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Samantha & Blake

With a sunset cruise and stylish arrival to their reception, this wedding had all the makings for a classic, romantic Whitsundays Wedding! The essence of the day was captured beautifully by The White Tree with Instagram as Samantha’s main source of inspiration! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us – we wish you all the happiness in the world!

We met in High School at our School Social in year 7 where we both shared our very first kiss.

Our proposal was the most magical proposal ever!!

Blake had surprised me and booked a trip to Canada for Christmas. On Christmas day we had breakfast on top of one of the mountains, during the day we relaxed by the fire having a few drinks where later that night we went on a romantic sleigh ride. We then got off the sleigh to get a photo, when Blake got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. That night we then went out for a fondu dinner where we had our own private brandy bar. It was the most amazing day, especially as I have always wanted to experience a white Christmas, so that year was extra special.

We wanted to have a location wedding, with warm weather. Blake always wanted somewhere with a beautiful back drop and I wanted to have some form of greenery. So, after looking online for months we found Airlie Beach, Lure in particular. After checking out the venue and falling in love we came across the Sailing Club and knew it was meant to be. We chose Lure for its beautiful interior and exterior and of course the breathtaking views. We had a sit down meal for 85 guests as we wanted it to be more formal.

I hadn’t visited the Whitsundays before but Blake had. We fell in love with Lure and the surrounds and booked a trip in June the year before to look at Lure and other venues and instantly fell in love with Airlie. It was exactly what we were after.

Instagram is actually where I got most of my Inspiration – with some help from Pinterest. Our theme was white, green and aspects of black, a very clean and modern look and feel. We purchased some décor ourselves and then from the help of the amazing Events Company Whitsundays who made our day exactly how we imagined with their beautiful décor.

There are so many memorable moments from our day. The entire day was special, but I would say having my dad walk me down the aisle was very special to me and having all of our friends and family travel all the way from other states to be there to help celebrate our special day.

Another moment was when we surprised our Bridal Party with a sunset cruise. We kept this a secret from everyone, so it was so nice to see the look on their faces when we were on the yacht sailing away. We all arrived together to the Reception where all our guests were awaiting our arrival on the balcony.

AND having my aunty sing and get everyone up dancing was pretty amazing.

Three words that would sum up our beautiful wedding day would be: Happy, Grateful & Love

We definitely splurged on Blake’s suit my wedding dress, plus our photographer and videographer from Brisbane. Décor for both the ceremony and reception were also splurges, our surprise yacht and the gifts and attire for the Bridal Party. But worth it!

We were able to save by creating our own menus and had a family friend who is a cake maker create our bonbonniere cookies to help cut costs. My wedding shoes were plain and reasonably priced as well as my wedding jewellery.

For me, I was super organised, however right up until the day I still managed to be organising things. It would have been nice to relax a bit more leading up to the big day, so I’d suggest for couples planning their wedding now, to get everything finalised as early as possible so you can have that time to relax and take it all in.

The hardest part about planning a Destination Wedding is not knowing who the ‘best’ suppliers are. So definitely getting advice from any supplier you may have already booked is a huge help and use Facebook and Instagram as they are your best friend!

Our first dance was to James Arthur ‘Say you wont let go’ – There wasn’t really a story behind it, its just a lovely song that we liked!

Throughout the day there was so many funny moments, but when Blake and I went to pop the champagne bottle and it popped without warning- luckily it didn’t take any eye out!! And definitely all the wedding speeches.

The day goes so quick and is a blur so stop and take every moment in and definitely to have time to just relax and be in the company of your wife/husband and bridal party before the evening’s festivities.

And if your budget allows it get your special day filmed, because watching our wedding video is simply amazing and takes us back to the most amazing day of our life. You only ever get married once so make the most of it and have fun!!!

For our honeymoon we stayed in Airlie Beach for 4 nights at Pinnacles Resort where we went jet skiing, a trip to Whitehaven Beach and a scenic flight over the Whitsundays and Heart Reef. We then went to Hawaii for a week where we stayed in a beautiful beach cottage at Turtle Bay Resort where we went stand up paddle boarding with sea turtles which was amazing!! Followed by a few nights at The Hilton Resort Village Waikiki.

As a new Mr & Mrs, we are looking forward to everything in front of us! Having that one life partner to share all of the beautiful moments of life with is so special.

