Christina and James’ Wedding

25 September 2019

It was an unexpected meeting between two souls which sparked a relationship that will last a lifetime.

The chemistry between James and Christina was undeniable when their paths crossed. Christina was first drawn to James’ eyes; however, it was Christina’s personality that captured her future husband’s attention.

Their love of outdoors and spending time adventuring together, created for the perfect set up James needed for the proposal!

“Christina had no idea it was about to happen! We were just walking along a quiet beach, talking and laughing together before we stopped to cuddle to take in the moment.

“I asked her to close her eyes as I got on one knee to pop the big question. When she opened her eyes, she said YES with tears of happiness in her eyes”

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Our bride and groom were surrounded by their family and loved ones on Wednesday 25 September, a date that marked Christina’s late grandmother’s birthday. The family spirit together with memories of those lost were dearly cherished, as they celebrated the beginning of a new love.

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We kept with tradition and decided not to see one another leading into the wedding (from the night before). It was really special to have a little kiss when I [Christina] arrived at the ceremony before we started the formalities!

We wrote our own vows for the ceremony as well which was another favourite part. My [Christina] favourite vow of James’ was “Christina I join my life to yours, not merely as your husband, but as your best friend”.

“All of the vows were my favourite” [James].

James managed to hold back the tears as his gorgeous bride walked towards him for the ceremony. Though, for his proud Mum and best mate they were unable to contain their tears!

Christina was absolutely glowing as she walked down the aisle, holding onto her dads’ arm. And finding a wedding dress was easy for our bride! It was the second dress that Christina saw and when she tried it on, she just knew it was the one! 

Wedding planning was stress free, as both Christina and James knew exactly what it was that they wanted for their wedding day. With easy going wedding planning, came easy going and incredibly helpful vendors; helping to make the day so memorable.

The couple made special mention of Kellie, their photographer, who captured the many special moments of the day.

“We loved that Kel was so easy to deal with, and so professional for our wedding day. Among all of the emotions and excitement of the day she was also great to have a laugh with as well!”

So, what did Kellie have to say about Christina & James’ wedding day?

“James and Christina were so relaxed and easy going during both the planning phase and on their wedding day.

They completely trusted in me to take them on an adventure to some amazing locations for beautiful portraits.  Christina told me what she had her heart set on for their photographs, one being a dirt road with a tree canopy. I spent time scouting the perfect location for her, which happened to be exactly eight minutes from their ceremony. 

We then travelled another eight minutes to the last location for the last of the golden light for their sunsets. 

With a few beers in hand it was the perfect way to end the day and start the party before heading back to the reception.”

Christina and James wanted to convey a special thanks to their Celebrant Roxanne too!

Rox is easy going and very helpful, making our wedding ceremony extra special.”

Wishing Christina and James all the very best for their lives together as husband and wife.

The Team:
Wedding Venue: Rockhampton Heritage Village
Photography: Kellie Guinane Photography
Bridal Prep: Korte’s Resort
Groom Prep: Casa Nostra Motel Rockhampton
Celebrant: Roxanne Hodda Marriage Celebrant
Hair & Makeup Artist: Touch Of Style Hair & Beauty
Wedding Florals: Allenstown Florist

6 Amazing Places to Marry in CQ – Rockhampton Region

Setting both the date and location are two of the first steps you’ll normally take in your wedding planning journey, and these tasks go hand-in-hand depending on the availability of your chosen venue. If you’re early on in the planning process, we put together the following feature to help you discover some of our region’s top venues to choose from. This list is not exhaustive of course, and a comprehensive venue list can be found in our Wedding Guide. The following six venues are located around the Rockhampton-Yeppoon region and are listed in no particular order of preference, price or quality. We recommend visiting the venues’ websites and contacting their team for more information if you’d like to investigate them further!

Kanangra Heights

Kanangra Heights is set on 7 acres of beautiful gardens, with stunning views over Yeppoon to the Coral Sea.  The relaxed casual atmosphere creates a beautiful ambiance, and their packages range from cocktail style to formal and can be adapted.
Kanangra Heights offers several ceremony locations within the property, including the purpose-built gazebo.  They can cater for up to 100 people in the main dining room for formal events, such as sit-down meals and 120 people for a cocktail style function, making use of their two tiered garden area.

Kanangra Heights have a Venue Coordinator and Chef who will work with you to assist with table placement, seating arrangements and menu options.

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Download their wedding package details here: Kanangra Heights Wedding Package

Contact Kanangra Heights: 580 Tanby Road, Taroomball, Queensland 4703 | kanangraheights@hotmail.com | www.kanangraheights.com | Phone: (07) 4913 6124 | Connie: 0438 442 262 | Sharon: 0417 601 299

Image credits: Madelyn Holmes Photographics

Lazy Acres

Situated in Alton Downs approximately 20 minutes from Rockhampton is the beautiful property of Lazy Acres. The property features ample outdoor ceremony space, two fully self contained accommodation facilities, a generous timber function area, a pavilion, and a fully fenced play area for the littles ones.

