Brisbane

Real Wedding: Katelyn and Alexander

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Upon meeting in Brisbane, the chemistry between Katelyn and Alexander was absolute. So much so when Alex left for his hometown of Goondiwindi, the pair attempted long distance and clearly it worked! Katelyn dreamed of an enchanted garden wedding and through the help of her talented DIY-er mum, her dreams were realised. From the explosion of wild flowers throughout the reception, to the Champagne bottles dipped in glitter (so fun!) to the bride’s statement pink dress, this Brisbane wedding is certainly a winner in our eyes!

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Date: November 8 2014

The Couple: Katelyn and Alexander Doyle

Location: Brisbane

No. of Guests: 130

Theme: Enchanted forest/garden

First Dance Song: At Last – Etta James and You Make My Dreams Come True – Earth, Wind & Fire

Budget: $40, 000

Photography: Rebecca Williams Photography

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How did you meet? 

We met through friends in 2007 while we were enjoying the Seafood Festival. Alex was living in Goondiwindi at the time so we decided to try a long distance relationship and it worked out!!

Tell us about the proposal…

I have a family beach house at the Gold Coast so Alex thought it would be nice to propose during the Easter holidays at the beach while we friends and family around. We went for a walk to Elephant Rock at Currumbin and he was acting a little strange when he saw there was a group of people up at the look out but decided to take me up anyway – it didn’t take long for the group to leave and he got down on one knee and produced a box with my beautiful ring in it!

Why did you choose Brisbane for your wedding? 

We were lucky enough to be able to host our wedding at my family home in Holland Park which we felt made the day extra special to share with our family and friends.

What did you do for your hens and bucks? 

My bridesmaids and my mum hosted a long lunch at my mum’s house (same place as the wedding) and it looked amazing! The theme was yellow and white and hanging along the top of the long table was yellow tutus and the table was full of green moss handbags full of flowers, personalised serviettes and a yellow wall full of hanging baskets and yellow/white fringed letters. Later in the night we went to Cowch for cocktails and dessert. They really outdid themselves! The bucks party consisted of a round of golf followed by drinks at the pub!

DIY Details 

My mum is the queen of DIY so we did a lot of it ourselves! We dipped 12 Champagne bottles in glitter, made the wooden dessert bar from pallets and wood we had cut from a friend’s farm and we decorated the entire driveway with hanging swings and arbors covered in trees we gathered along the way! Oh how could I forget the bags and bags of leaves collected for the floor entrance?

Key Styling Inspiration 

Our vision for the day was to transform the marque into an enchanted forest which came to life! It was truly amazing! I gathered a few different ideas from Pinterest and Instagram and made them into my own!

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

Our biggest splurge were the flowers! The back wall of the marquee was covered in astro turf and we covered it in hanging baskets full of ferns and peonies which was incorporated into our wood dessert bar nd the hanging flower chandelier over the bridal table – wow!

We saved in other areas with all the DIY.

What gifts did you give your guests? 

Each lady received a different shade of pink nail polish with a customised sticker – it was the one thing I did without my mum knowing as I wanted to give her at least one surprise!

What was the funniest moment of the day? 

Our MC was hilarious! He did such a good job keeping the guests entertained and two of our good friends living in London who were unable to make the wedding had been in contact with him to organise a real life cardboard cutout off themselves so they wouldn’t miss out! It was such a great idea and they were definitely attending the party that night! They looked so real!

What was the most special memory of the day? 

The whole day was so special! We just loved being able to celebrate with our closest family and friends – was something we will always cherish. We had the best time and want to do it all again!

What did you do for your honeymoon? 

We traveled to the Cook Islands – it was beautiful! We went to two different islands including Aitutaki and stayed in an over water bungalow – it was amazing!

Special thanks to…

My mum! She spent endless hours planning, creating, cleaning, DIY-ing and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without her! Also both families for all their time and effort, our bridal party, Hannes our MC and of course our amazing florist – Kate Dawes.

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

Enjoy every moment leading up to and on the day – it all goes so quick! Don’t sweat the small things as in the end it isn’t worth it! Take a big deep breathe just before you go down the aisle – it really calms you.


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Credits
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Chruch Fortitude Valley Brisbane
Reception: Private Residence - Brisbane
Gown: Darb Couture
Bridesmaid Attire: Ros Jenkins
Groom's Suit: Black Label Suits
Groomsmen Attire: Black Label Suits
Coordinator: Fran Maclean and bride
Decorator: Fran Maclean and bride
Flowers: Kate Dawes Flower Design
Hair: Amy & Kate's In-House Wedding Hair & Make-up
Makeup: Amy & Kate's In-House Wedding Hair & Make-up
Cake: Gillian Bell
Caterer: Cuisine on Cue
Transport: Bentleys
Stationery: Anna Butters Designs
Music: The Dashounds
Photographer: Rebecca Williams Photography
Hens: Private residence/Cowch Cocktail Bar
Bucks: Victoria Park
Honeymoon: Cook Islands
Celebrant: Father Trevor Bulled
Engagement Ring: Stephen Dibb
Bride's Wedding Ring: Hoftsyays House of Diamonds
Groom's Wedding Ring: Hoftsyays House of Diamonds
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