Jenna loves Sam | Westival Tipi Wedding on a Budget


Jenna says it’s lucky opposites attract, because she and Sam couldn’t be more different. However the important things they both hold close, like family values, goals and taking each day as it comes. 

They were a most united front when it came to planning their country-style wedding day with festival vibes (or westival, as the cool kids call it!) They hired a bunch of food trucks and tipis to create their own idea of the perfect chill wedding day in Yandina with their 80 loved ones, and all on a $12,000 budget. 

Bride, Jenna, has shared all her best wedding tips with us… 

Choosing the Venue

“We wanted a September wedding so booking the venue first was a must, so we didn’t miss out on a date in September. we wanted an outdoor wedding with a country vibe which limited options. We also wanted a venue where reception and ceremony can be held in the one place.

“We had talked in the past about having a wedding with hay bales to sit on. Food trucks and bath tubs full of alcohol. Something very simple and not to structured.”

Biggest Priority

“We wanted someone to capture the day in the right way. I think the photographer is the most important to be honest. The day is a whirlwind. So you need to have a great photographer to capture the day so you can look back on the day.”

“Lee from Life and Love Photography was outstanding! I cannot speak highly enough of Lee. After all when the day has been and gone, photos are all you have to look back on to remember the day. I think this is one vendor that is not to be tampered with. Don’t call on a friend that’s dabbled in photography. Get a professional. Trust me you wont be disappointed.”Yandina Westival wedding _ Hidden Valley _ The Bride's TreeLifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_004 Yandina Westival wedding _ Hidden Valley _ The Bride's TreeLifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_010 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_013 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_014 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_015 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_021 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_022 1LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_023 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_029 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_030 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_031 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_032 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_0383

“Mum lit a candle during the ceremony for those who have passed or simply couldn’t be there to celebrate our day. This candle burnt all night.”

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The Best Part of Our Westival

“It was one big party. It was so nice to catch up with family and friends that we don’t get to see often as we live so far from them. So to have them all in one place at one time just meant so much to us.”


Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Tipi Luxe marquees 

Best money-saver: My sister-in-law made our invitations and my mum made our cake 

Bridal gown: ‘Sascha’ gown by Made with Love Bridal – White Lily Couture

Accessories: Hair piece by The Posy Co.

Shoes: Famous Footwear 

Bridesmaid dresses: Thurley

Groom’s suit and shoes: yd

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: yd. 

Rings: Bride’s engagement and wedding band – Diamonds International, Groom’s wedding ring was a vintage find (A gold sovereign ring. He has always wanted one.)

Honeymoon: Bali. We love bali as we got engaged there a year prior to the wedding. So we decided to go back to celebrate our honeymoon. 

Number of guests: 80

Wedding budget: $12,000LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_053 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_056 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_057 LifeandLovePhotography_McCathie_058

The Bride’s Best Advice 

“Keep it simple! Less room for error this way. In the long run no one remembers the finer details. Its all about having fun. The more structured the wedding the more that can go wrong. So this is why we kept it simple.”

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Meet the Photographer 

On July 15 at the Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase you can meet Jenna + Sam’s ahmayzing photographer, Lee from Life and Love Photography in the flesh, along with 100+ local Sunshine Coast wedding vendors. 

When: July 15 from 10:00am 

Where: Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Cost: $10.00 Early Bird tickets, or $14.00 at the door 

Giveaways: Each bride will receive a show bag filled with information and copies of FREE Queensland Wedding, Wedding & Bride, Queensland Bride Magazine and Your local Wedding Guide. Valued at over $65.00.

Prizes: $15,000 worth of prizes to be given away at the fashion shows! It’s a lucky door entry, so get in before the first fashion show at 11:30am 

FREE ticket giveaway! 

Scroll to learn how you can win a double pass to the Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase on July 15. Follow us on Instagram for more chances to win. 

Photography: Life and Love Photography | Venue: Hidden Valley | Flowers: The Posy Co. | Marquee: Tipi Luxe | Styling: The Vintage Stockroom | Dress: White Lily Couture | Hair + makeup artist: Edward Brown by Cassie| Entertainment: G & M Event Group | Stationery: Jersey Art & Design | Celebrant: Jade Webster | Favours: Coolaz Stubby Holders | Catering: Rolling Stone Pizza, The Bun Mobile, Tinker Travelling Events, Atlas Specialty Coffee

Thanks for supporting our A-list Vendors below, who helped make Jenna + Sam’s Westival wedding so amazing… 




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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.