Zoe and Zac love their local region of the Sunshine Coast (we’re with you there, guys!) so much. Having moved from Rockhampton, they fully appreciate all the local beauty they’ve come to call their home, so marrying here was a no-brainer.
Zoe shares her experience planning their unconventional, super fun wedding at Maleny Retreat…
“The whole day was all smiles and laughs, however our stand out fun moments were the jumping castle, the dancing all night – even before dinner. Walking back down the aisle to You Make My Dreams having rainbow bio degradable confetti was also a very fun highlight of our day.”
“We were down at Gold Coast for the weekend as I (Zoe) was competing in an F45 comp. Being spontaneous as always Zac decided to surprise me with sunrise hot air ballooning which I had always wanted to do. Being distracted with the competition on that weekend Zac was able to surprise me with a proposal just after we touched down at the end of our flight, it was perfect. This was followed by a champagne breakfast!”
The Perfect Fit
“Who wouldn’t want to marry their best friend? Zac has so much personality and can make any moment more fun than what it already is. He offers so much to our relationship and treats me with so much respect.”
Images by Coastal Love Collective
“Originally both being from Rockhampton we wanted to embrace how beautiful and grateful we were for now living on the sunshine coast by getting married here. Our venue complimented all our needs, it was a one stop place for the whole day, it provided accommodation for our family and friends who had to travel, and it was topped of with the most unreal views.”
Advice for Future Brides
“Once its the wedding day let the stress go, it’ll all fall into place. Take time to take in the moments.”
Biggest splurge: The band and flowers. It was Zac’s aim to have a band groovy enough to have everyone dancing the whole night and that’s exactly how it went. We wanted to keep the day simple and our flowers were our way of making the simple features of our day stand out. Our stand out piece was the hang floral arrangement above the dance floor.
Best bargain: My dress from Spell Byron Bay. I found it perfect in every way and was able to keep in under $1000.
Bride’s dress: Spell Byron Bay
Earrings: Samantha Wills
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Zimmerman
Bridesmaids’ shoes: Lipstick Shoes
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Roger David
Flowergirl’s dress: Arabella and Rose
DIY: All our signs, candy bar and reception set up was DIY.
Honeymoon: New Zealand
Number of guests: 100
Wedding budget: $20, 000
Actual wedding cost: $30,000
Photography: Coastal Love Collective | Videography: Jayframe Images | Venue: Maleny Retreat | Wedding day coordinator: Kirsty from Maleny Retreat | Flowers: Willow Bud | Catering: Parma Food Van | Cake: Cake Cartel | Makeup: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry | Hair: Hairby Sam Edwards | Tipi + rentals: Tipi Luxe | Entertainment: The White Tree Band (reception) | Officiant: Pastor Ron Holey | Wedding night accommodation: Maleny Retreat