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Jordan and James | Sunshine Coast Hinterland Wedding

Real Weddings | 28th September 2019

 

 

‘The girls hired a big house in Cairns and had cooking classes, house parties and lazed by the pool all weekend.
The boys hit the Gold Coast in a few big houses and hit the casino, had a private yacht party and house party.’

 

 

Jordan and James live and work overseas. Living in a 3rd world nation brings a lot of social gatherings and parties therefore they are both very sociable people and have been for many years! They love to party and have a big social group that keeps them busy so what better way than to gather your guys and gals and spend time in Cairns and on the Gold Coast for your hens and bucks.

 

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Jordan contacted us approx. 12 months prior to their wedding day. Having contacted 1-2 suppliers herself she decided it was too overwhelming and decided to book a full service wedding planner. We asked Jordan in her own words why she did in fact book a full wedding service from start to finish and this is what she had to say…

 

‘We chose the full package for 3 reasons; First was that we live overseas and organising and co-ordinating all the planning from overseas would be challenging. Secondly, we didn’t feel we’d have the time to arrange everything while working full time and being overseas. Finally having someone help me with narrowing down choices and recommendations was an enormous help and something I knew I would need assistance with.’

 

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I still remember my first phone call with Jordan and asking what the most important element to the day was for them. ‘Good food and great bar service’ were what she told me. So of course, the Penfolds Catering team were booked. Penfolds provided a beautiful grazing table for the 120 guests followed by an alternate drop entrée and main, followed by cutting and serving of the wedding cake for dessert. Penfolds Catering provided the bar service in which staff walked around during canapes and offered a full sit-down table service during mealtimes. In reflection now the wedding day is over I asked Jordan the same question and her response still didn’t waiver… ‘We wanted a modern, elegant, relaxed feel to the day. A big party with our dearest friends to celebrate and have a good time.’

 

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I cannot take full credit as Jordan booked one supplier prior to engaging our services! I did not have to book the Chapel!! With James being Catholic they opted for a service at the quaint Little White Wedding Church in Maleny – we just managed to fit all 120 guests into the church!! This worked for them as the reception was close by and they could select their own celebrant. Bearing in mind they ideally wanted a Catholic component as part of the service, I knew just the man for the job. Bill Scurry. Bill was the perfect match for the couple as they loved his sense of humour, he can offer religious ceremonies and he is also a Sunshine Coast Hinterland local. To be honest I was surprised they chose to have 2 locations for their day given they were so time poor so I did ask Jordan how she handled the 2 locations- ‘Yes, it was very easy to manage the 2 locations and I’d recommend it for anyone who is exploring that option. Managing the 2 locations was very easy for me though as the wedding planner & team managed this for us.’

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Jordan and James both decided they wanted a DIY elegant marquee wedding. Given Jordan’s family have a beautiful private residence in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland that overlooks the Glasshouse Mountains it seemed the perfect location to have the reception. Jordan recommends the DIY approach because ‘in the sense that you get a blank canvas and can really have creative control and how things look/feel/proceed. It did come out a little more expensive than we anticipated, due to hiring everything, but it was certainly worth it.’

 

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As soon as they said marquee, I knew the team for them. Equip4Hire. Nathan and Caitlin and their team go above and beyond for their couples and is the number 1 reason we recommend them. It was a three day process to set up and get all their gear to Maleny. Laying the flooring first to then building the marquee which was adorned with belt fairy light lighting, silk lining and festoons.

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Being married on the Sunshine Coast was an obvious choice being as it was their family property and was also very central for guests to travel to as many of their guests were traveling from abroad. They not only liked the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for these reasons but also… ‘We love the scenery, the backdrop and the beautiful surrounds of the property.’

 

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We worked with Jordan and James one element at a time so as not to be too overwhelming for them. I still laugh as I can hear Jordan in my head saying, ‘I am terrible at making decisions’. She was right!!! So as not to complicate things we gave them up to 4 suppliers to choose from (for each part of the wedding) to alleviate too many decisions! We work with so many talented Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers it was easy to offer just the few selected suppliers for each component of the wedding. Obviously, the choice was theirs in terms of which suppliers were selected. Jordan said they ended up selecting their suppliers ‘based on social media research and reviews and recommendations.’

