i am going to start from the start and cover the details. all the glorious details. yes it was six months of manic-craziness but we pulled it off. not just our big fat wedding day, but a memorable weekend that makes me smile every time i think about it.
north stradbroke island was where we chose to wed, not only because of its raw and untouched beauty but the deep connection both kurt and i have with the island. straddie really turned it on and our wee-little festival as some were calling it, went off without a glitch.
we started the celebrations on the thursday evening with a low-key rehearsal dinner for the bridal party, their partners and our parents. this was a golden opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle over pizza and wines at the straddie hotel and for both kurt and i to thank our bridal party and discuss the weekends agenda.
friday was d-day for most of our vendors but it was also welcome beach bbq day, hosted by kurt and i. as we opted for a kiddie free wedding day, this was a good opportunity for everyone to meet other wedding guests over some casual drinks on the sand and kick start a beautiful few days of festivities. a big fat thank you to my band of bridesmaids for cooking up a storm pre-bbq and really helping pull it together.
we had 64 guests all together and while this was not small, it was by no means big. it was the perfect number for us and it was a balanced mix of family and friends - we were honoured to have so many peeps take time out of their hectic schedules to take part of our special day. we had friends that not only symbolised some of the incredible journeys we have been on in the past years as well as family from all walks of life in attendance.
without further a-do i will get into the deets of everything as the time and energy spent to pull it all off is worth going over, if not for you, for me, when i am looking back in a few years and thinking would't it be lovely to do it all again...
we went for a luxe island theme that we wanted to filter right through from save the dates right to the wedding itineraries handed out on the wedding day. we really wanted the local flora and fauna to be featured at the ceremony and reception, so felt it only fitting to continue that through all the stationary. we used sarah and the team from the print fairy for the save the dates, invites, menu cards, wedding signs and even a matching wedding website, which for us was fantastic - we were able to detail accommodation and transport details to guests via this medium. i found the lovely nikole from la bohemme paper on etsy and she was able to whip up the wedding itineraries and custom cocktail cards and a few other bits and bobs that came up last minute.
venue - ceremony
kurt and i were married in a beautiful yet windy ceremony on a sacred sandbank in the middle of moreton island. we had to obtain special permission to get married here from the local aboriginal community and to their knowledge there hadn't been a wedding on the sandbank for over 100 years. after being turned down three times we were eventually granted permission and it really was a spectacular location. why a sandbank? well there is a certain romance to it. the ever changing, ever shifting, transient nature along with the knowledge that never again will it be the same as it was on that day, made it all the more beautiful.
given its location and its venerability to weather, guests were only notified the morning of the wedding where they needed to be at what time by a google pin drop. the amazing team from the amity trader made the difficulty of access seem too easy, as boat was the only way of getting to and from - it became a novelty to guests once they realised what was going on.
venue - reception
we were lucky enough to be able to use kurt's family beach house at stradbroke island as the reception venue. it was essentially a beautifully manicured blank canvass that we were able to ship everything we needed, too. we brought in everything from the lights and marquee to portable powder rooms right down to the cutlery, everything was ferried over by our team of wonderful vendors. (i have linked all suppliers through in this post and the next few for those brides looking for more ideas.)
next up i will go over the hair, makeup, dresses, shoes and flowers - oh and the food - oh the food. as you can see the details were something i really wanted to capture on the day and our beautiful photographers did an amazing job snapping the essence of the finer details. below is a video link to the drone footage of our ceremony shot by the amazing daniel from north head films. let me know what you think.