Gabrielle and Simon became Gab and Douks to us very quickly, we felt like guests at their wedding. They felt like buds.
Port Douglas put on it’s finest weather with warm sweet breezes and blue skies, the crew at Sea Temple Resort and Spa did the rest.
Gab chats to us below about planning her day!
How did you meet?
We met through mutual friends when I was 19 and Simon was 22 at a house party in St Kilda.
Describe the proposal?
Simon proposed on our 5 year anniversary at a picnic in the Melbourne botanical gardens. He was very nervous and when we arrived, drank two coronas in 5 minutes…it was cute.
How did you decide on a place to celebrate your wedding day?
We always wanted a beach destination wedding. We went on a holiday together to Port Douglas in 2010 and fell in love with the place. So when we got engaged we thought it would be the perfect place to get married. We flew up for a long weekend just after we got engaged to look at wedding venues. As soon as we arrived at Sea Temple we knew it was the right location! The pool & Aqua restaurant was just amazing! All the staff were so lovely, especially our fabulous wedding co-ordinator Elise.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
It was actually much easier than I thought! I always loved Collette Dinnigan dresses so when I got engaged I popped into their Melbourne store for a casual visit with my maid of honor Sarah one Saturday afternoon. It was the first dress that I tried on and I fell in love with it straight away! I loved all the beading, peals and sparkles.. especially the aqua blue beads. I tried on about 5 more in the store to make sure it was perfect and nothing compared. I came back the next day with my Mum and all the bridesmaids to see what they thought. My Mum started crying as soon as she saw me in it so I knew it was the one
Describe your wedding flowers:
As we were getting married on the beach I wanted to go with a tropical theme. For the bouquets we had phalaenopsis orchids and for the table arrangements we had a mixture of Singapore orchards and hyacinths.
Michele from Floral Edge in Port Douglas did such an incredible job and the flowers were absolutely perfect!
Describe your wedding cake:
The lovely Lorraine from Passion for Cakes made ours. I love cupcakes so had to have them on my wedding day. I wanted vanilla and Simon wanted chocolate so we decided to have both!
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your big day?
The biggest challenge was definitely trying to plan a wedding over the phone and on emails. However we were so fortunate with all the suppliers that we chose and everything worked out perfectly on the day.
What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?
It is hard to say as we loved every moment of the day, it really was the best day of my life! One highlight would have to be our crazy and hilarious MCs Elliot & Lozza dressing up in costumes and playing singles twister, bridal party karaoke and doing a pop quiz with the crowd. It was so hilarious and the crowd loved it!
Did you write your own vows?
We wanted to go with a mixture of traditional and modern vows. We caught up with our celebrant Natasha when we arrived in Port Douglas and she helped us put together some beautiful words to say to each other.
Where did you go for your honey moon?
We had a ‘mini moon’ at Sea Temple Palm Cove for a week after the wedding. The big honeymoon is in March; we are heading over to New York, Mexico, Vegas and LA for three weeks.
What’s next for you guys?
We would love to start a family in the next couple of years but in the meantime we are really enjoying the newlywed stage of our lives We have an exciting 12 months ahead filled with lots of travel and some very close friends’ weddings that we are really looking forward to.
Who was your dream team on the day?
Definitely you guys (Sass Studios)! We had so much fun hanging out with you both on the day. You made us both feel so relaxed and comfortable… It really was like hanging out with old friends We could not be happier with how our photos turned out. They truly are magical and capture the day perfectly!
Sea Temple Resort and Spa Port Douglas
Natasha Kolosche Celebrant
Passion for Cakes
Floral Edge Port Douglas
Dress By Collette Dinigan