Tara + Rob’s Surprise Wedding at Pier33 Mooloolaba
It’s always a little bit exciting when a wedding enquiry comes through to my email, but I really love when I have enquiries for surprise weddings at an engagement party!
Tara and I had been in touch and we talked about how their surprise wedding was to announced. How was it all planned to make sure the secret wasn’t let out, who knew and who didn’t!
Once I arrived to the venue Pier33 at Mooloolaba and walked upstairs, I was blown away by Tara’s styling. The theme was tropical and immediately I felt like I was in a paradise location! We have gorgeous views of Mooloolaba wharf with all the boats on the water, tropical plants and flowers, drinks served in coconuts. It was very welcoming with a relaxing vibe and didn’t scream ‘Surprise we are getting married’!
Once all the guests had arrived, Tara disappeared for a little bit to change into her Fame and Partners gown while everyone was gathered to the deck.
After the Pierr33 housekeeping was announced Bruno Mars – Marry you came on and everyone was not really knowing what was going on, then out walked Tara with her dad!
There were cheers, clapping and tears, lots of tears!
After exchanging vows and rings Tara and Rob mingled and danced the night away with their family and friends. We didn’t have a Bride and Groom photos as they are going to honeymoon in May to Ayres Rock. Tara knows her way with a camera, she will set up the camera self timer for their shots! I am looking forward to seeing these, I’m pretty sure they will be incredible!
Although Tara styled the event herself and with the help of their families, there were a few suppliers that helped bring it all together Chocolate2chilli made the cake, Posy Co for flowers, Silvana Marin Celebrant, music by Caribbean Arts and Entertainment Company, Tara’s hair by Haras &Co, Tara’s makeup by her sister in law Kate.
Thankyou Tara and rob for booking me to photograph your special, it was a load of fun!
Congratulations again! Can’t wait to catch up soon and see your images from NT
Bliss Photography by Leah
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer
Rochelle and Lachlan – Engaged
When I met Rochelle and Lachlan, I couldn’t wait to shoot their love session and you’ll see why!!
While I was editing their images all I could think of is that quote from Dory on Finding Nemo
“I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy.”
These two have such a beautiful connection and with their wedding day not very far away keep your eyes out for more of them in the coming weeks!
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer
Bliss Photography by Leah
Halee and Matt Elope | Maroochydore Botanical Gardens
It’s not always necessary to have a big huge wedding! It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
Halee and Matt have already been together for a long time, have three gorgeous children and expecting their fourth in 2017, they were after something low key with the people that matter to them most. They spoke with Toni Collett Celebrant who wrote them a gorgeous ceremony, Toni recommended me to do their photos and that was it! No decorations, no fancy dresses or suits.
They wanted little fuss as possible and it was completely perfect for them.
There were many many laughs and tears and very relaxed.
It was a very small intimate gathering, and I just loved it.
After the ceremony and signing of the papers we did a few photos and then Halee, Matt, their children and guests went out for lunch to celebrate!
CONGRATULATIONS Halee and Matt!
I wish you both all the happiness for you and your growing family xxx
SUNSHINE COAST WEDDING VENUES
BLISS PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEAH
SUNSHINE COAST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
We have some of the most amazing wedding locations here on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. Since December I have been seeing alot of questions about venue locations here on the Sunshine Coast, some for DIY, some for wanting to splash out and some who just wanto to do a bit of both, so I have put together a little list of some of our fantastic wedding venues on the Sunshine Coast!
- Maleny Manor, Maleny
The most loved wedding venue in Australia.
Capture the essence of your new journey in life with the dedicated team that are Award Winning Maleny Manor. Check our ratings each year for a decade of quality service at ABIA. Awarded #1 Reception Venue Australia 2016. Voted #1 Ceremony Wedding Venue In Australia 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015, delivering truly personal signature weddings in your private estate venue. Adding the love and quality where you know you can totally relax and enjoy your day with a genuine group of people caring for your every need.
We are fondly known as Australia’s most loved up venue! We are a little different, we love fun but are dedicated, adding the professionalism and infusing every wedding with as much love and care as we possibly can in a sophisticated but also relaxed Maleny Style.
