The beautiful climate of winter in Brisbane magically set the scene for Brad and Zoe's modern tropical wedding. With the sweeping city skyline as their backdrop, they celebrated with their friends and family at the Skyroom and Terrace. With love and laughter filling the air, these high-school sweethearts dancing the night away.
How did you meet your (now) husband?
We met back when I was 18 and Bradley and 17, as friends of friends who eventuated into the best of friends. After denying our feelings for each other were growing for quite some time, we eventually got together when I was 19 and haven’t looked back since!
How long have you been together? Basically forever; 9 years!
Do you have a proposal story? Considering how much of a control freak I generally am, Bradley somehow managed to surprise me when he popped the question unexpectedly on a weekend away in Sydney – I was blown away! He arranged for us to climb the Westfield Tower and when we were up on top overlooking the entire city, he got down on one knee, asked me to marry him and we both bawled our eyes out! It was such a beautiful and memorable moment!
What was your wedding date? Saturday 6th August, 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Our ceremony was held at Holy Spirit Church in beautiful New Farm, Brisbane; the reception was at the Sky Room & Terrace, Brisbane Convention Centre (overlooking the stunning city skyline and the ferris wheel!).
What made you choose there? Bradley has always wanted to get married in the Catholic Church, so we knew from day one that we’d be looking for a church venue. We fell in love with the church as soon as we walked inside it knew it was “the place”. We had much the same feeling the first time we walked into the Sky Room as well. The outlook over the city, the flexible space and also the ambience we could create with their lighting options made it an instant winner. It just felt so us.
How did you find it? We found the reception venue after many nights researching online and looking into function spaces that were big enough to house our 120 guests comfortably without looking like a big empty box. We had a shortlist of 3 spaces, but the package prices & functionality of Sky Room made it an easy choice. We ended up viewing the room 3 times before we made the commitment to put down a deposit.
How was the weather on the day? I don’t recall too much at all about the weather, which I guess is a sign it was GOOD! From memory, I think it was slightly overcast in the morning and turned into a gorgeous winter’s afternoon/night.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We always knew we wanted a winter wedding, as neither of us are huge fans of sweaty Queensland summers. Winter is by far our favourite season and in Brisbane which isn’t really that cold, so it was just perfect for us.
The Wedding Details
I was super set on NOT having a particular wedding colour. Neutral is more my thing and Bradley definitely wasn't sad about me NOT wanting to have pretty pink sashes and bows everywhere, haha! I would get so frustrated when people would ask me “what are the wedding colours?” and they’d look at me in disgust when I replied with ‘there isn’t one”. Does a wedding really need a specific colour these days?! We went for a neutral palette, with lots of greenery and fluffy white blooms. The reception had touches of gold to add a little bit of drama and elegance. It was just the right amount of sparkle. We loved how everything came together!
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?
Believe it or not, I found a beautiful floral wallpaper design on Pinterest where all my theme inspiration came from and we used this as the liner inside our invite envelopes. It was like our wedding theme drawn in a picture.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
We did all the planning, concept design, styling prep and stationary ourselves (everything from the invites, the order of service, the menus, place cards and signage, down to favours and the seating chart). It was very rewarding to see it all out on the day. We got so many compliments from guests on our works, which was a perfect reflection of our hard work paying off!
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Maid of honour – my sister Tara; Bridesmaid – my best friend Bennita.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Bradley’s two best friends Ryan (best man) and Jean-Claude (groomsman).
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?
I came across 'Prea' through Instagram on another Brisbane bride and couldn’t stop going back to the image. I just knew I had to track down where it was from and get it on my body!
How many gown's did you try?
I tried on literally 25+ dresses and didn’t completely love any. Although 'Prea' was nothing like what I’d ever imagined wearing there was just something so timeless and special about her and as soon as I tried the dress on I fell in love.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Karen Willis Holmes Paddington, Brisbane boutique.
What did you especially like about your gown?
The cut and fabric are just to die for. I love that from afar it appears to be a very simple and understated gown, yet the closer you get, you can appreciate the intricate bodice detailing and belt, the amazing seam work and of course that train! It was so comfortable and no matter which way you stand it just falls so effortlessly.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Saboskirt (Brisbane-based designer)
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Roger David
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
I went very basic with our accessories. The girls and I wore no necklaces, but opted for pretty earrings in crystal and gold tones instead. I bought the girls a Samantha Wills ring each as their gifts to wear on the day – they were stoked!
Where did you get your shoes from?
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?
I had my mind set on wearing my 'Prea' gown, so even though she was a little bit over my budget, I compensated by buying a simple tulle column veil from a very cost-effective Ebay store. It was faultless. I also wore a simple gold and pearl floral clip to hold one side of my hair back out of my face.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?
Book yourself an on-the-day coordinator! For the DIY bride like myself, who likes to do all her own planning and prep work, it is such a good feeling to know that a few days before the wedding you can hand all your hard work over into the capable hands of a professional to execute your plans on the day for you! It saves mum, dad and last minute ring-ins doing errands and everyone gets to enjoy the day as a guest. I used The Events Lounge – Rachael was a tremendous help and an absolute angel! Can’t speak highly enough of her work ethic. Also, don’t go out and book yourself the cheapest photographer and videographer you can find. Put in the time, do your research and book someone whos work you love and will be happy to look back on for the rest of your married life. After all, it’s all that remains of your special day (other than your husband of course!) after all the wedding hype of the actual day dies down.
Florist – Elyssium Blooms; my flowers and floral work was very important to me and Elise did not disappoint!
Photographer – Heart & Colour; cannot speak highly enough of these guys! What a talented bunch & truly lovely as well. I am still in awe of our photographs.
Videographer – The Smile Factory Film; seriously, second to none. Our absolute masterpiece of a video brought us both to tears and is a treasure to keep forever.
Music – Reception entertainment (incl DJ & MC) by Sex & Chocolate. Their old-world meets new-world MoTown style suited our mix of family and friends perfectly. We have been to watch them many times in clubs and bars over the years and have always said “if we ever get married they’ll be playing at our wedding!”
First Dance – Let’s Stay Together (Bradley has dreamed of dancing to this at his wedding since he was little so I was hardly going to stand in his way!)
MC – Kalvin of Sex & Chocolate; a true professional.
Celebrant – Father Franciskus
Stationery – DIY by the bride & groom.
Menu – Catering by Sky Room staff.
Cake – Whipped Cake Co. The compliments we received on our two-tier Mars choc-mud cake were endless! Amie from Whipped was so easy going and an absolute talent in the kitchen!
Bombonieres – DIY by the bride and groom. We used Knoppers (one of our favourite chocolates) in a small Kraft paper box with our wedding monogram on it. Simple yet lovely.
Wedding Bands – Le Gassick Jewellers
Lighting - Elyssium Lighting (husband of Elise from Elyssium Blooms). Having the festoon feature lighting and our bridal table installation done by the one company made everything so easy! Elise & Steve are one talented duo!
With the talented help of Videographer The Smile Factory Film- the couple were moved to tears being able to re-live all of the special moments spent with their loved ones.