Keippa + Jake

I first met Keippa and Jake at a wedding expo, and despite meeting hundreds of people that day I clearly remember my conversation with Keippa about traveling to some place called Drake,having no idea where it was and eargerly agreeing to travel there (I'm always up for an adventure) Fast forward several months later to May 2017, and Phoebe and I are on an eventful road trip to Drake,N.S.W for an amazing adventure wedding weekend! I have never seen a bride and groom put so much thoughtful detail into a wedding. This wedding required months and months of work getting a vacant property wedding-ready! No running water, getting the shed cleared, marquee set up, bringing in toilets, hay bails , each chair, table setting & glass collected and painted, trees cleared, a bridge built! It was epic..and so worth it! The whole wedding party, 100 people strong, came together to pitch in and get jobs done to create a rather spectacular ceremony and reception. With any great plan, things go wrong- it flooded the day before the wedding- no problem said coordinator Melissa- we'll put hay down, and build a stage for the Frankly Booth! The bride can no longer arrive via helicopter...no problem! We'll spray paint this old ute gold and still make a grand entrance! After firing his shot gun, Keippa's Dad showed his softer side, singing his little girl down the isle while I blubbered away like a baby and tried to keep my camera still! Family and friends chipped in to make it happen. They camped on the property that Keippa (Bride) spent her childhood visiting for camping trips, while the Bridal party got ready at the Drake Hotel. The big advantage of a reception like this is no curfew, no noise complains, which meant they could party long into the night, dancing away to the band, Occa Rock(so awesome!)with family members also busting out a tune (and I mean busting, like woah, this family has pipes!)  and enjoying a delicious country roast by In Good Taste Catering.

Keippa & Jake- it was all so worth it! What wonderful memories you will have. Thank you for the country hospitality- we'll come back any time!

Photographer- Frankly Photography

Getting Ready Venue- Girls- Drake Hotel- Guys- On the property

Ceremony & Reception Venue- Drake Family Property

Florist: The Enchanted Florist

Cake: Kizzi Cakes

Celebrant: Jo Kilburn- Lismore Marriage Celebrant

Catering: In Good Taste Catering

Band: Occa Rock

Wedding Coordinator: Melissa Heath

Videographer: GM Films

Photo Booth- The Frankly Booth

Leanne & Chris

I absolutely love shooting in new locations- it's exciting, refreshing and inspiring! I was really excited to shoot at Old Petrie Town, where Leanne and Chris held their intimate ceremony on a Friday in May. (Can I also say, I do love a Friday wedding!) Old Petrie Town had been on my list for a while, and Mirra in Fortitude Valleywhere their reception was held was also a new venue for me, it was a good day! 

For those that don't know, Old Petrie Town is a restored historic village replicating life pre 1930's, located about 30 mins from Brisbane and surrounded by bush. It has the cutest little old stores and buildings but it's the 300+ year old Morton Bay Figs that stole Leanne and Chris's hearts....and mine to be honest.

Opting for a low key, DIY wedding (and pulling it off!) Leanne got ready at home, made a lot of the little touches and crafted her own bouquet like a boss! (Seriously, I was so impressed) The bridal party arrived via Kombi (VW Love Bus) and just snuck their ceremony in around the rain! The incredibly lovely Carly Slade delivered a beautiful ceremony, filled with the cutest touches, a highlight being quotes from children on love. They followed the ceremony with their wedding cake (another new idea to me!) so guests could enjoy it as afternoon tea and then we explored the town for couple photos.

It was then onto Mirra for the party, and my gosh Mirra was impressive! I've spent a lot of time in function venues (due to weddings and previous jobs) and can say that the staff at Mirra were excellent- top notch customer service! I take my hat off to any venue that manages to run a smooth reception, feed all the guests delicious food and keep them happy as well as properly look after the vendors! Phoebe was there running the Frankly Booth for me and we had an awesome time partying with the guests!

Congratulations Leanne and Chris! What an amazing day!

Here's a glimpse of what the day looked like:

Credits:

Photographer- Frankly Photography

Ceremony: Old Petrie Town

Reception: Mirra- Fortitude Valley

Bridal Gown- The Bridal Company

Florist: The Bride DIY

Hair/Makeup: Sarah Harrington from Harpier

Celebrant: Carly Slade

Cake: Jocelyn's Provisions

DJ: Party Sound Mobile DJ – Craig Richie

Rings: Stones Diamonds

Brides Shoes: Jo Mercer

Kombi Van- VW Love Bus

Photo booth and Photography: Frankly Photography

Emma + Chris

Emma and Chris were married in the stunning Cedar Creek Estate and Winery at Mount Tambourine. The ceremony (conducted by my fave Erin Woodhall!) was fun and chilled- just like the couple. Emma walked down the aisle to the sweet tunes of Steven Childs and you should have seen Chris' face when he saw her in that dress! There was laughter and happy tears, an awkward moment with the ring, ending in more laughter and happy tears! The reception was held at the Cedar Creek venue as well, where everyone struck a pose in the Frankly Booth! What an awesome day- Congratulations Emma and Chris! xx

Suppliers:

Bride Getting Ready Venue: Bartle House

Ceremony: Cedar Creek Estate Winery

Reception: Cedar Creek Estate Winery

Celebrant: Erin Woodhall

Dress: Marilyn Crystelle Bridal

Bridesmaid Gowns: Maurie & Eve

Grooms Suit: Oxford

Groomsmen Suits: Tarocash

Florist: French Flowers

Hairdresser : Karissa McLaren

Makeup Artist: Billie Weston

Musician: Steven Childs

Brides Shoes: Mimco

 

Inga + Steve

Inga and Steve were married in Queens Park, Mackay on the 30th April 2016. My absolute favourite moment was when Inga first put on her wedding dress, she squealed and at first I thought something was wrong, until I saw her smile. She was gushing with happiness and said to me 'I have been waiting for this, to wear this dress, forever!'. I have never seen a bride so excited, so calm and so ready to walk down the aisle.  It was a day filled with love, family, homemade touches and cane fields (Steve is a cane farmer so it was special that we got to capture them there) Congratulations Inga and Steve, I see many happy years ahead! xo

Suppliers:

Getting Ready Venue: Lanai Riverside Apartments, Mackay

Ceremony: Queens Park, Mackay

Reception: Paxtons Warehouse, Mackay

Dress: Jill Burstons for Brides

Bridesmaid Dress: Review

Hairdresser & Makeup: Chez Leeza

Flowers: Starcut Flowers

Celebrant: Rod Ballard

Cake: Glenys Steward

Rings: Greg Neill Jewellers

Stubby coolers: Design by Merie Browne; manufactured by Tropical Coolers.

Caterer: Golden Roast