We are thrilled today to bring you Kelly and Chris’ Mackay wedding! Although Kelly is one of the most glamorous brides we’ve featured on CQW we love her sensible approach to wedding planning – finding her dream dress second-hand to keep the budget realistic and not feeling pressured to incorporate some traditional aspects of a wedding that really just didn’t suit her and Chris as a couple. Big hugs to Khara from House of Lucie Creative for sharing these stunning photos with us!
How did you both meet? Tell us your love story.
We met when we were 16, in a farm shed that friends and I dropped in on. I had moved up fresh from the Gold Coast and Chris had just finished cutting cane all day. We had a little dance together when the lights cut out and he stole a kiss.
Tell us all about the proposal!
Chris proposed to me after an afternoon picnic with our son (4) and friends down at Cape Palmerston Beach. Our son had caught a crab so we stopped to let him go before we left the beach. As I turned to walk back to the car, he was standing there with a box in his hand.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
My dress was actually purchased second hand. I fell in love with it from the moment I saw it from the designer’s Instagram page but it was out of my budget. I did purchase another dress first, but when I saw this one for sale closer to my budget, I HAD to go for it.
Why did you decide to have your wedding in Central Queensland and why are you glad you did?
This area is our home and both our immediate families live here. Getting married anywhere else didn’t really cross our minds. It was lovely for the three of us to return home to our new house after one of the most special days in our lives. I read our son his bedtime stories at midnight while still wearing my wearing dress.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in planning your wedding in Central Queensland? I didn’t find I had too many obstacles that any other bride wouldn’t have – mainly just finding both a ceremony and reception location that blended well with our relaxed style that also accommodated all our guests comfortably.
Our favourite moment of the wedding was:
Definitely seeing each other down the aisle. We both felt really calm and relaxed all day, but that is the moment the flutters set in.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?
As soon as we started writing our guest list, we knew it wasn’t going to be a small wedding. We had about 130 guests attend.
If you feel comfortable sharing what budget did your wedding fall into:
Our total spend fell in the middle of the $15,000 – $20,000 ballpark.
Did you write your own vows?
We kind of did. Our celebrant gave us a list of vows. We chose the ‘formal’ vows ourselves, our celebrant added in some funny vows about each of us and then we each added a paragraph from our hearts that was a surprise for each other on the day.
What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
My best bit of advice is to stay true to what you really want and not get caught up in what you ‘think’ you need to have in your wedding if you don’t want it. We left a lot of decorations/formalities out because it just wasn’t for us. For example, I opted for no aisle decorations, no chair or table sashes and I didn’t have a garter or do a bouquet toss.
The only moments I started to feel stressed was when I was thinking I needed to do all these extra things that weren’t really our plan.
Suppliers: Photographer: House of Lucie | Wedding Dress: Babushka Ballerina | Alterations: Anna Dutton Couture | Ceremony Location: Greenmount Homestead, Walkerston | Reception Location: Bob Wood Hall, Sarina | Celebrant: Cameron Owens | Florist: Florrific Flowers |
Cake: Cakeaholics | Caterer: Chef Express | Decorator: Devereaux Designs | Hair: Completehair ByBec | Makeup: Blush It