Stuart and Emily – Hamilton Island

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Whitsunday Wedding on Hamilton Island

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Ceremony: Hamilton Island Chapel Gardens
Reception: Hamilton Island Yacht Club Ketch & Cutter
Celebrant: Kieran McCarthy
Wedding Coordinator: Helena Pisani – Hamilton Island Weddings
Decorator: I Do Events Whitsundays
Hair: Island Hair & Beauty, Hamilton Island
Make-up: Island Hair & Beauty, Hamilton Island
Flowers: Floral Collections, Hamilton Island
Cake: Wedding Cakes Whitsundays
Accommodation: Yacht Club Villa’s
Transport: Jaguar Luxury Vehicles (Hamilton Island Weddings)
Photography: JJ Gregory (Hamilton Island Weddings)
Videography: (Hamilton Island Weddings)


We chose to have our wedding in the Whitsundays as it’s such a beautiful location, it gives a vast range of activities and entertainment options for guests who stayed for a week around our wedding and so kept them well entertained leading up to the wedding and after. The weather suits us perfectly being a warmer climate, and we just knew the photo opportunities were endless with the beautiful backdrop of the water and nearby islands.

We’ve been to many islands around the Whitsundays and also to Airlie Beach a couple of times. We love it every time we come although Hamilton Island is where we frequent most, being such a family friendly environment.

We stayed for a week for our wedding, with our wedding landing in the middle of that week. Many of our guests also stayed for a week as well. We did the speed water craft and the half day Whitehaven Snorkelling trip, plus paddle boarding, Golf on Dent Island, swimming etc. We all made the most of the week up there!

We wanted a really classy formal wedding being a black tie event, there were no colour themes other then whites and creams and lots of greenery at the reception. All of the bridesmaids outfits were ivory, the flower arrangements all creams and whites with lots of greenery for the bridal table. We wanted lots of candles, white pressed table cloths, glass ware and cutlery and the personalised designed place cards, menus etc. that Emily the bride did all herself. The ceremony styling was simple as the backdrop over the Whitsundays was the main feature piece. The men all wore sharp black suits with crisp white shirts and black bow ties, helping create a really formal feel which is what we wanted.

Our best advice for other brides and grooms is to really make the most of your wedding at the Whitsundays, spend longer then just a few days up there because it gives you lots of time pre and post the wedding to spend time with your friends and family. You’ll create so many other memories other then just your wedding day. We felt like we really got to spend enough time with everyone, even though we never wanted it to end. I couldn’t imagine having a wedding where you just get to see everyone for the afternoon and evening as our wedding day just flew by!

The best thing about having a destination wedding is being able to spend so much more time with all of our friends and family. There’s not really another occasion where people put in as much effort as they do for your wedding so that was so nice, to have everyone put in so much effort to be there and enjoy their time. It was also great driving around the island and seeing friends at cafes, on the golf buggies, at the pool etc!

We had a pre honeymoon, in June we went to Africa for 3 weeks for a trip as we just had too many other things on after the wedding to be able to go on a post wedding honeymoon, but it was fantastic.

Anything else you’d like to say about your special day?
We were so grateful to everyone who helped put our day together, from our wedding planner to the florist, the decoration team, the photographer, the celebrant, everything was just perfect and we were extremely pleased. We wish we could do it all over again. Is it too early to renew our vows?



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