Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Cassie & Sam


A proposal at Sunshine Coast’s picturesque Point Cartwright, made Cassie and Sam’s decision in choosing a wedding venue a piece of cake! The couple’s palette of soft pastel hues contrasted beautifully with the beachfront ceremony, while the bridesmaid’s bouquets of baby’s breath added the final touch to this shabby chic celebration. We just love the joy in Cassie’s face – bridal beauty at its finest.


The Couple: Cassie  and Sam Fitzpatrick

Date: 12 September 2014

No. of Guests: 85

Location: Point Cartwright, Sunshine Coast

Theme: Beach Shabby Chic

First Dance Song: A Thousand Years, Boyce Avenue

Budget: $25,000

Photographer: Janneke Storm Photography


Flower girls

Wedding ceremony setup

Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony

Cassie and Sam are married!

Bridal party

Bridal bouquet




Cassie and Sam

Cassie and Sam

Cassie and Sam

Cassie and Sam

Cassie and Sam

Cassie and Sam

Cassie and Sam

Wedding cake


How did you meet?

Whilst on a night out with mutual friends. We met at one bar and then Sam left. Later that night we met up again and spent the rest of the night talking. At the end of the night he walked me to a taxi after we swapped numbers.

Tell us about the proposal…

About a week before the proposal, I said to Sam that it had been too long since we had gone on a picnic and that I would like to go the next weekend. This worked out perfectly for Sam as that is what he had already planned to do, I wasn’t suspicious at all. We went up to the point, overlooking the beach at Point Cartwright for a picnic to watch the sunset. Just as the sun was setting, Sam turned to me and started to tell me how it would make him the happiest man alive if he were able to call me his wife, he then held out his hand with the ring in it and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes and started to cry. We rang both parents at the same time on loud speaker to tell them and we all got together to celebrate later that night with champagne.

Why did you choose Point Cartwright as your wedding?

Sam and I both grew up on the Sunshine Coast, spending a lot of our childhood frolicking in the rock pools, collecting shells and surfing at Point Cartwright. It was a dream of both of ours to make another memory down on our favourite beach.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

For my hens, a group of girls, my mum and myself spent the weekend at The Crest in Noosa enjoying High Tea at the Rose Room in Noosaville, lunch at Bistro C, cocktails at Miss Moneypenny’s and dinner on the rooftop with pizza, wine and games.

Sam spent the night in Brisbane with a group of his mates making their way through city nightclubs.

DIY Details

I bought all of the decorations for the reception and styled it myself. I also made buntings, table runners, wooden signs and a table seating frame myself.

What was your key styling inspiration?

The beach. Fresh mint and natural colours. I created my own Pinterest page, collecting inspiration from shabby chic garden weddings and beach weddings. I also had a pile of wedding magazines that I would read time and time again, cutting out pictures and adding them to a wedding ideas scrapbook.

Where did you splurge and where did you save on your wedding?

We splurged on photography. We wanted to ensure that every moment captured on film was quality and that we were comfortable with our photographer on the day. We saved on the bridesmaids dresses and the boys suits. We managed to pick up the Zimmerman bridesmaids dresses half price just after Christmas and the boys Ben Sherman suits close to half price. They were exactly what we wanted.

What gifts did you give your guests?

We had a self serve lolly bar for guests to fill a lolly box to take home or snack on throughout the night.

What was the funniest moment from the day?

As I was walking down the aisle I looked down and noticed that at least four tiny sand flies had flown into the multiple layers of tulle and were stuck there. I whispered this to Sam as I met him at the alter and we both just laughed. Once I walked back down the aisle, I had friends help me try to pick them out!

What was the most special memory from the day?

Seeing our parents shed a tear (both dads also). We are so lucky to have such loving and supportive parents on both sides, that were so happy to see us finally tie the knot!

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We went to Vanuatu. We spent a week relaxing, reading books, snorkelling, laying on the beach and exploring the island. We hired a car for a day to drive around and visit hidden gems.

Special thanks to…

Our parents. For being incredibly supportive, loving and our inspiration. Our family and friends. For celebrating our achievements and always being there. All of our suppliers. WOW! We could not have been happier with everything provided and their service. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

• Gradually pay for suppliers leading up to your big day so that you aren’t handing over large amounts of money the week or day of the wedding.

• Constantly keep an eye out for decorations anywhere, we were able to purchase all of our decorations for the reception at a much cheaper price than hiring them.

• Start looking for a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress and suits soon after your engagement. This gives you time to try different styles without any time pressures, find exactly what you want and potentially purchase items on sale. We were super lucky to get all the bridesmaid dresses half price and the boys suits close to half price!

• Create a Dropbox link so that everyone can upload and share the photos they took on the day.

• If you aren’t getting a videographer, ask someone to film the ceremony on a traditional camera, it’s so special to sit down after the big day with your husband to relive the moment together.

* Relax. Enjoy the day. Absorb every moment. It is so true what they say.. ‘The day goes so fast’. Be sure to remember the memories that you are creating on such a special day.

Ceremony: Point Cartwright, Sunshine Coast
Reception: Fish on Parkyn, Mooloolaba
Gown: Wendy Makin
Bridesmaid Attire: Zimmermann
Groom's Suit: Ben Sherman pants and shirt
Groomsmen Attire: Ben Sherman
Decorator: Weddings of Noosa
Flowers: Suncoast Flowers, Kawana
Hair: The JAYE - Styling by Carrie Twidale
Makeup: Jenna Turner Makeup Artist
Cake: Fish on Parkyn
Stationery: Piccolo Studio and Vista Print
Music: Spotify – personalised playlist
Photographer: Janneke Storm Photography
Honeymoon: Vanuatu
Celebrant: Sandy Smales
Engagement Ring: NY2K Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast
Bride's Wedding Ring: NY2K Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast
Groom's Wedding Ring: NY2K Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast

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