- Weddings at Tiffanys, Maleny
A beautiful boutique wedding venue in Maleny
Tiffany’s is located in the majestic surrounds of Maleny Queensland. A prime location as your wedding venue, offering guests unsurpassed views across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and an opportunity to capture stunning photos to remember your day.
- Spirit House, Yandina
Set in lush tropical gardens nestled around a tranquil pond, bubbling waterfalls, tinkling wind chimes, the sounds of nature — the Spirit House is a delight for all senses.
The unique courtyard layout makes Spirit House the perfect place for small weddings, parties and corporate functions. A party of 4 to 30 people can reserve their own private area for easy weddings.
- The Old Dairy, Maleny
Weddings are such a beautiful moment and Maleny is a very romantic place to celebrate your special occasion. The Old Dairy at Maleny is ideal for weddings with its gorgeous, uninterrupted valley views and amazing sunsets.
The Old Dairy has sprawling acreage of picturesque green landscape that becomes a unique canvas for you to personalise your magical day. The perfect location to tie the knot may be found on the rolling vistas surrounded by lush rainforest, under the age-old trees or in our very own Bell Tower or a custom marquee.
- Maison La Plage, Noosa
Maison La Plage Grove: Located in front of Maison Noosa Resort on Hastings Street
- Evans Farm, Maleny
Evans Farm was first established in 1944. Originally a working farm, Evans Farm has more recently been transformed by the youngest generation of the Evans Family and is now a sanctuary for rescued farm animals and land for wildlife. Nestled between Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and the national state forest, Evans Farm’s rolling green hills and dense forests are teeming with wildlife and the exquisite beauty and serenity of the Australian bush. A sanctuary for animals and people alike, this extraordinary space offers a unique option for environmentally conscious friends, looking to celebrate an important event, while helping create brighter futures for rescued farm animals and local wildlife. To ensure the continued preservation of the property a portion of the profit is invested in further restoration of native vegetation for local wildlife and creating forever homes for the farm animals.
- Sunshine Beach Surf Club, Sunshine Beach
Hold your special occasion celebration or business seminar at The Surf Club Sunshine Beach. We have packages to suit all types of functions from a casual cocktail setting to a full sit-down dinner with table service.
Entertain your guests on the lawn with a fabulous ocean backdrop ideal for wedding ceremonies, or relax on our spacious deck with million dollar views, indulge in Ocean View Room dining, party on the West Deck with views of the park or get down to business in the Ross Bartlett room ideal for meetings and small gatherings.
- The Rocks, Yandina
The Rocks Function Centre is a charming and secluded venue to host both your ceremony and event, overlooking the beautiful Maroochy River.
Your guests will be greeted on arrival by our dedicated wedding coordinator and directed to your stunning ceremony on the lawn overlooking the river. Following on from the ceremony, your guests can admire the breathtaking views from the River Terrace as the sun sets, whilst cocktails and canapés are served.
- Maleny Retreat, Maleny
Maleny Retreat is one of Australia’s most inspiring and breathtaking locations for Ceremonies and Marquee Receptions.
Here you have the freedom to create your dream wedding, with unsurpassed views of the Glasshouse Mountains as your backdrop. You have exclusive use of 100 acres of dramatic mountain scenery, rolling green hills, sprawling flat open fields and avenues of majestic trees.
- The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast, Mountain Creek
Surrounded by acres of established gardens and parkland and overlooking the surrounding promenade and timber pontoon, The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast is a beautiful destination for your Sunshine Coast wedding day event.
Let your journey of exchanging vows begin on the Waterfront Lawn. This beautifully landscaped space overlooks Brightwater Lake. A majestic fig tree takes centre stage and the space can be reserved exclusively for your nuptials.
- Anna Bella The Wedding Chapel, Ilkley
AnnaBella is a privately owned, non-denominational wedding chapel, located in Ilkley on Wilson Road, just a short drive from Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Maroochydore beaches. When you arrive, your first impression will last as you drive through the antique French wrought iron gates and catch your first glimpse of the stunning property, riddled with gorgeous locations for photographic opportunities.
