For their Brisbane wedding, local couple Chelsea and Michael wanted a wedding venue that was quintessentially Brisbane. You can’t get more Brisbane than The Calile Hotel, which has become iconic to Fortitude Valley. 

The couple kicked off their Brisbane wedding day with a rooftop first look at their venue, taking a few moments to admire each other dressed to the nines before the official parts of the day commenced. 

Friends flocked from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast to help celebrate the couple in their St. Stephens Cathedral ceremony before continuing on to The Calile for their epic wedding reception, which included indoor fireworks and a grand piano performance from the Groom! 

If you’re getting married in Brisbane, this wedding will give you a ton of inspiration for an elegant affair in the city. Bride Chelsea was kind enough to share her story below, as well as all her wedding secrets – scroll for those, you won’t want to miss them! 


Brisbane Wedding Vendors 

Photographer | LOVER OF MINE

Videographer | ALL YOUR MEMORIES


Reception venue | THE CALILE HOTEL

Hair stylist | EVALYN PARSONS




Entertainment | AMICI BAND

Wedding Night Accommodation | THE CALILE HOTEL 


Bride and bridesmaid on terrace wearing matching pyjamas with Brisbane cityscape in the background
wedding gown hung in stairwell
Bridesmaids assisting bride to get dressed in wedding gown
Bridesmaids assisting bride to get dressed in wedding gown
Groom putting on his black tuxedo jacket with the assistance of groomsman

Stand-out Brisbane Wedding Vendor

Evalyn Parsons – we have been friends for over 10 years and I couldn’t imagine anyone else being there to look after myself, my mum and bridesmaids. She is full of advice and is so calming.

Unforgettable Moment

Mike surprising me on the grand piano, playing Firestone. Conrad Sewell is a friend & guest who jumped up on the mic.

Our Biggest Wedding Planning Priority

The people we invited. It was an intimate wedding and refining our guest list was difficult however we were very intentional.

The Proposal

Mike took me on the most incredible trip to Italy and proposed in a small city outside of Florence and Seana. 

Why I Decided to Marry Him

Mike cares so deeply for me and makes everyday joyful. He has a wonderful balance between work, life, friends and family.

Brisbane Wedding Venue

The Calile Hotel felt like quintessential Brisbane to us. We live in Brisbane and have immediate family on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, so this just made sense.
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St Stephens Cathedral Brisbane facade
Bride and her parents walking down the aisle in Cathedral in Brisbane

Brisbane Wedding Secrets

Biggest Splurge: Grand piano at reception for Mike to play a song along side a dear friend. 

Best Budget-Saver: Buying my dress secondhand. 

Bride’s Dress: Kyha

Groom’s Suit: Canali

Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Shona Joy

Honeymoon: Japan

Number of Guests: 85

Advice For Other Couples Planning Their Brisbane Wedding

YOMO! You only marry once! Do it your way.

Our Next Big Adventure

Two weeks after the wedding we bought our first home and then went away to honeymoon. No grand plans now, just to enjoy marriage.

Hi, I’m Sally, Founder and Editor of The Bride’s Tree. Over the past 13 years I’ve written thousands of articles about all things wedding from tips and trends to etiquette and ideas. On this blog I bring you the best of Sunshine Coast and Brisbane weddings.