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FOREWORD

Jacqui

Lance

For those about to embark on the adventures of marriage may we congratulate you. When compiling this book, the internet was a great source of information but as with many things on the internet very little was local. The next few months will be filled with choices on every minute detail of your wedding days and we hope to some degree our wedding diary will bring some guidance, direction or at the very least some inspiration. We have filled many of the pages with local couples and their big day to show how some have taken the plunge, but of course every couple is different but the same result achieved- happiness. We hope you enjoy our efforts and leave you with these words of wisdom, “a successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.� Good luck from Jacqui, Lance and the team at CairnsLife

Our Team

Jessie Shaaron Tracy

Ana Stacy Bronte

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Frank Miles

GINA MILES

GinaS Cairns Tropical Weddings

Welcome and Congratulations to you both for taking the next step towards declaring your love to each other. I am a happily married, family man who takes pride in conducting professional and exceptional wedding ceremonies. I am a very experienced, professional marriage celebrant I was appointed an Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant by the Federal Attorney General in 2006 and have officiated at hundreds of weddings, baby namings, renewal of vows I am very happy to assist you in making your wedding ceremony truly memorable. My background is in Business Management and Customer Service is what being a marriage celebrant is all about. What more satisfying work could I do than helping people celebrate the special days in their lives. I really enjoy working with my couples as they plan their wedding day. It sounds very cliché to say that every wedding is unique, but it’s true. As your marriage celebrant I will create a fully personalized ceremony using the extensive range of resources including verses, reading and poems that I have put together in my catalog over the years I have been a celebrant. Together we can create a wedding ceremony that will make your day truly memorable. As your celebrant my job on your wedding day is to ensure that the ceremony will be fun, relaxed with a dash of humor so you both will have a wonderful time I enjoy working with other suppliers such as planners, venues, and photographers etc. to make it all happen. My aim is to make sure that working as a team we create the most perfect ceremony for you and fulfil all your hopes, dreams and expectations. I come equipped with a portable PA system, with two wireless microphones.

As a highly articulate, knowledgeable and approachable businesswoman I am experienced, professional, celebrant who absolutely loves my work. All aspects of my education have enhanced my work as a CELEBRANT. I am passionate about celebrating life events and enjoy bringing together family and friends for a joyous occasion. My outgoing personality, possess a sense of fun and a clear strong voice and diction. I was appointed an Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant by the Federal Attorney General in 2006 and have officiated at hundreds of weddings, baby namings, renewal of vows and funerals. I’m particularly passionate about love and marriage and take a professional approach to every ceremony, which I treat differently depending on the couple and their unique personality. Your wedding is about you and your partner and whether you choose to have a small, intimate gathering or a larger, more traditional wedding celebration, the decision is yours. My presentation style is confident and professional and one of my strengths is the special connection I have with people, both young and old. I love working with people from all walks of life and I feel privileged that they allow me to be such an important part of their most important days. Whether it’s your first wedding or your fourth, my aim is to help you make your big day as special and unique as it can be, but also stress free, enjoyable and, if you want, fun. It would be my great pleasure to hear your story and help you write the next chapter of your life.

So please call me Frank on 0413 613 615 frank@abconlinetraining.com.au www.abconlinebooks.com www.ginascairnstropicalweddings.com

Please take the time to look through my site and get to know me Gina Miles the Celebrant and then feel free to call me 0417 753 371 for a no obligation chat to start planning your wedding day.

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For when you

say “I do” • Unique gazebo setting surrounded by lush tropical gardens, perfect for your ceremony • Traditional Queenslander style reception venues • Accommodation for guests with 345 rooms available

18-26 Cannon Street, Cairns Qld 4870 • t: 07 4053 8873 • e: funcoor@cairnscolonialclub.com.au www.cairnscolonialclub.com.au

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04.10.2013 Sarayi, Palm Cove

Reception centre: Sarayi, Palm Cove Parents of bride: Marlene and Stewart Kidd Parents of groom: Christine Bourke Names in wedding party: Katie Meddings (Maid of honour), Ashly Gilmore, Samantha Kidd Simon Maguire (Best man), Andy Mills, Brenden Nolan

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How did the couple meet? At a friends birthday party at a bar in Melbourne.

