We had a vision of what our day was going to be like. We knew we wanted a tropical Bali style all in one venue that was pure style. After looking for two years we found Villa Botanica and it was perfect.
A destination wedding for us meant one big family holiday that we just happened to get married on. My dad still is talking about how great it was all of our guests stayed with us, most of them for five days. It’s something the entire family will cherish forever.
We did an ice breaker dinner at the marina with all but six of our guests who were yet to arrive. It was fabulous as everybody got to know everyone and Ryland got to thank everyone for travelling. The next night we had another family dinner at the Trivia Night held at The Big 4 Adventure Park which was another night full of fun. We stayed in Airlie Beach for five days then once everybody went home we went on our honeymoon to Hamilton Island.
The theme was white, ivory and elegant but if I’m going to be completely honest the entire styling started years before with the dress which then dictated every decision from color theme to the cake. I found pictures of personalized M&M’s on an American wedding site and thought I would stay up one night (due to the time difference) and call M&M’s USA customer support and just ask if they could ship me some personalized M&M’s. Turns out this is not normally done but they did it and a week later we had our own M&M’s with our faces on them. I also did a personalized illustration of us holding balloons for all our guests to sign in the balloons which was cute.
We had 50 close family and friends attend and we opted for sit down meal. Ryland wanted to make sure it was a sit down proper meal.
We had our hens and bucks on the Gold Coast where we live and because every one had to travel to Queensland for the wedding we had the hens and bucks the weekend before the wedding on the same night. The hens started with a spa day then a party at home complete with a topless waiter and lots of punch.The boys went go-carting and had themselves an apartment in Surfers Paradise where their shenanigans continued. We joined parties later on in the night and partied Gold Coast style like we were young again.
At first it was for the beauty and Bali styling as we had just spent two weeks looking at Bali venues. Then it was the appeal of everything at one location which was what we really really wanted, then we had a skype meeting with Craig and Ryland was really impressed with the level of professionalism and built a good rapport with him. Then it was the whole wedding planner help, the childcare… I guess what I am trying to say it was the entire package that SOLD us.
You must must must must get married at Villa Botanica if total beauty, style and a stress free wedding is in your dreams. I think every bride thinks they have the best wedding but WE truly believe we had the BEST wedding full of intimate moments , no stress and lots of fun.
Something that we say to people is that the day didn’t fly by for us, it wasn’t a blur and we remember it all, we soaked it in and we know that ifwe were married anywhere else other than Villa Botanica our day would have had stress and hiccups. We were able to think about nothing else other then how much we loved each other, there were no chores for anyone and that’s because we had an army of people dedicated to our day from Tanya, our wedding coordinator, Annie our celebrant, Norina our photographer, the decorators, the waiters to the beautiful lady who greeted us in the morningwith our breakfast who congratulated us like we were family. Even the the gardeners chirpy congratulations in the morning chat was wonderful. The list goes on and on and so could I!
Photography by Iconic Bride Photography