A beautiful Sebel Reef House Wedding in Palm Cove… lots of fun with Ash Ray and their crew!
How did you meet?
Ray and I met in Brisbane when I was an exchange student from Canada. We spent the first few years doing a lot of moving back and forth between Brisbane and Toronto, Canada.
Describe the proposal?
The proposal was very relaxed. One Friday night we were just lazing around the house, talking and winding down from the week when Ray told me he had something for me and pulled out a brown envelope. I was waiting for a proposal, but definitely didn’t think this could be it, so when he said I knew what it was I was genuinely confused. Once I opened it up I saw the ring, and quickly told him ‘yes!’
How did you decide on a place to celebrate your wedding day?
Given that Ray and I now live in Canada, we knew we wanted to celebrate our wedding with the family and friends we do not get to see very often. It was important to us to choose an Australian destination that would be warm (we were asking Canadians to leave their limited summer months), and relatively easy to travel to. Ray grew up in Cairns and we wanted to have his grandmother to be able to attend, so when we were up visiting we started to look at beaches nearby and fell in love with Palm Cove.
A year before the wedding we flew back to Australia to do as much planning as we could. We toured literally every possible venue in Palm Cove, and nearly the last place we saw was the Reef House. It immediately felt perfect. We wanted a relaxed, elegant feeling that overlooked the beach and it was exactly that.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
It was surprisingly easy to find my dress! My two best friends are girls I’ve known since I was a toddler, so they knew exactly what to do when they arranged a girls day out to dress shop without the pressure of having to find ‘the one’. We went to only 2 shops and I was able to narrow it down to 3 dresses, one of which I kept going back to. A week later I went back with my mom, nana and sister-in-law and they all quickly agreed that the one I liked was perfect.
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your big day?
Definitely the distance. We had a marathon planning trip a year in advance, but from then on we relied on using the contacts we had made and references from our great vendors (thanks Ben and Cath!!!). In that amount of time we had to change celebrants once and wedding coordinators twice, so it was a little nerve wracking each time a new email would come in. I’m actually shocked that everything turned out as smoothly as it did!
What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?
There were so many amazing people that we’ve had to move away from when
we left Australia, and to see every one of them come back together to celebrate with us was incredible. We realised when planning our wedding that we would be asking nearly all of our guests to travel from all over the world in order to get there, and seeing everyone gathered together on that day was something I hope to never forget. I remember taking a moment during our cocktail hour to just look around and see all the amazing people we are so lucky to have shared our day with.
Did you write your own vows?
We didn’t write our own vows, as we thought that was probably better off left to the experts. Our celebrant provided us with a lot of options, and we were able to edit them so that the ones we chose best reflected our thoughts and lives.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
Ray and I decided that instead of heading back to Canada quickly we would return through Asia, so we went to both Bali and Thailand for our honeymoon and it was spectacular! We were able to see Ubud, Legian, Bankok, Chang Mai and Samui. After four weeks in Australia and about two weeks in Asia it was a challenge to adjust to a normal life that didn’t involve airports, hotels, fantastic cocktails and all you can eat buffets!
What’s next for you guys?
That’s a great question. Right now we’re just focused on returning back to our lives that don’t revolve around all things wedding, and enjoying being married.
The suppliers on the day were:
Ceremony & Reception: The Reef House Resort & Spa, Palm Cove Celebrant: Gwen Stevenson, Rhapsody Ceremonies Videographers: Luminonsity Studios & Threadless Films
Reception Decor: Pristine Weddings
Hair & Makeup: Shae Howlett, Tropical Beauty Thumbprint Guest ‘Book’: Blu de Toi (Etsy)