Sunset Beach on Fraser Island was the location for the wedding of this fun-loving, Gold Coast couple. Surrounded by 100 loved ones, the two marked the occasion with an unforgettable reception at Kingfisher Bay Resort on the 19th January 2016.

“I’ve always been an island girl at heart as I grew up on North Stradbroke Island, so I think that had a lot to do with us choosing a destination wedding. Mark is also a relaxed person so we knew we needed to choose somewhere to match our temperaments, and for some reason the beach always makes us feel instantly at ease. Our guests supported this decision because we gave plenty of notice and they were able to make a holiday out of it.”

Why the Kingfisher Bay Resort?
“We got engaged at Orchid Beach on Fraser Island one year earlier, so the area has special significance for us. We instantly fell in love with the Kingfisher Bay Resort because it’s relaxed,earthy and unique.And,when we saw the sunset from Jetty Hut – we were sold! Our fabulous wedding co-ordinator, Hannah made us feel comfortable right from the start and ensured we had everything we needed – from great coffee through to strawberries for our champagne. Hannah was organised and relaxed, which made us both feel very comfortable.”

Quirky Celebrations/Rituals
“We love nature and quirky things, so all the groomsmen wore wooden bowties and had matching wooden beer mugs.We personalised stubby coolers as party favours with a photo from our engagement and cool slogans like ‘My wife gives me sound advice… 99% Sound, 1% Advice’ and ‘My Husband and I married for better or worse – He couldn’t have done better & I couldn’t have done worse.’”

Wedding Styling
“We had a rustic, beachy theme with loads of lanterns, candles and shells and a turquoise and earthy colour palette.”

Dress Code
“I sourced my wedding dress from Bohemian Brides on the Gold Coast. It was custom-fitted with a bit of tweaking to make it truly unique.The guys wore white shirts and beige pants purchased from department stores. We asked our guests to wear neutral colours so we all blended together nicely.”

Menu
“For entree we had alternate drop of prawns or lamb, for main we had alternate drop of rib fillet steak or chicken breast, and for dessert we just had the wedding cake.”

The Honeymoon
“We hired a camper trailer from Noosa and did a three-week roadtrip down south.We followed the coast all the way to Sydney, spending a few nights at each beach town before heading inland to the Hunter Valley as our final stop before returning home.”

Best Photo Locations
“Mark and I snuck out of our reception to have photos together at sunset. It’s the only chance we had to be alone during the wedding – and it was a moment I’ll cherish forever.The jetty and boardwalks around the resort made for gorgeous photos.”

Advice for other Brides
Don’t leave home without… your notepad and pen!

To find more about having your wedding at Kingfisher Bay, visit the website.

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