Kacey & Aaron’s Whitsunday Wedding Suppliers
Styling: & The Event Co. Whitsundays
Make-up: Joanne Dromgold Makeup
Transport: Just Tuk’n Around and
Kacey and Aaron met 7 years ago in Airlie Beach, they came for an event at Magnums with their mutual friends, their best friends were dating at the time. Aaron and Kacey were pretty much inseparable from that moment on, although they wouldn’t admit that they liked each other.
A year later they moved in together and then a few years later, on Kacey’s 21st birthday, Aaron got down on one knee and popped the big question! Aaron spent weeks planning the day; he took Kacey to breakfast and then drove her blindfolded to the place where they said the big “L” word for the first time – it was absolutely perfect! A few weeks later the couple had the surprise of their life and found out that Kacey was expecting! Later that year they welcomed their beautiful son Angus into the world and he made their little love story into something bigger.
Why did you choose the Whitsundays as your wedding destination?
We chose Airlie Beach because it’s our happy place. We escape there for every birthday, anniversary, celebration that we can. We were looking for an outdoor wedding venue that wasn’t already set up with a vintage theme, and being in the wedding industry I knew we would have to think outside the box a little!!
How long did you stay in the Whitsundays and did you do any other activities whilst here?
We stayed for about 4 days, along with our bridal party and families. The groomsmen were scheduled to play golf on Dent Island the day before. We had our rehearsal dinner at Salt Bar where we lost a few bridesmaids and groomsmen to tequila, we had some very sorry looking bridal party members the morning of! We all had lunch the day after the wedding at Capers.
Did your wedding have a theme or a particular style?
Our wedding had a modern, clean feeling with hints of softness to balance. Everything was white or grey and my motto really was ‘less is more’.
The styling was all necessary pieces, and not overdone.
My dress was designed by myself and Anna, of Anna Dutton Couture, and featured white floral appliqué on grey fabric to really make the florals come alive.
I had a lot of trouble finding the perfect dress, and Anna took my obsession with Elie Saab and made into a dress that was so me!
Anna also made the bridesmaids dresses, they were fitted white dresses with asymmetrical necklines and a lot of cleavage!!
The difference in the severe look of the bridesmaids dresses against my floaty, romantic bridal gown was probably my favourite thing in our wedding styling. Being in menswear and manager of Roger David, I wasn’t afraid of the boys making a statement! Aaron’s tie was chrome mirrors and very futuristic but was pared back with a classic 3 piece suit with dark grey suede boots. The boy’s suits were also the only colour in the wedding, and they were all formally styled with tie bars and handkerchiefs.
Where did you have your ceremony & reception?
Although we loved the Whitsundays for sentimental reasons, we ultimately landed on our venue thanks to our wedding planner, Jess. She was on the exact same page as me when it came to my vision, and took us to the Marine Club. Once Jess showed us the Marine Club, we were sold!
We wanted a venue that could have both the ceremony and reception so guests could be relaxed and not have to travel. The sun sets over the mountains and the water, it is truly beautiful to watch. It’s very unique, being next to the water but yet the venue doesn’t actually have a ‘beachy’ feel; it is truly a blank canvas for you to create exactly what you want.
Absolutely breathtaking location and the staff couldn’t have been nicer!!!
What did you do for your honeymoon?
We honeymooned for a week in Malaysia. We went to one of the most pristine islands in the world, Pangkor Laut, and went all out with spa treatments, food and cocktails! It was truly the most beautiful place we’ve ever been and we can’t wait to go back!
What was your reception setting?
We had 50 guests and chose a formal dinner setting. We love eating good food with close friends and family, and we both really appreciate everyone that’s in our lives every day. We chose to enjoy our day with those that have been through our most important moments with us, and it really was the best decision for us. Also, my bridesmaids might have killed me if we had a cocktail setting because their feet were so sore!!!
What was your wedding budget – where did you splurge & where did you save money?
My wedding budget was $50K. We pretty much stayed to budget and ended up paying about $55K including our honeymoon. Aaron’s budget was $20K! Haha!
We splurged on flowers, my dress, our honeymoon and the bridal parties’ outfits. We saved with our venue and our wedding bands. Being in the industry, I appreciate that someone’s price for their services is a direct representation of their skill set. I wanted a formal day that was styled and executed to perfection, so I chose vendors with outstanding reputations and if it happened to cost more, then so be it. It was worth it.
We also saved with our Wedding Planner, Jess.
A lot of people might think it costs more for a planner, however, the relationships she has with vendors allows you to get the best price possible.
Plus, I didn’t waste money on buying things online that didn’t work out, she had all the answers!