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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... 

You came with us through The Looking Glass to a unique wedding ceremony

An Egyptian bridal inspiration shoot kept us guessing. 

We shared our final instalment of our Christmas wedding at The Lakehouse

A wedding trend we are really on board with in a real westival (wedding-meets-festival)! 

I narrowed it down to my top 5 fave weddings of the year

 

Save the Date

Weddings at Tiffany's Open House - January 10-11

The perfect opportunity to inspect this wedding venue located in the majestic surrounds of Maleny Queensland. 

 

Sunshine Coast Wedding Showcase - January 18

The Sunshine Coast wedding industry's biggest wedding expo! There will be two fashion shows throughout the day with beautiful gowns and accessories to inspire you to create your own picture perfect wedding. 

 

Wedding Soiree at The Lakehouse - January 23-24

The Sunshine Coast's most luxe wedding suppliers will showcase their work in a new, high end Wedding Soiree to be unveiled in January 2015. 

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Top 5 Weddings of 2014

December 19, 2014 | Filed in

We are almost at the close of another wonderful year of wedding-oggling bliss. I have been looking back on the year and reminiscing with all of my favourite weddings of 2014. Here are just five I still love and adore with all my little heart. 

Above is Anna and Ben's Witta wedding in the cutest chapel ever. Amazing images by Alan Hughes Photography. 

Ema and Shaun's Flaxton Gardens wedding took out the prize for the wedding with the happiest bride alive. Images by Tara Lee Photography

Phoebe and Lochlan's Yandina wedding had fashion that made us smile and spectacular flowers. Images by Julian Beattie Photography. 

Emily and Tim travelled all the way from London to have their dream Cotton Tree beach wedding. Images by Styl In Images. 

Chelcie & Joseph had a very meaningful and emotional wedding at Moffat Beach. Images by Andrea Sproxton Photography. 

Here's to another year of fabulous year of weddings. We cannot wait to see what 2015 brings!  

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Real Wedding: Melitta & Trent at Maleny Retreat

Trent and Melitta initially bonded over play dough creations and sand pit adventures. They first met at their pre-school, where they both grew up, on Bribie Island, however it was quite a number of years later and a day at the races that saw them come together. 

After six blissful years together, Trent proposed, and what followed was a "westival" at Maleny Retreat. "A westival?", you ask. Indeed, a wedding-meets-festival that has the key elements of a relaxed atmosphere, live music, great food, oodles of space and every friend and every family member that could be gathered to celebrate.

Maleny Retreat is the perfect Sunshine Coast hinterland wedding venue for such an event, and Andrea Thompson was there to capture the day. 

"Trent took his groomsmen to the barber on the morning of the wedding for some ‘male-bonding’."

"My parents, bridesmaids and some very close friends all stayed with me the night before. We made the bridesmaids bouquets and the groomsmens pins together. I wrote all of my bridesmaids and some of my special friends a letter and gave them all their Samantha Wills jewellery as their gifts."

"Our celebrant was amazing and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room when we exchanged our vows. Walking down the aisle to Led Zeppelin "Thank You" was also pretty special. I still get goosebumps thinking about it."

"We have a lot of interests that are the same, but we also love completely different things. We respect each other as individuals."

"We wanted our wedding to be fun-filled and not too formal. A gathering of our closest friends and family to celebrate, drink, eat and dance. It was more of a ‘wedstival’ than a wedding.

Once we had agreed on a marquee wedding and the location, we really wanted to make the most of the beautiful surroundings. If anything it was a whimsical, almost minimalistic style, but with some key features like the beautiful light up letters and the vintage caravan bar. One of my bridesmaids described it as “vintage, bohemian with a touch of glitter”."

"I am biased, but it truly was a beautiful wedding and the best day of our lives. The day/night was exactly how we wanted it – lots of dancing and laughter."

 

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: The key elements like the band and the vintage mobile bar – but they are what made the day/night so great. 

Best money-saver: We asked our guests (excluding family and bridal party) to pay for their meal in lieu of a gift. We had tossed and turned about this decision for a while and we also ran it passed a few guests to get their thoughts. They were also very supportive of it. It meant that we could invite more people and didn’t have to cut numbers down.

Bridal gown: Anna Campbell dress purchased at The Babushka Ballerina

Accessories: Bo & Luca head crown, Samantha Wills earrings, Crocodilli bracelet (custom made), I borrowed the veil from a very dear friend

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaid dresses: I asked them to pick their own dress. Their only stipulation was that it had to be ‘blue’. I wanted my girls to feel like themselves and be the individuals that they all are, so it didn’t make sense for them to be dressed the same. It worked out perfectly and they all coincidently ended up with an element of lace as well, which was beautiful.

