When planning their beautiful Buderim wedding, bride Kirstie and her betrothed, Jared, really made the most of the experience and savoured the time being engaged to one another. Kirstie has some wise advice for future brides.
“Make planning the wedding fun, talk about it over getting a coffee or on a picnic, make it a special time to look forward to. This means it’s not a constant topic of conversation but focused quality time to enjoy as an engaged couple.”
Kirstie and Jared also took the advice of others, who had come before them and looked ahead to what is most important in the long run, putting the wedding day into perspective.
“Your wedding day is the craziest, most emotional, special days of your life as a married couple. Yet we were told that it’s one of the least important because it’s the shortest day you’ll be married. We believe that the most important thing is not that we have a perfect wedding day but that we start a marriage with a willingness to forgive each other our mistakes, and love each other through growth both as individuals and as a couple. ”
The couple were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Buderim, followed by a reception with their 150 guests at Buderim Tavern. Swirltography was there to capture the day.
“We gifted our bridesmaids perfume to wear on the day as well as their accessories and we gave the boys a scotch glass with their names engraved on them, and each an individual pair of socks.” “We met as teenagers through our local church and youth group, where we became friends and enjoyed stargazing together. Eventually we started dating.”
“ “As Christians our main priority was to have a Christ-centered wedding. For us this included the Church, Tom our mentor and friend who married us with the help of our Pastor Matt Thiele, and being surrounded by our closest family and friends.” “We have the same set of values, which keeps us always supporting one another.”
“We signed our marriage certificate in a separate room during the ceremony with only our bridal party and officiants, it was such an intimate moment with the closest people in our lives and gave us a chance to relax and absorb the joy of the moment together.”
Biggest splurge: My wedding gown, which the amazing Tammy from Elizabeth De Varga brought to life from my specific ideas after many hours of discussions and fittings.
Best money-saver: Our guest’s favours’ miniature succulents, which we grew in our very own garden, with help from our bridal planted into individual pots.
Bridal gown: Elizabeth De Varga
Accessories: Bride’s own
Shoes: Forever New
Bridesmaids’ dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid
Bridesmaids’ accessories: JURI Garden City
Rings: Tiffany & Co.
DIY: I arranged all the flowers for the ceremony, and we made our own place tags together with the favours.
Gift Registry: Thankful Registry
Number of guests: 110
Wedding budget: $25,000
Who paid: We did with generous contributions from our parents
“My advice to future brides is to make clear timelines for when you want to achieve planning goals. Delegate tasks to friends and family on the day, including phone numbers for vendors in case something was to go wrong.”
Photographer: Swirltography | Videographer: Silvertail Studios | Florist: Ginger Lily & Rose Floral Studio | Venue + Catering: Buderim Tavern | Cake: TOME | Hair + makeup: Lawdy Miss Claudy | Stationery Supplier: Katie Miller | Officiant: Pastor Matt Thiele, Immanuel Luthern Church | Wedding Night Accommodation: Kondalilla Eco Resort
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