Belinda & Shane Miller’s Whitsunday Wedding Suppliers

Ceremony Venue: Headland Park
Reception Venue: Coral Sea Resort
Celebrant: Annie Lloyd-Lewis
Photographer: Nadine Kemp
Stylist: Event Company
Flowers: Flower Hut
Hair: Amanda Fearn
Makeup: Airlie Beach Hair and Makeup
Cake: Whitsunday Baked Creations
Wedding Party Transport: Shuttle Limo – BMW
Accommodation: Whitsunday Reflections & Coral Sea Resort

Shane and Belinda both worked in the same office building in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. However they never once ran into each other. Instead, the couple met at a gym they both had memberships to in 2012. Belinda had just got back from New York & was hoping to loose a little weight after indulging in all the delicious food overseas!! While Shane was busy working on his leg strength. Belinda could lift heavier weights than him at the time, but don’t tell Shane that Belinda told us that!!!

Belinda’s parents were visiting Melbourne from Hervey Bay, New South Wales, Australia and they were staying with the couple. It was the night of the Super Moon! In true Melbourne fashion it was cold, windy, cloudy as anything… yet still, Shane kept bugging Belinda to go to the beach with him to check out this moon (which you couldn’t see behind the clouds anyway). Belinda kept insisting that they should just look from the backyard, but when he persisted she knew something was going on! They were alone on the beach when he dropped to his knee & the rest is history!!!

 

Why did you choose the Whitsundays as your wedding destination?

Having both come from Townsville, Queensland, Australia, we wanted somewhere beautiful. The Whitsundays seemed the perfect idea & was not too far away for our Townsville guests. We had guests from all over the country, so we knew everyone would have to travel, we decided where better to travel to, than the beautiful Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia!!! Our guests got to relax and enjoy the region, even if it was only for the weekend – nothing compares to the Whitsunday Coast in our opinion!!!

What did you do for your hens and bucks nights?

We had a Bachelorette luncheon at Hemmingway’s at Abell Point Marina, followed by a multitude of martinis at Breeze Bar, karaoke & kicking on at Beaches.The Bucks enjoyed a dinner at Mika’s, then copious amounts of drinking down the Airlie Beach strip!!

Did your wedding have a theme or a particular style? Please give details if possible.  

We wanted something laid back, with plenty of personal touches and a relaxed elegance. We created interactions for the guests, which we could keep as reminders of our day. Our ring box, card box, anniversary message in a bottle, a date idea line and our guest book photo frame to name a few. We love having a project to work on together, so creating things for our wedding was super important to us!

What gifts did you give your guests?

Shane & I crafted handmade, engraved, edge-lit acrylic nameplates with pine bases. We also had bottle openers, coasters & bookmarks for the sober guests! (haha)

What was your wedding budget – where did you splurge & where did you save?

Our wedding budget was $20,000 & we saved the minute we decided to hand over the reins to Jess & The Whitsunday Wedding Planners. Everything was so reasonably priced, we were shocked at how much we ended up saving!!!

Funniest moment of the entire day?

We had Shane’s brother’s 18-month-old twins walk down the aisle first- as a ringless ring bearer & flower girl. They took off at a great speed, ready or not! Casey did not want a bar of his sign. Kara, being the cleverer of the two, ran off behind him with it. As they ran down the aisle to the arch, they noticed they had got a bit carried away, so ran back again to meet us mid aisle walk.

Special memory from the entire day?

Our ceremony, and especially our vows were a moment in time that Shane and I will remember forever. Writing our own vows allowed us to express our love in ways that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Our first dance was the culmination of 5 dance lessons & a heap of late night practicing in our front room. Having a choreographed dance allowed us to take on something together that was neither of our fortes, and conquer it together. We thoroughly enjoyed our lessons & having that time together at the end of each day, face to face in each other’s arms while we danced to the music and discussed our days, our future & of course the next step!

Special thanks to:

We have quite a few thank yous- To our guests, for traveling all that way and sharing in the happiest day of our lives, we can’t thank them enough. To Carnie Lee, the kindest make up artist I have ever had the pleasure of working with, thank you for skills and more. Thank you to Nadine Kemp, our photographer, who was able to capture our love & freeze it in time for eternity. Her photographs speak for themselves. And lastly to Jess at Wedding Planners Whitsundays, for everything she did leading up to and on the day of our wedding. We simply could not have pulled it off without her. To have someone so in tune to our needs and ahead of the game in terms of planning was just amazing – thank you so much!!!

What is your advice for other couples?

Don’t spend too much time or energy stressing, it will all come together in the end and a positive planning journey will help you stay chilled out on the day. Be flexible with the small details, as your day will be beautiful regardless. Make your wedding about the two of you, showcase your souls & involve your guests in your story. And definitely hire a wedding planner!