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Scott and Mark’s Spectacular New Zealand Wedding

by | Groom, Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Same Sex Weddings,



Scott and Mark

The Proposal

We had been together since November 2002 when Mark proposed in December 2008 on White Island New Zealand which is an active volcano… he knows that I am fascinated by volcanoes. We were originally planning on marrying at Lake Louise Canada at the Fairmont but not many family or friends could come. So as soon as NZ passed marriage equality in 2013, we couldn’t wait to be married in the same country where the proposal occurred. We chose Queenstown as we love the snow capped mountains and lake setting which is similar to Lake Louise.

Wedding Theme

The colour theme was black, white and green. Because our venue backs on to the Remarkables Mountain range in Queenstown which features snow capped mountains and a rocky hillside with tussock grasses, we wanted to bring nature inside the venue but also add colour. As the grasses are varying colours of browns and oranges we wanted to bring green into the venue to brighten the venue and tables but also incorporate elements of nature so we included twig branches as centrepieces with hanging tea light candles. Moss balls and chrysanthemums were chosen for the base of the twig centrepieces. Orchids were chosen as our button holes and table decorations as my father and myself love orchids. Groomsmaid dresses were mint green to contrast with the mountain setting. Floral decorations including table, ceremomy and Groomsmaids flowers were a combination of white and green. We chose matching suits to signify our lives becoming one and the same and we kept that theme classic with plain black suits and tie and white shirts. All table linen was kept classic white as were the tables and chairs.

The Suits

We originally had a smaller budget and so bought cheaper suits to start with. But I was unhappy with them so convinced Mark that we needed to buy new ones so I would be happy on the day and not worrying how I looked (yes I was bridezilla). So we spent about 3 weekends unsuccessfully looking for new suits and then walking home from work one day I stopped into a shop to have a quick look and spotted the suit. Both Mark and I tried them on and instantly knew they were the ones. So already well over budget with the wedding, we decided to buy them anyway. They are from Messini in Pitt St Sydney.

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Our mums walking us down the aisle as they are very important to us. We also had a warming of the rings ceremony where our rings were passed around to our guests and they were to wish health and happiness or good thoughts into the rings before they returned to us so those wishes would be with us for always.

Favourite Moments

There are too many to choose from. But photographs on top of the Remarkables mountain range and landing by helicopter at our ceremony with our guests standing in a heart formation are a few! Just before landing was when it all seemed real and the nerves kicked in. Also during the reception our videographers took us outside in the dark on the pontoon and had us dancing on wine barrels just like our old days of dancing on podiums at clubs. This turned out to be a spectacular moment capturing the fog from our breath as we sat on the wine barrels looking at each other.

Also on the day of our wedding, our wedding planner was standing on the pontoon over the lake where our ceremony would take place, organising our guests into the heart formation, getting ready for us to land by helicopter. As the guests were not in complete formation she asked them all to take a step forward (at the same time demonstrating the move by taking a step backward). Unfortunately there was no more pontoon for her to step back onto and she fell into the lake with her iPhone in hand. Completely submerged she arose from the lake holding her phone in true wedding planner style. She dried herself off and was there waiting for us to land, dripping wet and freezing cold on a winters day and continued planning our wedding until dry clothes arrived for her.

What Does Marriage Mean to You?

It symbolises the completion and formal unification of our relationship in front of the most important people in our lives. Our family and friends! It is a basic human right that we wanted our family and friends to witness so they could see our unconditional love and commitment that we have for each other. Marriage is about compromise and not sweating the small things. If the answer to something is No, then just say YES. “If the answer is definitely no, then just say YES YES”. It’s about sharing your life completely with your partner and enjoying that time. It’s about spending time with your best friend and doing the things you love in life together. I’s about love and understanding and most of all good communication.


Use Pinterest to gather ideas and then create a board of your favourite ones. Choose your colour scheme and design and then use the services of a professional wedding planner. Either as a full package or just to get ideas from. As they plan weddings all the time they know what will work and what will not and are not shy about telling you if something will look ghastly. They also take the stress out of the big day, leaving you to focus on the most important thing. Marrying your partner stress free.

Film & Images by Sunshine Wedding Films

Ms Gingham says: One of my all time favourite places in this world is Queenstown. Stunning wedding, stunning images! Congratulations Scott and Mark!