Where and when was the proposal? If it was unique or unusual, please explain.

Any noteworthy events that made your wedding special?

The proposal was during a picnic at Behana Gorge in November 2012. Nick didn’t bring the ring as he was nervous he would lose it so Dominique thought Nick was joking until the ring was presented when they got home.

The guests arrived a few days early so we got to spend quality time with both families in the lead up to the wedding in Palm Cove which amounted to a week of entertainment and fun times.

How many people attended the wedding and were there any international guests (if so, please give details)?

Name of photographer: Tracey Hayes, Azure Photography

Daytime contact number of bride/ groom:

80 guests attended which was made up of family and friends from Melbourne and the bride’s family from New Zealand, Scotland and South Africa.

0405990017

Email of bride/groom: dombird7@hotmail.com

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Graeme Bint

Picking a wedding photographer you can trust is a daunting task. There’s only one chance to capture the memories of your special day.

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Over 5 years, FOCUS Imagery has produced dependable premier wedding photography with a small team of dedicated professional photographers. “We have perfected our style of photography to a fine art, luminous and romantic style that we truly adore,” says owner and photographer Graeme Bint. His team regularly participates in practice workshops to further hone their skills. “We push the boundaries of both camera and light to achieve an elegant, almost ethereal look, which highlights the true beauty of the subject.” With an array of reasonably priced packages, FOCUS aims to give couples the most memorable experience for their special day. Engagement shoots are included in packages, enhancing the overall experience. Book early, as spaces are limited each year, “we don’t ever compromise on

Style of photography:

the quality of shoots we undertake by being overwhelmed with workflow.”

Luminous, Natural, Romantic

FOCUS also offers DSLR filmmaking, producing elegantly crafted

Favourite thing about shooting weddings:

cinematic wedding films. Five years ago, photographer Graeme Bint started FOCUS after settling in Cairns for “the quiet life.”

Passing a box of tissues to brides as they watch

Over five years, Graeme honed his photography skills underwater before

their slideshows for the first time.

setting up FOCUS. Having refined his craft in the challenging waters of the reef, he set to take his skills further.

Favourite place to shoot a wedding: Newell Beach and Port Douglas, but it’s all so beautiful up here.

“I couldn’t stay underwater for the rest of my life!” After shooting weddings for friends, Graeme’s passion grew for the craft he loved since he was young. “I literally grew up with a camera in my hand” Graeme set forward to attend numerous workshops run by top

Memorable experience whilst shooting: Well, some I can’t say! But I did like the time I made

international photographers. “I enrolled in some workshops including Saxon Cole from Sydney, and diligently set about learning the craft.”

a $20 bet with the groom that he would cry. I made

Constantly striving for personal growth, Graeme is modest in the mastery

$80!

of his craft. “I haven’t and probably never will be a true master, as change is the

What are your favourite go-to pieces of gear in shooting weddings?

only constant! However, I found and perfected my particular style, after reading Jose Villa’s book.” Graeme looks up to Jose Villa, a top globally esteemed fine art wedding

Easy, 50mm f:1.4 Art Series prime lens. It doesn’t

photographer, for creativity and passion for the art.

come off my camera! It’s all you need! And a

“I wrote to Jose and had the absolute pleasure of chatting with him

camera of course!

online. He even took the time to critique some of my work. He’s such nice

Greatest challenge:

guy, master wedding photographer and remains my main inspiration.” Graeme cares about people. Since leaving the military after Desert Storm, he’s travelled the world, helping in humanitarian efforts. In Cairns, he’s

As a perfectionist, the stress having to get it

helped with the disabilities sector studying mental health at TAFE and

absolutely right every time.

counselling at Lifeline.

