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Top Three Reasons to Get Married on the Gold Coast
There are a million and one reasons why this beautiful part of Australia is a number one wedding destination. From overseas travellers’ right through to local love, the Gold Coast inspires such a diverse range of lovers with the amazing traits it holds within its heart. There is nothing I love more than capturing each wedding story with a unique flare, and although that means I am able to travel the globe to extraordinary cultures and sceneries, there are so many places within this location that can allow you to feel a part of something so unique - like they say, there’s no place like home! So, let me fill you in on a few reasons why the Gold Coast is the perfect place to tie the knot!
Oh, the Land and Sea
From the golden tones of the sandy shores right through to the intricate detail of the tree lined rainforests, the Gold Coast has the most diverse range of landscapes set for your wedding day! Within thirty minutes you can be set on the sandy shores for a balmy night of fun or escaping into the glorious hinterland with the fresh countryside air and scenery to just as beautiful as your love.
You are honestly spoilt for choice, what more can I say? The Gold Coast has some of the world’s finest vendors on its radar. Each venue is so unique allowing you to stay true to your style while adding splashes of your unique character through your endless choices of live music, styling and most importantly, your FOOD! Don’t be afraid to get fancy, trial run a few things to find exactly what you’re after, and most importantly meet with your vendors to make sure you guys are a perfect fit!
No one could ever say no to attend such a blissful day for you and your partner, nor could they turn down the opportunity to have a little getaway themselves! The Gold Coast is the perfect place for your guests to indulge before and after your celebration and truly make the most of their time in the sunshine state. With white sandy beaches, theme parks galore and mountains as far as the eye can see, this gem within Australia really offers a little piece of paradise for an holiday maker.
Do’s and Don’ts when preparing Your Wedding
When you start to prepare for your wedding day there are so many things that come to mind that even beginning the beginning of the list seems unachievable. We have put together a few little tips to help you ease into that wedding mode and prepare you for preparing your wedding day (cause that is totally a thing!)
Do set out some time to chat with your partner. Decide on some of the key features of your day and designate a few jobs around to take ease the workload.
Don’t give in to the things that you don’t love. There is nothing worse than feeling a little bridal pressure from friends and family; choose the characteristics that represent you – just cause cousin Katie had a DJ from weneedadj.com doesn’t mean you must too! This is YOUR wedding, a representation of YOUR relationship.
Do decide if you prefer a cocktail, sit-down or buffet style of reception; this can play a huge role in choosing your venues, scrumptious food and styling!
Do remember to start looking and booking your vendors. Venues and photographers book incredibly quickly, some up to 18 months in advance! So, put your feelers out for your date and lock your favourites in and work the rest around that.
Don’t forget to visit these incredible places! Taste the cake, take a walk through the venue (multiple times) and quadruple check that champagne. Planning your wedding should be some of your best days, many people forget to enjoy the lead up just as much as the day.
Do consider a backup plan if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Sometimes, well, all the time, we can’t predict the weather that far in advance so chat with your vendors for a wet weather option – just in case!
Don’t get caught up on the little things. While these still play a special part in your day, if you feel you’re getting side tacked deciding on what size font you want your table numbers, sit down, revaluate and focus on the things that will truly mean something to you on the day.
Don’t forget to meet with your photographer and lock in a date for your engagement shoot. This will not only allow you to get to know your photographer, but if there are any camera-shy participants they will be totally comfortable on the day knowing that they don’t have to do the usual stand, smile and say ‘cheese’.
Do choose your traditions and run with them. Every wedding is so unique, fill yours with personal or cultural traditions that you will remember forever; and if you don’t have any to instil, that’s just as amazing and hey, a whole new tradition in its self!
Don’t forget to take out a few moments of your day for yourself. Sit back together and take it all in. Relish in those moments of bliss and remember that everyone surrounding is there to celebrate YOU and YOUR love!
Do I Really Need To Pose?
Capturing images that represent your wedding day is so much more than your standard ‘look into each other’s eyes on the count of three and smile’. There are so many couples, and I am talking a good 90%, that fear their wedding photos; ‘I’m not very photogenic, I never look good in photos, this is going to be so awkward, are you going to tell us how to pose?’. Well let’s cut to the chase and let me tell you why not posing is the best thing you could possibly do!
This day is a celebration of love, so all you need to focus is exactly that; from the morning mimosa and round of golf, right through to those first few moments as husband and wife, I am there to bring these to life, there is no need for me to tell you how to pose, nor do you need to, your natural love will flow and shine - and that’s exactly what I am after.
I want you to look back on these photos in all the years to come and see those laugh out loud moments, the unseen tears and the hidden little whispers between yourselves as you stroll hand in hand through your chosen location and just enjoying each other’s presence. If you want to cry, cry, if you want to skip back down the aisle through the colourful confetti, then go right ahead and do that too! These are the captures that will truly represent your love, free from all fear of awkwardness and just beaming with the elements of you. You will be pleasantly surprised on just how special and perfectly angled these become without any posing or modelling instructions from myself or any other random posing blog you might have scuffled across – you guys just be you and leave the rest to me, it’s the part I love the most.
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