Botan­ica in­vites cou­ples back

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS -

A PRE­MIER Whit­sun­day wed­ding venue has wel­comed 30 of its past cou­ples back to the pri­vate es­tate.

Villa Botan­ica in Strathdickie held an in­au­gu­ral Back to Botan­ica open day ear­lier this month.

Thirty cou­ples, some were wed­ded at the es­tate as far back as 2008, trav­elled from as far as West­ern Australia, South Australia and New South Wales to make the most of the rare op­por­tu­nity.

Botan­ica Wed­dings mar­ket­ing manager Jade Korosec said the day was the re­sult of the fre­quent com­ments made by brides of their de­sire to re­turn to the wed­ding venue.

“Part of my role with Botan­ica Wed­dings is to in­ter­view our wed­ding cou­ples for real wed­ding fea­tures and too of­ten I was hear­ing from brides how they would love noth­ing more than to re­turn to Villa Botan­ica, to walk the gar­dens and take in the beauty of the five-acre es­tate with­out the fren­zied en­ergy of wed­ding day,” she said.

The day did not dis­ap­point, with the Whit­sun­days turn­ing on bril­liant weather for the cou­ples and a host of Botan­ica Wed­dings staff on hand to serve canapés on the ter­race lawn, a spit roast on the sea deck and cock­tails on the beach.

With pro­ceeds of the day be­ing do­nated to the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion, Janet and Ralph Ho­gan, own­ers of the Villa Botan­ica es­tate, were de­lighted to con­trib­ute $1000 to the not- for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, which as­sists lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers with dis­abil­i­ties.

“It was a real plea­sure for Ralph and me to meet some of our cou­ples and see how they were trav­el­ling post wed­ding. We talked about the power of com­mit­ment, the im­por­tance of cel­e­brat­ing life’s mile­stones and spoke about our new venue, Saratoga in Bali,” Janet said.

“There was talk amongst some of re­new­ing their vows in Bali and I can’t think of any­thing that would give us more sat­is­fac­tion than see­ing th­ese cou­ples be­com­ing life­long friends and part of the Botan­ica fam­ily.”

Mr and Ms Ho­gan are plan­ning for the event to be­come an an­nual oc­ca­sion.

TRUE BEAUTY: Thirty mar­ried cou­ples re­ceived the rare op­por­tu­nity to visit the es­tate on which they were mar­ried at Villa Botan­ica as part of an in­au­gu­ral event.

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