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Brad & Jacqui’s pink and yellow beach wedding in Dunsborough

Jacqui and Brad’s barefoot beach wedding was just a joy to capture. The colour palate they chose was bright pink and yellow and it perfectly conveyed the casual, relaxed vibe they were going for. Throw in pineapples and flamingos as an inside joke and you’ve got a wedding theme that’s whimsical, but absolutely captures who this couple is.

The couple first met at high school in South Hedland, and were friends for many years until Jacqui moved away to Perth. When she returned some time later their friendship continued to deepen and romance blossomed…

Their engagement lasted three months—which seems short, but to Jacqui and Brad it was long enough! It was actually Brad who did most of the wedding planning and organisation, whilst Jacqui kept busy with, as she tells me, with “drafting, draping, dying, cutting, sewing and embellishing” her own bespoke wedding gown.

They were actually out of town during most of their engagement—NOT something they recommend anyone doing whilst they plan a wedding, but they needed to attend three other weddings and that at least gave them plenty of insight into what they liked and didn’t like.

I really loved Jacqui’s wedding gown—being a dressmaker she designed & sewed it herself! It became so unique and and meaningful to her as it was her own creation. Jacqui says that it was a journey through a three month engagement, dreams bigger then Ben Hur, and plenty of late nights:

My dress was a completely original design—and that includes everything from pattern design, fabric dying and construction. The fabric, three types of silk and gorgeous lace were purchased over the phone from the amazing team at Fabulous Fabrics in Balcatta—they are just so knowledgeable and wonderful! It was so important to me to have a dress that meant something to me, that represented me, and I felt like this gown said it better than anything else!

bride with bridesmaids reflection in mirror

bride sitting with bridesmaids

smiling bride with flowers bride in yellow dress holding flowers

“Artificial flowers have so much appeal to us – we didn’t have to worry about them wilting, getting bruised before the ceremony or causing hay fever, plus they could be arranged to arrive well ahead of time so there’s one less thing to worry about on THE DAY. Special Occasion Cairns did the flowers for the wedding of one of the bridesmaids back in 2012, and I couldn’t tell they were artificial! We were very happy with our flowers. It was impossible to tell that they’re not real from a distance (or even up close in fact) I would recommend going the fake flowers route.”

Hair by The Barber Shop, Leederville

Pink bow ties from 7 Camicle yellow bow ties from Tony Barlow.

The wooden cross draped with flowers that formed the backdrop to the ceremony was made by the brother of the bride with a DIY flower arrangement.

Jacqui drew the flamingos graphic used for the invitations whilst Brad did the rest of the graphic work putting together the invitations, website for the day, and signage for the ceremony and the reception.

Brad & Jacqui exchanged vows in a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony on Meelup Beach in front of family & friends. Storms had been forecast, however happily there wasn’t a drop of rain for the entire ceremony or the photo sessions afterwards.

Jacqui says that Meelup beach was a wonderful location for their ceremony. It has a large car park, toilet facilities, and BBQ areas (they planned to have a BBQ for the rehearsal, but sadly got rained out). The beach is sheltered, and water just beautiful.

Limousine Hire: Down South Luxury Limousines

Celebrant: David Hooper

Jacqui says it was

“amazing to see everyone come together. The bridal party looking amazing with all that colour, whilst it was so wonderful to see all the friends and family from all walks of life who had come together to celebrate our love.”

Chandeliers on Abbey is a stunning location that needs very little decoration as the beauty of the venue itself is almost enough. The couple had originally considered having a garden reception, but the overcast wedding led to them using a large marquee which was beautiful and perfect for what they had envisioned.

Our cake was made by our wonderful friend Sally who worked with us to design a chalkboard-grey, 3-tier chocolate cake. On the middle layer we painted, “I have found the one whom my soul loves”, tiny pineapples decorated the base, and on top we placed a flamingo cake topper. On the back we placed all manner of Lego figurines scaling the cake— Doctor Who, Power Rangers, and Star Wars characters—all of our favourites!

Music by Sean Lillico, Furreal Studio


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By Trish Woodford Photography

Trish Woodford is an award winning photographer specialising in Portraiture, Weddings and Photographic Fine Art. For her, it's about emotion, connections and storytelling. Mood and feeling is everything.

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