Beach Wedding at Coochiemudlo Island
A & L are private people and have requested no photos on social media.
To them, Coochiemudlo Island is a place of significance. It’s a place to slow down and collect their thoughts and revitalise.
In their ceremony, L & A acknowledged the history of the island and the relationship with indigenous people, early settlers, the military, and more recently local tourists.
The ceremony of A & L was genuine and true, just like their relationship.
We were blessed with a calm and clear day, and the sparkling waves gently lapped at the sand under the winter sunshine.
Coochiemudlo Island is a 10 minute ferry trip from Victoria Point, a south-east suburb of Brisbane.
Harmony and Dalton dreamt of a relaxed island wedding and contacted the team at Elope Brisbane to collate a team of wedding professionals for their day.
Harmony’s vision was to create a boho vibe, with sand/tan colours, bare feet, and proteas. They invited only their immediate families, who were thrilled with the chance to have a couple of days away together on beautiful Straddie.
Steve from Kandid Kombi transported Harmony to the beachfront. She looked gorgeous in a simple knit dress with a baby’s breath flower crown. Dalton was relaxed in a white shirt with navy shorts.
On Straddie, there’s no need for formalities – or shoes!
Harmony’s dad walked her down the path to the beach, and Harmony and Dalton asked their mums to be their witnesses, which was a poignant touch. Their 2 small boys presented the wedding rings.
The ceremony styling was by Mel from Miss Weddings, pics were snapped by Romana Saeheng Photography and Graphic Design, Dan Hodgson Freelance created a video story, celebrant Cheryl Landsberry – Marriage Celebrant made the legals all so simple, and Cakes by Simone baked a white chocolate and coconut mud cake.
What a chilled way to be married!
We love an excuse to get to Straddie for the day, so contact the team at Elope Brisbane to make your Straddie wedding happen.
Aubrey and James’s guests were treated to a glorious, sunny, winter afternoon for their wedding at North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). A local kangaroo thrilled the family watching online from the US and UK, as it fed on the lush grass oblivious to the lifechanging moment happening beside it.
The wedding was held 6 years to the day after James and Aubrey first met at Point Lookout, where they were both enjoying the winter beachscape with their respective groups of friends.
When they first met, James noticed that Aubrey was extremely friendly and had a bubbly personality. Aubrey noticed James’s ability to make everyone laugh and that he was always smiling. Soon, they became a couple, and spent as much time as they could with each other.
Fast forward a couple years and they were planning a relaxed and chilled Straddie wedding.
Aubrey wore a boho white dress, and James wore a simple white shirt. Celebrant, Cheryl Landsberry, told the couple’s story and led the couple through their legal vows. Photographer, Romana Saeheng, captured some photos during the ceremony, then took the couple along the foreshore at Point Lookout for some gorgeous photos.
Afterwards, James and Aubrey joined their guests at the club for a celebration dinner.
Laura and Blake both love the ocean, so the park at Dicky Beach was their first choice for their wedding ceremony.
Sir Leslie Wilson Park at Dicky Beach can be booked for weddings through Sunshine Coast Council.
The setup consisting of an arbour with florals and draping was by Cloud Nine.
We even saw a whale out to sea while we were setting up for the ceremony.
Under a clear blue sky, Laura and Blake exchanged their wedding vows.
Photo by Liv and Jesse at Captive Light
Celebrant Cheryl Landsberry
North Stradbroke Island is Kylee and Doug’s favourite place in the world, so of course they chose Home Beach at Straddie for their wedding location. Their DIY wedding ceremony was chilled, earthy, and genuine – just like the two of them.
Kylee and Doug rented a beach house at Point Lookout with views out over the ocean. They spent the morning of the wedding setting up marquees fitted with Persian rugs, cushions, lanterns, and long tables for a relaxed, boho Straddie wedding vibe.
North Stradbroke Island is a 20 minute water taxi trip from Cleveland, Brisbane, and is a favourite location for day trips, weekend breaks, and wedding celebrations.
Gorgeous photos by Capturing Life Portraiture.
Chat to Brisbane Marriage Celebrant Cheryl Landsberry to plan your boho beach wedding at Straddie.
The dream was for a tropical wedding ceremony on a white sandy beach, followed by a balmy reception under the stars. Glammed up guests could dine and dance barefoot beneath the fairy lights. Sounds ideallyic, doesn’t it? And you would think in Queensland, that a beach wedding would be a year-round possibility.
However, on the wedding eve, with bad weather predicted, the groom gathered together his crew to assemble a sturdy marquee as a contingency plan. They kitted out a smaller marquee for the caterers, and hooked up a generator to power the lights and stoves. Plans for a night out sinking a few cold ones were put to the side as the trusty band of volunteers worked late into the night stabilising the setup. Groom, Adam, decided to forgo a comfy bed and sleep out at the site overnight to guard the paraphernalia, and was kept company by his groomsmen.
The next morning, they awoke to stormy skies, and the prediction of a downpour. I met up with bride, Lin, as she was having her hair styled in an apartment overlooking the ocean. Lin was pragmatic, and although disappointed that her wedding dreams had been dashed, she kept her eyes on the prize and focussed on marrying the man she planned to spend her life beside.
As per the forecast, rain dropped from the skies right on ceremony start time, so we huddled under the tarpaulins and listened to the newlyweds promise each other a lifetime of devotion. Luckily, the electrical equipment had been carefully protected from the elements, and the aroma of tasty treats soon wafted in from the kitchen marquee. I quickly learned the art of a well-placed umbrella prod to the roof of the sagging marquee to toss off the pooling rainfall.
Once the guests were seated around trestle tables, and had eaten their fill, I opened the floor for the reception speeches. Bride, Groom, and family members spoke their genuine appreciation of all who had come together to create such a magical day. But the unexpected speaker of the night was a guest who had travelled from interstate to celebrate with the couple, who he had met while they were both travelling the country. This guest knew no other at the wedding, however, had been one of the willing construction helpers the previous day. While he was enjoying the wedding feast and party, that was not the highlight of the weekend. Instead, he told of the immense satisfaction and feeling of community that he enjoyed through contributing to the task of setting up the wedding site. Despite the inclement weather, despite the disappointment of dreams down the drain, despite the lack of expertise and implements of the random bunch, being a part of a team who all worked towards a common and benevolent goal was gratifying and rewarding beyond any traditional wedding guest experience.
And then the rain cleared, the DJ spun some tunes, and the guests still danced barefoot in the sand beneath the fairy lights.
Photos by Pixel Bug
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