Bride

Real Wedding: Lisa & Reece

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With a day that revolved around personal touches and country romance, the lakes, vineyards and rolling hills of Ocean View Estate provided the perfect locale for Lisa Jenkins and Reece Goode to say ‘I do’.The bride was inspired by a winter forest and decorating was a DIY family affair with all props, signage, decorations and flowers either sourced from the markets or homemade.And the bride is so spot on when she says “don’t be scared to have a winter wedding! We are so lucky in Queensland to have the most amazing winter weather.”We couldn’t agree more!

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The Couple: Reece Goode and Lisa Jenkins
Date: July 19 2014
Location: Ocean View Estate, Mt Mee
No. of Guests: 70
First Dance Song: Won’t Let You Go – James Morrison
Budget: $20,000
Photographer: Carly Brown Photography

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Tell us about the proposal…
The proposal was on a holiday to New Zealand in winter 2013. We were at the Onsen Hotsprings in Queenstown over looking Shotover River and the mountains. There were 70 lit candles surrounding us at dusk. Only Reece’s head was above water when he went down on one knee in the Onsen Spa, haha.

What did you do for your hens and bucks nights?
With a small group of my closest friends, my sister organised a house in Byron Bay for the weekend. She organises a personal chef to cater a 6 course lunch with champagne. They dressed me in a 8’s style wedding dress for the day. We just mostly relaxed, had a few wines and talked about the celebrations ahead.  Reece organised a group of friends to go on a hunting trip to North Queensland. They did a road trip to the property and hunted during the day and had a camp fire, food and beers in the evening.

Where did you splurge & where did you save?
Our highest proprieties were our photographer, videographer and venue but even these were very reasonably priced for the quality of services they provided. We saved money on most of our planning through the Give and Get Weddings website were we saved hundreds on our bookings from the cake to the bridesmaids jewellery and entertainment. We created our own props, signs, decorations and purchased our own flowers from the markets. My dad and brother made the arch and the wooden candle holders and props. The day before the wedding the girls and I went to the flower markets and put together all the bouquets, button holes, table flowers and attached the flowers to the arch.

Why did you choose to have your wedding at Ocean View Estate?
Ocean View Estate is just amazing. The minute you drive through the gates you are surrounded by rolling hills, lakes and vineyards. The gazebo by the lake was exactly what we were looking for, for our ceremony. Quaint and private with a beautiful view and surrounds. The Reception venue overlooked the estate with its large balcony and windows. The prices were very reasonable and the service in setting up and catering to our needs on the night was perfect.

Key Styling Inspiration
We wanted the day to be revolved around the flowers and personal touches. I love the rustic touches that suit a country wedding and I tried to tie in my love of a winter forest, like flowers into the styling.

DIY Details
All decorations – signs, props, the arch, flowers, labels, and menus and we organised blankets and place cards for the guests.

What gifts did you give your guests?
We wanted to thank our guests in a special way but we knew that most wedding favours are unfortunately forgotten or thrown away, so with the money we would have ordinarily spent on wedding favours, we went online to Give and Get Weddings were you can choose a charity (or a few), and donate in honour of your guests. From the website, we ordered place cards that said a special thank you to our guests and let them know what charity we donated to in their honour. Our guests loved that they had helped others by attending our wedding.

What did you do for your honeymoon?
We went to Hamilton Island and stayed at qualia. It was the perfect luxury honeymoon!

What was the funniest moment of the day?
I couldn’t laugh hard enough for the majority of on my hens weekend and at the wedding, the best mans speech and photos with the bridal party have left particularly funny memories.

What was the most special memory of the day?
We wrote our own vows, that made it hard for me to keep it together. The overall feel of the day was just so special, we were really taken aback with how content and overjoyed we both felt the entire day.

Special thanks to…
Our photographer Carly Brown for capturing the day so brilliantly and to the crew from Wrapped Up Media for the most amazing wedding films. Also a huge Thank you to my parents for everything!

Advice for other brides-to-be?
Get a videographer! It is so great to have our day captured professionally on film, best decision! Also save where you can! There are some amazing savings and discounts offered by incredible wedding professionals on the Give and Get Weddings website! We were able to spoil ourselves on our honeymoon from the savings we made. Also don’t be scared to have a winter wedding! We are so lucky in Queensland to have the most amazing winter weather.


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Credits
Ceremony: Ocean View Estate, Mt Mee
Reception: Ocean View Estate, Mt Mee
Gown: Ceremony - No designer. Reception - Made With Love Bridal
Flowers: Bride and bridesmaids
Hair: Erin Withers Hair Design
Makeup: The bride and bridesmaid's did their own
Cake: J.A.P Cupcakes
Stationery: Bride
Music: Ezra James
Photographer: Carly Brown Photography
Videographer: Wrapped Up Media
Celebrant: Geoff Mazlin
Engagement Ring: Montash Jewllery and Design
Bride's Wedding Ring: Montash Jewllery and Design
Groom's Wedding Ring: Montash Jewllery and Design
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