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Weddings at Lazy Acres can comfortably seat 160 in table arrangements or entertain 250 for cocktail style. Their lawn area is designed to accommodate both ceremony and reception for weddings.

Their pre-ceremony suite reminds us of Maleny Manor, don’t you think?

Download their package details here: LazyAcresPackages

Contact Lazy Acres:  www.facebook.com/LazyAcresAltonDowns | Address: Birrahlee Rd, Alton Downs QLD | Ph: 0439 489 291 | E: info@lazyacres.events

Image credits: Capture The Moment Photography

Korte’s Resort

Korte’s Resort opened recently on the north side of Rockhampton, offering everything in the one place for weddings: onside accommodation for guests, manicured grassed areas for ceremonies, and a function room available early Sept 2017 offering 31m by 19m of useable area for receptions. Their accommodation also includes some beautifully furnished, elegant rooms, perfect for pre-wedding photos!
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Contact Korte’s Resort: http://kortes.com.au | Ph: 07 4936 3153 | Address: 984 Yaamba Road Rockhampton Q 4701 | E: events@kortes.com.au

Paradise Lagoons

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Paradise Lagoons is located in Gracemere and offers rustic charm, country elegance and scalability to cater for weddings of all sizes.

Paradise Lagoons offers the following areas for wedding ceremonies and receptions:

A grassed area under huge tamarind trees overlooking the Lagoon with the Berserker Ranges beyond.

The Paradise Bar, an undercover area overlooking the arena capable of seating 300 guests for a formal function or 500 guests for a cocktail style gathering.

The Pavilion, a large room with views over the surrounding countryside, with its own bathroom, kitchen & bar facilities. Ideal for smaller more intimate functions, cocktail parties, weddings and corporate events.

The Stables can be the perfect barn style venue for large or small functions. It can comfortably sit 400 guests and many more for a cocktail style function. This area lends itself to a ‘make it what you will’ venue with a difference.

The lawns are beautiful and lush green all year round and are just awaiting your vision.

Contact Paradise Lagoons:  Address: Malchi-Nine-Mile Road, Alton Downs | Ph: 07 4934 1909 | Mobile 0473 499 006 | E: info@paradiselagoons.com.au | www.paradiselagoons.com.au

Image Credits: 1, 2, 5 – Jess Edwards

St Aubins Village

Newly re-opened and already a hotspot for Rockhampton Weddings, St Aubins Village is brimming with historical charm and exquisite spaces for your wedding photos. Mother-daughter duo Janice and Lauren are a delight to deal with and will work with you to make your wedding day dreams come true!
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The property of St Aubins Village includes a beautiful, large grassed area catering for up to 150 people, a paved courtyard which caters for up to 100 guests, and 2 quaint cottages available for accommodation. These areas are all surrounded by colourful and manicured gardens – perfect for an outdoor garden wedding!

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Contact St Aubins Village: Lauren or Janice: 0400 213 666 | https://www.facebook.com/staubinsvillage/ | 73-75 Canoona Road, West Rockhampton

Image Credits: 1-3 White Ash Photography | 4 Madelyn Holmes Photographics | 5,6 Dani Drury Photographer

The Strand Hotel

If you’re seeking modern sophistication, stunning views and an experienced team of event staff to make your wedding reception beautiful and unique, The Strand Hotel at Yeppoon may be the perfect venue for you!

The beautiful Ocean View Room and balcony can comfortably seat 120 guests banquette style or cater for up to 230 cocktail style. Their wedding menus range from set two course alternate drop from $45 per person, buffets from $49 per person, and cocktail packages from as little as $22.50 per person. Room hire and theming is additional, depending on your requirements.

The Strand also offer ceremony coordination, oceanside which is directly opposite their venue. Wedding ceremony packages are $880 – they provide full set up, council approval, and pack down with their team travelling as far south as the beaches of Zilzie, and as far north as Farnborough.

Ceremony locations are on offer beachside, a few steps away from The Strand Hotel

 

Functions Manager Terese Cauchi will put you at ease with her willingness to help you achieve your perfect day. Wedding Packages and details are available from their website and Terese can work with you to modify packages if budgets are a concern. For further information visit The Strand’s website or contact the staff on (07) 4939 1301 or email functions@thestrandyeppoon.com.au

Image courtesy of Stylish Events and Hire

Heritage Rockhampton Engagement Shoot

It’s no secret that I have a love of historic buildings and think they produce some of the most beautiful wedding photos when used as a backdrop! Obviously I was head over heels for this e-shoot from Capture The Moment Photography when it came through – featuring whitewashed, romantic architecture enveloping Kellie and Jayce – a modern couple stealing kisses amongst the beauty of a bygone era.
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Rockhampton Wedding Photographer: Capture The Moment Photography