Top 20 Moments of 2020

It is no secret that the wedding industry, like so many other industries, was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite all of the changing goalposts, regulations, postponements and tissue boxes, Maleny Manor was fortunate to play host to over 60 weddings. 

To end 2020, we wanted to focus on all the incredible moments that happened in 2020 and asked our suppliers to post their #malenymanortop20 moment. Here are some of the gorgeous posts we received, plus some of our own favourites... 

1. Tilly & Ben's English Cottage at the Manor

Tilly & Ben | 11.07.2020

Tilly and Ben's love story isn't one the team at Maleny Manor will be forgetting any time soon. Turns out, it was just as special for Mondo Floral Designs and Lovebird Weddings. We couldn't help but share both posts because, well they're just too beautiful not to! 

"In the midst of Covid-19 this gorgeous couple eloped with their closest family & friends. We had so much fun creating this intimate dining experience in the Pavilion - what a moment captured!⁠" - Lovebird Weddings

Captured by @lukemiddlemissphotography

"R O M A N C E ⁠
Maleny Manor had some pretty special love stories this year, and the year that was supposed be the most popular of the last decade to celebrate love, became the most challenging and difficult for many.⁠
Tilly and Ben lived in the UK and were in Oz pre Covid spending some time with family, then this sneaky pandemic hit and they decided to stay. A large wedding planned to take place in the United Kingdom, transitioned into a wedding for 7 at @malenymanor.⁠
With no corners cut, these two celebrated in style, a statement ceremony structure, a fully styled intimate dinner party complete with an overhead hanging garden and gardenesque florals galore partnered with fine food and beautiful wine.⁠

Congratulations Tilly and Ben ⁠"- Mondo Floral Designs

2. Kristen and Josh's Super Fun Ceremony

Kristen & Josh | 06.11.2020

"LAUGHTER & HAPPY TEARS ❣
K&J requested a fun, light-hearted and relaxed ceremony. Right up my alley.
When K first met J, she thought he was a wild carefree 20-year-old... which is exactly what attracted her. His absolute lack of shame and his ability to light up any room with his antics and his goofy grin made for a great time on their wedding day, plus J didn't really mind that he was at the expense of every joke. And boy... there were plenty!
Full belly laughs and happy tears the whole way through. The emotion was at an all-time high and because of this this, I will always remember their wedding ceremony as one of my top moments of 2020!
Thank you so much to Liz from Soda Photography for capturing all of those Special Moments. Seeing these pictures brought every goosebump back to my body ♡" - Brooke Carlyon

Captured by @sodaphotography_

3. Kirsty and Jack's Floral Inspo

kirsty & jack | 28.09.2020

"With a year filled with change and wedding turmoil it's so wonderful to look back on the special moments that this year has produced. ⁠
One of our top 2020 moments at Maleny Manor this year was undoubtedly when our Jack married his Kirsty!!!⁠

These two were so in love...... and Jack was a huge part of the wedding planning journey, the majority of time from OS, and yes this groom had to quarantine to make his own wedding day, and like many of our couples they navigated multiple date changes, decreasing guest numbers, variances in concepts, and an everchanging wedding planning landscape.⁠

J + K we are your biggest fans and it was an honour to see you both say 'I Do' ⁠"- Mondo Floral Designs

Captured by @sodaphotography_

4. Jonathan & Chris' Big Reveal

jonathan & chris | 19.09.2020

Throughout their entire wedding planning process, Jonathan & Chris didn't tell a single person who would be taking who's name. 

In this very special moment, captured by Artography Weddings, Jonathan announced he would be taking Chris' last name. Introducing Mr & Mr Welch!

Captured by @artographyweddings

5. Bentley, The Puppy Who Stole The Show

kate & Nick | 06.09.2020

To say Bentley stole our hearts at Maleny Manor would be an understatement. This 12 week old Labradoodle was one of the best  behaved puppies we've had the joy of cuddling at the Manor. Plus, those chocolate and caramel curls are just a bit too cute!

Bentley was the very proud ring bearer for his mum and dad!

