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Real Wedding: Chelsea & Ben in Twin Waters

29th January 2014

Chelsea and Ben are a beautiful local couple, who reside in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. After two years together, they embarked on a three-year engagement, during which Chelsea planned their dream day with the help of her mother and sister. 

At Twin Waters Golf Club, they said their I Dos amongst 68 of their closest family members and friends. Their special day was captured by the talented Lee from Life and Love Photography.


See Chelsea and Ben’s full wedding album here

A Starting Point

Before anything we looked around at venues, to get a feel for what was out there, what was within our budget and what we felt would best reflect and accommodate our personal style. When I first started planning three years prior I wanted a very low key, casual wedding. After three years I changed my mind I went with a rustic theme.

Mum’s the Word

My Mum was my savour throughout the planning process. She took the reigns on a few things.Ben and I asked both our Mum’s be the ones to witness our marriage certificate as they are both very special to us.

The Bride’s Advice

Hire a great photographer like we did. Everything will go SO fast, so you will want photo’s to look back on the day and remember.

Family and Friends

Almost everyone we invited was there, so we were surrounded by those who meant the most to us. It was a big year for Ben and I – becoming an Uncle and Aunty and buying our first home, so our wedding was the perfect way to end a great year.

Gifts for The Bridal Party

Ben and I decided to pay for our bridal parties outfits. The bridesmaids dresses were tailor made, and can be worn again.

Wedding Secrets Revealed

Best money-saver: Wearing a pair of my favourite shoes, so I didn’t have to buy a new pair. They were already worn in!

Bridal gown: Lorraine Griffiths, Wedding Accessories International.

Accessories: Earrings from Fletcher & Grace online. Bracelet was on loan from the Mother of Bride which was given to her on her wedding day. Something Old!

Shoes: Old favourites!

Bridesmaid dresses: Lorraine Griffiths – Wedding Accessories International

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Various pieces found along the way from Lovisa and Myer.

Groom and groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Shirt and pants from Roger David. Shoes from Platypus at the Sunshine Plaza.

DIY: Only decorating the Save the Date and Wedding Invitation envelopes. 

Number of guests: 68

Wedding budget: Approx under $10, 000

Jewellery/rings: Brides wedding band from Wallace Bishop. Grooms wedding band from Zamel’s.



Photographer: Life and Love Photography

Venue: Twin Waters Golf Club

Decorators: Cloud Nine Weddings

Florist: AW Florist / Makeup Artist: 7th Heaven Day Spa & Beauty / Hair Stylist: Pennie Vlachos / Entertainment: Black Tie Entertainment / Celebrant: Trudy McGee / Wedding Night Accommodation: Bli Bli House 

See Chelsea and Ben’s full wedding album here