Photographer: Rich Bayley Photography / Photographer: Andy Gock Photography / Cinematographer: Sunshine Wedding Films / Suits: Messini / Shoes: Florsheim Shoes / Flowers: The Flower Room / Rings: Avant GardeTitanium / Groomsmaids dresses: Brony Leigh Bridal / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Ties: Asos / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Jack’s Point, Queenstown / Cake & Cake Topper: Cherry Blossom Cakes / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Simply Perfect Weddings / DJ: Jay Moore, Queenstown DJ / Ceremony Officiant: Philippa Cook / Helicopter: Heliworks / Accommodation: The Hilton, Queenstown / Photo Booth: The Amazing Travelling Photobooth / Bus Transport: Professional Touring Queenstown

Daniel & Christine’s Sandy Feet Island Wedding

by | Groom, Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings,



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Our Wedding journey was a dream from the start from my buying the ring to standing at the altar taking the first look at my beautiful bride.

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After all the careful planning and preparation it’s funny which parts of the day really stick out once you have a chance to fully digest everything. The first time I saw Chrissy in her dress I choked back a few tears (of joy of course) as she looked even more beautiful than normal. The smile on her face is something that I will never forget, you could just tell she felt and looked like a million dollars.

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The ceremony flies by and I couldn’t tell you half of what I repeated on the day but I do remember making our vows to each other. Chrissy and I both decided we would write our own vows because there is something pretty special about making lifelong promises from the heart and receiving them in return. I was also very moved and touched by a personal reading from my older sister Stephanie. The words were so beautiful and had such meaning and they will always hold a special place in my heart.

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The setting was perfect, the ceremony was finished, now it was time to relax into the party. I have to admit standing at the end of the aisle having our guests come up to congratulate us was very overwhelming. I was lucky enough to have almost 30 friends and family travel to Australia from the UK as well as Chrissy’s family traveling from all over Australia. It was fun to watch the Anglos and the Aussies mix, swapping stories over a chilled glass of bubbly on the beach.

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Before I had a chance to sip my glass we were straight into the group Photo. Chrissy had the great idea of using mini beach balls as our makeshift confetti and I had the idea in my head to use the group shot with the beach balls as our signature shot, Our photographers on the day (Stradbroke Island Photography) captured the shot just how I pictured it in my head.

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We were so spoilt for choice regarding our photographs. Chrissy and I were so relaxed about the day we trusted their judgment (which as you can see was fully justified). The beauty of being on “Straddie” is that you can switch between different worlds very quickly, taking 5 steps off the beach put you in a wonderful mysterious forest of beautiful vines and luscious greenery.

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It’s pretty hard to describe how I felt around this time but I guess I was just so mesmerised by my Wife that everything just flowed I have to admit my eyes did not stray far from her all day.

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Ang and Stu were absolutely incredibly photographers. We weren’t one of those couples that planned our photos, locations and poses. As locals, we let them guide us on the best places to capture our special day, and boy they didn’t disappoint! They made us feel at ease, nothing felt forced and often we even forgot they were there. They captured every single moment of our special day perfectly and we are both in awe of the incredible photos they have given us. They are everything we could have asked for, without having to ask. They created a lifetime of memories for us.

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After all the fun and adventures that the photos were it was now time for our big entry. With a spring in our step and Pina colada in our hands we walked in to a rapturous welcome taking in not only the applause but the beautiful set up by Donna at Stradbroke Island Events. The flowers and candles on the table and the backdrop lights behind the bridal table were truly stunning and made the venue feel like a scene from a fairy tale.

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We were lucky enough to have an an incredible friend who is a graphic designer, who only too willingly put up her hand to help out with the stationery. We had lots of ideas, but a minimal budget, so this worked out perfectly. We were able to sit down with our friend Paula and outline exactly what we wanted, and she turned it around in no time, matching our invitations perfectly. Our particular favourites where the “Do Not Disturb” signs we made for guests to take home (because we were banking on some of our guests having killer hangovers the next day). Our guests also really appreciated the bathroom baskets we put together, which were complete with a cheeky poem.

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The food provided by Gordon and his catering team was spectacular. The spread was everything I had ever imaged when we discussed a “Beach BBQ” buffet menu and all my guests can say that they ate “Bugs” at a wedding.

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Now to the speeches, after some lovely words from my now father in law and a beautiful speech from the maid of honour it was down to me, I decided that I wouldn’t pre write a speech and lose myself in the moment, I guess looking back I probably should of at least had some notes but I still managed to thank everyone I needed to.