Captured by @lukemiddlemissphotography

6. Sharney & Tony, Who Just Couldn't Wait to Tie The Knot!

SHARNEY & TONY | 17.05.2020

"Wow... hasn't 2020 thrown us come curve balls!?!🥴 We've experienced some pretty crazy times but heading into December and reflecting on the year, I'm also excited to say, I've also had many positives come from it also. If anything, it has made me look at things with a different prospective.
One of the most memorable weddings I was a part of during 'restrictions' was for a couple who decided that being married to their favourite person was all that mattered.
Sharney and Tony had to postpone their wedding and change their date (at least once) but in the end decided to bring their date forward and continue with their closest loved ones (including their gorgeous Mia) for an intimate elopement.
For me, this decision captured the essence of what a wedding really is and the significance of saying those beautiful vows to each other. Throughout their ceremony I remember looking at both of the smiles on their faces and thinking to myself... this is the moment that matters. It's not having 100 guests or a massive band and dance floor (yeah that's a lot of fun too)... but when Sharney and Tony opened their hearts, expressed their love for each other and became husband and wife, I realised all of that extra stuff is just that, it's extra.
The raw emotion, the laughter, the tears, the vows ... this is what makes your ceremony memorable and real." - Brooke Carlyon

Captured by @shutterandlace

7. Married by Jake Returns to Maleny Manor!

katie & linc | 18.06.2020

"In preparation for a greatly anticipated 2021, some personal debrief/reflection on 2020 is in order!!
It was so surreal, after months of postponements, cancelations and back-yard elopements, to be back at one of Australia’s great wedding venues on the 18th of June.
I was pretty emotional in the car park to be honest... then when I saw Lachie re-stocking the bar I nearly lost it!!
Had a bit of a joke assuming the foetal position to cope with COVID... (but there was a little truth to it, rocking back and forth for a minute kind of helped... it had been a tough few months!😅)
Walking down to the super scaled back but really beautiful set up (@mondofloraldesigns 👌🏼)
And then marrying two people who know their way around the wedding industry and ended up having to get married right in the middle of 2020... but in a really unique and special way, it was kind of perfect for them.
And then puppies... (@percyandnora )because puppies are sent from heaven to make everyone happier!!
All captured by friends of the bride, the groom, the venue and I @tayandfrancis
Twas a good day for the soul!"- Married by Jake 

Captured by @tayandfrancis

8. Kate & Dane's First Kiss

kate & DANE | 29.08.2020

"T H E K I S S 💋 Pretty safe to say these guys nailed it!
Celebrating with these two, and their friends and family, was another favourite moment from @malenymanor this year. Through the ups and downs of 2020, these two held firm to their August date, and luckily for us, their wedding ticked all the requirements for a Covid-safe event so we were able to forge ahead as originally planned.
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After such a hectic year, this kiss was possibly the sweetest they've shared." - Beth, I Heart Ceremonies

Captured by @cloudcatcherstudio

9. Our First Dancefloor

tahlia & joshua | 18.10.2020

Throughout all of the regulation changes, arguably one of the hardest was the dancefloor ruling. When you gather a group of family and friends who are all bubbling with excitement, a dancefloor is the perfect place for them to celebrate. It is so surprise that when the announcement was made that dancefloors were allowed at weddings for up to 40 guests, Tahlia and Josh were pretty ecstatic their wedding made the cut! 

Captured by @nm_photo

10. Our New Outdoor Dining Space

Maleny Manor Outdoor Dining
LOVEBIRD EVENT COLLECTIVE, MONDO FLORAL DESIGNS & MALENY MANOR CORPORATE PHOTO SHOOT | 13.08.2020

"One of our favourite Maleny Manor moments of 2020 was revealing the new alfresco dining space. An exciting venture bringing your outdoor soiree visions to life!⁠"- Lovebird Weddings


Captured by @callib.photography

11. Kyara's Power-suit Bridal Party

kyara & Ben | 23.10.2020

"My final Maleny Manor Top 20 mention ~ KYARA + BEN 🖤
There were so many moments and details that blew us away during this wedding day... including the breathtaking circular floral arbour by the amazing Mondo, meaningful aisle music that was mixed and perfectly timed by Aaron from Cutarudj and heartfelt personally written vows... but something that was very different from any other wedding that I officiated in 2020, was the styling of the smokin hot bride tribe in suits! Check them out 🔥🔥🔥
Kyara swapped her dress out for a comfortable suit once all the formalities had taken place. I just love the idea of having two amazing things to wear on your wedding day💙 "- Brooke Carlyon

Captured by @benandhopephotography

12. Kate's Bridal Glam

kate & Nick | 06.09.2020

"One of the highlights when styling hair for our brides is applying those all important finishing touches. It's a special time where we get to look closely at the magic that we have created and the delighted look on our brides face when they see their finished style for the first time ✨ Kate's wedding at @malenymanor was certainly a highlight of 2020 for us. Such a beautiful day!" - Evalyn Parsons

Captured by @lukemiddlemissphotography

13. Karissa's Surprise for Brad 

karissa & bradley | 10.09.2020

Generally, making a grand entrance on your wedding day is reserved for the bride. Not for Brad, though! 

