Real Life Wedding: Joanne & David – Thailand

Gold Coast lovebirds Joanne and David tied-the-knot in a ceremony at Katathani Phuket Beach Resort in Thailand, which was followed by a wedding reception with close family and friends.


How did you meet?

David and I met through my sister and her best friend on a night out in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.

Tell us about the proposal

It was really sweet. David took me and our son on a picnic lunch to Mt Tamborine Botanical Gardens on the premise we were celebrating our seven year anniversary. After lunch David explained that there was another reason we were there and proceeded to pull out a ring box, before getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. It was, and still is, the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. Of course I said yes.

Why did you choose Thailand for your wedding?

We chose Thailand as it was the location of our first overseas trip together. We had such a fantastic holiday that it wasn’t a hard decision to go back. After attending my sister-in-law’s wedding in Fiji a few years earlier, we knew that a destination wedding would perfect for us as well. We weren’t wrong – it was perfect.







Did you have guests attend and, if so, what was there reaction to you having a destination wedding?
We had 35 of our nearest and dearest fly over with us. The reaction we got was fantastic – everyone was so excited. All our guests had the opportunity to make a holiday out of our wedding and for some it was their first time overseas, which made it extra special.
What was the best thing about having a destination wedding?
Having a destination wedding meant that a lot of the stress and planning was taken out of our hands, which makes for an exciting lead up to the big day. We had such fantastic wedding coordinators at Katathani Phuket Beach Resort that I never once doubted our wedding day would be perfect. Being able to share such a special overseas trip with our loved ones is something I’ll never forget.

2015-02-26-19.15.02What did you do for your hens’ and bucks’ parties?

I spent one night in a Meriton apartment at Broadbeach with family and friends and we went out for dinner and drinks. David spent the night at the Hilton Surfers Paradise with his groomsmen and friends.

DIY Details

I love all things DIY, so I couldn’t wait to get started. I designed and created everything I could. The ‘save the date’ cards,  wedding invitations, program fans, place cards, chair signs, and table numbers for the wedding reception all tied together seamlessly.

What was your key styling inspiration?

We wanted colours and styling that would enhance the location not overpower it. Choosing white and soft purple to harmonise with the amazing flowers we were provided did exactly that.

What did you splurge on and what did you save on?

I’d have to say we splurged on most things including the accommodation, the food and the drinks – as it was really important to us to get it right. We saved by not hiring a DJ for the night. Instead we spent time creating our own playlists that we could dance the night away to.

What gifts did you give your guests?

We gave all our guests small glass elephants with their trunks up. In Thailand it’s considered good luck if an elephant’s trunk is up.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

I unfortunately didn’t get to see it, but when my young son and his cousin were walking down the aisle they veered a little off course and David had to go get them and steer them in the right direction. They got there in the end.

What was your most special memory of the day?

It would have to be reaching the end of the aisle and standing beside my new husband as I looked around to see all of our amazing friends and family. It was such a special moment.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We went to Koh Samui for five nights then on the way home stopped in Singapore for three nights. In Koh Samui, we stayed at Sandalwood Luxury Villas. Our honeymoon was amazing.

Special thanks to…

The mother of the bride and groom – without you it wouldn’t have been possible. The rest of our family – thanks for always been there for us. To our friends who made the journey with us – we can’t thank you enough for being there. To Satinee and Ms. Nina – thank you for helping to create the perfect wedding day. Mr Toh our photographer – our photos are spectacular.

What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

Make sure you put in the time and effort to make your day exactly how you want it. Don’t compromise on the stuff that’s important to you, as you only get to do this once. It’s such a fun day, so, enjoy it!

Wedding Coordinator

Satinee Khamdee

Wedding Gown

Luv Bridal

Groom’s Suit

Michael Innis Menswear


Le Gassick, Runaway Bay


Mr Toh

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