Donna and Tenny had one amazing Brisbane, Australia wedding with details that were everything from sweet to nerdy to hilarious, and their photographer Lakshal Perera, captured it all beautifully. The moment I saw Donna's blinged-out pink wedding shoes, I knew I had to share this wedding, but it was the groom's comic book-style wedding socks that bowled me over. Going down the list of amazing details, you'll see lots of bright pink, a bride and groom pillow fight, and a surprise candy bar.
Lakshal also tells us that Donna got ready at the house of her future sister-in-law, a beautiful Queenslander in a quiet, leafy suburb of Brisbane. Since moving to Brisbane nearly 2 years ago, Lakshal can still count on one hand how many times she's been inside a Queenslander and, until you've seen a nice one, it's impossible to appreciate how beautiful and elegant they are.
Come for the beautiful home, stay for the rockin' wedding photos...
Tell us about the details of the day.
In terms of the little details:
My earrings belonged to my aunt and the flower in my hair was borrowed from a very dear friend who'd had it made for her own wedding. I used a beaded clutch that belonged to my grandmother which she gave to me when I was a teenager. Friends made our cutting cake and cupcakes and yet another friend made the beautiful silk rose corsages that my bridesmaids wore.
Together with a couple of friends, I made tulle pom poms to hang on the chairs at our ceremony. I also made our ceremony programs, which were pocket sized booklets, with the help of one of my bridesmaids who very graciously offered to fold and tie ribbon on all 100 programs!
Our invitations were printed on paper that Tenny found when we were in Japan very shortly after we got engaged. I wrote the wording for the invitations which was then designed/set by a friend who runs Spot On Graphic Design.
In terms of the bigger details:
We had family come from around the world to celebrate our wedding which was one of the most special things to us. My uncle, who lives in the US was our MC for the evening and he came dressed in his full dress US Marine Corps uniform!
There were tears galore at the ceremony (from both the bride and groom!), we had to wait a few minutes at the start of the ceremony until we were able to stop the tears so that we could start the ceremony. Tears flowed again at the reception during the speeches -- despite all of the tears, my fabulous makeup was flawless for the entire day.
My brother played guitar during the ceremony and was accompanied by my aunt and one my cousin (also a bridesmaid) who sang "Better Together" by Jack Johnson and "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Calliat.
I wrote our ceremony and Tenny and I wrote our vows together.
How was the wedding day?
In a nutshell? It's cliched, but it was honestly one of the best days of my life so far. From getting ready with the women who mean the most to me, to the ceremony, right through to the end of the reception, I have never felt so much love, joy and support in one place, on one day.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?
I loved planning our wedding -- I love planning full stop. I used a lot of to do lists to help keep me on track and to help break big tasks down into smaller tasks. So my top tip is to use lists. But don't feel like you need to do/have everything on those lists that come in wedding magazines. Cross off the things that you don't care about or want without feeling guilty. Your wedding should be a representation of you as a couple, not everything the rest of the world tells you is necessary!
Also, when trying to choose anything for the wedding, we tried to not look at a million different options if we didn't need to. If we liked and clicked a vendor or I loved an item, we booked it/them rather than comparing them to heaps of different vendors. Our photographer, Lucky, was the first photographer we met with -- I already knew that I loved his photos, and after I met him I knew that he was the kind of person I wanted around during the wedding -- a great guy, relaxed attitude and fabulous talent. Same with my make up artist, Gemma -- I'd seen her portfolio and she came highly recommended, so after a few emails back and forth, I knew she was the perfect person for the job and I was right. I count Gemma as a friend now!
Run sheets for the day of the wedding. Mine was very detailed (think colour coding and 15 minute increments) and took me ages to put together but it was worth it. Everyone involved in the wedding knew where they were supposed to be and when they were supposed to be there. It meant that on the actual wedding day, the control freak in me could relax because I knew that everyone else knew what was going on.
Delegate. You don't need to delegate everything, but let people help you. More importantly, your wedding day is not the day that you want to be running a massive event. If you can't hire someone to be your coordinator on the day, do what I did and ask a trusted friend to be in charge of everything for the day so that you can be free to enjoy yourself and soak up the love.
Photographer - Lakshal Perera (Lucky) www.lakshalperera.com
Makeup - Gemma Elaine (Embellished Makeup Artistry)
Hair - Sassy Chic Hair & Bridal
Wedding dress - Essence of Australia from Brisbane Bridal Centre
Bride's shoes - Nine West
BM dresses - Kookai
Vintage brooches pinned on BM dresses from Etsy
Silk rose corsages worn by BMs from Kiki at firstname.lastname@example.org
Groom's suit - Geoffrey Beene from David Jones (groomsmen wore their own suits)
Bridal bouquet - Brisbane Market Flowers
Ring Bearer Bowl - Paloma's Nest
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