Newlywed Beach wedding photo

Jess & Jan

There is something truly beautiful about Jess and Jan’s romantic beach side wedding. The couple hired a house on the weekend and spent most of their wedding barefoot in the sand. They said their vows under an arbour made out of driftwood just before the ceremony, they danced in the sand with their favourite people under fairy lights as the stars shone and they chose White Images to capture it all.

Jess tells the tale of how they came to be. “We met at the hospital where I work. I’m an ED Nurse and Jan’s a Paramedic. Jan proposed on my 30th birthday, which also happened to be the day we moved into the house that we had built together. He proposed using my nan’s ring as it would be a while until we could get the engagement and wedding rings from South Africa. They arrived the day before the wedding!”

Peach and pink rose bouquetWhite boutonnierie

Flowers by Serena created beautiful floral arrangements for the day in tones of white, blush pink and sweet apricot.

Bride putting gown on

Bride putting dress on

Jess wore a wedding gown from Wedding Dress Wonderland, telling, “I got my dress from ‘Wedding Dress Wonderland’ located on the Gold Coast. When looking for a dress I knew I wanted something different… I was lucky enough to find exactly what I wanted on the first day of looking! They had just designed and made the dress and no one had yet purchased one. My measurements were taken and my dress arrived shortly after – it was perfect! Although it wasn’t a “beachy” design to match the wedding, I loved how comfortable and simple it was and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Bride on wedding dress wonderland dressBride with loose braid

bride with father

Bride in v neck wedding dressWhite bouquet with peach and pink roses

Beach wedding setup

The wedding was planned together with Stradbroke Island Events which was held on the beach in front of Beach Willo’s, Amity Point Stradbroke Island.

Beach wedding drinks station

Groom at beach wedding

Stradbroke Wedding ceremony location

Jess walked down the aisle to Ben Harper – Forever.

Stradbroke Ceremony

Beach ceremony on Stradbroke Island

Jess remembers, “My friends made our arbour about an hour before the ceremony out of driftwood on the beach – I absolutely loved it!”

Amity Point Wedding

Beach Willo’s Wedding

Sheryl Gotje officiated the ceremony.

Sheryl Gotje Celebrant

Sheryl Gotje Wedding

Kissing at Stradbroke Island WeddingBeach Willo’s, Amity Point Stradbroke Island

Sandy beahc weddng photo

Bride with long sleeve gown at beach

“The day was amazing. I was a little nervous as I had no back up plan. If it rained – we were all going to get drenched! We have a similar outlook on life… Life is too short! We want to spend the rest of our lives being happy, healthy and exploring new and wonderful things.”

Bride with long train at beach

Black and white newlywed photo

Stradbroke Island Wedding Photo by White ImagesWhite Images Chloe

Wedding photo by Chloe of White Images

Stradbroke Island Newlyweds

Of their photographer, Jess remembers, “She was amazing! We are so happy with our photos and she was fantastic to work with. We wanted the photos to be quite natural and they are just that.”

Stradbroke Island Wedding Venue

Beach bride with long sleeve gown

Wedding Photo White ImagesBride in gown by Wedding Gown Wonderland

Flowers by serena

Beach wedding photo

Bride and groom on beachSunset beach wedding photo

Beautiful beach wedding photo

Queensland beach wedding photo

Pink rose centrepieceBeach wedding decor

Jess tells, “All I wanted was fairy lights, candles and flowers. We had all that and it was absolutely perfect.”

Beach wedding outside venue

Prawns at beach wedding

A friend catered the wedding, which was held on the sand, Jess noting, “The food, wine and cocktails… We were so lucky to be able to choose every single thing we wanted for the wedding. Everyone was so full from all the amazing food! We also had a variety of delicious cocktails to drink made by the bar staff. Having the flexibility to do what we wanted with the food and drinks made everything wonderfully economical.”

Fairy lights at wedding

Beach Outdoor wedding Australia

Guests danced the night away on the sand to Shag Rock.

Stradbroke Island Beach Wedding reception

Stradbroke Island reception venue

Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Jan! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to White Images for sharing this wedding with us!