Real Wedding: Kate & Steve in Sunshine Beach

Spectacular weather, a gorgeous penthouse and a venue that is set on the beach, making for sensational views of Sunshine Beach. 

Kate and Steve were married in a sweet ceremony amidst 90 of their closest family and friends, oh and a few whales, who showed up on the ocean horizon to wish the happy couple a successful marriage on their migration. On the lawn at The Surf Club Sunshine Beach, they said their I Dos, and followed it up with a reception but a few steps away, making the commute to the party stress-free for their guests. 

Check out these beautiful photos of Kate and Steve’s special day by Light and Shade Photography with styling by Splash Events

“My good friend Lisa was an amazing help with everything from consulting with chefs and venue on food and wine, feeding the bridal party food before the wedding, bonbonnieres, menu design, wedding dress find and coordination from LA, hen’s tea party, and just general awesomeness.”


Venue: The Surf Club Sunshine Beach

Photographer: Light & Shade Photography

Decorating and Rentals: Splash Events

Florist: Exclusive Wedding Flowers / Cake: Maison de Provence / Bombonnieres: Free seedlings from Yates, Sweet Basil for boys, sweet pea for girls, gift bags from Etsy. / Hair and Makeup Artist: Jo Twidale / Entertainment: Simon Je Drew / Stationery Supplier: Wedding Paper Divas / Dance instruction: Victoria Buckingham / Celebrant: Pastor Mia Zimmerman / Wedding Night Accommodation: Costa Nova Holiday Apartments / Food and Wine Consultant: Lisa Purcell from LifeAt208

“All of our brothers and sisters were involved in the wedding party.”

“Pastors from our church married us. A friend and my Godmother did a reading.”

“Love is the foundation of everything that works for us.”

Wedding Secrets Revealed

Biggest splurge: Hair and makeup, the oyster bar, the penthouse, Steve’s suit

Best bargain: Wedding dress, bombonnieres

Bridal gown: White by Vera Wang, $1000 plus shipping

Accessories: Bridal hair clips, Etsy – Cultivar. Bridal earrings, Etsy – Plumbcrazy

Shoes: Alan Pinkus $300, purchased from Myer

Bridesmaid and flower girl dresses: Designer – Two Birds, Shop,The Babuska Ballerina

Groom’s suit and shoes: Suit, Wil Valor / Shoes, Aquila – Wintergarden, Brisbane

Groomsmens’ suits: Roger David

Rings: Canturi Jewels

DIY: Bonbonnieres, food and drinks menus, music system

Number of guests: 90

Wedding budget: $20,000

“We wanted our guests to really feel the love and take a bit of that home for themselves. We wanted an intimate, stylish but casual atmosphere with good food and service. We wanted to make a weekend of it and give people an excuse to get away.”

“You could really feel the love in the air. We had many of our guests tell us it was the best wedding they have been to and the food was awesome. They loved the European banquet style of share plates. We also had whales go past just before the ceremony.”

“The Sunshine Beach Surf Club was a fantastic venue, the chef Darren was amazing, Nichola the events coordinator was a huge help and delight.”

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.