Free Wedding Expo in the Hinterland

It’s only two more days till the hinterland event of the season. A Hinterland Wedding Expo is on this Sunday, June 16 at Sunshine Coast hinterland wedding venue, Flaxton Gardens. The best the hinterland has to offer in wedding vendors will be there for you to meet and discuss your wedding needs. There will be a catwalk show and canapes, plus you will be able to grab yourself a map and head out on an adventure-filled day of viewing the wedding venues in the area opening their doors to you. And the best part – it’s all free!

To celebrate, we have brought you one of our all-time favourite hinterland weddings held at Flaxton Gardens today for your oggling pleasure! 

Janelle says planning her Sunshine Coast hinterland wedding was one of the most enjoyable experiences of her life. It was a dream come true to be able to plan an amazing day, not only for herself and her now husband, Shane, but also for their cherished family and friends to enjoy. Plus, Janelle really loves getting her craft on!

Having rustic vintage elements in mind, Janelle DIYed her way to a gorgeous Flaxton wedding at Sunshine Coast hinterland wedding venueFlaxton Gardens. Chalk boards and rustic wooden signage made for cute styling in the gorgeous setting. Delicious food for all the guests was of utmost importance, and the catering at Flaxton Gardens did not disappoint. The guests were treated to scrummy canapes, followed by a sit down dinner with a choice of chicken or salmon dishes that were a big hit.

Janelle and Shane called on their wonderful friends to help out with the wedding in many different ways. Their transport was a friend’s gorgeous blue Kombi van, another pal pitched in and made a tier of cupcakes for the wedding cake, while another was acted as DJ throughout the reception, playing all the couple’s fave tunes.

The beautiful photos below are by Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, Terri Hanlon Photography, and all of the other amazing wedding professionals responsible for this dream wedding are listed below them. 

We are truly best friends

Shane and I met whilst we were both working in Lake Louise Canada. We lived next door to each other and I served him coffee everyday.

The day before the wedding, three of my best friends and mum came up and helped me put all my ideas together.”

Everyone loved the attention to detail and said the whole day was amazing and it’s sad it had to end.

The whole day was very relaxed, time for everyone to catch up and just have fun. Everything was planned so no one had to do anything but relax and enjoy the day.”

Wedding Secrets Revealed

Biggest splurge: The food – the happy couple wanted everyone to eat well and enjoy it!

Best bargain: The boys’ suits were made in Bali for $100!

Bridal gown: Eve Boutique

Bridal accessories: Eumundi Markets

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Sportsgirl

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Eumundi Markets

Groom and groomsmen’s suits: Janelle designed them and had them made in Bali

Groom and groomsmen’s shoes: Mathers

Bombonieres: Cupcake and a little brown bag of chocolates

DIY: Just about everything – the decorations, programmes, invitations, flowers, and dessert table

Total cost: $12,000, paid for by Janelle’s dad


Janelle and Shane’s Hand-picked Team That Made It All Happen

Photographer: Terri Hanlon Photography

Location: Flaxton Gardens

Florist: Maleny Florist

Caterer: Flaxton Gardens

Makeup Artist: The Makeup Boutique

Hair Stylist: Kooshka

Celebrant/Other Officiary: Pastor Jonathan Gullo from Suncoast Church


Come and meet The Bride’s Tree team and lots of amazing wedding vendors at Flaxton Gardens on Sunday, July 16 for A Hinterland Wedding Expo

When: Sunday, July 16

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Where: Flaxton Gardens, 313 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton (just 2km from Montville Villiage)

What’s happening

  • Meet and discuss your wedding needs with world-class, local wedding service providers

  • Take a look through the hinterland’s beautiful wedding venues that are open for inspection

  • Enjoy the catwalk and canapes at 3:00pm and see if you have won one of the fabulous prizes on offer

Entry cost: FREE! 


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.