Chantel and Mark no longer live in Townsville so their wedding became a destination wedding, with nearly all of their guests travelling from out of town.
The day began with an early start getting ready at The Oaks Apartments. When Liz and I entered this room there was a lot going on with people everywhere, but everyone was so relaxed and happy. The large windows provided fantastic natural light so we could concentrate on capturing the scene, the events unfolding and also the flowers and details of Chantel’s accessories. Chantel looked amazing in her dress which was by Charlie Brown.
The service was at the beautiful Sacred Heart Cathedral. After the service Chantel and Mark had a visit from their 26 week old Labrador puppy, Russell. He was one very excited and happy puppy. It was beautiful to see how Chantel and Mark’s faces lit up upon Russell’s arrival.
Chantel and Mark planned to walk to lunch which was to be at Millie J and co. stopping for location shoots along the way. I really loved this! It left so much to chance and allowed things to unfold in front of us that we simply wouldn’t have planned. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch at Millie J and then headed off to Magnetic Island.
After days of rain the ocean was flat and the water gleamed. Liz and I were so inspired by the beautiful muted shades of blue, grey and white we shots heaps of landscapes on our boat ride. The amazing thing about days like this is the sky seems to become a huge studio light, perfectly wrapping gentle light around everything you can see. On arrival, we ducked over to Picnic Bay for a few shots and then to the reception at Lotus House. I had heard lots about Lotus House but never actually been there. It sure did live up to all my expectations, an incredible venue, at an incredible location. While guests mingled on the decks, canapes and drinks were served by the Roux Blond staff. I felt like I had stepped onto a movie set. The food was so creatively displayed and tasted just as amazing. None of us were expecting it, but the sunset was breathtaking. Everyone was mesmerized watching the sky turn every shade of pink, orange and blue.
One of my favorite parts of a wedding is the speeches. It’s a time when you find out so much about the couple whose wedding day you have just shared. These speeches made me laugh and also cry. There were so many beautiful moments.
The cake cutting was as spectacular as the sunset with surprise fireworks exploding in the background. The cake, made by Darren Garner of Roux Blond was a Chocolate and Macadamia Japonaise with mascarpone butter cream, figs and manuka honey. This is what foodies dream about at night.
The live entertainment, The Wee Johnnies had everyone up and dancing the night away.
When Chantel and Mark met with us for their first meeting, they described what they dreamt their wedding day to be like. To me, this day played out exactly how they described it… like a dream. Playing a huge part in making it all happen was Magnetic Island Weddings. They completely understood Mark and Chantel’s vision and with their help made it happen.
Chantel and Mark, thank you for choosing us to capture your dream.
Megan and Liz