Backyard Weddings are becoming more and more popular for their relaxed nature and more personal touch. That is exactly what Shawn and Sueanne looked for in their big day. I was very excited to be able to set up my vintage door arch for the very first time and it lived up to my expectations. Standing in the backyard it took pride and place for this lovely couples intimate family ceremony.
The reception was held on their beautiful back deck and again they wanted the natural beachy touch. Mason jars, shells, rope and neutral tablerunners all looked amazing.
Last week I hired some linen to a lovely young couple who were being married and they decided to DIY their reception. Their choice of venue was the Cloyna Hall situated about 10 minutes north of Murgon.... Cloyna is my childhood home and the hall is surrounded by what was previously the farm that I grew up on. I don't often get to take photo's of DIY's but Katelyn kindly offered for me to come out and take as many as I liked. So off I went on Saturday morning along an all too familiar road to snap some shots. Turning off the highway and down the hill towards the township itself you come to the hall which has been well maintained over the years - fresh paint, restumped and the grounds around are always mowed. Walking inside was such a delight as Nathan and Katelyn and family had done a wonderful job with the décor. Chair covers/sashes, tablecloths, hessian table runners and table skirting were all supplied by Extra Touch Designs and everything else was DIY by the bride and family. As I walked around the hall and eventually drove off so many emotions came flooding back of childhood memories that will remain embedded in my heart for a lifetime.....
Cloyna West Road heading down the hill towards the hall
Oh the memories of country dances, school functions, fete's, CWA meetings and the list goes on.... always puts a smile of my face.
What a wonderful setting for a wedding - country style
Purple and white with hessian table runners
Sometimes you just find yourself in a place that makes you feel so envious that you want to pitch a tent and take up residency!! Well I found that place recently and after setting up a beautiful wedding on the Friday I found myself on Sunday morning enjoying a coffee while sitting on the verandah at The Gums @ Memerambi. I had been there once before, but for some reason really didn't take it all in. Upon my return, I took a walk around the grounds and was taken in with the beautiful surroundings. Arthur and Chris Nettlefield have created a picturesque location for couples who want the outdoor country feel but with a touch of elegance as well for their Wedding day..... Congratulations to Gary and Vanessa Murray who tied the knot last weekend at The Gums..
The gorgeous garden and surrounds created especially for ceremonies
One of Arthur's special creations - the perfect place for a photo opportunity
Oh how the years have passed so quickly..... I had the pleasure of providing the décor and making the bouquets for the wedding of two very special people last weekend. I have known both Kristin and Matt since they were babies. Kristin went through school with my daughter and Matt is a similar age to my sons and both families are considered friends. It only seem like yesterday..... swimming club, party dresses, sleepovers, High School parties, golf and the list goes on. Memories are wonderful and now they are married and all grown up with three beautiful daughters of their own........
A special thank you to Sherrianne from Talon Digital Imaging for allowing me to use a couple of her beautiful pics.
Gorgeous artificial brides bouquet - cream roses, green button chrysies, berries, aubergine calla lillies, pearl sprays and dusty miller leaf.
The Bridal party at Mulanah Gardens, Kingaroy....stunning colours
Reception décor at the Kingaroy RSL
It never ceases to amaze me the strength and resilience of country people. Queensland is in the middle of a devastating drought and those on the land are struggling beyond words. But the people of these small country towns and districts rally together each year to put on display the best of the best at their local shows. Many of these committees also celebrate with a Show Ball. Gayndah is one of those communities that band together regardless of the obvious difficulties to provide a level of entertainment that most of us love. I am one that has so many childhood memories of our local shows and of my parents dressing in their finest to attend the event of the year - the Show Ball. I was privileged to be asked to provide the décor for the 100th Gayndah Miss Show Girl Presentation night. Gayndah is an hour's drive from Murgon and I arrived on the Friday evening to a group of dedicated helpers and in no time at all the hall was decorated and I was home again. I will drive back again on Sunday morning to pack up and marvel at the community spirit that is alive and thriving in rural Queensland.......
Gold and black adds a touch of class to the celebrations of a small country town.
Most small rural towns have a common hall where the community comes together to celebrate special occasions and to remind us all that through adversity shines hope.
This is such a wonderful industry to be involved in. I get to indulge myself in something I love doing....creating and making other people's visions become a reality and, meeting so many people who share my passion.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many like minded people at various functions over the last couple of years and one of them is Chef Jimmy Stephen. Jimmy runs Accents Catering along with his lovely wife Angela and we have continually found ourselves working on the same functions and venues.
One such venue was last night at the "Dinner Under the Star's" as part of the South Burnett Wine and Food in the park. I was fortunate enough to be successful in providing the décor for this special occasion and after a few meetings, emails and phone calls with Jimmy, the décor was finalised.
A black, white and gold colour scheme set the tone and after a few hours on Friday all was ready for the big night. Simple but elegant, and at night, very effective (unfortunately I don't have any night time shots as yet)
Way back in June 2013 I received a message from Adrieanne asking if I could supply the décor for her Wedding and could I make her a brooch bouquet.... I think I was more excited than her (if that is at all possible) I had been researching and planning the making of such a bouquet for quite a while and AT LAST someone wanted me to make this unique and special momento for their special day. Over the next few months we exchanged emails, pics and ideas and it was uncanny how we seemed to connect.... silly things like contacting one another at approximately the same time randomly, having the exact 3 colours of chairs sashes that matched her dresses...and as I told her, our working together was meant to be!!! Later in 2013 I ran a competition to celebrate my Facebook page reaching 500 likes and asked everyone to share my page, the prize being $500 worth of décor......guess who's name I randomly drew out of the hat? Adrieanne Rushby..... lucky you!
Eventually, early this year we finally arranged to meet to discuss the final plans for the big day which was fast approaching. Adrieanne and her lovely Mum made the journey to Murgon and from there everything fell into place.
Last Saturday Adrieanne married her perfect man David and I was honoured to play a small part in helping make their day special.
Wow.....Welcome to the very first edition of my BLOG on my new Website!! Over the coming days and weeks I will be endeavouring to add more photo's of products available for hire. My aim is to provide you, the Brides of the North and South Burnett, with one of the largest selection of products available in this area to assist you in creating your dream Wedding.
Sharon Suchoronczak - Wedding/Event Stylist