Leah and Gerard
I am in adore with nowadays’s wedding- it captures almost everything I enjoy about Australian weddings! The lovely landscape, the laid back friendly nature, the faces of a ‘cracking up’ bride and groom and the flowers- oh there are gorgeous Australian natives!
Leah and Gerard kept their wedding eco-friendly and intimate to preserve in line with how they assume about the planet. Leah says” We loved being true to our values of safeguarding the environment where attainable, this element was very crucial to us. We wanted to show our guests that you can have a great wedding while becoming sensitive to the atmosphere.
A single of the greatest decisions we produced was to have a little, intimate wedding. By having only 35 guests it meant we could easily spend good quality time with all our guests and actually unwind and take pleasure in each and every moment of the day…which we did!”
Leah and Gerard met “At The Troubadour, Fortitude Valley. We met on one of the third anniversary’s of September 11 (2004)”
Photographs nowadays are by Todd Hunter McGaw- who I can really only describe as rad! Each pictures has such a radtastic relaxed really feel to it- the feeling of the wedding shines beautifully through their captures.
Leah wore a strapless gown from the Wendy Makin Bella Donna collection. Her bouquet and hairpiece of Australian natives was developed by Mondo Floral Designs.
Leah and Gerard were married at Halfmoon Hideaway. Leah says “Halfmoon Hideaway is set on an organic beef farm with stunning views of the Glasshouse Mountains. We were married beneath an wonderful old Moreton Bay fig tree located on the home set beside a lake.”
Leah walked down the “aisle” with her father to “Be Mine” by David Gray.
The couple were married by Val Downes. The groom’s (Gerard) younger brother (Lachlan) study a passage from the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Gerard gave this book to Leah a handful of weeks right after they initial met- a sentimental touch!
Getting these closest to them present is one particular of Leah’s favourite memories. “The most particular point of all was possessing a really choose group of folks that actually mean a lot to us collectively in a single place and to see the enjoyment on their faces all through the day – we have some wonderful memories from that day…there was a lot of love in the room!!”
Leah and Gerard loved the place of their wedding. Leah says ” It was gorgeous location that speaks for itself. Not only was the place magic but Gillian from Halfmoon Hideaway could not have been much more valuable and versatile to ensure the day was precisely how we had hoped. We did nothing to the setting other than place chairs at the reception and a few hay bales around the spot, other than that nature did the work! We had been so fortunate to have a crystal clear day where you could see as far south as Brisbane.”
A modest cottage on the Halfmoon Hideaway grounds was the ideal place for Leah and Gerard’s reception. Leah says “There is a modest self-contained cottage on the farm which is where we held the reception – this space was ideal for our modest wedding size of 35 guests.” In lieu of wedding presents, the couple asked guests to carbon offset their travel to the wedding.
Leah and Gerard worked tough to make sure the food and wine at their wedding fit with their own personal culture. Leah recalls “We personally researched (ie tasted!) all the wine and beer ourselves to make sure it was the best organic/ bio-dynamic wine and beer on offer you. In reality, a lot of of our guests claimed they did not have sore heads the subsequent day, proclaiming ‘it’s the organic!’” Little Cakes made a chocolate wedding cake covered in fresh raspberries.
Leah explains how they carried the eco-friendly nature by means of the rest of their wedding “The majority of the food at the wedding was sourced from regional farmers by way of an organisation called Food Connect. We get our weekly fruit and veg box from them as well and their generate is often super fresh and extremely tasty!
All the wine and one particular of the beers were either organic or biodynamic. So apart from them getting great tasting, that implies the farmers use organic farming strategies to enhance soil fertility and to preserve their crops healthful as an alternative of introducing synthetic herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers into the atmosphere.
Our caterers (Swish Catering) used recyclable bamboo plates for the cocktail reception and sourced organic meat and nearby seafood exactly where achievable (in addition to using organic fruit and vegetables). They also sourced the ice cream for the wedding cake from the regional Maleny Colin James ice creamery.”
For their initial dance, Leah & Gerard danced to “Sail Away” by David Gray on the balcony of the cottage.
A huge thank you to Leah and Gerard for sharing their wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to Todd Hunter McGaw (and Alyda!) for sharing right now’s photographs!
Images by Todd Hunter McGaw
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