As the tiny paradise that is Port Douglas heads into the 2019 wedding season, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favourite weddings from last year. 10 gorgeous couples tied the knot with us and we need to show you how incredibly amazing each one was! From the Rainforest Grotto to the Sugar Wharf and everything in between, these weddings encapsulated everything we want your tropical wedding in paradise to be.
1. Prue & Adrian
26 October 2018
This beautiful day showered blue skies and excitement down onto Prue, Adrian and each one of their guests. The day begun with the Ceremony at Little Cove, where all their closest friends and family watched them say ‘I Do’, shaded by the swaying palm trees and serenaded by the crashing of the waves on the sand. They then moved a short distance to the Sugar Wharf, where the ladies could swap their stilettos for personalised thongs, and Prue and Adrian could be celebrated with a cold beer or glass of champagne. This wedding embraced all that is Tropical North Queensland, through the palm fronds adorning the wooden rails, the reef boats cruising by and the pink skies that kicked off the night. Everything about this wedding, including the dinner under the stars, the tropical theme and the sparkling lights, made it a truly spectacular day.
2. Holly & Tommy
25 August 2018
Next is the splendid local couple Holly & Tommy, who celebrated their love under the rainforest canopy and festoon lights with their nearest and dearest. Navigating through the FNQ Cane Fields to a ‘secret location’, the guests crossed a fairy-lit bridge and down and oil lamp path, to a colossal fig tree where the Bride and Groom tied the knot. ‘Heavens Gates’ then opened onto the magical Rainforest Grotto, with cheers and tears welcoming Mr & Mrs Stevens to the world! With no curfew or neighbours to worry about, this celebration went well on into the night, friends and family clinking glasses and dancing like nobody was watching, all in the name of Holly & Tommy. The Rainforest Grotto, being a private venue, is the perfect location for a group that wants to dance until the dawn. The lush greenery takes you to a different time and a different place, and the charming yet intimate set up really made it feel like your own private island.
3. Georgia & Robbie
12 August 2018
This simple, yet elegant, celebration of love was perfect for Georgia and Robbie’s special day. The afternoon began with a rose petal showered carpet and a promise of love by the beach at Little Cove, surrounded by friends and family, and carried on into the night with a reception at the Sugar Wharf. The theme of the day was Boho Chic, and the mahogany Bentwood Chairs, matched with the native florals and natural white table linen really brought out the creative, artistic and easy going essence of the Boho life. This beautiful couple really took two of our most popular venues and transformed them into their own beautiful visions of love.
Ceremony ~ Little Cove @ Rex Smeal Park
Reception ~ The Port Douglas Sugar Wharf
Florals ~ Flowers by Wynne
Catering ~ Platinum Cuisine
Cake ~ Port Douglas Cupcake Cafe
Entertainment ~ Tropica Entertainment
Celebrant ~ Tim Kelly of Cairns Tropical Marriages
4. Elisha & Josh
17 June 2018
Elisha & Josh enjoyed their special day on a beautiful June afternoon in Port Douglas. While the clouds loomed over, it was all sunny smiles from the guests as they got to see the pair celebrate their love. This delightful couple began their day at the gorgeous St Mary’s By The Sea, over looking the spectacular coral reef and the boats as they cruise by. The party then moved only a short distance to the 110 year old Sugar Wharf, where the wooden paneling, simple arbour, mahogany tables, clear gladiator chairs complemented the historic nature of the building. Local florist Wynne worked her magic by combining traditional red, white and pink flowers with native greenery to make the wooden architecture pop.
5. Michael & Jessica
16 June 2018
Michael & Jessica dressed the stunning Sugar Wharf for both their Ceremony and Reception in traditional white and pastel furniture. Adorned with sparkling festoon lights and beautiful native florals, this gorgeous couple made this place their own. Blue skies provided a stunning backdrop and allowed friends and family of Michael and Jessica to bask in the glorious June afternoon.
6. Joanne & Leon
03 June 2018
The magnificent Coral Sea and Great Dividing range formed the back drop for Joanne and Leons perfect ceremony at Rex Smeal Park. They made this slice of heaven by the water their own, tying the knot under the palm trees and enjoying the reception under the twinkling fairy lights cascading from the curtain fig tree. This incredible wedding set the bar for many weddings to come, and complimented the natural beauty of this iconic park.
7. Tim & Alana
09 November 2018
Tim and Alana celebrated their love by the water at Little Cove, tying the knot in front of friends and family. The gorgeous weather provided warmth and light for all the guests, and provided a stunning back drop for the already stunning Sugar Wharf. There was a delicious grazing table prepared by Port Douglas Catering, plenty of refreshing drinks for the guests and beautiful tropical styling to encapsulate all that is the paradise of Port Douglas. The twinkling festoons set the mood and the casual dining experience made for a social and enjoyable environment for all the guests and the Bride and Groom.
8. Stephanie & Ryan
11 August 2018
A fairytale come true for the beautiful Stephanie & Ryan, enjoying their special day under the gorgeous canopy of the Rainforest Grotto. After travelling through cane fields to a beautifully decorative bridge, guests then disembark and made their way up a path to the ceremony site located under the 300 year old fig tree. After tying the knot, the guests moved through ‘Heavens Gates’ to enjoy their evening with lawn games, food and friends in celebration of Stephanie & Ryan! This day was gorgeously set up under a clear marquee, in order to showcase the stunning surroundings while also keeping the looming rain at bay. The Douglas Vintage Van kept the drinks flowing and DJ Chooky kept the vibes going! A spectacular day for a spectacular couple.
9. Amy & Nicholas
09 June 2018
For Amy & Nicholas, the circular arbour framed the spectacular ocean views highlighting the uniqueness of Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef. Guests were treated to a beautiful ceremony at Little Cove that embodied the Victorian couple. After the ceremony they made their way to the fabulous Port Douglas Yacht Club for their reception, the perfect venue for seafaring folk looking for elegance but also casualness in the tropics.
10. Kathryn & Josh
10 June 2018
Kathryn & Josh celebrated their love by the ocean. Their ceremony graced the lawns of Little Cove, and the guests moved just a short distance to the Point at Rex Smeal Park to enjoy their reception. This wonderful wedding was both elegant and casual, with a fishing station, Douglas Vintage Van bar, and picket fencing to take this public park and make it their own private sanctuary. The gorgeous florals by Nine Blooms encapsulated the tropical vibe of Port Douglas and the gleaming festoon lights posed as the stars on this cloudy, yet charming evening.