Per­fect wed­ding is sweet es­cape

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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