Imagine meeting your soulmate at the age of 16 whilst flipping burgers and unknowingly stealing glances at your future. Fast forward to 2023, where love found its home at the iconic Sunshine Coast wedding venue Tiffany’s Maleny at Sarah & Wayne’s classic wedding, captured by Sean Reefman Photography. Sarah & Wayne married surrounded by their nearest & dearest, including their beautiful children. Sarah tells us about their stunning day…

We met at age 16 and 18 at McDonald’s where we both worked. We have been together for nearly 11 years now. Wayne asked me to marry him while we were lying in bed with our newborn daughter and he placed the engagement ring in our daughter’s hand and then asked me.

Wayne purchased his suit from Mark Bunt Menswear. He chose this “because I look “sick” in black”.

My dress was from Royal Essence dress from Gladstone Bridal Boutique. The dress was simple yet classy, the dress had lace and a long train which was perfect for me. The experience was perfect, I chose the dress on the 1st wedding dress appointment and about the 6th dress I tried on. I knew it was the dress as soon as I tried it on.

I googled venues and fell in love with Tiffany’s Maleny. It had the ceremony and reception in one. I chose this venue because of the chapel as I initially wanted to get married in a church but Wayne didn’t want a church but would settle for a chapel. Once I saw the online pictures I knew this venue was the one.

The main thing we really wanted to include in the wedding was having our daughter Rylee and son Conan as part of it. We made them flower girl and page boy, and they both walked down the aisle holding hands first.

I walked down the aisle with my dad to “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Chicks. I chose this song because my bridesmaids and I were listening to it in the car one day and the lyrics fit perfectly with the wedding scene and weather.

For the ceremony, I wanted a serious but also relaxed vibe. I added some catholic readings in the ceremony.

I was very lucky as the package I paid for at Tiffany’s Maleny included flowers in the package. Once I had chosen the bridesmaid dresses I once again Googled florals to match the rosewood colour and found two floral designs I was interested in and sent them to the floral team who then nailed the flowers for the day.

Our son, who was in charge of the rings, lost my wedding ring before the ceremony. I decided there was no point in stressing and chose to use my engagement ring for the ceremony instead. Luckily no one noticed. The ring was later found under the small veranda in front of the chapel.

Our photographer was Sean Reefman. I found him online through Google. He was so easy to communicate with, and on the day was so chill. Sean made us feel at ease even with all the nerves. He was very professional and easy-going at the same time. He was just perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing. My favourite photograph of the day would be the sunset shots of Wayne and me.

Honestly, all our vendors were perfect and they all stood out. I was impressed with every single person who was involved in the day.

I was most excited about and interested in choosing and organising the final details for the day. This was because I could add a bit more of me into the day this way. If I had to choose one favourite thing about the day it would have to have been the venue setup.

We didn’t have too much DIY, only the welcome sign, seating chart, table name cards and the favours which were personalised rock candy in a small jar with a customised sticker on top.

We did have a first dance, we danced to “Amazed” by Lonestar which was Wayne’s choice because it was his mum’s first wedding dance.

Our advice would be to not stress and just chill. What will happen on the day will happen, so just try to go with the flow.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us, Sarah & Wayne, and thanks for sharing their gorgeous imges Sean Reefman Photography.