Why did you choose a destination wedding?
We both love travel and the idea of spending our wedding and honeymoon together with family and friends in a beautiful location really appealed to us. In addition to this the value for money that we got from having a wedding in Phuket with all the additional experiences we were able to have at the wedding was amazing.
Why did you select the destination and venue you did?
Thailand has always been one of our favourite destinations. We had previously stayed at Paresa Resort Phuket and had a wonderful stay. We felt it was the perfect location for a wedding with its unique cliff top position and breathtaking beauty.
Did you have guests attend, and if so, what was their reaction to you having a destination wedding?
We had 50 guests attend our wedding. Everyone was so excited and supportive of our idea of having a destination wedding, many of them having mini holidays at the same time and experience a country that they hadn’t been to before.
What is your favourite memory of the day?
There were so many special moments and amazing highlights, such as a fire dancer, fireworks, our guests and us releasing Thai lanterns, which were all incredible elements of surprise for our guests. However, the stand out memory would have to be “Lucky” the baby elephant surprising our guests, arriving during the cocktail party on the Miracle Lawn to entertain our guests whilst we had photos taken around the stunning grounds of the resort.
What was the best thing about having a destination wedding?
Neither of us wanted a traditional church wedding and given our love of travel a destination wedding was a wonderful way to share not only our special day but a wonderful holiday with our family and friends, not something that people often get to do.
What theme or style did you base your wedding decorations on?
With such a naturally beautiful setting we really just wanted to complement this. We chose a colour scheme of white and silver with stunning green and white flower arrangements. The look was very elegant.
How did your wedding coordinator assist you?
Our wedding co-ordinator was amazing, she took care of every detail and helped our dreams become a reality. Having a wonderful wedding co-ordinator who really listened and understood what we wanted made everything so easy and removed any stress of planning and preparing for our special day. The whole process was enjoyable and exciting. She had obviously done this before and stepped us through the whole process and ensured that nothing was missed in arranging a perfect day.
Did you honeymoon in the same location?
Yes, we spent two weeks in Phuket with many of our family and friends staying on too!
Rebecca O’Grady & Malcolm Smith
Date: 31 July 2010
The Miracle Lawn, Paresa Resort
Stunning outdoor area below the main
Paresa infinity pool
The Cielo Residence,
Gown: Leonard Derecourt Design,
Gold Coast, Australia
Photographer: Gina Smith in Phuket
Special moments await you at the Paresa Resort Phuket. Reach for it at http://www.paresaresorts.com/weddings.html.