WOW What a night! We had the best time and it was just so amazing to catch up with all our friends and family to celebrate this huge milestone in our story.
The planning of the engagement party was so exciting. It’s a lot less serious than wedding planning and you get to have a little bit more fun with the theming and party aspect. Our main goal was to have a lot of fun and plenty of delish food and cocktails! So here is a little bit about how it allll came together!
We chose to have a theme totally left field from what our wedding will be (a very traditional style wedding), something fun with a holiday, Hamptons feel. When we knew the look we wanted we knew the venue has to be QT HOTEL GOLD COAST in Surfers Paradise. It’s quirky, fun and super luxe. We decided on a WHITE PARTY with touch of tropical theme. With lots of white, greenery, gold and champagne! This was our moodboard with some of our inspo...
We decided on a digital invitation to save on postage and printing and also its a lot quicker to get them out. I began by sketching and painting the leaves I wanted to feature. Then using photoshop I scanned them in and cutaway the backgrounds. I then set it out how I wanted with the wording and PRESTO! The invite was done! I made a few modifications as I realized extra info was needed and also created an extra “Yay” graphic for the landing page once everyone RSVP’d!
Want to DIY an invite? Try CANVA or Adobe Photoshop if you're game!
From the moment we ventured to QT GOLD COAST for our first Go-See we were in love! The amazing feel of QT is just the best. Its so quirky with its 1950’s pin-up girls and beachy-relaxed feel and just so chic in all its details. “The Lawn” at the Stingray Bar was the absolute perfect space for the theme, with its open yet intimate private space and its green carpeting and huge windows.
Emailing, planning and finalizing details was a total breeze when working with event coordinator Aimee. She made the process so easy and streamlined and the packages available are really very affordable and so many options to cover all kinds of budgets. We highly recommend you check them out for your next soiree!
More pics from QT to show off this amazing spot...
(and Bow Tie!)
The theme of the evening was WHITE! Hamptons style white outfits and of course the Bride & Groom to be can shuck the theme and REALLY stand out so I went for gold! Literally GOLD!
My dress was created from one of the gorgeous new fabrics in my Mermaidia collection. A geometric style sequin that is just amazing. I opted for a strapless mini-dress with epically large off-the-shoulder bell sleeves. It was a hit and so much fun to wear. Want a custom made dress? head to Begitta -Bridal & Couture
And of course I created a cute little matching bow-tie for Rob. He decided to keep up the Hamptons theme with a pair of chinos and a navy dinner jacket and white shirt. He looked incredible!
I knew as soon as we had a date I would need to lock in the amazing team at BELLA BRIDES. They always make me look flawless and I just love their incredible work.
We opted for a smokey dark eye, flawless skin and lots of highlighter to challenge my golden dress.
They totally nailed it, I knew they would, they always make me feel a million dollars!
(They even pinned my curls up so I could go help set up the venue and my hair would be perfect to let down just before start time!)
We wanted the night to be a big party and lots of fun and in keeping with the Engagement theme we wanted something to tie it all together. I absolutely loved the “Till Death Do Us Party” Sign from NEON REPUBLIC but they only had it in red which I loved but it didn’t feel quite right. I then spoke to the lovely Jess at N.R and she said they were getting it in pink! PINK!!!! The perfect colour (my favourite!) that would stand out from all the green and white! We locked it in with Jess ASAP and it was totally the highlight (pun intended!)
STYLING & HIRE
I have been ogling at the amazing NEXT EVENT HIRE range for so long, their amazing arbours and funky backdrops and donut walls are so amazing. I was so excited to have the opportunity to create something amazing with a few of their pieces. We opted for the side-board style donut wall which came already assembled with the perfect tropical theme and utilized their amazing wire grid backdrop to hold our neon and create a backdrop for the bar.
The backdrop was created by wiring greenery we sourced from our house in a decorative border along the top and edge of the grid wall. I absolutely loved the final look it worked so well with our marquee R & B Lights.
We created an amazing DIY Balloon Arbour for as our guests walked in which really set the mood and drew the eye! You could’t miss us! I would love to do a little blog on how it all came together (Perhaps after the wedding!!)
I’ve also been totally crushing on clear acrylic for the last year (it might make an appreance at the big day I’m loving it so much!) so we also had a fab clear plinth from Next Event Hire and an AMAZING gold cake stand to hold our cake. To tie in with the large balloon arbour we added some balloons and greenery inside the plinth to tie it all together! It looked so cool!
We're so grateful to all our friends and family for coming along to support our love. And to all our amazing vendors who helped make the night the most amazing party!