Overcoming and adapting to the harsh light

He recently set out to reshoot a bride’s wedding free of charge, as a

conditions we face in Cairns.

careless so-called photographer cheated her, shattering her wedding dreams. “There seems to be a recent influx of hobbyist photographers setting up

www.cairns-wedding-photographer.com.au

on Facebook and offering their services for ridiculously low prices.”

Call Graeme on 0418 734 049

“It’s very sad yet all too common.”

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Chey Renee and

Chey and Renee met in 2008 onboard a childrens’ charity flight Dream Flight. Renee, who worked as a television journalist, interviewed Chey who was chosen by his football club to attend the event, and the rest they say is history. The Elandra in Mission Beach was the exclusive venue for their Friday wedding with its spectacular

views overlooking the ocean & Dunk Island. Chey & Renee wanted the ceremony and the reception to be at the same venue and wanted a relaxed and glamorous atmosphere. 91 family & friends travelled from around the country to be a part of the 3-day weekend.

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Venue: The Elandra Mission Beach Celebrant: Coleene Quinn Florist & Styling: Jenny Rick Wedding Planner: Sharon at The Elandra Entertainment: The Wait Photographer: Jaypee from Mefoto

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The stunning organic feel of the florals in the pre drinks area complimented the smaller unruly structures on the guests tables. These vibrant florals along with the pop of the teal napkins and earthy kraft stationery were casual elements combined to create a magical night.


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EVENT 42 crew, 1500 bunches of flowers and foliage, 5000 faux delphiniums - completely transforming a slice of lawn into an enchanting dining venue


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• a classic elegant feel with a neutral colour palette • clear marquee with a stunning roof installation • an unstructured mass of delicate foliage and white seasonal flowers cascaded down and complimented the three long tables • 450 bunches of green foliage, over 980 bunches of flowers including Hydrangrea, David Austin roses, Lisianthus, Amy Lou roses, and over 200 stems of Phalaenopsis orchids.

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The 1957 Pontiac - model - Super Chief - is the loudest of the fleet, it shouts “Happy Days” all over inside and out. The legendary style and shape of thIs car turns heads before people even see it as it rumbles down the road, iconic of Australia’s motoring history with a lasting impression and nostalgia being one of the original muscle cars of Australia.

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Mee t K er r y P itout Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns is proud to introduce Kerry Pitout, Wedding & Events Specialist. Kerry has over 7 years experience in the industry and is passionate about creating unforgettable wedding experiences. “Every wedding I organise is very special to me,” says Kerry. “At the end of the day, two people have trusted me to help organise the most important day of their life- and that’s not something to be taken for granted!” The hotel offers sixteen luxurious function rooms, each boasting a unique combination of views and indoor/outdoor spaces to dazzle wedding parties of any style or size. Most importantly, Kerry states, “The best thing about the Shangri-La is that we tailor every wedding to suit the couple’s budget and style- no two weddings are ever the same!” Please contact us for a customised wedding package, and experience the legendary Shangri-La Service! P: 07) 4052 7769 E: kerry.pitout@shangri-la.com

“Our wedding was absolutely amazing! Marco and I

had the best time. A special mention to Kerry Pitout, who gave us superb customer service and made the whole wedding planning thing look effortless! We had so many guests comment on how great the food was. We would highly recommend Kerry and Shangri-La Hotel to everyone!

Elissa & Marco

“It was everything I imagined and more! Thank

you so much for all of your help, the venue looked amazing and all the guests commented on the scenery and food! We were so relaxed on the day due to your organisation and efficiency, the staff on the night were great and provided fast assistance whenever we needed them.Thank you again for making our wedding so easy!

Amy & Craig, Cairns

“What a fantastic night we had with you guys…

nothing to fault at all! We had so many compliments on the way the place was set up and the food, everyone was so happy with the fantastic service too. Kerry, it was such a pleasure to share our day with you and I’m so glad we chose Shangri-La!

Carla and Myles, Cairns


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Engagement I met Robert when I was 12 during primary school. We clicked instantly and became ‘besties’. We dated all through our school years and we remain best friends today. I can’t wait to be married to my schoolyard sweetheart. Knowing my love of photography and art, Rob booked a shoot with FOCUS imagery as an engagement present. He knew I would just love their beautiful, artistic style, and he was right! We definitely want our wedding shot in this style as we have just fallen in love with these images.

