20th July 2018
Ben Clark Photography
Our entire day was based around the idea that we both simply wanted to be married, with as little formality as possible. A very casual feel to the day, and then to have a big party to celebrate, without all the bells and whistles of a traditional wedding. So our ceremony was limited to just close friends and family and we held our reception in a different venue and invited everyone to party. It was the perfect day for us.
We would love to know how you both met:
We met originally through Facebook, through friends of friends, and were friends on there for a year before finally meeting in person a year later at a local bar.
Let us have a sneak peak of your proposal:
Christmas Day 2014, one of Cade’s gifts was a copy of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tale’s (a play on Cade’s surname and personality), which he had spent hours using a scalpel blade to cut out a hollow heart through the middle of the book. When I opened the gift and turned the pages of what I thought was an ordinary book, I found the hollowed out section in there, and found his proposal written inside.
Where was the location of the wedding:
Our ceremony was held at Boulevard Gardens, 284 Witton Road, Indooroopilly QLD 4068. It’s a gorgeous open air garden filled with beautiful trees and flowers. Our reception was held at High Church, 483 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. This is a wonderful old church turned event hall with an amazing outside area to compliment it.
Tell us about the planning of your wedding day, and were there any unexpected surprises:
Planning for the wedding was actually pretty straightforward, once we secured both Ceremony & Reception venues everything else really just fell into place. Mark did most of the planning with Cade preferring to take a backseat and jump in where needed. Only one unexpected surprise, we had originally planned to have a very small personal ceremony, just us and four very close friends. We were however not expecting the amount of interest from family and close friends to be there for the ”I do” part, so we ended up extending that number to around 20 close friends and family for the ceremony.
What colour themes were used in the wedding:
Our big day didn’t really have a colour theme. However, we had decided long ago that Mark’s suit jacket would be deep burgundy & Cade’s would be dark blue….but there were no official themes.
Was there any tradition introduced into your wedding, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue:
We knew we didn’t want much tradition. We wanted to be the new tradition! There were no speeches, no grooms’ parties, no first dances, no best men etc. The closest we came was cutting the cake….and even then we tried to sneak that in with just the two of us, but our photographer started snapping pictures and before we knew it, all our guests gathered around for it. That was a fantastic surprise for us.
What was the theme of your wedding, and how did you decide this:
Our wedding was aimed to have a very relaxed and open theme. A ceremony out in the open gardens followed by a reception in a big hall with Giant Jenga, a Photo Booth Mirror, Whiskey bar, and food stations scattered throughout the venue so people could drift and mingle as they needed.
Your wedding was very beautiful, where did you gather inspiration from:
We can’t take credit for any of that, we wanted and asked for simple, the people around us (reception venue staff, ceremony venue, etc) made everything look amazing for us.
What were some of your favourite moments in the wedding with either your partner, family or friends:
We spent the morning before the ceremony getting ready with our very close friend Lauren-Phoebe, who bought snacks & champagne, and her wonderful personality to keep us calm before the hectic-ness of the day ahead.
Looking out and seeing the love and smiles and genuine happiness for us on the faces of our friends and family at our ceremony was beautiful.
Our reception was like a big party, without the stress of traditional planned wedding, just our friends and our families having a great time together. Just the way we wanted it.
Who were your favourite vendors for the wedding:
Krista Webb (our celebrant) was beautiful and wonderful, she gave us exactly what we wanted, it came so natural to her to know how we wanted the day to feel. Ben Clark our photographer, did an amazing job capturing our day, even more so considering how nervous and awkward one of his grooms (Mark) was to work with when a camera is pointed at him.
Who was the photographer for your wedding:
Ben Clark Photography. I think we might have taken him by surprise with our casual nature when arranging the day. Our advice was just do what felt right, and he did a wonderful job with this.
We would love to know what soundtrack was played for your first dance:
We didn’t have a first dance. Our DJ played a variety of music at our reception.
Did you go away for a Honeymoon, if so where was the location:
Our honeymoon was a very short getaway for the week after our wedding in a beautiful private villa in Bali, Indonesia.
What words of support could you say to couples taking the journey of marriage:
Do what you want, where you want it and how you want it. You will have people trying to tell you how a wedding should be but at the end of the day you will have the best, stress free day when you do things the way the two of you want it. It is your day, not anyone else’s.
Ben Clark Photography
High Church on Brunswick
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