On the morning of her wedding, bride Chanel had her mum and her bridesmaids by her side. The plan was to create a relaxed, calm environment, free of chaos, to prepare for the biggest day of her life. Champagne, laughter and pampering made the morning a dream. Later on the bride walked down the aisle at Maison La Plage for a Hastings Street wedding ceremony to the ukelele version of “Over the Rainbow”, completely zen and ready to start her married life with partner, Scott.
Chanel shares some of the highlights of the day and how she planned her dream day.
Finding their Dream Team
“Once we organised our wedding ceremony and reception fit out with Splash everything fell into place. With all the suppliers knowing each other as they had previously worked together it came together very easily, each recommending one another.”
“I had just come home from an overseas holiday and was getting ready to unpack and have a shower when Scott followed me into our bedroom with a shell jewelry box I had bought on my travels. He asked me if I had looked inside it and when I opened it and saw my beautiful ring we both burst into tears. He couldn’t spit out the question before I said ‘Yes.'”
“The highest priority was having a great photographer. I have always loved looking through photo albums and we wanted to make sure we had images that we loved forever and would never get sick of looking at.”
Wet Weather Back Up
“Our biggest challenge when planning our wedding was working out the wet weather backup. We tried to ensure there would be no rain on our wedding day so we married in June when it is relatively dry. Luckily we had clear skies but for the days leading up that was a bit of a challenge to organise.”
Images by Tara Lee Photography
“Scott is the man of my dreams and everything I could ever wish for in a life partner. He makes me laugh like no one else and continuously does things that make me fall in love with him all over again, one lifetime with Scott would never be enough.”
The Perfect Location
“Scott and myself had always holidayed as children in Noosa and it was the first place we went away together as a couple. It really wasn’t something we had to think about because we both had fallen in love with Noosa. Maison La Plage is located on Noosa beach; having a beach wedding was what we both had wanted. We were lucky enough to find such a perfect location that was so well suited to what we were looking for.”
“Our Photographer, Tara Lee, was an integral to how perfect our wedding day was. She took the most beautiful photographs and allowed Scott and myself check out for an hour while we had our photos taken and enjoy being married – we got lost in the moment celebrating and she was there capturing the whole thing.”
“I loved working with Splash Events – their display room you could get lost in. They worked their magic and made our special day so stunning. “
Biggest splurge: Our Reception was our biggest splurge. We had always wanted to have a Restaurant cater our Wedding and for our special day to continue into the night with a beautiful Dinner for everyone to enjoy.
Best bargain: Our invitations, stationary and thank you cards we purchased online. We didn’t pay someone to create the design for us – we managed to find some we liked and the website allowed us to customize them for free!
Bride’s dress: Elizabeth De Varga
Bride’s accessories: Mimco
Bride’s shoes: Windsor Smith
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Sheike
Bridesmaids’ accessories: Mimco
Bridesmaids’ shoes: Windsor Smith
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Saba
Flowergirl’s dress: Elizabeth De Varga
Honeymoon: Koh Samui
Number of guests: 84
Wedding budget: $60,000 (including pre-wedding celebrations)
Actual cost: On budget!
Photographer: Tara Lee Photography | Venue: Sails Noosa | Florist: Blooms of Noosa | Cake: Cake Designs | Favours: Baked by Belle | Transport: Birti the Bentley | Hair + makeup: Silk Hair and Makeup | Styling + decor: Splash Events | Entertainment: Noosa DJs | Stationery: Minted | Celebrant: Karen Faa | Wedding night accommodation: On the Beach, Noosa