A chance meeting at a local surf club here on the Sunshine Coast lead to happily ever after for Victorian Emilie and Queenslander, Ben. Her trip to Queensland yielded much more than she bargained for, and she ended up moving interstate just a few months later.
When it came to their wedding day, Emilie and Ben wanted nothing more than to have all their family and friends in one place for a few days to enjoy each others’ company in a relaxed atmosphere. Noosa North Shore Retreat provided the perfect rustic setting with both the beach and the bush, and made for some really fun bridal party photos when the large group trekked out in gum boots and all.
Bride, Emilie, says her Noosa North Shore Wedding was so much fun and such a perfect reflection of her and her now husband as a couple, she would do it all again.
Images by Matt Rowe Photography.
Hair and makeup by Emily Glasson Hair & Makeup Styling “We loved having such a big bridal party….it made it even more fun getting ready on the day!”
“We were lucky enough to have so many loved ones involved on the day with jobs such as MC, celebrant and wedding car driver. It made the day so much more relaxed and easy.” “We went bush! The photographers had found the perfect location that suited our theme. It was in the bushland of the property of our wedding venue so it was super easy and all close together” “We had a massive bridal party with six each! I had my sister, sister in-law, cousin and three best friends. Ben had his brother and five of his best mates. We couldn’t choose between this special bunch so it was all of them or none of them.” “We are complete opposites. Somehow this makes us work perfectly together and it certainly keeps the relationship interesting!” “We loved that every thing about the wedding was the very picture of us. The day was so relaxed.” “Bens biggest priority was the music so he was in charge of organising that and my biggest priority was the venue. I wanted it to be somewhere where all of the guests could stay at the same place for the entire weekend as most of them were travelling from interstate and some from overseas. We wanted the opportunity to spend time with everyone and have a fun few days.”
Biggest splurge: For the wedding day itself, we spent the most on our photographers, Matt and Amanda Rowe. They were amazing on the day having to deal with our massive bridal party and the photos turned out perfect.
Best bargain: My wonderful friend, Sally, who was our celebrant not only offered her services for free but also organised the best wedding cake ever as our wedding gift. She made our ceremony perfect and the cake was to die for. It was wheels of cheese!
Bridal gown: Allure from Hills in Hollywood, $2500
Earrings: Diva, $20
Shoes: Betts Shoes, $90
Groom and groomsmen’s suits and shoes: Roger David, $400 + $250
Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller + Prouds the Jewellers
DIY: Vintage props – suitcases, ladders, books, jars, bottles and crates; name tags, menus, and coat hangers.
Number of guests: 95
Wedding budget: $25,000
“We loved having our dog involved in the ceremony, having cheese instead of a traditional wedding cake, wearing gum boots for our wedding photos, thongs available on the dance floor for the girls who wanted to kick off their heels, Ben incorporating his love of AFL… I want to get married again!” “We literally booked everything in the first 6 weeks of being engaged. We wanted the whole process to be stress free so we got it all done as quick as possible so then I could just focus on all the fun stuff such as the decorations.”
Photography: Matt Rowe Photography | Venue + catering: Noosa North Shore Retreat | Ceremony styling + lolly buffet: Style Le Aisle | Flowers: Buderim Floral Art | Hair + makeup: Emily Glasson Hair & Makeup Styling | Entertainment: In the Booth + Michael Eotvos | Celebrant: Sally Williams-Wynn | Wedding night accommodation: Noosa North Shore Retreat