Locations where to have your wedding at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

Hey guys Mark here again, just some locations where to have your wedding at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

Alexandra Headlands – The Bluff. Picture this - A 180 degree view of the ocean from the top of a towering headland with a cool breeze rolling in to chill your nerves. That could be you standing up top Alexandra Headland, especially around The Bluff. The HMAS Brisbane memorial - The peak of the headland is a popular place to get married - don't be surprised if you're scouting the area one weekend and come across a wedding yourself. The HMAS Brisbane memorial is a lovely place, just aboved the grassed area - it's as if it was made for that special day.

Mooloolaba – Mooloolaba Spit.
Mooloolaba is known worldwide - it's up there with Noosa whenever you mention the words 'Sunshine Coast'. So why not hold a wedding somewhere that will make everyone else utterly jealous? Mooloolaba is a great place to tie the knot, especially down by the Mooloolah River at the spit. On a beautiful day out it can get crowded down there with plenty of people enjoying the sun, but that will only add to the atmosphere. I've seen plenty of weddings happen down here and they don't seem to mind the extra 'guests' watching on.

Buddina – Point Cartwright Reserve and La Balsa Park
Say "I do" with views to die for at both Point Cartwright and nearby La Balsa Park in Buddina. Both spots are popular with locals and tourists, so why would a wedding be any different? The headland will give you almost 360 degrees from the ocean to the hinterland, while La Balsa Park has a perfect position right by the Mooloolah River. Both have easy access and you won't have to walk too far to the Point if you park in the carpark near the top of the headland.

Tanawha – Maroochy Botanical Gardens
To be found in the midsts of 82 hectares of forestry, the Maroochy Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful places you could hope to get married. The gardens boast plants native to east coast tropical Australia, as well as plenty of rock pools, lagoons, walking tracks, artworks, picnic areas and wildlife.

Cotton Tree - Cotton Tree Park
You can't go wrong with Cotton Tree - it's a popular spot for families and you could start yours here with a beautiful wedding ceremony. The park has plenty of jetties sticking out over the Maroochy River, offering great shots of the river as well as magnificent Mount Coolum in the background setting the scene for your dream wedding. Pick your own With the exception of certain parts of Noosa Main Beach, all Sunshine Coast beaches and parks are available for your special day. You have a choice of hundreds of locations in your own backyard - just get out there and search through the suburb you like more, anywhere between the hinterland and the beach, and decided which location takes your fancy. Noosa Tourism even has its own website dedicated to finding the location of your dreams here. For vital information about hosting a wedding in public check as well as a map detailing more popular spots check out out this page on Sunshine Coast Council's website.

Well that's all for now. Feel free to comment of shoot us an email.

 

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Locations to get married on the Gold Coast.

Hi guys, Mark Brittain here again, below is a nice quick list of a few different locations to get married on the Gold Coast.

Location Name: Broadwater Parklands
Address: Marine Parade, Southport
Description: This Beautiful newly redeveloped parkland fronting the Broadwater has several options for your wedding ceremony. Please check with the City Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Address: Ashmore Road, Benowa
Descritpion: These lovely lush gardens provide the perfect place for a wedding ceremony. Please check with the City Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Pat Fagan Park
Address: Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Description: This stunning beachside park overlooks Surfers Paradise. Great drive up car park and walkway for the arriving bride. Please check with the City Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Point Danger Park
Address: Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Description: On the New South Wales/Queensland border high on a peak overlooking the ocean, with views of Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay, this park is a magic location for your wedding ceremony. Please check with the City Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Len Wort Park
Address: 29A Teemangum Street, Currumbin
Description: This area creates an intimate tone for a ceremony, with ample space on the bank for your guests, overlooking Tugun Beach. Please check with the city Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Laguna Park
Address: Laguna Avenue, Palm Beach
Description: This popular wedding spot features a gazebo overlooking a stunning lagoon which makes an excellent backdrop for photos. Please check with the city Council for Bookings.

