Kelly and Benjamin – Hamilton Island

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Ceremony: Hamilton Island Chapel
Reception: The Outrigger Hamilton Island
Celebrant: Clarah Luxford
Wedding Coordinator: Hamilton Island Weddings
Decorator: AV Partners Hamilton Island
Hair: Island Hair and Beauty
Make-up: Island Hair and Beauty
Flowers: Floral Collections
Dress: The Bridal Atelier Double Bay – Designer Theia – Dress Devon
Band: 3rd Above Brisbane Band
Accommodation: Shorelines Apartments Hamilton Island
Transport: Jags supplied by Hamilton Island Weddings
Photography: Hamilton Island Weddings


Your Love Story…

We met in 2008 when we both lived on campus at the University of Queensland, and met during o-week celebrations. We dated for 8 years before being engaged in October 2015 on Hamilton Island. Ben organised a hike over to the secluded ‘Escape Beach’ on the island, he set up a picnic and proposed on an empty beach. It was at this time we fell in love with Hamilton Island and decided we would come back to get married there.


Destination Wedding…

The best thing about a destination wedding is having all of our guests in ‘holiday mode’ and spending a week away with us. We didn’t have to worry about making sure we caught up with everyone on the wedding day as we had spent the week prior with them, so the wedding day was just about having fun and celebrating together. It also allowed our families and different friendship groups to get to know one another better. We also organised other activities throughout the week which our guests loved, such as a sunset cruise on ‘The Edge’ catamaran, a golf day on ‘Dent Island Golf Course’ and sunset welcome drinks on the Yacht Club ‘Bommie Deck’.


Wedding Day Vision…

Our style was very minimalistic, classic and relaxed. We wanted lots of warm lighting, candles and fresh greenery. We utilised the lawn of The Outrigger to set up a relaxed vibe with overhead festoon lighting and a fire pit, which people were able to enjoy sunset. Kelly’s dress was also a classic, minimalist style, along with Ben’s T. M. Lewin suit in a royal blue.


Cocktail Vs Sit Down….

We had 75 guests, as we decided to keep it small and intimate with our closest friends and family. We chose a sit down dinner with the platter menu, as this provided guests with a formal meal, however plenty of options to choose from. We had lots of compliments about the taste and quantity of food this provided.


Honeymoon Heaven….

We stayed on Hamilton Island for a week, and then spent a week in Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast relaxing.


Splurge Vs Save…

We saved not having traditions we felt were outdated such as a cake and desert, instead we provided brownies as bonbonniere. We also altered out platter menu and negotiated exchanging desert for afternoon canapés to keep the cost down. We had a drink package for a portion of the day and then opened the bar in the evening. We also made our own invitations and place cards, purchasing the fonts and formatting for cheap on Etsy. We definitely splurged on photo and video, purchasing all photos and video of the day, as this was important for us. We also paid for our band and celebrant to fly up from Brisbane as we felt they were integral parts of the day, and this was definitely worth it.


Whitsunday Wedding Venue…

We like the intimacy of The Chapel, as we felt all guests would feel included and be able to hear and be present for the ceremony. The Chapel is also gorgeous and perched on a beautiful hill overlooking Catseye Beach. We initially had booked the Golf Club for our reception; however Cyclone Debbie had other plans. So 2 weeks before the wedding the Hamilton Island Wedding team worked tirelessly to assist us in moving our whole reception over to The Outrigger. The venue worked out beautifully and ended up being much easier in terms of accessibility for our guests, and was a beautiful big space.



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