Esther & Jonny

They say that every little girl dreams of their wedding day and knows what they want it to look like…but not this girl. I’ve never been one to have a secret book full of ideas and pictures of my dream wedding. Our wedding was planned from interstate using modern technology – from websites, to Instagram, emails and phone calls. All in our short five month engagement! Why drag it out when you’ve found the one you want to spend the rest of your life with?!

Jonny and I met in 2007, young and carefree, when we fell madly in love. Faced with a challenge early in our relationship, Jonny departed overseas on a trip planned before we had even met! A trip that had no end date being his first year out of school. I encouraged him to go as it was something he had wanted to do for a long time. A month passed before he arrived (unannounced) on my doorstep!!! Needless to say, we fell more deeply in love from this moment and became inseparable.

We dated for a few years before life saw us part ways as we “set each other free”. We had years apart before our paths crossed again. Before long we started dating again. Like no time had passed, yet a lot of time had passed!

Jonny proposed at the end of 2015, at a lookout overlooking the ocean at his hometown were we shared our first kiss! With tears in his eyes, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! In shock that this was the moment I had been waiting for, I said YES!!! It wasn’t long before the wedding planning begun!

I found suppliers and venues online and used Instagram for research. However, when it came to the dress, I knew I wanted a dress from Grace Loves Lace. The only thing I had to do was pick one! My experience at their Gold Coast showroom was perfect. With a champagne in hand, I tried on dresses that I had selected online prior to my booking. With the help of my mum and sister, I chose a completely different dress that was not on my list to try. It is true that you cannot truly tell if a dress suits you until you try it on! I chose the ‘Alexandra’, a classic yet modern dress with its low back detail, long train and sexy split at the front of the dress.


My hairdresser Jacinta of Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing was amazing! I found her on Instagram and she made hair styling look like a breeze.



Our wedding morning was fun and relaxed. My bridesmaids and I stayed in a villa at Noosaville after they had flown in from around the country (making this time extra special).


I opted for all white when it came to the flowers. I think white exudes beauty and elegance and class. Susan from Exclusive Wedding Flowers did all the arrangements, including those at the reception and ceremony.



My make-up artist was found through a friend. Her name was Toni and she was organised, punctual and professional in her approach. Exactly what you need to make your wedding morning relaxed and stress-free!


The boys got ready up the road from our villa at another property and boy…don’t they look handsome!


Our ceremony was held at the beautiful Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort. We got married on the plateau overlooking the stunning Noosa hinterland. I recall arriving at the ceremony (out of sight of any guests) and feeling content, relaxed and excited. Content because I was about to marry my best friend, relaxed because the morning had been seamless and excited to see my groom and all our loved ones who had travelled from near and far to be there for us!


Our ceremony was one like no other!! When I reached Jonny at the end of the aisle, he calmly told me that my mum was not there yet. She arrived shortly after and so I signalled to my bridesmaids to start again. There was no way my mum was going to miss this moment! Besides, it’s not everyday a bride gets to walk down the aisle twice, right?!?!






After being congratulated by guests, the bridal party were given golf buggies complete with white wedding ribbon to dash around the golf course and get some beautiful shots!




After some fun with the bridal party, Jonny and I were whisked away to a local beach to capture a few intimate sunset photos before the reception. Rebecca Colefax was our photographer and she was absolutely amazing. She was professional and experienced and made us feel at ease throughout the day. She goes above and beyond and produced some beautiful photos which we will cherish forever. I think picking your photographer is as important as picking the dress!!!





We had our reception at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, right on the Noosa River. A picturesque location which I found at last minute, suggested by a friend. Their service was faultless and the food outstanding! Splash Events organised the lighting and other decorating details that are best left to someone else so that your guests can enjoy the day with you!



The stationery, name cards and menus were made by Emily Hendry (a friend from home). Our beautiful wedding cake was made by TOME who I found on Instagram. She creates phenomenal cakes that also taste delicious! Decorated with gold leaf and more white flowers, this encapsulated a little of me too – class, elegance and sophistication.



The speeches were hilarious, honest and heartfelt. I don’t remember being bored at any moment but I guess I am a little biased since it was our wedding.


The night ended with another little surprise, ducks!! At the perfect moment, they walked over to our photo and got their five seconds of fame. All in all, our wedding day was everything we hoped for and more!!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Esther and Jonny – what a beautiful wedding; your gown was stunning! I can’t believe you planned it all in five months! 

Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Hairstylist: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing / Flowers: Exclusive Wedding Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort / Photographer: Rebecca Colefax / Reception Venue: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant and Bar / Lighting & Decoration: Splash Events / Cake: TOME

Bride in front of colourful wall

Working out a budget that works for the two of you and what you want to achieve helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to finding that little bit more to use the best vendors as Kelly remembers when looking looking back at her modern romantic wedding.

“Honestly, you get what you pay for. We paid for the best and received the best!”

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Images by Florido Weddings


Tegan & Marty

Marty and I first met over ten years ago. Our relationship spans over a decade and it’s filled with beautiful memories, including our ‘Epic Engagement’ which took place during the Category 5 Cyclone that hit Yeppoon in 2015. But our favourite memory to date is our wedding day. On July 1st 2016 we tied the knot in our home town surrounded by our friends and family at the Yeppoon Keppel Bay Sailing Club.

