Darren and Jacui on the Sugar Wharf Port Douglas..
How did you meet?
Darren and I met through a friend that I was living with in Sydney, April 2007. Our first meeting was in passing, however we both walked away feeling an instant connection.
Describe the proposal?
Darren proposed a few days before Christmas 2011 at the Cairns International Hotel. His original plan was to propose on Christmas Day, however after getting the ring he couldn’t wait any longer. We were relaxing with a drink while watching my Dad sing Jazz at the bar, when he unexpectedly said he had an early Christmas present for me… It was the most wonderful surprise and even more special as my ring was made by my father-in-law.
How did you decide on a place to celebrate your wedding day?
I spent a large part of my childhood living in Cairns and my grandparents have called Port Douglas home since the late 80’s. So it is easy to say that tropical north Queensland holds many special memories for me. Darren and I had visited Port many times while staying with family in Cairns and had often spoke of how lovely it would be to get married in the cutest little church, St Mary’s by the Sea. We wanted our wedding to be a big celebration with family and friends (lasting numerous days!), so we thought there would be no better location for everyone to enjoy the festivities, tropical beauty and relaxed vibe that Port offers.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
After knowing our location, I had my heart set on something less traditional…a beautiful, fun short dress. I saw a great editorial in Bride to Be magazine of weddings in tropical locations and was captivated by the guipure lace used for a dress by Rhonda Hemmingway in Double Bay. At our first meeting Rhonda sketched me a one-of-kind dress and I instantly fell in love. The process of having a couture gown made for you was incredible and Rhonda and her team were dream to work with. They created a beautiful wedding dress for me and I adored wearing it on the day.
Describe your wedding flowers:
The flowers were beautiful and were supplied by Floral Edge. We went for a soft but whimsical look with the bridemaids’ bouquets of baby’s breath and flowers in scattered glass jars along the tables. For my bouquet, the girls did a fantastic job of mixing various pastel coloured blooms with different textures to continue the soft and delicate feel.
Describe your wedding cake:
Our cake was fantastic! We wanted something that was fun and tasted great. I gave a photo of what I wanted to Annietime Cakes and Anne got it spot on. A three tiered cake covered in 100s & 1000s with a simple white bow at the base of each tier. Our flavours were white chocolate, chocolate mud with raspberries and gluten-free carrot cake.
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your big day?
Organising everything while living in another state. We were very lucky to have great vendors and family that lived locally.
What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?
Our reception at the Sugar Wharf which included eating delicious food under the stars, having my Dad sing our wedding song, and dancing the night away with the band Hip2Soul. We had such a fabulous time with family and friends, and were blessed with great weather. Port Douglas Catering and Events did an amazing job!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
New York City and Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. We wish didn’t have to come home.
What’s next for you guys?
The suppliers on the day were:
Celebrant – Wayne Rees
Flowers – Floral Edge
Church – Port Douglas Weddings
Hair and Makeup – Salon Z
Reception – Port Douglas Catering and Events
Photos – Sass Studios (obviously!)
Cake – Annietime Cakes
Music – Wayne McIntosh & Hip2Soul
Every vendor did an incredible job in their contribution to our day. There is nothing I could fault and would recommend them all.