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DIY Kawana Beach Wedding

3rd April 2014

Lovely Sunshine Coast bride, Megan, planned a beautiful vintage beach-themed wedding on a budget. With a little help from family and friends, her DIY efforts started with the invitations, continued with putting together bombonieres and even went so far as arranging the flowers and hair styling. 


The pair were married at Kawana beach under a bamboo canopy the bride and her father constructed together, and then held their modestly catered reception in their church hall. As a very sweet touch, the couple surprised the bride’s father, a long-time Kombi van enthusiast with a super rad mode of transportation from Deluxe Kombie Service that really went with the vintage beach theme, too! 

You can see for yourself just how beautifully Megan and Matthew’s wedding came together from their creative efforts in these stunning photographs by Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, Jennifer Oliphant Photographer

The best part of my day was marrying my best friend and love of my life, which I know is corny, but true.”

Our families have been friends for many years before we were born so we grew up together.  Matthew moved to the Sunshine Coast a few years before me and when I did later we saw each other in a different light and started dating.”

Our family friend and pastor officiated the ceremony and we had a good friend of mine sing during the signing of the registry.

We always tell each other the truth and never hide anything from each other.”

I changed my mind about the theme a few times just shortly after we started planning.  It wasn’t till the last few months I really decided on beachy vintage theme.

We gave the boy’s tool kits and the girls a personalised bag with a pearl bracelet, nail polish, snacks, tissues plus a few things they might need on the day.”

My dad has always been a massive Kombi van fan as he used to drive one before kids, so we organised the transport of a Kombi van as a surprise for him and when it pulled into the driveway to take us to the ceremony his face was priceless!

Decorating and styling by Beedazzled Events

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Flowers. I had lots of flowers!

Best money-saver: Lots of DIY

Bridal gown: Alfred Angelo sweetheart neckline tulle dress with an A-line skirt bought from Casars Elegance  in Maroochydore. It cost $900 and I had alterations done by Marilyn Crystelle Bridal.

Accessories: I had a brooch from each of my grandmother’s, one on my dress and the other on my bouquet.  My veil was my mum’s and with the beautiful embroidery on the edging it was stunning!

Shoes: Gold glitter ballet flats from Payless Shoes

Bridesmaid dresses: Cream lace dress from Cotton On

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Belt made from ribbon I added myself.  Flower girls crown made by myself.

Groom and Groomsmen’s suit and shoes: They all already owned black pants and white shirt and Matt’s grandmother made the vests.

Rings: Michael Hill

DIY: I made the stationary, cake, arranged my flowers, decorating, all our hair and favours.

Number of guests: 80

Wedding budget: $10,000


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Photographer: Jennifer Oliphant Photographer

Decorators: Beedazzled Events

Transport: Deluxe Kombie Service

Florist: DIY arrangements with flowers bought flowers from Suncoast Flowers / Caterer: The Golden Roast / Makeup Artist: Powder Me Makeup Studio


Want to see more of Jennifer Oliphant’s beautiful photographic work? View or download your FREE copy of  Volume 5 of our online bridal magazine, where you will find a positively toothsome styled shoot, Into the Wilderness, that our Jen has photographed. 

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