Gladstone’s Celestial Bridal Collaboration

This was a celestial bridal shoot designed to be unique, dark and beautiful; a collaboration which aimed to break all the rules.

A talented group of Gladstone vendors designed this shoot to be exclusive and trendsetting.

The concepts were different; a moon arbour, two brides, blue florals plus dramatic hair, makeup and gowns.

The wedding locations were set in Gladstone’s industrial background, to compliment the theme and the couple.

This bridal shoot breaks the traditional idealism of weddings, setting theme trends for 2021 and beyond.

– – THE TEAM – –
Hair and makeup: Rebecca Noy – Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist
Dresses: Gladstone Bridal Boutique
Suit: E-Male Lifestyle
Styling: Moonbar Moments
Florals; Floralart Florist
Models: @mich.ward & @theindiawade
Photography: Calissa Bree Photography

Christina and James’ Wedding

25 September 2019

It was an unexpected meeting between two souls which sparked a relationship that will last a lifetime.

The chemistry between James and Christina was undeniable when their paths crossed. Christina was first drawn to James’ eyes; however, it was Christina’s personality that captured her future husband’s attention.

Their love of outdoors and spending time adventuring together, created for the perfect set up James needed for the proposal!

“Christina had no idea it was about to happen! We were just walking along a quiet beach, talking and laughing together before we stopped to cuddle to take in the moment.

“I asked her to close her eyes as I got on one knee to pop the big question. When she opened her eyes, she said YES with tears of happiness in her eyes”

Kellie Guinane Photography - Christina & James 1

Our bride and groom were surrounded by their family and loved ones on Wednesday 25 September, a date that marked Christina’s late grandmother’s birthday. The family spirit together with memories of those lost were dearly cherished, as they celebrated the beginning of a new love.

Tell us about your favourite detail from your wedding day!

We kept with tradition and decided not to see one another leading into the wedding (from the night before). It was really special to have a little kiss when I [Christina] arrived at the ceremony before we started the formalities!

We wrote our own vows for the ceremony as well which was another favourite part. My [Christina] favourite vow of James’ was “Christina I join my life to yours, not merely as your husband, but as your best friend”.

“All of the vows were my favourite” [James].

James managed to hold back the tears as his gorgeous bride walked towards him for the ceremony. Though, for his proud Mum and best mate they were unable to contain their tears!

Christina was absolutely glowing as she walked down the aisle, holding onto her dads’ arm. And finding a wedding dress was easy for our bride! It was the second dress that Christina saw and when she tried it on, she just knew it was the one! 

Wedding planning was stress free, as both Christina and James knew exactly what it was that they wanted for their wedding day. With easy going wedding planning, came easy going and incredibly helpful vendors; helping to make the day so memorable.

The couple made special mention of Kellie, their photographer, who captured the many special moments of the day.

“We loved that Kel was so easy to deal with, and so professional for our wedding day. Among all of the emotions and excitement of the day she was also great to have a laugh with as well!”

So, what did Kellie have to say about Christina & James’ wedding day?

“James and Christina were so relaxed and easy going during both the planning phase and on their wedding day.

They completely trusted in me to take them on an adventure to some amazing locations for beautiful portraits.  Christina told me what she had her heart set on for their photographs, one being a dirt road with a tree canopy. I spent time scouting the perfect location for her, which happened to be exactly eight minutes from their ceremony. 

We then travelled another eight minutes to the last location for the last of the golden light for their sunsets. 

With a few beers in hand it was the perfect way to end the day and start the party before heading back to the reception.”

Christina and James wanted to convey a special thanks to their Celebrant Roxanne too!

Rox is easy going and very helpful, making our wedding ceremony extra special.”

Wishing Christina and James all the very best for their lives together as husband and wife.

The Team:
Wedding Venue: Rockhampton Heritage Village
Photography: Kellie Guinane Photography
Bridal Prep: Korte’s Resort
Groom Prep: Casa Nostra Motel Rockhampton
Celebrant: Roxanne Hodda Marriage Celebrant
Hair & Makeup Artist: Touch Of Style Hair & Beauty
Wedding Florals: Allenstown Florist

Anna & Corey’s Wedding

Whenever I have viewed photos of weddings at the iconic and beautiful Catholic Cathedral I have hoped to be lucky enough to write about such an occasion.

