After 25 years together, and multiple proposals, Nicola and Rebecca finally married in a fun and relaxed wedding in Palm Cove.
You planned a destination wedding, what led you to the destination?
Bec grew up in Cairns, we go back a couple of times a year, and Palm Cove is one of the most relaxing places on the planet. We really wanted the intimacy of having the ceremony and reception all in one place, and you couldn’t get a better venue than the Alamanda and Nu Nu restaurant, with their fantastic food and views and relaxing resort.
What was the inspiration behind the theme?
Oh well, that’s where Dancing With Her came in handy! We had no idea what we wanted other than a big party with our much-loved friends and family, with excellent food and loads of champagne.
Overall, we wanted it to be relaxed and fun, but with a bit of style. So, in the end, we found a local events styling company (Two Tribes) that took us by the hand and did all the hard work for us, coming up with the gorgeous tropical luxe theme.
Talk to us about your experience finding the perfect outfits.
Ermagawd! Covid got in the way so many times. We spent a long time deciding whether we even wanted to wear dresses, then looking for something a little different. We each found dresses we liked the look of, but they weren’t available in Brisbane. In the end we decided to have some fun and booked a trip to Melbourne with our Best Ladies to try them on. Covid shut Melbourne down, so we canceled our bookings and moved the whole show to Sydney. On the day we were all due to fly, Covid resurfaced in Sydney, sending them into lockdown, and we had to cancel again.
With less than two months left before our wedding day, we had no choice but to take a deep breath and buy our dresses online.
Bec bought hers first, and her beautiful sparkling Rachel Gilbert dress arrived in a box two days later and was a perfect fit! We then ordered Nic’s sleek Toni Maticevski dress, and it fit too! Both dresses only needed their hems taking up, and Paddington Weddings were so amazing. Fitting us and getting the alterations done in record time. Although it wasn’t exactly planned initially, we loved the way our dresses were so different from each other. But we looked like we complemented each other beautifully.
Talk to us about the big day!
We wanted the day to be relaxed and fun, and it was. Apart from when one of Nic’s siblings and her family missed their flight! Thankfully they caught the next flight and literally arrived just as we were walking down the aisle.
We spent the day calmly getting ready together at the resort with our Best Ladies, Thea and Caroline, and our daughter Anna. Our parents came and went. And our good friend and MC, Matthew, popped in and out and checked on us, as did our beautiful celebrant, Ali, who reassured us that she had us and our ceremony well in hand.
Once everyone arrived at the chapel, it all went like a blur from the moment we stepped inside. Our beautiful daughter got her wish of carrying the rings, and sprinkling rose petals up the aisle. We walked hand in hand from our room to the chapel. Then our fathers walked each of up the aisle, being serenaded by Bec’s old friend Adrian. We live-streamed the whole event to family and friends who couldn’t be with us in Victoria, NSW, New Zealand and the UK. The ceremony was fun, with so many laughs, a few tears, and love. We danced the night away, and the next thing, we were in bed, exhausted and blissfully happy.
What are your favorite moments?
Kissing my Wife!
Dancing in a rainbow cowgirl hat.
Our daughter’s wedding surprise speech – this was amazing. She created a wedding “pop quiz” where she asked questions based on stories from our life and our guests had to guess the answer! She had everyone in stitches.
One of Bec’s oldest friends, Adrian Strooper (former opera singer) singing us down the aisle and during the ceremony. He sang the version of Tina Turner’s Simply the Best as sung by Patrick in Schitt’s Creek and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
What does marriage mean to you?
It feels validating for our family. We’ve struggled with acceptance from some of our family and while that may not change, we now feel whole in a way that makes us feel complete as a unit.
Photography by Rebecca Wade
Catering Nunu, Mi Piace Espresso Bar
Celebrant Ali Conroy
Ceremony Venue Alamanda Resort
Decorative Elements & Planner Two Tribes
Dress Designers Rachel Gilbert, Toni Maticevski
Engagement Rings & Wedding Ring Jan Logan
Entertainment Andrea Allumay
Flower Girl Outfits Ted Baker
H&MU Rachael Gregory
Photo Booth Tropical Photo Booths
Reception Venue Nunu Restaurant
Shoes Nina, Jeffrey Campbell
Stationery Paperless Post