Katie and Josh’s Handmade Queensland Wedding

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Katie &amp Josh

This gorgeous wedding from Katie and Josh is nothing at all but relaxed and every thing warm, cosy and stunning. The bride and groom arrived at the wedding early, walking with their guests to set up the ceremony. The guests arrived at the hall for the wedding and helped themselves to the couple’s favourite drinks as they listened to the newlyweds favourite tunes. It was a gorgeous day and I am so satisfied I get to share it with you!

Katie tells the story of their relationship. “We met a celebration by way of mutual buddies in our early twenties. I was driving property from work late a single night following waitressing at a wedding and agreed to drive a mutual friend and his mates to a celebration. Josh was one of these buddies, he jumped straight into the front seat and refused to get out of my car. We’ve been inseparable ever since.”

The photographs are by Matt and Katie Photographers  who have captured such a relaxed, photo-journalistic feeling to the day. Plus, they even shot the wedding on their wedding anniversary! (And genuinely, I couldn’t feel of a much better way to devote a wedding anniversary than to watch two folks take the initial step in that journey themselves!)

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Katie wore a short white vintage inspired gown from Silver Sixpence with shoes from Miz Mooz .

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Katie walked down to the ceremony with her parents. She recalls “Instead of an aisle, I walked via the park with my Mum and Dad to “First Day of My Life” by Vibrant Eyes. When we 1st met, Josh lived out of town and we both don’t forget this song from one distinct auto trip about the time we fell in adore and it has held particular which means given that then.”

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handmade wedding018 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

Katie and Josh chose Queens Park, Toowoomba for their ceremony. Katie says “We chose a spot below a big tree in the botanical gardens section of Queens Park. We loved that it felt private although it was in such an open and and informal atmosphere. The afternoon sun filtered via the significant trees, so we brought chairs and cold refreshments for guests.

Josh and his brothers hung up  white paper pom pom decorations in the tree, visible to guests arriving by means of the park and positioned two white chairs and a tiny table with white linen off to side for the signing. There was no formal layout, we simply wanted to be surrounded by pals are loved ones. We chose not have a microphone as we wanted to maintain it as casual and personal as attainable.”

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Katie had an small some thing old and some thing blue attached to her wedding dress. “The vintage bluebird brooch that held my engagement ring during the ceremony was worn by my mum Jeany on her wedding day in 1978. Mum attached the brooch to my dress as we got ready collectively with Josh’s mum prior to the ceremony. That moment meant a lot to me as I constantly wanted to put on that brooch as a little girl and mum would never let me touch it. It is now mine to pass down to my young children.”

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handmade wedding022 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

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The floral arrangements were styled by the bride, her mum &amp her grandma.  The trio sourced flowers from Miller’s Fruit Barn Toowoomba.  Katie notes “My Grandma Jean produced my bouquet utilizing big, lengthy stem bunches of white Baby’s Breath secured with diverse sorts of ribbon in colours featured all through wedding’s theme. I wanted a thing huge and white that would final all day but didn’t appear too formal.”

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handmade wedding027 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

Of their photographers, Katie says, “Our aim for the day was to get pleasure from ourselves and trust that the photographers would capture exactly that. Matt and Katie were ideal for our wedding, as their dual documentary strategy allowed them to be in two locations at once, capturing the particular moments of the day precisely as we saw them.

Their intuitive timing and eye for detail beautifully documented not only the guests and areas but the atmosphere created on the day. We were also happy to discover two photographers that are in enjoy with weddings almost as such as they are with photography, and each other for that matter. It also didn’t hurt that our wedding fell on their wedding anniversary, I cannot support but think that influenced their operate on the day.”

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handmade wedding029 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

Katie and Josh held their reception at Biddeston Hall, Biddeston, Katie explains “Guests arrived at the reception and had been directed behind the hall exactly where they located a extended table set up beneath the shade of a huge gum tree. The table was decorated with white linen and vases of white flowers and supplied guests with a spread of all of our favorite cheeses, meats, olives and other deli goodies. Other platters were filled with varieties of cold and warm tartlets, topped up by an assistant of the on site chef who operate busily nearby roasting meats for our dinner in large barbecues outdoors the hall.

The table was also set out with glasses and with the support of my father, guests helped themselves to ice buckets filled with champagne. It was important to Josh and I to invest this time right after the ceremony with our guests rather of spending hours taking images away from our loved ones. We joined them to celebrate as the sun set and our preferred songs played in the background.”

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handmade wedding032 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

Katie says “Biddeston is around thirty minutes drive west of Toowoomba. This spot is of no significance to us but was chosen for the reception for it is surroundings and community hall. The venue is your typical Queensland nation hall that hasn’t been renovated since our parents generation utilised to attend dances there. It is a really old, slightly leaning developing with lemon yellow weatherboard exterior and rusted sheet roof. Across the road from a dairy and surrounded by nothing but grass and gum trees it was the private and relaxed place we were searching for.

As it was really inexpensive and not governed by regulations so we were free to transform it into our personal individual dinning hall for the night. The interior is white and light green with high ceilings, fundamental lighting, stage, kitchen and bar facilities. Old debutant pictures line the walls and I’m sure the old bar fridges are the originals from a few decades ago. Most importantly it had strong timber floors and adequate space to make the dance floor as large as we wished! The old style of the hall offered the starting point for the style of celebration we wanted to create.”

