Anna and Ben’s romance began in the workplace. He was the head chef and she the manager of the restaurant, where they both worked. Their love blossomed over the next four years before they became engaged. Anna, now a teacher, planned the entire wedding over the next 12 months with lots of help from her devoted family along the way.
One heart-melting moment from their Witta church ceremony was when Anna’s father walked her down the aisle, and then married the pair in his capacity as a Pastor. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their 65 guests kicked on for a Noosa reception at RACV Noosa Resort. There are many memorable moments from this wedding, all of which were captured by Alan Hughes Photography. You can see the full wedding album here.
In the bride’s words…
Having my Dad who is sick with Motor Neuron Disease walk me down the aisle was the greatest gift, also marrying the love of my life and getting to share with all my friends and family was truly special.
I gave my sister, who was bridesmaid, a pair of earrings to wear on the day. Ben gave his groomsman a bottle of Irish whiskey. Ben sent me a beautiful big bunch of flowers to my room on the day and I snuck into his room the night before we got married and placed a bottle of Jameson’s (his favourite whiskey) into his room wrote him a poem and note.
Family a priority
I involved my family as much as I could. My dad is a Pastor so he was able to perform the ceremony and marry us. My brother, Chris, plays the guitar so he played for my first dance. My Aunty Tania is a music teacher so she played the piano as I walked down the aisle. I also asked a few other family members to say bible readings. My little nephew was my ring bearer and carried the rings down the aisle. Any way I could involve them I did.
My sister, Kiri, helped me to design my dress and she designed her own bridesmaid dress.
Unique guest book
Instead of having your typical guestbook I got Katie from ipuzzleu to build and make a puzzle for our guests to sign.
The Happy Couple
We meet when we were both working in restaurant. I was the restaurant manager and he was the head chef. The main thing that makes us work together is how open and honest we are with each other. We like to make each other laugh.
Wedding Secrets Revealed
Biggest splurge: Honeymoon and couture gown.
Best bargain: I didn’t really have a money saver bargain. As I know I want and it was hard to cut corners.
Bridal gown: Erin Clare Couture- $4000 (including veil)
Accessories: Hair pins (brought online), and earrings from Lovisa.
Shoes: Wedding shoes from Zu Shoes
Bridesmaid dresses: Ultra Suite (Brisbane)- $300- It was custom made for her.
Bridesmaids’ accessories: Hair pins (brought online)
Groom’s suit and shoes: Rodger David (Suits) and Shoes Myer
Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Rodger David (Suits) and Shoes Myer
Jewellery/rings: Gloss Jewellery- Sunshine Plaza
Gift registry: We had a wishing well.
DIY: Stationery – seating plan, wedding menus, wedding invitations, and ceremony booklets with the help of my brother, who is a graphic designer.
Number of guests: 65
Wedding budget: $35,000
Photographer: Alan Hughes Photography
Decorators: Splash Events
Makeup Artist: Natalie Hunter Makeup
Florist: iBlossom / Caterer: RACV Noosa Resort / Cake: Lorinda from Ideas in Icing / Bombonnieres: Candy Addictions / Transport: Noosa VIP Limos / Hair Stylist: Moda Fusion / Entertainment: DJ – Moove it DJs / Celebrant/Other Officiary: My Dad / Wedding Night Accommodation: RACV Noosa Resort.
If you loved Anna & Ben’s photos, you are in luck, because you can meet the man responsible for them at the Noosa Wedding Expo this coming weekend. Here are all the details…
Sunday, 16th February
10am – 3pm
Entry is $10 per person (pay at the door)
Fashion Parades will be at 11.30am and 2.00pm
Fraser Island Honeymoon package from Kingfisher Bay Resort
Honeymoon package and spa treatments from Noosa Springs Resort
Photographic package from Tim McIvor Photography
Engagment photo session with Karena Nuttall – Photographer
Many of the exhibitors will be holding special deals for expo-goers only, and all areas of wedding services will be represented at the expo. From transport to photography, from jewellery to cakes. You really can plan your entire wedding in one outing, and save a stack of money while you are at it.
Tell us below in the comments which wedding services or products in particular you are hoping to lock in at the expo and we will send you two tickets to join us at the Noosa Wedding Expo this weekend. Today we are giving away two double passes.Winners will be notified via email, so be sure to include your email address in the comment.