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Now the main event, I broke with tradition and had 2 “Best Men” when you grow up with 2 sisters my 2 best friends are like my brothers. They decided to do a combined speech and ended up putting me on trial for creating a fake Australian Identity. The speech was brilliant and would be fit for youtube!.

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After choosing our first song (Andy Williams – I Love You Baby) and attempting to practice, we quickly discovered we were working with four left feet. So, we secretly took lessons with Mark from Let’s Dance Co, and surprised our guests on the night with a specially choreographed routine. In the chaotic lead up to the wedding we missed out on time to practice, so we ran through the routine on the beach after photos had wrapped up, before we arrived at the reception. In this moment we were able to look into each other’s eyes, soak up everything around us and laugh at ourselves as we tripped over the dress and added to the layers of sand it had already accumulated.

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Looking back at the day from our sunbed down on the Gold Coast my wife and I were still riding the wave and now our attention turns to the honeymoon next year!

Images by Stradbroke Island Photography

Ms Gingham says: A spectacular looking wedding! Thanks to Daniel for sharing his day!

Photographer: Stradbroke Island Photography / Bride’s Dress: Sincerity Bridal / Bridal Salon: Sugar & Spice, Chermside / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Real flowers by Islabele Flowers (Lisa Lowe) / Bride’s Shoes: Pied A Terre, Seeka / Flowers & Decor: Islabele Flowers (Lisa Lowe) / Wedding Ring (Bride): Angus & Coote / Wedding Ring (Groom): Argyle Jewelers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jadore, from A Formal Affair, Alderly / Groom’s Attire: Strictly Formal Suits, Milton / Groomsmen Attire: Strictly Formal Suits, Milton / Ceremony Venue: Home Beach, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island / Ceremony Officiant: Sheryl Gotje +61 (0)430 429 615 / Reception Venue: Point Lookout Community Hall / Catering: Straddie Catering / Reception Stylist & Decor: Stradbroke Island Events / Cake Baker: The Cheesecake Shop Wynnum / Cake Topper: FloroMondo / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Stationery Graphic Designer: Paula Morphew / Hairstylist: Kobe’s Hair Art / Makeup Artist: Stradbroke Island Makeup (Emma Simms) / Music: Adam Dunn

Paul & Paul’s Stylish and Sincere Gay Wedding

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Paul and Paul

Cloudland Same Sex Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate

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After 4 very happy years together, we celebrated our commitment and love for each other in the company of loved ones at spectacular Brisbane venue, Cloudland.

We knew we were meant to be when I gave up my trendy life and job in the city to be with Paul D on the Gold Coast. Not long after moving in together we adopted our two dogs Spencer and Rambo forming a little family, which only confirmed for us how committed we are to one another.

After opening two successful Paul and Paul hair salons and both very much in love with our life together, I decided it was time to propose.

Following a year long preparation I put into motion a plot to pop the question. With the help of close friends it was decided that a surprise trip to Sydney for Paul D’s 30th would make for the perfect setting to ask that all important question “will you marry me” during an intimate yet rather festive birthday celebration. In front of close friends I dropped to one knee and after telling Paul why he means the world to me, I popped the question. With tears in his eyes he eagerly accepted. It was a night we would never forget.

When deciding on our wedding venue, we couldn’t go past Cloudland, the most beautiful and spectacular setting for any wedding ceremony and reception. We didn’t have to worry about the weather as our wedding was indoors but had the benefit of feeling outdoors due to all of the beautiful plant life, waterfall and garden like features that help decorate this truly stunning venue.

Jenni the wedding events and functions coordinator at Cloudland is a dream to work with. She goes above and beyond for you and is very flexible with your needs and any arising issues leading up to the big day. But more importantly we were blown away by how affordable and fair the price was. Cloudland really is a one-stop shop when it comes to hosting your wedding.

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We had a large grooms party of 10 plus ourselves. Our groomsmaids were dressed in long black dresses, which were inspired by Charlotte’s bridesmaid look from the Sex and the City movie, and our groomsmen were in dark grey tailored suits. Both being hairdressers and doing a lot of shows and photo shoots we envisioned having an editorial feel to how we all looked.

We also had our niece in a light grey ruffled dress made out of tulle and she was so excited to have a train on her dress just like the big girls!

