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Real Wedding: Emily and Mark in Mooloolaba

4th September 2013

It was a quick engagement for Emily and Mark, who planned their Mooloolaba wedding in only 7 months. Having known each other for 14 years since meeting at church, they simply did not see the need to muck about. The beautiful bride says they each complement one another and they are, quite simply, best friends. Aw!

Mark’s pastor dad married the pair at Penny Lane Park, and then they kicked on with a shin dig at waterfront venue, Mooloolaba Surf Club. Their strict budget of $10,000 stretched to accommodate 100 guests, who started the day with a super sweet treat of fairy floss while they anticipated the bride’s arrival.

The bride styled the wedding herself with cute little touches, such as scrabble pieces, vintage books and hessian touches for a little coastal rustic charm. The day was captured beautifully by Sunshine Coast photographer, Kristy Whittington from A Look Photography


Emily and Mark’s Hand-picked Team That Made It All Happen

Photographer: A Look Photography

Videographer: AA Gilesberg Pty Ltd.

Cake: Jesana Cakes

Transport: Avis

Makeup Artist: I Do Makeup Artistry

Gift Registry: Myer Gift Registry

Wedding Night Accommodation: Arabella Guesthouse

“At our ceremony to make it a little different we had fairy floss for the guests to enjoy while they waited for me to arrive.”

“The most important thing that made our dayspecial was having our friends and family there to help us celebrate in our special day!”

“Mark’s dad is the pastor of our old church in Canberra and he married us, Mark’s mother prayed a blessing over us as a married couple and Mark’s sister did a reading.”

“We complement each other in the qualities we bring to the table.”

Wedding Secrets Revealed

Bridal gown: My friend from Canberra is an amazingly talented dress marker and designer. I gave her a picture of the dress I would love to have and she made it to fit me!
Accessories: My accessories were all borrowed. My Mum lent me pearl earrings and
Mark’s sister lent me a pearl bracelet.
Shoes: Bridesmaid shoes were from ASOS and cost $42. My shoes were from Novo
and cost $40
Bridesmaid dresses: Wedding Shoppe Inc.
Bridesmaids’ accessories: Earings I found on ebay for only $1 each
Groom’s suit and shoes:  YD, $550 including pants, belt, shirt, vest, jacket, tie and shoes.
Groomsmen’s suits and shoes: YD, $250 including pants, shirt, vest and tie. Groomsmen used their own shoes and belt.
Rings: We got all three rings from Michelle Hill. Both of my rings cost $1,500 and Mark’s ring cost $200
DIY: For the reception I created the table centrepieces from hessian, old books, glass jars and popery jars
Number of guests: 100
Wedding budget: $10,000