Welcome to your wedding at Flaxton Gardens
My husband, Alan, and I welcome you to Flaxton Gardens. It is with great pleasure and honour that we are the new proprietors of this beautiful homestead. Together, with the help of our three gorgeous children we will work with you to create a unique and special day.
Set on iconic acreage with sweeping views across the Sunshine Coast from Moreton Island to Noosa, Flaxton Gardens is a beautiful tranquil venue for your special day.
Alan oversees the kitchen with a team of chefs. From this kitchen he creates a wide variety of dishes and being well experienced we are able to assist you with creating dishes of your particular liking and variety. Alan brings a wealth of knowledge into his kitchen from Europe where he held three rosettes which ranks in the top 10% of European restaurants.
I will work with you to see that all front of house matters are met from the initial meeting to the departure on your wedding day. As we are open every day the brigade of twenty five staff work with us on a day to day basis enabling Flaxton Gardens to be a well oiled machine resulting in a friendly, professional service.
The packages I have created are here as a guide and I really do believe in creating this day with you. Being married is all about unity and coming together as one – husband and wife.
I look forward to being part of this season in your life and working with you to create this day, hear your thoughts and work together.
We are members of Maleny Montville
With thanks and blessings,
|Date: Saturday 11 August 2012
Couple's full names: Ben Nicholson and Kate Lowe
Number of Guests: 80
Wedding website: www.benandkategetmarried.com
Celebrant: Merlin Coughlan
Wedding Coordinator: Georgina from Flaxton Gardens
Photography: Shutter and Lace
How did you meet? We met in the early hours of Good Friday when the only place that was open was the Casino. Kate walked past Ben; Ben stopped her and started a conversation. And the rest is history….
The Proposal: After 5 years together, Ben and Kate had a 4 week trip to the U.S. Ben proposed a few days before the trip was due to end, after a few `perfect` moments along the way Kate thought it just wasn~t going to happen. We ended up being on a horse and carriage in Central Park (perfect moment or what!)
The Honeymoon: We both went back to work for a week after the wedding and then left for a 4 week South American getaway!
Hen's Night: A 3 night Byron Bay extravaganza organized by the Brides 2 sisters.
Buck's night: Ben had 2 bucks nights, one in Melbourne (his home town) and one in Brisbane.
Funniest Moment: A few!
Kate’s Special Memory: The MC telling Kate “OK Kate, you have to go soon, we`re going to the goodbye circle now.” With those words it hit Kate how fast the day had gone and how much fun it was. It was all over!
Bens Special Memory: When I saw Kate and her Dad starting to walk down the aisle. It was mixture of positive emotions but also confusion as I thought to myself “What is that blue thing on her hat?” As she got closer I realized it was her hair: She changes her hair often but I wasn`t expecting it to change from less than 24 hours ago!
Special thanks: Kate´s mum made all of the fabric bouquets, the cushions to sit on the hay bales, took up the boys pants – the list goes on! Kate´s sister made the jam bomboniere which was a total hit with every guest. Bens mum and sister made all of the cookies and gingerbread men for the lolly table. It was all hands on deck and we couldn`t have done it without the help of our families.
Styling Notes from the Day: A colour scheme of Black, Red and Ivory, with touches of lace, pearls, twine and burlap to give the day a rustic vintage feel. We had lots of references to travel, as Ben proposed when we were overseas.
The seating plan was a vintage style map, and the table names were cities we visited when we went to the U.S. and Ben proposed - New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas… were a few. They were designed like postacrds complete with a picture of us in that city. The place cards were vintage style luggage tags.
We used a vintage suitcase as our wishing well as we were using it towards our South American honeymoon.
As our ceremony and reception were at the same place, we wanted to create a garden party for our guests whilst we were off getting photos. We scattered hay bales and cushions around the lawn and used vintage suitcases as coffee tables.
We had a lolly table with our favourite lollies, chocolate cookies, ginger bread and lamingtons with a sign “Love is all you need. And maybe a few lollies!”
The guest book was a print of Ben and Kate holding a bunch of balloons drawn by a local Brisbane artist – Little Lala`s Jewllery. The guests signed red circles which then became the bunch of balloons.
Advice for other brides-to-be: Making your own DIY touches to your big day is totally worth it. But don’t underestimate how long and time consuming it will be just to source and decide on the fabric and little bits and pieces you will need before you even start to make things! Start planning and sourcing those little things as soon as you have your venue booked, and don’t expect to pick everything up in just 1 day!
A wedding website can be really helpful if you have guests travelling interstate, we listed lots of options on ours including accommodation, transport options, RSVP`s and information on our wishing well. Many guests commented that it was helpful. You can set your own one up using www.theknot.com.au