This post was last updated: 9th of April 2018. (We will update this post regularly as we interact with more vendors.)
If you are engaged and reading this, congratulations from us! If you live in Brisbane, we want to make your new life of wedding planning a little easier by providing you with a list of some vendors we have either worked with previously or have hired for our own events. When we were getting married, everything went smoothly more or less. Except for the flowers. We were stung. We purchased our flowers from a florist at a local market. We agreed on the types of flowers, amounts and total cost. We paid in full. All good. That is... until the day before our wedding. We went to pick up our order and the florist said that she was not providing us with anything until we paid $$$ more. Her story was that she was unable to get the flowers from her usual wholesale supplier and that she had to pass her extra costs onto us as the client. We did not believe her story then and we do not today. We paid the extra as we were in a vulnerable position. We were time poor at this stage and had other things to worry about. If we can help to reduce these types of incidents with personal recommendations, we will. (No, you won't find this florist in the list below!)
Furthermore, our mission statement is this: "Provide a quality, bespoke service while supporting our local community". We enjoy supporting local businesses, preferably located in and around our hometown of Brisbane, Australia. We have listed our preferences below in alphabetical order. We are keen to hear your recommendations and success stories, too! If this list takes only a little bit of stress out of your planning and helps to minimise future regrets, we have been successful. Enjoy and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Deliberately Delicious (specialty: bespoke artwork... you will see what we mean below)
When we were looking around for our own engagement and wedding cakes, we stumbled upon Deliberately Delicious. As you will see below, we had one traditional request (the standard wedding dress lace one) and a nontraditional one. All our cake dreams came true: not only was our cake artist happy to supply us with our odd request but she was very evidently excited about it, too. We knew we were at the right place. :)
Justine Forster's Cakes (specialty: very reasonably priced for both quality and deliciousness factor)
Justine bakes with lots of love. We purchased a birthday cake from her and it barely lasted 3 days between the two of us. If that isn't a recommendation, I don't know what is. Come to think of it and since it has almost been a couple of years now, I think we need to rectify this situation. :)
You will find Carmen Dillon from Cloud Nine Ceremonies an articulate and professional celebrant. She tailors the ceremony to reflect what is important to you and your partner; in her own words, "I look forward to planning a unique ceremony with you, reflecting who you are and your journey" .
If you are after a head-turning statement bouquet, you have the right person in Francesca (of Francesca's Flowers). We don't really have much to add to this as it's pretty obvious from the images below how solid Francesca's stunning work is.
The range of furniture available at Hodgepodge Hire is both comprehensive and high quality. We have worked with Hodgepodge Hire previously and found exactly what we needed for two diverse shoots from their range. The friendly staff at Hodgepodge Hire are super easy to liase with, too. :)
Abbey of the Roses is where we were married. Obviously it will always be special to us and, as our day went smoothly and is full of fond memories, we don't hesitate to recommend the Abbey to anyone else. :)
Clear Mountain Lodge, Clear Mountain
Stunning views and vineyard? Clear Mountain is a world away in terms of mountain locale but still close enough to central Brisbane to not be an inconvenient drive. Well worth the trip in our humble opinion!
We have collaborated with Gabrielle on a couple of shoots. You will find them here, here, here and here. We also interviewed Gabrielle here. Gabrielle produces gorgeous looks (see below) and makes the process effortless. When we organise shoots, we let her know the general direction and then we leave it in her hands (literally): she steps up and delivers perfection. If you want to feel like a queen on your special day, have a chat with Gabrielle and she will sort out the details so that you can relax.
Marley is one of these people who knows her job inside out. I remember feeling briefly overwhelmed on our big day but once Marley swung into gear, I took a deep breath and decided to go with the flow. It is so important to choose someone who can make you feel at ease and take care of the things that are important to you. Follow her instagram for some fabulous before and afters; they are testament to both Marley's confidence and ability.
Choose anyone at The Powder Room and they will look after you. The Powder Room is well-established and produces consistently beautiful work = very easy recommendation.
Rebecca, from Berry & Peg, pours her heart and soul into her beautiful calligraphy and watercolour illustrations and it shows. If you want someone who will take the time to collaborate with you each step of the way and deliver something that you will want to treasure forever, you will experience that with Rebecca. Rebecca created our own wedding stationery so this recommendation comes from our positive personal experience. :)
We have worked with the lovely Tess from Little Duck Calligraphy here and here. In creative industries, it can be challenging to find someone reliable, excellent at communication and, finally, deliver a high quality product. With Little Duck Calligraphy, you will experience all of the above. It helps that Tess is lovely to boot. Check out her instagram (here) sometime for some swoon-worthy sets. :)
If you want a suit savant, you will find the right person in Ryan from Black Jacket Suiting. By the time you have walked in the door, introduced yourself and told Ryan your wedding colours, you will have practically been measured and fitted and almost ready to go again. Okay, that might be stretching it a little but go on - you have to see for yourself! We have worked with Ryan here and here.