Bridal Bliss In Breathtaking Bangalow

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Wedding Photographer Milque Photography

While for many a wedding guest the things that really make a wedding unique might be the location or hilarious - or horrendous speeches - those fortunate enough to attend Jennifer and Richard's New South Wales north coast nuptials will be talking about the décor and styling for years to come.

That's not to say that the dress, the ceremony and the reception weren't spectacular too - they were - it's just that the eclectic vintage vibe the couple went for really set the tone for the entire event.

And while the day took around 12 months to plan, Queensland couple Jennifer and Richard had a seriously stylish helping hand from vintage furniture hire and styling outfit Little Gray Station.

couple's wedding ceremony under the lemon trees

With no particular theme in mind, Jennifer and Richard approached them to design a theme that drew inspiration from their venue - the Bangalow Guesthouse - with the overriding aim to ensure guests would feel relaxed and able to really enjoy the day.

Jennifer says the couple opted for a house as their wedding venue to enable the bride, her attendants and some family to stay the night before the ceremony to be involved with setting up - and perhaps most importantly - to make it easy for children attending the wedding (including Jenni and Richard's two-year-old daughter Grace) to be put to bed during the reception so their parents wouldn't miss the party.

And while their choice of venue couldn't have been more perfect, it almost wasn't the case.

bridal party at an outdoor wedding

You see, Jennifer and Richard originally hunted high and low for a house on the Gold Coast able to accommodate their party of around 70 guests, and were eventually successful. But you know what they say about best laid plans....and Jennifer and Richard's began to unravel when the venue cancelled their booking several months ahead of their wedding day.

Funnily enough, after that initial drama, when the couple chose to check out options in Bangalow, they fell in love with the first place they visited. And we can see why. The guesthouse was even available on their original May wedding date.

And the location provided the perfect backdrop for the mismatched vintage furniture, fresh floral arrangements and hanging frames and handmade personalised signs used throughout the guesthouse gardens.

prewedding drinks table decor ideas

According to Jennifer, commissioning the services of a wedding decorator was hands-down the most worthwhile investment the couple made, from creating ceremony booklets to arranging flowers, delivering, setting up, packing away and removing all the furniture and props which made the wedding so utterly original.

To offset the vintage style décor, Jennifer chose a chic modern dress from Karen Willis Holmes in Brisbane's Paddington. With its strapless corset base, sequin georgette overlay, bias skirt and small train, the look was timeless and flattering without being fussy.

Groom Richard took his groomsmen - including a couple who flew in for a spot of retail therapy from Tasmania - suit shopping on the Gold Coast and found the exact look they were shooting for in the first store they visited - dark grey Zenetti suits from Spurling Formal Wear.

A sharp sales assistant helped the boys with their shirt and tie combos, making sure to coordinate with Jennifer's dress fabric, and Jennifer also involved her bridesmaids in choosing their outfits to ensure they looked fab - and felt it - on the day. The bridesmaids' dresses were, in fact, Jennifer's biggest bargain, since she was able to use a $500 voucher she'd won for Hills in Hollywood at a charity event to put towards their gorgeous gowns.

Asked to reveal her biggest splurge, Jennifer said that originally, she had intended to do her own hair and make-up, thinking that paying a professional to fuss over her and her bridesmaids was somewhat of an indulgence. But she soon changed her mind and was delighted with the decision saying she couldn't put a price on the results which gave her a huge confidence boost and showed up beautifully in the official photos.

bridesmaids and bride at a gorgeous outdoor wedding

Speaking of photos, in a twist on the regular order of events, Richard and Jennifer decided to have most of their professional photos taken before the marriage ceremony so that after their vows the couple was able to kick back and celebrate with their favourite people rather than disappearing after the ceremony with the photographer.

Some of Jennifer's favourite photos were taken as the couple met up for the first time on the day all dressed and ready to go - a special moment suggested and captured by Milque Photography. (check out all their lovely wedding photos in the gallery below)

Getting the photos over and done with early was also a great distraction before the big moment with the entire bridal party getting involved at various nearby locations. But, as with every wedding, it wasn't completely smooth sailing on the day, with the couple's toddler the cause of much hilarity during the ceremony as she stood front and centre, dancing with her plush toy rabbit "Flopsy".

Needless to say, she was a hit with the guests who appreciated the laid-back vibe, which even extended as far as banishing speeches and any official bridal waltz - traditions that just seemed too formal for Richard and Jennifer.

The weather on the day was also colder than anticipated, but a few rented outdoor heaters kept guests warm after the sun went down, as did the hearty canapés, including popular shots of pumpkin soup and a cupcake tower cake for dessert.

And after dancing into the wee hours to local band "The Hodads", the couple was able to spend the rest of the week unwinding and reminiscing as they blissed out on honeymoon in Byron Bay.

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