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We love it when fans model their weddings after the latest craze, but it’s definitely easy to go overboard. Jessica and Chris were able to incorporate details from several of their favorite things, from Twilight to James Bond, into their own special day in a beautiful, unique, and elegantly understated way. Captured by the endlessly talented Vincent Lie Phtgrphy.


In Jessica’s words, “We had red rose petals, garden theme, a Harpist playing Twilight music. It was a great little touch that only a few people closest to me picked up on!”

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Jess, stunning in a pearl headpiece and dress from Essence of Australia (the first and only dress she tried on), loved the “vintage lace style, long train and keyhole back.” 

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Upon choosing a venue, The Shafston House in Queensland was the first place they looked, and knew straight away. Located on the Brisbane river with both a large historical house as well as a beautiful courtyard, Jess and Chris could not have asked for a better location. “[It] has an old cannon with the Australian Flags which was a touch my husband loved.”






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With a laid-back seating structure and grazing-style bar: “ We wanted it to be more relaxed and encourage everyone to mingle instead of sitting at tables only talking with those they were seated next to. This is why we only had 8 small tables on the outskirts of the courtyard. Everyone mingled amongst each other well in the courtyard and around the grazing station!”


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Jessica and Chris’s three wedding tips:

Concentrate on the most important things first like the venue, food and celebrant. These are the things you and your guests will remember.

Don’t fuss over the small things, and think do you need those? All the extra little things you worry about cost you money and add extra stress to your day!

Keep your budget in mind and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Just because things have always been done a certain way doesn’t mean it is the best way to do it for your day.



A huge thanks to Jess and Chris for sharing their special day with us and to all the vendors who helped bring their day together:

Ceremony & reception venue: Shafston House

Photography: Vincent Lie Phtgrphy 

Catering: Fresh Events

Florist: French Flowers

Celebrant: Sarah May Alexander


Music: Sally Beaumont (harpist), The Hansen Trio (violin and piano)