Real Weddings // Location: Mackay // by QB

Real Wedding Kaitlyn Marcus

Two musicians found harmony together, surrounded by colour.

Music brought them together, so it was only fitting that it played a starring role in Kaitlyn and Marcus’s wedding day. The couple met while studying music in Brisbane. From peers to bandmates, and from bandmates to songwriting partners, the two took a little time to put their true feelings out there. “We would spend hours writing songs and practising for gigs together,” Kaitlyn recalls. “We were just friends at first, but I soon realised I had a massive crush on him!” When she finally worked up the courage to tell Marcus, it turned out that he felt the same way.

The two continue to bond over their shared love of music. “We still write and play music together whenever we can, and music was a big part of our wedding day,” says Kaitlyn, who performed with her new husband at their reception. Their other shared love? Wilbur, their adorable corgipoo, who was also a part of their wedding party!

With their date, 7 September 2019, and a venue picked out, they were missing only one thing: the proposal. “For a few weeks, I had a lot of fun teasing Marcus, saying, ‘So, who are you marrying again?’ and ‘Have you asked the girl you’re going to marry yet?’” laughs Kaitlyn. Eventually, after convincing her to take a walk on their favourite beach one evening, Marcus officially popped the question, presenting Kaitlyn with a stunning sapphire engagement ring, while an excitable Wilbur barked, howled and cheered him on!

The ocean has remained a central symbol of their relationship, so they decided to have their ceremony at Lamberts Beach, a place they visit most days to walk their beloved pooch. “We have had so many important conversations on that beach about our dreams and hopes for the future,” explains Kaitlyn, “so it was the perfect place for us to be married.”

Their wedding was both charming and quirky – just the way they wanted it. Held on a beautiful sunny afternoon, the intimate ceremony was as joyful as the masses of bright flowers and DIY decorations that set the scene. The celebration of colour even extended to the bride’s choice of dress – her white gown was accented with a gorgeous sheer overlay of bright stitched flowers. Friends and family who are also musicians performed songs for the newlyweds, and the celebrant led the guests in a collective blessing, promising to encourage Kaitlyn and Marcus to strive to continually deepen their love for each other.

As they made their way back down the aisle as husband and wife, their guests waved wands of ribbons, streaking the blue sky with a festive riot of colour.

The newlyweds’ friends and family joined them for a casual reception at the nearby Seabreeze Hotel, mingling under twinkling lights into the evening. The party was topped off with a standout wedding cake covered in sprinkles and pompom decorations. (Fun fact: The bride’s aunt brought the cake in her luggage via plane before the big day!)

When asked about the inspiration behind her creative pop-of-colour theme, Kaitlyn, a long-time crafter and artistic soul, says, “I got most of my inspiration from magazines, Pinterest, and other websites. It was lots of fun, but I think I have made enough pompoms to last me a lifetime!” Kaitlyn’s advice for other couples is simple: “Make your wedding day unique to you and take moments as a couple to stop and absorb the joy around you throughout the day. It goes so fast, but it is so wonderful!”

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Photography: The Lost & Wild // Ceremony venue: Lamberts Beach, Mackay // Reception venue: The Seabreeze Hotel // Celebrant: Kate Fenton // Dress: Etsy // Dress alterations: Anna Dutton Couture // Suits: Roger David //  Bridesmaids dresses: Forever New //  Engagement and wedding rings: That Sapphire Place // Accessories: Etsy // Florist: Starcut Flowers // Cake: Kerrie Kena // Cake topper: by Kaitlyn’s sister // Stationery: Papier // Transport: Thrifty // Transport decoration: by Kaitlyn’s sister

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