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Samantha Wills jewellery and their own shoes.

Groom’s suit and shoes: Suit from Suits Direct, bow tie from Mrs Bow Tie, and Zu shoes.

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Pants and braces were from ASOS, they wore their own shoes and picked out their own socks and bow ties.

Rings: Michael Hill

DIY: Invitations, table settings, decorations, the bridesmaids bouquets, the groom and groomsmens pins, my Aunty made the bunting for the cake table.

Honeymoon: Bali, San Francisco, Las Vegas and LA. We met up with about 30 of our friends in Vegas for a birthday celebration! It was an absolutely awesome honeymoon.

Number of guests: 138

Wedding budget: $32,000

 

A-list Vendors

Venue: Maleny Retreat

Bride's bouquet: Mondo Floral Design

Makeup Artist: Allure Bridal Stylists

Photographer: Andrea Thompson Photography / Caterer: SafeHands Catering Sunshine Coast / Cake: Sweet Art Sugar Decorations / Transport: Highland Connexion / Rentals: Perry’s Hire / Entertainment: Mo Swagger / Celebrant: Melissa Pecci / Wedding Night Accommodation: Maleny Wedding Retreat / Light Up Letters (T & M): AV Ideas 

You simply must take a look through Melitta & Trent's full wedding album

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Christmas at The Lakehouse

Today, the final instalment of our very special Christmas wedding styled shoot. Shot locally at The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast, this gathering of tremendous talent in the wedding industry resulted in something truly special. 

Images by Lindy Photography.

Our beautiful bridal model wore a sensational dress from local couture designer, Erin Clare. Veil and jewellery also by Erin Clare Couture

The Lakehouse entry way is warm and welcoming with comfy chairs, cowhide rug, fireplace and lots of interesting nautical bits and pieces. I love this part of The Lakehouse, being a person who loves a little secret spot to get away from the crowd, this room calls to me. It beckons to me with the promise of pretty things tucked into corners of shelves, and vintage books to transport me to another time. 

The colouring in the makeup design perfectly complements the floral hair piece. Makeup by The Beauty Case, flowers by Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio.

Our little flowergirl, Lily, was given a spectacular fishtail braid to match in with the bride's braided style, while Alexandra's tresses are all trussed up by Hair By Nicola in a gorgeous high bun. The girls wear adorable skirts from Little Chiyo. 

The Dream Team

Venue: The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast

Photography: Lindy Photography

Styling/Décor: Styling Hue

Flowers: Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio

Videography: Sunshine Coast Videography

Dessert Table: Chocolate 2 Chilli

Makeup: The Beauty Case

Hair: Hair By Nicola

Bride’s Dress: Erin Clare Couture

Jewellery & Accessories: Erin Clare Couture

Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Suits Direct

Flower Girl Dresses: Little Chiyo

Cutlery: Gold Wedding Hire

Stationery: Hollybird Card Design & Illustration

Models: Tristan & Liane, Alexandra & Lily. 

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Styled Shoot: Egyptian Bridal Inspiration

Well this is more than a little exciting. We have never seen anything like this inspirational styled bridal shoot, it is so very unique. A bunch of uber talented Sunshine Coast wedding professionals got together to create an Egyptian-inspired bridal shoot! 

From the dress to the accessories and makeup by the talented Tasleema Nigh, it's a glamourous Cleopatra-esque look we are loving like crazy. The bouquet by Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio screams opulence, as you would expect of an Egyptian goddess, with an oversized statement bloom and peacock feathers.

Please feel free to drool over these images by Bonnie Jenkins, as we sure have! 

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Through the Looking Glass

Come with us on a journey as we go through the looking glass...

This ceremony styling is like something from  a fairytale, and in the incredible hinterland setting of wedding venue, Flaxton Gardens, it is a sight to behold. Peering through the looking glass doors to the outrageously stunning view of the Sunshine Coast hinterland beyond... hola perfection. 

Autumn colours have been used throughout the styling by talented sister duo, Style le Aisle, and followed through in the florals. We love this ceremony styling for a Sunshine Coast hinterland wedding in autumn. 

So go on, take a little adventure through the looking glass, and fall in love with these images by Jennifer Oliphant Photographer

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