Karissa, Brad's beautiful bride, organised a surprise helicopter flight for Brad and his groomsmen just before the ceremony. Flying over the hinterland to enjoy a pre-ceremony beer in Flaxton, before returning in time. 

Captured by @sodaphotography_

14. Dave's Reaction to Jaimee

jaimee & dave | 24.07.2020

"Although "first look" photo sessions are growing in popularity, plenty of my couples still choose to save that special moment for the walk down the aisle. Looking at this pic, it's easy to see why! ♡
When Dave first saw Jaimee, it was a moment full of genuine surprise, joy, beauty, love and excitement.
Luke captured that raw emotion of Dave's adoring gaze just perfectly.
There were lots of moments in this ceremony that I will remember forever but this one is especially memorable and is one on my #malenymanortop20
🖤My advice for couples ~ whatever happens on your day, just be yourself and be real. That way you’ll enjoy what will be one of the most important days of your life.🖤 " - Brooke Carlyon

Captured by @lukemiddlemissphotography

15. Katie & Linc's Surprise Elopement

katie & linc | 18.06.2020

"This has to be one of my favourite moments captured from this year. This was taken just as we were wrapping up the portraits when Linc’s Mum called and he got to tell her that he had just gotten married. The moment was special for a whole bunch of reasons - those being that Katie and Linc had kept their elopement secret, that they got married in and amongst crazy COVID times and went ahead with it no matter what because they just loved each other too darn much. This is what love is." - Tay & Francis 

Captured by @tayandfrancis

16. Kristina and James' Reception Under the Stars

kristina & james | 04.12.2020

In May, we had to make the difficult decision to remove our spiral staircases, but in their place we have a brand new outdoor dining space!

It was so incredible to have our first few receptions on the Upper Lawn and see this space in full swing for Kristina and James' intimate wedding. Glittering festoons, coastal views and long table dining was just so dreamy and definitely a highlight of 2020 for the Maleny Manor team. 

Captured by @fontainephoto_

17. Molly & Daniel, finally married!

molly & daniel | 01.12.2020

Professional images to come

"I feel incredibly blessed to have been part of many weddings at the Manor this year, but there is one couple and wedding that come to mind due to the heartache of them being separated right up until just recently...

Due to coronavirus and the alternate universe we found ourselves in, Dan was out at sea on the other side of the world, moving from ship to ship and port to port frantically trying to get home to his lady and their impending nuptials. With many stop and starts, he finally made it back a couple of months ago to marry the love of his life on their second chosen date of 1.12.20...

Molly is also crew on board ships as a professional dancer, hence how they met - but their relationship for the past 6 yrs has been a timeline of goodbyes, heartaches, hello’s and butterflies with not always being posted on the same ship. With each passing day through that time, when they were apart they longed to be together and when together, never wanted to let go.

On their wedding day, they clung to the other, enjoying the surreal surrounds of what the glorious Manor offered them. So much romance!" - Sommer Saunders

Captured by @tennillefinkphotography  

18. Riana's Bold Aisle Walk

Riana & will | 17.01.2020

"Beautiful R, looking majestic in her @j.andreatta_ gown.
Watching this bold woman walk independently from the main house to her helipad ceremony was truly one of my most memorable moments from 2020. The juxtaposition of her assertiveness as a modern bride, mixed with the femininity of her gown, florals and personality was a really touching moment, and such a beautiful blend of softness and strength.
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In a civil ceremony, there really is no rule as to how either of the marrying couple choose to enter their ceremony. Whether it's independently, or with a parent, or a pet, or even arriving together with your partner, take the time to really consider your options and make the choice based on your beliefs and priorities, rather than just automatically rollin' with tradition." - Beth, I Heart Ceremonies

Captured by @figtreepictures

19. Robyn & Andrew's First Dance

Robyn & andrew | 21.03.2020

"Robyn 🖤 Andrew "We can't thank G&M enough for making our day go so beautifully in spite of all the craziness, it wouldn't have been the same without any of you xx!"⁠ "- GM Event Group

Captured by @graemepassmore

20. Brionie & Travis' Heart Warming Ceremony

brionie & travis | 01.11.2020

"So many favourite Maleny Manor moments ... this line in Travis's personal vows is just one of my favs.
Travis ... "What I didn’t think was achievable alone, we have accomplished together".
Marriage is a commitment to the partnership and it is so much more than what's written on a piece of paper, but that piece of paper, it makes all the difference. "- Margarita - Get Married in QLD

Captured by @artographyweddings