Photographer: The White Tree / Ceremony Venue: Whitsunday Sailing Club / Ceremony Officiant: Kerrie Long Celebrant / Cinematographer: The White Tree / Hairstylist: Airlie Beach Hair and Makeup / Makeup Artist: Joanne Dromgold / Flowers: Flower Hut Whitsundays / Decor: Event Company Whitsundays / Wedding Cake: Crystalbrook Patisserie / Transport: NQ Event Cars / Wedding Planner: The Wedding Planners Whitsundays / DJ: Breeze Duo / Accommodation: The Mantra Boathouse Apartments / Accommodation: Peppers Airlie Beach / Accommodation: Pinnacles Resort Airlie Beach / Bride's Dress: Andrea Gorrie Couture / Bride's Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jacksons / Bride's Jewellery: Franco Jewellers / Catering: Peach & Pear Catering / Bridesmaid Dresses: Rodeo Show / Venue: Lure / Wedding Ring: Franco Jewellers

Hannah & Seb

This gorgeous couple are imported from the European shores, Seb originally from France and Hannah from England. Luckily, they moved here together and set up their home in the Whitsundays (could be worse…)!! They work together for Earlando – a stunning Wedding venue, also in the Whitsundays, where Seb is the functions manager and Hannah, the operations manager. We are so lucky to feature their intimate and special day in the ever gorgeous Whitsunday Islands.

It sounds very cliché, but Seb and I met in a château in France. I was there on my year abroad from university to improve my French and Seb happened to be working there. It was a very cold winter and we got snowed into the château – it was rather romantic!

My family is from England and Seb’s from France so we tried to incorporate the two cultures into the wedding. We went for a very romantic style, with a few elegant ‘French Provincial’ touches. It was very intimate – 19 of our closest friends and family members for our ceremony and dinner, with a further 15 guests who came for the party! It worked so well!

Our wedding was on the 15th September 2018, at Paradise Cove Resort in the Whitsundays. We had only been engaged for 2 weeks when I found my dress! Seb thought I was crazy! We were home in England for my little sister’s wedding. After the wedding my elder sister and I went to look at a tiny boutique store near her house, just for fun, as I didn’t have family in Australia to come dress shopping with me.

Little did we know we would find the one! But the story continues! We were going be returning to the UK at Christmas, but circumstances changed and we could no longer make the journey. The beautiful lady that had sold me my dress, called me and said she was coming on holiday to Airlie Beach and she would bring me my dress! Talk about going above and beyond! Such a beautiful person!

We chose Seb’s suit in Melbourne on a mini break we had there. He wanted something smart, yet not too formal. It went perfectly with the venue!

My gorgeous little sister, Vicky, was my maid of honour and Seb’s step father, Ludo, was his best man.

I wanted something very romantic and a little unstructured for our floral arrangements, which picked up on the key colours of the wedding.

We had our ceremony and reception at Paradise Cove Resort Whitsundays, we also stayed there. I cannot thank them enough, it was absolutely magic! The venue itself is simply stunning and everyone there was so kind and helpful! We feel very blessed to have had our wedding there

My brother in law (Vicky’s husband) played an acoustic version of Hearts on Fire by Passenger. It still gives me goosebumps when I hear it! For our ceremony, we really wanted it to be intimate, romantic and personal, and it was exactly that.

We took a moment mid-way through the ceremony, where we closed our eyes whilst the celebrant, Kylie, read a text to us over a song which symbolises a lot for us. We called it our ‘spiritual moment’. It was so beautiful – we will never forget it. Our celebrant was just wonderful, we couldn’t have had the same ceremony without her.

For our first dance, the band sung ‘La Vie en Rose’ – the English version by Daniela Andrade. It was our way of incorporating the two cultures and it is a beautiful song we both love too!

We chose not to DIY anything, apart from making a sign with all the countries we had visited together but that was about it! We were very lucky to have such caring and beautiful decorators in the area.

It was really special after our ceremony, as we surprised our guests with a sunset cruise on a beautiful sailing boat named “Lady Enid”. We had an acoustic guitarist singing as we sailed around the islands and canapés served to our guests.

It’s so hard to choose a favourite detail from the day – we cannot possibly choose one! However, if we had to choose anything, it would have to be the overwhelming amount of love we felt, from each other and from our guests, and everyone involved! Plus, I organised a surprise Croquembouche for Seb, to add a French twist for him.

Our touch of ‘something old’ was that I had my Grandmother’s ring on my bouquet.

Although we haven’t received all of our photos yet, the sneak peaks we have seen so far have all been so beautiful! I cannot wait to see the rest! Our photographer, Summer Rain Photography was just amazing!

One great memory from the day was definitely getting Seb’s 82 year old Grandma onto the sail boat via a little tender from the beach is something we will never forget!

Summer Rain Photography was absolutely amazing. She made us feel so comfortable and easy. We didn’t even know she was there half of the time! An incredibly talented lady with a big heart! We were also so lucky to have Brendan from Mend Media as our videographer. We have seen a little teaser and it is unexplainable. He was again, so amazing and so much fun to be around. It is wonderful when your suppliers make you feel so comfortable.

