Leigh and her husband Brett first met in High School and remained in contact until the year after they finished school, which is when they got together. 13 years later, Leigh and Brett tied the knot.
The pair married on Saturday 17th March 2012 at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, concealed in the Gold Coast Hinterland. ‘We’ve lived near the ocean our whole lives and everyone we know gets married at or near the beach, I just wanted to get married somewhere different and I love the look of rainforests with big old trees in photos, I found O’Reilly’s and it just seemed to be perfect. It was only 3 hour’s drive away from home, so I convinced my husband to be to go have a look at it and we both fell in love with place as soon as we got there.’
Leigh had seen a wedding photo in a magazine with a couple getting married on the edge of a cliff and thought it looked amazing and we agree! With the majestic views of the Lost World Valley and Great Dividing Range, set amongst beautiful aged trees, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat was the perfect place for Leigh and Brett’s vintage inspired wedding.
‘It was overcast and there was a bit of light of rain. However, the rain held off enough for us to have the ceremony outside. The umbrellas in the photos added to the character of the day.’
On a trip to Bali for Leigh’s 30th Birthday, Brett led her down to a secluded beach and gave Leigh the best birthday card she will ever get. ‘He proposed by writing in my birthday card asking me if I wanted to be a McLennan, and then he pulled out the ring. I was a bit speechless, I wasn’t expecting it at all.’
Leigh first saw the Madelyn gown in a wedding magazine and it was the exact style she was looking for. Leigh along with her Mum, Sister and Sister-in-law, ventured to the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES store in Brisbane where she tried on about 10 different wedding gown’s, ‘they were all so beautiful, it was a little hard to choose.’ She was able to make up her mind and decided on the stunning Madelyn bridal gown, ‘I loved how the gown fitted and how soft the fabric was’.
Leigh’s adorable bow shoes are from Tony Bianco and look perfect with the wedding dress.
We would like to thank both Leigh and Brett for sharing their special day with us and wish them all the luck in the world for their future together. Also an enormous thank you to Andrew Thurtell, from Thurtell Photography, who took these breathtaking photos. Leigh came across Thurtell Photography and says ‘I stopped looking for anyone else when I found him. He did such a great job with our photos, it was so fun when we were getting them taken and I couldn’t have imagined the photos being any better than what they are.’
Karen and the KWH team xx
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