Nikki & Dave’s Rainy Wedding at Lamington National Park

Words by Anastasia Monaghan / Images by Mallory Sparkles
September 9, 2019

A skateboarder and a pilot, Nikki and Dave are no strangers to adventure. With hearts set on a mountain backdrop, the Gold Coast couple picked Lamington National Park to say their I do’s amidst a sea of white flowers and a perfectly-timed downpour. Photographer Mallory Sparkles captured all the feels and the post-deluge rainbow that marked the beginning of Nikki and Dave’s new chapter together.

Lamington National Park’s Worendo Cottages hosted both the couple’s ceremony and reception, adorned with all things white. Taking inspiration from Kate Moss’ iconic wedding, Nikki and her bridesmaids created an aisle of white flowers and greenery to match with their DIY bouquets, with flowers sourced from the Brisbane flower markets.

Channeling a little Kate Moss and a little Khaleesi, Nikki’s looked gorgeous in a lace Claire Pettibone wedding dress, with her long blonde locks pulled back into low ponytail. With no time for a hair and makeup trial, Nikki was impressed that Emma Plant nailed it first time, and that her boho bridal look survived the downpour!

From hay bales to wooden seats and a fire pit, the couple describe their reception as a relaxed social scene with no tables. The guests enjoyed toasting marshmallows and a feast by Wild Lime Cooking School, all under an enormous tipi from Gold Coast Tipis. After the couple’s favourite part of the night, the speeches and their stunning cake from Mama Bears Kitchen, the entire party headed off to the Christmas Creek Cafe and Cabins which the couple booked for their guests to spend the night.

Finally, we loved Nikki’s last piece of advice for future brides and grooms. “Practice smiling for a minimum of 8 hours for a few months in advance. I’m a smiler and even my cheeks were sore!”

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The perfect mix of demure and daring, Nikki’s Claire Pettibone dress featured a high ruche neck and low back with delicate lace fringing. She ordered her dream dress from Love Marie Bridal Boutique while her headpiece was handmade by Atelier Rose.
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Whites, ivories and natural tones were the order of the day, and Nikki’s bridesmaids wore nude maxi dresses from The Gown House with white and green bouquets, made by the bride tribe themselves.
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When it came to flowers, Nikki rolled up her sleeves for some DIY … and nailed it. “I went to the Brisbane Flower Markets the day before the wedding and picked out all the flowers I wanted to have and set them up with my bridesmaids, it was fun!”
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Rain on your wedding day is said to be good luck, and totally worth it for the resulting rainbow! We love this capture by photographer Mallory Sparkles.
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A large tipi from Gold Coast Tipis was the perfect choice for their reception. Styled by the bride with hay bales and Turkish rugs and a fire pit, the space had a cozy, relaxed vibe.
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Credits

Images Mallory Sparkles | Bride's Dress Claire Pettibone | Bride's Shoes Novo | Bridesmaid's Dresses The Gown House | Groom's Suit Ferrari Formal | Rings Arman's Fine Jewellery | Hair Emma Plant | Makeup Emma Plant | Ceremony Venue Lamington National Park | Reception Venue Lamington National Park | Cake Mama Bear's Kitchen | Tipis Gold Coast Tipis | Videography Ezekiel Knight | Ties OTAA | Groom's socks Happy Socks | Bride's headpiece Atelier Rose Bridal |


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Scout 2 weeks ago

Haha love that they stayed in the rain until it passed by. Great wedding.

Briann 2 weeks ago

Stunning

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