If you haven’t been to Palm Cove, be sure to add it to your Aussie bucket list. It’s a place that simply forces you to relax and is often referred to as the spa capital of Australia.
It has a restaurant strip to suit even the most discerning foodie and lots of alternatives if a couch night in suits you better.
The hub of shops, spas and restaurants are all on the beach within an easy walk of one another.
If old mate needs occupying whilst you melt away in the vichy shower, he can catch a barramundi off the jetty. Alternatively, he could just join you as most of the day spas in Palm Cove offer the ultimate in pampering for couples. Or of course, you could get down to the jetty and show the boys how it’s done.
If you do decide to venture out of blissville, you’ll find yourself half an hour from Port Douglas to the north and the same distance to Cairns city heading south.
Love cats Linton and Pamela knew all this and more before they planned their Palm Cove wedding extravaganza and just wanted their guests to experience it all first hand. Here’s a few shots from their wedding day and be sure to read Pammy’s recount of how it all panned out!
How did you meet?
Linton’s sister was on clinical placement for nursing and I was her preceptor for a couple of weeks. She commented one day that her brother and I would make a perfect couple. Linton and I eventually met each other and he asked me to dinner. I knew from that very first date that he was ‘The One’.
Describe the proposal?
It was such a wonderful day! We were holidaying in New Zealand at the time and decided one day to drive to the Marlborough region to visit various vineyards. It was over a beautiful platter of local New Zealand produce and a glass of Pinot Noir at Wither Hills that Linton popped the question! It was beautiful, intimate and really reflected what we love to do. That night, we were able to celebrate with the rest of his family who were also in New Zealand.
How did you decide on a place to celebrate your wedding day?
I grew up in Mareeba before moving to Townsville for university after high school, so Palm Cove was always a favourite for family holidays when I was young. As a teenager, it was also a popular spot for my friends and I on the weekends, and in recent years, Linton and I love to escape to Palm Cove for a weekend getaway. It has therefore been a special place to me for as long as I can remember. I always wanted to get married on, or near, the beach, and Palm Cove has the perfect blend of ‘beachside elegance’ I was after. Many of our guests traveled some distance to be at our wedding, and they loved the beautiful and relaxed Palm Cove vibe.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
I searched for a wedding dress for months… I tried on so many dresses I lost count, but couldn’t find anything I truly loved. I was actually in Brisbane for a friend’s wedding when I spotted a dress I loved in the window of a bridal store. I tried it on and knew immediately it was the dress I had been searching for! It was then just a matter of going back to Brisbane a few months later for one week of fittings to get the dress made.
Describe your wedding flowers:
I wanted a soft, romantic look to the flowers and fell in love with David Austin roses, so we incorporated these into the bouquets with other roses and lisianthus. A dear family friend, who is a florist in Townsville, did an incredible job of transporting all the flowers up to Palm Cove and putting the bouquets and arrangements together with the help of Linton’s Mum, sisters and aunty. The flowers were so pretty, and guests were able to take home an arrangement at the end of the night, which was a nice touch.
Describe your wedding cake:
Our wedding cake was really special as it was made with love – Linton’s Mum made the bottom tier, and my Grandma made the top tier. We had traditional fruitcake with royal icing, decorated with pearls, fresh roses and lisianthus.
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your big day?
As we live in Townsville, we did a lot of correspondence with Cairns and Palm Cove suppliers via email, which made the task easier. However, we also tried to get to Palm Cove as often as possible on weekends, so the traveling did become a little tiring after 12 months of planning. I also missed the opportunity to spend time with all of my bridesmaids at once, as they were from Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane. We didn’t really have a chance to go shopping as a group for their dresses, but the time I spent with them individually was very special, as were the days we all spent together just prior to the wedding.
What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?
I have so many memorable moments from the whole planning process that it would be hard to choose just one. I loved having my father walk me down the aisle as I am so proud of what a wonderful man he is. I loved having my best friends, some of whom I’ve known for over 20 years, stand beside me on the most important day of my life so far. I loved seeing Linton for the first time at the chapel, and knowing he would be the man I would spend the rest of my life with. I loved the speeches, the laughter, and the tears, knowing how lucky we are to have such incredible friends and family in our lives. And one very special memory I have just prior to the wedding was spending almost an entire day with my Mum and Grandma – the two women who have influenced me the most in my life – baking hundreds of heart-shaped cookies for guest favours. It truly was a time to feel so blessed and fortunate.