Brisbane Weddings :: I'm Engaged! What Next?

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.


Cake

Cake My Day By Jo (specialty: naked cakes)

We have worked with Jo here and here previously. It was a delight and we were lucky enough to get to try one, too. It tasted as amazing as it looked! Jo's upside-down chandelier cakes are next level and beautifully memorable (as you can see below).

 Cake by  Cake My Day By Jo . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Cake by Cake My Day By Jo. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Cake by Cake My Day By Jo. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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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. :)

Cake by Deliberately Delicious. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. I left Pete in charge of our engagement cake. He couldn't care too much for the rest of it so this job was perfect for him. Until he said he wanted a heart cake. Cute, right?! No, Pete wanted an anatomically correct heart cake as a nod to our nerdy backgrounds in science! As this cake was ridiculously realistic, it definitely wasn't for the weak-stomached amongst our guests. It is a fantastic representation of Deliberately Delicious' expert work, however!

Cake by Deliberately Delicious. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. Of course we were delighted with our engagement cake and so we went back to Deliberately Delicious for our wedding cake. I gave them a piece of the lace from my dress and they replicated it p.e.r.f.e.c.t.l.y.

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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. :)

Cake by Justine Forster's Cakes. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography. This one is from Pete's birthday in 2016 (feel free to judge my old, dated editing style that included pinky-grey overlays! *face palm*). Justine's cakes are super kawaii and absolutely delicious! You will have to try for yourself.


Celebrant

Carmen Dillon

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" .

 Carmen Dillon from  Cloud Nine Ceremonies  officiating Michael & Tara's wedding. Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Carmen Dillon from Cloud Nine Ceremonies officiating Michael & Tara's wedding. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Dress

When Freddie Met Lilly

Vanessa creates the most dreamy bespoke dresses at When Freddie Met Lilly. They are exquisite. Check out Vanessa's Bardon studio for something that is the perfect marriage of individuality, femininity and creativity. We interviewed Vanessa here.

 Dress by  When Freddie Met Lilly . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Dress by When Freddie Met Lilly. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Dress by  When Freddie Met Lilly . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Dress by When Freddie Met Lilly. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Flowers

Francesca's Flowers

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.

 Buttonhole by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Buttonhole by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Buttonhole by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Buttonhole by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Bouquet by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Bouquet by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Flowercrown by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Flowercrown by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Bouquet by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Bouquet by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Furniture Hire

Hodgepodge Hire

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. :)

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Location

Abbey of the Roses, Warwick

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. :)

 Location:  Abbey of the Roses . Photography by  Lady Jayde Photography .

Location: Abbey of the Roses. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography.

 Location:  Abbey of the Roses . Photography by  Lady Jayde Photography .

Location: Abbey of the Roses. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography.

 Location:  Abbey of the Roses . Photography by  Lady Jayde Photography .

Location: Abbey of the Roses. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography.

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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!

 Location:  Clear Mountain Lodge . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Location: Clear Mountain Lodge. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Location:  Clear Mountain Lodge . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Location: Clear Mountain Lodge. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Makeup

Cheyne Finney Makeup

We have collaborated with Cheyne here and here. It has been an absolute delight and we look forward to future projects together. See below for stunning examples of Cheyne's expert artistic ability.

 Makeup & hair by  Cheyne Finney Makeup . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Makeup & hair by Cheyne Finney Makeup. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Makeup by  Cheyne Finney Makeup . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Makeup by Cheyne Finney Makeup. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Makeup by Gigi

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.

 Makeup & hair by  Makeup by Gigi . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Makeup & hair by Makeup by Gigi. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Makeup by  Makeup by Gigi . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Makeup by Makeup by Gigi. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Marley Hammond Makeup

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.

Makeup by Marley Hammond. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our wedding day.

Makeup by Marley Hammond. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our wedding day.

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The Powder Room

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.

 Makeup & hair by  The Powder Room . Photography by  Lady Jayde Photography . This one is from our engagement session, Brisbane City Botanical Gardens.

Makeup & hair by The Powder Room. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our engagement session, Brisbane City Botanical Gardens.

Makeup & hair by The Powder Room. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our engagement party.


Stationery

Berry & Peg

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. :)

Stationery by Berry & Peg. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our own wedding. One of these days, we're planning to frame it as we love it to pieces.

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Little Duck Calligraphy

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. :)

Stationery by Little Duck Calligraphy. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Stationery by  Little Duck Calligraphy . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Stationery by Little Duck Calligraphy. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Suits

Black Jacket Suiting

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.

 Suit by  Black Jacket Suiting . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Suit by Black Jacket Suiting. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Suit by  Black Jacket Suiting . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Suit by Black Jacket Suiting. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.