Brooke and Joe – Villa Botanica

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Ceremony: Villa Botanica
Reception: Villa Botanica
Celebrant: Deanna Kent
Photography: Brooke Miles Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Villa Botanica
Decorator: I Do Events Whitsundays
Flowers: Flower Hut
Child Minding: Airlie Beach Babysitting
Videographer: Th3rd Dimension Media



Your Love Story…

Joe and I had known each other for many years, his sister is actually my sons godmother, so we had been to plenty of family and social events together in the past and had always got along.

We then ended up just seeing each other out and about and were both being encouraged by friends to see one another, however both of us were in a bit of denial (after all his sister was Connors godmother). Then one night at a ‘Choir Boys’ concert we decided maybe we should not be so stubborn and see what was meant to be.

Joe took me away for a weekend and to see Ghost but had another surprises organised before this, which I nearly missed as I got caught up at work and we ended up leaving Goulburn late. Joe had organised for us to do the Sydney Bridge Climb and proposed on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was very romantic!


Destination Wedding…

Because we are both private people with very busy lives we liked the idea of being able to keep numbers low and prying eyes away. It also allowed us to get married in a beautiful destination; we both love the beach and ultimately 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 it is in the comfort of our own country where it was easier for travel. This could also allow for families to have a small holiday and not require people to take long lengths of time off work.


The Whitsundays…

We had never visited the Whitsundays prior to booking our wedding. Once we booked and started paying our deposit we decided we best come for a visit to see if it was as good as photos. It was actually better! We also used this time to do some day trips which we loved.


Whitsunday Wedding Week…

We arrived on the Tuesday, had an icebreaker on the Thursday night at Boaty’s which allow our friends and family the opportunity to meet, so come time for the wedding everyone could mingle. We got married on the Friday and had a recovery breakfast on the Saturday at Sorrento’s.

We also managed a quick day trip to Hamilton Island and I do wish we had allowed more time at the end to unwind and enjoy a holiday.


Cocktail or Sit Down…

We had 54 at the wedding including us. We kept numbers low as ultimately we just wanted an intimate party with our closest friends and family to help us celebrate us joining our families. We had a sit down meal as I like some traditions and wanted our guests to be treated to some fine dinning but also allow them time to chat.



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