So often we swoon over the finer details of a wedding – the dress, the flowers, the styling of the venue… Although today’s wedding was full of such gorgeous detail, there was something else that made it stand out to me and that was the love of family that photographer Carissa from Capture the Moment Photography so beautifully captured. Thank you Leonie, Max & Carissa for sharing your joyous day with us at Central Queensland Weddings!
Max and I went to Primary School together, and dated for a whole week in Year 6! We met up again 16 years later at our School Reunion.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
I found my dress at the first store I looked at. It was number 4 and I knew it was the one straight away, even though it was never a style I would have gone with. I was/am in love with it.
Why did you decide to have your wedding in Central Queensland and why are you glad you did?
My family and Max’s family are all from CQ (along with a lot of the guests!). It was more meaningful for us having it in our local area and a lot easier to organize as well. The fact we chose the same church and reception venue that my parents got married at 30 odd years ago made it more special.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in planning your wedding in Central Queensland?
To be honest, I did not find it difficult at all. Moura, Biloela and Rockhampton had all the services I needed. If I wanted something I couldn’t find, the internet was an easy option.
Our favourite detail of the wedding was:
I loved our flowers; from the bouquets to the flowers on the tables. They were perfect! I loved how our family was so heavily involved – from the bridal party, drivers, ushers and readers, and most uniquely having four of my aunties as MC’s.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line?
Yes, we did. We both had the same ones.
My favourite phrase was: “I will be there to laugh with you and to lift you up when you are down, to dream with you and to celebrate with you.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony?
First Reading: A Reading from the Book of Ruth.
Second Reading: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
The atmosphere; we, along with the guests were very happy and it set a relaxed and joyful mood. We all had a lot of fun!
What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
Be organised; there is no such thing as being too organised! The fact that I was and had plenty of lists, and all parties involved knew what they needed to do allowed me to not be stressed on the day. I could enjoy the preparation with my family and bridesmaids.
Suppliers: Wedding Ceremony: St Joseph’s Catholic Church | Wedding Reception: Biloela Civic Centre | Photographer: Capture the Moment Photography | Hair: Michelle Duncan of The Hair Shop | Makeup: Jenna Powell of Phat Face | Flowers: Faiths Flowers and Gifts | Cake: Dream Cakes and Supplies | Dress: Bridal Reflections Rockhampton | Groomsmen Attire: Stewarts Rockhampton