a special message that we didn’t look at until the day. Even though the boys forgot the rings, luckily the best man was able to get the attention of his wife during the ceremony to take off her wedding band so we were married with their yellow gold rings instead of our white gold rings. None of our guests noticed until we told them at the reception. I’m sure he’ll never live it down but it was a great cover up. Everyone thought he’d walked over and got our rings from their little baby. It was a mad rush just before the Ceremony as I had family phoning around telling everyone to get down there before the rain/storm so it’s no wonder they forgot the rings. Our celebrant did another ring blessing shortly after our ceremony with our real rings once they had been located!

We also wrote a letter to each other that we opened the morning of our wedding; it was so lovely to read my letter from Neil and was reassuring to know that he was going to turn up! I must have read that letter at least 5 times that day to help calm my nerves. You’ll never believe but on the bottom of Neils letter (from me) it was written in bold & capital letters: DONT FORGET THE RINGS. We also chose to do a “lolly buffet” as our favours. This was a really big hit and everyone raved about it!

Your biggest challenge? Trying to relax. It’s not easy planning the perfect day, the day you’ve been dreaming of your whole life. I was so stressed on the day when the weather started to turn, but thankfully we had a dry ceremony. Also take it all in and breathe. Stop what you’re doing and look around. The day is over before you know it and all you have left is a lifetime of wonderful memories to cherish.”

Your favourite moment? “The Ceremony, it was perfect. We were both so happy and the rain held off until we had finished, which was a huge concern on the day being an outdoor Wedding. It made it all the more special to be surrounded by our family and Friends. Also, my dance with my Dad. We danced to butterfly kisses by Bob Carlisle. I knew how much it meant to my Dad and it meant so much to me as well.”

Your advice? “Be organised, and at the end of the day it’s your Wedding so do it your way! You don’t want to live a lifetime regretting doing something someone else wanted for you. I had a “Wedding Folder” which held all my ideas, receipts etc. It went with me everywhere and I knew exactly where to find everything as I divided it into sections ie: Ceremony, Reception, Flowers, Rings, My dress, Mens suits, dj etc. Also, we were able to cut costs by using Friends/Family for Hair and Make-up, Photography, Cakes and videography which saved us a lot of money!”

Noosa Bistro C Wedding {Libby + Shane}

Aren’t these wedding pictures just so fresh, casual and cheerful?

Libby and Shane celebrated their wedding at Bistro C in Nossa. Their uber-fabulous photographer was Karen Buckle.

We adore the stunning wedding location and that the groom re-proposed to the bride just before the ceremony. He got down on one knee and all. Oh Bless.

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Libby and Shane’s Style Guide

Ceremony & Reception: Bistro C Bar & Restaurant, Noosa

Flowers: House of Flowers Noosa

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”