Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Samantha & Zak


Hello, happiness! Seriously, this wedding made our hearts soar. With such a happy couple, how could they not? After meeting at a party, Samantha and Zak dated for eight years before tying the knot. What followed was a fun-filled affair that had everyone besotted – whether it was the mentions of impromptu karaoke, photos of the ecstatic groom and his beaming bride, or the downright stunning styling, we can’t say, but the wonderful vibe was certainly catching. It’s time to fall in love with prettiness and joy…


Date: 28 February 2015

The couple: Samantha Alexander and Zak Dickey

Location: Sunshine Beach

Theme: Beach vintage

First Dance Song: Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Budget: $45,000

Photography: Heart and Colour


White Lily Couture wedding dress

Bridal bouquet

Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready

Real bride Samantha

Bride and page boy


Groom and his groomsmen

Groomsmen getting ready

Wedding transport

Wedding signage

Wedding ceremony setup

Wedding program

Wedding styling

Wedding ceremony

Walking down the aisle

Bridesmaid walking down the aisle

Bride walking down the aisle

Bridal party

Bridesmaids on the beach

Bridesmaid fun

Bride and groom

Wedding reception

Wedding reception styling

Wedding stationery




How did you meet?

We met at a mutual friend’s party. From that night, we stayed in contact while Zak worked away, then we started dating a couple of months later. This was eight years ago

Tell us about the proposal…

It was a surprise while travelling in Queenstown, New Zealand. Zak had booked a private hot spring overlooking the mountains and lakes, with Champagne and chocolate. It was very cute and romantic.

Why did you choose Sunshine Beach for your wedding?

We were actually halfway through arranging our wedding as a destination wedding when we were down on our local beach walking the dogs. We saw a wedding being set up at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club – the view and location were absolutely stunning, and it was something that had been right in front of us that we had never taken much notice of before. We walked straight up to reception to enquire and the preferred date was free. Everything then just fell into place. It was definitely the one.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

Bucks: The best man arranged for four of Zak’s closest friends to travel to Las Vegas for five nights. Yes, this was definitely a recreation of The Hangover! One story that stands out – the best man hired a dwarf dressed as Batman, dressed Zak as Robin, and handcuffed the pair for four hours.

Hens: My sister arranged this as a complete surprise. Friends travelled from near and wide to all meet at a penthouse in Brisbane. We drank nice Champagne, went in a stretch Hummer, did some pole dancing classes and had canapés and drinks in a private area at a restaurant.

DIY Details

We made paddle fans to double as our wedding programs. This was a last minute addition – I had the graphic designer print them the day before the wedding. Luckily, my mum and sister helped me put them together the night before the wedding.

What was your key styling inspiration?

Magazines, wedding events, and at the end of the day I listened to my instincts. Decision-making was key – I kept with my ideas and tried not to be overwhelmed. Another thing is to listen to suppliers, as they definitely have some tricks of the trade! If I saw pictures in a magazine, I cut them out and kept them, and always referred back to them. Our decorators were also a great inspiration. I explained what I wanted and they created visuals on the layout.

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

Splurges: Definitely our honeymoon, followed by our photographer, decorators and wedding dress. I wasn’t really willing to compromise on these due to their impact.

Cost Cutting: As both our reception and ceremony were in the same venue, we didn’t need to arrange transport for our guests between the two.

What gifts did you give your guests?

Personalised drink coolers, personalised cake bags, and paddle program fans.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

There were so many funny moments. A couple of stand outs were when 3/4 of the wedding guests were on the dance floor, dancing and passing around the microphone for unplanned karaoke. The speeches were fantastic and funny, and so were the photo booth photos.

What was the most special memory from the day?

The feeling of seeing my husband’s face before having my dad walk me down the aisle, and at the ceremony seeing all of our closest friends and family – and, of course, seeing everyone having a great time.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We travelled to Hawaii for two weeks.

Special thanks to…

All of our guests for travelling from near and far to join in on our day, and making it one of the best, most memorable days.

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

Listen to your own instinct. On the day, be calm. Everything will fall into place – it definitely does!

Ceremony: Sunshine Beach Surf Club
Reception: Sunshine Beach Surf Club
Gown: White Lily Couture
Bridesmaid Attire: Forever New
Decorator: First Class Functions
Flowers: First Class Functions
Hair: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing
Makeup: Napoleon Perdis Mobile Bridal Team
Cake: Sweet Heart Cake Design
Caterer: Sunshine Beach Surf Club
Transport: Deluxe Mobile Kombis
Music: Carl Wockner
Photographer: Heart and Colour
Honeymoon: Hawaii
Celebrant: Stephanie the Noosa Celebrant
Bride's Wedding Ring: Michael Hill

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