- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Well it took over 4 months but we finally got our wedding pics back!
A bit about our wedding first for those who are interested 🙂
We chose to have a destination wedding in tropical north Queensland, Australia (we are both from Aus) because I have a huge family and we wanted a small, intimate affair with only our very closest friends and relatives.
The day was everything I had every hoped for and more. The weather was absolutely perfect, around 24 degrees celcius. We decided to keep our wedding venue secret from our guests throughout the entire planning process because I really didn’t want people googling it before they got there. They were all collected by bus and when they arrived, were absolutely blown away. Our venue is on 5 acres and has its own ceremony and reception space, cactarium, rainforest and private beach as well as an area for me and my girls to get ready and the bridal suite for our stay that night (which also had an outdoor bath that we made use of while we looked at the stars…we had the entire place to ourselves after midnight). Our package included an absolutely fantastic wedding coordinator who did EVERYTHING for me on the day so I was not stressed at any point. This was another reason we chose to have a destination wedding, I am a control freak and a stress head so I knew that planning a wedding while finishing my last year of university would probably push me over the edge, and I really wanted to enjoy the wedding planning experience, not just endure it.
We had an open bar including spirits and a three course sit down meal (wedding cake for desert) and the food was unbelievable! Our guests all said they had a fantastic time, some of them were saying we had set the bar so high that no one else would be able to get married for at least 10 years. We never set out to outdo anyone, but when we decided we were going to have a destination wedding that would require people to take time off work and travel a good distance then we wanted to give them a wedding experience worthy of the effort and I think we more than achieved that. Having everything at one place meant no one had to worry about filling in time between the ceremony and reception because the had organised games, there were drinks and canapes and guests were invite to tour around the property at their leisure.
It truly was the best and happiest day of my life so it was so very hard deciding on which pics to post but I hope you enjoy!
Getting Ready: (at the wedding venue)
My now-husband’s ring above the name of our bridal suite (it’s named after a rare plant that rarely grows in the area but thrives at our wedding venue)
Our stunning flowers:
Accessories: My Shoes! (I still absolutely love them, I found them on Etsy, custom made and I had matching flats that I wore later…see pics below). The perfume was my “something old” -the same perfume I was wearing the night I met my husband
Our favours! All of our guests loved these…you water them and they grow grass out of their heads and they came in four different poses:
My hubby and his brothers messing around before the ceremony
First look as I started coming down the aisle. Brings a tear to my eye!
Our ceremony space (you can’t see it in the background but it overlooks the ocean)
Saying our vows:
After signing the paperwork…officially married!
Flower shower 🙂
Our reception space:
Our wedding cake: (I did a surprise wedding cake for hubby….he thought we were having a beautiful, traditional cake but instead I organised to have a cake made in his favourite football teams colours)
Some more wedding portraits:
“Garter” toss (hubby decided a long time before the wedding that he didn’t want to do a garter toss but on the night of the wedding the male guests (especially his brothers) really wanted to have their own toss so we decided to toss one of the bridesmaid bouquets which nearly resulted in one of his brothers ending up in the pond. Worth it!
Floating lantern ceremony (said to represent leaving the past behind and beginning our future fresh)
The end of the night