The Josh’s Whitsunday Wedding Suppliers
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Paradise Cove Resort
Transport: Red Cat Adventures and Air Whitsundays
Photography: Tropix Photography
Videography: Riptide Creative
Accommodation: Pinnacles Resort
Decor and Styling: Azure Weddings and Events
Teepee: Teepe Events Whitsundays
Entertainment: Total Entertainment – Dylan
Catering: D’vine Catering
Cake: Whitsunday Baked Creations
Hair: Airlie Beach Hair and Makeup
Makeup: Loll Doll Makeup
Flowers: Flower Hut
Celebrant: Annie Lloyd-Lewis
Honeymoon: Whitsunday Rent-A-Yacht
“It’s one of those competitions that you think no one ever wins, but here we are celebrating these two”
Josh’s best friend said during her wedding speech, and they are such true words.
17 Whitsunday Wedding suppliers got together to promote same sex marriage and weddings in the region and ended up giving away an unprecidented $50,000 Whitsunday wedding!!!! Joshua Breakwell and Joshua Starr from Newcasle were the lucky winners chosen by a pannel of judges just five months before they tied the knot at Paradise Cove Resort. Their love story began well before the celebrity status kicked in. Read more on that HERE.
But for now here’s their version of their big day.
Describe the style, theme and atmosphere of your wedding?
Tropical elegance. We wanted to have a relaxed tropical feel to match the stunning location and something elegant rather than a typical barefoot beach wedding.
What flowers did you chose?
We had peach coloured David Austen roses for our button holes, with the grooms maids bouquets to match. The bouquets were very tropical including the David Austin roses as well as white disbuds, miniature pineapples and monstera leaves.
Tell me about the special details of the wedding? Was there anything in particular you made sure you included?
As we own a small business selling pineapple plants we wanted to make sure we included pineapples as main features to our décor. We used them as our centrepieces, to fill grazing tables, as our invitation theme, in the bouquets and we even designed a signature pineapple cocktail to be served to our guests.
Who was part of your bridal party?
We each had our sisters by our sides, with our mothers to walk us down the aisle.
Did you DIY any details?
Yes heaps! We designed all of our signage working closely with the artists to bring our vision to life,
Josh B’s grandmother embroidered Turkish style beach towels for all of our guests as a bomboniere.
Josh Starr built our wishing well which was a suitcase themed with a pineapple wallpaper that also matched our handmade invitations and table menus. As the wedding was also a destination wedding we also made welcome bags for all of our guests which included all of the important things like itineraries for the weekend, sunscreen, tissues, panadol, berocca, maps and personalised thankyou notes. The welcome bags were handed out the night before the wedding on a sunset cruise.
What was your ceremony like? What feeling did you want it to have?
Our ceremony had some traditional style elements and our celebrant (the famous Annie Lloyd-Lewis) ensured our love story was cleverly woven throughout to keep it entertaining and personal. We did not want it to go for too long, however we wanted it to be different so it was still memorable for us and our guests.
What was your favourite photograph of the day?
They’re all incredible, however there is one black and white shot of us sitting together on a boardwalk at Paradise Cove resort which captured a special moment between us on the day.
Did any vendor particularly stand out to you? What was your favourite part of wedding planning?
We could never pick just one! However our planner, Jess, is like no one we have ever met. Her care and support through the planning process was exceptional. She made it so fun and stress free, in the lead up and on he day. Her professionalism, energy, eye for detail and love for what she does is role model standard. If anyone is considering the wedding planners Whitsundays for their special day, we’d say…make the call now and book in Jess or one of her team. You will not regret it.
Tell us five things which made your wedding special to you?
- Having our mothers walk each of us down the isle and give us away.
- Having our sisters as our groomsmaids, looking so beautiful and making sure we were never thirsty, hungry or stressed.
- Being surrounded by our friends and family who all very special to us, as we said I do.
- The love and generosity of the suppliers who put the competition together
- It was so special to have been in a relationship for five and a half years, to be engaged thinking we could not legally be wed in Australia to then have the excitement and acceptance of the yes vote allowing us he opportunity to be wed in AUS. Then the crazy once in a lifetime phone call telling us that we had won a fifty thousand dollar wedding comp..then the excitement of planning our dream day to then be standing in paradise saying those words. We literally went from not being allowed to marry to having it all within a twelve month period.
Any advice for future engaged couples?
Get a wedding planner to help keep you on track and to help bring your dream day to life. If you are thinking of a destination wedding try and make the most of the company of your guests who have travelled to be apart of your special day. Plan a night before get together, drinks, dinner or a cruise like we did. It made sure we had spent a good amount of time with all of our guests and it took the pressure off us making sure we had spent time with them on the wedding day.
What was your favourite memory from the day?
We both agree that one of our most treasured moments of the day was doing each other’s bow ties and making sure they were perfect before we left to board the seaplane.
We said almost at the same time with tears in our eyes ..wow, were really doing it..we’re getting married. It was pure excitement and elation as it was all about to unfold.
Aisle Song: “Latch” (acoustic) – Sam Smith
Recessional Song: “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce
Reception Arrival Song: “Sweet Love” – Sigala
Cake Cutting Song: “XO” – Beyonce
First Dance Song: “Stand By Me” – Florance and the Machine
Final Song: “Latch” – Disclosure feat. Sam Smtih