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Stacey loves Darren | Wedding at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort

6th January 2020

Holding their wedding at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort was this couple's biggest wedding saving hack.


The love between financial officer, Stacey, and electrician, Darryn, grew fast and is furiously unconditional. The Brisbane couple’s love story has taken place in some very special locations. The Sunshine Coast was their chosen wedding location since they’ve many fond memories holidaying together here. Then it was off to Bali for their honeymoon – a no-brainer since it’s where Darryn proposed. 

Stacey has kindly shared all her Sunshine Coast wedding-planning secrets below, including how their chosen venue, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort, helped them to save money. Might I add, they also have super fun golf buggies for the bridal party to get around in, and very photogenic bungalows over the water to get your wedding morning pamper on. 


Wedding Planning Priorities 

Our most important priorities were to secure a stunning venue on the beautiful Sunshine Coast where we could have everything at the one location which could also provide lovely accommodation for our guests. It was also very important to us for our guests to enjoy flowing drinks, delicious food and live entertainment pre-reception and throughout the reception until close.

We both holiday regularly to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and find it such a beautiful tranquil location. We also wanted to have our wedding closer to the ocean.

Our Dream Team 

Each and every one of our suppliers were amazing, and we would highly recommend each and every one of them, they made our day the most amazing day of our lives.

Images by Forever in This Moment Photography

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The Proposal 

In December 2017 Darryn got down on one knee to propose whilst we were on a beautiful romantic getaway in Bali, he decorated our suite with balloons and flowers which came as a huge surprise to me after a relaxing massage.

How I Knew He Was The One

We fell in love very early, and our love is unconditional. We complement each others lives in so many ways, our relationship has grown effortlessly and honestly, and the life we have created together has been build upon respect, friendship, humour and of course, love.

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Wedding Secrets 

Biggest splurge: My beautiful wedding gown. 

Best money-saving decision: Having our ceremony and reception at the same venue. 

Bride’s dress: Pearl Bridal – Beautiful Zavana Bridal Gown

Bride’s accessories: Mother of Pearl Earrings, Pearl Bridal Clips & Pearl Bridal Bag

Bride’s shoes: Saint Laurent Tribute

Groom’s suit: Politix

Groom’s accessories: Tommy Hilfiger Belt & Watch 

Groom’s shoes: Aquila

Bridesmaids’ dresses + accessories: Forever New 

Bridesmaids’ shoes: Nine West

Groomsmens’ attire: TM Lewin 

Honeymoon: Bali

Number of guests: 50 

Wedding budget: $30k 

Actual cost of wedding: $40k 


The Music 

Walking Down the Aisle Song: – Brian Adams – Everything I do , I do it for you

Reception Grand Entrance Song: – Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

First Dance Song: Lionel Richie – All Night Long

Leaving Song: Higher Love – Kygo/Whitney Houston

Check out our Spotify playlist of songs to Walk Down The Aisle to – compiled from songs recommended by real couples, and a few of my own suggestions… 

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Advice for Future Brides and Grooms

Have some R&R time the week prior to your wedding to pamper yourself and to relax you for the biggest day of your life.

Our Next Adventures… 

For now we are planning to travel to many more amazing destinations together and work hard so that we can achieve all of our lifelong goals.

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Photographer: Forever in This Moment Photography | Venue: Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort | Flowers: Magnolia Grove | Cake: Completely Baked | Makeup: Backstage Beauty | Hair: Chloe Bee Bridal | Rentals: Adorn Event Hire | Decorations: AV Partners | Entertainment: Greg McInnes Music – Smooth Vibes Duo | Stationery: Paradise Invitations | Celebrant: Beth Stevenson – I Heart Ceremonies | Wedding night accommodation: Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort