Real Weddings

Just Married: Alyssa + Josh

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They say that the love of your life often appears in the most unlikely of places and this is certainly true for Brisbane newlyweds Alyssa Jones and Josh McDade who met as teenagers while working at KFC. While Alyssa admits there meeting place was “maybe not so romantic” but says that they “clicked immediately and instantly became close”.

After six years together, completing both school and university, a mortgage and adopting a puppy together, Josh got down on one knee and proposed to Alyssa.

The Mt Tambourine proposal over a private candle-lit dinner oozed romance and full of happy tears, the couple kept the good news to themselves for the night and basked in each other’s happiness.

With months of planning complete, the day finally arrived. The beautiful weather Brisbane is so well-known for came through and blue sky was everywhere you looked. The perfect wedding weather!

A pre-wedding drink for Josh and his groomsmen at the Story Bridge Hotel (purely to calm the nerves of course), meant a serendipitous meeting with some of the other wedding guests. “There were smiles and jolliness all round. This set the tone for the day,” says Alyssa.

A flawless blue sky reflecting on the river made for the perfect backdrop against the greenery adorned arbour at The Landing at Dockside, where both the ceremony and reception were held. It was important to Alyssa and Josh that their family and friends had roles to play on their big day. The celebrant was a family friend, their siblings were in the bridal party and their little cousins made for adorable flower girls. Alyssa says it was also important to her to include five of her closest girlfriends as part of the day. “My ‘something blue’ was a ring given to me by all five girls and I had matching gold bracelets with ‘Always’ engraved, waiting at their table.”

After the ceremony, underneath twinkling fairy lights, Alyssa and Josh shared their first dance while James Blunt’s ‘Bonfire Heart’ played and fireworks went off behind them. Alyssa describes the day as “a dream. We truly did smile the entire day. It was just perfect!”

The bride and her bridesmaids

The bridal bouquet

The boys out for a quick pre-wedding drink

The wedding of Alyssa and Josh

Alyssa and her parents sharing a tender moment

Josh and his groomsmen

The wedding of Alyssa and Josh

Alyssa and her bridesmaids

Alyssa and her bridesmaids

The beautiful bride

The beautiful bride

Alyssa and her flowergirls

You may now kiss the bride

The bride and groom

The wedding of Alyssa and Josh

The wedding of Alyssa and Josh

The bride and groom

BRIDE’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Dress: White Lily Couture // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaid dresses: Popcherry // Hair & makeup: Bella Brides // Flowers: Stem Design // Groomsmen suits: Ed Harry // Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers // Ceremony & Reception: The Landing at Dockside // Cake: The Cake Girl // Photography: DreamLife Photography //


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