Whitsunday Real Weddings

Brooke and Joe – Villa Botanica

We would have loved to get married in Bali, but because of older relatives this was not possible. Villa Botanica had everything we wanted and more, plus being in our own country it was easier for travel and allowed guests to have a mini holiday with less disruption.

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Laura + Ashleigh – Engagement Shoot

Usually on an engagement shoot the photographer remains hidden ready to capture the moment in complete surprise. However Laura and Ash were models for Fancy Photos a year ago and so together Laura and Vanessa decided that a photo shoot to promote a new product would be the best way to disguise the proposal and capture some incredible images.

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Leah and Ritchie – Coral Sea Resort

The style of the wedding was boho chic, I really wanted an organic theme to blend in with the natural surroundings as the Coral Sea Resort is so beautiful you really don’t need to do too much.

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Luxury Weddings in Airlie Beach

Brendan and Carly – Lure

If I’m completely honest it was Cyclone Debbie that led us to holding our wedding at Lure. Brendan and I are organised people and had booked our initial reception venue two years before our wedding.

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Elaine and Shane – Whitsunday Pavilion and Peppers Airlie Beach

We didn’t really have a theme as such. I knew I wanted sunflowers as my main flower as my nan used to grow them and they’re such a happy flower so then everything centred around that.

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Luisa and Will – Coral Sea Resort

We wanted an outdoor beach wedding with a view and when we saw the Coral Sea Resort we knew it was exactly what we were looking for. The resort offered great wedding packages and options for both the ceremony and reception and Sharon, the resorts wedding planners was fantastic to work with. 

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Kayla and Andrew – Whitsunday Marine Club

The Marine Club proved to be the perfect venue choice for Kayla and Matt’s wedding. The expansive space allowed for a sit down reception indoors with plenty of room outside on the lawn for partying the night away.

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Alyce and Lachy – Lure

A love of the seaside and fine food was the inspiration behind this couples venue choice for their Whitsunday wedding. A navy, peach and gold colour scheme combined with a nautical theme accentuated the interior of Lure and created a flawless setting for their guests to enjoy a 7 course banquet.

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Sara and Alasdair – Whitsunday Pavilion and Whitsunday Marine Club

Making the most of the seaside locations on offer in Airlie Beach, Sara and Alasdair held their ceremony in the Whitsunday Pavilion before transferring to the Whitsunday Marine Club for their sunset reception.

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Amy and Andrew – Whitehaven Beach

The hardest part was deciding where exactly to get married, as there are so many beautiful beaches in Australia. Once we had decided on the Whitsunday Islands, it was a matter of booking the flights, the seaplane, a celebrant, our photographer and arranging the accommodation and dinner for four people, basically the makings of a great holiday, it was that simple!

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Rhiannon and Reuban – Villa Botanica

Two years prior to our wedding we attended a wedding in Bali that was perfect in every way. We then decided that we wanted our wedding in Bali too. However having to travel and coordinate a wedding in Bali takes a lot of time and patience so we decided to have our wedding at Villa Botanica, the closest thing to having a Bali wedding in Australia!

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Alana and Justin – Whitsunday Pavilion

We tried to keep to the relaxed tropical feel, but had to mix through a bit of boho. We just wanted everything to feel relaxed, the word “formal” had no place at our wedding!

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Toni and Matt – Earlando

Everything about Earlando stood out for us! The moment we got over the hill and saw the place we both looked at each other and said “this is it!” From green, green grass to crystal blue ocean, the place is beautiful!

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Kelly and Benjamin – Hamilton Island

We dated for 8 years before being engaged in October 2015 on Hamilton Island. Ben organised a hike 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.

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Kimberley and Nathan – Villa Botanica

We chose a destination wedding because we wanted something different and memorable. The crystal blue waters and the incredible position of Villa Botanica completed my dream day. We loved how we could escape the cold New South Wales winter and go to the Whitsundays for incredible weather.

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Natalie and Matt – Villa Botanica

We had a bit of a whirl wind with Cyclone Debbie hitting the area 6 weeks before the wedding. We were so lucky that the Whitsundays wedding community rallied behind all the brides and did everything they could to accommodate and re-home weddings at the last minute.

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SJ and David – Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island

Our plans for the wedding had to evolve almost over night. Before we left for Australia we had seen Cyclone Debbie forming and a few friends asked if that would effect us? I was sure that it would be long gone and everything would be cleaned up in a day or two. Little did I know the ferocity of the cyclone come landfall.

