This wedding sounds like it was loads of fun. With the Great Barrier Reef at their doorstep, Kerrie Barlow, 25 and Josh Marsden, 30, held a tropical garden wedding on Fitzroy Island – just a 45 minute ferry ride from their hometown, Cairns.
Kerry says, “We chose this location because it was somewhere that we always went for day trips since we first met plus, being able to get married on a beautiful tropical island without having to fly overseas was a huge bonus!”
With the majority of guests staying on the island for two nights, their wedding day became a ‘wedding weekend’ and the celebrations kicked off with a big party on eve of the nuptials. “It was a lot of fun,” says Kerrie, “and we were very honoured that so many people took the time and expense to celebrate with us over a couple of days.”
On the day of the wedding, the nasty weather that threatened to move their outdoor ceremony indoors cleared just 20 minutes before Kerrie walked down the aisle. “I didn’t want to use the undercover option. I absolutely had my heart set on an outdoor wedding.” It seems as though photographers – aptly named, Blue Sky Photography – were the couple’s lucky weather charm.
Later on at the reception in the beautiful Welcome Bay Room, shot glasses with Tequila were raised instead of flutes of champagne and the second party for the weekend was officially started. “The whole weekend was pretty special,” says Kerrie.
Kerrie chose an Allure Bridal gown for her big day; a pleated sweetheart neckline with ruffle skirt and ornate silver beaded motif. She accessorised with silver-bow peep toe shoes by Tony Bianco.
Kerrie’s bridesmaids stood out in vibrant tangerine one-shoulder dresses from Swish.
“Walking down the aisle with my dad proudly hanging onto my arm was amazing,” recalls Kerrie. “He was so proud and it made me so happy.”
Celebrant Leisel Pisani conducted the marriage in a beautiful tropical garden ceremony with magnificent ocean views. Kerrie tells, “It had rained all morning and I had my heart absolutely set on an outdoor wedding. I spent a lot of the morning refreshing the weather website and willing the clouds to go away.” Which they did!
Dressed by Victor Mellick, Josh wore a black lounge suit with white fly-front shirt whilst his groomsmen complemented in suits by Roger David.
Flowers were by Blush Floral and were a beautiful mix of pink, yellow, ivory and grey. “My flowers were incredible!” beams Kerrie.
In lieu of a champagne toast, this pair – and their 74 guests – had Tequila shots instead! It certainly got the party started. The shot glasses also served as mementos of the wedding with Kerrie and Josh’s name and wedding date engraved on each one for guests to keep.
Kerrie and Josh had an incredible day but if there was one thing the bride would do differently it would be not to make her own invitations. “NEVER again!” she exclaims. “I don’t know what I was thinking putting these together myself. If I could do it over I would pay the extra few dollars an invite and have someone take the stress away.”
Photos courtesy of Blue Sky Photography.
Bomboniere: Lolly buffet by Blush Floral / Brides Accessories: Equip, Myer / Brides Gown: Allure Bridal / Brides Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Shoes: Spendless / Bridesmaids Accessories: Equip and Lovisa / Bridesmaids Dresses: Swish / Celebrant: Our Ceremony (Leisel Pisani) / Ceremony Music: Millennium Weddings / Ceremony Venue: Fitzroy Island / Entertainment: Millennium Weddings / Flowers: Blush Floral / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Victor Mellick / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Hair: Tropical Hair & Beauty / Honeymoon: Thailand / Invitations: Truly Madly Deeply / Makeup: Tropical Hair & Beauty / Photobooth: DIY / Reception Venue: Fitzroy Island - Welcome Bay Room / Rings: Port Douglas Opal Centre / Venue Decor: By Design Weddings & Events / Videographer: Trendy Jeanes Video Editing and Productions / Wedding Night Accommodation: Fitzroy Island - Ocean Suite
Additional Suppliers: Pristine Weddings & Events (canopy for ceremony)