Memories to last a lifetime
NOT all newlyweds can say they’ve sailed into the sunset, but that is exactly what Joshua Starr and Joshua Breakwell did to round off their $50K Whitsunday wedding giveaway.
The Joshuas won their wedding in a competition launched by 16 Whitsunday wedding suppliers in honour of marriage equality.
They were married at Paradise Cove Resort on August 3 in the region’s largest same sex wedding to date.
Their story catapulted the Whitsundays into the national spotlight and also caught the eye of local ‘bareboat’ company Sunsail Whitsundays, who gifted them a five-night honeymoon charter as the icing to an already perfect wedding cake.
“Sunsail Whitsundays just couldn’t let the Joshuas leave the Whitsundays without giving them the opportunity to experience everything the region has to offer – in particular the unique and incredibly special experience of a bareboat charter,” sales and marketing manager Stephanie Gale said.
The Joshuas did all these things and more, starting their honeymoon with a snorkel at False Nara Inlet in some of the best coral they had ever seen.
They bushwalked on Whitsunday Island, hired a golf buggy on Hamilton Island, visited aboriginal rock art on Hook Island, and spent a night at anchor off world-famous Whitehaven Beach.
Their wildlife encounters included turtles, whales and even a manta ray.
Back on dry land, Joshua Breakwell said this had been an experience like no other and the perfect end to their fairytale wedding.
“After the day-trippers had gone home and it was just us – that was incredible,” he said.
“We saw the sunset from every angle and at night we could stargaze – complete with the comforts of home on our own boat.”
Jess Lawrence from the Wedding Planners Whitsundays and peak industry group WeddingsWhitsundays.com said having Sunsail Whitsundays come aboard the wedding giveaway had been fantastic for the Joshuas, the wedding industry, and the region.
“I think Sunsail sees the possibilities for weddings in the Whitsundays and how they fit into that, which is a message we’ve been trying to get across to all local businesses,” she said.
“The region benefits from weddings because ultimately we are such a great wedding and honeymoon destination, so everybody wins.”
Tourism Whitsundays general manager Tash Wheeler said throughout the Joshuas’ wedding campaign, individual businesses and industries had worked collaboratively to profile the destination.
“We’ve seen the promotion of the Whitsunday wedding industry, our bareboating experiences – and even the Whitsunday food scene thanks to celebrity wedding guests Carly and Tresne from Channel 7’s MKR,” she said. “There is absolutely no doubt now that the Whitsundays is the wedding and honeymoon heart of Australia, where destination weddings are open to everyone.”
Reflecting on their big day, Joshua Starr said there were no words for what the people of the Whitsundays, and in particular the contributing wedding suppliers, had done for the newlyweds.
“We don’t know where to start to thank them,” he said. “It’ll go down in history with all our friends and family as the best wedding anyone’s ever been to – and we’ve formed lifelong relationships with these people now.”
The couple took a campervan road trip home to Newcastle to begin their married life.
WHAT A WEDDING: The Joshuas sail on their honeymoon in the Whitsundays.