Every single person involved was absolutely amazing and went above an beyond. Working in the local wedding industry ourselves, we were so lucky to have our friends as suppliers. It made it all so much more heartfelt. We were absolutely blown away by the amount of effort and thought our suppliers put in for us. We do not have enough words to express how grateful we are. Thank you all so much, we could not have done it without you!

There is just so much that made our day so incredibly special! I would be writing for days if I could! Everyone involved just made our day so special! Seeing Seb for the first time, our little ‘spiritual moment’ during the ceremony, the venue and everyone’s amazing efforts, and the cruise on Lady Enid will all stay in our hearts forever.

It is your day, so enjoy it your way! Take the time to feel the love around you! Pause now and then to look around you and take it all in.

Seb says his favourite part was when he saw me coming down the aisle, he is very sweet!

Our wedding will soon be uploaded via Mend Media’s page so keep on eye out on their Facebook page!

Photographer: Summer Rain Photography / Alterations: Anna Dutton / Band: Lotty Divine Band / Beverages: Aquava Boutique Catering / Bridal Robes: Bra's N Things / Bride's Dress: Confetti and Lace / Bride's Jewellery: The Silver Shop / Bride's Shoes: Nine West / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Anna Dutton / Bridesmaid Dresses: JJShouse / Wedding Cake: Whitsunday Baked Creations / Cake Topper: Acrylic Design For You - Etsy / Catering: Aquava Boutique Catering / Ceremony Decor: Borrow My Bits Decor Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Kylie McIntosh Wedding Celebrant / Ceremony Venue: Paradise Cove Resort / Cinematographer: Mend Media / Engagement Ring: Prouds / Favors: Whitsunday Baked Creations / Flowers: Flower Hut Whitsundays / Glass & Esky Hire: Whitsunday Party Hire / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Groom's Shoes: Calibre / Hairstylist: Airlie Beach Hair and Makeup / Invitations & Stationery: The Fabled Papery / Lighting: Azure Weddings and Events / Makeup Artist: Loll Doll Makeup and Beauty / MC: Beautiful Friends - Roxanne and Dave / Reception Decor: Azure Weddings and Events / Reception Decor: Borrow My Bits Decor Hire / Reception Venue: Paradise Cove Resort / Signage: The Fabled Papery / Transport: Red Cat Adventures / Transport: Whitsunday Transit / Transport: Lady Enid / Venue: Paradise Cove Resort / Wedding Planner: The Wedding Planners Whitsundays / Wedding Ring: Xennox Diamond World

Lure at Abell Point Marina by Brooke Miles Photography

We are half way through our Whitsundays Issue and hasn’t it been great so far?! Dreamy ocean views, stunning honeymoons and of course, weddings that will take your breath away. In case you’ve missed any of these featured weddings, we thought we’d do a round up of our favourites so far!

Ellie & Tharindu Whitsundays Wedding at Villa Botanica

Photography by Stories With Mel

Ellie & Tharindu tied the knot in the gorgeous grounds of Villa Botanica, amongst close family and friends. Don’t miss the stunning photography and the love, oh the love that shines from this couple!

Joshua and Joshua’s Whitsundays Beach Wedding

Photography by Tropix Photography

Affectionately known as the ‘Joshua’s’, this beautiful couple were winners of the Whitsundays’ $50K wedding giveaway celebrating marriage equality and said ‘I Do’ on the grounds of Paradise Cove Resort. 60 guests, 16 Whitsunday suppliers and 8 months of planning provided the perfect backdrop for this tear jerker of a wedding!

Ash & James Elegant Hayman Island Wedding

Photography by Harvard Wang

Ash and James chose Hayman Island so they could marry in one of the greatest parts of the world – in their words, “a stunningly, naturally beautiful part of Australia” where they were keen to “share it with all our friends and family”. Elegance and luxury were at the centre of this beautiful wedding!

Jordan and Helena’s Hamilton Island Wedding

Photography by Jonas Peterson

A small and intimate affair, filled with music and emotion. Helena tells of their choice of destination, “Hamilton Island has special memories for me because I have been engaged to perform on the island a number of times as a cellist including at one of the Oatley’s weddings.”

Eleanor & Jason’s Hamilton Island Wedding

Photography by Wesley Beelders

Eleanor and Jason chose somewhere special to them for their destination wedding, with Eleanor explaining, “I have been to Hamilton Island many times over the years, and it was always a special place. In fact, 7 years ago, a long time before Jason came along, I looked at that little white chapel on the hill and told my friends I was going to get married there, so I did!”