Wedding Stories

A winter wedding

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

Full moon magic

When Helen & Stephen told us they wanted to hold a marquee reception on a headland at Point Lookout and were flexible about the date, there was no question; they must time it with the full moon!

And so began the story of how a marquee wedding was arranged on a headland overlooking a full moon rising from the ocean.

For their ceremony, Helen and Stephen chose South Gorge beach as the perfect backdrop for the beginning of their celebration. A simple installation of market umbrellas and white Americana chairs supplied by Stradbroke Party Hire provided an intimate setting as Helen and Stephen exchanged their ‘I-dos’.

After the official proceedings, it was time to celebrate as guests were led back to the cliff top marquee by Helen’s pied-piper uncle as he played the fiddle. Back at the marquee guests sipped champagne and enjoyed gourmet canapés while they waited for the arrival of the bride and groom. With a spectacular full moon rise in the offing, we couldn’t really blame the Bliss photography girls for absconding with the bride and groom to keep them a little longer on the cliffs! The photos proved well worth the wait for the happy couple’s return.

Bridal bouquets and table flowers were supplied by Stradbroke Flowers and featured bouquets of soft ivory Roses and pale pink and lilac Freesias. The scent was nothing short of divine! Mirrors on tables reflected the multitude of candles and bunches of flowers on each table and soft pink lights surrounded the dance floor, lending a soft glow to the entire marquee. Rice paper tea light lanterns lit the path to the amenities and around the perimeter of the marquee.

Bar staff served champagne and a selection of drinks chosen by the clients to guests at their tables. The menu featured a fresh gourmet BBQ buffet with a selection of French desserts and wedding cake served with fresh brewed coffee and tea. – all in a remote location! How good is our team!! A big thank you to all our providers who made Helen & Stephen’s wedding such a success!