REAL WEDDING – Steph & Dave – 13th November 2021

Very little can shake a pandemic bride. Once you’ve grappled with border closures, restrictions on guest numbers and the not insignificant dilemma of how to keep your loved ones safe from a virus on the happiest day of your life, just having your wedding go ahead feels like a win.
Rain? No worries, we’ll just go undercover. Strong winds? Throw that hair up and reapply the lippy. Important guests can’t make it? That’s a shame but we’ll get together soon to celebrate. Wardrobe malfunction on the big day? Bobby pins and elastic bands can do a lot. Fire? Give me the me extinguisher, I’ve got a ceremony to get to… you get the idea.


Classic nautical/navy, bright blooms and fairy lights.

Photo by Nina Maree


Our wedding planning started out somewhat unconventionally, so perhaps it was only fitting that the path to our dream day was also unique.
In 2019, my now-husband Dave and I had been together for six years and we’d agreed we’d like to get married eventually. Although no longer living on the Fraser Coast, it was where we had met, grown-up and spent most of our lives, so it seemed fitting to get married there.

In our search for a venue (mind you, we weren’t actually engaged at this stage) we stopped in for a coffee at Aquavue and had a chat with the lovely team about what we wanted in a wedding. Aquavue were extremely flexible and really keen to meet our needs, not to mention in a
stunning location with delicious food, so that’s that we thought. Reception venue sorted. We chatted to a few more vendors, locked them in and suddenly we were planning a wedding. And technically, not yet engaged.

Fast forward to early 2020 and suddenly the world was turned upside down by COVID-19. We made the early decision to postpone our late 2020 wedding and move our date to August 2021. It was with great relief that all of our wonderful vendors were available for our new date and exceptionally understanding of the situation. This also gave Dave the time he needed to propose. Which he did when we were standing
by the stunning Lake Baroon in Montville – somehow still managing to surprise me despite already knowing we had committed to getting married.

In late July and August 2021 South East Queensland again locked down due to COVID-19. Our local government area and those of many of our guests included. So once again, out of an abundance of care and caution, we moved our wedding date. This time was march harder. There were only a few weeks to go and we anguished over what the right thing to do was. November 13, 2021 was to become our third wedding date – and once again our vendors were very understanding (and helpful – Lauren from Aquavue even contacted our event
stylist for us to postpone). Third time really was a charm in our case!

Now for the lovely part. Our wedding – without a doubt the most joy-filled, belly laugh inducing and ridiculously beautiful days of our lives.
It was the kind of day brides and grooms dream of. Warm weather and a lovely breeze following days of intense rain, topped off by a cracker sunset over the beach at our reception. My brother was in Western Australia but managed to make it (in what turned out to be a very small open border window!), along with guests from the Northern Territory and throughout Queensland. What a treat to all be together again.

Photo by Nina Maree


Just the atmosphere of the day. Having everyone you love in one place, celebrating you and your favourite person… there’s no better feeling.


This isn’t a very serious regret but… I wish I’d eaten more food at our reception! What I did eat was so delicious, but I was busy talking to all our guests that I barely ate anything. Set time aside to enjoy the beautiful food at your wedding.


Not having a bridal party. We are lucky enough to have so many special people in our lives that choosing just a few for a bridal party didn’t appeal to us. We asked my sister and one of Dave’s oldest friend’s (who was there when Dave and I met) to stand by our side and be our witnesses but that was it. They chose what they wore, and we sat amongst all of our guests at our reception.

Photo by Nina Maree


Do a first-look! As much as I love wedding traditions…I don’t believe in the superstition surrounding seeing your partner on your wedding day. The moments I spent with my now husband – just us – before our ceremony are some of the most special of my life. It was incredibly intimate and the only time we had alone on our big day. It really reduced our nerves and gave our videographer and photographer some sensational opportunities to capture precious moments. Having photos prior also meant we got to the reception much sooner. We had no intention of missing our own party.


Steph’s Dress Wilderly Bride from Ferrari Bridal Maroochydore | Dave’s Suit YD Maroochydore | Ceremony Location Bush Chapel, Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens | Ceremony and Reception Styling The Prop People | Confetti Confetti & T | Celebrant Lauretta Wright Celebrant | Reception Venue Aquavue Cafe Restaurant | Cake Selina’s Cakes | Cookies Confetti Whip | Florist Hey Posy | Transport Special Buick Weddings | Photographer Nina Maree | Videographer Sunshine Coast Videography | Hair Stephanie Partridge Hair Stylist | Makeup Amanda Gear Makeup and Brow Artistry

All responses have been provided to us by the couple and is a direct reflection of their experience.

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