Location Name: John Laws Park
Address: The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
Description: Burleigh Hill overlooks the world famous Burleigh point break with great coastal views stretching all the way to Surfers Paradise. Please check with the city Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Mick Schamburg Park
Address: Kelly Avenue, Miami
Description: At the top of Miami Hill you will find a quiet yet beautiful wedding setting with views across the ocean towards Surfers Paradise. Please check with the City Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Cascade Gardens
Address: Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Description: Cascade Gardens is freshly landscaped, creating a intimate feeling and offering a great backdrop for stunning photography. Please check with the City Council for Bookings.

Location Name: McIntosh Island Park
Address: Main Beach Parade, Surfers Paradise
Description: Beautiful landscapes with waterfalls, bridges and running creeks. Ample parking area. Please note: bookings not suitable during car racing event periods. Please check with the city Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Philip Park
Address: Sea World Drive, The Spit (next to Marina Mirage)
Description: Quiet green area away from the busy roads, with a picturesque lagoon in the middle. A truly lovely wedding ceremony location. Please check with the city Council for Bookings.

Location Name: Harley Park
Address: Marine Parade, Labrador
Description: This foreshore park has the added feature of a rotunda, perfect for wedding ceremonies, and a great back up in wet weather. Please check with the city Council for Bookings.
Hope it was some help, feel free to comment or send us an email.
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What to do if it rains on our wedding day???

Hey guys, Mark Brittain here again for Creative Elegance back with a important question that a lot of my Brides & Groom’s have. What do we do if it rains???

Well for starters we need to realise that if it’s going to rain, it’s going to rain. There is not very much we can do about it. I don’t know anyone who can control the Weather… lol

If you’re getting married at a venue, then the Function Cordinator will advise you on your options. (Usually done about 45mins prior to your Ceremony Start time) You can eith “Chance” it and have it where your meant to have it out on the beautiful lawns/garden, or we can go to our wet weather plan. (this is usually indoors somewhere or at very least, undercover. Now 9/10 times the wet weather location isn’t ideal but, at least you won’t be having your wedding in the rain..

So once the Ceremony is over and the Family/Group photo is taken, where do you go if it’s raining for Formal photos??? Well if you have hired a Local photographer or a photographer who has a “Plan B” then you won’t have a problem. Usually there is some nice intimate shots to be taken in and around the venue or in the Wedding Cars with just the Bride & Groom (Possibly with the Bridal Party too.) then weather permitting you can venture outside.

If it’s still raining then you could try driving somewhere that is nice but undercover. Council Parks, Museum’s anywhere that’s local that is undercover.

On the other hand if you have a decent photographer he should have umbrella’s that he has brought with him just in case they are needed. One photographer who does that is… well…. Me!! I take 10 golf umbrella’s to every wedding. 5 White and 5 Black. No writing on them.. they look great in the photos and they work well. Have saved a dozen or so weddings from being rained out!!

Well there you go, just a couple of ideas for you, and some questions to ask your Venue and Photographer!!

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What to look for in a Wedding Venue?

Hi again, Mark Brittain for Creative Elegance here. Today I want to talk about what to look for in a wedding venue. Now I have worked with Hundreds of Wedding Venues over the years. Some good and some, well not so good. So below you will find some thing that you might find interesting.

Ok so when booking a Venue for your wedding ask if there is a Minimum/Maximum number of Guests for the Reception. We have already touched on this in another post but it is important. If there are any special dietary requirements (e.g.; Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant) see if they can be catered too.

See if they have a Wet Weather plan for your day. Most venues have one but it’s a good idea to see what it is before it is needed. Maybe ask if there is a Discount for a Weekday wedding. Brides & Grooms are tying the not on a Friday or even a Thursday now to 1 save on cost and 2 a lot of venues are booked out for years in advance.

If getting married at a hotel, can the Hotel cater accommodation for all your guests? If so, can they do a special rate for our guests?

Your Wedding / Function Coordinator, will they be there of the wedding day? If not who will be there? Does this new person know all my finer details??

