Zoe and Ben – Marina Shores and Whitsunday Pavilion

August 7, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Intimate,Real Weddings

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Ceremony: Marina Shores
Reception: Whitsunday Pavilion
Celebrant: Jan Harvey
Wedding Coordinator: Total Weddings
Decorator: The Event Co
Hair: Whitsunday Hair & Makeup
Make-up: Whitsunday Hair & Makeup
Flowers: The Flower Hut
Accommodation: Marina Shores
Photography: Total Weddings


We primarily chose the Whitsundays because of the great weather at the time of year we were getting married – May. We wanted warm sunshine – we live in Sydney so the heat’s not an issue for us but our families were travelling from the UK so we wanted then to have a great couple of weeks’ weather but also not too hot that it would be uncomfortable for them! We also knew that for most of our families they would probably not have the opportunity to visit The Great Barrier Reef again and this was a huge attraction for experiences we could all see and do together. The reviews around The Whitsundays, particularly Airlie Beach, were all so popular and the images available online were spectacular.

We booked everything on a ‘gut feeling’ that it would be perfect and all based on recommendations and reviews. We arrived at our hotel just a few days before the wedding and saw our ceremony venue for the first time and only visited our reception venue the day before the wedding – to say we were relaxed was an understatement. Friends and family thought we were mad but as soon as we mentioned Airlie Beach to anybody that asked about the wedding, everyone kept saying what an amazing place it was so we really thought it’ll all be just fine.

We were in The Whitsundays for a week in total and both our families were there for two. Friends from across Australia came for anything from a week to three days. The majority of time was spent with family and friends relaxing and catching up at The Lagoon in Airlie Beach – a lot of us had not seen each other for over a year so there was a lot to catch up on. A group of us took a day trip to Whitehaven Beach and that was breathtaking. Family with littles ones completed a crocodile adventure day.

The wedding theme was very simple, we didn’t want the stunning location to be overshadowed by too much décor and styling. Since we are originally from the UK we themed the wedding as ‘an English country garden’. This theme just helped to choose flowers and colours. Beautiful cream and white roses, blue hyacinths and all blue ‘finishing touches’ from the chair sashes to the table décor, beautiful napkin ribbons and tied favour boxes. This theme also matched the wedding dress, very classic and lace so this was also picked up in the bouquet and table runners. Being English we also knew everybody would be in their ‘best dress’ and they didn’t let us down……including wonderful hats and fascinators.

Our best advice to future brides and grooms… Firstly, get a wedding planner! The stress levels were minimal and everything was taken care of, we honestly only ever had choices to make with somebody else doing all the research and hard work. People could not believe how relaxed we were, even on the day and we put this totally down to having had all the ‘hassle’ taken away from us.

Secondly, trust your suppliers and especially your wedding planner if you have one – this is their day job and they really do know what they’re doing. Having a photographer that you gel with is so important and they will produce magical photos that capture the whole atmosphere of the day.













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