We exchanged vows on the deck looking over the ocean; we were blessed with perfect weather and there was barely a cloud in sight. The string quartet played romantic songs, which set the mood for our intimate ceremony. The deck was covered in yellow and ivory rose petals which lead to our ribbon garland which would serve as the backdrop for our ceremony. Our celebrant Zac Garven was kind enough to share his role with my life long friend Rodney Pratt. It was incredible to have one of my best friends assist Zac with the proceedings. It made the ceremony very personal and when Rodney said, “Congratulations Marty, you may kiss your bride” it really took everyone’s breath away.




Marty and I chose to write our own vows to each other. I ended with telling Marty “I loved you yesterday, I love you still, I always have and I always will”. Marty concluded his with “I vow to love you, care for you and support you endlessly babe, I pledge my love to you in front of our guests here today.” My great friend Belinda Crawley then sang ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ while we signed our marriage certificate.



We had six bridesmaids and six groomsmen. Marty and I had all of our siblings and closest friends in our bridal party. It meant the world to us to share our special day with the people closest to us. The bridesmaids wore yellow Carla Zampatti gowns, crusted gold shoes, accessories by Collete and Adorne. For the groomsmen we chose Roger David dress pants, a white button up shirt, suspenders and bow ties. As gifts to his groomsmen, Marty gave each of the boys a pair of supporter socks for the football team they followed.


It was my dream to get married wearing a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes and that dream came true. I wore yellow satin Manolo’s under my couture designer wedding gown. I chose pale yellow Swarovski earrings and wore my grandmother’s blue sapphire ring. It was my something old, something borrowed and something blue.

My dress was made by the incredible team at Paddington Weddings; it was the ‘Ivy Gown’ – a high neck A line design covered in tiny crystals. Marty wore a Gibson navy suit and also added the bow tie and suspenders to match in with the groomsmen.




My close friend Clair owns her own mobile hair and makeup business, Hair By ClairP, and she along with her friend Nicole were our ‘Glam Squad’ for the day. We chose a classic soft makeup for the bridesmaids and myself. I opted for a classic bridal up do and for the bridesmaids we chose the elegant French twist.  I had the ideal wedding morning with my bridesmaids listening to music, drinking French champagne and eating soft cheeses. It was everything I wanted and more.



We decided to use artificial flowers for our day, that way we could keep them afterwards and use them in our home and perhaps show them to our kids one day. I had all the flowers and corsages made by Premier Cane in Toowoomba. The quality was amazing and so life like with many people not realizing they were artificial flowers.



My Mum did the majority of designing and decorating for our special day. We chose yellow, gold and ivory as our main colour scheme. We wanted an elegant and romantic setting. My mother and my sister created a ribbon garland that was the backdrop for both our ceremony and reception. For the centrepieces we collected Moet bottles and painted them in gold glitter, we also added a tea light candle wrapped in gold, a vase with baby’s breath and an artificial yellow rose and a small gold frame with a love quote;  all this sat upon a square mirror piece with a gold embossed doily.

For our gifts we had small scented candles made; these also sat on our tables to add colour and the wonderful scent of vanilla filled the entire reception room. Our cake was made locally Cakes by Jess; we chose a white three tiered cake with each tier being a different flavour. Our wedding knife set was Vera Wang and was also gold. We had Ferrero Rocher chocolates for all our guests to snack on through out the night; they were displayed on a gold cake stand accompanied by a sign that said “Love is Sweet…Take a Treat”.






Instead of a guest book we chose to get our guests to sign a Magnum bottle of Moet which we will open on our first wedding anniversary. We left it up to our guests whether to give gifts or donate to a wishing well and we were blessed with many amazing presents and money we received to spend for our honeymoon in Koh Samui Thailand. We had a lit candle throughout the night accompanied with a sign that read “In honour of those who are watching from heaven, we love you”.

My uncle was the perfect choice for MC, he ran the whole night like the Oscars, even having three outfit changes! He was entertaining and managed the time efficiently – exactly what we wanted for our night. He awarded Marty and me the Oscar for most glamorous couple. All the formalities and speeches were over by 9pm which gave us plenty of time for dancing and mingling with our guests. We provided a photo booth too which proved to be a hit with all our guests.

Instead of waiting till the end of the night Marty and I decided to have our first dance straight after our entrance to the reception. We had been taking dance lessons and we wanted our first dance to be a special moment. We chose Savage Garden “I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You”. A song perfectly suited to us as we always said when we met it felt like we already knew one another, already loved one another. When Marty lifted me and spun me around all of our guests cheered and stood to their feet; it was an amazing way for the reception to begin.

For the father and daughter dance, I asked one of my best friends Tessa Coulter to sing “I Just Called To Say I Love You’ which was actually the song my parents danced to at their wedding. It was such an incredible moment and then during the song everyone joined us on the dance floor; you could actually feel the love in the air, it was nothing short of magic. We ended the night with returning to the deck for a sparkler send off. Which was the perfect way to end our special day.


Our beautiful photographs were taken by Dejavu Photo and Film; The hashtag we used for the day was #SoDevine (my surname is Devine) and our wedding day certainly was so divine!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Tegan and Marty; your beautiful seaside wedding with its pop of yellow was indeed divine!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Yeppoon Keppel Bay Sailing Club / Ceremony Officiant: Zac Garven / Bride’s Dress: Paddington Weddings / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti / Groom's Suit: Gibson / Photographer: Dejavu Photo and Film / Hair & MakeUp: Hair By ClairP / Cake: Cakes by Jess