Earlier this year I had the pleasure of capturing the beautiful wedding of Sean & Zee. They were married at Eco Studio Fenilli down in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland. The day was filled with lots of lots of love, laughter and so many good times. I absolutely love interviewing my couples about their wedding experience finding out how the planning experience was and of course how it was being photographed by me. So here is Sean & Zee’s real life wedding story as told by Zee.
Bride’s Name: Zeanda
Groom’s Name: Sean
Date of Wedding: 10th April 2016
Number of Guests: 70
How did you meet?
Online where we talked for awhile. First date was dinner at my house.
How long did you date?
9months before he proposed
How did he propose?
Two days after my birthday he took me to the glow worm caves on Mt Tamborine and asked me over the picnic table.
What was your wedding date?
10th April 2016
Why did you choose this date? Any special reason?
The anniversary of the first time we said “I love you”
Where did you have your wedding?
Ecostudio Fellini, Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast.
Was there any special touches, vows, traditions or tributes that you included into your ceremony?
A personalised ceremony was created by our celebrate based on our answers to a questionnaire she gave us. I had a memory charm of my Dad who passed away attached to my bouquet.
If you could pick one special moment from the day to remember what would it be?
Sean: “Zeanda making her impromptu speech”
Zeanda: “those 5minutes we took between the ceremony and reception that we got to take it all in and just be”
Who designed your gown?
Mia Solano “Bellerose”
Where was it purchased?
What was your gown shopping experience like? Was this dress the first one you tried on? Did you try on hundreds, loved it, hated it?
I hated my Brisbane experience but when I went to the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads Bridal shops I had a lovely experience. I knew a few things I liked and told them lace was the only requirement.
Where there any special details you included in your day? Did you borrow a piece of jewellery etc?
My husbands Nan made my veil. It was hand laced and beaded. It was stunning.
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
My something borrowed was a red ruby off my mother in law also attached to my bouquet. My something old was a large family opal gifted to me by my mother in law on the day and attached to the inside of my dress. My something new was my dress. My something blue was the kitten heels I wore. I also had a penny in my shoe (also called a sixpence) 😉
Did you have any DIY elements to your day?
I made all of the signs for the wedding and the guests seating, I stamped the gift tags for the guests favors, I made the invitations
If you could describe the overall theme of your wedding day what would it be?
We gave the dress code, 50s glam. The colours were navy blue and merlot red.
Gown: Luv Bridal Robina
Bridesmaids: Simply Formal
Rings: Engagement Ring is from Michael Hill. Sean’s Wedder belonged to his (grandfather) “Da” and is engraved with “forever” from his wedding. My wedder was given to my mother by my Dad that I inherited.
Accessories: Veil was hand made for me by my husband’s grandmother. I wore a gardenia flower clip from Fletcher & Grace in my hair also.
Hair: Candice from Make up by Giulia
Makeup: Dayna and Giulia from Makeup by Giulia
Ceremony: Eco studio Fellini
Celebrant: Annie from Celebrant Lady Love
Reception: Eco Studio Fellini
Entertainment: We R Dj’s
Videographer: GTR Productions
Cake: Jo Blissett (family)
Flowers/Florist: Nyree Long at Eufloria
Stationery: Lets Craft, Burleigh Heads
Games & Couches: Lawn games and couch from A Little Vintage Bliss
How did you find your overall experience with the above vendors?
All were excellent to deal with. Particularly, Nyree our florist went above an beyond and was always in contact with me
Do you have any advice for other brides?
Be organised early. set a budget early and shop around before booking to avoid blowing the budget early. On the day something will go wrong, don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by it and give it to someone else to handle.
What made your wedding day so memorable?
We were surrounded by the most loving group of friends and family and everything just came together
What was the funniest memory from your wedding day?
Hearing the ceremony prepared by the celebrant for us and the Best man’s speech. Or when Oliver (our eldest son) frisked his Grandmother for her choc chip cookies.
What was the weather and location like on the day?
HOT! Alot hotter than we anticipated.
If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?
Nothing. It went perfectly and when it didn’t it didn’t matter.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
QT Hotel Gold Coast