As a celebrant, a serious perk of the job for Fiona Duce of Coastal Weddings is learning the back stories of the brides and grooms she marries. She has been so kind as to share their story, and their gorgeous private property DIY wedding with us today.
“I went to Canada in search of myself, and instead I found you”
The love story between Tiffany and Tyler starts some 16,000 kilometres away. Tiffany was on a trip of a lifetime, packing up her bags to travel through Canada. But of course, life doesn’t like to happen the way we plan, and these two met on Tiffany’s first day in the country, at her first day of work.
The attraction was instant, and after a few weeks on a tasting tour of the city with work colleagues, they wound up being the last two at the bar. They talked for hours until the bar closed when Tiffany had the brilliant idea of going swimming. Now this wasn’t just swimming at a close by hotel – but Tiffany and Tyler trekked for an hour and a half to get to a lake. Tyler must’ve been so smitten by this point as at their first date the very next night he confessed he hates swimming anywhere but a pool. Tiffany knew at this point he was a keeper!
These two have experienced some amazing journeys together – travelling through the USA and Canada, to South America and throughout regional Australia. After a year on the road, Tiffany and Tyler settled into Melbourne and were relieved to finally live in a house rather than a tent or caravan. Tiffany grew up in Queensland and so they chose the Sunshine Coast as their wedding destination.
Close family and friends celebrated their wedding on a private property at Landers Shoot, with Tyler’s family watching on via Skype from Canada. Tiffany and Tyler styled their own ceremony and reception, with Tyler, a fully-fledged chef, making all the gorgeous food and desserts.
TIPS: There are so many lovely flower farms around the Sunshine Coast that sell directly to the public. Tiffany and Tyler bought all their flowers from farms and markets for the tables, decorations and bouquets.
Tiffany and Tyler found their wedding venue on Airbnb and it was the perfect place for their intimate ceremony and reception. It also meant that close friends and family could stay on site.
The couple saved money by making their wedding invitations by hand. There are lots of lovely fonts that you can download from the internet for free. Or if you’re not as design savvy you can buy templates that are already put together on Etsy.
They also made the welcome and direction signs ourselves for $40 and a trip to Bunnings.
Location: Private property – Landers Shoot | Celebrant: Fiona Duce – Coastal Weddings | Photographer: Tara Lee Photography | Dress: Miss Bella Bridal Melbourne | Accessories: Davie and Chiyo | Suit: Daniel Hechter | Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS | Groomsmen suits: Their own | Makeup: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry | Hair: Haley Schrodter
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