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Gold Coast Australia Wedding

DIY Weddings

We love opening our inbox to see drop dead gorgeousness submitted to us by none other than the bride herself! Rachel and Scott married in Queensland with a truly handmade affair captured to perfection by Trigger Happy Images. We admire Rachel’s advice of looking outside the box for non-wedding vendors to help scrimp and save in various areas of your budget!


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From the bride, Rachel: As Scott is British and I am Australian, our first decision was where to hold the wedding. In the end we decided to hold it in Australia as this is where we are currently living, but thought it was be amazing to have an English garden themed wedding. We had an amazing group of family and friends that came all the way from the UK for the day, so we wanted to make it a day everyone would all enjoy and remember. The Gold Coast Botanic Gardens were exactly what we were looking for. There was a huge fig tree right by the water, and a natural bamboo archway leading down to it. Perfect!


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From the very beginning we decided that we would have a DIY wedding. We had a small budget, but also wanted it to be personalised and reflect us a couple. We wanted each of the bridal party to have quirky accessories that suited them. I chose different earrings and brooches for the girls that suited them, and Scott picked watches and socks for the boys.


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We collected jam jars for months for decor and for drinks at the ceremony! DIY elements included our invites, decorations, bouquets, guestbook, and sashes for the bridesmaid dresses. Making our invites was super fun! We love photos, so created a photographic invite, with pics of ourselves. We then had the formal invite details on the back, and stitched both sides together, and tied each invite with twine and a postage tag with the guests name hand written.


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For the ceremony we collected the decorations all throughout our engagement. Lanterns, vintage lace from my grandma’s glory box, bunting. We had our English guests bring fondant fancies & party rings, and we made jugs of pims and lemonade, and iced apple & cinnamon tea for refreshments afterwards.


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Our main advice for other couples would be to do as much as you can by yourselves, it makes it personal and from the heart. Look for non bridal suppliers to save where you can. Wedding dress, bridal party outfits, flowers from wholesalers – you can find amazing things when you think outside the box!


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Wedding Vendors (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia):

Ceremony Location: Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens / Reception Location: The Garlic Clove / Wedding Photographer: Trigger Happy Images / Ceremony Decor: Original Occasions / Wedding Flowers: Bride and bridesmaids / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Wedding Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS / Hair: Candy Hairdressing / Makeup: Lea Beauty / Groom’s Shirt: ASOS / Groom’s Trousers and Bow Tie: Roger David / Wedding Cake: My Little Cupcake Empire / String Trio: Tonic / Stationery: Bride and Groom / Celebrant: Clarah Luxford / Transportation: Byron Bay Retro Cars

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Doie Lounge

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Raise your hand if you’ve been a bridesmaid before! Sara of Doie Lounge has been a bridesmaid 12 times, which in our book, makes her an official bridesmaid expert. And boy, did she put her experience to good use! She created the beautiful collection of luxury robes from Doie Lounge which make for the perfect gifts for you and your wedding party! This is a gift that your girls will really love and use. Since we were talking about eco-friendly weddings earlier this morning, we’re happy to share that these robes follow suit.

These robes add a glamorous touch to the morning of the wedding and make beautiful, practical gifts for the bridal party, while infusing your “getting ready” photos with elegant detail. Plus, the bride will have a reminder of her wedding that she’ll actually be able to wear again. The robes are made from incredibly soft bamboo jersey with patterned silk, for fun pops of color, and are available in sizes x-small to x-large. They look fabulous on both short and tall frames, and with the permanently attached outer silk tie and an interior tie, you’re protected against unexpected disrobing! And it’s the perfect gift for the the eco-savvy brial party, because the fabrics are natural and sustainable and each robe is produced locally, just a few miles from the Doie Lounge headquarters in Los Angeles.

To order robes for your bridal party you can email Sara directly at sara@doielounge.com. She loves working with brides to come up with exactly what they want and can answer size/color questions. Also, you can always ask if there are other robes available, as there are sometimes other colors and prints that can be done, that are not shown on the site. Doie Lounge offers discounts for buying 3 or more robes (15% off 3 or more, 25% off 5 or more, 35% off of 8 or more). Discounts are applied automatically at checkout. We’re not the only ones that love her robes! Read about her celebrity following in Us Magazine and take a peek at all the beautiful options from Doie Lounge today!

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Nothing beats a sophisticated color palette mixed with texture with a nod to Mother Nature. When Esther of Esther Sun Photography told us she and a group of California pros gathered for an inspiration shoot to celebrate Earth Day, we knew it was going to be something beautiful. As an added bonus, Sara Holland of At Your Door Events, is here to share with us 5 Eco-Chic wedding planning tips:


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1. Location: Reduce your carbon footprint by selecting a venue with an on-sight ceremony space. Not only isn’t good for the Earth, but it saves you on the cost of hiring transportation for you and the wedding party!


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2. Invitations: Select an Earth friendly recycled paper or plantable paper. Plantable papers have tiny little flower seeds embedded in the paper fibers, guests can plant the paper in the ground and flowers will grow!


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3. Rings: Select environmentally conscious metals. Ask your jeweler about rings made of recycled metals. OR — collect jewelry from family and have it melted down and crafted into your own personal ring design.


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4. Bridal Gown: Consider using vintage or taking your mothers wedding dress and having a tailor transform it into something unique for you!


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5. Floral: Cut flowers are not green. Considering centerpieces such as terrariums! These are living, breathing eco-system contained in a glass jar. As a grouping on a table they make a glamorously green center piece AND a wonderful keepsake for guests. For your bridal bouquet, add succulents. The stems of succulents are actually root systems. After your wedding, you can take the succulents and plant them. The succulent will thrive and you will be able to keep a living memento of your wedding day!


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Wedding Vendors (Long Beach, CA):

Venue Location and Paper Goods: Paper Crew / Wedding Photographer: Esther Sun / Wedding Planner: Sara Holland of At Your Door Events / Wardrobe Styling: La Femme Vintage / Makeup: Rose Park / Furniture: Urban Cottage / Wedding Caterer: Seafood World Restaurant / Desserts: Sweets by Annie / Videographer: Lovebirds Film / Models: Minta Allred, Lorraine Caguin, and Lauren Jensen

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