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MINNIE + BRIAN :: LUSH GARDEN WEDDING AT FINS PLANTATION HOUSE

Minnie and Brian’s Tweed Coast wedding was the perfect blend of heartfelt moments, timeless styling and memorable details. From the handwritten vows that had them both cracking up during the ceremony, to the soft pastel blooms and delicious food stations, these guys created the ultimate garden celebration at Fins Plantation House.

Minnie and Brian wanted to find a venue that showcased the natural beauty of the Tweed Coast region while also offering flexibility with vendors, leading them to the picturesque green surrounds at Fins. With sweeping valley views, epic on-site catering (did someone say dumpling station?) and lush garden party vibes, it was the perfect backdrop for their romantic hinterland day.

When you can literally feel the love radiating out of the wedding photos, you can only imagine how special the day was in person. Captured beautifully by Van Middleton, keep scrolling to see all of the dreamy details along with some wedding planning tips from the newlyweds.

ABOUT THE DAY//

We got married at the beautiful, green Fins Plantation House on a warm autumn’s day. Fins has the most incredible backdrop, and the weather (while teasing rain in the morning) ended up being perfect by the ceremony. 

We wanted our ceremony to be a conversation between two best friends declaring their love in front of their nearest and dearest, and our celebrant Ben Carlyle was perfect in helping us achieve that. He is the bee’s knees of celebrants. He surfed with Brian in the morning of our big day to chill him out and kept me laughing as I waited in the limo for my tardy groom! He interacted with all of our guests with many thinking he was a close friend of ours.

We kept our vows a secret from one another, so when we shared them on the day we burst into tears and laughter. We wanted our guests to be well fed with delicious food and no empty glasses in their hands, and Fins rose to our request. They served the most delicious food, never leaving a guest hungry, and had their wait staff on the ready to refill empty glasses.  They ran a tight ship for us so our day went so smoothly with no hiccups. 

After a cocktail hour of cheese, salami, and an Asian station of dumplings, spring rolls and crab cakes, Brian and I returned from our off location photos – ready to be reintroduced to our stunning sit-down dinner under the green leaves.  After having our mouths sore from laughing through all the speeches, we cleared the way for an EPIC dance floor. It was the best day of our lives and everything we could have envisioned, thanks to all our magnificent suppliers and family and friends who kept the love and party vibes flowing all day and night.  

ABOUT THE STYLE //

We were lucky that the venue alone is stunning, so when deciding how to style we wanted to keep it simple while keeping with our “afternoon garden vibe” wedding, where you watch the sunset amongst the flowers and kick off your shoes to dance within the greenery.  

We were looking for a venue that not only showed off the beauty of the region, but also allowed us flexibility with vendors and most importantly, a later curfew. We took a fairly minimal approach to styling, choosing to use neutrals and florals that echoed the surrounding textures of the area. From the beginning, the main inspiration was for it to feel like a big family dinner where we sat in amongst our guests sharing good food and great wine. This was extremely important to us, so we ensured we had the best catering in the area and also taste-tested a lot of wine to curate the perfect wine list. 

We found our inspiration by using the Tweed Coast Wedding website and their real wedding posts, and of course, Instagram.  

CEREMONY MUSIC //

Do not let our ceremony song fool you, Dead Sea by the Lumineers is a quirky, sweet love song. It was written about a lady who told her boyfriend he was her Dead Sea, the nicest of compliments. The high salt content of the Dead Sea makes it so that people float more easily. We are telling each other during our ceremony that we are so happy because we keep one another afloat. It’s a beautiful and quirky way to tell someone that you will be there for them.

FIRST DANCE SONG //

Our first dance was another easy decision. The Beach Boys was playing in Brian’s on our first weekend getaway to Byron Bay, and the song ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ with its beautiful lyrics encapsulated how we feel when we are around each other – that there is nothing to worry about. 

What was your favorite moment of the day? 

Minnie – I have two favourites. The first was reading our vows – we both wrote them separately to surprise one another, and did Brian make me laugh and cry, especially promising to keep his geology lessons to a maximum of two facts per day! I’ll hold him to that one. During the vows, our celebrant stepped aside and it honestly felt like it was just the two of us, having a conversation, making jokes and puns about how much we love one another! I completely forgot we had 100+ guests staring at us. The second was the best man speeches, they told me they were going to reveal the old Brian who I was not aware of from his childhood growing up in the UK! It was an eye opener! No dry eyes in the room from laughter! 

Brian – Seeing Minnie walk down the aisle and eating that delicious food served up by Fins! They live up to their reputation, trust me.

Both – A special part of our day was that both of our wedding bands were made by our two close friends. They designed and crafted them to represent our unique personalities. We are so grateful that their love and creativity was a part of our day. 

What is your number one tip to brides? 

The best advice we were given prior to our wedding was to take a step back on the day and look at all your guests – look at all the smiles and laughter in the room, celebrating your milestone. It’s true that it’s over before you know it, so be selfish and have the day you want, if you want to just spend it with yourselves, do that, see your guests the next day for brunch! 

The only other thing would be to just go with the flow. Something will not go to your wedding plan, but that’s okay, take a deep breath and have a drink with your bridesmaids, you are GETTING MARRIED today! 

Find more Real Wedding inspiration from Fins Plantation House here!

SUPPLIERS //

Venue and catering: Fins Plantation House

Photographer: Van Middleton

Florist: The French Petal

Celebrant: Ben Carlyle

Band: Jake and Andy

Video: Beloved Visuals

Cake: Let Them Eat Cake

Stationery: Sunshine & Confetti

Hair: Aleesha Darke

Makeup: Melanie Jane

Engagement ring + Groom wedding band: The French Door

Bride wedding brand: Renae Hudson, Le Gassick

Dress: Babushka Ballerina

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