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Carly loves Haydn | Homestead Wedding on the Sunshine Coast

10th September 2018

After a spectacular proposal on the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, Carly and Haydn planned a weekend-long wedding celebration at a Sunshine Coast homestead.


Over their nine years together as a couple, Carly and Haydn had built a beautiful life together. The next logical step was to get married. The two best friends and life partners chose to have a homestead wedding on the Sunshine Coast. The invited 118 guests and managed to bring their dream homestead wedding day vision to life with their $28,000 budget. 

The Proposal 

We had just arrived in Ireland for the beginning of our 3-month European backpacking adventure with Haydn and our friend Maddie. We had a camper we were travelling around in for a week to explore beautiful Ireland. It was the most perfect day, sun out and clear blue sky (very rare for Ireland) and we decided to head up to the Cliffs of Moher for the day. The view was spectacular. This is where the proposal occurred, right on the cliff’s edge. It was something I am never going to forget. All the stress of travelling with the ring overseas, getting it through customs without myself finding out was completely worth it in the end. 

Vendor Love 

Daisy & The Duke, honestly, they went above and beyond in everything, best photographers ever. Vanteen Catering. The food was unbelievably good and the guests just kept commenting on how amazing it was. Rebecca from Vanteen was amazing to work with. Johanna and Jayden, they are incredible musicians and really created the perfect atmosphere we were after. Kennilworth Hotel, they also went above and beyond with the drinks package, they catered for everything we needed and more.

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Weekend-long Celebrations

It was so good being able to spend time with the guests over the weekend, both with the BBQ we had Friday night and breakfast the morning after the wedding.  It was perfect, better than we ever imagined.

Advice for Future Brides 

Just remember that this is your wedding day, you don’t have to do something because that’s what someone else did at the last wedding you went to. Make it your own and bring your vision to life.

Best Resources 

The Bride’s Tree (so much inspiration for weddings on the coast), Facebook pages and reviews (we choose our food caterer from the Facebook reviews), Google and Pinterest (DIY decoration ideas galore).Carly_Haydn-578 Carly_Haydn-610 Carly_Haydn-622 Carly_Haydn-629 Carly_Haydn-631 Carly_Haydn-673 Carly_Haydn-682 Carly_Haydn-687



Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: The Venue! We really wanted a wedding weekend, a place where all the guests could stay for the weekend and soak up the atmosphere. 

Best money-saver: Creating all our own decorations for the tables, the ceremony and reception. A lot of work but completely worth it as we were able to create exactly what we wanted. 

Bridal gown: Destination Bridal from Sugar & Spice 

Bride’s accessories: Lovisa 

Bride’s shoes: Betts Shoes 

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Sheike 

Groom’s and groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Hallenstein Brothers and Roger David 

DIY: Decorations 

Honeymoon: New Zealand 

Guests: 118

Wedding budget: $25,000

Actual amount spent on wedding: $28,000

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The Music 

Ceremony Music (All covered by Johanna and Jayden)

Bella – Angus and Julia Stone

Big Jet Plane – Angus and Julia Stone

Believe (like a version) – DMA’s Better

Better Together – Jack Johnson

Reception entrance song: Can’t stop the feeling – Justin Timberlake.

First dance song: Better off (The Captain Planet song) – Ziggy Alberts.  Carly&Haydn-949

Photography: Daisy & The Duke Photographers | Venue: Kennilworth Homestead | Hair: Happy Hair | Cake + Makeup: Lauren Finnen (sister of the bride) | Catering: Vanteen Catering | Flowers: DIY | Entertainment: Johanna + Jayden Music | Celebrant: Toni-Maria Gitsham 


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