Ready to welcome some ease and excitement into your Sunshine Coast wedding planning process? Your wedding is your biggest celebration ever, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful—or leave you scrolling endlessly on Google searching for options without clarity.

As a wedding photographer who has grown up here and watched this stunning part of BC flourish over the years, capturing couples as the biggest day of their lives unfolds has a special place in my heart. 

Along the way, I’ve also connected with many amazing vendors who can help you bring together the wedding you’ve been dreaming of. Think of this post as the ultimate guidebook for planning your Sunshine Coast wedding. Keep reading to get the inside scoop!

In need of a Sunshine Coast photographer for your upcoming wedding or elopement? Hop on over to my contact page, and let’s chat about your exciting adventure into wedded bliss! 

Newlyweds enjoy their BC wedding day bliss after following an exciting Sunshine Coast wedding planning process

Explore Your Sunshine Coast Wedding Planning Possibilities

Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting parts of the whole process. It’s your opportunity to get really excited about curating an experience that suits you and your partner perfectly. 

It’s time to go through the important steps you need to take when planning your Sunshine Coast wedding—including exploring some of the most amazing vendors this area has to offer.

Nail Down the Basic Wedding Details

Before moving on to the other aspects of your BC wedding, you need to get the basic details ironed out. Essentially, you need to know who will be there (number of guests) and when (your preferred date). 

The date you plan on getting married and the number of guests you intend will greatly influence the other decisions you make, especially when it comes to choosing a wedding venue, your music or entertainment, and your wedding floral arrangements.

Bride and groom stand outside as captured by their Sunshine Coast wedding photographer admidst the trees

Choose Your Sunshine Coast Wedding Venue

Getting married on the Sunshine Coast? The best part is having so many amazing Sunshine Coast wedding venues to choose from—but these are my absolute favourites. 

Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden. A garden wedding whispers “breathtaking, relaxed, serene.” If you adore the idea of embracing nature on your big day, check out the wedding packages offered at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden.  

Ruby Lake Resort. Nestled amidst the Caren mountain range, you’ll find this peaceful gem of a wedding venue. When you choose this rustic wedding venue, you and your guests have accommodation options on site including cottages, glamping tents, and wood cabins. If being immersed in nature is part of your vision, be sure to check out Ruby Lake Resort.

Seaside Centre. The Seaside Centre in Sechelt offers a bright space for large weddings (up to 135 guests). This venue comes equipped with much of the basics you’ll need, like tables, chairs, audio equipment, and tons of parking, making putting your wedding together that much easier.

Blue Ocean Golf Course. Your outdoor wedding ceremony deserves a beautiful backdrop. How do mature trees, sparkling lakes, and breathtaking mountains sound? That’s what you can expect—and so much more—at Blue Ocean Golf Course. Check out their wedding options if that sounds right up your alley.

Black and white photo of a bride leaning in to kiss her groom outside their Sunshine Coast wedding venue

Rock Water Resort. Situated on the Malaspina Strait, Rock Water Resort is one of the most picturesque wedding venues the Sunshine Coast has to offer. This award-winning wedding venue also includes an in-house event team to ensure your day goes off without a hitch.

West Coast Wilderness Lodge. Feeling the fancy vibe for your wedding? This luxury wedding venue in BC takes the vision of your wedding to a truly exceptional level. The views are incredible, and your guests will love the amenities, which include a cliff-side hot tub, a private beach, and forest trails. Your dream wedding awaits at West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club. When you choose Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club for your wedding, you can consider all the details taken care of. Their experienced team has successfully executed hundreds of weddings, so they know what they’re doing! Their wedding team helps you through the entire process, bringing you an ease-filled wedding experience. 

Valhalla House. Celebrate your intimate wedding at a beautiful West Coast Private Estate, Valhalla House. This venue is offered and coordinated directly by Fresh Air Photography (me!), and offers a relaxed, serene space to celebrate. Planning a West Coast elopement? Come enjoy the private estate just the two of you and enjoy all this stunning space has to offer you.

Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina. This wedding venue in Madeira Park, BC offers an upscale wedding experience that embraces the cool ambiance of Pender Harbour. Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina can accommodate wedding groups of up to 60 guests, and they offer customized menu options too. This stunning space may just make your midsize wedding dreams come true!

A beautiful bride stands with an umbrella outside her BC wedding venue Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

Find a Professional Wedding Photographer

Your wedding day isn’t just an event—it’s an experience of a lifetime. Your Sunshine Coast wedding photographer is right there along with you, capturing every emotion along the way! 

Choosing an experienced photographer you also get along with (hey, we’re going to spend some time together—let’s have fun with it!) is the secret sauce for wedding photo magic. 

After working with so many couples throughout the years, I’ve truly enjoyed highlighting what makes each couple’s love special and unique. 

Whether it’s a stolen glace, a wide smile, or a moment of true vulnerability, I look forward to capturing everything that makes your love special on your wedding day. Reach out today, and let’s start discussing the details.

A white wedding cake topped with white and pink roses and a topper that reads "Mr & Mrs Pearson"

Choose Your Wedding Cake

Nothing says sweet celebration quite like a beautiful wedding cake—or wedding cupcakes, or wedding donuts—whatever you like! Check out these local options for your upcoming wedding.

Nougatine. Whether you love the classic wedding cake look or prefer something more rustic, Nougatine has you covered. Love macaroons? Their towers make for a gorgeous (and delicious) addition to your wedding, too! 

