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Vintage Inspired Wedding ~ Preston Chapel and Manor ~ Queensland Wedding

Some of you might not know this about me, but I spent a few years living in Queensland. It’s where I met my husband and a lot of good friends, so I have a bit of a soft spot for Queensland; especially a place called Toowoomba. So for all of you that think I am entirely Melbourne-centric, I do have another side…

Last month we travelled up to Toowoomba for Fiona and Dylan’s Wedding. I might be a little biased because I know the couple personally, but what an amazing day! Really, it was the most carefully thought-out, fun and beautifully romantic wedding. It was very special for my husband, Dave, and me, since we both got to play our little parts; me as photographer and Dave as a bridesmaid! In case you’re wondering, Dave and Fiona are old friends from way back. In fact, she was a groomsman at our wedding.

The girls (and Dave) prepared for the day at Vacy Hall, a beautiful historic mansion in downtown Toowoomba, and were driven to the Preston Village Chapel in style in a pristine 1936 Dodge limousine. Fiona looked stunning as she stepped through the doors of the chapel. As she walked down the aisle, Dylan couldn’t help but shed a few tears at the sight of her. (Dylan, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with the world but it was truly lovely!)

The party kicked on at the adjoining Preston Manor as the sun set over the valley. The guests laughed and cried with the happy couple during the speeches, and giggled uncontrollably while playing dress-up in the photo booth.

If you feel as though you are seeing double when looking at these photos, don’t despair; you kind of are. Fiona’s lovely twin sister Christina was maid of honour, and was responsible for many of the beautiful crafty details. You can see some of Christina’s amazing work on her blog. Fiona is an active blogger herself; you can check out her award-winning blog here.

Fiona and Dylan, I wish you all the happiness in the world. I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon in New Zealand, and I can’t wait to see the Napier photos and all the art deco goodness you bring back!

The details:

Wedding location: Preston Village Chapel –

Ceremony Official: Joan Kavanagh –

Bridal gown: Vintage 1960’s from Etsy

Bridal accessories: Handmade sash with flowers –

Shoes: Forever New high heels

Bridesmaids Attire and Accessories: Handmade silk gowns and matching jackets made by brides mother, shoes from Wittner and silk clutches handmade by bride

Flowers:  Friend, Brad

Jewellery: Vintage jewellery passed down through family

Cars: 1936 Dodge D2, Kenz Classic Cars –

Bonboniere: Crochet napkin rings, handmade by twin sister, Christina

Wedding Rings:

Bride: Great Grandmothers wedding ring.

Groom: Custom handmade ring by Christina Lowry Designs –

First night: Vacy Hall –

Honeymoon: New Zealand for 11 days

Comments (4)

  1. Thanks Liz! These look great – I can’t wait to see the rest of them. I love how you have captured so much of what was happening on the day. Especially love the shot of Christina and I with the mustaches on – very classy! Thanks for a lovely write up.

  2. Phil Stefans says:

    Gorgeous images!!!

  3. Christina says:

    Love them all Liz! You have done a wonderful job yet again. Fiona was lucky indeed to have you there as friend and photographer. 🙂

  4. Sue says:

    These are awesome! What a beautiful church ~ so picturesque! You captured the day so well I feel like I am there when I look at your photos!! Well done!