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EDE Bernadette, Luke & Sally Ede Ede Events has been operating in Townsville, North Queensland since 1966. Founder Doug Ede, and his sons were canvas tradesmen who manufactured marquees for the local race days and weddings. The small business began hiring chairs and tables along with the marquees, which ended up snowballing into Ede Events being one of the largest event hire companies in Queensland almost 50 years later. Sally, Luke, and Bernadette Ede are now third-generation operators, after their father and grandfather.

What got you into designing weddings? Luke: After graduating from design at NIDA, I spent the last 10 years working as an illustrator and set designer in theatre and television in Sydney. When my sisters Sally and Bernadette started lending a hand with the family business, I knew that we would work well together. Bernadette: My background is in textile and fashion design. I spend a lot of my time designing and manufacturing table linen and accessories. There’s nothing like dining with real linen! What inspires you in designing a unique wedding experience? Bernadette: It’s all about personality for me. As much as a traditional wedding can be glorious, sometimes they can leave out the bride and groom’s character. I think when you stay true to that character you actually end up with unique and stunning work. Costs can hold couples back, what do you tell them, or how do you tailor services to meet different needs? Sally: I think it comes back to the versatility of our range. Take marquee weddings for example - our different styles of marquees suit different types of weddings: from casual cocktail weddings, to a formal sit down dinners. Our sales team calculates the right product for you, packaging specifically for the wedding and its budget. With a multitude of vendors out there, how do you simplify the decision process for couples? Sally: We are close to being a one-stop shop for event hire. We have the capacity to take you from the

marquee and furniture, to the smallest detail. We have excellent relationships with local caterers and other vendors. If we don’t cover it, we know the best locals who can. What is your favourite destination/venue for a wedding? Sally: An amazing backdrop goes a long way to creating atmosphere. There is just so much you can achieve with a “backyard” wedding. We are really fortunate in North Queensland to have these big properties with the room to play. What are your favourite trends in weddings right now? Bernadette: I love the vintage style at the moment and the colour palette that goes along with that; the move away from white, and more into natural tones and pastel highlights. What tips do you have for brides, and grooms? Bernadette: Don’t lock yourself into one particular colour! Be playful with your palette. Luke: Think about how you want your guests to move through the space; don’t confine them to their seats! Sally: At the end of the day make sure that you are enjoying the whole experience. From early ideas to the big day itself, you both should be nervous but never stressed.

(07) 4772 6611 86-92 Charters Towers Rd Hermit Park, Townsville Qld info@edeevents.com.au www.edeevents.com.au

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Jason and

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Originally from Perth, Jason and Nicole fell in love over a long summer spent at the beach. 6 months later they packed up their lives to drive around Australia (camping) then settled in Brisbane. Fitzroy Island had the ‘wow’ factor for them and they instantly decided that it was the ultimate destination for their relaxed spring wedding. Nicole’s gown was from Winnie Haute Couture and the bridesmaids wore mismatched cocktail dresses in neutral shades which perfectly complimented the vintage inspired wedding. 51 guests from around Australia, America and Denmark travelled to be a part of the intimate weekend. A romantic garden ceremony was followed by a cocktail reception in the Welcome Bay room as the sun set over the Coral Sea.

Venue: Fitzroy Island Celebrant: Wayne Rees Florist: Nine Blooms Theming: Vintage Hire Company Videographer: Threadless Films Entertainment: Andrea Mullens Photographer: Matthew Evans Photography Phone: 0423 468 133

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wedding planner, florist, photographer, venue or even a cadillac

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Bringing light to your promise. Just like the wearer, the Soleil Diamond is a truly natural beauty. Proudly Australian.

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26 and 63 Abbott Street CAIRNS 1 Macrossan Street PORT DOUGLAS

TNQ BRIDE DIARY 2015  

TNQ BRIDE DIARY 2015

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