Real Wedding: Eleni & Dave’s Ilkley Wedding

Eleni and Dave met 18 years ago, but it would be another 12 years before they reunited and sparks flew. They recently married at AnnaBellaThe Wedding Chapel with 100 of their family and friends present, including Eleni’s three beautiful children and Dave’s two boys. 

First Class Wedding Photography

“The vibe and energy was amazing in the chapel – so much love & laughter from the start of the day to the end. Having our children beside us for one of our most important days as a couple and our family was truly special. The Chapel is amazingly beautiful and Suzanne, our celebrant, was so passionate about her job it really shined through in the way she helped plan and delivered our ceremony. It was unique and fun and romantic! It all just flowed effortlessly.”

“’As we walk this journey from beginning to end, I’m glad I have my true love and best friend’ I found these words written by Dave on the bottom of my shoes the day of my wedding! How Sweet!” 

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge The Kombi was a special splurge as Dave loves them and I organised it as a surprise for him. 

Best bargain My dress! 

Bridal Gown Designed by myself and made by Sam Michielson $400

Accessories Samantha Wills 

Shoes Nine West $129

Bridesmaid Dresses Bardot $99 

Bridesmaid Accessories  Diva  

Grooms Attire & Shoes David Smith Shirts – Klingers Mooloolaba $155.  Shoes were handmade leather from Bali

Groomsmen Shirts David Smith from Klingers Mooloolaba $155

Wedding Rings Brides  – Diamonds of Distinction Mooloolaba $1000, and Grooms Ring – Tam Gannon $400 

DIY Table decorations at the reception, flowers at the chapel, invitations.

Number of guests 100

Wedding budget $15,000


A-List Vendors

Photographer First Class Wedding Photography

Transport Deluxe Kombi Service Sunshine Coast

Makeup Artist TF Makeup

Celebrant Suzanne Riley

Ceremony venue AnnaBellaThe Wedding Chapel

Reception venue: Phon’s Thai Restaurant / Hair Stylist: The Dolls House Hair & Beauty / Entertainment: Livi Robins / Wedding Night Accommodation: Hotel Grand Mecure Apartments Twin Waters

Take a peek at Eleni and Dave’s full wedding album 

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.