Colleen and James planned their wedding overlooking the idyllic Maroochy River while living, working, studying and raising a man cub in Western Australia. It was a challenge, but they wouldn’t have it any other way!
Learn why they decided a destination Maroochy River wedding was a must for their big day…
Planning from Afar
“I actually really enjoyed the whole process and I am not lying! Planning a Queensland wedding from Western Australia was crazy with time zones. I was also working, studying and with a two-year-old – at times it was a challenge, but ultimately fun!”
“The Sunshine Coast holds a lot a beautiful memories for us. Our guest literally came from all over and overseas so we wanted somewhere when they could all fly into and have a holiday as well as attend our wedding.”
James had asked my dad, who nearly let it slip just before! It was at the beautiful Glass House Mountains lookout right on sunset… but I was really sick and didn’t even want to get out of the car. I was really glad I did in the end!”
“James is just such a genuine person, a true gentleman and he will help anyone out. He supports all of my dreams, happily moved from the beautiful Sunshine Coast to the desert of Western Australia for my job and is the best dad to our little boy, Rory.”
Images by Megan Willis Photography
“Annie and John at The Rocks really went out of their way to make everything ran smoothly and the planning was so easy with them. Their staff on the night were beyond amazing too.”
Biggest splurge: Photography and Music – so we had memories and everyone had fun!
Best money-saver: I made my own invitations which was fun and they turned out to be exactly what we wanted.
Bride’s dress: Bridal by Aubrey Rose
Bride’s jewellery: Michael Hill
Bride’s shoes: Novo Shoes
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Atmos & Here
Bridesmaids’ shoes: Betts
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Peter Jackson
DIY: Our invites, our wedding favours were oil jars with my mums homegrown rosemary and mum also made a quilt for the guest registry which was really personal and something to keep forever.
Number of guests: 62
Wedding budget: $20,000
Actual cost of wedding: $16,000 (not including honeymoon)
Photography: Megan Willis Photography | Venue, flowers, styling + catering: The Rocks | Cake: Chocolate 2 Chilli | Makeup: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry | Hair: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing | Transport: Old Skool Kombis | Entertainment: Scott Vee-Day | Celebrant: Beth Newman | Wedding night accommodation: AirBnb