Tamara loves Tim | Sunshine Coast Chapel Wedding


I think it’s pretty clear from the adorable picture above that Tamara and Tim had a picture-perfect Sunshine Coast wedding day. By the bride’s own admission, the worst thing that happened was a coffee plunger broke the day before the big day – I’d call that a success worthy of unbridled flower girl admiration, wouldn’t you? 

Tamara says her biggest priority when planning her wedding to now-husband, Tim, was to have a beautiful and relaxed day that was affordable. Her bridesmaid discovered Sunshine Coast chapel, AnnaBella the Wedding Chapel, which she described as irresistible, and so their ceremony planning began to take shape. 

Following the chapel wedding ceremony, the couple and their 80 guests travelled a short distance to Buderim Tavern, where their reception had been decked out with delicate greenery and white flowers, and macrame details. 

Lara and Susie Photography were there to to capture every memorable moment of Tim and Tam’s Buderim and Sunshine Coast chapel wedding. 

Tim_Tam-007 Tim_Tam-052  “We tried to include as many of our friends and family in the planning process as possible.  Much of our family were overseas or interstate so this was often via email.  I had to FaceTime my mum in New Zealand when I was trying dresses on to get her vote!”Tim_Tam-058 Tim_Tam-060  “After hearing a few wedding horror stories I expected to have one or two to tell myself.  However our day went off without a hitch.  The worse was a broken coffee plunger the day before! I count ourselves pretty lucky.”Tim_Tam-075 Tim_Tam-078  “The main thing that makes us work together as a couple I would say would be shared morals and values. We have great respect for each other and we laugh!”Tim_Tam-082  Tim_Tam-089  “When we started planning, we didn’t really have any set ideas. My bridesmaid discovered Annabella Chapel which I couldn’t resist.  I used Pinterest as inspiration for the reception.”Tim_Tam-098 Tim_Tam-107 Tim_Tam-163 Tim_Tam-177  “Tim and I met at a spin class at Suncoast Fitness Maroochydore. We got engaged after six months dating. Very early on in our relationship we knew each other was ‘the one’ and couldn’t wait to get married.”Tim_Tam-183 Tim_Tam-373  “We had a spectacular winters day to impress the kiwi guests.  The chapel and tavern were still wonderful when we visited them when the weather wasn’t too wonderful a few weekends prior.”Tim_Tam-384 Tim_Tam-395 Tim_Tam-428


Congratulations Suzanne Riley

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My biggest tip to brides and hubbies to be is to set up a Trello board. Tim being a tech wiz set this up and it was seriously the best thing.  It’s a free ap which you enables you and your partner to set up to-do lists which you work on together. This avoids all the tiresome wedding talk every evening.  We felt much more organised and on track.”

Tim_Tam-544 Tim_Tam-573  “The very best thing about our wedding day was marrying my soul mate of course.  Doesn’t get much better than that. We didn’t really do the gift thing. I put together a slide show with photos from all our special moments for Tim.  We show each other we care about each other everyday. The material stuff doesn’t matter as much. “Tim_Tam-633 Tim_Tam-658  “We felt really relaxed on the day.  Our day exceeded our expectations. We were humbled by family and friends who had travelled to celebrate with us.  I felt so lucky to be surrounded by so much love.”Tim_Tam-675 Tim_Tam-685 Tim_Tam-687  “We really wanted to create a super relaxed wedding vibe.  We also wanted to avoid debt from wedding costs. We saved what we needed and stuck to what we could afford.”Tim_Tam-692 Tim_Tam-694 Tim_Tam-716

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Our biggest splurge was most probably our photography although we were happy with the cost.  Definitely not an area to cut costs.  Our photos were breathtaking.  Susie was relaxed, lovely and captured natural moments that we will treasure forever.
Best bargain: Our bridesmaids ordered dresses online.  This can be a risky move but ours were beautiful and a fraction of the in-store prices.
Bridal gown: Ferrari Formalwear and Bridal $1800 
Accessories : Veil Light in the Box $40, Jewellery Colette Hayman $40, my bracelet was a  family heirloom
Bridesmaids dresses: eBay $120 for both. Item number 321705584659
Shoes: betts.com.au (includes bridesmaids) 
Grooms and groomsmen’s suits, shoes,cuff links and ties: Ferrari Formalwear and Bridal
DIY: Favours – TimTams, a play on our names! 
The food: We had pre-chosen entree and main which was a two choice alternate drop.  We had our wedding cake for dessert.
Honeymoon: Playa del Carmen, Mexico via New York.  We stayed at Valentin Imperial Maya which was an all inclusive resort.  Highly recommend.
Number of guests: 80
Wedding budget: $20,000
Who paid?: We paid for the most of our wedding but were lucky enough to have our parents gift us $6000. 

Tim_Tam-717 Tim_Tam-718 Tim_Tam-721 Tim_Tam-737 Tim_Tam-869  “We put together our own little gifts bags for guests.  We stamped hearts on the front of brown paper bags which contained a thank you note, an individually wrapped TimTam and a Berocca for the next morning.”Tim_Tam-925

Photography: Lara and Susie Photography | Ceremony venue: AnnaBella the Wedding Chapel | Florist: Wedding Flowers by Danielle | Reception Venue + Catering: Buderim Tavern | Cake: Bon Bon Cupcakes | Make up Artist: Backstage Beauty | Decorator: Wendy’s Flowers | Entertainment: Defi Music | Celebrant: Tim Gossling | Wedding night accommodation: Arabella Guesthouse | Hair: Amanda’s Hair Design.

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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.