A heartfelt love story surrounded by natural beauty and a majestic sunset.  George and Johanna say IDO at Cedar Creek Lodges on Tamborine Mountain.

Photographed by Calika.co 

George & Johanna

24th August 2019

Cedar Creek Lodges

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HOW WE MET

My partner George Raymant, and I met at my workplace over 5 years ago. I was, and still currently a personal trainer at Fitness First on the Gold Coast and George was a member. One day I noticed George and asked another personal trainer who he was.  When asked why, I replied “because I’m going to marry him one day”.

For the following months I used my position as the excuse to talk to George. I put in a lot of ground work for him to ask me out!  George was unsure if I was just being polite and doing my job. It took him 4 months to gain the courage and ask me out after following me to Woolworths, asking me in the fruit and vegetable aisle.

Fast forward 3 and a half years later,George proposed to me at Sunrise on top of Burleigh Hill look out.  Burleigh Hill holds a significant place in mine and my families heart having lost my mother the year before to pancreatic cancer. That was our spot, where we celebrated, laughed, cried and said our goodbye. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect spot to share that moment all together.

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THE VENUE

Upon our return from holiday in the Phillipines, I began researching wedding venues. I knew I wanted a Garden party winter wedding.  We viewed so many venues including DIY properties but nothing felt right for us. The venue had to match us, our relationship and our personality. A friend encouraged us to visit Cedar Creek Lodges. We booked a viewing and met Cedar Creek Lodges Wedding Co-ordinator, Monica.

It was lush, green and open with so many great spots to hold each part of our day which we loved and definatley took advantage of.

The day was absolutely magic and hands down the best day of our lives. Our reception was held at the lake with the warm winter sun beaming down on us.  Followed by a garden party with lawn games, then taking our guests to the breathtaking rain-forest amphitheater.

When George and I go out for dinner, we love to order lots of small plates to share and sit at the bar amongst it all.  Moving away from the traditional styled wedding was no question for us. Cedar Creek Lodges had a great cocktail menu and beverage package which worked perfectly for us and our budget.

We opted for a relaxed boho luxe cocktail style wedding. Set with neutral tones, blush, gold with pops of magenta and filled the space with the dreamiest furniture pieces.

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THE LINE UP

Venue – Cedar Creek Lodges | Photographer – Calika.co | Videographer – Fiddle Fig Films | Florals –  The Posy Collective | Cake – Raw by Emily – GF & DF | Hair – Solo Hair | MUA – Natalie Lucas | Dress – Justin Alexander Signature from Sugar & Spice in Chermside (Sleeves added) | Earrings – San Lucar | Furniture Hire – Hampton Event Hire & The One Day House | Suits Politix | Bridesmaid Dresses – Loreta | Flower girl dresses – Arabella and Rose

Maleika, Corey (Calika.co) and Kelly (Fiddle Fig Films) were absolute champions. They were like ninjas capturing all the emotion of the day and made us feel so comfortable. All our guests commented on how much they loved them all.

 

ADVICE TO COUPLES

Sourcing all our vendors was very time consuming.  It was important to us that they aligned with the overall feel and style we were going for.  Boy did the research pay off.  I couldn’t recommend our vendors enough.  Three days later, we jetted off to Santorini, Crete finishing off in Split, Croatia.  I would 100% recommend going to Crete.  I wish we had an entire week there!

 

THE FUTURE

Since planning and styling our entire wedding, it became very apparent this was a serious passion of mine.  I recently launched my own Wedding Planning and Styling business, Boho Luxe & Co.  It is my hope to work with many couples in the future helping them create a magical day, so they too can experience the best day of their lives!  Just like my husband and I.

Within the next 2-3 years, we would like to travel a little more.  Buy our forever home on the Gold Coast and produce a little love of our own.