Travis and Pia opted for a riverside wedding ceremony at Lower River Terrace at Brisbane’s Kangaroo Pt. Pia’s vision to have our white circular wedding arbour adorned with gorgeous vibrant fresh florals by her Florist resulted in this simply stunning setting.
We are so excited to share Pia and Travis’s amazing real wedding with you here.
The Wedding Ceremony
We got married on the riverside lawn at Kangaroo Point’s Lower Terrace on the Brisbane River, with the City’s skyscrapers in the background. We wanted an effortless yet classy ceremony and that was exactly what Cara and her amazing team from Brisbane Wedding Decorators created; the perfect atmosphere, one that was intimate and personal.
We chose the Luxe White Circular Arbour with white seating along with a gorgeous drink station after the ceremony for our friends to enjoy while taking in the perfect November sunset.
How we met:
Originally teenage lovers, life separated us and took our lives in different paths. However, 17 years later and an innocent swipe right on Tinder to say friendly hello, we ended up being exactly what we had both been looking for. It is safe to say we were happier than ever with our little crew of three, with Travis’ son, Harvey (now 6).
Travis proposed to me on a weekend away on the Gold Coast. I had planned and organised the getaway so Travis felt this would make the perfect opportunity. He had already had the ring made with the help of my mum and ordered personalised number plates with what would be my new initials.
In a comedy of errors and my persistent ‘need to know everything’ attitude, Travis almost had to pop the question in the carpark of his job site! But he managed to throw me off the scent (just) long enough to get me inside to find my ‘welcome’ gift and for him to get down on one knee overlooking the broad water to ask me to be his wife.
What made this proposal weekend so much more special was that we found out that morning that we were expecting our now 16 month old son, George.
The Wedding Gown
I wore the stunning ‘Sasha’ Gown by Made with Love from White Lily Couture. I absolutely loved my dress. It was luxurious yet boho with gorgeous heavy crocheted lace over a tan underlay. If I am honest, I didn’t like it at first but my lovely stylist Francesca told me to trust her and I am glad I did. When I put it on, I knew it was my perfect dress. It hugged in all the right places and truly made me feel elegant which was important as I had just had George and I would be 9 months PP when I finally walked down the aisle. My favourite part of the dress was the train (just wow!) and the ‘wings/ cape’ I wore instead of the traditional veil.
I cannot say enough to describe just how amazing Daisy & Co. floral arrangements are as well as the service Amy provided us. From the very first meeting over a coffee, I knew Amy was the perfect florist. Her passion for flowers and love for creating beautiful pieces was evident; she listened, took notes and offered suggestions respectfully.
She was flexible and went above and beyond to make my day as stress free as possible especially in the months, weeks and days leading up to it. For any bride, seeing your florals come to life on the day can be nerve racking.
However, the moment I saw my flowers was the moment I realised I was getting married and that I had the most beautiful and breathtaking bouquets, in fact I was speechless, and I cried. I didn’t know what to say to thank Amy enough. So many people commented throughout the day, saying just how amazing they were as well as the arbour piece and my reception florals. Amy- what an incredibly caring, thoughtful and naturally talented florist.
The First Look
One big thing we both knew we wanted to do was a First Look. We knew that we were both emotional people and needed this time to take a breath together and enjoy ‘our moment’ before we saw one another and our friends at the end of the aisle. So our Photographer and Videographer organised for Travis to wait in an urban spray-painted alleyway in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
It was an insanely overwhelming personal moment that we got to share just the two of us and to say we shred a tear, would be a complete understatement. It would have the best one of the best moments of the entire day.
The Wedding Photography
Keira is a SUPERSTAR!!!! She is a talented, creative and an experienced photographer but it’s not just her skills that make her photos so great; it’s her warmth, fun and relaxing demeanour that created the perfect environment for our perfect day.
It’s like Keira instinctively knows the type of photos you want and she gets exactly that from you. What sets Keira apart from so many others is the care she takes and took in meeting and understanding us as a couple and how sensitive and adaptable she was in answering all of our questions (big or small) leading up to our day.
In fact, Keira made the whole process a breeze. She also worked so well with our outstanding Videographer Ed Sutherland from Blue Vale Films and our other suppliers to capture the day.
The Wedding Reception
Our reception was held at our friend Beau’s restaurant in Coorparoo ‘Factory 51’; a rustic industrial warehouse that oozes class and ambience.
Guests shared the ‘family feast’ style banquet; all of our guests commented on how delectable the food was as well as the wonderful service provided throughout the night. Honestly if you’re looking for a venue passionate about doing weddings well, Beau’s Factory 51 are the team.
Advice to couples planning a wedding
Take the time to pick amazing suppliers! Pick ones you connect with, trust and believe in because on the day, it is those people who make your dream your reality.
If there is even a glimpse of interest in wanting to do a first look, DO IT! It was one of the best things about our day and it was something only we shared as a couple on our special day.
Photography by Keira McCall Fox and Bear
Videography by Ed at Blue Vale Films
Ceremony Styling by Cara at Brisbane Wedding Decorators
Flowers by Amy Daisy and Co Flowers
Marriage Celebrant Weddings with Natalie
Entertainment by The New Black Band
Wedding Dress by Made With love Bridal at White Lily Couture
Hair by Emily Audrey hair
Cake by Rachel Schloman
Grooms Suit by Politix (Carindale)
Reception at Factory 51
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