Branell Homestead Wedding Photography | A Real Life Wedding Story…

Suzy & James | Wedding | Branell Homestead | 29th October 2011

Back in October, I had the pleasure of photographing the gorgeous Suzy and James on their wedding day. Suzy was an absolutely stunning bride and James scrubbed up pretty well too! It was my first wedding to photograph at Branell Homestead and I must say, it was just a gorgeous location. The jacaranda’s were in full bloom, the day was picture perfect and we had so much fun! So here is their Real Life Wedding Story.


Date of Wedding: 29th October 2011
Number of Guests: 125
Theme: Country Fun, Inspired by Peacocks

How did you meet and how long have you know each other?

Suzy: We only really met about 6months before we started dating, even though we had lived in the same area and had the same friends growing up. After accidently chatting to each other on msn we finally met at a mutual friends party 6 years ago.

How did he propose?

Suzy: Well it wasn’t anything too romantic but it was great. We had been discussing what sort of ring I would like, thinking something different and anntique, maybe with a pearl, when James’ mum, Sue, mentioned she had one the was left to her by her late friend that would be perfect. And that she would love if we would like to have it as our engagement ring. So we went about getting it resizied and when James got it back from the jeweler, I was anciously waiting to be asked to dinner or anywhere….. But he did it in true James style, very relaxed and got it out one sunday morning at home and asked me to try it on to make sure it fitted and there it stayed!


Gown: Basic dress from ebay store, altered and detailed by bride.
Suits: Lowes Menswear.
Bridesmaids: Living Silk, Paddington.
Rings: Pearl Ring passed on from Sue. Ring set from Angus & Cootes, Toowoomba.
Accessories: Shoes by Dyeables, hair piece materials by ebay store, both hand dyed and detailed by bride. Necklace family hairloom from bride’s late grandmother.
Hair: Coloured by Sojo’s on Patrick, Styled by Bryce Edwards.
Makeup: Ellen Jensen.
Ceremony: St Patricks Catholic Church, Laidley.
Celebrant: Father John Conway.
Reception: Branell Homestead Bed and Breakfast, Pavillion.
Day of Co-ordinator: Patrick Burns, INEX Solutions.
Number of Guests: 125
Entertainment: Dan Hill
Cake: Ann Bichel Cakes
Bonbonerie: Lolly Buffet By Couple.
Centerpiece’s: Country Linen, Laidley Heights.
Flowers/Florist: Supplied by Krystal at toowoomba markets, Arranged by some pretty awesome bridesmaids!
Transport: Holdens, couples own HK Kingswood & Groomsmen’s Blue EK.
Honeymoon: Fiji, Bula!

How did you find your overall experience with the above vendors?

Suzy: Great, lots of communication which i love, and all so willing to be involved.

Do you have any advice for other brides?

Suzy: Just the advice i was given, ENJOY IT. Its goes so quickly, and not just the day or the kiss or getting your hair done. Enjoy every bit, the lead up, the excitiment, the anticipation and the evening. we stayed til the end and were the last to leave!

What made your wedding day so memorable? 

Suzy: That everything was special to us, the people we love all helping out and working together, then getting to relax and celebrate together and all becuase they think it’s pretty cool that we love each other! Couldn’t ask for more really.

What was the weather and location like on the day?

Suzy: Location was great, though we had a few worrying moments in the weeks leading up as it’s the perfect location, but not for bad weather. So we had a back-up plan but thankfully didnt have to use it, even if there were a few wet feet at the end of the night!

If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?

Suzy: Allow more time for everything. I had a fairly strict schedule and knew where I had to be and how long we had allowed for certain things. But I didn’t allow for things that just happen out of your control on the day. It all worked in the end and we weren’t terribly behind time but I feel if I allowed more time I wouldn’t have even had to think about it and would have felt more relaxed and less rushed. But I still enjoyed every bit and i didnt let it ruin my day!


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