With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold
And the stars grow old’
– William Shakespeare
It has been five years since I stood in a little white chapel overlooking the beach in front of my family and friends and promised to love my best friend for always.
We always knew we wanted a destination wedding and while neither of us had been to Port Douglas, Queensland we just knew it would be perfect. My father had visited Port Douglas before I was even born when he was in the Navy and told us about this wonderful little chapel right on the water’s edge.
Our wedding turned into a week’s worth of festivities for all our guests who not only shared in our very special day, but also got to have a brilliant holiday in one of the most beautiful locations in Australia.
Love Birds: Kayana Lucas, Paralegal and Shayne Theobald, Mechanical Engineer
Theme: A casually romantic destination wedding.
Ceremony: St Mary’s By the Sea, Port Douglas, Queensland
Reception: Zinc Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas Queensland.
The staff at Zinc were phenomenal, the food was incredible and they made organising a wedding from 2,500 kilometres away ridiculously easy. On the night, the customer service was spectacular and we couldn’t have asked for anymore.
The Dress: A crisp white strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and bustle train.
Groom & wedding party attire: The groom and groomsmen wore deep grey suits with white shirts. The groom wore a white tie while the groomsmen wore black.
The bridesmaids wore purple to blue ombre halter dresses.
The mother of the bride custom made the flower girl’s dress.
Decorations: The reception was wonderfully decorated with candles and scattered rose petals on all the tables.
We didn’t have designated single-seat seating, instead on the middle of each table was a photo frame with the names of our guests and a quote about love.
Thai beef salad or salt and pepper squid or spicy charmoula marinated chicken
Beef fillet wrapped with thyme and prosciutto or pan fried barramundi and garlic scented prawn or sage and parmesan crusted pork fillet
Chocolate pudding or trio of sorbet and wedding cake
Cake: A delicious two tier cake with chocolate mud and caramel mud.
Drinks: Our guests enjoyed a selection of beers, wines and cosmopolitans cocktails.
Photographer: Shaun Guest of Port Douglas Photography
Car: A white stretch limousine
Rings: Both purchased locally from WJ Coote & Sons. The bride chose a white gold diamond band and the groom a yellow gold band.
Special moments: For me, the moment the music started and I was standing at the door of the chapel holding my dad’s hand was incredible. I could see Shayne through the window and I just knew I was making the most incredible and correct decision of my life.
Shayne says ‘the moment I saw Kayana walk up the aisle was incredible. She looked beautiful and I felt unbelievably lucky to be standing in front of her’.
Another beautiful moment was when my father arranged for a bunch a yellow roses to be given to me during the father/daughter dance. We danced to ’18 yellow roses’ by Marty Robins. It was an incredibly moving moment and had many of the guests in tears.
Stockists: Ceremony: St Mary’s By the Sea (Port Douglas Weddings) | Reception: Zinc Restaurant and Lounge Bar | Photographer: Port Douglas Photography | Car: Coral Sea Limousines Port Douglas | Rings: WJ Coote & Sons | Bridesmaid dresses: MrK | Bride’s shoes I love billy