Booking a Venue for the Ceremony/Reception is extremely important. It’s also just as important to be Pro-Active when communicating with them, and not assuming that they will do this or that... Ask them, tell them what you require.

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Real or Fake Wedding Flowers?

Hey it’s Mark Brittain for Creative Elegance here back with another topic for your wedding. Should you have Real of Fake Wedding Flowers??

Ok so you’re planning your Dream Wedding. You have picked and set the date. You have booked the Venue and Photographer (pick Mark from Creative Elegance!!!) and now you’re looking into Florists for your wedding Bouquet. Problem is the date you have set your wedding; your favourite Flower isn’t in season. What do you do??

This is a very real dilemma for the flower enthusiasts getting married. Most brides know what flower/s they want in their bouquet, finding out you can’t have it because of the season could be devastating. So do you try to import your favourite flower from overseas? Do you change to another flower that is in season? Or do you go to a fake version of your fav flower??

Import - So you have decided to import your flowers form overseas, the florist have made them and sent them. They could arrive with no drama, wonderful. What if they were inspected at Customs and there were bugs in it? They would be destroyed on the spot. This might sound “out there” but I have heard of it and seen it happen!!

Fake Flower – So another idea to overcome the “Out of Season” flower for your wedding is to get a Fake bunch made. I have seen many of these and some you can’t tell the difference between the real thing unless you touch it and hold it. They are obviously going to last longer than their real counterpart and that is a plus.

Ok so there you have it, just a quick chat about Wedding flowers and some different things to look out for!!!

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Locations to shoot wedding photos in Brisbane.

Mark Brittain here again for Creative Elegance. Today we are looking at some different locations to shoot your wedding photos in and around Brisbane.

Roma St Park Lands – Covering 16 Hectares in the center of Brisbane. The parkland features a variety of Themed gardens and recreational areas, with a web of pathways and boardwalks cascading waterways and rocky outcrops.

New Farm Park - New Farm Park is at the South end of New Farm. Bordering on the waterfront it have many different locations to shoot.

Brisbane Botanical Gardens – The gardens rest at the bottom of Mt Cootha. Plenty of different spots to shoot here with many different spots to have your Ceremony as well.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs – The Cliffs are on the South side of the Brisbane River. They are a few Km long and a fantastic view of the river with the City in the Background. At night they are lit up with spot lights for the climbers. Either at the bottom or the top of the cliffs, your photos will look great!!

South Bank Parklands – South Bank itself is a nice place for photos. There is a man made beach and a walkway for Km’s. Very popular with the tourists.

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Locations to have my wedding on the Sunshine Coast.

Creative Elegance – Locations to have my wedding on the Sunshine Coast.

Hi everyone, Mark again for Creative Elegance. Today I want to discuss some nice locations to have your wedding on the Sunshine Coast. Ok so below will be a few different locations that I have shot over the years.

Caloundra – Caloundra is a beautiful little town approx 1hr north of Brisbane. There are many Wedding Venues in Caloundra including Pelican Water Resort & Spa and also The Oakes. The beach coastline makes for glorious Formal photos at Kings Beach or Shelly Beach to name a few.

Maloolaba – Just 20mins north of Caloundra is Maloolaba. I awesome place with plenty of thing to see and do, and plenty of places to host your wedding and little locations to shoot your formal photos.

Noosa – North of Maloolaba is Noosa. Noosa is a very Tourist driven area catering to little boutique shops and café’s. Once again the coast line is stunning for formal photos and there are a host of Venues for your wedding.

Ikley – Ikley is a town North West of Caloundra. In Ikley you will find Anna Bella’s Chapel. This Chapel I have had the grace to work at a few times now and is it just Beautiful. So if a Chapel is your thing, sus it out!

Maleny – West of Caloundra is Maleny. Maleny is situated in the Hinterland. There are numerous Wedding Venues like Maleny Manor there and the whole place is a photographers dream. One Tree Hill, Agapanthus Lane, Mary Carenscross Park are a couple of places to shoot your wedding Formal photos to name a few.

