Welcome to our Real Life Weddings page !
This is where the spotlight shines on all of the amazing weddings that we shoot !
Today the spotlight is on Jasmine & Dan !
Wedding Day Theme
Initially it started off as “travel” – Daniel and I spent 10 months backpacking overseas so we thought naming our tables after various places we’d visited might be a fun way to personalise our reception. However, as we progressed with planning it became more about our journey together, and the people along the ride with us. In the end it influenced a lot of our decisions – everything from the guest list to our ceremony readings
Easter long weekend 2011. Daniel took me out for lunch, ostensibly to celebrate a career milestone. After lunch he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! After the proposal there was a car waiting to take us to Palazzo Versace for the night, where he’d arranged for our dear friends to decorate the room with dozens of roses and a bottle of French champagne or two!
The Finer Details
Ceremony location: St Stephen’s Cathedral – Reception location: The Brisbane Club –
Wedding Dress Pronovias, purchased from Tara at White Lily Couture. Tara was wonderful in helping source gorgeous lace sleeves for what was originally a strapless gown.
Wedding bands and engagement rings: Original Diamonds by Jason Withers – Priest: Father Morgan Batt
Wedding Coordinator: Ourselves!
Decorator Amy O’Donnell of Jada Flowers and Ylana Ratcliffe of The Brisbane Club did an amazing job of decorating the Main Dining Room.
They entertained my every whimsy (including importing a special kind of tree branch for our table centerpieces!), and their efforts and talent certainly showed.
Hair: Alisha – Hare’s Hair – Cathedral length veil for the ceremony and a crystal headpiece for reception – both from White Lily Couture.
Bridal party attire: White Lily Couture and Bella Donna Bridesmaids
Make-up: Melissa Coleman – Flowers: Amy O’Donnell – Jada Flowers
Stationery: Magpie Press (New Zealand) for the invitation suite, DIY for the rest (highly NOT recommended!)
Cake: Cake Inspirations – Videography: Ben Amos, Innovate Media
Entertainment: 16 Strings for the ceremony and Radio Club Band for the reception.
Dan sent Jasmine a special gift which contained a box of letters to be opened on specific dates in their future together, today was the first one to be opened.
Our reception venue was glowing with hundreds of tea light candles, which made for a beautiful but hazardous atmosphere! While we were saying our final goodbyes one of our guests had to “drop and roll” when her dress caught on fire!
Favourite Wedding Day moment:
There were so many special moments throughout the day. A few of my favourites were receiving Daniel’s wedding day present (poor Melissa had to re-do my makeup after a few tears!), saying our marriage vows and the quiet moments we spent alone between the ceremony and reception. Of course, having all of our favourite people in the same room to celebrate afterwards was pretty awesome, too!
Special thanks to:
Our parents, for making our dream wedding possible. My mum and sister, whose unwavering excitement about our wedding day was contagious, even during late nights when Daniel and I were printing menus, orders of service and arguing about the aesthetic merits of different fonts (seriously, don’t do your own printing!). Also to our bridal party and our guests – everyone went to a lot of effort and expense to attend our wedding and we cannot say thank you enough. It is the love and support of our family and friends that really made our day perfect. Special thanks, too, to Father Morgan for helping us prepare not just for our wedding, but for our marriage.
In your experience what did you value most about using Ben Clark photography ?
The images on Ben and Lisa’s blogs really do speak for themselves. Plenty of our guests had decent cameras and captured some beautiful moments, but the truly amazing photos are the ones that no one thinks to take – like the reactions of our guests greeting us outside the church – or where the location, lighting and composition are absolutely perfect. From all the photos we’ve seen so far, you can tell which ones were taken by Ben and Lisa – they are the ones that still give us goosebumps or bring tears to my eyes (even after seeing them 100 times) because they capture the emotion of our wedding day and bring those special memories back to life.
Advice for other brides-to-be:
It’s the best feeling being married to the love of your life! When you’re stressing over details, the weather, or when the joy of planning a wedding starts to wear off a bit, just remember that at the end of the day you’ll be married.
Jasmine and Dan, Lisa and I had a ball with you guys and look forward to catching up when you’re back in Australia.
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