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Jodie and Callan – Daydream Island

Jodie and Callan were treated to a seaside ceremony at Lover’s Cove with the most calmest of Whitsunday winter days. Flat seas and high scattered clouds created for some postcard perfect photos.

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Allison and Luke – Villa Botanica

A friend of ours found Villa Botanica and enquired for us after our original venue was effected by Cyclone Debbie. It worked out perfect for us as Villa Botanica is an incredible place and the team there will go above and beyond for you, they are truly amazing at what they do!

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Nick and Gyan – Villa Botanica and The Palm House

The Palm House was perfect for the reception, all our guests were in the one place and no one had to worry about traveling. It was like having our own little family village and gave everyone a good opportunity to mingle before the wedding day.

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Megan and Brett – Whitsunday Pavilion and Waterline on Shingley

From this brides sleek wedding gown, to the wedding party being adorned in classic navy blue to the soft hued bouquets and super feminine hairdos, this wedding came together beautifully.

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Sabrina and Brendan – Whitehaven Beach

High school sweethearts Sabrina and Brendan opted for a long weekend in Airlie Beach to celebrate their nuptials. An elopement on world famous Whitehaven Beach, followed by an island cruise around the Whitsundays the day after the wedding, before returning home to celebrate with friends and family.

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Helen and Nathan – Whitehaven Beach and Peppers Airlie Beach

When your only guest is your 9 month old super cute daughter and a couple of seagulls, you know you have achieved your dream in creating a completely private wedding experience.

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Kerri and Ray – Whitehaven Beach and Peppers Airlie Beach

We wanted a beach wedding and after doing some research on the internet we came across The Wedding Planners Whitsundays website and found the Elope Perfectly package. We had never been to the Whitsundays before so knew it was for us.

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Julia and Derick – Whitsunday Pavilion and The Palm House

As a long time local working in the beauty industry, Julia knew just what she wanted for her Whitsunday wedding and how it was going to look. Having all the direct contacts and a keen eye for detail Julia become her own wedding planner.

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Mel and Jay – Whitehaven Beach and Coral Sea Resort

After looking at local options, as opposed to heading back to Geelong, Victoria to be closer to extended family and friends and considering many options in between, we chose to stay close and keep it simple.

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Lidija and Ben – Coral Sea Resort

With a mutual love for travelling it seemed only fitting that this adventurous couple would opt for a destination wedding. Travelling to the Whitsundays to site inspect as many venues as possible it was Coral Sea Resort that they fell in love with.

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Belinda and Daniel – Marina Shores and Waterline On Shingley

A stunning seaside lawn set in the grounds of a popular Whitsunday resort allowed Belinda and Daniel to host a picturesque private ceremony with a surprisingly small price tag attached.

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Lynda and Jamie – Coral Sea Resort

Everyone was extremely relaxed and the “wedding stress” didn’t exist. It also gave us a chance to show our favourite piece of paradise with our nearest and dearest who were mostly from Brisbane.

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Whitsunday Beach Weddings

Melissa and Brad – Whitehaven Beach and Capers on The Esplanade

Melissa and Brad treated their guests to the most indulgent wedding ceremony on Whitehaven Beach! Transport was provided by Ocean Rafting whilst the bride and her entourage travelled via seaplane.

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Whitsunday Wedding Coral Sea Resort

Helen and Gordon – Headland Park and Coral Sea Resort

With their hearts set on a seaside ceremony and an outdoors reception under the stars, this Melbourne couple decided it was just too risky to host their wedding in their home city renowned for its very unpredictable weather.

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Victorita and Jarred – Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Pavilion

This gorgeous young couple wanted to escape to the most beautiful seaside location and experience a barefoot wedding by the ocean. It was only natural that they ended up becoming newlyweds in the coastal town of Airlie Beach.

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Airlie Beach Elopement

Bethanie and Joshua – Anzac Point and Peppers Airlie Beach

What this couple saved by eloping, they truly made up for by splurging on experiences and capturing memories. Day tours with Ocean Rafting and Cruise Whitsundays, paddle boarding, massages, scuba dives and even a night out seeing British India at Magnum’s!

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Maddison and Chris – Headland Park

Having had originally planned for a moderately big wedding in Townsville, Maddison and Chris realised that they had embarked on a wedding journey that neither of them really wanted.

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Melissa and Brendan – Cannonvale Park and Reef Gateway Hotel

Lifelong locals Melissa and Brendan worked with wedding coordinator Total Weddings and stylist The Event Company Whitsundays to create a whimsical garden wedding in the Whitsundays in one of the unlikeliest of public venues.