 

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Fortunately for them they had their venue being private property and were also able to secure a family friend to make their delicious and gorgeous cake, their friend Jackson to DJ at the reception and Sean and his team who are professional photographers and videography. James isn’t a fan of the camera so when selecting their photographer, they chose to go with Sean as being a friend he made them feel super comfortable. Sean was able to get James to smile and even laugh at times!

 

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Whilst team Maple Weddings were managing their suppliers, RSVP’s, guests transport and styling concepts, Jordan and James were managing their bridal party! With 16 in total and from all over the globe they were busy enough with just this. ‘We had 8 people each in our bridal party, so total of 16. We found it hard to cut this number down and figured if those special people were going to be there on the day they may as well be standing next to us. I didn’t find it hard to manage that many people.’ Personally, I love that they didn’t cull. If you have that many special friends and family in your life, then ask them. Who says there is a limit on your bridal party number?

 

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Having such a large bridal party meant that they needed local accommodation that could accommodate their big groups and somewhere that was easy for the ladies to get ready. To alleviate any extra stress Jordan requested that for the lady’s hair and makeup to be done by the one team. Martina and her girls from Backstage Beauty as always proved how amazing they are. Keeping all make up natural with soft tones and hair to suit everyone. Fortunately, Jordan was able to have her trial when she was back in Oz which also took the pressure off. Jordan was so happy with her trial and knew what to expect on the day. The girls booked McCarthy Lakehouse which was ideal for a large group especially when getting their hair and makeup done and for convenience is right next to the Little White Wedding Church. Having a hair and makeup trial is always advisable as saves time on the day and so the stylist and bride know what to expect on the day.

 

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The budget is always going to be the first thing any couple looks at. We need to know what budget we are working with, as this sets the foundation on building your wedding. Many people overlook the full wedding service package as for some this really does eat into the budget though for Jordan and James ‘Allowing for a wedding planner in our budget was the best and most valuable investment we made for our wedding. The help was invaluable and most certainly got our money worth.’
Working with a wedding planner can in fact save you money! Yep that’s right. Wedding planners will often work with suppliers and pass on industry discounts making it more feasible for you. Maple Weddings work with some fabulous Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers and will always work with your budget and still create your dream wedding.

 

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Working with Jordan and James and piecing together their style and suppliers we at Maple Weddings were able to formulate a styling concept that suited them and incorporate Jordan’s own ideas. They wanted elegant yet relaxed being an outdoor wedding. We incorporated the gorgeous stationary from Bluebird Invitations into their day from the save the date cards, invitations, customised signage on acrylic to the menus on the tables. Using black as the base colour as the bridesmaid’s dresses were black, kept it sleek and elegant. Working with black we were able to tie in the floral colours of deep reds and burgundy which then also tied in with James’ jacket. Having 3 long tables in the marquee Jordan preferred to have a long garland down each table which The Posy Co. ran 13m of garland on each table with greenery and foliage and an array of florals. The candles set the tone for the evening keeping it moody and elegant and without being obtrusive.

 

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Jordan and James had Elvis songs at the ceremony and is one of Jordan’s favourite entertainers, so her father organised a surprise for her and had Elvis on the night to entertain the guests and have some fun. Its these surprises that make weddings so unique.

 

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Now that the wedding day has been and gone, we asked them if there was anything they would have changed – ‘There is nothing I would change about the day itself; it was as I imagined it to be. There are only 2 things that I wish I’d spent more time on and that’s confirming the flowers and taking more time for some photos that I missed out on getting.’

 

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Planning your wedding should be fun and exciting and is all part of the journey. Whether you book a full-service wedding planner, part wedding planner or just having someone on your day to coordinate your wedding day, it’s an adventure you can do together. Though Jordan and James utilized our full-service planning package they were involved in every step along the way. We just helped ease some of the burden whilst they were living overseas and working full time. The wedding is all about the couple so as we plan and work with you, we get to know you as a couple and ensure we execute your day the way you envisage. We loved getting to know Jordan and James over the 12 months prior to their day so on the day it was such a special day for us all to see everyone’s hard work paying off and seeing their dream of having an ‘elegant party with good food and drinks with family and good friends’.

We are now ALL waiting the impending birth of their first baby- a BOY! Due this month. As wedding planners, we are on this journey with you and love to follow what is next in life for our couples.

