Holly loves Jesse | Fairytale Wedding in Maleny

Holly and Jesse Fairytale Wedding Maleny _ Matt Rowe Photography _ The Bride's Tree

In the wise words of Cinderella, a dream is a wish your heart makes. And Holly had her heart set on embodying the quintessential Disney princess the day she wed her prince in a fairytale wedding in Maleny. 

She knew exactly how she wanted to look, so getting the dress right was priority number one. I think she nailed it, and  without even trying I can picture fluttering bluebirds, puff-cheeked chipmunks and adoring white mice flocking to her! 

The couple fell in love with the view at the picturesque Weddings at Tiffany’s when searching for their ideal wedding venue in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Then they chose wisely and had Matt Rowe Photography come along to capture all their special moments. 

The bride, Holly, shares her wedding planning story and wedding day memories with us… 

Adventure Proposal

“The proposal was an adventure. Jesse, with the help of my sister, Brittany, planned a scavenger hunt with clues located around the Gold Coast. Jesse arranged a driver to collect me and meet him at the restaurant where we shared our first date. Next, we went to the beach to go for a romantic walk with our dog Buster, who held the next clue. The driver then took us to Burleigh for a bike ride along the beach where we replenished ourselves at our favourite restaurant. The scavenger hunt continued to Mt Tamborine where a helicopter whisked us away to Tangalooma Island. Jesse prepared a private beach picnic and, whilst the sun was setting, he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him.”


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Priority #1

“The highest priority was definitely the dress. This is something that i have dreamed about my whole life having my fairytale Disney princess dress. I new exactly how I wanted it to look, so I wanted to make sure I invested my time and money into it so that it was perfect on the day.”

Biggest Wedding-Planning Challenge

“It would have to be the guest list and seating plan. We obviously wanted all of our friends and family that have been by our side since the beginning, but that also meant that it would be an absolute disaster if we forgot someone. Once that was sorted trying to figure out who was going to sit with who was just as tough to organise. After all we wanted everyone to get along and have an amazing night.”Print-118Print-198 Print-204Print-325 Print-277 Print-359Print-414

The Venue

“Jesse and i had always wanted to have a wedding venue with a view. As soon as I saw the location I fell in love. The feeling I got when i first walked into the venue was exactly what I wanted. I had been to many other locations and they never felt right until this one. We both love the view of the mountains and to have that as the backdrop of our wedding just made the day even more spectacular.”

Tears Fit For a Cowboy

“The most emotional moment of the day was the drive with dad to the ceremony and then Dad walking me down the aisle. My Dads an old cowboy so he never shows any emotion but I could feel it building in the car ride. He covered it up in his own way by joking around a little but as soon we started walking down that aisle the tears rolled out and I had to try as hard as I could to keep it all together.”



Husband and Wife

“The reason that I decided to marry Jesse was because we share the same values in life and I knew that we could work together as an amazing team and i could not wait to share all my life experiences with him and call him my husband.”

The Vows

“I’ll never forget the moment we both said our I do’s. We said the traditional vows and we also read out our own personal vows to make it even more special.”


Advice For Future Brides

“It’s such a big eventful day so when you get the chance grab your new husband and just take a moment together. Also making sure you have a good support team to help you though the process as it is impossible to do everything on your own.”Print-545Print-540Print-529Print-509Print-469

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: “It would have to the venue. As soon as we saw the location we were in love with it and no matter how much the package cost we were having our wedding there.”

Best money-saver: “One of our bridesmaids’ fathers lent us the amazing bridal party cars for the day instead of us having to hire them.”

Bride’s dress, accessories and shoes: Richard De Chazal

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Heavenly Bridal and Formal

Bridesmaids’ accessories and shoes: Richard De Chazal

Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Bruno’s Suits

Rings: JWG

Honeymoon: Koh Samui

Number of guests: 80

Wedding budget: $50,000

Actual cost of wedding: $60,000 


Unforgettable First Dance Moment

“Following the first dance, all married couples were asked to join us on the dance floor. We wanted to see who had been married the longest so, as years married were called out and couples were asked to sit down, only the our grandparents remained dancing. It was a special moment and it showed everyone the beauty of marriage.”

And They Lived Happily Ever After… 

“Our next big adventure was planning our second home build. We both believe it is very import to have a happy and humble home to live and share with family and friends.”



Photographer: Matt Rowe Photography | Venue: Weddings at Tiffany’s | Flowers: Tiffany’s Flowers | Videographer: J’adore Wedding Video and Photography | Cake: Chocolate2Chilli | Makeup + hair: Richard De Chazal | DJ: GM Event Group | Celebrant: John Catterall | Wedding night ccommodation: Secrets on the Lake | Getting ready location: Montville Lake Terrace

Thank you for supporting our A-list Vendors, who helped make Holly and Jesse’s Fairytale come true… 


Meet the Weddings at Tiffany’s team at The Festival on the 29th July.  


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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.