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Ashlee and Matthew – Whitehaven Beach and Peppers Airlie Beach

Champagne, helicopters and sandy toes… these are the things that wedding dreams are made of for couples like Ashlee and Matthew who want to keep things simple, but appreciate a little luxury.

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Tanya and Brendan – Montes Reef Resort and The Palm House

Parasols, lace, chandaliers and a VW Kombi were just some of the elements that went into this shabby chic beach wedding in the Whitsundays. A seaside ceremony on the sand, followed by a formal reception at The Palm House.

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Yelly and Ben – Whitehaven Beach

If you are thinking about eloping. Stop. Don’t think about it, just do it. Eloping was the best thing we ever did. It gave us the opportunity to experience a hassle free day, in a location that was perfect for us. All we had to focus on was marrying each other (while Total Weddings took care of the rest)…

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Jordan and Kayla – Hamilton Island Weddings

We planned 3 weddings before we finally decided to host an intimate wedding on Hamilton Island. We thought there is no better place with the great reputation that Hamilton Island Weddings has. We landed 2 days before the big day and fell in love straight away.

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Whitsunday Marine Club Wedding

Kacey and Aaron – Whitsunday Marine Club

With a crystal clear wedding day vision and a match made in heaven between the bride and groom and The Wedding Planners Whitsundays, this couple created one of the most delightfully modern Whitsunday weddings we have ever seen.

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Airlie Beach Weddings at Peppers Resort

Michelle and Aaron – Sundowner Cruises and Peppers Airlie Beach

One of my closest friends, who knew no one else at the wedding before arriving on Thursday, said to me at the reception that she felt like she was at Christmas dinner with all her family. Which was exactly our aim for having a destination wedding.

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Daydream Island Whitsunday Wedding

Belinda and Daniel – Daydream Island Resort

Belinda and Daniel were treated to a sparkling view over the Whitsunday Islands from magical Lovers Cove for their wedding ceremony and to top off the true tropical Australian wedding experience, they were treated to surprise guests in the form of local kangaroos.

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Kay and Steve – Whitsunday Elopement

Kay was the perfect epitome of a beach side wedding babe. A knee length tulle skirt and matching light lace cropped top combined with jewel footwear ensured that she was not only comfortable in the tropical climate but created the perfect silhouette for her photos on Whitehaven Beach.

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Amelia and Aaron – Luxury Yacht Wedding

Ameila and Aaron fell in love with the idea of a luxury yacht Whitsunday wedding when it was suggested to them by their wedding planner. The couple had attended a number of weddings in the Whitsundays so it was important their day was in some way different to the weddings they had attended.

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Amy and Ryland – Villa Botanica

Amy and Ryland had not visited the Whitsundays prior to their wedding day so it made perfect sense for them to stay a little longer and enjoy all that the Whitsundays has to offer. The events kicked off two days before the wedding day with an icebreaker dinner at Port Of Airlie.

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Naomi and Shane – Whitehaven Beach Elopement

This gorgeous little family of three decided that Airlie Beach was the perfect destination to celebrate their wedding. Opting for an elopement to Whitehaven Beach via Seaplane meant that they were able to save thousands on their day, yet still have a truly magical wedding experience in the Whitsundays.

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Whitsunday Wedding Pavilion

Hannah and Simon – Whitsunday Pavilion

Holding their wedding ceremony and reception at the Whitsunday Pavilion meant that this couple had the time (and budget) to treat their guests to a sunset cruise around Pioneer Bay. Departing Port Of Airlie Marina after the ceremony allowed the wedding party to enjoy a different perspective of Airlie Beach as the sun set over the horizon.

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Amanda and Steve – Whitehaven Beach Elopement

The photos we looked at online were amazing, we figured we would never be able to have anywhere as beautiful where we currently live. Whitehaven Beach is so stunning.

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Rachel and Mark – Luxury Yacht Wedding

The only thing that guests were aware of was that we were getting married…we sent invitations that read “join us at Airlie Beach at 2pm”…the rest was a surprise. Both of us love boats and being out on the water, and we knew that was at the heart of what we wanted from our day. Also to give our friends and family a once in a lifetime experience of being on board a luxury yacht in one of the most pristine places on Earth!

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Sharon and Wayne – Villa Botanica

This month marks the two year wedding anniversary for Sharon and Wayne who said “i do” at Villa Botanica. The couple fell so head over heels in love with the Whitsundays during their wedding week that they packed up their life and relocated to the Whitsundays shortly after. The dynamic duo are now happily living and working in the Whitsundays with their two beautiful sons.

