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Lauren loves Joe | Sunshine Beach Wedding

20th May 2020

Lauren wanted all their 130 guests to have a great time at their Sunshine Beach wedding, Joe just wanted his beloved to be happy!

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Beautifully styled in the most stunning beach location, Lauren and Joe’s wedding was a heartfelt dream of a day. The on-trend colour palette of peaches and warm neutral tones with pops of rust and peony coral were perfect for the beachside location of Sunshine Beach SLSC. The ceremony, styled by Simply Style Co., overlooked Sunshine Beach and guests didn’t have to travel far to the reception – in fact, it was right upstairs! 

Bride, Lauren, kindly shared her wedding secrets with us below… 

Why I married this man

Joe is unbelievably thoughtful and considerate. We both have strong family values, which is very important to me. He can always make me smile – no matter what mood I am in or how bad my day has been. He is one very attractive man! If you look up the word “gentleman” in the dictionary, I swear there would be a photo of Joe (right next to a photo of my Dad.)

Why he married me

Joe says, “Lauren is a kind soul who has strong family values. She makes me feel like I am important to her. She’s my rock – whenever I have a bad day, within two seconds of being around her, my troubles melt away.”

Biggest wedding-planning challenge

Our guest list – we are both from quite large, tight knit families, so even before we added any friends, our numbers were up there!

Images by Klee Photography

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The Music

Walking down the aisle – Bloom by The Paper Kites

Signing #1 – Love Someone by Lukas Graham

Recessional (aisle exit): You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Bridal Party entrance: I’ll Be There For You (Theme From Friends) by The Rembrandts

Bride & Groom entrance: Sugar by Maroon 5

Cake cutting: Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur

First dance: Everything by Michael Buble

Father/daughter dance: My Girl by The Temptations

Mother/son dance: Two Hearts by Phil Collins

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Biggest splurge: My dress – I am not a very confident person and knew I wanted to feel beautiful yet comfortable on the most important day of my life to date!

Best money-saver: Asking for recommendations from locals for decorators and florists – a few of the ones we spoke to originally wanted to charge us per head, and we couldn’t understand why (given we weren’t having anything that was on a per person basis, such as chair covers or table settings) – but the ones we worked with (Rachelle from Simply Style Co. and Sandi from Willow Bud) were absolutely amazing, well priced and gave us a completely bespoke service.

Bride’s dress: Erin Clare Bridal

Bride’s shoes: Nine West

Groom’s attire: InStitchu

Groom’s watch: Tommy Hilfiger

Groom’s shoes: Florsheim

Bridesmaids’ dresses: They each ordered their own, and were all different brands – Alabaster the Label, ASOS, Flounce London, Bec + Bridge. 

Bridesmaids’ earrings: Ruby & Sage

Bridesmaids’ shoes: Kmart

Groomsmen’s attire: Shirt and pants – Sportscraft, shoes – Betts Shoes

Honeymoon: We stayed on at Sunshine Beach/Noosa for a week after the wedding. We were planning on having a honeymoon later in the year to either New Zealand or Tasmania, but COVID-19 has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works there!

Number of guests: 130

Wedding budget: We didn’t set an overall budget – we knew what we wanted, found the right priced vendors, and saved accordingly.

Actual cost of wedding: $53,000

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Photographer: Klee Photography | Videographer: Castle & Crown | Venue + catering: Sunshine Beach SLSC | Stylist: Simply Style Co. | Florist: Willow Bud | Cake: Chocolate 2 Chilli | Transport: Old Skool Kombis | Makeup: Mirror Mirror Makeup Artistry | Hair: Evalyn Parsons | Entertainment: The Famo’s Duo for ceremony, Drew Wilson for reception | Stationery: Invitations – The Fabled Papery, seating chart + welcome sign – Peach Perfect | Celebrant: I Am Celebrant Sam | Wedding night accommodation: Holiday rental through Sunshine Beach Real Estate 

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