Amy and Andrew – Whitehaven Beach

September 19, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Elopement,Real Weddings


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Ceremony Venue: Whitehaven Beach
Reception Venue: Private dinner at Coral Sea Resort
Celebrant: Margaret Roberts
Photographer: Brooke Miles Photography
Transport: Air Whitsunday


Your Love Story…

Andy planned a surprise, overnight stay at a hotel in Galway for our six year anniversary. Earlier in that year we camped down the west coast of Ireland, and Galway was one of our favorite spots.  So that’s why he took me back there to propose.  We spent the day and evening, walking around the cobbled streets of the city, stopping in old Irish pubs for drinks, dinner and listening to the local Irish bands and at the end of the night he asked me to marry him.


Wedding Day Vision…

We wanted a casual, laid back and most importantly fun day to celebrate our wedding.  We never envisioned a big wedding and all the stress that comes with it.

We did everything ourselves, finding a marriage celebrant and Brooke online.  Our marriage celebrant gave the idea of a seaplane or helicopter to Whitehaven beach.  The hardest part of the whole thing was deciding where exactly to get married, as there are so many different beautiful beaches and places in Australia. Once we had decided on the Whitsunday Islands, it was a matter of booking the flights, the seaplane, a celebrant, Brooke and arranging the accommodation and dinner for four people, basically the makings of a great holiday, it was that simple!


Destination Wedding…

It was so special because it was exactly want we wanted, no fuss, or big show and all we did was laugh from the moment we woke up.  It was made even more special that two of our best friends were able to join us and be our witnesses. The day was perfect from beginning to end and the location of the ceremony itself was nothing short of paradise.


Brides Wisdom…

Invest in a good photographer like we did, you will want your photos to be of the best quality, to show to other friends or family who maybe couldn’t be there. I would also recommend having a plan B location, if the weather doesn’t hold out for your plan A.

 If possible it would be best to visit the area you will be getting married in before booking anything, as things can look very different online.  When choosing a marriage celebrant and photographer, make sure you don’t just send emails, but ring them up and chat to them so that you get a better gut instinct as to whether they are a right fit for your wedding day. I would again recommend having a plan B location in case of adverse weather conditions on the day. I would recommend staying at Airlie beach for at least 4 or 5 days surrounding the wedding to allow yourself to relax and soak up the beautiful environment.

We were lucky that we only had two guests to look after.  We found a place for all of us to stay, in a really lovely apartment, called Whitsunday Reflections, which we would highly recommend.  We used Tripadvisor and to find the best location, apartment and price and were not disappointed. So either you could do all the background research in finding places to stay or let each guest do their own, but either way Tripadvisor is normally the best call, or speak with your celebrant/photographer as they are locals and experts on the region.



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