Katie and her beau, Jack, are Sunshine Coast locals, residing in Bli Bli. Having all the local knowledge, bride Katie’s very first thought upon becoming engaged was her dream venue – Spicers Clovelly Estate. In earlier years, Katie had spent many hours at the estate as a babysitter during other people’s weddings and events. The dream of having her own wedding at the Montville wedding venue came true when she said “I Do” to Jack.
Today, Katie shares her wedding planning journey with us, and her stunning images by wedding photographer,Angela Brushe…
For my 26th Birthday we all went to dinner at Spirit house in Yandina. His family had flown over from the UK and my brother up from Sydney. Everybody went around the table and made a speech (which is something we do each birthday). When it came to Jacks turn he got down on one knee and asked me to Marry him.
Biggest Wedding-planning Challenge
The week before the wedding I just felt really overwhelmed and anxious which wasn’t how I was expecting to feel. I think I struggled with that. But the morning of the wedding I felt calm and so excited to marry my best friend.
Most Emotional Moment
The vows were pretty emotional but my wedding speech was probably the hardest to get through. I was just so grateful to my parents for everything they had done to get me to this big day. Thanking them in my speech definitely brought tears to me eyes
Images by Angela Brushe Photography
Choosing the Venue
I used to babysit a bit at Spicers Clovelly Estate and just fell in love with the venue. I knew it was exactly where I wanted to get married and thankfully my partner loved it too.
The venue was beautiful and the staff were amazing. My wedding coordinator, Sarah, was so easy to communicate with and she created such an easy and stress-free day for myself and guests. Also the staff, Gavin and Elysse, were so kind and attentive throughout the night. They really went the extra mile.
I cannot fault Spicers Clovelly Estate at all, I am so happy with my choice! Spicers really created the most beautiful day for us.
Biggest splurge: The venue. I just fell in love with Spicers. It was what I’d always envisioned for our big day.
Best money-saver: Downloading a budget app and not allowing us to go over! Also my dress was reduced from $1500 to $790 which I was so happy about.
Bride’s dress: Angelic Bridal
Bride’s accessories: My floor crown was ordered off Etsy from Russia
Bride’s shoes: I Love Billy
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal
Bridesmaids’ dresses: JJs House
Bridesmaids’ accessories: Various Etsy stores
DIY: The draping over the tree was done by my mum.
Honeymoon: Daydream Island
Number of guests: 35
Wedding budget: Under $20,000
Actual cost of wedding: Just under $20,000!
Photography: Angela Brushe Photography | Venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate | Florist: The Posy Co. | Cake: Completely Baked | Hair + Makeup Artist: Sunshine Brides – Valentina Pintus | Entertainment: Brendan Hogan | Gifts: Wishing Well | Celebrant: Sam Williams (the bride’s brother!) | Wedding night accommodation: Spicers Clovelly Estate