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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... 

We kicked off the week with a marquee wedding, complete with amazing floral chandeliers. 

And kept the gorgeous real weddings rolling with one with fabulous offbeat fashion. 

Hump day brought with it a pin board showing an exquisite French Provincial-style hinterland wedding venue

Another stunning real wedding! This one is a beach wedding with the perfect bride in blush pink. 

Lastly, we took you for a spin with some rad song choices for your first dance

 

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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First Dance Playlist

If you're still looking for that perfect song to bust a move with your brand new hubby for the first time, we have some inspiration for you today. The wonderful folks at Cut a Rug (amazing Sunshine Coast DJs) have helpfully put together a selection of their fave first dance songs in a convenient playlist

There's most certainly a little something for everybody. There are some classics from the likes of Marvin Gaye and Van Morrison, and the sweet contemporary stylings of Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, and everything in-between. You can even find out how to bring a little touch of royal to your wedding with the very same Elton John cover Prince William and Kate Middleton chose for their first dance

Photo fabulousness courtesy of Greg Gardner Photography

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Real Wedding: Amy & Joe at Pt. Cartwright

Amy says she fell in love with Joe at first sight. It was certainly was a fateful weekend away from Kingaroy for Joe to Amy's hometown of Toowoomba. Who knew he would meet his future wife? 

Eight years later Amy married Joe in a blush pink bridal gown at beautiful Point Cartwright beach with 90 of their family and friends in tow. It was an overcast day with showers, but it didn't dampen the happy couple's spirits at all. In fact Amy says the cloud cover made for amazing photos and she's grateful for her wedding day weather. 

Said perfect photos were taken by the very talented Renee Towers

"One of the most important parts of the planning stages for me was to have my mother with me when I first tried on my wedding dress. That was a very special moment."

"I must admit I spent many hours on Google and pinterest and of course the amazing brides tree website searching for inspiration. Once I had my colour pallet everything seemed to come together from there. I really had a mixture of themes."

"My best friend Tammy read out a beautiful reading during the ceremony, I also included my beautiful nieces in the bridal party as flower girls."

"The first thing that I booked was our ceremony location and our photographer. My ceremony was so important to me. I wanted our commitment to each other to be memorable and special. I also wanted a photographer who stood back and captured the day as it unfolded."

"We complement each other in many different ways, he makes me laugh all the time and we are always there to support each other no matter what. We are inseparable and I love that!"

"Luckily for us the weather held out just long enough to get photos done at the beautiful Point Cartwright at Buddina."

Wedding Secrets 

Biggest splurge: My dress, Joe's suit and our honeymoon

Best money-saver: DIY reception decor

Bridal gown: Allure Bridal Gown from Hills in Hollywood Indooroopilly

Accessories: Silver Shop Toowoomba

Shoes: London Rebel

Bridesmaid dresses: Caser Elegance Toowoomba

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Lovisa

Groom’s and groomsmens' suit and shoes: Les Roice Jindalee

Rings: Angus and Coote Mt Ommaney

DIY: Seating plan chart, table place cards, table number frames, bombonnieres, signage, wishing well wooden box. 

Honeymoon: The Whitsundays

Gift registry: Wishing Well

Number of guests: 90

Wedding budget: $25,000

 

A-LIst Vendors

Photographer: Renee Towers Photography 

Makeup Artist: Natalie Hunter Makeup Artist

Hair Stylist: Sass & Niki's Wedding Hair

Cake: Ideas in Icing 

Reception venue: Headland Golf Club Buderim Florist: Buderim Florist / Caterer: Headland Golf Club / Transport: Friends Cars / Decorators: Beach and Garden Ceremonies / Gift registry: Wishing Well / Celebrant: Vikki Speller / Wedding Night Accommodation: Surfside on the Beach Buddina

Take a look through the rest of Amy & Joe's wedding album

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Pin Board: French Country in the Hinterland

Spicers Clovelly is one of the Sunshine Coast's most beautiful premium high end venues, residing in our gorgeous hinterland. French provencial-inspired in its design and decor, it screams romance from top to bottom. 

Because a picture speaks a thousand words, but when it comes to this gorgeous place one thousand isn't enough, here is my 30,000-word ode to Spicers Clovelly Estate in picture form in this here pin board

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Real Wedding: Jodi & Zac in Eumundi

Jodi was a self-proclaimed non-bride bride. This is most certainly reflected in her off-beat bridal fashion - full sequins in a champagne/soft peach and red lips and nails. 

Jodi and her beau, Zac, were married at the most stunningly gorgeous private property, home to a tree a Disney animated musical should be set in, which became the magical backdrop to their ceremony. 

Maybe it was because she shares her name with the bride, but Jodi McDonald the photographer felt so welcome at this wedding, she says it felt less like work and more like being a guest at a very cool party. She shot this wedding mostly on Medium Format film.

"We wanted a relaxed vibe just like Zac and myself. We wanted all our guests to have a great time and not to worry about transport and the time in between the ceremony and reception, so we had it all in one spot and organised buses to and from the wedding."

"Zac and I were travelling through Central America for three months. While in Panama we did some stand up paddling and Zac proposed while out on the water with a coconut shell ring, on one knee on a stand up paddle board."

"I did alot of looking through magazines and created a look book of what we wanted, then went about looking how to create that look ourselves to save some money."

"I made all the invitations, menu/place cards, stationary. We collected all the glass jars for the flowers and also the glass jars for the arrival cocktails. My mother-in-law did the sweets table and put all the candles in the hanging jars in the tree."

Wedding Secrets

Dress: White Runway
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller
Bridesmaids dresses: Jayson Brunsden from Myer
Bridesmaids' Jewellery: Witchery
Groom and groomsmens' attire: Myer
DIY: Decorations, stationery

A-list Vendors

Photography: Jodi McDonald Photography 
Flowers: Heavenly Blooms
Makeup: KJ Artistry
Ceremony and reception venue:  Norseman, Eumundi / Catering: Rolling Dolmade / Cake: Sweetness Contained / Hair: Pure Hair / Music: Late For Woodstock
Celebrant: David Chapman
 

Take a peek through Jodi & Zac's full wedding album

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Real Wedding: Cassie & Paul in Diamond Valley

Cassie and Paul were living in Western Australia in the lead up to their Sunshine Coast wedding, so they enlisted the help of wedding planner, Emma McGee, from Wild Heart Weddings to plan their beautiful marquee wedding from top to bottom. 

The couple had the benefit of the bride's parents' Diamond Valley property to utilise for their wedding day, with plenty of space to erect a marquee. I'm going to confess something. Until this wedding came into my hot little hands, I had never heard of Diamond Valley. A little investigating unturned that it is located out the back of Eudlo. So basically it's about as close to "the country" as you can get on the Sunshine Coast. Seeing these amazing photos of the lush greenery by Emma Nayler, I think I may need to take a little drive! 

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