Real Wedding | Carly and Brendan

22nd April 2017

Tell us your love story. How did you meet?
Brendan and I met at high school. He asked me to be his girlfriend three times before I gave in and said yes!

What made you choose Lure for your ceremony and/or reception venue? How many guests did you have and was it cocktail or sit down? What was the reason behind these choices?
If I’m completely honest it was Cyclone Debbie that led us to holding our wedding at Lure. Brendan and I are organised people and had booked our initial reception venue two years before our wedding. Fast forward to March 2017 and Cyclone Debbie arrived in the Whitsundays leaving behind significant damage to many homes and businesses, including our initial reception venue. Three weeks out from our wedding and we had no longer had a reception venue. How lucky we were that Lure was available on our date, and we snapped up their opening in a second. I couldn’t have been happier with the service we received from the staff at Lure. Lure is such a spectacular venue, the view is stunning and the building itself is modern and elegant. As it was the wind played havoc with our initial ceremony location plans and we ended up holding our ceremony at Lure too. It was clearly meant to be. We had 92 guests and had a sit down dinner. We always intended on having a sit down dinner, as we really liked the idea of our guests catching up and sharing a meal and drink together.

Had you visited the Whitsundays before? If not what was it about the Whitsundays that made you choose the destination?
We lived in Bowen before we were engaged and were both raised in North Queensland, so we had visited the Whitsundays many times before. We loved the natural beauty of the area and its super relaxed vibe which was the exact atmosphere we wanted for our wedding.

How long did you stay in the Whitsundays and did you do any pre or post activities whilst here?
We stayed in Airlie Beach the night before and after our wedding. Airlie Beach has so much amazing restaurants and we ate out at many of them before and after our wedding with our bridal party and guests.

What was your wedding style and colour palette? Did you have a specific theme or inspiration in mind? How did you bring it to life?
Our style was intimate, relaxed, earthy and elegant. We used lots of neutral colours, rose gold and some pink pastels and native flowers within our bouquets and buttonholes. We featured lots of greenery with white roses and candles.

Think back to your big day. What made you laugh? Cry? What was your favourite detail or most memorable moment of the day?
It sounds cheesy but we really can’t pick our favourite parts of the day, the whole day was absolutely perfect. I felt like I laughed all day! We both laughed the most during the speeches and the photos with our bridal party. I thought I’d cry during the ceremony but somehow I managed to hold it in. The water works turned on though during our photographer’s slideshow during the reception, I loved that we could both see how the day went and share it with our guests. This was definitely a highlight of our day for both of us.

Three words that sum up your day:
Best day ever.

What advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding now? Any logistical tips for a destination wedding?
Don’t stress the small stuff, it all works out perfectly on the big day (even if there’s a cyclone three weeks out from the day!). We found using a wedding planner invaluable, Jess from The Wedding Planners Whitsundays contacted all our vendors during the week leading up to the wedding and coordinated and organised our day to a tee so it ran perfectly. We ending up needing to move our ceremony venue on the day at the last minute and Jess coordinated this change absolutely perfectly. We were very organised in our planning which proved to be useful given our last minute venue change, but it also made for an otherwise stress-free week leading up to our wedding. If there’s one thing you invest in, make sure it’s your photographer / videographer. After the big day is said and done, photos and videos are all you have to reminisce on the best day of your life.

What was your first dance song? Tell us the story behind it.
‘It’s Your Love’ by Tim McGraw. Brendan and I have very different tastes in music, but this was a song we both loved and thought it summed up our relationship nicely.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We honeymooned in Hawaii via Sydney, and spent time in Honolulu on the main island of Oahu, and Lahaina on the island of Maui.

What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Starting our family together.

Who helped make this wedding happen?

Reception Venue: Lure, Abell Point Marina
Ceremony Venue: Lure, Abell Point Marina
Celebrant: Kerrie Long Marriage Celebrant
Photographer: Tella Photography
Videographer: Hello Blue Productions
Hair: Whitsunday Wedding Hair Lounge
Makeup: Joanne Dromgold Makeup
Flowers: Le Sorelle The Sisters Florist
Décor: The Event Company Whitsundays
Cake: Whitsunday Baked Creations
Transport: Friends / family
Wedding Planner: The Wedding Planners Whitsundays
DJ/Entertainment: Jeremy Romeo Music
Accommodation: Mantra Boathouse Apartments
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Suits: Michaels Ayr
Jeweller: Loloma Jewellers