Real Wedding QandA With Laura and Iain

Laura and Iain were married in what was a magical experience for everyone at Spicers Clovelly Estate. It was a pleasure to photograph their wedding, a special thank you to Laura and Iain for sharing some of their experiences and thoughts about their wedding day.

Tell us about the proposal…did it go as planned? 

Iain took me away to Ruffles Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland under the guise of it being my birthday celebration as it was the eve of my birthday. We were the only guests there and we were having a drink before dinner overlooking the Gold Coast city lights when Iain dropped to one and proposed. We stayed the night and the next day (my birthday) we surprised his parents and some of our friends by visiting and sharing our news before dinner with both families at 1889 Enoteca that Iain arranged for my birthday/to celebration our engagement. It was a really exciting 24 hours!!

OK, let’s chat about your wedding…

How did you chose your wedding and reception venues? What was important?

Choosing our venue was the hardest part of the whole planning process. We wanted somewhere beautiful where we could be married at and also have the reception, food and wine was incredibly important to us and we wanted somewhere intimate and stylish that didn’t feel like a function centre. We tossed up places like Ravello in Italy, Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand and Saffire in Tasmania, but I was always concerned that having our wedding somewhere that wasn’t within driving distance to Brisbane would prove to be more difficult. We researched some options in QLD then visited Spicers Clovelly Estate for lunch and fell in love with it. It definitely ticked all of our boxes and there wasn’t actually anywhere else we looked at in person. In terms of organisation I’m so glad we could use local suppliers.


 We like to share the quality suppliers our couples have used for their wedding. Laura and Iain’s wedding vendors were:

Jeweller – Jon Crosbie Jewellery

Invitations – Urban Weddings

Florist – Nanette Gower from Making Arrangements

Wedding gown – Hilde Heim

Men’s attire – The Cloak Room

Marriage Celebrant – Dee Hamson

Wedding reception function manager – Michelle Jarrat & Sam (Spicers Clovelly Estate)

Music – Karma Duo

Travel agent – Main Beach Travel

Hairdresser – Jordan Craig

Make up – Monique Deveney

Wedding Photography – John Reyment, Reyment Photographics

Wedding Video – Lumina Motion Pictures