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We all walked down the aisle paired off, hand in hand with 16 Strings quartet playing ‘I can’t help falling in love’ by Elvis.

16 Strings quartet are amazingly skilled and having them there made the whole ceremony experience feel so much more special.

Having someone play a song for you just feels so much more personal. We were absolutely blown away and so glad we made the choice to have a string quartet.

Our ceremony was sentimental, light hearted, fashionable and in part comical! This perfectly reflects our life together and our relationship, so it was very fitting and very ‘us’. During the ceremony there were both heartfelt tears and roars of laughter, we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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Our Celebrant Jamie Eastgate from Brisbane City Celebrants was wonderful! He was professional, warm and caring. His ability to speak in front of everyone was perfect and eloquent.

Communication between us and Brisbane City Celebrants was regular and genuine. A personal and sincere interest in your life and how your wedding plans were coming together was apparent and appreciated during our correspondence leading up to our special day. We were so, so, so happy we went with Brisbane City Celebrants!

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Our reception was very special to us, and a true reflection of us as a couple. We had a humorous dance entrance that we themed to Kylie Minogue (we’re kinda big fans haha!) followed by a Kylie Minogue impersonator, Riely Saville of EPIC creations who choreographed, performed and sourced the back up dancers for our wedding entrance and entertainment for our guests.

This being a gay wedding we couldn’t not feature the biggest Aussie gay icon (and our personal favourite) Kylie Minogue! Riely delivered an amazing performance along with her talented back up dancers and it was evident how much thought and research had gone in to this performance – We felt like Kylie was actually in the room!

With it being a gay wedding we also steered away from tradition, so instead of a bouquet toss we had a $200 Tiffany & Co. voucher toss and instead of a garter toss we had a $200 Flight Centre travel voucher toss. We had a professional DJ, Jaye from Explosive Entertainment play all throughout the night. Jaye is so much more than just a DJ, Jaye is a musical wizard! What he offers in the way of music and lighting and special effects that provide that all important wow factor is truly sensational.

He goes above and beyond for his clients and we were so impressed when he offered to stay a little longer so we could all dance the night away!

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A special mention also to Di our Wedding Cake Maker from Cake Tiers and Sugar Blooms who created our 5 tier wedding cake, standing more than 40 inches tall which was served as dessert. Each tier had a butter cream centre and featured a different flavour so guests could swap flavours according to their favourite.

Di is nothing short of an artist and a true professional. She captures the details of your desired cake perfectly. We can’t recommend her highly enough, she is so skilled at making and decorating cakes that I would go as far as to say there is nothing she cannot do for you.

Benny Kaz from Kaz Films captured every aspect of our wedding perfectly for an amazing price so we could have a beautiful video keep sake of our big day! Benny and his team are extremely professional, humble and deliver amazing videos. We have had the opportunity of working with Benny in the past so we were overwhelmed when he agreed to document and make our wedding video.

The food was sensational and the wine was flowing for an amazing night of dancing, fun and celebration of our commitment to each other – it was a perfect day and night!

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When it came to choosing a photographer after much research we decided to book the very well known Studio Impressions. They have a long standing reputation within the wedding and photographic community for being the best. Gabe Viet was our photographer and he was amazing! He was attentive, unimposing and humble.

Our advice to other couples planning their wedding – Don’t cut any corners! You only want one wedding so do it exactly how you want. We also found it was great for everyone to have the ceremony and reception all at the one venue. Don’t take any gambles. Don’t select a service from a provider purely because it’s the cheapest, do your research and make sure you choose the best.

Just because one photographer offers you more for the same price as another who offers you less doesn’t by any means guarantee that you’re getting more for your money. At the end of the day if a photographer, a DJ, a venue or entertainer costs a few hundred dollars more and has a fantastic reputation, it often means they are worth it and you are likely to be guaranteed a perfect result.

We loved EVERYTHING about our special day!

Photography by Gabe Viet of Studio Impressions

Ms Gingham says: This looks like it was a true wedding that reflected this gorgeous couple to perfection! Congratulations Paul and Paul!

Photographer: Studio Impressions / Ceremony Officiant: Brisbane City Celebrants / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cloudland / Hairstylist: Paul and Paul / DJ: Explosive Entertainment / Ceremony Musicians: 16 Strings / Entertainment: Epic Creations / Videographer: Kaz Films / Cake Baker: Cake Tiers and Sugar Blooms
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