Grace & Patrick

We’re headed to country Queensland today, in honour of The Australia issue for the wedding of Grace and Patrick.

Pixel Punk Pictures captured the day that was set at the ever beautiful Gabbinbar Homestead. Grace and Patrick, wanted to honour their very Australian surroundings – there were boots, there was colour, there were Australian native blooms and there were even touches of fresh cotton to set the rustic, county vibe.

It seems that a love connection was a long time coming for these two, who actually met in primary school. Grace sharing “We actually met in primary school but reconnected when we were in year 11 in high school. We moved to Brisbane together after school and will have been together 10 years this year.”

The most magical time of day set the scene for the beachside proposal. “Patrick proposed at sunrise at Point Cartwright in Mooloolaba. He wanted it to be a beautiful sunrise but it was cold and overcast but the sun still managed to come through for him and it was a special moment.”

Grace paired her Prea James wedding gown from The Babushka Ballerina with fun boots, telling “My wedding dress was by chance, my mum had organised a weekend of bridal dress shopping and the first store was Babushka Ballerina. I chose a few dresses and my mum chose what ended up being my dress. It was the first one I put on and it wasn’t what I had in mind but it felt perfect and my mum and bridesmaids thought it was very me. The rest of the dresses that weekend just didn’t quite live up to it. I loved the dress so much, I think it made me feel all the more special on the day.”

Grace end Patrick chose Toowoomba country house, Gabbinbar Homestead for their wedding day, Grace explaining “We had an Autumn wedding in Toowoomba so we knew it would be quite cold. When we saw Gabbinbar it was everything we never knew we wanted, the venue is so beautiful there isn’t much you need to add. Patrick wanted a navy suit and I love rose gold so we chose navy and a rose gold/copper colour theme.”

The Luxe Bloom worked with Grace and Patrick to create floral details that honoured the Australian country setting, tells Grace. “We love native flowers especially proteas, the florist did an amazing job at incorporating natives in an autumnal colour scheme. I found a lot of the inspiration for flowers on Pinterest. We also have family friends who own a cotton farm so my mum had the idea to get cotton flowers for decoration it looked amazing.” 

Grace, wanting to honour both of her parents equally o her wedding day asked both of them to walk her down the aisle, she tells “My mum walked me out of the homestead to the start of the aisle and handed me to my dad. They are both so important to me so that was a nice way to share the moment with them both.”

“It was amazing seeing so many friends and family all together as well. You don’t ever really get to see everyone important to you both all in one room. It was however very overwhelming,” shares the bride.

Grace’s bridesmaids wore copper-toned gowns by Zimmermann, complete with brown boots, also donned by Grace herself, who shares “Once we saw the Zimmermann dresses in the amber however they seemed perfect and my bridesmaids loved them. The snakeskin boots happened by chance, I was shopping with one of my bridesmaids and we found them. I loved them so much I decided to wear them too.”

“Patrick and his groomsmen chose navy suits with brown boots” tells the bride. “Patrick’s favourite thing was a navy cashmere scarf my mum bought him, it added a special touch to his outfit.”

There were plenty of handmade touches for these two, tells the bride “We did a few DIY things, my mum loved the idea of navy napkins so she made 120 navy linen napkins. She also loves antiques so there were several pieces mum brought to the venue like the stands at the end of the aisle and the table we signed the wedding certificate on. One of my bridesmaids is a talented artist so she made our welcome sign and seating plan which was special. We made all of the place cards ourselves as well the invitations – we had wax seals on them which was fun to do.”

Love the look of that cake? Can you believe Patrick made it himself? The groom baked a delicious red velvet wedding cake to enjoy.

Guests received favours of the bride (chocolate bullets) and groom’s (chocolate covered honeycomb) favourite sweet treats from Noosa Chocolate Factory as wedding favours.

Congratulations Grace & Patrick! We loved sharing your beautiful wedding day! Thank you also to Pixel Punk Pictures for sharing today’s gorgeous celebration.