Emma + Nick’s Lakehouse Wedding

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Master planner, Emma, dived into wedding-planning with vigour, and absolutely managed to pull of absolute wedding perfection. She married her one true love, Nick, in a very personal and heartfelt wedding ceremony in her parents’ beautiful garden in Mons. 

One uniquely special part of their day was when Emma’s father walked her down the aisle, only to continue on to the altar to assume celebrancy responsibility! Emma says this will go down as one of the most amazing moments of her life, getting married alongside both of the most important men in her life. Awww! 

Both Emma and Nick infused their own specific must-haves into their wedding day – for car-enthusiast, Nick, that meant fabulous vintage cars. For Emma; loads and loads of flowers. Throw in a lolly buffet, live entertainment and amazing food at reception venue, The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast and everyone’s happy. 

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“My mum was my 2ic and so patient given I spoke only about the wedding for 8 months and sometimes called her 3 times a day!”

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“When I saw Erin Clare‘s bridesmaid range, we all fell in love with her range and were so delighted when she advised we could make all three dresses to suit each of my sisters. We went with the same colour dresses, but different styles. Erin had two in a collection that we loved and we spoke about what we would like for the third dress, which she has now included in her collect and named ‘Jesse’ after my sister.”View More: http://callibphotography.pass.us/duggan250415END_133_WEBEND_140_WEBEND_150_WEB


“My advice to brides… I am a planner, so I would say plan, plan plan, I really think this eliminates any pressure and helps you enjoy the planning as well as the day. Obviously just enjoy the day, it is over in a heartbeat!”END_183_WEB“My father is a marriage celebrant and married us, it was wonderful on the day, but to have him involved in planning the ceremony for us was also truly special. The ceremony was filled with such love and laughter and we received so many wonderful comments on how touching the ceremony was. I think it will always be one of my most treasured memories, standing up there with my two favourite men in the world! “END_192_WEBEND_202_WEB

“We share the same values, we love a good party with friends and, he makes me laugh. I am a planner (he is not!) but this also works! I think above all, we share a very patient and completely unconditional love.”

END_250_WEBEND_266_WEB“We had the Offenbach String Trip perform at the ceremony, which was such a nice touch in the garden. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Canon in D Major (Johann Pachelbel) and I walked down to the Wagner Bridal Chorus.”

View More: http://callibphotography.pass.us/duggan250415END_019_WEB“Although I had been subtly dropping hints they appeared to go unnoticed and I just knew that when he was ready he would involve me in the ring choice. He was cleaver enough to actually propose with a single diamond as he was determined to have the engagement a surprise and we had the ring made together. He purchased the diamond on Friday and all weekend I continued to foil his plans by asking friends and family to catch up or pop around! He eventually found the right moment on the beach in Mooloolaba and I was so shocked he had managed to surprise me; he had to prompt me for an answer!”END_350_WEBEND_397_WEBEND_405_WEB“We met online, Nick sent me his number straight away and that same day we caught up for a drink at Cracked Pepper in Mooloolaba. We were there for four hours. In the dates that closely followed it was quite obviously to us both that we had found something special. Nick was so charming and chivalrous! A couple of the many things I came to love about him .”

END_502_WEBEND_446_WEB“The reception centre at the Lakehouse was simply stunning!”END_448_WEB

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END_464_WEBEND_471_WEBView More: http://callibphotography.pass.us/duggan250415“My lolly buffet was such a hit at the wedding. I wanted it to be very classis and went with mainly white lollies and some pale pink. I was so grateful that the lakehouse let me set it up the day before, I don’t think I would have trusted anyone else to do it for me.”END_473_WEBEND_475_WEBEND_477_WEBEND_478_WEBEND_491_WEBEND_544_WEBEND_645_WEB

The Lakehouse wedding food

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Jimmy Choo shoes

Best money-saver: Our celebrant was my Dad! DIY Flowers – we purchased roses from Jabula in Palmwoods and my cousin who is a florist flew from Melbourne to do them all.

Bridal gown: Erin Clare Couture (My dress – $5400, bridesmaid dresses $640)

Accessories: Tiffany and Co. pearl bracelet that my husband gave me for my birthday three months earlier (careful planning on my part! ) and pearl earrings.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo $890

Bridesmaid dresses: Erin Claire

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Swarovski earrings $120 each

Groom’s suit and shoes: we hired them from Ferrari ($250)

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Ferrari

Rings: Peter Bakker, Fortitude Valley. My husband proposed with a single diamond from Peter who then designed my ring. It was an easy choice for us to go back to Peter, we both had a rings custom made in platinum. $4500. My husband proposed with a single diamond from Peter who then designed my ring. It was an easy choice for us to go back to Peter, we both had a rings custom made in platinum. $4500. 

Honeymoon: USA + Mexico

Number of guests: 135

Wedding budget: $50,000


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Photography Calli B Photography | Videography BXCSMXTH | Reception venue The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast | Cake Buttercups Cupcakes | Transport 59 Cadillac Coupe de Ville + 62 Cadillac Coupe de Ville + 57 Chevy Nomad, hired from Joe Butterworth | Makeup Artist Makeup by Jess | Entertainment Offenbach String Trio + Duo from Sumeo Entertainment | Gift registry David Jones | Celebrant Rob Millen Wedding Celebrant 

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.