Real Weddings

Grace + Stephen: a hinterland dream

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After a private rooftop proposal and an engagement that lasted nearly three years, Grace and Stephen tied the knot in front of 70 of their closest family and friends in the picturesque foothills of Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland. With family traveling from country New South Wales and even as far as New Zealand, the couple had what Grace called, “A beautifully relaxed day full of love and laughter.”

Guests were serenaded by the gentle guitar playing of Grace’s niece, as they began to take their seats for the ceremony. Once it began, Stephen, ever the gentlemen, didn’t hesitate to hand Grace his pocket square when she started crying and none of her bridesmaids had a tissue. Grace laughs: “After I mopped up my tears I refolded it and placed it back in his jacket pocket. This got a good laugh from the crowd.”

The gorgeous ceremony at Ecostudio Fellini was followed by an evening of entertainment and dancing, including an incredible saxophonist who accompanied Grace and Stephen’s first dance by playing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. “Everyone had such a fun time and we all danced the night away,” says Grace. “Even my 83-year-old grandma, Gwenny, joined in the dancing circle.”

The post-ceremony celebrations saw Grace unleash her DIY side with beautifully creative results. “I styled the day myself with vases and candle holders from Ikea which I sprayed rose gold, and I made my own caramel popcorn – which was a huge hit! We had a polaroid guestbook which is an awesome memento as well as being lots of fun on the night.”

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BRIDE’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Dress: Made With Love Bridal // Shoes: Nine West // Bridesmaid dresses: Forcast // Hair: Faye Kelly Bridal Hair // Makeup: Jess Ticehurst-Hall // Flowers: Vintage Flower // Groomsmen suits: Farrari Formalwear // Rings: Angus & Coote // Ceremony & Reception: Ecostudio Fellini // Cake: Smashing Cakes and Cupcakes by Erin // Photography: Amy De Boer // Honeymoon: Kingscliff


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