Sue Reilly Photography, who specialises in dramatic, colourful and creative wedding photography, captured this fabulous couple’s wedding at Macarthur Park, Alexandra Hills.
The wedding was a marriage of whimsy and romance, traditional and non-traditional, with a touch of Dr Who as a unifying element.
The day started with bridal prep at the elegant Pacific Resort, Cleveland. The bride started the mix of traditional and non-traditional right here. Her dress was a beautiful traditional wedding dress, matched with converse sneakers. She personalised her wedding with strong family elements. Attached to her bouquet was a picture of her great-grandmother and her grandfather’s naval whistle.
Another beautiful touch was the arrangement of a “first look” for her father. Melanie was the first daughter to be married in the family and she wanted to surprise her father in her wedding dress. He was waiting outside and came in, to see her walking down the stairs. He was amazed and delighted!
From the Pacific Resort, we travelled to the Marcathur Park Wedding Chapel and Gardens. This beautiful, compact, relaxed and tree-filled Gardens is a hidden gem in Alexandra Hills. The couple had a morning wedding – which was just perfect for Winter. The Gardens have two wedding locations: a lakeside area and a Chapel. This wedding was held by the water, taking full advantage of the Winter sun. For another example of a beautiful morning wedding a woodland setting, check out this blog entry.
The bride was a fan of Dr Who and several elements reflecting this interest were included in the wedding. The wedding celebrant, Robyn Cole, had a special Dr Who pen (a cleverly disguised sonic screw-driver) and the wedding vows included some Dr Who elements. There was a small hitch in the wedding proceedings when the bride struggled to place the wedding ring on the groom’s finger. But love, and determination, triumphed and the wedding proceeded as planned.
We took full advantage of the varied locations at Macarthur Park for location photos. The Gardens offer a beautiful mix of conveniently located lake views (with fountain), a chapel, treed glades and rustic country elements.
From the Gardens, we travelled to the nearby Redlands RSL club for a reception lunch. The Reception opened straight way with the bridal waltz, a beautifully choreographed dance which had the couple’s guests spell-bound. The reception was was DJ’d by the fabulous Dennis Geraghty (who both performs and DJ’s) from Music For You Brisbane. The dance was shortly followed by the cake-cutting, whereupon we left the couple to enjoy the rest of the very bountiful reception with their guests.