Mackay Wedding Styled Shoot by Sarah Hearts Photography

On a very warm afternoon in the beautiful and serene settings of tropical Queensland, some of the best vendors in town got together to create a little bit of magic, with a touch of vintage elegance and whimsy!  Today’s ‘Vintage Kiss Bar-a-van’ shoot is courtesy of SarahHearts Photography. Big hugs to Sarah for sharing this incredible shoot with us!

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Suppliers: Photography: SarahHearts Photography | Assistant: DreamPic Photography | Hair and Makeup: Final Touch Hair and Make-up Artistry | Florist: Mackay Wedding Flowers | Cake: Cakeaholics | Bar-a-van: Vintage Kiss | Vintage Decor Hire and Whimsical Stationary: Heyday Occasions | Male Model: Shaun Casey | Female Model: Rhiannon Healy | Location: Reeves Saunders Road, Sarina, Queensland, Australia | Rhiannon wears – Dress: BLU Wedding Boutique | Headpiece, cuff and ring: Samantha Wills supplied by | Flower Ring: Mackay Wedding Flowers | Shoes: Novo | Shaun wears – Shirt & Pants: H&M | Jacket: St Vincent de Paul | Socks: Aquila | Pocket Square: Calibre | Hats, suspenders and bow tie: ID Dezine

A Wedding Festival! by Jessica Turich Photography

Laura and Ben wanted to have a fun, memorable wedding celebration with all of their favourite people. To ensure their wedding didn’t have a curfew or a restriction on the number of guests, they went with a backyard wedding at their property in Beecher. And, to ensure the fun element was met, they chose a festival themed wedding which they aptly called ‘Plattapalooza Wedfest’! We love that Laura and Ben chose a wedding uniquely them! Thank you so much to Jessica Turich Photography for sharing the day with us.


IMG_0902IMG_0905Screen-Shot-2016-05-24-at-7.40 IMG_0862IMG_0990IMG_1086IMG_1109IMG_1391IMG_1469IMG_1418-EditIMG_2413-EditIMG_1921-EditIMG_2079-EditIMG_1962-EditIMG_1965-EditIMG_2240-EditIMG_2108-EditIMG_2114-EditIMG_2498-EditIMG_2807IMG_2702IMG_3112 IMG_3114IMG_3342-EditOur favourite details of the wedding:
We had festival arm bands on arrival, a festival map to ensure no one got lost, a tipi village to chill out in, plenty of live music playing on the ‘main stage’, merchandise (our ‘thankyou’ gifts for our guests – PLATTAPALOOZA CD with the songs that were the big hits from our day). Pre-event, there was a festival facebook event page to keep the ‘crowd’ informed and to answer any questions regarding the ‘festival chic’ dress code and to advertise the camp grounds which were available.
The bridal party wore mismatched outfits to ensure their fashion flare was unique to them and the girls were donned with beautiful fresh flower crowns.
We had to do a lot of preparation work to our yard. We made the majority of the decorations and most of the furniture for the day. We received a lot of help from our families and our bridal party to execute everything – it was a lot of hard work.
Tell us about the proposal!
Ben proposed at Heron Island, he bought a local souvenir turtle ring and placed it on coral while we were snorkeling around the infamous Heron wreck – it was beautiful!
I ended up getting my engagement ring from Patrick Jewelers. We designed the ring with Rhyll Patrick. It is a Morganite stone which is set in rose gold and has diamonds on the band.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
I only tried a couple of wedding dresses on. I found a design I liked through Pinterest but thought it would be best to try a couple on to make sure it was the one… it was. My dress was made by Kellyanne Russell. We changed the original design to make it my ‘own’ and it was actually a skirt and top. I had a second skirt made for the reception which was my party skirt – it was my favourite!!
Kellyanne Russell was amazing to work with, she knows exactly what she is talking about and is very thorough. Each visit was a mini wedding planning session; she cares about you and your wedding, not just about your dress. It was always such a pleasure to visit; nothing was too hard of a task!
Tell us about your wedding photographer.
I chose our wedding date making sure I could secure a date with Jessica Turich Photography!! I knew I needed her to capture our wedding. Her photography style is relaxed, beautiful, engaging and fun. I love how she takes in the scenery around you but ensures that you are the main centerpiece. She tells a beautiful story.
I am over the moon with our photos. They reflect all of our hard work that we put in to our wedding and show our personalities and love for each other – we will cherish these memories forever! The comments I have received from my guests and friends cemented how amazing my photos really are. Jess was able to capture our day beautifully; the pictures really make you feel like you are there.
Jess is a beautiful person who has a great personality, this helps a lot when it comes to planning your wedding day – she makes it very fun and enjoyable. I would recommend everyone to check out her amazing photos and look into trying to try secure her for your big day. You only get to celebrate your wedding day once so you need to ensure you have the best photographer so you can treasure your special day!
Any other details that you would like to share including details of any suppliers who you feel deserve a special mention:
I love wedding stationary, so I knew I wanted to pay extra attention with organising it! I ended up working with the amazingly talented Madelyn Hayes from Beautiful Chaos Designs, I found a similar design I liked online but I wanted the designs tweaked to be ‘us’ and I wanted them to all have a festival touch. Maddy designed our: Save the dates / invites / ceremony programs / CD cover / festival arm bands. She used watercolour paintings and various graphics programs. All of the stationary was incredible – I received so many compliments about them!
One last special mention to my amazing florist – Little Bloom Room. Sarah did a fantastic job!! The brief for my flowers was ‘bright, fun, festival chic’ and she pulled it off. She did the bouquets, ceremony arch, tipi centerpiece, ceremony flowers, the boutonnieres and all of the ceremony flowers. She had amazing ideas with what flowers would work best and executed it. I absolutely loved everything she did and to top it off she was a pleasure to work with.

