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Real Wedding: Louise + Michael at Ilkley

20th July 2014

Marketing Manager Louise and Engineer Michael first met in primary school, when their families lived across the road from one another. Having known each other for such a long time, it’s no wonder Louise describes mutual respect as their greatest strength as a couple. 

While the couple of five years lives locally, their family and friends travelled from Victoria to spend some time soaking up the Sunshine Coast. Oh, and of course celebrating the marital union of the very gorgeous Louise and Michael. 

Jennifer Oliphant  was the couple’s chosen photographer, capturing their day in a most beautiful manner. The wedding began with a ceremony at one of our favourite venues, Anna Bella The Wedding Chapel, and followed with photos on the beach and a Maroochydore restaurant reception. 

Showing off the Region

As the majority of our guests were coming from Victoria and had not seen where we lived we wanted a location that showed the best of the Sunshine Coast – The beautiful Hinterland and the amazing beaches, all in a relaxed environment 

Families Unite

I had both my sisters as my bridesmaids, my Dad walk me down the aisle and my brother did a reading. Michael had his Uncle and two best mates as his Groomsman, and another good friend as the MC. 

Gifts All Around

I gave my Bridesmaids and Mum Peter Alexandra robes to get ready in. Michael gave his groomsman Calvin Klein Underwear and aftershave.


We went on a little honeymoon to Byron straight after the wedding (stayed at – The Byron at Byron) but we are going to America early next year.


Wedding Secrets Revealed

Biggest splurge: Videography

Best money-saver: Our amazing cake, made by a friend

Bridal gown: Dressmaker, Susan Ogg

Accessories: Grandmothers eternity ring, Gregory Ladner drop earrings

Shoes: Christian Louboutins

Bridesmaids’ dresses: White Runway, ‘Danica’ dress

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Pearl stud earrings (owns)

Groom’s suit and shoes: New England and Zu shoes

Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Red Formal Melbourne

Rings: Mario’s Jewellers Melbourne

DIY: Decorations

Number of guests: 80

Wedding budget: $35,000 

Who paid: The bride’s parents

A-List Vendors

Photographer: Jennifer Oliphant

Ceremony Venue: Anna Bella The Wedding Chapel

Makeup Artist: Allure Bridal Stylists

Hair Stylist: Allure Bridal Stylists

Celebrant: Natalie Banner

Videographer: Wild Bunch Weddings / Florist: Jabula Roses / Caterer: Ebb Waterfront / Cake: Corbolicious Cakes / Bombonnieres: Walnuts in white boxes from bride’s farm / Transport: Oak Corp limo for bridal party – Hinterland Coast Transport for guests / Decorators: Wish Events / Entertainment: Greg Doney / Stationery Supplier: Vista Print / Dance instruction: Dance 3D / Wedding Night Accommodation: Oceans Mooloolaba Penthouse

View Louise + Michael’s full wedding album