Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Sara & Sean


They’re high-school sweethearts with a bit of a twist – rather than meeting as students, Sara and Sean met as fellow teachers! Their industrial-meets-vintage wedding embodied a serious romantic vibe, lending a whole new meaning to the garden party theme…


The Couple: Sara and Sean Curtis

Date: 12 April 2014

No. of Guests: 88

Location: Brisbane Powerhouse

Theme: Vintage Garden Party

First Dance Song: Teenage Dream – Boyce Avenue

Budget: $30 000

Photography: White Images


Sara's engagement ring

Sara's bouqet

real bride Sara

Sara's white bouquet

Sara's bridal accessories

Sara and her bridesmaids

Groom Sean

Sara walking down the aisle

Sara and Sean getting married

Sara and Sean say 'I do'

Sara and Sean become husband and wife

Wedding ceremony exit

Sara and Sean's bridal party

Sara and Sean at the Brisbane Powerhouse

Real bride Sara

Sean's white boutonniere

White bridesmaid dresses and flowers

Reception styling

Brisbane reception style

Reception tablescapes

Wedding reception cake

Sara and Sean's first dance


How did you meet?

We are both HPE teachers and we met at school – mature-age high school sweethearts! After working together for over a year and forming a strong friendship we started to date and the rest is history. We were together for just over three years when we were married.

Tell us about the proposal… 

Sean surprised me with a weekend away at Versace for our anniversary. On the morning of our anniversary we went to the spit for a swim. He said he had a present for me – I opened it and it was a photo book of special memories we had shared together. The second last page said “So what’s next?” and the last page was the proposal. He pulled the ring out of his pocket.

Why did you choose Brisbane Powerhouse for your wedding?

We have always loved the New Farm Park area and my sister took us to the Powerhouse to show us possible locations for photos after the ceremony. An event coordinator took us up to the Riverbend Terrace (on the third floor) and we fell in love.

What did you do for your hens and bucks? 

Sean stayed in a penthouse on the Gold Coast with friends. They went to the Gold Coast races and continued the party.

My bridesmaids organised a surprised weekend in Brisbane. The hens started at Clovely Estate Winery for an afternoon of wine and nibbles. It was a 50 Shades of Blue theme which meant everyone wore blue somewhere in their outfit. We played games at the hotel and partied on at clubs in Brisbane.

DIY Details

Our table runners and bonboniere fabric covers were hand made by my parents. My sister wrote on the chalkboards (ceremony and Instax photo booth) and we put together props ordered from Etsy for the Instax photo booth.

What was your key styling inspiration?

We chose a vintage garden party theme. We found so many amazing vintage decorations in the lead up to the wedding that had mainly neutral tones – the contrast with our colourful florals worked perfectly. We used a range of decorations that we collected in the lead up to the wedding. The aisle was lined with mismatched colourful flower filled vases. We had two wooden ladders draped with festoon lights as the backdrop for our ceremony. Each guest table featured a grass animal, 3 vases filled with flowers and candles. The neutral linen table cloths and hessian runners complemented the table decorations perfectly. We hired a range of decorations from The Collector & Co including mismatched vintage wooden chairs, vintage ladders with festoon lights and a vintage metal calendar. Our wishing well was a vintage suitcase with a card bunting placed on a wooden cable reel.

What did you splurge on and what did you save on for your wedding? 

We splurged on our venue hire and rings and we saved on our DIY photobooth. We bought an Instax camera so guests could take photos throughout the night which we were then pegged to twine between vintage ladders. We bought photobooth props from Etsy which Sara’s mum put together.

What gifts did you give your guests? 

We gave our guests jars of strawberries & cream and salted caramel macarons.

What was the funniest moment of the day? 

The bridesmaids’ speech – Alicia and Jenna (my sisters) had props, a poem – the whole shebang.

What was the most special memory of the day?

Definitely seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony. So much had gone into creating our dream wedding – we just couldn’t wait to see each other and enjoy every moment together. Everyone always told us to take a moment out together because the day goes so fast. You cannot describe how fast it all goes so make sure you take the time to be in the moment with your soul mate – it is truly a magical day.

What did you do for your honeymoon? 

We went to the USA. We travelled to LA, New York, Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas – it was the trip of a lifetime.

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

We started planning as soon as we were engaged so the whole process wasn’t overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to make decisions because there are a lot to make!

Ceremony: Brisbane Powerhouse
Reception: Brisbane Powerhouse
Gown: Ella Moda
Bridesmaid Attire: Talulah
Groom's Suit: Politix
Groomsmen Attire: Politix
Decorator: The Collector & Co
Flowers: Floral Fantasies- Tennille Matheou
Hair: Jayde Sassy Chic
Makeup: The Powder Room
Shoes & Accessories: Johanna Johnson. Bridesmaids wore Samantha Wills and Mimco
Cake: Babycakes Cupcake Boutique
Music: DJ Moses Patelo
Photographer: White Images
Celebrant: Jeanette McDonald
Engagement Ring: Diamonds International
Bride's Wedding Ring: Diamonds International
Groom's Wedding Ring: Diamonds International

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