Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Imigen and David


After fate worked its magic on New Year’s Eve, Imigen and David Brown were glad they chose their mutual friend’s party to bring in the year of 2013. It was here their love story began (with cocktails in hand and dancing shoes on feet). Now living in Vietnam, Imigen and David planned their Queensland wedding from across the seas. In a short time they managed to create a spectacular day brimming with personality and joy.

Wedding date: 31 July 2015

Location: Gold Coast

Budget: $30,000


QB: How did you meet?

We met on New Year’s Eve three years ago. After one too many cocktails and some awkward dance moves we hit it off. Funnily enough, we were both meant to be elsewhere that night, but as fate would have it we ended up at this party – and we’re very glad we did!


QB: Tell us about the proposal…

Dave and I live in Vietnam and had been trying to see as much as possible on our weeks off. We set off to an island called Phu Quoc for a few days, staying at a beautiful resort. We hired a scooter and rode to Sao Beach, which is just beautiful. We bumped into some friends and hung out with them in the morning, and after they left we walked down to a beautiful, secluded area on the beach, dumped our towels and went for a swim. We were in the water, just talking and mucking around, when Dave said some lovely things and asked me to marry him! What a surreal moment. We spent the evening back at the resort, celebrating with bubbles and cocktails.


QB: Why did you choose The Sheraton Mirage as your venue?

We live overseas and Dave and I don’t get back to Australia very much. So we wanted a venue that could give us loads of help and accommodate our short preparation time (we planned our wedding in two and a half months). The Sheraton Mirage had it all. I didn’t actually see it in person until two days before the wedding, but we looked online and saw photos sent to us by the coordinator, and I could see it was beautiful.


QB: What did you splurge on and what did you save on?

The band was our biggest splurge, but it was well worth it. We had a six-piece band featuring a brass section, drums, guitars and a singer. We chose all of the music and they created such a fun atmosphere – everyone was up dancing the whole night, so the band was definitely well worth every penny! We saved a lot on our stationery as we had it all designed and printed at a shop in Vietnam called Print Store Asia.


QB: What was your key styling inspiration?

White and minimal. I love all things white – it feels clean and fresh. I’ve always loved tulips, so I knew I wanted them to be the feature of my wedding day.



QB: Special memories from the day?

Walking down the aisle with my dad, and the moment I saw everyone standing up and looking my way. It’s such an emotional and beautiful feeling knowing that every person is there for you and your partner. I still think about that moment and how touching it was.


QB: Any advice for other brides-to-be?

Make the lead-up to the wedding as simple and easy as possible. Everything fell into place and any hiccups that did happen, I didn’t work myself up about it. I think this ensured I was in a nice relaxed frame of mind on the day.

Ceremony: Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa
Reception: Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa
Gown: Custom made in Vietnam by Huy Tran
Coordinator: Simone Rodgers, Sheraton Mirage
Flowers: B Sweet Flowers
Hair: Melissa Fitzgerald
Makeup: Erin Stuart
Cake: Brown Bettys Bakery
Stationery: Print Store Asia
Music: Radio Club Band
Photographer: Wendy Maley Photography
Celebrant: Christine Walker
Bride's Wedding Ring: Custom made in Hong Kong
Groom's Wedding Ring: Custom made in Hong Kong

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