As you drive down the long tree-lined drive to the AnnaBella chapel, passing luscious paddocks, pretty gardens and lily pads in ponds along the way, you will feel as though you have entered another world. Beautifully manicured lawns with lovingly tendered gardens provide countless opportunities for stunning photos on your special day.
- Noosa Boathouse, Noosa
Uniquely located on the stunning Noosa River and boasting spectacular water views and amazing sunsets, the award winning Noosa Boathouse offers a truly unique setting for your magical Noosa wedding. Cross the fairy-light lined boardwalk and amongst the three level floating boathouse you will discover three waterfront wedding spaces available to choose from. Our private jetty also allows guests exclusive direct access by boat to the venue from your ceremony location.
Noosa Boathouse showcases a modern Australian menu that lets seasonal produce shine and offers a strong emphasis on locally harvested produce, fresh seafood and quality beef, combined with a great wine selection and award winning service.
- Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Noosa
At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort you’ll experience a coastal wedding to remember, from our irresistible position on prestigious Hastings Street at Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita, to our premium function space. Whether you dream of intimate cocktails in the River Lounge overlooking Noosa River, a fairy tale dinner in our Noosa Ballroom, or a casual gathering on the River Lawn, we’ll ensure your wishes come true.
From the moment you arrive there is a sense of tradition that offers complete privacy for you and your guests. Experience bespoke Sofitel service dedicated to ensuring your day is one to remember and turn your dream into a romantic event. And with the luxurious AQUA Day Spa, 176 guest rooms to choose from, share your perfect day with friends and family…we’d like to welcome you to experience Magnifique weddings.
- Pelican Waters Golf Club, Pelican Waters
Pelican Waters Golf Club is a truly romantic wedding venue blending classical style with the breathtaking beauty of the Australian bush. We specialize in highly personalized weddings & our goal is to work with you to create the wedding of your dreams. Pelican Waters Golf Club provides plenty of photographic opportunities & places for simply enjoying the relaxing view. Our committed and experienced Events Team will work towards creating your ideal wedding experience – Beginning with the night before, the ceremony, photographs through to the reception & wedding night, we ensure the smooth flow of your event. We will meet your personal needs and work within your budget to make sure you & all your guests have a memorable time.
These are just a few of the amazing places on the Sunshine Coast for your wedding day! There are so many to choose from and lots of research is needed and make sure you check out your venue to see if its what you love
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer – Bliss Photography by Leah
Sandra and Nigel’s Wedding
Hair – Evalyn Parsons Hair
Makeup – Sandra’s Friend
Ceremony – Pash and Dash Weddings
Ceremony Location – Maleny Manor
Reception – Maroochydore Surf Club
Cake – Tome
Videography – Immortalising Moments Photography and Film
When I received a message from Sandra regarding her wedding photography, it was a bit of a different request to what I would normally be asked, Sandra and Nigel were going to be married by Pash and Dash Weddings and Elopements which in their package includes Venue which you can’t go wrong with Maleny Manor, Celebrant, Photographer, Flowers, Cake etc.
They have the photographer for a set time and have their photos within the grounds at Maleny Manor. Sandra was looking for some photos of her getting ready, location photos which Sandra asked for the infamous One Tree Hill, Maleny and Reception. DONE DONE and DONE!
Sandra sounded like a fun loving, bubbly person and I thought to myself this is going to be so much fun………..and they didn’t disappoint. While reading Sandra and Nigel’s questionnaires I have never laughed so hard while reading a clients questionnaire, they are hilarious, sweet, naughty and very cheeky!
Once I done the getting ready ready photos I headed into Maleny to wait for the ceremony to be over and for Sandra, Nigel and Bridal party to arrive at One Tree Hill.
Did we have the best time YES……..with tonnes of laughter, romantic moments and some shenanigans!
During reception for those who weren’t at the ceremony Rachel from Immortalising Moments worked her magic and created a highlight film for Sandra and Nigel’s guests. It’s pretty special! Check it out and click on the link https://vimeo.com/188372218
Thankyou so much Sandra and Nigel for being amazing and choosing me to be part of such a special day
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