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Locations to shoot wedding photos at Caloundra.

Creative Elegance – Locations to shoot wedding photos at Caloundra.

Hi peeps, Mark again for Creative Elegance. Now the question today is where can I get good wedding shots at Caloundra???

Depending on where your ceremony is, for example The Oaks or Pelican Waters Resort and Spa. You might want to spend some time on site to get some photos. But below are a few examples of where to go if your looking for elsewhere..

Kings Beach – Kings Beach is a nice lovely beach on the cause of Caloundra. There are always plenty of tourists and can be difficult do find a Car park at times. The is also a nice boardwalk that often gets used for wedding photos.

Shelly Beach – Shelly Beach is my pick, I have shot there hundreds of times for Weddings/Maternity/TTD/Engagement/Couple shoots. It is AWESOME!!! To the right of the car park there is rocky water pools, for about100m. Beautiful 360deg backdrops. During “Storm Season” It is fantastic. But then to the Left of Shelly Beach you have the Beach itself, a few Km of nice, coarse sand with the surf waves rolling in… Simply Spectacular.

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How long should I have my photographer for my wedding?

Creative Elegance – How long should I have my photographer for t my wedding??

Hey guys, Mark Britain here again with another constantly asked question. How long should I have a photographer for at my wedding???

The answer to this question will be determined on how important your wedding photos are for you. Do you want photos of the Bride or Groom getting ready? Do you want photos of the speeches? The Father Daughter Dance? The Garter Belt or Bouquet Toss?

At the bare minium everybody wants the wedding photographer for the Ceremony, Family/Group photos and the Formal Photos. The question is is the other events that happen on your wedding day important enough in your mind.

Me for example I had 4 photographers for my wedding. They were there from Groom (me lol) getting ready till when we left at the end of the Reception. In my eyes photography is extremely important.

In some I hear “Uncle Eddie has a DSLR camera and knows what he is doing, he can shoot our reception so we don’t need you to hang around.” What they don’t know is from experience that all the “Uncle Eddie” knows how to use his camera, and can take a good shot but, good old Uncle Eddie is a Guest at your wedding and there is FREE drinks at your wedding. So Uncle Eddie is going to have a couple of drinks at your wedding… Do you see where this is heading??? Uncle Eddie has a few too many drinks at your wedding and puts down his nice, expensive DSLR camera, cause he doesn’t want to break it. Therefore not capturing the shots he said he was going to.. With it being the even it is, a WEDDING, your can’t do a re-do, or go back and do it again cause the photos didn’t turn out…

The same happens above with the Bride getting ready, “ohh one of the bridesmaids has a big camera, she said she would take some photos..” Bridesmaid?? Doesn’t she have to get ready for your wedding???

But at the end of the day the decision lies with the B&G, well mainly the Bride…

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Mark Brittain.

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What type of Wedding Car should I have?

Creative Elegance – What type of Wedding Car should I have??

Hi again, back with another question. Now this one might sound silly but it has been asked. “What type of wedding car/s should I have??” It does seem fairly obvious but lets discuss..

1st off, how many people are in your Bridal Party? Most weddings the Bridal Party travel in Special Cars to and from the ceremony and Reception. So seating is important. Do you want a Limo that will hold everyone or a Special car for the Bride & Groom and the bridal party in others??

Age. A lot of old school cars are being used for wedding cars. If this is the case how reliable are they, the last ting you want is a Awesome looking Old School car on you wedding day that doesn’t start. Then on the other hand you have the latest New cars that shouldn’t have any drama’s in the reliability department but, look nothing like the Old School Cars.

Price is another issue. If you have 1 Limo that hold everyone it might be say $700. But you might have 3 old school cars that would be say $350-$400 each.. It all depend on your budget and what you are looking for in your photos..

Feel free to comment below or shoot us an email in the Contact Page!!

Mark Brittain.

Director

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