Real Weddings

Just Married: Alyce + Jon


Okay, we’re in love with all things weddings here at QB, but we just have to start off by saying we’re head-over-heels, madly in love with these non-traditional nuptials. Other than the fact that this wedding had a truly gorgeous cake and wedding dress, the personal touches are what really won us over. Ladies (and gentlemen, in case you’re having a sneaky gander), we present to you the wedding of Alyce and Jon.

In love with everything Disney, Alyce was already having one of the best days ever at Disneyland’s Beauty and the Beast-themed Be Our Guest Restaurant in LA when Jon popped the question. “[The proposal] wasn’t very over-the-top, but it was very ‘Jon’ and very personal,” says Alyce. That’s our kind of proposal.

Returning to their Brisbane home and with a certain feel in mind for the big day rather than a theme, Alyce and Jon set out looking for a venue that would allow them to apply their own personal stamp. Creatives at heart, (Alyce owns an online colouring and craft class and Jon works as an operation manager for a graphic printing company), the couple found the perfect spot on a private property in Mount Samson, just out of Brisbane. “It had a very DIY vibe, and they were happy for us to do whatever we wanted with decorations,” says Alyce. “That suited us perfectly.”

Seeing it as a chance to go wild with craft projects, Alyce and Jon worked tirelessly to upholster their own chairs, design their own graphics and create some pretty impressive table decorations and a ceremony arbour. “Pretty much everything was made by us,” laughs Alyce. “At the property, we also did a lot of mowing, weeding and chain-sawing to get it ready for the day – it was a huge amount of work. We did a full day of clean-up, then another day of ceremony setup, plus another full 12 hours for the reception setup.” What an effort!

On a beautiful morning on 29 October, exactly one day after Alyce and Jon’s tenth anniversary as a couple, everything was (finally) ready for their ceremony when a few cheeky cows intervened. “We had set up a refreshment station on hay bales,” explains Alyce. “The cows on the property had tried to eat the hay, so we put plastic bags on everything, taped it all up and left to see to it later on. When we returned, the cows had eaten the plastic, the tape and all of the hay bales. Needless to say, the designated ceremony area was guarded very carefully for the rest of the day!”

Dressed in a whimsical gown from BHLDN, Alyce walked down the aisle and joined Jon in a ceremony surrounded by 80 guests, plus 700 paper roses created by Alyce’s customers from around the world. “I said if they wanted to, they could colour a rose in our colour scheme and send it back in the post for us to use in our wedding, but I didn’t tell them what we were going to do with all the roses,” explains Alyce. “On the morning of the wedding, I lined the aisle with all the roses at about 5am and then did a live chat with all of our customers in our Facebook group, and showed them how I had used all their creations. Even though they couldn’t be there in person, they were all sitting along the aisle to walk down with me.” We love.

As if things couldn’t get any sweeter, Jon and Alyce had a unique (and delicious) alternative to picking the official witnesses for the signing of their marriage certificate. “We made fortune cookies with funny puns and advice, and put in two golden tickets,” says Alyce. “The two people who got the golden tickets after opening their fortune cookies were invited up to be the witnesses.” Topped off by a retelling of Alyce and Jon’s love story by their celebrant, the ceremony was filled with laughter and ear-to-ear smiles.

Moving the party (and party is definitely the word for it) to the nearby Samsonvale Hall, Alyce and Jon spoiled their guests with indulgent sweets and a food truck. They also owned the tunes, becoming Spotify DJs for the night. “We had control over what music we wanted and it got a lot of people dancing,” says Alyce.

After their first dance to Taylor Swift’s ‘Everything Has Changed’, Alyce and Jon cut into their lemon, rose and Turkish delight-flavoured masterpiece of a wedding cake. “We gave Bec from Petal and Peach a very broad theme and just allowed her to do what she felt would be fun,” says Alyce.

“We had no idea what the final outcome would be, so it was a very nice surprise on the day and it looked amazing!” Excuse us while we pick up our jaws off the floor. A gorgeous celebration of two incredible people and their love for each other, the wedding of Alyce and Jon was definitely one to remember. Unique, and filled to the brim with personal touches, it was just as the couple had imagined – and a little bit better. “Rather than a formal wedding, we wanted it to be more a party among friends and family,” says Alyce. “It was casual and fun, and best expressed us.”

The wedding of Alyce and JonThe groom tying his shoesThe groom and his groomsmenAlyce having her hair doneAlyce in her bridal gownThe bridal shoesThe bridal flowersA furry angelSome unique and fun wedding favoursThe wedding of Alyce and JonAlyce walking down the aisleYou may now kiss the brideThe beautiful bridal gownThe wedding of Alyce and JonThe happy newlywedsThe wedding of Alyce + JonThe wedding cakeThe first dance as husband and wife

BRIDE’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Dress: BHLDN // Shoes: Nine West // Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS and Princess Polly // Hair: Bekki Brooker // Makeup: Napoleon Perdis // Flowers: Northside Flower Market // Groomsmen suits: Politix // Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers // Ceremony: Private property in Mount Samson // Reception: Samsonvale Hall // Cake: Petal and Peach // Photography: Peppermint Photography //

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