Regular readers of our website will know that winter is our favourite time for weddings and this year again, was no exception. When Sarah and Mark married in June they decided on a cliff top ceremony with a formal, vintage-inspired reception for around 100 of their family and friends.
As busy professionals, Sarah & Mark engaged Stradbroke Weddings to assist with various aspects of their planning, including decorating on the day and managing both the ceremony and reception. As time wore on and Sarah & Mark experienced the ease with which their planning evolved with Stradbroke Weddings, they engaged us to assist them with even more services and we were happy to oblige.
One of the great aspects of our job is seeing all our hard work and meticulous planning come together on the day. It’s a very satisfying part of our work and Sarah and Mark’s day was gorgeous from beginning to end.
Sarah wore a simple, elegant 30’s inspired gown and her bridesmaids were dressed in deep violet. Sarah engaged our award winning floristry service to provide simple posies of white Oriental Lilies to her bridal party.
Married on the cliffs overlooking Main Beach, Sarah & Mark chose our original vine pagoda design accented with white Lilies to match the bridal bouquets. Our team installed dramatic decorations in their reception room which included gathered ceiling drapes finished with black satin ribbons, thousands of fairy lights, candles and a vintage style Moroccan chandelier.
Tall vases brimming with white Lilies, Orchids and fern were placed on mirrors on each table to double the effect of the flowers and candles. Word quickly spread on the Island as we were putting the finishing touches to our decorations and we had people popping into the venue all day to see the “gorgeous decorations” they had heard about.
Needless to say, Sarah & Mark were thrilled when they finally made their grand entrance into the room after returning from photographs on the beach. Stradbroke Weddings provided the music for the night with one of our exclusive DJs and when the reception finished at midnight, guests had the next morning’s recovery breakfast to look forward to on the beach.
Unfortunately, the day dawned stormy, so we reverted to our plan ‘b’ (we always have one!) and held the breakfast indoors. Guests enjoyed a buffet breakfast while reliving the festivities of the night before and many indulged in a second helping of wedding cake and champagne before proceeding to the beach for a game of footy and further picnicking once the weather decided to cooperate.
Many of Sarah & Marks guests approached us throughout the reception and thanked us for a beautiful day, commenting that it was the best wedding they had ever attended and Sarah and Mark said that they couldn’t believe how beautiful everything was and how smoothly and effortlessly everything ran throughout the entire day.
Having a great day is all about meticulous planning, having a team for professional suppliers and experienced management on the day to take the stress away from you and your friends and family. We’re pleased to have been part of yet another successful, Stradbroke Wedding!
Above Sarah & Mark’s wedding reflected a vintage feel with ceiling draping and thousands of fairy lights