Jordan and James’ Elegant Maleny Marquee Wedding was approx. $70,000 in total.

 

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The amazing team of suppliers to bring their epic day together:

 

Ceremony VenueThe Little White Wedding Church

Reception Venue – Maleny, Private Residence

Marquee/FurnitureEquip4Hire and Fairytale Events

PhotographySean Condon Photography

Full service Planning & StylingMaple Weddings and Events

FloristThe Posy Co.

CelebrantBill Scurry

Hair & MakeupBackstage Beauty

Bride’s DressBrides of Brisbane

Groom’s SuitPolotix

StationaryBluebird Invitations

Catering/Bar ServicePenfolds Catering

ToiletsPortable Powder Rooms

Guests Transport – Maleny Coaches

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Emily and Adrian’s Autumn Love Fest

Sunshine Coast Hinterland- April 2019

Emily and Adrian married on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in April this year. Emily managed to plan majority of her wedding all the way from Darwin where they were living at the time. With family and friends on the Sunshine Coast it was the perfect place to be married and eventually become their new home!

Emily and Adrian opted for a Tipi style wedding overlooking the beautiful Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast from Maleny Retreat Weddings in Maleny.

I leant very quickly Em and Adrian were NOT traditionalists at all. Following the ceremony, guests headed up to the reception site for a grazing table which was the perfect start for their small intimate wedding of 50. Once the couple arrived back from photos they offered ‘cocktail hour’. Let’s say in that hour Ashlea from The Vintage Bondwood Bar based here on the Sunshine Coast was busy shaking and making espresso martinis!! With everyone feeling relaxed and comfortable after some cocktails everyone headed in under the Tipi’s were all styling and set up was done by US of course, Maple Weddings and Events also based here on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

To set the tone of the styling and to tie in with the Boho Tipi look was Nat’s exceptional earthy florals from Heavenly Blooms also based here on the Sunshine Coast. Everyone on the Sunshine Coast knows that Heavenly Blooms and the Tipi’s from Tipi Luxe just go like 2 peas in a pod.

Guests were treated to a feast of shared plates by VGC Catering where they could sit back and relax and enjoy their fine cuisines with No rush as NO formalities at all!! No cake cutting, no speeches, no first dance and ME as the MC for a whopping 2 minutes to run through some housekeeping and make a toast to the lovely couple. NO wedding traditions in the slightest!! They made it their own special wedding which was every bit them.

Once everyone’s bellies were full they surprised guests with a 20 min performance from Utopian Fire Dancers whom performed an epic show, then everyone danced the night away under the Maleny skies.

Emily and Adrian knew living interstate and organising the wedding on the day would be chaotic and decided to book Maple Weddings and Events to be their on the day coordinator and set up all the styling. They knew they could breathe easy and enjoy their moment without any troubles with us on site to coordinate and liaise with all their wonderful wedding suppliers.

Each wedding we do whether it is here on the Sunshine Coast or elsewhere is unique and memorable. Every wedding is so different and that is what we love most about our job. Nothing is ever the same and couples like Emily and Adrian put their own personal touches on everything.

Even though Emily and Adrian married almost 6 months ago they left an impact on us all as wedding suppliers who helped them, mostly as they were so down to earth and truly genuine people who were just so thankful.

Their beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland DIY wedding was so much fun even for the suppliers. You know how awesome the couple is when the wedding planner and photographer take to the dance floor with guests and get their groove on!! Everyone was clapping and cheering and was a real celebration of much fun and laughter.

Not only is Bec from Ash and Stone Photography a cracker on the dance floor she is bloody amazing at what she does. We asked Emily why they chose Bec and her comments are below so be sure to read on. You will see why they chose her in the following images to come!

As wedding planners, wedding stylists and wedding on the day coordination we loved every part of this wedding. Emily and Adrian got to share their day with Adrian’s beautiful daughter Kayleigh, their family and family and friends from far and wide and of course the wedding suppliers who all brought their A game and made it every bit fabulous.

We love reminiscing about our weddings especially when they are the DIY weddings and on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland- our home- so for us we love to go back and chat to the couple afterwards. They have time to reflect on their day, look through their photos and videos again and brings all those amazingly happy memories back to life again. So, we asked Em a few questions to see what her overall experience was like and hope it helps those couples planning a DIY wedding.