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The intimate nature of the wedding lent itself to the handmade touches the couple developed. Katie recalls “Most of the facts of the ceremony, reception and invitations were handmade. We even produced some of the desserts, selected our favorite foods from delis, spent a year collecting our favorite wines, designed our own clothes and arranged the flowers ourselves. Doing practically every little thing ourselves for the wedding wasn’t just an attempt to cut costs but largely to develop an occasion that was unique to us.”

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handmade wedding035 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

The couple had a loose schedule that fit the relaxed feel of their day. Katie says “As it got dark, everyone made their way inside the hall. Guests found their name on a seating board and had been instructed to grab a drink and find their tables. Due to the casual nature of the wedding, our friends and household helped themselves to the bar that we stocked complete of our favorite wines, beers, cider and soft drinks. As they arrived at their table, they were shocked with their custom name badges and were free to sit next to who ever they wish.”

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handmade wedding050 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

Even the guestbook has a individual touch. Katie remarks “Carrying on with the personalized theme of the wedding, I developed a rubber stamp of the vintage typewriter to be utilized on all stationary for the wedding. The actual typewriter was also used to develop all handcrafted menus, food labels for the finger food, dinner, desserts, wine lists, seating board and signage. Guests were invited to use the typewriter to type messages to the bride and groom during the reception at a writing desk set up with envelopes, flowers, a timber ‘thank you’ box hand crafted by Josh and custom stationary which read “Type us a message so we will remember this day when we are old and grey.”

I wore little pearl earrings given to me by my dad particularly for the wedding and Josh wore cufflinks produced of vintage typewriter keys in his initials provided to him by his new bride.”

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handmade wedding040 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

Katie remembers “After guests had settled into their table, Josh turned the music down and we created toasts to every single other and everybody for assisting us celebrate our wedding. Guests were then invited to take to the microphone for informal speeches, or ‘toasts’ as we described it. Following a handful of toasts and a lot of laughs, the music was turned back on and the food was brought out.

We hired a single chef to cook on the premisses and his two pals as waitstaff to provide each table with platters of barbecue roast meats, jugs of sauces and significant bowls of salads. We created the menu with the chef and preferred the food to be served by guests at their personal table. This meant that they could remain in their seats, handle their own portions and absolutely everyone ate at the identical time.”

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“Once all the tables were cleared of dinner, we dimmed the lights and introduced our own very first dance. Guests joined us and every person continued to dance the night away. We loved the informal structure of our reception. We set up the hall and planned the evening so that guests could sit back and loosen up without obtaining to be concerned with what was taking place subsequent. We wanted them to feel as comfy as attainable, even decking out the women’s bathroom with chairs and a little table of cosmetics and other beneficial goodies.”

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The initial dance went off with a hitch though that remains one particular of Katie’s fondest memories of the day. “Controlling nearly almost everything ourselves meant that Josh was in charge of dimming the lights and I was on the mic announcing that we were about to have our first dance. First the moment was hijacked by my new father in law, Josh’s dad, who invited each families to the stage for a spontaneous thirty minute speech. Right after it ended in a standing ovation Josh speedily retreated behind the curtain, accidentally turn off all the lights, leaving only the backlighting on behind the stage curtain. We did not plan this and sometimes it truly pays to test the lighting the night before!”

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“As I hit play on our chosen song, our first dance collectively as husband and wife began in the dark with Josh operating from backstage and my face nevertheless numb from laughing with our loved ones. It was crazy, unplanned and excellent. Plus the darkness turned out to be an added bonus at that moment as guests threw confetti and weren’t shy to join us on the dance floor.”

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handmade wedding048 Katie and Joshs Handmade Queensland Wedding

The evening ended with plenty of sweet treats, dancing and quiet, lovely moments. Katie explains “Before the catering staff left, they positioned a tiered stand of sweets onto each and every table. We opted for this rather than a formal cake cutting ceremony we knew that most guests would be on their feet by this time. It worked out fantastic as guests had a choice of bite sized desserts to decide on from, they were sharing amongst themselves and even trading their favorites with other tables.

Taking a break from dancing my new husband and I sat at our table alone, enjoying a tiny moment tasting every dessert collectively. The reception was casual, fun but not very classic, with Josh and I becoming the last men and women to leave the hall in the early hours of the morning.”

Congratulations Katie and Josh! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matt and Katie Photographers for sharing today’s photographs with us!

Photographer: Matt and Katie Photographers / Bride’s Dress: Silver Sixpence / Bride’s Reception Dress: Modcloth / Bride’s Shoes: Miz Mooz / Flowers: Handmade with flowers from Miller’s Fruit Barn Toowoomba / Ceremony Venue: Queens Park Botanical Gardens, Toowoomba / Reception Venue: Biddeston Hall, Biddeston / Groom’s Attire: BMV, Bespoke Tailors

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Photographer: Matt and Katie Photographers / Bride’s Dress: Silver Sixpence / Bride’s Reception Dress: Modcloth / Bride’s Shoes: Miz Mooz / Flowers: Handmade with flowers from Miller’s Fruit Barn Toowoomba / Ceremony Venue: Queens Park Botanical Gardens, Toowoomba / Reception Venue: Biddeston Hall, Biddeston / Groom’s Attire: BMV, Bespoke Tailors

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