A day filled with elegance, garden party vibes and a fluffy ring bearer, Laura and Grant’s wedding was the perfect way to celebrate their marriage. With a curated playlist as the soundtrack for the day, every detail from the day was intentional and symbolic. “We had a big emphasis on music throughout the day and carefully chose music we loved at key moments throughout the day.”
Todd Hunter McGaw was the photographer for this lovely couple, and they couldn’t have been any happier. “I loved their documentary style of photography and when we received the pictures back, I felt like we were back on the day.”
How did these two meet? “Grant and I met at the Junior Doctors Ball in 2016. Grant recognised me from primary school and came up and re-introduced himself. We had both moved away from the country town we grew up in for University. He had studied up north and I had studied in Brisbane.”
Grant proposed alongside a beach picnic after they spent the day doing some of Laura’s favourite activities.
All the suits worn by Grant and his five groomsmen were from MJ Bale. Going with sleek fitted suits, the groom wore a darker grey version than that of his party.
They both had a special addition to the wedding in the form of their fluffy friend Ralph – doesn’t he look dapper!
Laura wore her Oma’s engagement ring (pictured above) and it was absolutely the perfect addition to her wedding attire.
To incorporate more of the garden vibe into their outfits, the bouquets from Flower Lovers included daisies and lush greenery.“I really love daisies and loved how they incorporated the daisies in the bouquets in such an elegant way.”
Laura wore a Kyra dress from Sphere on the Sunshine Coast, explaining, “I already knew I really liked their dresses and had a few styles in mind before I went there. All the dresses at Sphere were amazing so I was happy to pick the dress after my first appointment.”
Their ceremony was outdoors at the Palm Tree Court at Roma Street Parklands. “We loved the gardens at Roma Street and we felt the courtyard was beautiful and private. We found it quite hard to find an outdoor garden venue near Brisbane CBD that had the element of privacy, so we were very happy when we found the Roma Street Parklands.”
“We had quite a tight budget for the styling but the vendors we chose for the styling were amazing,” they both explained. “We had Bloomin Creations style our ceremony and reception with their serenity package and they were phenomenal.”
“Alpenglow” by S Carey, played as Laura walked down the aisle with her parents. “Both my mum and dad walked me down the aisle, as they are both such important people in my life that I wanted them both by my side.”
Laura and Grant had Cara from Brisbane City Celebrants officiate the ceremony. “We were so thankful for how organised and professional she was. If it wasn’t for her keeping us on track, we definitely would not have had the paperwork submitted in time.”
Ralph soon joined the couple down the aisle, as he was the ring bearer – what a cutie! The rest of the ceremony was relaxed and personal, with custom vows, a reading of Corinthian’s 13:4–8a from Laura’s Nan and an Epicurious quote “Tetrafarmakos” by Grant’s brother.
As the ceremony wrapped up, Laura and Grant walked back down the aisle to “Closer” by The Chainsmokers.
While the newlyweds went off for their portraits, the guests could enjoy the garden party Laura’s extended family had set up before the ceremony. Grazing boards, seltzers and beers were all gone in the blink of an eye.
Speaking of photos, this is what Laura had to say about their wedding photographer: “Todd Hunter McGaw and his wife Alyda were incredible. They did such a good job of making everyone feel relaxed in front of the camera and they fitted in seamlessly. It was so impressive how they were able to catch the smallest details on camera, like when my veil got stuck while walking down the aisle and Grant’s reaction to it.”
The reception was hosted at The Warehouse. “The venue was so cool. We loved the furniture, the bar, the rooftop and the staff were amazing. It was so helpful having a wedding coordinator included. Jenna and Meg were awesome!”
All the name cards and menus had personalised messages for their guests as an excellent detail. Dabbling in some DIY, they also designed the menus and welcome signs for the reception. Here’s their advice: “I recommend getting the signs printed 3 -4 weeks in advance, as our signs did not come in time and we had to go with a plan B option!”
They loved all of their vendors and wanted to mention every single one – so here are some who have yet to be appreciated: Paula Maree for Laura’s hair, Louise Boland from Lou Lou Luxe for the makeup, David Lenneberg for their rings and Kylie from Wedding Dance Diva for choreography.
The soundtrack chosen to kick off the reception included: “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield as the bridesmaids entered and then a “Love Story” remix by Taylor Swift as the couple entered.
Their favourite photo? This beautiful black and white one directly above!
Their favourite part of planning the wedding? “Grant and I both enjoyed writing our vows, planning the ceremony, picking the music and writing the speeches. It made us reflect on the amazing memories we have had together and look forward to all the good things to come.”
Another song they picked out was their cake-cutting melody, which was “This Will Be An Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole. Staying with their musical theme, the first dance was a choreographed routine to “Ain’t For Us” by Amy Shark and Keith Urban.
Their favourite memory from the night? Their band! “We had so many favourite parts of the day, but an expected surprise was how much we enjoyed the jazz set by our band during dinner. Our band Birdman Randy did the most incredible version of Gangsta’s of Paradise by Coolio. They definitely got the party started once the formalities were over!”
Thank you to Cara from Brisbane City Celebrants for submitting this gorgeous wedding. And a huge congratulations to Laura and Grant – for your marriage and for pulling together such a magical event!