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How did you manage organising and planning the bulk of your wedding interstate?

I started with an excel spreadsheet and ticked things off as we booked vendors and added things we forgot along the way. I loved planning the wedding, it was a great experience. I spent a lot of time searching online and placed my trust in the vendors we chose and it paid off. Everyone was excellent, I could not fault a thing.

How did you find majority of your wedding suppliers?

The Brides Tree, Instagram and Facebook. Most suppliers have great social media accounts and lots of photos from events they have been a part of. The members of The Brides Tree gave me a lot of great recommendations and from there I looked for vendors that suited our style and the vibe we wanted to create.

We always suggest to couples to really research their celebrant and photographers as they are so personal. What made you decide to choose Annie your celebrant and Bec your photographer?

A celebrant was the hardest vendor to choose, until I found Annie. We really wanted someone who was just like us and our friends. We wanted our ceremony to be fun and Annie really had a style we loved.

Bec is amazing! Her photography captures the moment, not just a pose. Although we did pose – a little. Once I found Bec’s website I knew she was the right person for us. And once I met her, WOW! She really was a big part of making our wedding day amazing.

Did you find planning a DIY wedding stressful?

No, I loved the creative freedom. However, on the day I felt quite stressed until you and Naomi arrived. If there was one thing I would recommend to any Bride and Groom – Maple Weddings and Events. A wedding planner or coordinator is the difference between having a stressful wedding day and having the wedding day you wanted.

What was the most memorable part of your day?

Once I put my dress on and it was just my Dad and I nervously drinking the last of the sparkling pinot noir waiting to walk down the aisle. It was such a great feeling knowing it was just about to happen. There is a lot that goes into getting you to that moment, not just in planning a wedding but in your life. It felt really nice.

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Would you advise other couples to book an on the day coordinator?

Absolutely! Who knew you needed to consider things like extension cords, running out of firewood and beer! You had all these things under control without me even knowing or it being a problem.

What advice would you offer to those couples planning a wedding?

Do it your way. We didn’t follow any wedding traditions, no speeches, no cake cutting, no first dance – though there was a lot of dancing, no throwing the bridal bouquet, we didn’t do anything that we didn’t want to. We really wanted our wedding to be about great food, great music, lots of drinks and a great time. It had all those things and more.

Would you change anything about your day now we 6 months on?

Not a thing!

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Do you have any lasting advice for other couples getting ready to get married?

Get a planner or coordinator and enjoy your day! It only happens once.
Don’t spend too much time or energy worrying about anything. If the flowers aren’t quite right it won’t ruin your day. If the cake is the wrong color you still get to marry your soul mate with all your closest friends and family. I gave creative freedom to my vendors, because this is what they do, they are professionals. I didn’t know what flowers Nat was going to bring on the day but WOW, she brought the best! It was actually exciting not knowing exactly what to expect, it added to the fun!

The amazing team of suppliers who brought Emily and Adrian’s Tipi wedding to life here on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

  • Venue – Maleny Retreat Weddings
  • Tipi/dance floor/Lighting- Tipi Luxe
  • On the Day Coordination & Styling- Maple Weddings and Events
  • Furniture Hire and Linen- Hampton Event Hire
  • Florals- Heavenly Blooms
  • Celebrant- Celebrant Lady Love- Annie
  • Photography- Ash and Stone Photography
  • Bar Service- The Vintage Bondwood Bar
  • Catering- VGC Catering
  • Wedding Cake- Sweet P Cakes and Cookies
  • Hair- Evalyn Parsons Hair
  • Make Up- Dolly May Make Up Artist
  • Emily’s Bridal Dress – Sphere Collective
  • Adrian’s Suit- Peter Jackson
  • Entertainment- Utopian Fire
  • Musician- Ryan Giles
  • Bathroom Hire- Portable Powder Rooms
  • Cold room Hire- Fairy-tale Events and Equip4Hire

 

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Why use Maple Weddings and Events?

We can help you Plan your Wedding

Weddings are a lot of work, are time consuming, expensive and can be extremely overwhelming. For most people this is their first time to wed so it’s a whole new learning experience. We at Maple want to help you navigate your way and make the process less daunting, painful and most of all fun for you. But who is Maple Weddings and Events you ask?

