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A Gatsby-inspired wedding in Queensland

A Gatsby-inspired wedding in Queensland

Written by Katie Byrne

Fallyn and Grant tied the knot in a romantic, sun-drenched celebration on the Australian coast...


Fallyn and Grant married at Maleny Manor in Queensland, Australia, on 11 July 2015.

We met in high school. I was new to town and we were introduced through my family. It was love at first sight and quite cute really!

The proposal took place on a private gondola; Grant proposed at sunset with Moet champagne and a dozen red roses.

I wanted a classic, old-world Gatsby feel. I had to be surrounded by flowers: I wanted soft pinks, lavenders and whites with accents of gold.

After trying on countless dresses and even purchasing one, I went with my best friend, one of my bridesmaids, to a little store in Adelaide and secretly tried on a dress. We both instantly knew it was the one.

My good friend and owner at The Big Day Sarina arranged for my purchased dress to be exchanged for the gorgeous vintage laced gown I had fallen in love with, to this day I'm still so completely grateful.

Love Bird Weddings and Mondo Flowers worked together perfectly in creating a timeless elegance that is captured beautifully in Calli B photography's images of the day. I initially had my heart set on Peonies but as it turns out, they were out of season for my wedding!

However, my florist had organised French Peonies to be imported from Paris as a special surprise on my wedding day! From the simple floral styling (flowers were everywhere, my one very insistent request) along the aisle and a fantastic rose and wood arbour that surrounded us, the glass house mountains off in the distance we said our I do's in the most romantic fashion.

Our day was highlighted by little style ideas, thought up over two years of planning, right down to the red gumboots I wore for our location shots (it had rained that morning and I wasn't risking my Louboutins, plus it shows off my country bumpkin upbringing in perfect humour).

I actually had the privilege of working with a not-for-profit organisation called Raptor Vision based in Sunshine Coast, who are a wonderful animal rescue group. The guys behind this were retired Australia Zoo Raptor trainers who rescue and care for local birds.

To fund the cost of caring for the animals, they trained one of their owls to deliver wedding bands. Luna the Owl surprised our guests as our ring bearer for the ceremony.

There were so many very special moments, created by my amazing team of suppliers and our wonderful family but I think the quiet moments with my family and friends getting ready, my husband and I standing at the alter in a bubble of love and our grandparents being a big part of the celebration were my most beloved moments.

We sadly lost my husband’s Nanna recently so these moments shared with our loved ones are very cherished. We had the room surrounded with wedding photos of our grandparents and loved ones who had passed, it added a truly lovely touch to our special day.

My best friend made our stick masks themed in my husband’s favourite marvel comic characters that people used as props throughout the night and I made the menus and ceremony order of events.

Nothing, except making the day even longer! It was the most perfectly planned wedding and ran without a glitch because of my carefully selected and highly recommended team of suppliers which I cannot recommend enough as they really make your day.

Also, a special mention to my family who went above and beyond for us and my friends who supported us through the lead up, thanks to them the whole day was perfect.

My advice for brides? Stay true to what you as a couple want, everyone has opinions and while they are often are valid, listen to advice but don't live by it, as it's your day. Don't skimp on the photographer!

Most importantly, write a list of what's been most important for you for your wedding from your own experiences as a guest at others, stick to that list and trust your suppliers, as it's their job to bring it all together for you on the day.

Let go of the reigns the week before, really let your hair down and spend time with your friends and family because trust me when I tell you that it's over before you know it so really embrace and enjoy every single moment including the lead up to it.

Steal their style!

Photography: Calli B Photography Venue: Maleny Manor Bride's dress: Pronovias at The Big Day Bridal Cake: Ideas In Icing Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs Stationery: Adorn Invitations