Bride And Groom Against The Sunset

A stunning Noosa beachfront and a navy, white stripe nautical theme were the perfect marriage of casual chic and cool for the January wedding of Joanne and Michael.

Early in the preparations Joanne and her florist sourced a rustic wilted willow arch which became the inspiration for much of the wedding styling and one of Joanne's most treasured elements of the day. Right from the moment she saw it Joanne says she knew she 'had to have it'.

And it's easy to see why. Carefully erected at Noosa Heads' serene and private 'Hidden Grove' with sand underfoot, shade overhead and a stunning beach backdrop, the arch provided the perfect frame for the couple's nuptials after Joanne walked down the aisle to a remix of the old classic 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.

Unfortunately though, the weather wasn't all sunshine and rainbows with a blustery wind threatening to put a dampener on the mood. Of course it didn't though, with the couple opting to 'just go with it' and not let the unseasonal gusts get in the way of their fabulous day.

In fact, the wind probably contributed to the couple's magnificent photographs, with Joanne's windswept hair giving them an air of romantic abandon which tied in beautifully with the elegant foreshore location.

And while the wedding party were having a ball being photographed on the beach and in an out-of-the-way country spot on the way to Eumundi, the wedding guests were whisked away for an hour-long cruise along Noosa's canals enjoying canapés provided by famed Noosa riverside restaurant Ricky's - which was later the venue for the newlyweds' reception.

But we can hardly talk about the photos without mentioning Joanne's dreamy dress - a strapless number modelled on a Vera Wang gown she'd spotted - which was interpreted to suit Joanne's style and figure by Leonard Darecourt. From choosing the lace to adjusting the positioning of the layers, Joanne felt relaxed and in control throughout the dress fitting process, and she had Leonard make her veil to match.

Wedding Photography by Milque Photography

Her unique embellished belt was a gift from her mother, purchased from Karen Willis Holmes, while her jewellery told its own story. One of the Joanne's most treasured aspects of her outfit was a bracelet which had belonged to Joanne's Nanny and had in fact been a 21st birthday gift. Wearing the bracelet held special significance for the bride since her Nanny had passed away not long before.
Joanne says she was fortunate to find earrings to match at a Brisbane jeweller specialising in remaking old pieces.

As for the wedding party, the girls were involved in choosing their strapless navy Zimmerman dresses and etsy earrings, while the boys wore the same suit as Michael - from Michael Innes in Brisbane's West End - which he wore with a navy and white striped tie to reflect the overriding nautical theme.

You can see Joanne's personal style in virtually every aspect of the wedding day, from the cute tank and nautical striped shorts the girls wore in the morning before the ceremony to many of the decorative items at the reception which Joanne made herself, such as lace-covered mismatched mason jars, hessian table runners and the menus Joanne had typed up which also served as place cards.

An interior designer and stylist herself, Joanne had collected many images of the style the couple was aiming for in the lead up to the wedding - no doubt there was plenty of navy, white and neutrals - but she did opt to hire an external stylist to help set up and pack away the décor both at the ceremony and reception venues.

In hindsight, Joanne says that since she was already fairly confident in her design and décor choices, she probably wouldn't hire a stylist were she to have her time again, opting instead to manage all aspects of the styling herself. Mind you, since styling is her profession she's no doubt more style-savvy than your average bride!

Having said that, Joanne's stylist was instrumental in selecting and arranging the eclectic mix of flowers used on the day, which included a mix of David Austin roses, ranunculus, silvery-grey toned dusty miller and hyacinths and were one of her favourite aspects of the wedding look.

During the Ricky's reception, Joanne and Michael took to the floor and danced to well-known "More than Words" by Extreme, while their guests were able to choose from a selection of four entrees and main courses, before being treated to double-flavoured wedding cake - white mud and orange and coconut - which was served as dessert.

At the end of the evening, guests took home small craft boxes Joanne had stamped with "love is sweet", tied with navy and white ribbon and filled with "Baci" chocolates - an effortless yet elegant tie-in with the natural and nautical theme to end the evening.

Finally, when all was said and done, Joanne and Michael set off for Khoa Lak in Thailand where they were able to unwind at boutique hotel the Sarojin. We should be so lucky!


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