Style: Urban // Location: Brisbane // by QB

Real wedding at The Refinery Brisbane

This gorgeous couple made sure their wedding day was a simple and intimate celebration. Including just 54 of their closest family and friends (and fur baby!), they ditched the stress and went with a fun and heartfelt affair – with plenty of quirky touches to make it as unique and special as their love.

QB: All good love stories start somewhere; tell us how and when you met.

We’re two punny accountants that found each other in the accrual world, ha! A mutual friend introduced us, but it’s as though magnets have kept us together. Everything about each other pulls us in.

QB: Tell us about your lives together.

We laugh together as we continue to learn about each other. We don’t sweat the small things in life and have always been focused on sharing a life that feels good. We like to spend our time with family, eating out, volunteering and being the best mum and dad we can be to our little moody furbaby, Boozi! We also enjoy spending a lot of time at home.

QB: What does marriage mean to you?

Being by each other’s side and on each other’s side, always.

Chelsea + Arno brisbane wedding

QB: Make us laugh, make us cry: who proposed to who, and how?

Arno was the proposal mastermind who organised a secret leave for me with my work. Until the night before we left, I didn’t know that he was taking me to Queenstown for a gorgeous winter on the snowy slopes – and when we got there, I thought it was a late birthday surprise the entire time. On the last day of our trip, on a perfect walk along with the gardens and Lake Wakatipu, he proposed to me, and I was a giant ball of tears and snot!

QB: How and why did you choose your venues?

We love Rogue Bistro in Newstead, Brisbane, for its unparalleled flavours and service, so its sister venue, The Refinery, was a perfect choice. Our priority was to spend as much time with the people we love on our wedding day, so it was great to have the ceremony and reception in one place!

QB: What was the inspiration behind your wedding style?

Definitely our laid back personalities! We didn’t have many of the typical elaborate wedding features – there was no bridal bouquet, and there was no reception decor – but it was beautiful and perfect! Stressing about every little detail is not our thing (plus the venue is absolute perfection as it is!), and we wanted to focus on what matters to us – enjoying the company of each other and all the people we love.

Chelsea + Arno brisbane wedding

QB: Did you incorporate any traditions or perhaps do something a little different?

Before our wedding, we found a photo of ourselves stuffing our faces with burgers on our first anniversary. Since we were getting married on our fifth anniversary, we decided to celebrate by having a quirky burger date between the ceremony and reception, with Uber Eats from Betty’s Burgers – the best decision ever!

QB: Were there any standout suppliers?

Our photographer, Aisling Bourke, made our day so comfortable and fun. She slowed right into our laid back personalities and captured us exactly as we are. We also had our beautiful mum (Mother of the Bride) double duty with her Kweenies Baked Goods for our wedding cake and banana bread favours.

QB: Do you have any words of wisdom to offer other couples?

Make decisions that will make you happy – that’s it!

Chelsea + Arno brisbane wedding

QB: Did you (or will you) enjoy a honeymoon? If so, how and why did you choose your destination?

We moved into our home the same week as our wedding, so we had a very special ‘Houseymoon’ instead!


Photographer – Aisling Bourke Photography // Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Refinery // Dress – Rue de Seine // Suits – Politix // Wedding Planner & Coordinator – Rach Myers, The Refinery  // Engagement Rings – James Allen (Chelsea), Blue Nile (Arno) // Wedding Rings – Blue Nile // Florist – Beach to Bloom // Cake – Kweenies Baked Goods // Celebrant – Ben Black // Hair – Kate Ellen Makeup // Makeup – Kerri Nash Make up

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