Elaine and Shane’s Wedding Team
Ceremony: Whitsunday Sailing Club Pavilion
Reception: Peppers Airlie Beach
Celebrant: Jan Harvey
Decorator: The Event Company Whitsundays
Hair: Luisa – Whitsunday Wedding Hair Lounge
Make-up: Lol Doll Makeup
Flowers: Flower Hut
Dress: LUV Bridal
Cake: Whitsunday Baked Creations
Accommodation: Peppers Airlie Beach
Photography: Nadine Kemp Photography
Videography: Th3rd Dimension Media
Spray Tan: Sun Kissed Beauty
Music: Chris Booroff – Total Entertainment
Tell us a little about your love story, how you met, your engagement?
We met online on RSVP, back in 2013. Things developed naturally from there and we just enjoyed spending time together. The silly and boring things were fun together. On our 2nd anniversary, we went to Tetsuya’s in Sydney and had a lovely meal, Shane then wanted to walk down to Darling Harbour but I kept complaining it was too far and cold. I eventually gave in and we headed down there and he then proposed right by the water with the Sydney skyline in the background.
Had you visited the Whitsundays before?
Yes, quite a few times. I lived in Bowen for a few months when I was backpacking and went to Airlie Beach a few times. I took Shane there on one of our first trips away together and he loved it just as much as I did.
Why did you choose a destination wedding and what was the best thing about having a destination wedding?
We wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding so a destination wedding suited us perfectly. It was so nice that everyone got to have a holiday and spend more time together and get to know the other guests.
It was so nice having all our favourite people on holiday with us! It was a lot more relaxed and chilled and we got to spend more time with our guests.
How long did you stay in the Whitsundays and did you do any pre or post activities whilst here?
We were there for about a week in total. The first couple of days was just getting the finishing touches sorted and meeting with all our Suppliers who went out of their way to meet with us and put our minds at ease. We organised a lunch the day before the wedding at Montes reef Resort – one of our favourite places in Australia so we had to share it with our loved ones! We also had a day trip to Hamilton island after the wedding and had fun exploring the island on the golf buggies.
What did you do for your hens and bucks nights?
Shane went go-karting and on a brewery pub crawl in Sydney and I went to an escape rooms and then a lovely lunch at the Butler in Potts Point before out dancing.
Did your wedding have a theme or a particular style?
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. Navy went really well with the sunflowers so that was our main colour and then we had gold writing on the navy signs for the table plan and order of ceremony, which looked really pretty. My dress wasn’t something I originally thought I’d go for but the lady in the dress shop suggested I tried it on and I fell in love with it. We added more detail to the neckline and added the belt for a bit of sparkle. In the reception, a few things came as part of the package and we chose to add the wall drapes and fairy lights to turn it into more of a wedding venue rather than a conference room.
Did you have a honeymoon? If so where did you go?
We’ve had a mini-moon, we went up to Port Douglas for 3 nights after our family had all left and we’re planning on taking 4 weeks around Europe next year.
What was your wedding budget?
We aimed for $30k in total, including flights, accommodation, etc.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We saved on the invitations as we opted for a wedding website instead of save the dates and actual invitations. It also meant we could update it as we went along and we just set up a facebook group for when we were in Airlie so we could arrange to meet people for dinner, etc. We also just had spotify on at the reception rather than a DJ or band and it was fine – everyone was still up and dancing and it was the music we wanted.
We splurged on having a guitarist at the ceremony but Chris was well worth it and learnt three songs for us and played beautifully – he was a big hit with all the guests. We also had an open bar but it was definitely worth it – making sure everyone could drink what they wanted to.
How many guests did you have and was it cocktail or sit down? What was the reason behind these choices?
We had 41 guests in total and had pre-dinner canapes and then a sit down meal. We just wanted it to run smoothly and make sure everyone was fed properly.
Why did you choose your ceremony and reception venue?
We went up with Airlie to check out a few venues and went to the wedding fair they held in the February, we saw a few options but just fell in love with the balinese pavilion when we saw it and Peppers had everything we wanted for the reception with it own private bar and balcony and it was just the right size. The view helped too!
Aisle song: “How long will I love you?” – Ellie Goulding
Signing song: “You and Me” – Lifehouse
Celebratory song: “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
Bridal party Arrival Song: “Shut up and dance with me” – Walk the Moon
Cutting of Cake: “Thinking out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
Bridal and Groom first dance: “Can’t help falling in love with you” – Michael Buble