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KASEY + GORDON :: MODERN CLASSIC WEDDING AT FINS PLANTATION HOUSE

Kasey and Gordon’s Fins Plantation House wedding was inspired by classic styling, personal touches and a hint of tropical colour. For these two, it was all about creating a fun, relaxed celebration centred around sharing good food, plentiful wine and beautiful views with their favourite bunch of people. 

From the completely personalised ceremony (officiated by a close friend) to their custom wedding playlist and DIY signage, we loved hearing all about Kasey and Gordon’s approach to designing an authentic and unique day. These guys had some serious words of wisdom to share with us, so we’ll let them (and their dreamy wedding snaps) do the talking.

Keep scrolling for an inside look at this sweet Tweed Coast celebration, along with the stellar team of suppliers who made it all happen!

ABOUT THE DAY //

In the early planning stages we sat down to work out what sort of wedding we wanted. We summed it up in three words; personal, fun and relaxed. We ditched certain traditions that didn’t feel very “us” and did things our own way (writing the entire ceremony ourselves for example). We wanted to celebrate our marriage with good friends and family, great food, plentiful wine, beautiful views and awesome tunes – and we certainly did just that. There Tweed Coast is such a beautiful spot to celebrate your big day, and is blessed with some of the best suppliers in the business.

ABOUT THE STYLING //

A friend described our wedding as “modern classic” which is probably the best way to sum up our style — or lack thereof! We took a lot of inspiration from our venue, Fins at Plantation House. Classic, understated, naturally beautiful, it didn’t need any extra touches. In keeping with the garden setting of Fins we went with colourful, tropical flowers, but otherwise kept things clean and simple. Even my wedding dress was as understated as they come — a white silk slip dress from Grace Loves Lace.

CEREMONY MUSIC //

We love music so carefully selected the tunes for the entire wedding, curating our own playlists for each section of the day. We started with Gang of Youths “Le Symbolique” building into “Let Me Down Easy” for the walk down the aisle. We wanted to set the tone from the get go and make people smile. We also thought the lyrics were pretty on the money… everyone wants someone to love them for who they are, or let them down easy… right?

FIRST DANCE SONG //

For the first dance we chose a song by one of our favourite bands, Everything Now by Arcade Fire. The lyrics probably aren’t the most appropriate for a wedding, but it’s a song that makes you want to dance – and dance into the night we did.

DIY PROJECTS //

It was important to us to add some fun, personal touches to the day. We wrote the entire script for the wedding ceremony ourselves, including the vows. We wanted it to reflect who we are — and not be too formal or lovey dovey. Our good friend Lach officiated, with registered celebrant Janice (the mother of another close friend) stepping in for the legal part of the ceremony. We created a playlist of music for the entire day rather than having a band or DJ; choreographed our own first dance (thanks YouTube!); designed our own signage; made some care bundles for the bathrooms filled with little necessities like perfume, panadol, safety pins and the like so guests had everything they needed for a night of fun. Originally we had wanted a DIY festival style wedding on a rural property but we’re so glad we went with a venue who looked after everything. It allowed us to keep things personal but completely relax and enjoy the day!

FAVOURITE MOMENT //

There were so many special moments but the impromptu singalong over dinner was a definite highlight! As a bit of a laugh, we created a playlist of cheesy love songs to play for the sit-down part of the evening. When Mr Big’s “To Be With You” came on midway through the main course, everyone randomly burst out in song. The karaoke continued as Boys II Men “End of the Road” followed! 

The speeches were another special part of the day. Rather than have a bridal party, we asked three of our closest friends to write their own readings for the wedding ceremony, and another two, along with our Dads, to speak at the reception. All of the speeches and readings were so heartfelt and funny, there were lots of tears and belly laughs. Plus it was a really lovely surprise for us to hear what they’d written

NUMBER ONE TIP //

If we had one piece of advice, it’s to decide what is and isn’t important to you at the very beginning. It’ll mean you’re both on the same page, will make budgeting easier and take away some of the stress as you then have a ready made planning checklist. Oh, and Brides-to-be, make sure you have a big, hearty breakfast — you’ve got a long day ahead of you!

See more real weddings from Fins Plantation House here!

SUPPLIERS:

Being a Murwillumbah girl (albeit now living in Melbourne), it was important to me to use as many Tweed Coast suppliers as possible.

Wedding venue // Fins at Plantation House. Fins is incomparable in its beautiful outlook of Mt Warning, but also in it’s wonderfully warm, attentive staff and top-class food. 

Videographer // Anchored Cinema. I only locked in a videographer a week out from the wedding as a surprise for Gordo, and boy did we get lucky with these wonderfully creative guys. 

Celebrant // Our good friend Lach & the lovely Janice Aldridge from Ceremonies With Amala 

Flowers // Pollen Weddings. They make dreamy blooms and are a complete dream to work with.

Hair & Make-Up // The Luxe Beauty Co made me feel beautiful, and Weila was a fun, reassuring presence to have around.

Transport // Surfside Buslines & Total Passenger Transport. Professional service and legendary drivers!

Wedding Dress // Grace Loves Lace. So much love for this beautiful, Gold Coast label.

Flower Girl dresses // Little Auguste. They make the sweetest, boho dresses for the little people in your life. 

Suit // The Bespoke Corner. Great service and couldn’t be happier with the finished (bespoke) product.

Accommodation // The Beach, Cabarita. Overlooking the best beach on the Tweed Coast, you can’t beat it. 

Printing // The Print Spot. The loveliest locals in the business.

Photographer // Jess at Fontaine. 

 

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