The venue: Lure, Abell Point Marina
The location: The Whitsundays, Australia
A stylish venue by glittering waters, Lure, Abell Point Marina showcases all that the Whitsundays are known for: sunshine, tropical vibes and luxury. With a private foreshore area (seating up to 80 guests) and a marina parkway with wedding pavilion (seating up to 200+), the venue boasts a range of scenic ceremony locations. You can also depart from its marina by luxury yacht or helicopter to tie the knot on one of the Whitsundays’ picturesque islands, or walk just a short distance to the nearby Shingley Beach for an intimate ceremony, before returning for amazing cuisine and plenty of celebrating.
Receptions at Lure, Abell Point Marina are an elegant yet laid-back affair. The Quadrant Room and Compass Bar is a fresh, nautical-themed space, while the Sandglass Room provides the perfect setting for large celebrations. Wherever you choose to party the night away here, fit in time for toasting the sunset on the waterfront balcony.
The wedding planner: Nolwenn Folingé
When it comes to romantic wedding destinations, it’s hard to beat Paris. It’s here that Nolwenn worked as an event manager, helping to create amazing celebrations. Now based in tropical Airlie, she brings to life beautiful weddings at stylish Lure, Abell Point Marina.
Describe Lure, Abell Point Marina in five words:
“Contemporary, nautical, fresh, refined, elegant.”
What are the main reasons people choose this venue for a destination wedding?
“We’re a brand new, contemporary venue, nestled right in the heart of a vibrant world-class marina, boasting absolute waterfront views and overlooking the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. With a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff, we offer a uniquely tailored and authentic Whitsunday wedding.”
What’s your favourite spot at Lure, Abell Point Marina for a gorgeous wedding photo?
“Indoors, it would have to be at the magnificent Compass Bar. Outdoors, I love the waterfront balcony.”
What’s the most Instagrammable spot at the resort that’s sure to make people back home jealous?
“The marina foreshore at sunset!”
What do you recommend for accommodation for couples getting married here?
“We have access to a range of stunning luxury private yachts for hire by the bride and groom – where better to spend your wedding night than on a luxury yacht in a world-class marina?”
What’s the one thing you can get at Lure, Abell Point Marina that you’ll get nowhere else on the planet?
“The most stunning ladies’ powder rooms!”
What are some of the chef’s specialities for a wedding menu?
“We’ve taken inspiration from products we can source locally and that have a regional influence. Some of our favourites are grilled coral trout fillet with basil-infused olive oil emulsion, duck fat potatoes and kale; pan-seared wild barramundi with tempura leader prawn, smoked tomato, saffron chutney and crushed primavera potato; and local wild mushroom risotto scented with truffle oil and shaved parmesan.”
What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had for a wedding – and did you deliver?
“A bride to-be wanted to surprise her guests for her arrival. She arrived at the ceremony aboard a stunning Princess motor yacht, with all the guests waiting along the marina foreshore. Her husband-to-be was stunned yet delighted, as she had also arranged for a photoshoot aboard the yacht after their ceremony, where they were able to share a drink and quiet moment together on the deck overlooking the Whitsunday islands.”
“Bring a pair of flat shoes for when it’s time to hit the dance floor! Dancing in high heels on the Lure Compass can be challenging when you have been in those heels all day!”
What’s the most glamorous/luxurious thing couples get to do at Lure, Abell Point Marina?
“Couples can take scenic flights to Whitehaven Beach and over the Great Barrier Reef on a private helicopter, which depart from one of our private marina helipads.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’d give a couple planning a destination wedding?
“While looking for your dream venue, make sure you also consider different accommodation options for your guests.”
What’s the most memorable feedback you’ve ever received from a happy bride and groom?
“The first wedding we hosted at Lure will always stay special. The bride sent us a thank you card and wrote, ‘You made my dream (wedding) come true’. It was certainly the best compliment I could receive.”