Jade & Josh
Length of engagement
don't feel like you have to follow traditions, make your own up as you go! We chose to stay together the night before, & on the day, get ready together, along with our bridal party. It made us both feel comfortable and relaxed on the day to have each other around.
Notes from the lovers
What did you love most about having a Noosa Wedding?
Josh & I always pictured our wedding to be a beach one of some sort, as the ocean is my happy place & Josh loves to surf. A Noosa wedding on main beach was an obvious choice for our ceremony as the open sites along the foreshore are stunning & provide the perfect backdrop of the ocean. We had a large guest list & when we saw the leafy and lush site, Laguna Grove, right next to the rock wall, we knew it would be the perfect spot to fit all of our guests & still provide an intimate vibe. It cost us roughly $550 to hire the site for 3 hours for our ceremony, booked through the Noosa Council.
The Boathouse, noosa where our reception was held, is somewhere we'd been quite a few times before for both lunch & dinner. So we already knew their menu is delicious. Their wedding expo was definitely worth attending. Just for going, we scored a discount, per head, & the dance floor hire was for free. But it wasn't only their package that won us over, it was us chatting to their staff & hearing how much they care & were willing to work with us, to help us live our dream day. The Boathouse was also one of the only venues we found that were happy to cater to all dietary requirements.
Photographer: Kieran Tunbridge
Stylist: First Class Functions
Florist: Bud Naked Noosa
Celebrant: Mr Noosa Celebrant Jay Flood
Ceremony venue: Laguna Grove, Hastings Street, Noosa
Cake: Soul Kitchen
Shoes: Famous Footwear
Accessories): Ayla & Oak
Bridesmaid dresses: Esther & Co
all Suits & Shoes: YD
Top planning tips?
We started planning on the flight home from Europe after getting engaged during that trip! We were so excited & both wanted to have the wedding fairly quickly, however once we started researching we quickly realised most venues & suppliers require as much notice as possible. We realised it's best to book in with those at least a year in advance to ensure you secure the right date you want. My biggest advice is:
- start the planning process straight away even if it's just finding/deciding minor things you like, or starting a mood board or a wedding folder saved on Instagram. It's a pretty daunting & overwhelming experience when you first start, but you'll thank yourself later for deciding what you like early on. I started a Pinterest wedding board but found Instagram the best way to find advice, recommendations & tagged suppliers that had real brides' stories & experiences.
- I also made sure I booked in the most important things first which were the Noosa wedding venue & celebrant, to make sure they were locked into my wedding date. Everything else was easy to plan around those once they were booked.
- We also went to wedding expos which is a great way to network with suppliers & get a vibe of who you want to use. You also can score freebies as well so they're definitely worth attending!
- try to cross 1-3 things off your to-do list per week otherwise procrastination can take over, & before you know it nothing is locked in & it'll stress you out. Your future self will thank you for doing things bit by bit so it's not so overwhelming & getting done last minute before the wedding.
Must have's for the day?
A decent breakfast with my bridesmaids to start the day, at larder and baked.
My mum getting ready with me to keep me calm.
carrying an emergency kit for throughout the day with Band-Aids, touch up makeup & our phones.
Snacks & champagne we packed for the bridal party to enjoy during photos were a lifesaver!
Definitely an espresso martini to help me dance the whole night away.
also, having a private moment with your partner to look around, see the setting that you helped design/style & to watch your loved ones enjoy the occasion.
Your wedding style and finding your dress!
Finding the right dress was definitely the longest process for me. I knew in my mind what I wanted but it didn't exist at the time of us getting engaged. I wanted something simple, flowy & elegant that would be timeless. Shona Joy's modern bridal clothing instantly stood out to me & when they released their La Lune collection, I fell in love with their champagne coloured two-piece set. It was affordable & I hadn't seen anyone wearing it as their actual wedding dress before & so I wanted to do something different.
I also knew I wanted statement earrings to complement the look, but couldn't find the right ones that were jumping out at me until a few weeks before the wedding. Ayla & Oak had released some new sets of earrings, and as soon as I saw the clam shell ones I knew I had to get them, to suit our wedding style.
It was risky getting my dress & accessories only a few months before the wedding, but honestly when I stopped looking for what I wanted, that's when I found them. Murphy's law!