Photo Credit – Bliss Photography by Leah

You may not have heard of Maple Weddings and Events as it was only founded this year by ME – Kristy Aitken. Some may recognise me from my working as the venue manager at an award-winning wedding venue for 18 months on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

This is ME!

Flowers by WillowBud Flowers – Sunshine Coast

Prior to obtaining my qualifications in events, venues and business management and working within the wedding industry I owned a successful exclusive recruitment agency in Brisbane (placing nannies abroad for one of the Royal families) for over 8 years. Twelve months into my business I employed and befriended the amazing Laura. We are known to family, friends and our clients back then as the ‘dynamic duo’!! When you find someone as professional, enthusiastic, energetic, loving, passionate and fun as Laura you keep them! She is my rock, balance and sounding board.

Dynamic Duo – Kristy and Laura

After only a short time Maple have expanded seeing our newest team member Naomi joining us. Naomi is a qualified events leader and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Maple along with her creativeness. Naomi is an integral part of our team as she will be our lead stylist who will help to create the magic for your day.

Naomi completing the Trifecta package! Naomi with Kristy

From the dynamic duo to the perfect trifecta the Maple team bring countless weddings and hours of experience to Maple and can not wait to work with you.

With both Kristy and Naomi based on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Laura on the Gold Coast we have you covered from the Sunshine Coast all the way through to the Gold Coast even down to the Byron Bay region.

The Maple team all enjoy the outdoors with beaches and mountains on both our door steps of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast we love spending time with our families, as we do have 8 kids between us! Given we all love being outside and amongst nature we do love the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and working with established venues through to private properties.

Glasshouse Mountains

Glass House Mountains – Sunshine Coast

Now you know the faces behind Maple how can we help you?

As wedding planners, we can help you plan your wedding from start to finish or just coordinate on the day. We have built up a fabulous rapport with many suppliers especially on the Sunshine Coast so have an extensive list of recommended vendors along with that ever-important checklist. If you are keen to get in and do a lot yourself our checklist will ensure you have everything covered. We will ensure all details are met in the lead up to your big day by conversing with all suppliers and making sure everything is locked in and your run sheet finalised for the day. Most importantly we will be there for the most part of your wedding day to ensure your day is a seamless, smooth sailing day for you. From moving the arbour, packing up chairs, lighting candles, bumping suppliers in, stoking the fire, keeping you hydrated and anything else that pops up we want you to sit back, relax and enjoy making memories with your loved ones.

Fire by Tipi Luxe – Sunshine Coast

You have a vision along with your vision board of pictures you have collated from Pinterest. Now you don’t know what to do. This is where Naomi can help you! OR you aren’t sure what you want? This is where Naomi can help!
Regardless of where you are at with your vision and style Naomi will be here to help you as our curator. Naomi is extremely talented, passionate and above all creative!

At Maple we will provide the perfectly planned and styled wedding however to achieve this there needs to be furniture, décor, tents, catering and more. Ensuring your vision comes to life we can utilize some of our own hire equipment or we will connect with local suppliers that have the exact hire equipment we need to ensure your wedding comes alive.

Naomi is so creative she even makes decorations!

We mentioned weddings can be expensive. You throw the word ‘wedding’ in and boom the prices go up! For some couples they believe their budget won’t allow for a planner, stylist or both. However, at Maple we strive to meet your budget and at times even come in under budget. Given we have some fantastic suppliers based on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast we can provide reasonably priced quotes. By hiring Maple Weddings and Events we can at times save you money not to mention the stress and your sanity! We don’t want you divorced before you are married!!!

As a new business to the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane regions we have some amazing specials which will save you even more money so be sure to contact us for information on what we can offer and what specials we can provide for you.

Initially my vision when starting Maple was to only offer planning. Why? Because I’m organised and well I thought that would be enough!! Only a few short months in we now offer styling and here at Maple we never say NEVER. So, watch this space as we continue to evolve and grow just as you will with your forever partner.

We look forward to working with you whether it be Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Gold Coast or Brisbane.

Grazing Station – Parma Street Foods– Sunshine Coast

Gorgeous Mt Glorious Wedding Venue – Brisbane

One of our upcoming couples – DIY Wedding- Need a wedding planner

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