The very minute I saw Emma and Andrew’s day play out live on Instagram? I was all over it. A ceremony after dark? Sparkling, celestial-inspired details? Hello, what an actual dream!

Describing their wedding as “Wildflowers under the moon and stars” and including their baby boy as part of the festivities “the cutest little guy in his matching outfit with daddy”, this was a day filled with so much love. Handmade details – Emma’s mum hand sewing names onto each napkin, to her sister making personalised pennant flags for each guest to wave as a celebration of the newlyweds, every detail a little bit sparkly, with plenty of moon soaked magic.

Settle in for their story captured beautifully by Wildflower Weddings , because this story is about to begin, and it all started on Tinder. Emma remembers “Andrew and I met on Tinder – he was my very first Tinder date! We went for a drink, which turned into dinner and a walk along the river. As we left, I waved very awkwardly and apparently endearingly at Andrew in his car from the back of my Uber.

The couple became engaged over their morning coffee. “We woke up and decided to go out for coffee and to take our dachshunds for a nice walk along the Sandgate waterfront. Because we were getting coffee out, I wasn’t quite awake yet – and was actually super grumpy. Andrew was very patient with me until we found a cafe & I got caffeinated. As we walked along the waterfront, Andrew stopped and I turned around with him on one knee. I was completely shocked and elated!”

Emma’s incredible gown was a Pronovias beauty she found at White Lily Couture. The very first gown she tried on! It was accessorised with a stunning lace adorned cape made by her mum. “I wore a gorgeous simple silk mermaid gown from Pronovias – the first dress I tried on.

It was embellished with handmade lace, pearl and crystal-encrusted belt & cape – made by my mum over many months. She also made me the cutest wedding backpack – my guests will tell you I am obsessed with it.
My earrings were gorgeous velvet and crystal sunburst from Swarovski. I also wore a bracelet given to me by my mum and sister for the birth of our son Miles.

The couple met for a first look on the rooftop, says Emma. “I had always dreamt of a wedding at night on a rooftop – so we chose to get our First Look photos done on the rooftop of the hotel where I got ready – Arise Fortitude Valley.”

Emma and Andrew hired Wallflower Floral Design to style the floral designs – inspired by a picnic rug! Emma tells “When I was looking for inspiration, I somehow happened upon a picnic rug from the brand Wandering Folk – covered in a beautiful Australian Natives design. All the florals were drawn from the rug – which also had my favourite flowers (and the inspiration for my engagement ring) on it – daisies.”

The couple held their wedding at one venue – choosing Mirra.  “The courtyard with the lighting was just gorgeous, and I absolutely wanted to get married under the stars and fairy lights” remarks Emma. “The venue was absolutely amazing to work with the whole way through planning (even with a year’s covid delay), and the team styled it to perfection.

I was so happy to see all the details come together and work cohesively. The venue was just the most perfect place for our dream to be realised.”

That incredible moon and star backdrop? Handmade by Andrew! Says Emma “I wanted the ceremony to feel enchanting. Andrew built a beautiful moon and stars backdrop filled with twinkling fairy lights. The design was the same that we used when sending our invitations. I had my grandparents light a candle – to honour those that could not be with us that night, a family tradition.” Emma’s sister made pennant flags for guests to wave in lieu of confetti.

Andrew’s favourite moment of the day? “The wait before Emma walked down the aisle. It was about the only moment where I could stop and appreciate everything we had done and really cr*p myself for everything that was about to be”.  Adds Emma “I walked down the aisle with my mum to the song ‘”Oh, It is love” by Hellogoodbye, sung acoustically and so so beautifully by Dan from Janda Events.

Andrew donned a navy jacket with beige pants from Tarocash. He accessorised with a floral printed tie from Peggy & Finn. “We chose a grey tie with Banksias on it from Peggy & Finn to tie into the theme of the florals. We also live in a neighbourhood filled with banksias.”

Emma and Andrew’s twilight ceremony was officiated by Erin Woodhall. “It was so special committing to each other and committing to our new little family.  We loved keeping it small, but sharing our friends and family – worlds colliding.”

Emma’s wedding day advice to you? “Get help with the things you care the least about or that you know someone else can do better! Accept help when it’s offered.”

There were so many handmade elements. “My mum sewed navy linen napkins which I hand embroidered every guest’s name on and she also sewed some velvet flower cushions. My sister created a beauty bar in the ladies’ bathroom which made the male guests very jealous. We also had the night’s sky printed on the back of the menus.”

Every detail was carefully considered. “Seeing our vision come to life with our supportive family, friends and vendors – it was such a magical night. Every detail felt special. I’m sure there were some details Andrew wished I hadn’t needed to include (like gold star swizzle sticks for our cocktails!) – but I was so happy to actually complete a hand-embroidered napkin for every guest. I was also beyond proud of how beautiful our backdrop was – what a talented hubby I’ve got!
We were originally going to have our dachshunds be part of the ceremony, but it got a little complicated so we instead honoured them with our favours – we had fudge in their fur colourings. Chocolate caramel swirl, and caramel macadamia.”

“Our vendors were all incredible – they each were so amazing to work with throughout planning and replanning due to covid. Our venue Mirra got glowing reviews from other vendors for their professionalism and amazing organisation. As we handed them a million DIY details to set up the day before, they got stuck right into it and we’re so excited to help us achieve our vision. I would give them a glowing review a million times over.”

Says Emma “Our photographer Kirsty from Wildflower Weddings was amazing – she did an engagement shoot for us the year before & we had so many laughs with her, we felt so comfortable and happy we chose her. She was so receptive and helpful in guiding us to capturing moments we wouldn’t want to forget!”

Of their dance floor debut, Emma remembers “We danced to “Such Great Heights”, the version sung by the Postal Service. It was a very casual slow dance.”

A big congratulations to you both Emma and Andrew! Thank you for taking the time to share the stories of your day with us. Thank you also to Wildflower Weddings for sharing today’s beautiful wedding imagery!