Matt and Toni – 20th May 2017

Matt and Toni tied the knot in the wonderful month of May, with their beautiful (almost one year old!) daughter Macy as a perfect little flower girl. Get to know the ins and outs of their big day below…

The wonderful suppliers:

 Dress: Jill Burston

Groom’s Attire: 98% Angelz

Hair and Makeup: Samantha Richardson Hair and Makeup

Sylist: I created the look and the lovely ladies from The Wedding Planners Whitsundays and Earlando put it all together for me.

Photographer: Melissa Cooney Photography

Music: Gypsy Soul

Caterer: Aquava Boutique Catering

Flowers: Flower Hut

Cake: Whitsunday Baked Creations

Registrar: Neta Mitaros

Did we miss anyone?: Our reception was under a beautiful teepee from Teepeevents Whitsundays. Airlie Beach Babysitters looked after the children and were amazing! Little Flowers in Bloom made my flower girl sashes and hair accessories. Lolly Buffet Mackay was our thank you gift for our guests. N.E.W Nails and Tanning did my tan and nails for the big day. ID Timber Designs made our wooden guest book. Lorgie (Etsy shop) made our beautiful vow books.

Tell us your love story? How did you meet? 

Matt and I met on an internet dating site. We stumbled across each other by accident as we lived in different places. We emailed each other for a few weeks before I took the plunge and went to visit him. We knew we were meant to meet from the first visit. Eventually Matt moved to Mackay to live with me and he has never looked back.

 

The Proposal – him or her? Was it a surprise?

Matt proposed to me on Valentines day. He took me out for breakfast and when he went to pay, he came back with his camera and said he wanted to take some photos of our growing baby bump in the beautiful gardens. He got down on one knee and proposed and I was very surprised. It was beautiful.

 

Your Honeymoon Plans:

We are travelling to Bali in October and can not wait! It will be our first time visiting.

 

Why did you choose Earlando? Was there something that made it stand out from other venues for you?

Everything about Earlando stood out from other venues! The moment we got over the hill and saw the place we both looked at each other and said “this is it!” Matt also wanted to fish there. From green, green grass to crystal blue ocean, the place is beautiful! The other thing that made us make up our mind was the friendliness of the Earlando staff. They were very accommodating and willing to make all of our dreams come true. I have recommended this venue to every bride I have stumbled across. It was my dream wedding come true.

 

Did you have a theme to your wedding/wedding styling? What inspired this?

I have always loved the vintage look so this is where I started. I knew I wanted a classic, vintage, lace dress and red lips, so I matched the rest of the colours to this. Matthew was happy with the colour selection and knew I was in my element planning. I loved the rustic yet elegant feel of Earlando. I pintrest many images and got a good image of what I wanted. The Earlando team and The Wedding Planners Whitsundays put it all together for me. It was breath taking!

 

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

My favorite part of the wedding was how happy I was. The months of planning and visualizing had become a reality. From flowers, to speeches, dancing and cake, it was all amazing!

 

Do you have any advice for future brides?

Make sure you take some time on your special day to just be with your husband. Smile and have fun because it goes too fast.

 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

My day would not run as smooth and been as perfect as it was without the friendly staff of Earlando and the girls from The Wedding Planners Whitsundays. I cannot thank them enough for making our day so amazing! I want to go back and do it all again!!

Jared and Jade – 15th September 2017

Jade and Jared (aka Woody!) enjoyed a relaxed day with all of there friends and family. Their informal wedding was a big party with great music and lots of dancing. Read on to find out their top tips for a dream wedding!

The wonderful suppliers:

 Dress: Marissa -The Bridal Company

Groom’s Attire: Custom made suit

Hair: Adam & Eve, hair.face.body

Make -up: Joanne Dromgold

Photographer: Summer Rain Photography

Music: The Fox Duo, Lottie Devine & Band

Caterer: Fish D’vine

Flowers: Flower Hut

Celebrant: Deanna Kent

Planners: The Wedding Planners Whitsundays, Jess and Roxanne

Transportation: Bridal party, Mahubay. Bride, Helireef Whitsundays

Pre wedding activities: Meet and greet held on the deck at Sorrento Bar and Restaurant

Post Wedding activities: Ocean rafting, Whitehaven Beach

Tell us your love story? How did you meet? 

Jared and I had crossed paths a few times at social events in Mount Isa. Then one night at “The Irish Club” Jared grabbed me by the hand and bought me a drink. We have been together for the last 15 years.

The Proposal – him or her? Was it a surprise?

It was important to Jared that not only was the moment he proposed perfect, but the ring he had chosen, had to be the perfect representation of his love. I had arranged for one of my best friends to come down and celebrate New Year’s Eve with us. Jared knew this was it and decided to asked my family for my hand in marriage. The scene was set, the lead up seemed to take forever for Jared and after a long period of freaking out, finally the fireworks went off! Jared managed to get the ring in his hands, got down on one knee and said some words… He still can’t remember if the words that came out were even close to what he had intended to say. After all of that, I of course said YES!

Your Honeymoon Plans:

We already live in such a special part of Australia, we decided to show it off and invite our Bridal party, family and guests to experience the beautiful Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach, on a private charter with Ocean Rafting. We thought it was the perfect way to relax, unwind and spend time with all the special people in our lives, who we hadn’t seen for a while.

Why did you choose Earlando? Was there something that made it stand out from other venues for you?

When we first heard Earlando was opening the family property for weddings, we were instantly interested as our own family members had many fond memories of when they used to visit Earlando. We met Ben at the Wedding Expo and we discussed our requirements and what Earlando had to offer. For us Earlando ticked every box and offered a unique beauty and flexibility that other venues could not. We felt that Earlando’s unique combination of Beach meets the Bush, as a venue represented who we are, as we both have a strong connection to both.. Not to mention the variety of stunning photography options around the property.

Did you have a theme to your wedding/wedding styling? What inspired this?

Our styling was simple, classic and timeless. Jared and I had a strong focus on giving our Bridal Party, Family and Guests a sense of adventure, excitement and celebration of love.

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We had so many special moments and highlights on our wedding day. As the Bride, arriving at the wedding with my Dad and maid of honour by Helicopter was definitely a fun way to make an entrance. First the stunning aerial view of the Whitsunday Islands and bays, from Abel Point Marina to Earlando’s own helipad and flying over Mabuhay that the Bridal Party had arrived on. From the chopper we could wave to the kids playing on the beach and see all of our guests as they made their way to the ceremony area. Walking down the isle to all of our family and friends and of course exchanging vows with the love of my life. We both loved our photo tour, as we got to enjoy the beautiful scenery while Summer Rain was capturing some amazing shots. Another moment we both enjoyed was looking over the dance floor and seeing all our guests dancing to the band, smiling and happy. That was very satisfying to us!

Do you have any advice for future brides?

Enjoy every moment and take the time during your celebration to soak it all in..

Is there anything else you would like to add?

It was fantastic to deal with so many helpful and professional suppliers in the Whitsunday area. Ben, Teena, Hannah and all the Earlando staff, we can’t thank you enough for going above and beyond to make our wedding day so special to us..

Thank you.

Jared & Jade

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