Real Wedding: Willow & Ben at Anna Bella The Wedding Chapel

Judy Steward, who dreamt up, designed, built and now runs Anna Bella The Wedding Chapel in Ilkley had the distinct honour of hosting her own son’s wedding at her beautiful chapel recently! Their gorgeous nuptials included their very new 2-month-old bundle of joy, who was suitably doted on throughout the affair by all three of her grandparents.


The chapel wedding ceremony was followed with bridal party photos on the farm property and dam, then  a catered marquee reception with consumate style, as planned and executed by Wholehearted Studio

Their dreamy day was captured by First Class Wedding Photography.

The Happy Couple

The small things matter to us. We never go to bed angry with each other. Who ever goes to work first always gives the other a kiss and an “I love you”, no matter how early. We try go on walks every day to get some quality time to talk to each other.

Surprise Gifts 

The bridesmaids bought me a pearl Tiffany bracelet and Samantha Wills earrings. I, too, unknowingly bought them Samantha Wills earrings. For one of my bridesmaids who had tunnels, and earrings wouldn’t work, she got a Samantha Wills Bohemian Bardot ring.

Patience for the Perfect Dress 

I was heavily pregnant when I was dress shopping and panic bought a dress I didn’t even like! I later found my dream Anna Campbell dress which I bought as well and wore.

Advice for Other Brides

Hire a stylist like Hayley from Wholehearted Studio. She takes care of all the decorating and ‘look’ of the wedding – there is no way I could have pulled off such a beautiful reception without her.

Delayed Honeymoon

We’re going to New Zealand with friends as our honeymoon at the end of July this year. A honeymoon with a two-month-old was going to be too hard!

Wedding Secrets

Bridal gown: Anna Campbell

Accessories: Samatha Wills 

Shoes: Bride: Melissa & Jason Wu

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Cue

Bridesmaids’ accessories: Samantha Wills

 Bridesmaids’ shoes: Joanne Mercer

Groom’s and groomsmens’ suits: Johns Formalwear 

A-List Vendors

Photographer: First Class Wedding Photography

Stylist and Decorator: Wholehearted Studio

Marquee Hire: Perry’s Sunshine Coast Event Hire

Florist: A Sculpted Leaf / Caterer: First Class Functions / Hair Stylist: Cut Your Losses / Entertainment: Acoustic River Band / Stationery Supplier: NicNac Design / Celebrant: The Noosa Celebrant

Take a peek at the Willow and Ben’s full wedding album. 

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.