Local teacher, Jess, married her love, Travis, in a beautiful classic wedding at Sunshine Coast purpose-built wedding venue, The Lakehouse. Their wedding styling was inspired by the location and decor of the waterfront coastal venue, and Marine Engineer Travis’ affinity with all things nautical. Jess also included a hint of vintage in her fashion and with the inlusion of old family wedding photographs.
Images by Lou O’Brien captured their day in a gorgeous fashion.
“We gave our attendants their dresses and suits as well as nice bottles of champagne and scotch and the girls also had pretty robes for getting ready as well as earrings. My nieces and nephews all had presents on the table to entertain them during the reception.”
“My daughter, Lotte, did a reading during the ceremony as did one of Trav’s childhood friends, Melissa. We also gave the bridal bouquet to my grandparents as the longest married couple at the wedding. My three older brothers, Adam, Ben and Jarred were also our MCs for the day and this was very special to me.”
Jess and Travis said their vows by the water at Brightwater in a ceremony performed by celebrant, Suzanne Riley.
“We have identical values, love for family and admiration for each other as people. We wanted to keep everything simple but have a wedding that reflected who we are as people, a couple and things that were important for us to share.”
“My dad also surprised us in his speech by acknowledging our wedding day as the same date my Mum and Dad got engaged. Not having Mum with us physically was very difficult but she was there with us in so many other ways. Her wedding photo featured in our decorations.”
“Trav is a huge ‘boaty’ so the nautical theme worked and we combined this with my love of teaching… and chalkboards became the feature for this.
“A highlight for me was a special father daughter dance that Dad and I had worked out together and singing a song to Trav with my brother Ben on guitar was pretty special (once I got in the right key!)”
Biggest money saver: Doing so many things ourselves – invitations, bonbonniere, thank you cards
Bridal gown: Ferrari Bridal and Formal wear – $1900
Shoes: I had a pair that I hadn’t really worn much which were perfect! I wanted a neutral colour to theme with vintage style.
Bridesmaid dresses: Forever New $200 each
Bridesmaids’ accessories: Angus and Coote Jewellers, Bras and Things robes
Groom’s suit and shoes: Male Manor, Carindale $1600 for all three
Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Male Manor, Carindale
Rings: Selig’s Jewellers in Caloundra $1400
DIY: I work with wonderful people where I teach at St John’s and the amazing ‘Arty’ teachers Fiona and Jas, who happen to be great friends, made our centrepieces, which were incredible.
Number of guests: 110
Wedding budget: $35,000
Celebrant: Suzanne Riley
Venue & Catering: The Lakehouse
Florist: Willow Bud
Photographer: Images by Lou O’Brien / Videographer: Wildbunch Weddings / Cake: Lee Berryman Cake Designs / Bombonnieres: Miniature heart chalk boards on pegs (ordered online) and doubled as name setting / Transport: Noosa Limousines / Makeup Artist: Pru Edwards / Hair Stylist: Katrina from Universal Hair / Entertainment: Rockin You Wild DJs