Emily loves Zach | Sunshine Coast Backyard Wedding


Emily and Zach met at a friend’s gig. One year later they were engaged, and after seven short months of careful planning, they kicked off forever in a ceremony at Buderim’s Wirreanda Park. Their idea was to have their wedding feel like an enchanted garden setting, which this particular park in the southern end of the Sunshine Coast lends itself to just perfectly. 

After their heartfelt vows, the couple took their large bridal party of ten for a sweet photo shoot on a friend’s private property with views of rolling hills and ultimate seclusion. Their 60 guests then joined them for a catered reception with homey satisfying meal of roast lamb and baked veges to add to the family backyard wedding atmosphere of the large white farm house. 

Take a gander at these magical images, taken by lovefromluff of Emily and Zach’s truly lovely Sunshine Coast Backyard Wedding. 

private-property-wedding-sunshine-coast-_-emily-and-zachary_emily-zach-2016-39  The bridesmaids and the bride enjoyed the makeup stylings of the team from Sally Townsend Makeup Artistryprivate-property-wedding-sunshine-coast-_-emily-and-zachary_7 emily-zach-2016-47   Emily and her bridesmaids put their wedding hair styling in the expert hands of Sunshine Coast weddding hair specialist, bySARAHJANEprivate-property-wedding-sunshine-coast-_-emily-and-zachary_1emily-zach-2016-46 “Our flower girl and ring-bearer were Zach’s younger brother and sister. We have a close relationship with them and wanted them involved in our special day.”emily-zach-2016-63 emily-zach-2016-67 emily-zach-2016-71 “Our bridal party were so attentive, thoughtful, and considerate on our wedding day. They were focused on making our day special. They were the first point of call if someone had a question or if there was a complication so we did not hear about any of the problems until the day afterwards!”private-property-wedding-sunshine-coast-_-emily-and-zachary_9 emily-zach-2016-78private-property-wedding-sunshine-coast-_-emily-and-zachary_6emily-zach-2016-105emily-zach-2016-114 emily-zach-2016-119 emily-zach-2016-126 emily-zach-2016-136private-property-wedding-sunshine-coast-_-emily-and-zachary_3“Our desire for the theme of our wedding was to create an atmosphere that felt like an enchanted forest. We achieved this by incorporating lots of greenery, timber, natural lighting and pops of gold.”emily-zach-2016-206“Our favourite part of the day was being able to declare not just our love for each other but our intentions for our marriage through our own vows that were written in honesty and vulnerability.”12emily-zach-2016-223“We allowed the natural environment to do most of the work for us and added simple touches of colour and timber.”emily-zach-2016-263emily-zach-2016-269emily-zach-2016-326 “At the end of the day, this day is about a celebration between you and your husband. The planning and styling of your wedding can become your main priority when preparing for your day (especially if you’re a perfectionist like me), but truthfully, all you are going to remember on that day is the joy you felt when you became one with the person you were created to be with.”emily-zach-2016-357emily-zach-2016-360emily-zach-2016-375emily-zach-2016-379emily-zach-2016-392“We had a mentor of ours, Shane, speak at our wedding. He has been a significant influence over our lives in the last few years and has taken the time to contribute to our growth both as individuals and as a couple.”emily-zach-2016-402emily-zach-2016-405“We wanted a wedding that reflected us both as individuals and as a couple; intimate and simple. The venue was an important part of this, we chose places based on the feeling of being encompassed by nature.”emily-zach-2016-430emily-zach-2016-534emily-zach-2016-542emily-zach-2016-544

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: We didn’t splurge too much, probably either the photography or the wedding dress but even those weren’t too much!

Best money-saver: The venues; having our ceremony at a park meant that we just had to pay a small council fee and the family that owned the private property were generous enough to allow us to have our reception there for no cost.

Bridal gown: Made With Love Bridal, Mia dress, $1480

Accessories: Forever New

Shoes: Novo

Bridesmaid dresses: Popcherry

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Forever New

Groom’s and groomsmen’s suits and shoes: YD and David Jones

Rings: Prouds the Jewellers

DIY: Our wedding was mostly DIY. The reason for this was not just to save money but so that our wedding felt more personal. Both Zachary and I are creative and therefore enjoyed creating the intimate details that made up our wedding. We did the graphic design, ceremony benches and arbour, candle holders for reception table, bouquets and jukebox.

Honeymoon: New Zealand

Number of guests: 60

Wedding budget: $13,000

Who paid: Mostly us, with a major contribution of the bride’s family.emily-zach-2016-438private-property-wedding-sunshine-coast-_-emily-and-zachary_2“Through our faith we are able to be honest and vulnerable with each other. Our faith keeps us stable in the waves of uncertainty that is life, assured that through it all we will remain by each other’s side.”emily-zach-2016-450“Our reception was a private property that is owned by close friends of ours. This made our day special as it was a place that we already had a personal connection to; a place where we felt comfortable.”emily-zach-2016-548 “Our wedding favours were small jars of honey; friends of ours have their own beehives and harvest their own honey. It is delicious and we wanted to share it with our closest friends and family!”emily-zach-2016-550Photographer: lovefromluff | Florist: Vintage Flower Box | Caterer: Home and Away Catering | Cake: Katelyn Park | Makeup Artist: Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry | Hair Stylist: bySARAHJANE | Rentals: Confetti Events | Stationery Supplier: Zazzle | Gift registry: Myer Bridal and Gift Registry | Officiant: Bob Rogers | Wedding Night Accommodation: AirBNB


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Hi, I’m Sally, Founder and Editor of The Bride’s Tree. Over the past 13 years I’ve written thousands of articles about all things wedding from tips and trends to etiquette and ideas. On this blog I bring you the best of Sunshine Coast and Brisbane weddings.