Toni ant Matt’s Whitsunday Wedding Team

Ceremony Venue: Earlando
Reception Venue: Earlando
Celebrant: Neta Mitaros
Photographer: Melissa Cooney Photography
Stylist: Teepee Events Whitsundays
Flowers: Flower Hut
Hair & Makeup: Samantha Richardson Hair and Makeup
Cake: Whitsunday Baked Creations
Entertainment: Gypsy Soul

Matt and I met on an internet dating site. We happened to stumble across each other by pure accident as we lived in two different places. We started emailing each other for a few weeks before I finally took the plunge and went to visit him. We knew we were meant to meet from the very first visit. Eventually Matt moved to Mackay to live with me and he has never looked back!

Tell us about the proposal

Matt proposed to me on Valentine’s Day. he took me out for breakfast one morning and when he went to pay for the meal, he came back with his camera and said he wanted to take some photo’s of our growing baby bump in the beautiful gardens. He got down on one knee and proposed to me and I was so very surprised. It was absolutely beautiful!

Why did you choose Earlando for your destination wedding?

Everything about Earlando stood out from the other venues! The moment we got over the hill and saw the place we both looked at each other and said “this is it!” Matt also wanted to fish there. From the green grass to the crystal blue ocean, the place was so beautiful! The other thing that helped to make our minds up was the friendliness of the Earlando staff. They were very accommodating and willing to make all of our dreams come true. I have recommended this venue to every newly wed couple I have stumbled across. It was my dream wedding come true!

From the green grass to the crystal blue ocean, the place was so beautiful!

Key Styling Inspiration

I have always loved the vintage look so this is where I started. I knew I wanted a classic, vintage, lace dress and red lips, so I matched the rest of the colour’s and decor to this. Matt was happy with the colour selection and knew I was in my element of planning. I loved the rustic yet elegant feel of Earlando. I had pinned many images onto my Pinterest boards and got an image of what I wanted. It was so breath taking!

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We traveled to Bali in October and we couldn’t wait to explore! It was our very first time exploring Bali.

What was the most special memory from the day?

My favourite part of the wedding was how happy I was and Matt, too. The months of planning and visualising had finally become a reality. From flowers, to speeches, dancing and cake – it was all so amazing!

What advice would you give other brides to be?

Make sure you take some time on your special day to just be with your partner. Smile and have fun because it goes way too fast!

Special Thanks to

Our day would not have run as smooth and been as perfect as it was without the friendly staff at Earlando and the girls at Whitsunday Wedding Events. I can not thank them enough for making our special day so amazing! I want to go back and do it all over again! Our reception was under a beautiful teepee from Teepee Events Whitsundays. Airlie Beach Babysitters for looking after our children while at the wedding and they were so amazing! Little Flowers in Bloom mad my flower girl sashes and hair accessories and they were absolutely wonderful. ID Timber Designs, thank-you for making our beautiful wooden guest book and Lorgie (Etsy store) made our vow books.


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