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Megan & Joels’ High Church Brisbane Wedding

Megan and Joel recently married at High Church Brisbane. It was a glorious summer’s day and despite the disgustingly hot weather we’d been having in Brisbane, the weather was surprisingly pleasant. And it was my very first wedding at High Church, so I admit, I was super excited to photograph Meagan and Joel’s wedding there.  High Church is such a funky venue and so central to everything in Brisbane. Which is one of the reasons they chose this venue for their wedding.

High Church Brisbane was perfect for Megan and Joel’s wedding because they were able to have their ceremony and reception all in the one location.  And High Church can even provide catering, styling and your own wedding coordinator if required.

This made planning a wedding so much easier for Megan and Joel because they planned their wedding from afar! And by afar, I mean 1400km away in far north Queensland. I can only imagine how difficult organising a long-distance wedding would be! So, I asked Megan to share some of her tips with other couples.

Tips for Planning a Long-Distance Wedding

“My biggest regret was not creating a separate wedding e-mail for quotes and correspondence to go through. I was forever losing e-mails and having to find the latest one with searches.

Long distance planning is difficult, because you can’t see and feel how things will be. You need to trust your vendors and make sure they have good reviews on more than just Facebook.

Lastly, have a list, of everything, from ‘pack shoes’ to ‘pack wedding dress’, and tick it off, include ‘have time to myself'”.

Wedding Tips – High Church Brisbane

This is such great advice! I actually advise my couples the same! Make lists and check them off as you go. It not only helps you prepare for the big day, but it actually feels very satisfying to cross things off a big list. It’s wedding therapy!

And always check vendors’ Google reviews. Because unlike a testimonial page on a website that, let’s face it, anyone could’ve written, Google reviews aren’t moderated. People can write anything and the vendor cannot change it. You can check out my Google reviews here and see what my fabulous clients have to say about me 😉

High Church Brisbane – Old Meets New

So, if you’re looking for a venue that offers wedding and reception, High Church is perfect! And if you love a unique wedding venue with a bit of old-world charm, then High Church Brisbane is the venue for you! High Church is located at 385 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley and is a beautifully renovated church. It offers couples a little bit of history mixed with stylish modern features.

And not only that, it’s centrally located to some amazing photography locations. It’s just a short walk up the road to have Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge in the background of your wedding photos. And if you’re a fan of Brisbane’s landmarks, the Brisbane Powerhouse is just a quick 10-minute drive. The Powerhouse is a popular arts and cultural hub in a refurbished power station in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm. The venue offers many free events, art displays and artistic performances. And the building itself features very cool urban industrial walls, exposed brickworks and funky art. It makes a fantastic backdrop for your wedding photos!

And to mix things up, right next door is Newfarm Park which offers beautiful gardens and views of the Brisbane River. There’s no shortage of wedding photography locations! Just check out Megan and Joel’s wedding photos to see for yourself!

Megan & Joels’ Real-Life Love Story

Where did it all begin? Well, Megan and Joel met 14 years ago in high school. Megan says she went over to talk to a group of Joels’ friends. Meanwhile, Joel was off running around with some of his mates, so Megan sat down to talk to friends. While she was chatting, Joel came over, sat on her lap and licked her face!

Where Did You Get Engaged?

We got engaged in Townsville.

How long have you been together?

We’ve been together for 2 years and 6 months. 

Why did you choose Alison Cooke Photography For Your High Church Brisbane Wedding?

I had a look through a lot of photographers, but really liked her style of photography.

What was the one thing you just had to have for your wedding day?

Fairy lights

What made your wedding so amazing?

Being able to have our friends and families from across Australia there.

How did you plan your High Church Brisbane wedding?

Because it was planned out of the location, it was a pretty solo effort from us.

What tips or ideas would you pass onto future couples?

Have everything as you’d like it, THEN ask what people think.

How did you choose your wedding venues & vendors?

It did come down to budget on a lot of things. But having a venue that was inclusive and less moving parts for the day took a lot of stress away.

Anything unique about your wedding?

That the bride had more nerves than the groom!

Do you have any useful advice for future wedding guests?

DON’T draw genitalia on the guest book! Or really on ANYTHING the couple has to remember the day…

Did you honeymoon, where and for how long?

We went on a 9-day cruise to the Pacific Islands


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Vendor Shout-Outs!

Photographer: Alison Cooke Photography

Ceremony and Reception Venue: High Church

Cake: Frost and Fondant

Flowers: Organised by High Church

Décor: High Church

Wedding Planner: Kellie at High Church

Suits: Connor

Transport: Milimo

Celebrant: Sean Fernance

About Alison – High Church Brisbane Wedding Photographer

Alison Cooke Photography is a Brisbane wedding photographer, portrait and newborn photographer and an award-winning member of the AIPP. She has over 20 years experience taking amazing Brisbane wedding photos, family and newborn photos.  Alison was voted “One of the Top 10 Brisbane Photographers in 2019” by the Courier Mail and is a communications and public relations specialist. You can view more communications work here. If you’re looking for a photographer for your High Church Brisbane wedding, drop Alison an email here.

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