Perfect wedding is sweet escape
LOCAL residents Trevor Rees and Julie Sladek enjoyed a magical wedding ceremony on the Whitsunday waters on Friday, March 28.
The couple met in July 2012 at a skipper’s briefing for a Whitsunday Sailing Club race. After sailing together aboard the local boat Surefoot their romance began.
“We just hit it off so well,” Trevor said.
“We have so much in common with our interests and family and a love of the Whitsundays.”
Trevor, who is the co-owner of local bareboat charter company Whitsunday Escape and Julie, who is an occupational health and safety advisor, initially planned to elope on January 31, but Tropical Cyclone Dylan put an end to their plans. February was also ruled out when Whitsunday Escape won the Australian Tourism Award for Unique Accommodation, necessitating a trip to Sydney.
“We then made plans to try and elope again on March 28, which was looking just as unlikely, but everything conspired to make it the perfect day,” Julie said.
“Sweet Escape, a catamaran in the Whitsunday Escape fleet was available, our celebrant was available, the sun fi- nally came out, water conditions were glassed out and dolphins were frolicking in our wake en-route to our chosen mystery Whitsunday island venue - many good omens boding well for the rest of our life.”
Trevor and Julie were married on the front deck of Sweet Escape by civil marriage celebrant Donna Fornasiero, from Ceremonies out of the Blue. Also on board were Julie’s daughter Robyn Strafford, Robyn’s partner Jamie Wegener, Julie’s son Lance Strafford, Trevor’s sons Justin and Shawn Rees and Shawn’s partner Jenna Rozee.
The couple’s second catch of the day came when they went trolling at dusk and within five minutes of casting the lines caught two large Queen fish.
“It was perfect,” Julie said.
SWEET ESCAPE: Trevor Rees and Julie Sladek were married on the foredeck of the Whitsunday charter boat Sweet Escape on Friday, March 28.