Maison La Plage Noosa Wedding
James & Tenash
Length of engagement
2.5 years (1 covid reschedule)
I know everyone says it but it really does go fast. I’m so glad we had a videographer there to capture everything for us to relive - worth every penny!
Notes from the lovers
Tell us about your ceremony at Maison La Plage Noosa
We chose Noosa as it was where we met 8 years ago. I grew up on the coast and James was visiting coaching a basketball tournament that weekend we met at the rolling rock (cute I know! haha) Personally I always envisioned a field with twinkle lights for my wedding/reception but it felt right to get married less than 100m from where we had our first kiss.
People get really focused on everything going perfectly particularly during the ceremony. We really wanted our dogs there with us on the day as they are our family too. My mum was holding our dachshund Bino and my step dad was holding our greyhound Luna during the ceremony. During James’ vows I think Bino finally noticed who I was. He wouldn’t stop whimpering and crying trying to get to me. Which then made Luna start barking. We had to stop mid vows for me to grab Binos lead and hold him so he could be close to me. I think it’s these moments that make the day really special and unique to our story!
Another special thing about our day was that my sister performed our ceremony. I always felt it was such an odd concept for someone you had only met a couple of times before the wedding get up there and talk about you like they had known you a lifetime. Having Aasta talk about our relationship felt right because she has been there for so much of it. We still had a celebrant there to perform the legals for us.
Photographer: Bulb Creative
Celebrant: bride's sister & legals by kirsty Spencer celebrant
Bride’s Accommodation: Noosa Crest Penthouse
Reception venue & Catering: Land and Sea Brewery
Cake: Family friend
Wedding favours: my favour was an awesome night!
Stationery: family - printed ourselves
Veil: Amelie George
Shoes: Jo Mercer
Accessories: A. B. Ellie earrings
Makeup: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry
Groom Shoes: Florsheim
You approach to the planning process?
My advice to other couples planning is to choose what’s most important to you and spend big dollars on those items. We thought about things that would make or break the day. For us that was a good DJ and photography/videography. We also chose a venue that suited us as a couple, we aren’t particularly fancy people so the idea of gourmet junk food at a brewery hit the spot for us! Your wedding doesn’t have to look like an Instagram reel to be amazing. People have the most fun when it represents the couple! also James is very savvy with budgeting so he made us an excel spreadsheet that we put all our quotes into. He added a formula so it would tell us how much we have to save weekly to achieve our budget by the wedding. That helped us be realistic and set a budget that we could afford.
What about your reception at Land and Sea!
we are super laid back people. We didn’t want a sit down 4 course tradition dinner. We also wanted to really stay within our budget. Land and Sea were an absolute stand out for us. We had been to the venue before for lunch and loved the industrial feel of it. It needed minimal decor because it was a statement in its own with the distillery and brewery in the background. Gourmet junk food is one of our favourite dishes and the kitchen knocked the menu out of the park. There was so much food guests couldn’t believe it. James also loves his beer - the mango sour is a must try according to him. Lou the venue manager set up the venue for us free of charge and did a beautiful job. They even pulled down a promotional bar they had built because the tiki vibes didn’t suit my theme and I had a bridezilla melt down 3 months out when I saw it for the first time.
Your decision to not have a bridal party?
not having a bridal party was the best decision ever (I think it’s an outdated tradition and puts a lot of stress on friendships). It saved us a lot of money and took the stress off our friends for financial expectations leading up to the day. Even though we didn’t have bridal parties we wanted our close friends with us getting ready, They were still apart of our day, most of the girls opted to have hair and make up done but they had no set responsibility on the day. They got to relax and just enjoy the party!