Carly & Jeff’s Hip-Meets-Chic Garden Wedding in Queensland


One of the most-viewed features on this site is the paint war engagement featuring Carly and Jeff at their messiest (but still looking beautiful nonetheless). Today, you are in for a treat because we get to see the lovebirds all prettified and gussied up… and their wedding? It’s just as fresh, modern, and creative as their e-session, minus the splashes of paint of course!

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How gorgeous are these photos of the pair? This fully-loaded feature was made possible through the talents and generosity of Melbourne wedding photographer Lakshal Perera, a.k.a. Lucky, who gave me access to his amazing photos. (I may have gone overboard with them but if you were me and you had tons of stunning images to work with, you would’ve probably done the same, yes?)

Lucky shares that Carly and Jeff’s wedding was certainly one big party:

Jeff is Canadian so their friends and family flew in from around the world. After their wedding they spent a week on a boat with them, showing them around the Queensland coastline. For their wedding, Carly and Jeff wanted to have good food, great music and for everyone and everything to be relaxed. They had some friends in a live band play into the night and their party even included a visit from Spiderman (who just so happened to be one of the band members dressed up.)

Some of their Canadian friends rewrote the words of a popular Canadian hockey song to make it about Carly and Jeff and I thought that was pretty funny. Hockey was a pretty strong theme throughout the day with Jeff and all his friends playing a game of “ice hockey” on the beach in the morning. Apparently this was a family tradition back in Canada (where they obviously had a bit more ice to work with!)

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How stunning does our bride look … and that gown? Just breathtaking. We already met the twosome through their awesome paint fight e-session but I wanted to save their love story for this feature so… take it away Carly!

My husband and I met in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. I was working in a ski resort and he was snowboarding until bad weather made him retreat to the bar… where he was to meet his future wife! We probably had the longest “long distance relationship” you could ask for which was difficult but if you want something bad enough, you make it work! I have now “stolen” him and we are currently living in Australia. ;)

Her vision for their wedding?

I work in the creative industries so I have always had a passion for unique approaches — my wedding was no exception. My vision was to create an event that incorporated both of our countries and passions so that it was truly ours. I wanted simplicity, elegance, personalised touches and most importantly… a fun atmosphere for ourselves and our guests.

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The lovely bride shares how they made their wedding completely their own:

TABLES: Instead of numbers, I created “photo blocks” for each table with titles (ie. “The Lake”). I used photos I had taken of significant places in our lives, with a brief description of the story behind each image. This gave everyone a little insight to our lives they may not have known, as well as encouraging people to mingle to other tables and start conversations (I’m sneaky aren’t I?!)

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MY WEDDING SHOES: Our beloved puppy wasn’t allowed to be on site for our wedding, so I put him under my dress…on my shoes! I wanted shoes with a WOW factor so I had a Perth graffiti artist go to town on a pair of cheap wedges, and include my puppy. I looked very elegant with my dress on, little did people know that there was a pair of amazingly vibrant shoes underneath! I had a LOT of fun revealing them to everyone!

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DECORATIONS: I did a lot of the decorative aspects myself and used a number of items in my home (ie. display tables, easel, spraying tortured willow, making “emergency baskets” for the toilets). Not only did I save a bunch of money by doing this, I am constantly reminded of our amazing wedding whenever I look at them now in my home.

A CANADIAN BAR: I also themed the bar “Canadian” for my husband and the many family and friends that made the huge trip from there! It included hockey jerseys and sticks, football jerseys, “snow” and blue lighting to create the right “feel”. It looked fantastic and didn’t take much to put together.

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THE “CAKE”: We decided to get a massive chocolate fountain as our “cake”, our first “cut” was my husband and I going for the first dip! It was a LOT more fun for everyone and it looked AMAZING!

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Some helpful advice from our creative couple:

Incorporate both of your interests/passions — that way the event is uniquely yours. Take in every moment! Don’t drink every time one is offered to you — you’ll feel better for it and the day won’t flash by. If something goes “wrong”, don’t stress – chances are no one will know!

I love how everything about this wedding is 100% tailored to them! And the photography? Just brilliant. Huge thanks to Lucky for sending his beautiful images my way, and congratulations to Carly & Jeff! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your wonderful celebration! :)

Photography: Lakshal Perera
Venue: Vue de Lumieres, Maleny (Queensland, Australia)
Gown: Paul Hunt (From Carly: found only 2 weeks out from wedding!!!)
Bride’s Shoe Design: Christie Allison
Groom’s Suit: The Cloakroom
Bridesmaid Dresses: Herz Design
Groomsmen Suits:  Spurling
Coordinators: Weddings in the Wild
Decorator: Mask Events
Flowers: Flourish Design
Hair: Elvarl Hair Artistry
Make-up Artist: Erin Bigg
Bride’s Rings: Canturi & CTJ Jewellery
Groom’s Wedding Band: Gillett’s Jewellers
Celebrant: Rosanne Sinclair
‘Cake': Fountains for Functions
Graphic Design: Jodie Price
Band & DJ: The Vinyl Slingers

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2 Comments

  1. Fab shoes, lush dress and I have to say…dreamy light. Very pretty. x

  2. Right, Hannah? I LOVE this wedding to bits too. :)

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