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Real Wedding: Elyse & Peter in Maleny

15th December 2013

I am very pleased to share with you today the charming Maleny wedding of a couple of long-time lovebirds. Already a little family of three, this was an extra special day for their adorable little boy. Elyse and Peter’s chapel ceremony in front of their 50 guests was followed by a photo shoot in the Sunshine Coast hinterland’s most iconic spots with photographer-in-the-know, Chesterton Smith Photography

Here is the story of Elyse and Peter’s magical day. Enjoy!


“My mother and my sister-in-law both gave me beautiful garters to wear on the day.”

“Pete proposed to me when I was six-months pregnant, and we had already been together for four years. Our son is now four and a half years old which means our engagement was four and a half years.”

“When the doors of the church opened to reveal me and my dad to our guests and my husband to be. The look on his face was beautiful, he stood there and said ‘wow!’.”

The A-listers

Photographer: Billeta Wood for Chesterton Smith Photography

Makeup Artist: KJ Artistry

Ceremony venue: The Little White Wedding Chapel, Reception venue: Pomodoras on Obi, Florist: Suncoast Wholesale Flowers / Cake: Pamela Prisk / Entertainment: Amy Katrina / Stationery: Etsy / Celebrant/Other Officiary: Ali Dempster / Wedding Night Accommodation: Pomodoras on Obi

“My advice: have somebody organised to deal with any dilemnas etc on the day. The last thing you want is to receive phone calls on the day!”

“We paid for all the bridal party’s suits/dresses etc and we also gave them a beautiful photo frame with a wedding photo.”

“My father walked me down the aisle, and our best friends and siblings were there to support us unconditionally as our bridal party.”

“Ensuring that we had beautiful photos from our special day was really important to us both. Over time memories of your day are sometimes forgotten or lost, but photos will always be there to remind us.”

Wedding Secrets Revealed

Biggest splurge: Photography and honeymoon

Best money-saver: DIY lolly buffet

Bridal gown: Online from America for $200! Best bargain

Accessories: Etsy

Shoes: Etsy and my shoes were ‘something old’ as I wore them a few months earlier when I was bridesmaid for my friend.

Bridesmaid dresses and accessories: Etsy

Groom’s suit and shoes: Peter Morrisey

Rings: Bride’s – Michael Hill, Groom’s –  K’Dore

DIY: Lolly buffet, bonbonnieres, and stationary.

Number of guests: 50

Wedding budget: $15,000

“My good friend organised all the setting up on the day which was incredibly helpful and much appreciated.”

“All our guests were invited to RSVP with there favourite song which was sure to get them dancing on our wedding night. That was a really fun way of getting our guests involved.”

“Our ceremony and reception was at relaxed as we could make it, which made for such a fun night. By the end of the night everyone was up dancing the night away and noone wanted to leave.”