The Refinery Brisbane Wedding
Michael & Morgan
60 originally, but 35 total due to being stuck in vic!
Length of engagement
Weddings are expensive, no matter what you do so it was important to identify what we weren’t willing to compromise on.
Notes from the lovers
What did you love about your wedding at the refinery Brisbane?
E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! We love that it’s a blank-yet-chic canvas, it can accommodate any colour scheme and it is all in one place so no need to go anywhere else. The Refinery is an incredible venue and Rach (the owner/event coordinator) is an amazing human who was patient, accommodating and understanding of everything that we asked for or wanted. Planning a wedding during a pandemic is not an easy feat, and Rach was so understanding up until the last minute. She took all of the stress and uncertainty and made the day one we won’t ever forget.
tell about about doing a first look!
Photographer: About time co
Event Planner: Rach Myers - the refinery
Celebrant: Sam Capewell
Bride’s Accommodation: Crystalbrook Vincent
Donuts: Nodo Donuts
Dessert table: Petal and Peach
Invitations: state of elliott
Bridal Boutique: Bluebell Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair: dees boutique
Makeup: Kate Devlin
suit: Peter Jackson
Groom Shoes: R.M.Williams
Michael’s wedding band: Uniform Black
Funny story, but initially we were of the belief that our ceremony HAD to start at 4pm (no idea where this came from!). So when we started talking with Amy and Chris closer to the wedding, it dawned on me that a 4pm ceremony plus a mid-winter wedding meant that we would have a very small window of opportunity for our bridal portraits because of the lighting. It was too much added stress to reschedule the ceremony start time, so we decided to do the first look. Ironically, Amy and Chris asked us earlier on when we engaged their services if we wanted to do a first look, but we initially said no because we wanted that big moment at the aisle. The first look ended up being so intimate and sweet! You can see Michael’s nervous hands in the photos, and it was amazing to be able to come together without anyone around us to soak it all in. We would absolutely recommend a first look, especially to calm the nerves and have that moment with your person because as soon as the ceremony is over you won’t have a minute to yourselves.
Must haves & Advice for the day!
We highly recommend any couple who are starting to plan their wedding to list their non-negotiables. Morgan’s were awe-inspiring flowers, photographers, and the dress. For Michael it was to have great food and that no one went hungry.
Our advice is to do what you want to do, because at the end of it all it is your day, so do it exactly how you envision. Oh, and remember to take some time to actually eat the amazing food!
Tell us about your beautiful bright florals and the fairy lit tree at your reception
We aren’t traditional people at all, so our wedding was all about having fun and celebrating with our family and friends. We were fairly confident that we were going to do bright florals as Morgan had stumbled across a floral arrangement via Instagram that encompassed the bright colour palette, and it was her inspiration moving forward. We had a meeting with our florist and stylist Kate (from Kate Dawes Flower Design) and all we asked for was for something that was colourful, fun and a little magical. Kate and her team absolutely nailed the brief! Everyone loved the fun-haver over the dance floor and the florals – so much so that there were no flowers left over as we encouraged our guests to take whatever they wanted as we didn’t want any of the beautiful arrangements to go to waste.
The tree was an absolute showstopper! It came into the styling brief a little late to the game after we saw it used in another wedding at the Refinery and we reached out to Beau with Autumn Grove Events. Morgan had always imagined her wedding to be under a big tree with fairy lights, which was not at all what was coming to fruition, but in the end the tree added that extra special something to our day.