Reef a new des­ti­na­tion for the per­fect wed­ding

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

DES­TI­NA­TION wed­dings are be­ing taken to the ex­treme with cou­ples now able to marry on the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Mackay cou­ple Sa­mara Whal­ley and Adam Lownds en­joyed a mock wed­ding on Thurs­day at the Reef­world pon­toon on the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The cou­ple were cho­sen as the bride and groom for the launch of the lat­est Cruise Whit­sun­days prod­uct – Wed­dings on the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The cou­ple were very ex­cited to be cho­sen to launch the des­ti­na­tion wed­ding idea and en­joyed their cer­e­mony and cel­e­bra­tion un­der per­fect blue skies.

“It was just a spec­tac­u­lar day,” Ms Whal­ley said. “It was awe­some. We loved it.” About 30 tourism in­dus­try and me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives trav­elled to the reef to wit­ness the wed­ding of the cou­ple who have been to­gether about 11 years.

Whit­sun­day cel­e­brant Jes­sica Stafford per­formed the cer­e­mony.

Cou­ples can now en­joy their wed­ding and re­cep­tion on the pon­toon and can even spend their wed­ding night in the King Suite.

Air­lie Beach cou­ple Clay­ton Wong and Cyn­thia Lam, who are orig­i­nally from Hong Kong, also posed as bride and groom on the day with the pho­tos to be used by Cruise Whit­sun­days to pro­mote the idea to the Asian mar­ket.

The per­ma­nently moored Reef­world pon­toon is 40 nau­ti­cal miles from the Whit­sun­day Coast main­land, at Hardy Reef, just near world fa­mous Heart Reef. Cruise Whit­sun­days chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nick Hor­tle said he an­tic­i­pated the pon­toon be­com­ing one of Aus­tralia’s most sought af­ter event venues. Sales man­ager for Cruise Whit­sun­days Jacky Flem­ing said it was won­der­ful to launch this ex­cit­ing new prod­uct where cou­ples could be mar­ried in such a unique lo­ca­tion.

“The pack­ages in­clude the boat trip, use of the pon­toon, dec­o­ra­tions, a reef sleep pack­age and a flight for the bride and groom over Heart Reef,“Ms Flem­ing said.

Cruise Whit­sun­days can also or­gan­ise other com­po­nents in­clud­ing mar­riage cel­e­brants, mu­sic and cater­ing.

For all en­quiries, email wed­dings@cruise­whit­sun­days.com

PER­FECT DAY: Sa­mara Whal­ley and Adam Lownds en­joyed a mock wed­ding at Reef­world last week.

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