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Welcome to The Bride's Tree, the ultimate guide to planning your Sunshine Coast Wedding. Whether you are planning your wedding in Noosa, Maleny, Coolum, Caloundra or anywhere in between, The Bride's Tree is full of ideas and inspiration.

Weekly Round Up

Just in case you missed it... 

One bride's journey to making her wedding dress dream come true

How a wedding prize winner put her good fortune to good use. 

One of our fave versatile wedding DIY projects. 

Anna Campbell's new off-the-rack collection, Forever Entwined

The proposal that has me nominating this guy for Fiance of the Year! 

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Engaged: Josh & Liv at Moffat Beach

Photographer Anna from Sweet Hope Photography recently got the privilege of playing paparazzi to a proposal, planned by sweetheart Josh to his love, Liv. Today she tells us this gorgeous true love story...

Josh loves to surf so they have both spent a lot of time at the beach while they've been dating so it was only fit the proposal happened on the sand. Josh convinced Liv that they were doing an errand for family on their way to a date night dinner, and they had to pick up something from one of the houses on the beach.

Meanwhile he had enlisted Liv's sister, Jess, to help him create a beautiful scene to propose at. Jess had gathered wooden crates and pallets, made wooden stakes featuring photos of the couple and little statements of things he loves about her, painted a JR loves OB tree stump and a rustic 'marry me?' sign to hang from the trees.  Fairy lights, balloons, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petals and wedding magazines to start the inspiration - it was all there!

At the start of their little journey, Josh had an iPad set up with their favourite music that would play while they walked toward the beach, past all the photos and signs.  The signs read 'I love your - bubbly personality - passion for the lost - desires of your heart - marry me?'  They lead them along the grass, down the dune, along the beach to the proposal spot where Josh got down on one knee.

The plan went off without a hitch, with Liv being clueless as to what was really happening.  She saw the balloons and pretty things set up but says it was only when she saw her sister filming in the distance and my camera lens popping out from my hiding place that she knew what was happening

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New Collection from Anna Campbell: Forever Entwined

Today Anna Campbell launches their latest collection. Named in an ode to the romantic feel of each and every piece, "Forever Entwined" moves into a new design realm for Anna Campbell's off-the-rack collections, featuring slimming, feminine shapes, sexy silhouettes, decadent embellishments and full lace trains with the most glamorous brides in mind. 

Enchanting embellishments of guipure laces, sparkling with soft sequins, hand-beaded French lace, all hand-crafted on stunning gowns of light-weight laces and silks, designed to each feature a train with ease of bustle in mind. 

Australian designer, Anna Campbell herself said of her collection, "The design process for rthis collection was all about creating show-stopping, mesmerising pieces so that when the bride steps into her dress, she feels overwhelmingly gorgeous. 

"There's something in this collection for every bride and I'm so excited about each and every piece that it's impossible to pick a favourite." 

I, on the other hand, can happily pinpoint the gown pictured above as my firm fave. There's something about a hip-hugging full lace gown with pretty sleeves that I just cannot go past! 

"Milla"

 

Photos supplied by Anna Campbell

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Wedding DIY: Floral Tablecloth

Ooh, we just love this pretty DIY, that could work for a wedding, engagement party or even a bridal shower. A painted floral tablecloth works for any kind of occasion, really! 

The just too clever Jordan over at our fave party and lifestyle blog, Oh Happy Day! has come up with yet another awesome offering for the DIY bride. Head on over to her website for the full DIY instructions, including exactly which colours and ratios to mix together to come up with your own perfect hues. Love! 

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Real Wedding: Chelcie & Joseph at Moffat Beach + Maroochydore

Ex-pats Chelcie and Joseph originaly met in their hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. Chelcie was a just 19 years old at the time. 12 years and three children later, the happily committed couple made the decision to officiate their relationship with a wedding ceremony. 

I absolutely love Chelcie's heart-melting words about marrying the love of her life after having long ago committed to one another, and the unexpected feelings that came along with a marriage she never expected or aspired to. 

Chelcie and Joseph were the super lucky winners of a $5,000 wedding package, which certainly helped towards the wedding budget, and gave them access to some amazing Sunshine Coast wedding professionals. Winning the prize package really kickstarted their planning and within six months they were saying "I Do" at Moffat Beach in Caloundra. Following this beautiful family-oriented ceremony, they had a fun party at Maroochy Surf Club

Andrea Sproxton Photography was there to capture their special day.

"My gift to the groom? That was me arriving and walking up the aisle with a big smile!" 

"We were lucky winners of the Sunshine Coast Wedding Package and had amazing prizes, which coverered or part covered the cost of many important and big costs in any wedding. The wedding total cost for us was $12,000. It would have been $5,000 more should we not have won the prize!" 

