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Sally loves Jamie | Luxury Elopement in Maleny

26th July 2018

They planned their luxury elopement in just eight short weeks, and even managed to fit in learning a choreographed dance for the reception.


They met in tap dance class, and managed to dance their way right into one another’s hearts. After a well-choreographed proposal, they shuffled down the aisle after a whirlwind wedding planning feat.

With only eight weeks up their sleeve, Sally and Jamie managed to put together a super stylish luxury elopement in the always romantic Sunshine Coast hinterland. 

One of their biggest priorities was to ensure they took the time to learn a tap dance to perform at their reception, choreographed by former Tap Dog, Bill Simpson! (This dance geek is fan girling so hard right now!) 

The Proposal

“Jamie is originally from London and in true British fashion proposed under a portrait of Isaac Newton. It was only when he dropped to one knee that I realised the gravity of the situation.”

Fast-tracked Elopement

“We had never seen the venue before we booked it, we had Googled elopements in Queensland and found Maleny Manor. We planned it in a short time, so we had to be very organised. We stayed in Noosa and travelled to Maleny on the day.”

Images by Soda Photography


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A Day of Big Emotions

“The ceremony was very emotional and overwhelming! We also had a lot of emotions throughout the dance and speeches and in the morning leading up to the ceremony, it’s hard to pin point one moment as it all felt exhilarating.” 

The Wedding Music

Walking down the aisle: You Matter To Me (Waitress – Musical)

Reception Entrance: The Bass line from ‘Pony’

First Dance: Let’s get happy together – Claire Bowditch

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Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Our wedding dance! We met in tap dance class so we had one of my close friends (Choreographer and former Tap Dog, Bill Simpson) choreograph a number for our special day. We learnt it mostly via video and it was a fun and challenging experience. It really made the day special.

Best money-saver: To elope! We kept the wedding very small and planned it in a very short 8 weeks! We would have loved to have made a big event of it in many respects but it felt right to do it as we did. We also did e-invites so we saved on paper.

Bride’s dress: Made With Love Bridal 

Accessories: Lovisa

Shoes: Carvela by Kurt Geiger 

Bridesmaid’s dress: Forever New

Bridesmaid’s accessories: Lovisa

Groom’s attire: Tiger of Sweden

Groomsman’s attire: His own 

DIY: A few small touches, such as photo displays. 

Honeymoon: Hamilton Island

Number of guests: 30 

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Unforgettable Moments 

“We’ll never forget the best man’s speech. He flew over from England and surprised Jamie, and he made the day especially memorable with his speech.

“Although it was a lot of work and challenging, learning and performing our tap dance really brought us closer together in the lead up the wedding and on the day. It made the day even more fun. Even now we often starting mimicking the dance randomly at home and it makes us smile.” SodaPhotography_SallyJamie_LowRes_2597

Photography: Soda Photography | Videographer: Sugar Mill Road | Venue: Maleny Manor | Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs | Cake: Tome | Transport: Sunshine Coast Classic Cars | Makeup Artist: Pure Nava | Hair: Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair | Styling: Lovebird Weddings | Entertainment: Bassline Studios | Stationery: Paperless Post | Dance instruction: Bill Simpson | Gift registry: Prezola | Celebrant: Margarita Priori-Smith | Wedding night accommodation: On the Beach, Noosa