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I always knew that my JFL bride Ivana was tough – I mean, paramedics have to be right… but I couldn’t believe it when she told me a couple days before the wedding that she had just gotten out of surgery getting her appendix out – her appendix had almost burst! Honestly, there is no stopping this woman and what she can handle. Despite having surgery a few days before, Rhys & Ivana’s wedding day was P.E.R.F.E.C.T. They enjoyed the most beautiful weather, an intimate ceremony and celebrated with their friends & family long into the night!

Here’s a glimpse into their colourful Hillstone St Lucia wedding:

Colourful Bride & Groom Photos at Hillstone St Lucia

Ivana & her girls got ready in one of my favourite hotels here in Brisbane. the Alex Perry. It is just perfect, with it’s beautiful bright white walls (I do really love the dark feature wall too for something different!) I have to admit, between her jewellery, shoes & stunning bridal gown… I was pretty much in bridal detail heaven!

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As the morning faded into lunchtime, it was time for Ivana to get dressed… this is when it all starts to feel pretty real! How beautiful does she look! Simply breathtaking!

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Ivana – you are a vision my love! What a picture perfect bride.

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Ivana & Rhys chose to get married at Hillstone St Lucia – a beautiful wedding venue here in Brisbane. Ivana arrived in style in a classic 1929 Vintage Stretch Limousine provided by Our Wedding Cars, while Rhys greeted their guests arriving for their Ceremony.

Bride arriving at Wedding Ceremony

The moment everyone had been waiting for – especially Rhys & Ivana…

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Introducing Mr & Mrs Vidler!

Wedding Ceremony at Hillstone St Lucia Wedding Ceremony at Hillstone St LuciaGroup Photo after Wedding Ceremony

After their Ceremony officiated by I Am Celebrant Sam, we took some family photos and then the newlyweds joined their guests for some canapes. I’m all about making sure that a couple’s wedding day is exactly what they want it to be – so whilst I can always take photos for hours – I really only need the hour before sunset to make some magic happen. As the light got golden, I rounded up Rhys, Ivana and their bridal party – and we took off on the golf carts around Hillstone St Lucia for their photos!

Bride and Groom Wedding Photos at Hillstone St Lucia Bridal Party Wedding Photos at Hillstone St Lucia Romantic Bride and Groom Wedding Photos at Hillstone St Lucia with Veil

Note to self: when taking bridal party photos with page boys & junior bridesmaids, make sure they are looking at the kissing couple with big, happy smiles and remember, kissing doesn’t become interesting until they are much older! I actually love the expression on Madison’s face – the junior bridesmaid. A little grossed out by the whole thing haha

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These two are just perfect for each other don’t you think… talk about making my job easy!

Black and White Bridal Photo with Veil Bridal Party Wedding Photos at Hillstone St Lucia Golf Course Romantic Bride and Groom Wedding Photos at Hillstone St Lucia

One of the reasons they totally rocked their bridal portraits was because they had already had an Engagement Session with me! I highly recommend these as a ‘practice run’ as it makes my couples even more comfortable in front of the camera before their Wedding Day. CLICK HERE to have a peek at their Engagement Session with their fur baby Frankie!

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As the sun started to set, the finishing touches were being put on their Wedding Reception in the Grand View Room at Hillstone St Lucia.

Romantic Wedding Reception Decor at Hillstone St Lucia Romantic Wedding Reception Decor at Hillstone St Lucia Romantic Wedding Reception Decor at Hillstone St LuciaLight Up Letters on Wedding Reception Dance Floor

After Mr & Mrs Vidler had entered, it was time for some heartfelt speeches, good food, cake cutting, firework display (YES, FIREWORKS!) and a first dance to rival all firsts dances! Ivana & Rhys then joined their guests on the dancefloor long into the night, the perfect end to a perfect day…

Bride and Groom entering Wedding Reception at Hillstone St Lucia Bride & Groom cutting the cake at Wedding Reception Wedding Reception Fireworks at Hillstone St Lucia Wedding Reception Fireworks at Hillstone St Lucia

Rhys & Ivana, thank you both for not only an amazing wedding, but for being two incredible people and sharing your life & love with me. It has honestly means the world to me and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you both as husband & wife!

Bride & Groom First Dance at Wedding Reception Bride & Groom First Dance at Wedding Reception Wedding Reception at Hillstone St Lucia Wedding Reception dance floor with live band

Bride Prep Venue: Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments | Wedding Venue: Hillstone St Lucia, Brisbane

Celebrant: I Am Celebrant Sam | Wedding Dress: White Lily Couture | Hair Stylist: A’La Mode Hair & Beauty | Makeup Artist: Michelle Wicklandt | Florals: Tennille Brooke Flowers & Styling | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Suit: InStitchu | Groomsmen Suits: Politix Menswear | Cake: Vanilla Pod  | Videography: Mitch Birchall Studios | Transport: Our Wedding Cars | Invitation Suite: That Creative Co | Photobooth: Snaptured | Macaroon Favours: Macarons By Monika

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below – and I’m sure the newlyweds would appreciate some kind words to:

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