From England to Australia. Sand and Oysters at Point Lookout Community Hall, Stradbroke Island

February 22, 2019

 

 

Over the past seventeen years, I've worked with many clients who reside far away.  Sometimes interstate and often internationally.  It seems I've worked with clients from all four corners of the Globe (that is, if a globe could have corners).  From South Africa to New York, from France to Singapore, they come from everywhere to marry here in Brisbane and often, on Stradbroke Island.  Their reasons are varied, but most often one member of the couple are Brisbane born and wish to marry in familiar surrounds. If it's the Island, they will usually have spent time there on holidays as children or have family who own a home on the Island and they long to share the Island's beautiful surrounds with family and friends from around the world. 

 

And so it was with Susie and Richard who invited me to plan, style and coordinate their wedding at Point Lookout. Living in London, they needed someone at 'ground zero' to bring their thoughts together and as so often is the case, coalesce some disparate ideas into a cohesive and beautiful wedding celebration.  We began with the idea of Stradbroke Island, a beach ceremony and an oyster bar. I could get on board with that.

 

I think if I were to describe my job accurately, I would call myself a facilitator.  When my clients first come to me, my job is to set about teasing out their plans.. what is important to them (this is where they will place the bulk of the budget), what is the overall 'feel' they want for their celebration, how many guests will they invite, what colours do they like.. a thousand questions begin. The first is to determine a date and find a venue (often, these two things are inextricably linked).  Once complete, we proceed to the finer details.. run order, catering, music, styling, flowers, etc until at last we bury down into the finest details like place card designs and napkin colours and in the last week or two, the final confirmations and fine tuning of the run order are completed. 

 

This work has a natural sequence and everything I do within it, a reason.  Funny, but I often find myself telling my clients; "there is method in my madness!". When from the outside, it may seem like my reasoning makes little sense, from the perspective of having created literally thousands of weddings, each step is important and makes what may seem like a minute part of the puzzle, fit seamlessly with all other pieces.  One piece out of order and the edges clang rather than merge. 

 

After playing with the idea of a marquee on the beach, Susie and Richard decided to go with my recommendation of the Point Lookout Community Hall.  A better fit for their budget and a cooler option given the combination of a likely hot November wedding and half of their guests travelling from the cooler climes of the U.K. 

 

Delving further into the planing, we organised a very simple ceremony on Deadman's Beach after which guests arrived back at the Hall to enjoy champagne and a grazing bar filled with fresh shucked oysters, courtesy of Susie's father.  Some of the styling features included warm festoon lights and foliage installations on the ceiling with native flowers styled in simple glass vessels along bare wooden trestle tables. 

 

In the garden, festoon lights were suspended with white rice paper lanterns and small tables dressed in crisp, white linen created simple, modern styling with a chill zone of rugs and cushions installed on the garden stage.  Quite perfect for a sophisticated beach-side wedding and a hit with everyone who attended.  So much so that even after the wedding finished at midnight, there were still many who didn't want it to end.  And so it happened that the wedding continued on at the beach until late into the night.  What happens on the beach, stays on the beach.

 

Meanwhile, there was a wedding to clean up back at the venue and my team and I were on a mission to get the job done. Even though I am always exhausted by this stage, this is secretly my favourite time.  The stress if finished and deadlines met, everyone is happy and I can finally let go of anxiety. But always, when the last of the equipment is packed into the truck and the venue is cleared and cleaned, it feels a little strange. When just hours before, the space pulsed with people, music and celebrations, the venue is now bare and deserted and no evidence that anything ever happened here remains. Was it all a dream?

 

It's usually the small hours of the morning by the time we lock the doors and climb into trucks and vans to haul our tired selves off to our accommodation and after a glass of wine and quick debrief, bed.  The night air is still and quiet and it seems as if we are the only people left on earth who know what happened here. Planned, created, executed and dismantled.  Months and months of work and planning have come to fruition.  The wedding is finished, my clients are married and their guests had an experience they will never forget.  The doors are locked. The key is safe with us.

 

Above image: Morgan Roberts

 

Above image: Morgan Roberts

 

Above image: Two Little Rows

 

Above image: Two Little Rows

 

Above image: Two Little Rows

 

Above image: Two Little Rows

 

Above image: Two Little Rows

 

Above image Two Little Rows

 

Above image: Two Little Rows

 

Above image: Two Little Rows

 

Above image: Two Little Rows
 

 

On Susie & Richard's dream team were (drum roll please)..

 

Planing & Coordination: Two Little Rows

Styling & Florals: Two Little Rows

Venue: Point Lookout Hall

Celebrant: Jo-Ellen Moynihan

Makeup: Marnie Rappell

Hair: Nadine Johns-Alcock

Photography: Morgan Roberts

Music: Radio Club Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi I'm Jeannie,
Event Planner, Stylist, Farmer Florist & seeker of all things gorgeous!
 I'm  the owner & art director behind Two Little Rows
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