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Emma and Glen – Coral Sea Resort

We love to holiday in Airlie Beach and have always enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and picturesque setting. We wanted a destination wedding and the Whitsundays holds some of our favourite holiday memories so we knew it would be perfect.

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Alyce and Lachlan – Peppers Airlie Beach

Alyce met Lachlan when she first moved to the Whitsundays. He was a friend of the families and there was an instant connection between the two. After five years of dating and enjoying the seaside lifestyle of Airlie Beach they decided to tie the knot and living in the wedding heart of Australia is made perfect sense for them to host their wedding in their own home town!

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Amanda and Henning – Whitehaven Beach

A light breeze on a warm sunny day with no clouds was the perfect backdrop for our Whitehaven Beach Wedding. We chartered a private seaplane to reach our wedding destination. First spotting the location we were stunned by the crystal clear turquoise water and pristine white sands.

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Kara and Josh – Boathaven Beach and Peppers Airlie Beach

My advice to other bride and grooms, especially ones that are finding the whole wedding planning a daunting task, go with a destination wedding and have someone else plan it all for you! It takes the stress out of it all and they are good at what they do!

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Whitsunday Wedding on Hamilton Island

Stuart and Emily – Hamilton Island

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.

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Sheree and Michael – Peninsula Pavilion and Waterline

We both love Airlie Beach and wanted to show our guests how amazing it was. The majority of our guests were from New Zealand and had never traveled to the Whitsunday area before. They all had an absolute ball.

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Whitsunday Wedding at Coral Sea Resort

Angela and Richard – Coral Sea Resort

When Richard and I got married we wanted somewhere a little bit different. With guests coming all the way from South Africa and New Zealand, we also wanted to give them a great experience of Australia. With the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep, warm climate all year round and ability to cater to all budgets Airlie Beach was the perfect choice.

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Hollee and Ben – Villa Botanica

Hollee and Ben didn’t have to travel far for their destination wedding. Residing in Mackay, just 150km south of Airlie Beach the couple were well aware of the Villa Botanica estate and all it had to offer to them and their guests.

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Qiret and Alex – Peninsula, Whitehaven Beach and Peppers Pavilion

We wanted a simple but beautiful wedding as the natural backdrop is stunning so we didn’t need to go overboard! I chose coral, gold and ivory as the colour which complimented the turquoise sea and white sand. The reception was decorated with fairy lights, flowers and bunting with sweet soul music playing in the background, it was perfect! :

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Lauren and Mitchell – Hamilton Island

I definitely recommend a destination wedding because not only did we get married on a beautiful island but we had from Thursday to Sunday with our loved ones to celebrate, we created memories that will last a lifetime.

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Sonja and Chris – Marine Club Whitsundays

It was great knowing that all our guests had made the effort to come all that way just for us and that each of them truly wanted to be there with us on our special day. The absolute best thing is having everyone in one place for a week, it is probably the only time you can make that happen and it is just really special.

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Helen and Daniel – Whitehaven Beach Elopement

We would thoroughly recommend a Whitehaven Beach elopement with The Wedding Planners Whitsundays to anyone who wants simplicity, elegance and special attention and a mesmerizing day enmeshed with the beauty of the Whitsundays.

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Ciarra and Justin – Headland Park and Capers at Airlie Beach

An romantic wedding ceremony at Headland Park followed by an intimate wedding reception at Capers on The Beach restaurant on the Esplanade. A simple yet oh so romantic wedding day.

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Kaylee and Joel – Peninsula and Waterline On Shingley

For our wedding, we wanted somewhere near the beach with a fun, causal and loving atmosphere. We started looking overseas, but the logistics seemed too hard. Also we took into consideration the travel for some our guests.

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Amy and Adams beachside boho wedding

Amy and Adam – Hamilton Island

Featuring hints of mint and pops of pink the colour scheme created a youthful and playful feel to the day and was the perfect accompaniment to the tropical islands backdrop of lush green gardens and azure sea.

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whitsunday sailing club weddings

Stephanie and Steve – Whitsunday Pavilion and Whitsunday Sailing Club

I had been looking for somewhere to go on our honeymoon when I came across the Whitsundays, we instantly feel in love with the picturesque photos and decided that it was the place where we wanted to get married and honeymoon. We stayed for 15 days in total we loved it so much and enjoyed loads of day trips.

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Zoe and Ben – Marina Shores and Whitsunday Pavilion

The best thing about a destination wedding is it all becomes so much more then the wedding. It’s a holiday, family and friends’ time and a wedding all rolled into one. Everyone being away from home and able to totally relax makes it a brilliant way to extend celebrations.