Needless to say, it was a great joy to have Anna and Corey’s wedding sent through from the very talented Madelyn Holmes Photographics.

You may have seen a gorgeous sneak peak of Anna and Corey’s Wedding from Madelyn’s Facebook page (they currently feature as her cover photo), so here is a little perspective from her side of the camera to kick off our blog!

From the photographer:

The more weddings I photograph, the more I have come to appreciate the small touches and traditions couples tie in to really make the day their own. No doubt, Anna and Corey’s marriage was rich with such details.

Anna wears her great grandmother’s ring as her engagement ring, gifted accessories and her preparation images feature her grandmother’s beautiful antique chair placed in the front garden of her childhood home.

The pair were married in the same church as the bride’s parents years before (and we also recreated an image of her father putting on her veil from their wedding), which happened to be the groom’s school grounds as well.

The classic styling mixed tastefully with a little pop of colour made Anna and Corey’s wedding a truly elegant affair and an absolute pleasure to capture; even a sprinkling of rain couldn’t dampen their day.


Anna and Corey’s story of love…

Social media plays a large role in our everyday lives, and just when you think you have seen all the ‘suggested friends’ on the never-ending carousel, a complete stranger catches your eye.

Anna popped up on Corey’s ‘suggested friends’ list, and he decided to throw caution to the wind and click the add button.

After a few screenshots and various conversations with girlfriends, Anna accepted Corey’s request and they began planning their first few dates.

While the dates started out a little awkward, Anna knew that the quiet guy she met on their first date was going to be a significant part of her life.

Corey’s first impression is one all of us girls love, stating that he first thought of how gorgeous she was (queue the ‘nawwwws’).

Proposal stories always surprise me, and I have to admit I love the intimate and somewhat nervous proposals.

Proposal stories don’t always go as planned with nerves sometimes taking away from the element of surprise. As such, this was the case with Corey’s proposal. Anna tells us why…

The morning of the proposal Corey became very indecisive, so I knew something was up. We did a trip up to Stockyard Point – Five Rocks, Byfield. He asked if I wanted to go to the cliff edge and I said no because I had already seen the cliff face, then I started tucking into some burger rings. He gave me a look that told me I should get up.

We got to the cliff face and there were sea turtles and a big ship cruising past, we had been mucking around laughing until Corey settled the moment by saying “Ok, ok, time for a serious chat.”

He popped the question and I went into hysterics laughing and eventually blurted out YES. Even now I’m not a hundred percent sure what the exact wording was but I’m pretty sure there was something about being an adventure buddy for life.

Anna and Corey set to organising their wedding, between shifts and not-so-great phone service, as Corey worked out of town Monday to Friday.

The intimate details of Anna and Corey’s wedding have been highlighted throughout their wedding, and all of the little moments throughout the day captured the nature of both bride and groom.

Anna wanted to wear her mother’s wedding dress; which had originally been her grandmother’s dress and made by her great grandmother. Unfortunately, due to time and age, the fabric had discoloured and was unable to be saved.

Anna made the decision to book an appointment with the ladies at Gladstone Bridal Boutique and found a perfect dress for her big day!

Thanks to the dedicated team at the Rockhampton Heritage Village, Anna and Corey were able to relax and settle into their reception with almost one hundred of their family, friends and loved ones. They danced the night away under the fairy lights and enjoyed the stories from loved ones during speeches.

Anna and Corey would like to say a massive thanks to Julie (Bride’s Mum), as their wedding would not have happened if it weren’t for her help and support.

Vendors / Suppliers:

Photographer: Madelyn Holmes Photographics

Florist: Simplicity Market Fresh Flowers

Hair Stylist: Downtown Diva

Makeup Artist: Jessica Bielenberg

Wedding Dress: Gladstone Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Gladstone Bridal Boutique

Suits: Swarv Menswear

Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Cathedral

Priest: Monsignor / Father Grace

Reception: The Shearing Shed, Rockhampton’s Heritage Village

Cake: Cake Crafters

Ring Box: Amonie