I felt so sad for Kate Bradshaw and Ethan Lowe when she told me this was their 3rd time to plan and organise a wedding- thanks to Covid. So, I had to do my utmost to ensure they had a perfectly styled wedding. Kate came to us to help style their wedding at coastal Sunshine Coast wedding venue Pier33 in Mooloolaba.
I called Courtney from Fiesta Flora; a budding local Sunshine Coast florist based right here on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with me. Court felt the same as me, so we wanted to make sure their wedding was on point.
We met with Kate and Ethan at Pier33 where we may have indulged in some fine cuisine and a cocktail because that’s how we roll! Fiesta Flora and Maple Weddings are 2 of the cruisiest and easy-going suppliers you will meet! We chatted for ages talking colour palettes, revising ideas & styling concepts and of course a suitable layout.
Luxe elegance with a hint of coastal vibes using soft tones is what we were wanting to achieve for this beautiful couple. Fiesta Flora provided an abundance of beautiful florals featuring Rhoslyn Roses, Pink Mondial roses, Playa Blanca Roses, White Clustar Roses, White Phalaenopsis Orchids, White Singapore Orchids, White Dahlias, White Disbuds, Quicksand Roses,Cappuccino Roses, Banksia Integrifolia Foliage, Camellia foliage and White ruscus.
Complimenting the beautiful blooms, we utilized our blush-coloured French linen napkins, our latest table numbers using pearl acrylic and of course candles. Candles always offer romance and sophistication, perfect for the ultimate dining experience.
The ceremony was equally as impressive with these blooms having been relocated to the reception space. Using our very own white triangle arbour which suited Kate and Ethan as Ethan is very tall! It was floral heaven thanks to Fiesta Flora with the coastal views of the jetty and boats as the perfect backdrop.
We were stoked when we saw all our of vision come to life and even happier watching on from the deck above as Kate and Ethan FINALLY said ‘I do’ at Pier33 Mooloolaba.
Its always nice to get some feedback and perspective from couples so having worked with Kate a lot I asked her some questions in which her responses are as follows-
You were living in NSW. What prompted you to get married in QLD?
We are both originally from Queensland, however moved to Sydney in 2019. That is why we originally had planned a Sydney wedding (Palm Beach), our original wedding date was 18th October 2020 but postponed due to covid. Our second date was 24th January 2021 at Palm beach, however, we completely cancelled 4 weeks prior due to the big Northern Beachs outbreak. By this stage, we had moved back to Queensland to be closer to our family. We started looking at venues around Sunny Coast in February and we fell in love with Pier 33 so we booked it.
How has Covid impacted your wedding plans?
It took us three attempts, unfortunately, each time we rescheduled we lost money and guest numbers and to be honest, it really took the fun out of planning it. Coivd made it feel like a hassle and pretty stressful, I don’t think I was excited about the 3rd date until the day before the wedding because I was worried we would have to cancel again.
What was the funnest part of planning your wedding?
Finding a wedding dress. Having the girls there, champagne and dressing up – it was the best
What was the standout from your day?
Our day was perfect, but just having our closest family and friends finally be able to celebrate together was amazing
How did you find and book your vendors?
Mainly Instagram and Google. Some vendors recommended other vendors (thank you Kristy for recommending Court)
What was the most important part to you both in terms of your wedding? Food? Photos? The ceremony? Flowers?
Although I (Kate) wanted everything to be perfect we both always said the three things that we have to have is – a venue that suited our personalities, great music so people will dance and amazing food – we def got all three.
In terms of the styling being beachside at Pier33 you opted for more coastal sheik elegance using soft hues and candles. Did you feel the brief was met and complimented your personalities as well as the venue?
100 % yes.
The styling, flowers and set-up was exactly what we wanted and more. We received so many compliments on how beautiful everything was.
Did you find booking a stylist and florist that work closely together a much easier process to navigate?
Made everything so much easier and reassuring that everything would flow together and be set up properly.
What is the one piece of advice you would offer any couple?
Don’t try and please everyone, remember the day is about you and your partner and how much you love each other.
What was the approx. spend on your wedding?
About $50k – this includes the money we lost from our first 2 dates.
Florals – Fiesta Flora
Styling- Maple Weddings and Events
Photography- Daniel Jay Photography
Celebrant- Steph the Celebrant
Musician- John Veloso Music
Videographer- R Van Films
Wedding Transport- Black Bow Chauffer
Hair Stylist- Evalyn Parsons
Makeup Artist- Louise Henzell Makeup
Bridal Gown- Karen Willis Holms
Grooms Suit- MJ Bale
Stationery- Love and Paper