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Choosing a wedding venue can sometimes feel overwhelming, but for Amelia and Joel it was love at first sight! These two felt an instant connection to the lush green surrounds of Fins Plantation House and knew it would be the perfect backdrop for their destination wedding on the Tweed Coast.

Filled with simple, elegant styling, plenty of fresh foliage, statement lighting, crisp white blooms and golden sunsets, we think you’ll love this hinterland wedding just as much as we do. Keep scrolling to see all of the beautiful details (created by a dream team of local vendors), along with the surprise announcement from the newlyweds that made the day just so special!


Our wedding was the most special day and if I could do it again I would. As Joel and I grew up in different states and now live in Melbourne, the first thing to do was to decide which state to get married in: Adelaide or Gold Coast? No matter what we decided, friends and family were going to have to travel, so we wanted to create a few special days in an easily accessible venue in the hope that everyone could make it.

We started looking at venues and our decision was made for us. As soon as we saw Fins Plantation House, just outside of Kingscliff, we knew it was the one. We fell in love with the place, from the view overlooking endless greenery to the amazing indoor/outdoor reception area, it looked like we were getting married in Northern NSW!

Living in Melbourne, this made the organising a little challenging, but we eventually got our wedding team together, with lots of help and guidance from Fins Plantation House. Morgan and Florent were so helpful right from the start!

Kingscliff ended up being the perfect place for a wedding with all the guests staying so close to each other – it was hard not to bump into someone from the wedding at the local cafe or beach in the few days leading up to the wedding, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. My family stayed in Casuarina in a house with all the bridesmaids, Joel and his family stayed at “The Beaches” in Caba and our guests were spread from Kingscliff to Santai in Casuarina.

I have to say before walking down the aisle I have never been so nervous – thoughts like “why did I invite so many people” and “what if I don’t get my vows out without crying!”. But it was magical, and I am told there was not a dry eye amongst our guests.

Photo time with the beautiful Mt Warning and Cactus Garden as our backdrop, then into our reception to celebrate with everyone who had made such an effort to come up for our big day, that was our main priority.

Everything about the day was perfect, from the music (highly recommend Fernando), the styling (Renee from Table Jewels left no stone unturned) and the flowers – Lola from Lola’s Wildflowers were amazing. But most importantly the venue – Fins Plantation House. The staff, the food, the service, the organisation, everything was flawless and the reason the day ran so smoothly. We had so many of our guests comment about the amazingly tasty food, how beautiful the venue was and the fabulous service.

To make the day a little extra special, we announced we were 14 weeks pregnant (only family knew!), so for the rest of the night and on the dance floor there was an extra special buzz!


My style is minimal and stress-free. I am not overly creative, so knew I wouldn’t be able to decorate a venue from scratch, especially from long distance in Melbourne. But that’s what was so great about Fins Plantation House. It already had so much greenery, the most amazing views and gardens, it really didn’t need much styling.

Renee from Table Jewels who is a local wedding stylist was fantastic, and she helped with all the extras we needed without going over the top. She did everything from the arbour, to the table flowers, outdoor furniture hire to moving the arbour inside after our ceremony to make a photo booth!

I knew I wanted to use neutral colours of green and cream, to keep with the summer theme.


Home (Acoustic Version) by Edward Sharpe – We thought it was perfect, as I walk down the aisle to my new life, my new husband and my new home!


I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Acoustic Version) by Whitney Houston – How could this not be the perfect song for our first dance!


We re-used the arbour from the ceremony, bought in some costumes and a polaroid camera and used this as our photobooth/guest book. With guests encouraged to take a photo and write a message to the new bride and groom.


Can I pick two – my first favourite moment was saying my vows to Joel and listening to his. Even though we were speaking words so honest and open from our hearts in front of 150 people, in this moment all I saw was Joel and all I cared about was him hearing these words to build our life together.

My second favourite moment came between entrees and mains. The photographer grabbed us for some sunset photos out the front, but when we got out there, nearly half of the wedding guests were out there.
Not long after, all the wedding guests were out the front watching the most magnificent orange sunset, taking photos and mingling. This is what a wedding is all about, unplanned special moments.

See more real weddings from Fins Plantation House here!


Venue – Fins at Plantation House
Photographer – Mad Rose
Videographer – Mad Rose
Celebrant – Shane Vincent
Stylist and Furniture Hire – Renee from Table Jewels
Cake – Rebel from Rebellyous Cake Co
Music – Fernando from North Coast Entertainment
Flowers – Lola from Lola’s Wildflowers
Wedding Dress – Karen Willis Holmes
Bridesmaids Dresses – Camilla
Hair and Make Up – Cassandra Lusi
Groom and Groomsmen Suits – The Bespoke Corner Tailors
Engagement and Wedding Rings – Torres Jeweller Melbourne
Bus Hire – Surfside Buses
Recovery – Kingscliff Beach Hotel

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