Real Wedding: Kieran + Sam in Maleny

When Keiran and Sam blew out their wedding budget, Sam decided to cut costs by styling their reception herself in an impressive DIY feat. She bought all the flowers from the local farmers market, and fashioned up some sweet hessian table runners and centrepieces befitting of the gorgeous marquee wedding they had planned in the heart of the Sunshine Coast hinterland at Maleny Retreat. 

The very talented Roy Byrne Photographer was there to capture all of the special moments. And let me tell you, there were many. 

“For me marriage was uniting us as a family, we have 3 beautiful children & have shared ten years of our lives together, we felt ready.”

“Right before my dad walked me down the aisle, we stopped in the doorway and had this special moment. All my bridesmaids had left the room and there was this silence. We held hands and looked at each other and he said with tears in his eyes, “This is it babe.’” It all hit me, I am a grown woman and his only child, this is where life has led us. I’ll never forget that moment I shared with my dad.”

“I was whisked away on a surprise trip to Sydney and after a fancy (expensive) rooftop dinner over looking the harbour, my dessert plate came out with ‘will you marry me’ written in chocolate sauce, just gorgeous.”

“One of the stand out points for me was that weather. Was that for real? We specifically chose the 16th of August because Google tells us that month has one of the lowest rainfalls in the entire year for the Sunshine Coast. I had gumboots under my dress; my fishtail braid turned into a rat’s nest and my dress was soaking wet and heavy.

“Looking back I can definitely see the funny side of the weather, and to top it off we woke to a glorious blue sky with not a cloud in sight.”

“My best advice to other brides is to be yourself, go with your instincts and let your wedding express your personality and style. Don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing, pick what you love and live within your means.”

“When we first viewed Maleny Retreat, I knew instantly this was it. This big blank canvas of green grass and the most amazing backdrop of my hometown of The Glass House Mountains.’  I have to say the venue was my inspiration; I kept it simple and elegant. I let the venue speak for itself.”

Wedding Secrets 

Bridal gown: Allure Bridal, Hills in Hollywood

Veil: Ebay

Shoes: Ruby Shoes

Jewellery Accessories: Bride – Adorne, Eve Boutique; Bridesmaids – Forever new

Bridesmaids dresses: My little Bow

Grooms & groomsman suits: Suits Direct

Grooms shoes: Windsor Smith

Ties: Suits Direct

Rings: Michael Hill

DIY: Flowers, cake, reception styling.


A-list Vendors

Photos: Roy Byrne Photographer

Ceremony + Reception venue: Maleny Retreat

Ceremony Styling: Style le Aisle

Cinematographer: Bxcsmxth

Catering: The Spit Roast Company / Hair:  Josh Walker Hair Artistry / Makeup: Miranda Emblem / Celebrant: Sunshine Coast Celebrant Dee / Music: Sunshine Coast DJs

Do yourself a favour and take a peek at Kieran and Sam’s full wedding album

Maleny Retreat Open Weekend is on February 7-8. 

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.