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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.

Real Wedding: Jessica & Travis at The Lakehouse

Local teacher, Jess, married her love, Travis, in a beautiful classic wedding at Sunshine Coast purpose-built wedding venue, The Lakehouse. Their wedding styling was inspired by the location and decor of the waterfront coastal venue, and Marine Engineer Travis' affinity with all things nautical. Jess also included a hint of vintage in her fashion and with the inlusion of old family wedding photographs. 

Images by Lou O’Brien captured their day in a gorgeous fashion. 

"We gave our attendants their dresses and suits as well as nice bottles of champagne and scotch and the girls also had pretty robes for getting ready as well as earrings. My nieces and nephews all had presents on the table to entertain them during the reception."

"My daughter, Lotte, did a reading during the ceremony as did one of Trav’s childhood friends, Melissa. We also gave the bridal bouquet to my grandparents as the longest married couple at the wedding. My three older brothers, Adam, Ben and Jarred were also our MCs for the day and this was very special to me."

Jess and Travis said their vows by the water at Brightwater in a ceremony performed by celebrant, Suzanne Riley

"We have identical values, love for family and admiration for each other as people. We wanted to keep everything simple but have a wedding that reflected who we are as people, a couple and things that were important for us to share." 

"My dad also surprised us in his speech by acknowledging our wedding day as the same date my Mum and Dad got engaged. Not having Mum with us physically was very difficult but she was there with us in so many other ways. Her wedding photo featured in our decorations."

"Trav is a huge ‘boaty’ so the nautical theme worked and we combined this with my love of teaching… and chalkboards became the feature for this.

"A highlight for me was a special father daughter dance that Dad and I had worked out together and singing a song to Trav with my brother Ben on guitar was pretty special (once I got in the right key!)"

Wedding Secrets

Biggest money saver: Doing so many things ourselves – invitations, bonbonniere, thank you cards

Bridal gown: Ferrari Bridal and Formal wear - $1900

Shoes: I had a pair that I hadn’t really worn much which were perfect! I wanted a neutral colour to theme with vintage style.

Bridesmaid dresses: Forever New $200 each

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Angus and Coote Jewellers, Bras and Things robes

Groom’s suit and shoes: Male Manor, Carindale $1600 for all three

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Male Manor, Carindale

Rings: Selig’s Jewellers in Caloundra $1400

DIY: I work with wonderful people where I teach at St John’s and the amazing ‘Arty’ teachers Fiona and Jas, who happen to be great friends, made our centrepieces, which were incredible. 

Number of guests: 110

Wedding budget: $35,000

 

A-list Vendors

Celebrant: Suzanne Riley

Venue & Catering: The Lakehouse

Florist: Willow Bud

Photographer: Images by Lou O’Brien / Videographer: Wildbunch Weddings / Cake: Lee Berryman Cake Designs / Bombonnieres: Miniature heart chalk boards on pegs (ordered online) and doubled as name setting / Transport: Noosa Limousines / Makeup Artist: Pru Edwards  / Hair Stylist: Katrina from Universal Hair / Entertainment: Rockin You Wild DJs

See Jessica & Travis' full wedding album

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Wedding Album: Kellie & Dayne DIY - Sunshine Beach

One of our most lusted after weddings was that of Kellie and Dayne, who married at Sunshine Beach in the cutest DIY beachside nuptials ever. We published their gorgeous wedding in our January edition of The Bride's Tree free online wedding magazine, and you all went absolutely nuts for their fashion, cute cruiser bikes, amazing beachfront location and all the little DIY details. 

So today we are sharing with you some more of their stunning wedding album. The images were taken by Melanie McNiven Portraits, and you can view the full gallery here

Peek through Kellie & Dayne's full wedding album with all their DIY details. 

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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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