Wedding Dress: Kellyanne Russell | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wilde Willow, Honey and Beau, City Chic, ASOS | Groom: E-Male Lifestyle (shirt and shoes), Roger David (suspenders), Kellyanne Russell (bow tie) | Hair: Unique Mobile Hair and Makeup | Makeup: Lush Beauty | Photography: Jessica Turich Photography | Videography: J’Adore Wedding Films and Photography | Location: Bride and Groom’s property | Tipi: Tipi Luxe | Music: Timmy Andersen – Rhythm Link | Florist: Little Bloom Room | Flower Crowns: Ribbon and Lace Off and Racing | Cake: OMG it’s all about CAKES | Stationary: Beautiful Chaos Designs

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Jess and Dan’s Classic Rockhampton Wedding

The one line from our wedding vows that often comes to mind in everyday life is the line of receiving my husband as a precious gift from God, so naturally I loved reading Jess and Dan’s sweet bridal interview to find that they also chose a slight adaptation of traditional vows and that Jess chose this same line as her favourite! No matter how many years pass from when we first commit ourselves to these sacred words I hope we always see our spouses through the lens of being a precious gift – may we never take them for granted! Thank you so much Jess, Dan and DMK Photographics for sharing the day with us!

IMG_1392IMG_1423IMG_1525How did you both meet? Tell us your love story.
Dan and I met at our local church. He had moved in from Biloela for work and I had moved back up to Rocky from Brisbane. He saw me and found out that I played on a mixed netball team and started playing in that team the very next week! Talk about subtle!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
I was dreading wedding dress shopping actually, just because I tried on over 30 dresses for my high school formal. But wedding dress shopping couldn’t have been easier! I didn’t know what I wanted so we went to one of the local bridal shops and I tried on one of everything! Strapless, strapped, white, ivory, high neck, plunging neck line, too-tight-to-breathe and fluffy princess style. After this experience I had decided on one thing, I only wanted a white dress, no ivory, no cream, no blush or any other colour. Just white. So I went to Bridal Reflections and tried on a couple more and just fell in love with my Jasmine bridal gown. It was the perfect combination of lace, sparkles and fluffiness.
IMG_2413What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in planning your wedding?
Getting our guest list down to a manageable number of people!

Our favourite detail of the wedding was:
It might sound so cliché, but I just loved the whole day. I loved seeing how everything came together and how beautiful the bridesmaids looked and how handsome our groomsmen looked. The decorations at the church and the Heritage Village just looked perfect and I could not have been more pleased with how it all turned out.

How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?
We had about 130 guests invited to the celebrations plus more who came along to check out the ceremony and stay for afternoon tea.



Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line?
We did write our own vows, however it was more of adapted traditional vows. My favourite line was at the beginning, “I take you, Dan, as my best friend, a precious gift from God.”

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony?
We had 1 Corinthians 13 and another selection of readings which included some from Genesis and Ephesians.

What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?

Do things yourself! It can take up time but it is such an enjoyable way to create the most memorable day of your lives! Pinterest will be your best friend- we got so many awesome ideas from Pinterest. We made our own centrepieces from pallets, our own sign for our bridal table, our own seating chart sign and things like invitations and guest signing sign (we had a pallet sign sanded and varnished for our guests to sign so we could hang it in our home). My husband had so much fun making the bits and pieces out of wood and it was an easy way for him to get involved.

Wedding dress: Bridal Reflections | Bridesmaid dresses: Online from America | Location: Ceremony – Rockhampton Baptist Church; Reception – Rockhampton Heritage Village | Pastor: The bride’s grandfather, Ron Holley | Flowers: Jess Mauger Floral Design (I would highly recommend her to anyone!) | Photographer: DMK Photography | Cake: Cheesecake Shop with floral arrangement from Jess Mauger

A special mention: Jess Mauger was superb! I sent her through about 6 completely different photos of bouquets I liked with the colours I wanted and gave her free rein. The bouquets she created were so much more than I imagined and everyone was commenting on how beautiful my flowers were. I have even had other friends go and book her for their weddings after seeing the beautiful job she did.