Kimberley and Dylan: Shafston House Wedding, Brisbane

One of my favourite parts about blogging wedding photos is interviewing the bride and groom. I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic and I love hearing about how they met and how they became engaged.

But for me, the most interesting part is when I ask them to describe each other in five words.  Many couples, unwittingly, will choose the same words to describe one another. This was true of my latest bride and groom, Kimberley and Dylan, who both chose the word ‘supportive’ to describe each other. It was a word that popped up throughout the day – during the ceremony and in many of the speeches. Even the way they held hands during the reception expressed their support and love of each other.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to the happy couple…

How did you meet?  At a work dinner

Tell us about your proposal. Dylan took me horseback riding in Bangalow, and then surprised me with a night away in Byron Bay. We went for a walk along the most easterly point of Australia (underneath the Byron lighthouse), and it was here that he proposed. A rainbow even came out for us!

Describe each other in five words
Kimberley: Dylan is – Calming, dashing, romantic, funny, supportive
Dylan: Kimberley is – Understanding, supportive, infuriating (in a good way) loving, protective

What kind of day are you planning? 1920’s Great Gatsby/Jazz

The day began at the Marriott Brisbane where Kimberley was getting ready.  Her accessories definitely fit the Great Gatsby theme.

Marriot Brisbane wedding: Bridal bouquet

Let me just say that Kimberley’s beautiful dress had one of the longest, most amazing trains ever.

Marriott Brisbane wedding: Kimberley's bridal preparationMarriott Brisbane wedding: Kimberley and bridesmaidMarriot Brisbane wedding: Kimberley

The ceremony was held at historic Shafston House on the Brisbane River. Kimberley has many fond childhood memories of the magnificent property, which is owned by her uncle.

Shafston House wedding: Ceremony details

Here’s the handsome groom, Dylan.

Shafston House wedding: Dylan the groomShafston House wedding: Dylan on the verandahShafston House wedding: GuestsShafston House wedding: Kimberley and Dylan's ceremonyShafston House wedding: Dylan and Kimberley exchange vows
Shafston House wedding: Cute babyShafston House wedding: Samantha Shannon PhotographyShafston House wedding: Bride and groom laughingShafston House wedding: Bride and groom on lawnShafston House wedding: Bride and groom on verandah

Shafston House wedding: Kimberley and Dylan


Shafston House wedding: Kimberley and Dylan near Brisbane River

Shafston House wedding: Kimberley and Dylan in parlour

The reception was held at the elegant Marriott Brisbane and was the perfect venue for the bride and groom’s Great Gatsby theme.

Marriott Brisbane reception: Kimberley and DylanMarriott Brisbane wedding reception: Kimberley and Dylan's cake

A three-piece jazz band, the Mal Wood Trio, set the tone for the night.

Marriott Brisbane wedding reception: Mal Wood Trio

The speeches were one of the highlights of the night. The bridesmaids’ rendition of ‘Horses’ by Darryl Braithwaite brought the house down.

And had the bride in stitches.

Marriott Brisbane wedding reception: Kimberley the brideMarriott Brisbane wedding reception: Dylan

See what I mean about supportive? Love this sneaky pic I took of the bride and groom during the reception.

Marriott Brisbane wedding reception: Samantha Shannon PhotographyMarriott Brisbane wedding reception: Bride and guest

The 1920s themed photo booth was a big hit with the guests.

Marriott Brisbane wedding reception: Photo boothMarriott Brisbane wedding reception: Bride and groom waltzMarriott Brisbane wedding reception: Guests dancing

Wedding details:

Ceremony: Shafston House
Reception: Marriott Brisbane
Officiant: Minister David Fanning
Flowers: Kelly from Bella Bloom Floral Designs
Makeup: Karen Lang
Hair: Gary and Morgen from Zen Hair
Cake: Ideas in Icing
Entertainment: Mal Wood TrioProps: Costume Connections


Samantha Shannon