A Brisbane Backyard Surprise Wedding

This was one of those weddings where we actually had to pinch ourselves to make sure we weren’t dreaming! From the moment we met Danielle & Alex, we knew bringing their dream of a surprise wedding to life was going to be an incredible experience. Under the guise of their engagement party, we planned a beautiful soirée under the stars involving some of the best vendors around!

We worked closely alongside Danielle & Alex, enjoying more than one tasty meal and bottle of wine at their place during the planning process. It was truly a pleasure to provide our planning, coordination, styling and hire services for this adorable couple as they gave their guests the best surprise ever!

Before we delve into the magic of this amazing day, a word from the beautiful bride…

“Emma from Coco and Confetti is a very special lady. She went above and beyond to make sure my wedding day was everything I dreamed it to be. She is so passionate, professional and dedicated to her work, with attention to detail that I (also a perfectionist designer) could completely trust 100%. I would not hesitate in the slightest to recommend her to anyone. Apart from her amazing talent and abilities, she is simply a gorgeous, lovely and warm person to share this most stressful time with. We had difficult home-based surprise wedding – complete with a “scene change” and Emma made this not only possible but spectacularly so. We will always be grateful to her and her fabulous team.”

While the bride and groom enjoyed their wedding day, we completely transformed their backyard and underneath the house. We created a magical dining and lounge area on their garage (which was completely unrecognisable by the time we finished!). The stunning Edison bulb lighting from AVIdeas and flowers by Julia Rose were the perfect accompaniment to our retro styling pieces.

One of the coolest elements of this wedding was the theme – Spanish fiesta meets retro revelries! Our creative muscles flexed just at the mention of this epic wedding concept! We love how it all came together.. using lots of colour, retro furniture, pops of gold and tons of hand-designed touches by the bride & groom. Even the invitations were beyond amazing (thanks to the crazy talent of Lindqvist Ink)!

The craziest part of the day for us was the ‘reveal’… when the groom announced (and the bride peeked out to watch it all go down), that it was not, in fact, an engagement party, but was actually a wedding! The guests’ surprise and glee set the tone for the rest of the evening, which was pure love, happiness and celebration.

Our team, which had been floating through the party as “friends” of the couple, mobilised into action and created a pop-up ceremony space, complete with retro stools, signing table, petal toss station and incredible macrame arbour!

The ceremony was a love and fun-filled affair, especially with celebrant Alana Salm at the helm! After saying their “I do’s”, the couple took some time to celebrate, have a sparkler war, throw some confetti & cuddle their cats!

We honestly cannot thank Danielle & Alex more for having us as part of their special day. We will forever hold this wedding in our memories as one of the best events of our careers!

To the bride & groom, from the bottom of our hearts, we wish you all the best for your married life. We are so glad that your wedding brought us into your lives and we look forward to enjoying many more roast dinners and bottles of red with you in the future 😉

Working alongside some of Brisbane’s best wedding vendors was a huge pleasure for us. We couldn’t have made the day anywhere near as special without their talents!

Photography: Daisy & The Duke

Celebrant: Weddings By Popular Demand

Planning, Coordination, Styling & Hire: Coco & Confetti

Flowers: Flowers by Julia Rose

Lighting & Hire: AVIdeas

Caravan Bar: Gathering Events

Cake: Gillian Bell Cake

Hair & Make-up: Blush & Bangs

Stationery: Lindqvist Ink

Plants: The Borrowed Nursery