wedding date 12 november 2021
venue kooroomba lavender farm

Verity + Josh were together for four years with the first year of our relationship being long distance with Verity in Toowoomba and Josh in Gladstone. "The long distance was almost a deal breaker at the start (more so for me - The Bride) but we realised there was something between us that just clicked and it was like we had known each other for years. It was enough to make the long drives and many flights worth it with some weekends that year spent meeting halfway at Rainbow Beach." Verity moved to Gladstone in 2019 and we got engaged the first weekend after that extended lockdown in June 2020 when we returned to Rainbow Beach for a weekend. Josh proposed at sunset on the dunes at Carlo Sand Blow. Because of all of the uncertainty with Covid, we waited over 6 months before seriously beginning wedding planning and we booked our venue in early 2021.

Our wedding theme was made up of timber flower boxes of pink, white and toffee roses and pops of blue delphinium and floating candles. I loved having both my parents walk me down the aisle to Josh, that was very special. Also, having the people closest to us in one place to celebrate our love was also such a unique feeling I can not explain.

The Groom's fave moment was seeing Verity arrive through the chapel doors.

I clasped a precious Pearl brooch that was worn by my late grandmother and also my mother and aunts on their wedding days where I held my bridal bouquet.

We wrote our own vows so our ceremony reflected us as a couple which was really important to us. Even though a large part of weddings is emotional, I think the speeches were the most emotional for us. There was something about having our parents and bridal party speak from the heart about us as individuals and as a couple. 

We tried to add personal touches on the day, my dad made timber boxes for the flower arrangements and both my parents walked me down the aisle. The reception tables were named after our favourite places. We didn't have a big bridal party but included special people in other ways such as -Verity's high school friend saying a poem & Josh's sister reading a blessing during our ceremony. We didn't want a bridal table because we wanted to feel like we were at a big family dinner and not separate to everyone else and instead sat at a table with other guests as well as our bridal party. 

I think it helped to encourage mingling and meant people came and chatted with us during the reception more than if we were on a separate bridal table without spare chairs around us. We arranged a timber board with photos a hanging of our grandparents and parents who if we added it up have had hundreds of happy years of marriage between them.

advice. Take some time out alone with your new husband or wife at some point after the ceremony to just to step back and take it all in together. After some dancing later in the night, we went back down to the chapel with our photographer who wanted to get a night photo and it was just five or ten minutes that we could be together and have that "pinch ourselves" moment. The other thing I would recommend is to work out your priorities as a couple and don't compromise on those things and it helps to plan if you know what is priority.

Our standout vendors were (and a reason why!) 
Kooroomba Lavender Farm - Everything we had hoped for. Such a beautiful spot with amazing food! Kate Dawes Flower Design - Kate is incredibly talented! 
Jessica Turich (Photographer) - I love her style of photography! 
Glam Hair by Tamara - Adaptable and works well under pressure! 
Tyneale Hahn Makeup Artist - Very talented and great with colours! 

more vendor love.
bridal gown @grace_loves_lace
hair pieces @littlepearlco
groom + grooomsmen attire @manaboutmackay
cake Cakes by Renee