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Larissa loves Anthony | Yandina Marquee Wedding

22nd November 2019

From mis-matched bridesmaids to lace-trimmed robe to the clear marquee wedding under the stars - Larissa + Anthony's big day has some stunning understated style.

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Larissa and Anthony consider themselves very fortunate to call the Sunshine Coast home, and so going local was an easy choice. For their Yandina marquee wedding, they wanted their 132 guests to feast family style at long tables under a clear marquee with the stars twinkling above. The Rocks Yandina provided the perfect secluded spot for such a celebration. 

Take a peek at their special day, which in my opinion has the best music selections I’ve heard of in quite some time, and some carefully curated elements that achieve both an on-trend and simultaneously classic feel. Larissa was kind enough to share the details of her Yandina marquee wedding… 

The Location

“We chose to get married on the Sunshine Coast as we are lucky enough to call it our home. We knew from the beginning that we wanted a glass roof marquee reception and long tables. The Rocks at Yandina was able to provide this for us and all with delicious food and a stunning back drop. From the first meeting John, Michelle, Anne and the team were so accomodating and welcomed all of our ideas.”

Getting Ready 

“On the morning of our wedding, I was surrounded by my lovely Mum, sister and seven of my closest friends.”

Stand-out Vendors

“Our standout suppliers were definitely The Rocks Yandina,Images by Luke Middlemiss Photography and Nat from Heavenly Blooms. They knew what we wanted even when we didn’t and helped us to seamlessly organise our day from beginning to end. I mostly found my suppliers on The Bride’s Tree, Sunshine Coast Brides’ Tribe and social media.”

Images by Luke Middlemiss Photography

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Most Emotional Moment

“We both agree that the most emotional part of the day was meeting each other at the end of the aisle. We held each others hands so tight, it all felt so surreal. We were finally there are about to be married.”

Surprise Performance

“I will never forget when Anthony got up with the band, played the guitar and sang Ho Hey by the Lumineers to me. The most amazing moment! I was in awe of his talent!”

The Music

“We were lucky enough to have the Siena Catholic College String Quartet play at our ceremony and before our reception. I walked down the aisle to their version of Ben Folds Five – The Luckiest, it was beautiful. At the end of the ceremony we walked back up the aisle to Nat Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love), and our first dance was a version of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love played by our band The Easy Tigers.”

Check out this playlist of Aisle Recession songs I’ve compiled from those used in actual real weddings, as well as some of my own suggestions… 

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The Man

“Anthony is the most wonderful, kindhearted and generous man I have ever met. The only thing bigger than his heart is his smile.”

Hardest decision

“To decide if we should have a videographer. We deliberated over it for months and then when I was at my first appointment at Bertossi Brides, Joe’s (Joseph Bertossi) card was perfectly positioned on the shelf and the decision was made.” 

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Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Flowers + photography

Bride’s dress + veil: Bertossi Brides

Bride’s earrings + bracelet: Stephanie Browne

Bride’s shoes: Nine West

Bridesmaids’ dresses: All chose their own from various stores

Bridesmaids’ shoes: Betts Shoes

Groom’s and groomsmens’ attire: Country Road + MJ Bale

Groom’s and groomsmens’ belts + shoes: RM Williams

DIY: Invitations, menus, signs and guest gifts

Honeymoon: Tokiriki Island, Fiji

Number of guests: 132

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Photography: Luke Middlemiss Photography | Videography: Joseph Bertossi | Venue + catering: The Rocks Yandina | Floristry: Heavenly Blooms | Cake: Cakes Actually | Transport: Coastline BMW | Makeup: Tan Addiction | Hair: Linda Robinson | Entertainment: The Easy Tigers | Officiant: Fr. Joe | Wedding night accommodation: Monaco Resort, Caloundra 

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