Alex and Koby got married at Rosewood Estate in the mist, in the midst of a pandemic, with five kilos of confetti raining down over their glittering rainbow disco reception bathed in the glow of neon lights and sparkling disco balls. The brief was ‘disco balls to the wall’ – a ‘not too wedding-y’ maximalist celebration full of colour, sparkle and light set on the edge of a hill overlooking the Gold Coast.
Although the studio has been running for almost 7 years now, if you have contacted us here at Cloud Catcher for any reason at all over the past 4 years, you have spoken to the bride in the following images. Alex joined our Collective in 2016 as our Studio Manager and has been the glue that holds us all together, keeps all our wedding projects running to perfection and our email responses delightful and prompt. Other wedding vendors exclaim in envy ‘Ugh! I wish we had an Alex!’
We are, indeed, the luckiest. So, when Koby asked Alex to marry him, Alex asked her Studio colleagues to take the photos and the video (of course!) before assembling her dream wedding creative team. This insanely beautiful, ambitious, wildly fun wedding plan began taking shape.
Meanwhile, there was this little thing called Covid happening. While Alex was (disco)balls deep in planning her own wedding, she was also helping countless other Cloud Catcher couples navigate the unknown territory of border closures, restrictions, rescheduling their dates. There were snap lockdowns the very week of Alex and Koby’s wedding. So, in those crucial pre-wedding days, we weren’t even sure what the wedding was going to look like, if it would go ahead, who would actually be able to make it. And then, it poured with rain most of the wedding day.
So, when couples chat to Alex about potential Covid rescheduling, navigating restrictions, or wet weather options – please know she is the absolute expert in alllll the curve balls that could possibly be thrown at a wedding day!
Right, on to the fun stuff! Alex and Koby wanted their wedding to feel like two parts – a romantic ceremony, and a glittering, neon-filled, sunset coloured disco. They asked all their guests to turn up in something fun and sparkly and be ready to dance the night away. Some guests went a step further and changed into their own ‘party jackets’ in sparkling sequins for the reception. A confetti cannon was rigged up for the dance floor, blasting kilos of foil confetti onto the dance floor throughout the night.
If we could offer some advice to our couples, it would be to have a wedding coordinator on your team. Especially if you’re getting married at a private property where there isn’t a dedicated on site venue coordinator. Having one person to liaise between all the suppliers is always a huge weight off the marrying couples’ shoulders, but even more so during snap lockdowns as all the ‘is this wedding even going ahead’ phone calls start coming in, and to execute wet weather plans as it begins bucketing down with rain as the ceremony is due to start. We can say with some authority that Alex and Koby’s wedding was a particularly difficult gig for all involved in so many ways, and it still went off like a frog in a very sparkly sock. Ngaire and her team from Event Stylist and Co were life savers here!
The other piece of wisdom from Alex and Koby was to pick wedding vendors whose work you love, and then let them just do their thing. It’s not always easy to hand the reins over and trust the process, we totally get it! But, this trust is where the real magic is. Every single supplier these two chose was given the ‘sunset disco’ brief and they all ran with it. We could (maybe we should) do separate blog posts singing the praises of each and every wonderful member of the dream team.
Alright. You may never be truly ready for this, but let’s go…. all the incredible suppliers are listed at the bottom, along with Al and Kob’s film.
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Alex and Koby: The Film
Venue Rosewood Estate
Coordinator & Stylist Event Stylist & Co
Florist Mrs Gibbons Flowers
Celebrant Les O’berg
DJ Cut a Rug
Gown George Wu
Tuxedo Wil Valor
Bridesmaids dresses Shona Joy
Groomsmens suits Black Jacket Suiting
MUA Bexi Ford
Hair Isabella Jane
Bride’s crown & earrings Tania Maras
Rings Hampton Fine Jewellery
Bride’s shoes Terry De Havilland
Catering Gareth Keenan Catering
Cake Petal & Peach
Furniture Hire Moreton Hire
Glassware Table for Louis
Stationery / Bridal table runner Paper Fusion
Reception backdrop Fancy Schmancy Balloon Co
Neon sign Neon Republic
Lighting & Rigging AV Ideas
Confetti Blower Stage FX
Ceremony Confetti The Whole Bride