Jess & Jim – Palmer Colonial Wedding



How we met

Jim had been playing cricket for a local club for a few years, and helping out around the club itself. Jess occasionally worked in the canteen preparing food for weekend game day. Through mutual friends and gatherings, we gradually saw more of each other and over time grew closer. Our shared interests had us seeking each other’s company more and more to enjoy the fun times together.

The Proposal

After designing and having an engagement ring made, I decided that I would propose whilst overseas, we were off to Singapore and Thailand for our first big holiday.

Throughout the holiday Jess had been very conscious about storing excess currency and our documents in the hotel safe everywhere we went, not knowing her ring lived in either my pocket or backpack through customs scanners, crowded public transport and even as we walked through markets for a week. Part of our trip would see us arriving at one of our hotels late afternoon. I thought there couldn’t be a more romantic backdrop to the proposal than one of the world’s most spectacular beaches at sunset.

A quiet afternoon stroll down to the beach saw Jess firstly comment on the hazy sky that was hiding the sunset over the water. The next comment was about the  coarse sand not being what she had imagined, and the scene I had played over in my head a thousand times, began  to unravel.

So onto plan B, although of course I had no plan B. That evening saw us in our private indoor/outdoor spa. Glimpses of stars, surrounded by sandstone, rain-forest plants, steam, bubbles and candles. Having a drink and relaxing for the first time on our holiday, the moment was impromptu, but perfect. I did my best to kneel in the spa, but in the end, after a few hiccups, Jess accepted with a smile and a tear.

Wedding Stationery: My sister loves wedding stationary so of course we were going to make everything ourselves. Sarbe in Southport was good to deal with when it came to getting some of our supplies and a few ideas.

Wedding Ceremony Venue: We held our ceremony out at The Boomerang Farm in Mudgeeraba. It is a wonderful little hidden treasure and was perfect for us. The “outdoor chapel” overlooking the creek and old Miners huts in the tree top was picturesque.

Wedding Celebrant: Our celebrant was Candy Barta. She is a lovely lady that loves her job. She worked with us to customise a memorable ceremony with a couple of little secret touches.

Wedding Reception Venue: We held our Reception at The Colonial (now Palmer Colonial) in Robina. The girls were great to deal with leading up to and on the day. The attention to detail and arranging our special items made our day a lot less stressful. We had 55 guests and the room was perfect for us. We opted for the buffet menu and the food was delicious.

Wedding Styling: Our style of wedding evolved once I bought my dress and I would say that our style ended up having a touch of vintage splashed around.

Wedding Flowers: My gorgeous bouquets and the men’s button holes were from Flowers with Style. After meeting with the girls we left the design of the bouquets to them and I could not have been happier with the results. Honeymoon roses, white Singapore orchids and lisianthus with our touch of bling was absolutely perfect.

Wedding Cake: For something a little different we did not have a cake. Instead we opted to have a large double chocolate fountain from Fountains for Functions. This was a big hit with our guests and suited us perfectly as chocolate lovers.

Bridal Gown: My amazing white, lace and beaded dress was from Jonathan’s Bridal. The moment I put on the dress I knew it was the one (although I didn’t want to try it on at first but the rule for wedding dress shopping is you must try everything on no matter what). The girls were a pleasure to deal with from the first moment we walked into the store.

Groom and Groomsmen Suits: As we didn’t want jackets and were chasing a less formal look, we decided to buy. Everything was purchased from Ed Harry and was exactly what Jim was looking for.

Wedding Shoes and Accessories: After long days searching for my wedding shoes I finally found them at Joanne Mercer. My hair accessory was from Lovisa and my earrings from Herz Design.

Wedding Hair and Makeup: On my wedding day how could I not have my amazing hairdresser Katie from Minx Hair do mine and the girl’s hair. My hair was a secret to pretty much everyone and it turned out flawlessly. The comments I received were a true testament to Katie and suited me and my dress perfectly.  We also had the fantastic Nicole Jensen from She Styl’n do our makeup. They both were great and brought lots of extra smiles to the morning.

Wedding Transport: Ken from Kenz Classic cars supplied us with the Black 1930’s Dodge. This worked very well with our touch of vintage style and the boys got some amazing shots with the car too.

Wedding PhotographyPhotographic Art were FANTASTIC! We could not have been happier with our choice. Their fun and happy approach to the day made it very easy and enjoyable. Their eye for detail was impeccable and left us with many many amazing shots. We can’t stress enough how impressed our whole wedding party was with the laid back attitude you guys brought to our day whilst working in a very professional and efficient manner. They made everyone involved in our photos feel very relaxed and comfortable. You both also threw in a fun factor at times when it was needed to bring levity to the afternoon. We cannot thank you guys enough for capturing our amazing day!!!

Honeymoon: After the wedding we headed up to Secrets on the Lake in Montville for 4 truly amazing nights. We stayed in a tree house cabin secluded from everyone. This is exactly what we needed after the lead up to the wedding.

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