Getting to be a part of Matt & Ashleigh’s wedding journey has been an amazing experience… of course, documenting their Brisbane Mirra Wedding Day was the cherry on top but honestly, I’ve seriously loved every part of getting to know them. From the initial emails saying hi, to our coffee dates before they had even locked in a venue, to watching them build their dream house and plan their wedding together – it’s all been such a joy to witness.
On one of those coffee dates, I asked Ash to tell me how Matt proposed… she shared with me that it had been on their 7th anniversary but was a total surprise after a very stressful week at work. She woke that morning to Matt handing her a card that outlined the plan for the day, which included a night away in Noosa and a picnic on the river. Exactly what Ash felt she needed to relax & unwind! After a lovely day, they started to walk down to the river for a picnic – as they rounded the corner Ash spotted a magical little teepee setup overlooking the river, with a picnic basket and a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for them. They settled in, enjoying the food and quality time together. As it got closer to sunset Matt became fixated on the height of the teepee, which Ash thought was quite strange. Matt didn’t seem to think it was tall enough for her to stand up in and challenged her to prove him wrong… being the stubborn girl she is, Ash quickly jumped to her feet. But as she stood up, Matt got on one knee and pulled out a ring box. He said some beautiful things to her that afternoon – and after saying the word Matt had been waiting to hear, YES – they popped the Moet and spent the rest of the evening grinning from ear to ear. The perfect proposal for the perfect couple I think…
Fast forward to last Saturday and these two became husband & wife here in Brisbane… spending their first day as a married couple surrounded by their closest friends & family. Matt & Ash, it was such an honour to be a part of your Wedding Day – but also your entire wedding journey! Thank you for being the amazing couple that you are. I hope you’re having the very best honeymoon in Bali and I cannot wait to hear all about it when you return! Lots of love, K xx
Here’s a glimpse into their stunning Brisbane Wedding Day story:
BRISBANE WEDDING PREP VENUE: OAKS 212 MARGARET, BRISBANE
When I arrived to Oaks Serviced Apartments, I was greeted by Ashleigh and her gorgeous 4 bridesmaids – Amber, Abby, Lara, Jennifer & her lovely mum! There was not a cloud in the sky for what was shaping up to be a beautiful day to get married… I started photographing all of her details while the finishing touches were done by the hair & makeup artists. There was music playing, lots of singing & giggling – exactly how the morning should look & feel I think!
After some photos in their robes with a glass of bubbles, it was time for Ash’s mum & sister to help her get dressed into her wedding gown…
…and then Ash got to show the other bridesmaids! You should have heard the excited squeals as she came down those stairs! I just love these moments!
BRISBANE WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE: ISEE CHURCH, SOUTH BRISBANE
Matt & Ash had decided to have a 3pm Ceremony, which is just perfect in Spring & Summer when the sun sets that little bit later… this little chapel in South Brisbane made for the perfect backdrop for the official part of their Wedding Day! Being a teacher, Ash had kids from her class carry candles to start the Ceremony, followed by the bridesmaids and of course, her entrance down the aisle. It was the sweetest touch to their Ceremony!
Introducing Mr & Mrs Parkinson…
After a lovely Ceremony, it was time for some photos with the newlyweds & their bridal party! We were able to use some gorgeous late afternoon light in a nearby park we had scouted early that morning… Gosh, these two made our job SO easy, I still pinch myself that I get to call this ‘work’!
We had so much fun with their bridal party too – I adore seeing all the love that surrounds my JFL couples, they have the best people in their lives!
BRISBANE WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE: MIRRA PRIVATE DINING & EVENTS
As the sun started to set, it was time to make our way back to Mirra for their Wedding Reception…
Matt & Ash enjoyed some lovely speeches, a cake cutting, first dance… followed by some pretty impressive dancefloor antics by their friends & family! I do love a pumping dancefloor!
Before we left, we stole the newlyweds for a quick night photo! A huge thanks to the staff at Mirra for allowing us to use some orange smoke… I know we almost smoked out their kitchen! But I hope they agree, it was well worth it! Congratulations again you guys – here’s to an amazing future together as husband & wife!
A huge thanks to the following vendors for making Matt & Ash’s Wedding Day as incredible as it was:
Ceremony Venue: ISEE Church, South Brisbane | Reception Venue: Mirra Wedding Venue, Fortitude Valley | Celebrant: Ceremonies by Sabina | Florals: Bits & Buds | Wedding Arch: AV Ideas | Wedding Dress: When Freddie Met Lilly | Groom’s Suit: Hallenstein Brothers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New | Makeup Artist: Sugar Mobile Makeup | Cake: Delish Cakes By Tracey | Videography: Mi Amore Weddings | Invitation Suite: EJR Designs
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