For groom Brayden, priorities lay with hiring a great band, having a free-flowing bar and having Wayne Rees as their celebrant, as Wayne had previously married Brayden’s mother and stepfather, and his sister and brother-in-law. For bride Danielle — she just hoped it wouldn’t rain.
“It has rained for every important event I’ve held. In fact, the night before our engagement party in May, when rainfall is normally at a minimum in Cairns, it rained so much that the only road leading to our venue gave way creating a sink hole; even swallowing Brayden’s aunty’s car while she was in it!” laughs the bride. “Disclaimer: it didn’t rain on our wedding day.”
The Cairns couple, aged 32 and 30 respectively, tied the knot at their romantic wedding ceremony overlooking Lake Placid. Guests were then treated to a tropical outdoor cocktail reception at AJ Hackett, where Danielle says ‘love was in the air’.
“Everyone laughed, everyone danced and everyone said it was a weekend to remember. Brayden even said ‘Let’s get divorced just so we can do it all over again’.”
Photos courtesy of Katie Purling Photography.
Danielle purchased her incredible gown from Irene Costa’s Devine Bridal.
The couple’s British Bulldogs, Hudson and Ralph, were in attendance; although they weren’t always model guests.
“They talked throughout the ceremony and Hudson escaped from Poppy’s grip and jumped up on me. I think we wanted a hug,” laughs the bride.
Brayden popped the question on the slopes while the pair snowboarded in Japan.
“There was nothing but love in the air and not a moment without laughter. It was the best day ever,” says Danielle.
Once the reception wrapped up, the bridal party danced into the early hours of the morning at Jack and Shannon’s — a local piano bar in Palm Cove.