Humble Baker. Jill of Humble Baker has earned some serious bragging rights with her cakes! This creative baker has an impressive eye for design and nails custom orders, including cookies, cupcakes, and special occasion cakes.

Claytons Heritage Market. For some of you, cake is cake—why overcomplicate it? If you can relate, stopping into Claytons Heritage Market in Sechelt might make the most sense for you. You can order in advance if you desire a cake that meets your preferences!

A floral arrangement held by the bride during her Sunshine Coast wedding celebration

Explore Wedding Florists on the Sunshine Coast

Whether it’s a single bridal bouquet or enough florals to fill a large venue, no wedding is complete without a stunning floral arrangement.

Gibsons Florist. These local floral experts create stunning arrangements by blending together just the right colours, textures, and volume. Reach out to the talented team at Gibsons Florist to see if they can meet your wedding needs!

Ann-Lynn Flowers and Gifts. Looking for some inspiration for your wedding floral arrangements? Ann-Lynn Flowers and Gifts shares some popular recommendations, but they also welcome customized requests. Their upscale design is impressive—check them out!

Rainflorist. This Sunshine Coast wedding florist is quite popular, and for good reason. Not only do these florists have decades of experience, but the experts at Rainflorist also embrace modern designs. Watch them apply their honed skills to any type of wedding arrangement you desire!

Wildflower and Twigs. Wildflower and Twigs offers uniquely designed wedding bouquets and posy arrangements for your Sunshine Coast celebration. Their simple offerings make them a perfect match for elopements or minimalist weddings. 

A black and white photo of happy newlyweds dancing at their Sunshine Coast wedding reception

Wedding Hair and Makeup Services on the Sunshine Coast

Feeling beautiful on your wedding day is non-negotiable! These local hair stylists and makeup artists will help bring your dream wedding look to life.

Flawless Beauty By Renu. Known for creating flawless-looking skin, Renu is a pro at highlighting your natural features. If you’re thinking of a dewy look with dimension for your bridal makeup, get in touch and see if she’d be a good fit for you!

Fuzhan Artistry. Just by scrolling through Fuzhan’s gallery, you can tell she’s worked with many happy (and absolutely gorgeous) brides. She’s passionate about bringing beautiful brides a confident look on their big day. You can view her rates and book directly through the Fuzhan Artistry website, too.

Shy Beauty Studio. Looking for a wedding Hair Stylist, Esthetician, and Makeup Artist all in one? Look no further than Shy Beauty Studio. This BC bridal specialist does it all—including Henna, too. You can see talents for yourself on the Shy Beauty Studio Instagram page. 

Save The Date Beauty. Which kind of bride are you: Boho, vintage, or classic? Whatever vibe resonates with you, Save the Date Beauty can make it happen for you. This duo handles your bridal hair and makeup, making the getting ready process that much easier for you.

Ichiko. Sunshine Coast Hairstylist & Makeup Artist Ichiko brings out the best in her clients—especially those who aren’t afraid to be a little bold. If you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day, check out her recent work and see if it fits what you’re looking for.

A bride and her wedding guest enjoying the music at her BC wedding reception on the Sunshine Coast

Wedding Music Options on the Sunshine Coast

Encourage your guests to dance the night away in celebration with you with music that keeps them groovin’. These are my musical suggestions for your wedding—there’s lots of variety!

Randy & Lori. These two aren’t just multi-instrumentalists—they’re DJ’s too! If you have unique requests for your wedding, there’s a good chance they’ll be able to make it happen for you. They’re great people to have on your wedding team—send them an email at to start chatting about your wedding music needs.

Dancetrax Entertainment. Dancetrax doesn’t just bring you music—they provide the ambiance, too. Their all-inclusive pricing includes lighting and other elements that make your wedding dance floor even more enticing. Hire Dancetrax Entertainment and trust your wedding music in the capable hands of DJ Andy.

Johnny Besso, Guitarist. How gorgeous do the strings of a guitar sound in the background of your Sunshine Coast wedding? You can’t go wrong, whether it’s mood music for your ceremony or reception. Whether your wedding affair is big or small, a little guitar from Johnny Besso goes a long way.

DJ HALLy. Dave, the musical genius behind DJ HALLy, is a highly sought-after party instigator on the Sunshine Coast. His perfect Google review score says it all—he’s easy to work with, and he can’t wait to create the soundtrack for your biggest celebration ever.

Zonolite. When you choose Zonolite for your wedding, you have options. This entertainment company offers a band if that’s more your jam, but you can also hire them to DJ. Either way, they promise to bring you an unforgettable music experience to your celebration.

Alex Devitt, Bagpiper. There are so many reasons you may want to include bagpipe music in your wedding, but really, there’s no excuse necessary. Bagpipes are epic! Alex the Bagpiper is incredibly talented and will have you covered.

A stylish bride and groom stroll on the beach captured by their BC wedding photographer on the Sunshine Coast

Capture All the Wedding Moments that Matter

You can make your Sunshine Coast wedding planning the most enjoyable process possible by knowing which details are most important—and where to look for the right vendors! Hopefully, this blog helped connect you with options that are lighting up your dream wedding ideas. 

When it comes to planning your Sunshine Coast wedding, you deserve the very best—including for your wedding photos. With Fresh Air Photography, you can expect nothing less than exceptional photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime.  

Reach out to me, and let’s work together to let this part of your love story truly shine.