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Whitsunday wedding on Hamilton Island

Sara and James – Hamilton Island Weddings

Having a destination wedding was amazing for us as we were able to have the wedding we dreamed of and all of our guests were able to make the most of the Whitsundays and make a holiday out of it. Just make sure you give your guests as much notice as you possibly can so they can join in on the celebration.

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Lauren and Daniel – Coral Sea Resort

We both wanted a small simple wedding we just didn’t know where. We spent months looking for venues in the area around our home town but we weren’t totally in love with anything we looked at. One day I started looking up destination weddings when I came across Coral Sea Resort and instantly knew that was the place it had to be.

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Whitsunday Wedding at Coral Sea Resort

Alana and Vladslav – Coral Sea Resort

Vlad and I decided to have a very small wedding with only 6 guests! Having an intimate wedding on the Coral Sea provided the perfect experience for my husband and I who wanted a simple, beautiful, classic beach wedding. Keeping the décor white and crystal provided a beautiful contrast to the turquoise water as the backdrop.

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Brittany and Jack – Peppers Airlie Beach

Brittany and Jack searched for a wedding venue for almost 2 years in Sydney and after finding all of them overpriced and uninspiring they decided to look further afield. “We wanted something relaxed and not over the top. We never planned on going to the Whitsundays and just stumbled across it one day while searching online.”

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Sam and Jen – Chance Bay Whitsunday Island

Sam proposed to Jen whilst on a Whitsunday holiday so it seemed only fitting that the pair return to the tropical paradise for their elopement. The couple opted for a true elopement with absolutely no guests present leaving them all the time in the world to indulge in each others companies whilst in the Whitsundays.

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Whitsunday Wedding at Marine Club

Monica and Lyle – St Martin’s Church and Marine Club

A weekend away to the Misty Mountains on the Atherton Tablelands proved to be a memorable occasion for both Lyle and Monica. After trying to ‘relax’ during his massage Lyle invited Monica out on to the scenic balcony and produced a stunning Irish Claddagh diamond ring from his robe.

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Leanne and Luke – Whitsunday Pavilion and Toscana Village Resort

Our wedding was beyond realisation and fulfilment. Luke and I had always dreamed of a destination wedding. A celebration that was simple, personal and unique for our families to enjoy (without the huge price tag). The Whitsundays had held a sentimental place for both our parents

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Kate and Tor – Long Island Resort

We had a very small wedding and our close family and friends travelled from Western Australia over to the beautiful Long Island, so it was important for us to be able to spend precious time with everyone before our ceremony and know that everything was taken care of. Diana’s knowledge of weddings meant that she was able to translate our vision.

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Cassey and Mark – Villa Botanica

Airlie Beach held some great memories for Mark and I as we got engaged on Whitehaven Beach after a helicopter ride over the “heart of the reef” just over 12 months prior to our wedding. It’s not easy trying to pick a wedding venue in the Whitsundays as there are so many possibilities.

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Nicole and Luke – Daydream Island

We chose to have a small, intimate, outdoor wedding. We always wanted a beachy, laid back wedding and thought where else but the Whitsundays! Daydream was recommended by so many websites and looked perfect for us, so we booked it. Finally our special day came around.

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Jo and Tony – Whitehaven Beach and Coral Sea Resort

We chose the Whitsundays because it was a midpoint for all our family and friends who were coming from New Zealand, Queensland, Western Australia and America. We had visited the Whitsundays a year earlier and fell in love with it.

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Merindah and Matt – Déjà vu Restaurant at Waters Edge Resort

We had dreamed of getting married somewhere warm and tropical and had been to the Whitsundays before and loved it. My husband wanted to get married in shorts and thongs and keep it more relaxed.

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Betty and Sam – Whitsunday Pavilion + Whitsunday Sailing Club

I never really thought about Weddings until Sam proposed. I guess I never really thought about marriage either until I met Sam. We never wanted a big Wedding but we did want a special day to express our love and commitment to each other.

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Boathaven Beach Airlie Beach Wedding Spots

Kirby and Dane – Boathaven Beach + Peppers Airlie Beach

We chose Airlie Beach as our wedding destination because we decided on a beach wedding and Airlie Beach has some of the most amazing beaches. Dane and I have previously been to the Whitsundays a few times before, however our guests had never visited the area so it was also a holiday.

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Jess and David – Peppers Airlie Beach

I have never been the type of girl to picture myself having a huge Church wedding. We had been engaged for quite a while with no plans in sight, so one day I Googled “destination wedding Australia” and Airlie Beach popped up. I’m so glad that it did! My husband and I got our immediate family together.

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