Paul and I officially met at Paul’s brother’s engagement party over 12 years ago. I used to work with Paul’s brother’s wife (my new sister-in-law). Over the years we’ve kept in contact, even going out on a date five years ago. However, the timing was never right. It was just over two years ago that I moved back home and closer to Paul, to open my business. Paul’s sister in law knew I’d moved and mentioned to him I’d recently come back. Paul instantly reached out and asked me to dinner and as they say, the rest was history. Paul proposed while we were on holidays in Bali and the tropical theme continued for our wedding with Hamilton Island.
We were attracted to having a destination wedding as we wanted to create an event where we were able to spend quality time with our guests rather than cram everything into one day and evening. Paul and I both love tropical islands, being in nature and the Great Barrier Reef. Having been to a stunning wedding previously in the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island was on the top of our list from the start.
Our guests loved the choice as well and many made a holiday out of it for themselves. This enabled us to catch up with family and friends in the lead up and after our wedding. We loved being able to host some welcome drinks on the Friday evening before our big day. We were able to book out Sails and watch the sunset with our loved ones and mingle.
The planning process was relatively easy. In fact, I had a number of people comment how stress free we were throughout the process. Especially as we had never been to the island before the wedding.
The morning of the wedding was super chilled for us. Paul got ready at the house his parents were staying at with his brothers, best mates and the pageboys. I only had my sister as my maid of honor, so we woke up and headed downstairs to the Beach Club Resort for breakfast. A few of my girlfriends also popped in for some champers while getting ready.
We had 77 guests and we decided to hold our ceremony in the chapel. We liked how it was a bit formal, intimate and just divine. Our reception was then celebrated at the Yacht Club in the Ketch and Cutter room. I couldn’t have asked for a better venue. The stunning views over the water, beautiful food and the styling was sensational.
We choose the venue in particular for the food and the views but were also blown away by the design of the building which was incredible. When we walked into the reception the room felt magical. Especially with all the floral, candles and lighting. The team were so on point and created the vision we were after.
Nothing about our time on the island ever felt rushed. We got to speak to everyone, spend time with our guests and it felt very chilled. All our guests loved it and had such a fun time. We had people thanking us for holding our wedding on Hamilton Island. Being out of Sydney and on the beautiful island location made it a holiday. We also spent our Honeymoon on Hamilton Island. It was so relaxing and the helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef was amazing.