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BRIGETTE + NATE :: OCEANIC INSPIRED TAVERNA WEDDING

We love seeing couples do things a little differently here on the Tweed Coast. Brigette and Nate designed their wedding around everything (and everyone) they loved; spending their day soaking up the sun and sipping Aperol Spritz at one of their favourite coastal restaurants, Taverna.

Drawing inspiration from the ocean, these guys created an intimate, heartfelt celebration by the beach, complete with neon signage, lush dried foliage, free-flowing drinks and 70 of their closest crew. Their day began with a minimalist ceremony in the Kingscliff community hall, followed by a glass of Prosecco and a short walk across to Taverna’s peppermint door for a delicious Greek feast. 

Guests devoured share plates and toasted the newlyweds amidst clouds of babies breath and a dreamy ocean backdrop, before heading back to the hall to dance the night away. Yep – we reckon their celebration sounds like absolute bliss! 

See exactly how the magic unfolded through these snaps by Wilde Visual below, as Brigette and Nate talk us through their experience planning a wedding here on the Tweed Coast.

ABOUT THE DAY //

Our wedding day was celebrated with 70 of our closest family and friends. My brother drove my mum and I to the ceremony in a cream Volkswagen Beetle. The ceremony took place in the Kingscliff Community Hall overlooking the ocean. The buildings position and modernist structure was so appealing to Nate and I. We often admired it during the many weekends we spent along Marine Parade.

On the day, it was the perfect spot to enjoy the summer breeze and escape the sun rays. Our celebrant Mel Haviland married us with such warmth and kindness, our ceremony was filled with love, laughter and sincerity. Once the ceremony was complete, Nate and I enjoyed a Prosecco with our guests and had our family and group photos taken around the venue whilst listening to the cool sounds of our musician Ondre.

We then made our way down Marine Parade on foot to one of our favourite restaurants Taverna. Our guests were welcomed with Aperol Spritz and small plates to share. We scooted off with our bridal party for more photos while the sun set, popping Veuve Clicquot and drinking it from the bottle. We arrived back to Taverna with our guests seated inside the restaurant ready to enjoy dinner, dessert and speeches. While everything went according to plan on our wedding day, one thing a bride and groom can’t prepare for, are the speeches that their loved ones will give and wow, they blew us away. We still say that this was a major highlight of our special day. After dinner (and a party dress change) we arrived back at the hall to DJ Paul. Spritz were flowing, moves were throwing and we quite literally danced the night away.

ON THE STYLE //

The word Oceanic really grabbed me and as I read the description I knew that it would be perfect for our day. The style was based around the sea with its naturally shifting palettes of sand, pastel blues and coral shell tones. We opted for simple styling in both the hall and the restaurant, letting the venues do the talking. At the hall we hired various furniture pieces from Hampton Event Hire, opting for their large round bar to centre the space.

My dad arranged for three large palm trees and two magnolias, while our florist Nesst created a beautiful arrangement on the beam above where we were married which acted as an ‘arbour’. Nesst also put together large flower arrangements around the bar which included roses, orchards and dried palm leaves. We chose babies breath flowers to weave our styling together. Guests described these as clouds of happiness. Our friends from Swell Electrics installed festoon lighting and our custom neon sign which floated above the bar. At Taverna, we kept the styling clean and fresh by simply adding some Himalayan salt tea candle holders, some gold candle sticks, mirrored table numbers adorned with babies breath and bookmark name place cards.

CEREMONY SONG //

“Arc” by Su Na – Nate and I like to listen to new music regularly, often tuning into a random playlist on Apple Music. One trip down south this song played and we were both swept away with its dreaminess. Whenever we listen to it we think of days spent looking for surf and coffee down the coast and now we will remember our wedding day too.

FIRST DANCE SONG //

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers – “Just one look at you and I know it’s gonna be a lovely day.”… how could we not choose this song! We wanted a classic song that we could groove to and as we trolled through our favourite songs this one stuck… it spoke to us and how we see each other… how we want our marriage to be.

DIY PROJECTS //

There were a few! Nate and I made our A-Frame welcome signs together, my dad, sister and I painted them and then I had them printed on at Signarama with the graphics my brother and I had worked on.

I added letter box numbers to mirrors that were mounted on marble to make our table numbers.

All the stationary was roughly designed on a Word Document. My graphic designer brother took my rough designs and made them legitimate. His eye for detail made them polished and able to be printed professionally including our fold-out style invitation.

My grandmother BB made our wedding cake. With dessert provided at Taverna, we just needed a cake to cut on the night but BB outdid herself making a beautiful layered lemon cake. I was able to take one of the layers with me when I went to visit my other Grandmother who wasn’t able to attend the day. Nate and I cut the cake with her and enjoyed it with our family for the days that followed.

FAVOURITE MOMENT //

So many! Standing holding Nate’s hands as we married each other with my loved ones to my left, sisterhood behind me and the ocean to the right. I remember looking out to Cook Island wanting to pinch myself. Another special moment was the speeches that our friends and family made. They made us laugh, cry and duck for cover at times.

Lastly, our dance floor. Having changed into my party dress and sneakers, this girl was ready to bust a move. The breeze was blowing through the hall and if you stood on the right angle you could get the breeze to work like a Beyoncé stage fan. The girls and I danced like we were in a Destiny’s child film clip.

TOP TIP //

Be as organised as you possibly can leading up to the day but when the day comes, surrender to it. What will be will be and more than likely be even more beautiful than you anticipated because it ends up being the people that make it… the rest is just a backdrop.

 

WEDDING SUPPLIERS //

Wedding venue – Taverna
Florist – Nesst
Photographer + Videographer – Wilde Visual
Furniture Hire – Hampton Event Hire
Makeup – Alana Mevissen
Hair – Lucas (Stable Space)
Brides Dress – MXM Couture
Brides Shoes – Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaid Dresses – Shona Joy
Bridesmaid Shoes – Wittner
Stationary – Luke + Brigette Scharkie
Signage – DIY + Signarama
Custom Neon – Queensland Neon
Musician – Ondre Davis
DJ – DJ Paul
Lighting – Swell Electrics
Celebrant – Mel Haviland (Within Me)

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