This post was last updated: 4th of July 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.
We have recommendations for the following:
- Event Hire & Styling
- Event Styling & Floral Design
- Furniture Hire
Cake My Day By Jo (specialty: naked cakes)
We have worked with Jo here and here and here previously. It was a delight and we were lucky enough to get to try them, too. They tasted as amazing as they looked! Jo's upside-down chandelier cakes are next level and beautifully memorable (as you can see below).
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)
3rd of May 2018 - Justine has decided to prioritise motherhood (good on her!) and is suspending her cake business. We will update this if we hear anything to the contrary. In the meantime, we wish Justine all the best for the wonderful & challenging journey that is parenthood.
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. :)
When your list of honourable mentions includes a feature in Food & Wines "13 Macaron Artists You Should Be Following On Instagram" list, it doesn't really matter what our Mr&MrsAverage opinion is but Monika's cakes, cake pops and macarons are delicious and you need to experience it for yourself. Here are some pretty images to seal the deal. You can see more from a shoot we worked on together here.
Molossi specialises in custom-cut designs, including cake toppers. (Check out the full range on their site linked above; at Molossi, there is no limit so have a chat with Josh or Suzanne and they would love to create something bespoke for you.) We are thrilled with their quality products and enjoy working with the friendly Molossi team. We have worked with them here and here. We interviewed Josh & Suzanne here.
At Platter to Plate, lovely Rhiannon will look after you. Rhiannon puts a lot of thought into the entire grazing board experience and it is certainly reflected in the end product. The food is delicious, fresh and colourful. We have been lucky enough to enjoy Rhiannon's grazing board for lunch and it was memorable for all the right reasons. We have worked with Platter to Plate here and here.
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 looking to inject some life and fun into your ceremony, Fiona is the celebrant for you. She has a fresh, relateable nature and a professional, calm demeanour. We have really enjoyed working with Fiona previously (we can't wait to update this post with a link to the shoot we did together). Feel free to check out our interview with Fiona here; it was great to get to know the personality behind the role.
You will find the sweetest flower girl dresses at Coco Blush Boutique. They have quite the range to accommodate for most wedding styles. Highly recommend.
Caitlyn, from Studio C Bridal, offers a range of services from custom design to made-to-measure to loving restoration of an heirloom gown. We featured Studio C Bridal dresses here and here. Caitlyn offers her brides a bespoke service incorporating timelessness and elegance. Caitlyn pays attention to detail and will look after you.
Event Hire & Styling
If you are after event hire items that have been carefully curated and are luxurious, you have come to the perfect place. Collections range from light and free-spirited through to vintage with a modern twist through to alluring and rich in texture and colour. At Click Picnic, you experience a full set-up and pack-down service -> meaning minimal fuss for you. We have worked with Brodie & Dave here and here. We can personally recommend the very talented Brodie as both a planner and stylist. We interviewed the team here.
Event Styling & Floral Design
We have worked with Carissa & Serena from Emunah Events and we have a couple of things to say about them. Firstly, they are a dream team. It is true that two heads are better than one; Carissa & Serena work off each other really well and bring out the best in each other. Secondly, they are determined and resilient. We have worked on a couple of tough projects together and we are yet to see anything get in their way. It is rare for weddings to go absolutely smoothly and without a hitch; you need a team that can hack it and back you all the way. You will get this AND stunning styling and floral designs from Emunah Events. We can't wait to share more of their work in the coming months; when we do, we will link to it here.
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.
Your one-stop shop for hand-dyed, dreamy silk ribbons. You will also find velvet ribbons and silk table runners in Tamara's store. Perfection.
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. :)
We like to keep our recommendations as close to our hometown of Brisbane, Queensland, as possible. Raw Cotton is based in Perth, Western Australia. HOWEVER, we are so impressed with Anna's products that we simply have no choice but to include. Just some of the applications that we can think of for Anna's beautiful clutches: thoughtful gift for bridal party, suitable solution for bridesmaids to store phone, keys, etc, on the big day, and - of course - perfect for any stylish bride! We featured Anna's clutches here.
We have filed this recommendation under 'gifts' but there are a couple of applications for Sophia Mulheran Designs. Sophie, the artist behind and owner of Sophia Mulheran Designs, creates and produces beautiful & unique homeware, giftware and stationery (we interviewed Sophie here). The Sophia. brand is easy to support as the business model is both sustainable and ethical; Sophia. strives for a happier, cleaner and greener earth. Follow Sophia.'s instagram for updates on good deeds the team undertakes for causes they are passionate about (clearing rubbish, planting trees and recycling materials, to name a few of their interests).
All of the Sophia. brand products are thoughtfully executed. We worked with the copper plates (pictured) recently for a shoot (looking forward to sharing more in the coming months). Not only are these plates stunning but they are something you can use time and again after the wedding is all done and dusted! In Sophie's own words, "When it comes to weddings, I have a few unique things to offer. The first being custom-designed wedding invitations and menus to suit your flowers, style and wedding layout. I’ve also introduced wedding hire items. These include my hand-crafted copper bowls and plates, which bring a striking colour and texture to the wedding dining".
If you are looking to thank and spoil your bridal party at the same time, the beautifully unique Australian handmade keepsake boxes at The Bridal Box Co are perfect. They are wooden and custom engravable. We have worked with the lovely Bijour from The Bridal Box Co here.
You can probably skip our little paragraph on Xennox Diamonds and go straight to their google reviews instead but we'll add our $0.02 worth to the mix. We are one of Xennox Diamond's many happy clients. Karl and team produced something that thoughtfully executed Pete's vision. I could not be happier with the end product and so we confidently recommend Xennox Diamonds (but do make sure that you check out their reviews!).
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. :)
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!
Only a couple of hours outside of Brisbane (and a straight, direct route at that!), The Vale Australia Luxury Farmstay has to be seen to be believed. You can see it in more detail here and here. It was a dream to shoot at; pretty much all wedding photographer's dreams come true here. Have a chat with Elizabeth, the owner, and see what magic you can create for your own special and unique day.
We have collaborated with Gabrielle on a couple of shoots. You will find them here, here, here, here, here and here (phew!). 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. :)
There is something captivating about Lorelie's gorgeous handcrafted wedding stationery. Lorelie goes above and beyond to make sure that her work matches the wedding brief. All stationery from Studio B Couture is synonymous with elegance, timelessness and luxury. Add to that a whole lot of love.
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 and here.