What started as friendly texting turned into love after Kirilee met Mike and saved her number in his phone as “Mad Kid”. Six months of texting, five years of what Kirilee affectionately calls “hard work”, and a Granite Bay proposal later, the couple planned a beach wedding in Noosa. And Mike still has his wife saved in his phone as “Mad Kid”.
In search of a more accessible, yet equally secluded-feeling, option than Granite Bay for their wedding ceremony, Kirilee and Mike happened upon a sandbar in Noosa. Their 75 guests made a short boat ride to join the couple for their memorable moment.
Todd Hunter McGaw was also there the photograph the whole gorgeous affair. “I would have to say being in Western Australia I had to trust reviews a lot as I couldn’t go and see suppliers so I actually used The Bride’s Tree for (finding) the majority of our suppliers.”
“The ceremony location was quite special to us, it was always going to be on a beach. Granite Bay is where we went for our first date and where Mike purposed. Granite Bay was a little too far for guests to walk, but we wanted the same feeling of a secluded beach and, well, what better place than your own sandbar.”
“For the wedding we had friends and family from everywhere, living in Karratha you meet a lot of people from around the world and we were so blessed that friends flew from WA, even some that had since left Karratha flew from North Queensland and New South Wales, and of course all our friends and family from all over Queensland were there too.”
Biggest splurge: Custom wedding rings.
Best money-saver: DIY and purchasing my decorations not hiring them.
Bridal gown: White lily Conture – Petunia gown by Pronovias, $3,400 including alterations.
Shoes: Forever Soles Anklets – For reception I place the anklets over a pair of Betts lace up flats.
Bridesmaid dresses: Goddess by Nature in pearl blush.
Bridesmaids’ accessories: Collette Hayman earrings and foot jewellery.
Groom’s and groomsmens’ suit and shoes: Politix Suits and Mathers Shoes.
Jewellery: Wooden Anchor Cufflinks from Etsy and Custom ring with date in roman numerals by Jewels of the Kimberly
DIY: Reception decorations, stationery, wooden seating chart, table runner, ring box and wine box used at the ceremony.
Number of guests: 75
“The driftwood came from my grandma’s farm out west. My mum grew half of the succulents used in the centre pieces, my dad built all of the wooden signs – I designed them and Mike and I then painted them.”
Photographer: Todd Hunter McGaw | Videographer: Creative Flow Studios | Florist: Mondo Floral Designs | Caterer: RACV Noosa Resort | Cake: Chocolate 2 Chilli | Bombonnieres: Coolaz Coolers | Transport: Deluxe Kombi Service | Makeup Artist: Kate Ellen Artistry | Hair stylist: Evalyn Parsons Hair | Rentals: Hinterland Coast Buses | Decorators: Splash Events | Entertainment: Moove It DJs | Celebrant: Lynette Maguire | Wedding Night Accommodation: RACV Noosa Resort | Photobooth: In the Booth