When your favourite restaurant happens to be perched on the bank of the river, a sunset ceremony followed by a cocktail reception seems a pretty logical choice. Townsville restaurant A Touch of Salt provided the idyllic setting for Chris and Anneke, who took a refreshingly laid back approach to their wedding day.
The couple chose Skye of SB Creative Co. to photograph the day and were overjoyed with the results. “We told Skye that we were very relaxed and just wanted 10 good photos of family and us together. I’m so glad we had this approach because it gave her the freedom to do what she thought would work and we had so much fun sneaking between weird and random locations that we wouldn’t have thought of in our wildest dreams. The results brought tears to our eyes! Expectations exceeded, vastly.”
With the ceremony and reception in the same outdoor space, the couple capitalised on the the setting sun to create a transition from one event to the other. Anneke explains, “We hoped to let the outdoor location on the river do most of the work for us in setting the mood. By the time we’d done a round of hugs and kisses with our beloved 70 guests, it was dark and time to eat, drink and celebrate.”
Rather than micromanaging their vendors, Anneke preferred to choose a strong team and provide a loose brief – a technique she recommends. “That way, rather than stressing over whether something is exactly how you told someone you wanted it, you’ll just think ‘it’s beautiful!’ You’ll find lots of surprises and exciting moments in your day instead of stressors.”
The Secret Garden created a beautiful, unstructured bouquet of natives for Anneke as well as the floral decorations for the ceremony and reception. The bride tells us, “I trusted Claire completely and had no idea what my bouquet, the arbour or decorative bunches would look like. It was so much fun finding beautiful bits and pieces throughout the night. Claire has the whole style and feel thing worked out for every situation.”
Chris and Anneke were set on a dusk ceremony, meaning they had to get creative with photo opportunities. They decided to meet up with immediate family prior to the ceremony at a nearby warehouse – a great find by their photographer SB Creative Co. The beautiful afternoon light made for a perfect portrait session.
Anneke’s stunning Carla Zampatti dress with its diamond-shaped cut-out back was a very lucky find. After a long search, the bride recalls, “My last ditch effort contacting their headquarters put me in contact with an amazing employee who went searching their Sydney warehouse. She made my whole wedding-planning experience when she called and said she found one, only one, in the right size! What a moment!”
This groom didn’t need to go very far to find his wedding attire. Anneke explains, “Chris already owned the perfect blue suit – a T.M. Lewin – and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect groom’s attire. He knew how much I loved him in that suit and proposed in it, so the sentimental value couldn’t be beat.
The styling of the reception was minimal, with the focus on the already stunning location at A Touch of Salt. “The space itself has a lot of shape and interest with a huge fig tree and platform seating. We tossed around some cushions and throws on the platforms. Uplighting on the fig tree and bridge, as well as some romantic string lighting made for a lovely outdoor soiree,” says Anneke. A mix of seating and bar tables provided by Ede Events ensured their guests’ comfort.