I just love when a romantic wedding is so dreamy and breathtaking, it makes you want to step into the photos and become part of the gorgeous love-filled atmosphere. So when Brett and Kristie from NGG Studios shared this amazing 70’s inspired beach wedding, complete with a stunning bohemian bride, breathtaking native bouquets, flowing neutral-toned dresses and cute Combi vans, I was over the moon. I totally adore the couple, I totally adore the Broadbeach location, and I have to confess, I’m absolutely besotted with NGG Studios photography – incredible! It’s relaxed boho chic at it’s best people….and on the beach no less!
Gorgeous bride Brodie shares the details:
Natural with a sort of a 70’s bohemian style. We aren’t traditional and wanted the feel of the wedding to reflect us.
I wanted a budget of $10,000 (we don’t have a lot of money and were going on a honeymoon to Europe); however, Trent didn’t like the idea of a budget as he figured it was hard to put a limit on something. I think we totalled close to $15,000. So I was happy with that.
I like everything natural and in neutral colours. The only colours we used were in the flowers. We did however choose a sandy yellow coloured table runner.
Ceremony & Reception
Trent and I both love the beach, plus Trent surfs, so it was a definite to be on the beach. We also wanted the location close to home and the ceremony within easy walking distance to the reception for our older family guests. Our ceremony was on the beach in front of the Broadbeach Surf Club and the reception in the Broadbeach Surf Club.
A Lisa Brown in champagne coloured silk – very plain and elegant. I work as a flight attendant – and when overnight in Sydney – stumbled upon the dress in a little shop on Oxford St, Paddington. After many phone calls I decided to get it. It was only $595 and I took it home in a small brown paper bag (my flight crew couldn’t believe it!).
To make the dress more special, Trent’s mum (Dorothy) added pearls and lace from my Great Aunt’s wedding dress. My grandparents are dead, so I really wanted to wear something from them that was special to me. Dorothy also made my veil from my great Aunt’s lace and my Grandma’s pearls. I also wore my other Grandma’s ring. I borrowed Trent’s Nan’s cameo for my dress and wore her cameo bracelet to match. I also turned her pearl necklace into a headband (this also matched my pearl engagement ring). We wore beaded foot jewellery on the beach for the ceremony, then put on heels for the reception.
The bridesmaids had native bouquets and my bouquet was a King Protea.
I had so much trouble finding bridesmaids dresses due to the fact that I was wearing a standard dress, I wanted neutral colours, and my Maid of Honour was 8 months pregnant! So it was difficult to get them to match. Finally, I found one I liked in a shop, and then purchased them online for half price.
Trent bought his and the groomsmen outfits from Country Road before I purchased my dress. This was good but then I had to make sure we all matched.
Decorations & Flowers
We decorated the venue ourselves. The venue supplied the tables, chairs, tablecloths, candles, a fairy light backdrop and the table runners. We loved the idea of bottles filled with flowers, and I also love doilies, so these were used for the table decorations. Trent collected bottles from his work leading up to the wedding.
Trent’s mum (who is this amazingly creative) along with a little help from Trent made our wedding cake! It had a dark chocolate bottom layer, caramel chocolate centre and a white chocolate on top layer. It looked incredible and handmade flowers to match those used in the bridal party.
DIY & Personalized Details
Most of our wedding was DIY. Trent is a chef at a Spanish tapas bar so he really wanted to do the food. This meant a very busy 3 days before the wedding, but it turned out amazing! Everything was delicious! We had a cocktail style reception with beautiful spanish tapas and a wooded board full of jamon (spanish ham), cheeses, breads and pate’. For dessert, we had churros and a chocolate fountain, as well as the wedding cake. My friends from college work in catering, so they worked as our waitresses and chef on the night – which was perfect!
Also, Trent’s mum also made the flowergirl dresses, helped me make the brooches for the bridesmaids dresses, and even made our foot jewellery! The combie vans we arrived in, were a wedding gift from my brother and his wife.
Finding time. I work full time and study part time, Trent also works full time, so we are both so busy. There just wasn’t enough hours in the day to plan a wedding!
I couldn’t say anything particular the whole day was like a dream come true, so many fun things and the excitement of the ceremony and arriving, I was just so excited and happy the whole day. We both were.
Any Advice To Other Couples
Hmmm….. Just enjoy it and do what you want. Keep to your own style and don’t listen to everyone else. Take what others say on board (you can get good tips and advice), but it’s your day in the end. Plus don’t let little things bother you or stress you out. You won’t care when the day comes and no-one else will notice little things..
Thank you Brodie and Trent for sharing with us your dreamy beach wedding
Photography: NGG Studios / Ceremony: Broadbeach Queensland / Reception: Broadbeach Surf Club, Gold Coast Australia