Alex & Simon
Set in the long, golden grass of the countryside, this epically romantic wedding celebration is beautiful in every detail! With sweeping scenery, arbours of roses and that knock-your-socks-off kind of love, Quince & Mulberry Studios captured it all.
Having met online, Simon and Alex had their first date in Fortitude Valley. Simon says, ”I asked Alex to come for a ride on my motorbike the next day. She arrived at my place to find a driveway full of motorbikes and my friends who she hadn’t met yet. I had apparently left that part out.” The surprise worked out for the best, with Simon proposing on their two year anniversary in Bali.
Alex originally found her dress online, sharing, ”My dress was by Emmy Mae and was so beautiful and comfortable to wear. After seeing the dress on Instagram, I instantly googled the designer and sent a photo of the dress to my mum. She sent me a text back saying that it made her want to cry thinking of me in it so I knew it was a strong contender. We went down the coast, a few weeks later, to the bridal store where it was stocked and I tried it on and bought it that same day. I was given my late grandmother’s engagement ring which had been resized and professionally cleaned so I wore that on the day which was very special.” The groom wore a Peter Jacksons navy blue suit with neutral accessories.
Set at Spicers Hidden Vale, the outdoor ceremony was held under a fig tree overlooking the valley. The bride and groom share, ”We had trouble choosing only a few people to be a part of our bridal party so we decided to keep it simple and choose one special person each to stand by our sides. I chose my sister and Simon chose his grandfather (Pop). Neither of us particularly like being the centre of attention so we opted for a relatively short ceremony. Our celebrant, Natasha Hill, provided a range of options for us to choose from to personalise our ceremony. We included the traditional, “I do’s” in our ceremony and added in our own written vows too.” Alex walked down the aisle with her father to ‘I Found You’ by Kina Grannis.
Choosing a favourite image proved difficult for the groom, but he shares, ”We had a few photos with my Pop, him and I helping each other with the final touches before walking out to the ceremony. They are special to me because my Pop has been a huge influence in my life. But my favourite photo is of Alex and I walking hand in hand back up the aisle at the end of our ceremony. We are both smiling and ready to take on the world!” Mrs Gibbons Flowers provided the goods with gorgeous rambling roses and country blooms for the day. Alex tells, ”I’ve always loved flowers, especially roses, so I knew I wanted to have them in my bouquet. I was really excited after meeting with our florist to talk about our vision and what she delivered on the day was absolutely stunning. A standout piece on the day was the decorated floral arbour that we stood in front of during the ceremony.”
With breathtakingly beautiful photos to share, the bride and groom were thrilled with Quince & Mulberry Studios, sharing, ”Kate was fantastic. We had an engagement shoot done months before the wedding which helped us become more comfortable in front of the camera. She made us feel at ease. Kate is bright and bubbly and had no trouble working with the crowd when it came time to organise the group shots. Our guests commented afterwards about how great she had been to work with.” And although you may not be able to tell, the bride turned a blue a few times! Simon tells, ”Alex’s dress was stunning but didn’t provide much in the way of warmth. When we were having photos taken in the field after the ceremony was finished, Alex had to be warmed up with blankets. She took it like a champion and it doesn’t look like she’s uncomfortable in the photos.”
The golden country fields provided a gorgeous backdrop for the newlyweds, and it was kicked up a notch or three with the addition of Simon’s old Landcruiser. Alex shares, ”We had planned on having it at the venue in some sort of capacity, but it didn’t look like it was going to happen. Simon worked very hard in the week leading up to our wedding to ensure it was ready in time and ended up having to scrub his hands to remove the evidence before for the ceremony. All of our vendors worked very well together. Kate our photographer and Amber our florist went above and beyond with a few extra touches – they surprised us by having the ute decorated with flowers which helped tie everything in.”
The romance of the day was amplified with the styling of the ceremony and reception venue, Spicers Hidden Vale. Alex tells, ”It had the rustic, country feel that we were looking for. We had our reception in the barn area and the adjacent courtyard under fairy lights. It was the perfect setting and was just what we had imagined. The venue was already filled with character so we let it speak for itself for the most part. We had planned on having to install some lighting in the courtyard but the venue ended up having their lights installed for us which was a big help.”
Closing out the day, the bride and groom had their first dance to ‘Hold You In My Arms’ by Ray Lamontagne. They remember, ”It was in the courtyard outside the barn, surrounded by our friends and family. Neither of us are especially skilled dancers, so it was a fairly informal amalgamation of several dancing styles. It was a lot of fun nonetheless, with lots of laughter and cheering from our spectators. During the reception, my sister (maid of honour) went up to make her speech which turned into a rap song. Everyone was in hysterics!”
Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom for sharing your beautiful wedding day, and congratulations! Thank you also to Quince & Mulberry Studios for sharing your magnificent photos!