"It was tricky having tow of the three bridesmaids live far away, but I created a group Facebook message system that all three bridemaids and myself communicated through, and on many occasions we were in fits of laughter over the funny smaller details of the wedding. It was a great way to get excited and feel connected to them all. 

"I made up a box for each of the bridesmaids, prepared with all the goodies for the day. I enclosed thank you gifts, including wine with a personalised bottle cover of which read, "the best party is a wedding party." Also enclosed was a shawl for the reception and the earrings for the day." 

"We are a relaxed couple that have matured together over time and enjoy each other and our quirks. We support each other in our little life projects and both stand strong in our commitment to ensure the best life and love we can provide for our three gorgeous children. I think this was why we didn't get married for so long, we really didn't feel the need for any more commitment, we had it a long time ago." 

"After 12 years together, and three children, we thought that our commitment was enoug. There was something amazing about an occasion just for us; the people who travelled from far and wide, and even close by, just for us. It was a beautiful and personal day for us and we will always remember it fondly, as will our children. I personally am happy to finally have the same surname as my childres as well - kind of like coming full circle." 

"We had a family feel (at our wedding.) I think we didn't even openly plan it that way, it just happened. The rings were made by family, the song up the aisle was sung by family. The reading in the ceremony was conducted by family and the sand ceremony was to tie us together as family. 

"As a young girl I never thought I would get married, and it has never really been something I aspired to do - but since that day, I believe it creates a beautiful connection and promise, not just between you and your husband, but between your family and friends that witnessed it, too." 

"Our two young daughters spent a long time researching and writing their speeches for the reception. Our eldest read a poem about the importance of love and our youngest read a quote taken from her favourite character and tedding, "Pooh Bear". I think there was one thing that people felt that day - that it was about our family, and love!" 

Wedding Secrets

Bridal gown: Elizabeth De Varga (part of the prize package!) 

Bride/ Bridesmaid/ Flowergirl Acessories: Etsy

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid dresses: For Her and For Him

Flowergirl dresses: Dollcake

Groom + groomsmens' suits and shoes: Suits Direct 

Rings: Carter Stewart, NZ

DIY: Name place cards, table numbers, Jenga guest book, thank you cards tied to napkins. 

Number of guests: 60

Wedding budget: $12,000 + $5,000 prize package

 

A-List Vendors

Photographer: Andrea Sproxton Photography

Florist: Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Design

Cake: Chocolate 2 Chilli

Hair Stylist: Rolling Scissors

Reception Decorations: Splash Events

Reception Venue: Maroochy Surf Club

Celebrant: Your Celebrant Shona

Wedding planner: Dream Wedding Ceremonies / Transport: Sunshine Coast Luxury Transfers / Makeup: Makeup 4 Brides / Wedding Night Accommodation: Aqua Vista Resort

"You don't have to do any part of a wedding tradition you don't like - it's your day, do what makes you happy." 

See the rest of Chelcie & Joseph's beautiful wedding album

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Making the Dream Dress Come True

Brides, we know you all want the perfect dress for your Sunshine Coast wedding day. It's the one thing you dream about as a little girl, and you want so much to feel like the most beautiful girl in the world on your one special day. Your husband-to-be simply must have his breath taken away by the mere sight of you. Am I right? 

That was rhetorical, don't answer that. I know I am. 

One of your options when choosing a wedding dress is to actually have it made from scratch by one of those super dooper clever people, who knows their way around a sewing machine like nobody's business. That's exactly what one beautiful bride, Kate, from Wurtulla, did when planning her wedding to longtime love, Andrew. 

Knowing her particular vision was possibly not going to be found in the local dress shops, she went on a mission to find the perfect dressmaker, who could put together her dream dress accurately, while staying within her budget of $1000. Take a peek at her amazing "boho ballerina" wedding dress and read what Kate had to say about the dressmaking experience. 

The crazy beautiful images below were taken by Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, Emma Nayler Photographer.

Stunning bridal makeup by Sunshine Coast wedding makeup artist, Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry

Kate sourced the beading for her dress belt from Etsy

Kate, what was the style you had in mind when you commissioned your dressmaker?

I labelled my style "Boho Ballerina". The dress is based on a Johanna Johnson design. 

 

Was this an affordable option you would recommend to other brides?

It is extremely affordable for the quality. Considering only dupion silk and top quality tule was used, plus the inclusion of three fittings, I was charged an incredibly fair amount. I also sourced my own beading from Etsy for minimal cost. 

 

What made your dress so special to you?

I feel my dress was special because it was "so me" (or that was how everyone described it any way!) I tapped into my own style and decided to have my dress made from the beginning. I actually NEVER tried on a single wedding dress in a store!

 

Any other sage advice for brides when choosing their wedding dress?

My advice would be to go for comfort! My dress was made to fit me perfectly, so I wasn't adjusting or pulling at it during the whole day, which was great.

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