Brooke loves Chris | A Noosa River Wedding


Brooke and Chris’ wedding day was a long time coming. After 13 years together, and an 8-year engagement, the bride buckled down and got their perfect Noosa River wedding day planned from start to finish in just four months. 

Their day started at the picturesque Noosa River-front Resort, Culgoa Point Beach Resort, where they got ready overlooking the longest stretch of private beach in Noosa, seeing the occasional friend or relative SUPing past, Pelican perched on the bridge, or Brush Turkey coming right up to say hello on the ground floor room patio. The bride also got to take a sneaky peek as the florist and stylist set up right outside for their ceremony with a Hamptons feel.

The couple took their 85 guests on a river cruise before docking at Noosa Boathouse Restaurant for their reception, which was beautifully decked out with creative floral installations. 

Lee from Life and Love Photography was there to capture the day. 

brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0001 brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0002 brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0004 brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0007 “I bought Chris a watch and he had a charcoal drawing commissioned by David Filer from South Africa. The drawing is something very close to my heart and was very special.”

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Salt and Pepper Calamari with Tomato Nam Jim

House-made Gnocchi with Slow-roasted Lamb and Mint Labna



Fillet of Beef, Potato Bake, Mushrooms and Green Beans

Macadamia-crusted Barramundi, Green Beans and Cherry Tomato Salad



Wedding Cake – Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cake

brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0028brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0031brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0029  “I used my mother’s homemade Irish Cream recipe filled into beautiful glass bottles to serve as one of three bombonieres.”brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0022 brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0023  brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0030  “I started planning in April 2016 (four months out) and I wanted a Hamptons Style with lux finishes. Nicole from Splash Events was fantastic to pull this all together.” brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0032 brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0033  “I loved reading The Bride’s Tree and I also used Pinterest for ideas.”

brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0020   brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0038 brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0039  “We met when Chris was a mechanic in Noosa and I took my car in to be serviced to him. The rest is history…”brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0040

Wedding Secrets 

Biggest splurge: Reception and flowers.

Best money-saver: We didn’t have any groomsmen or bridesmaids.

Bridal gown: Marilyn Crystelle Bridal

Accessories: My mother’s grandmothers’s opal ring. Earrings and bracelets from Lovisa

Shoes: Tootsies Shoes, Sunshine Plaza


Groom’s suit and shoes: Custom made from Tailors Mark, Melbourne

Rings: Bensons the Jewellers

DIY: I used my mother’s homemade Irish Cream recipe filled into beautiful glass bottles to serve as one of three bombonieres. 

Honeymoon: Melbourne for Melbourne Cup

Number of guests: 85

Wedding budget: $40,000

Who paid? We paid for our own wedding. 

brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0042 noosa-wedding-_-noosa-boathouse-wedding-_-brooke-and-chris_1 “We enjoy each other’s company and share our precious time together. Chris works overseas so he isn’t home very often.”noosa-wedding-_-noosa-boathouse-wedding-_-brooke-and-chris_brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0047brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0036brooke_chris_lifeandlovephotography_0035

Photographer: Life and Love Photography | Venue + reception venue: Noosa Boathouse Restaurant | Wedding Planner: Splash Events | Florist: Willow Bud | Caterer: Kitchen Shed Noosa | Bombonnieres: Etched wine glasses by The Glassware Company | Makeup Artist: Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry | Hair Stylist: Glamba Hair | Decorators: Splash Events | Entertainment: Ryan Giles | Stationery Supplier: Wedding Paper Divas | Celebrant: Natalie Skye, The Sunny Celebrant | Wedding Night Accommodation: Culgoa Point Beach Resort


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23-11-16 Learn more about… Noosa Boathouse Restaurant + Splash Events + Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry + Willow Bud + Life and Love Photography 



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.