Real Weddings // Location: Sunshine Coast // by QB

Real Wedding Caity Beau

What happened when this model fell for her hairstylist? Pure magic.

It was love at first sight: meeting on set at a photoshoot, model Caity and hairstylist Beau were immediately enchanted by each other. So much so, they ended up chatting non-stop the whole day – much to the delight of their mutual friend, a photographer, who had the foresight to bring them together.

They’ve been nearly inseparable since that day, travelling, working and falling in love with each other. As a couple, they have consciously encouraged each other to be independent and to become the best version of themselves. Caity perfectly sums up their love with their definition of marriage: “It means fully putting the other person’s needs above your own. If you’re both doing that, how can you be unhappy?”

And they have indeed found long-lasting happiness in one other. “In classic Beau style, he proposed to me on the beach at sunrise, after planning the whole thing the night before!” says Caity who was not at all surprised that it turned out to be the most romantic (albeit bleary-eyed) morning ever! Following their earlybird engagement, the duo had the rest of the day to enjoy each other’s company, and they happily headed off for breakfast. “We were unable to wipe the goofy smiles off our faces,” says Caity.

Set on hosting an intimate celebration with a laidback feel, and knowing that they wanted their ceremony and reception in the one place, Beau and Caity had their work cut out for them when it came to finding their dream venue. Thankfully, everything fell into place when a family friend offered their beautiful property in Woombye on the Sunshine Coast. “We loved the property’s old Queenslander, with plenty of space for a clear marquee (huge tick) and a lovely big tree to have our ceremony under,” explains Caity.

With their 9 March 2019 wedding date drawing closer, Caity and Beau got to work organising a celebration that would fit their personalities. “We went for traditional and a little bit different – very much how we are as a couple,” Caity explains. After following the work of Ella from Yukari Botanicals for years, Caity enlisted the florist to create a “dreamy” bouquet and arrangements crafted from an array of autumnal-toned blooms, which inspired the peachy palette of the wedding. Staying true to their “relaxed party vibe”, Caity’s girl gang chose their own mismatched dresses in shades of rust and pink, while Beau donned a striking wine-coloured suit. In our books though, fashion kudos goes to Caity’s sweet and simple bridal gown which was designed by the model and brought to life by her mum. “We had a great time designing it from start to finish,” says Caity. “It was the best fun, and it looked beautiful. It couldn’t have been more perfect.” The homemade details didn’t stop there.

Caity even made the wedding carrot cake, and iced it the day of! “I found it quite therapeutic,” she laughs. We salute you, Caity and your DIY stress-less approach! While the couple broke with tradition, with the bride walking herself down the aisle, there was no doubt that their love was the centre of the day. In a heartfelt ceremony, they read letters and vows to each other before inviting their guests to mingle with them at their reception, held under their huge marquee. Opting for a dinner catered by Pizza Fusion’s pizza van with Dolci & Co’s gelato for dessert, the newlyweds encouraged their guests to light up the dance floor and indulge in as much pizza and ice cream as they could manage.

Caity’s advice to future brides is to not get too tangled in the details. “Don’t let things like the guest list or napkin colour or any little detail take away from the exciting prospect that you two are committing to a whole lifetime together,” she says. Perhaps most importantly, pick a relaxing place for your honeymoon! Caity and Beau took off to Tassie, where they relaxed in a luxe hotel before hitting the road together. The perfect ending to a picture-perfect celebration.

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Photographer: George Bowden Photography // Venue: Private property, Woombye, Sunshine Coast // Dress: Made by the mother of the bride // Shoes: Naturalizer // Accessories: Lovisa // Groom’s suit: Topman // Rings: Vrai & Oro // Bridesmaid dresses: Bec + Bridge, Chancery, Glassons, Maurie & Eve // Groomsmen’s suits: Zara // Decor: Simply Style Co., Fairytale Events and Equip4Hire // Florist: Yukari Botanicals // Stationery: Caity Jenkins Design // Videographer: Jack Wilson // Celebrant: Brendan Woods // Catering: Pizza Fusion, Dolci & Co. // Honeymoon: Tasmania

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