The first time I met Genene and John they told me “We never believed people who said “when you know, you know” but after feeling that way about each other…we now know.”  After trying online dating for a while they were both feeling fed up. Genene was about to delete her profile one night when she saw John’s and got in touch. That night they started off by messaging and then spoke on the phone for hours and hours. The following morning John drove down from Caloundra to have breakfast with Genene as he had to see if it really was as special as he thought. John said that he knew he wanted to marry Genene after just the second or third time of meeting. 

They celebrated their marriage at the relatively new Brisbane venue, Factory 51 in Coorparoo. The beautiful industrial brick building has it’s history as a factory (hence the name), having been used for metal fabrication, enamel painting and a bustling laminex factory. It’s latest reincarnation is a as a bar, bistro and function venue with so much character and versatility.

Genene’s three sons, Lawson, O’Hara and Fletcher, walked their mum down the aisle which was so special. I know their support was really important to her so it was really beautiful seeing the three boys share walking her down the aisle. Another great part of Factory 51 is the gorgeous entrance you can make. Pulling back the curtain makes for a suspense filled reveal to the guests!

Bride and groom during ceremony of Factory 51 wedding
Bride looking at groom during Factory 51 wedding ceremony
Bride and groom exchange rings at Factory 51 wedding
Newly married couple's first kiss at Factory 51 wedding


John & Genene didn’t want to spend ages doing photos and didn’t want to have to travel away from the venue and miss spending time with their guests. We just spent 10 minutes walking across the road and capturing some sweet images.

Bride and groom in front of brick wall at Factory 51 wedding


Following on from that was a beautiful cocktail style reception with plenty of drinks and delicious food back at Factory 51.


The speeches were SO beautiful, especially Genene’s eldest son Lawson. He told some funny stories about his Mum and was so sincere when saying he was happy she had met John because he knew John would look after his Mum. I was honestly struggling to hold it together (thankfully I’ve got the camera to hide behind when I’m crying).

Bride and groom listening to speeches at Factory 51 wedding
Factory 51 wedding speech by son of the bride
Guest giving a speech at Factory 51 wedding
Bride giving speech at Factory 51 wedding
Bride and groom cutting the cake at their Factory 51 wedding
Couple's first dance at Factory 51 wedding

Guests taking off with flowers at the end of the night haha.

Genene & John’s Factory 51 Wedding was made

fabulous by these vendors:

Venue – Factory 51

Hair & Makeup – Bliss & Co

Cake – Velvetier

Celebrant – James McLauchlan