Rainforest Wedding Venue Cairns | AJ Hackett Cairns - The Venue
DOM & ANGEL
HOW DID YOU FEEL THE MORNING OF YOUR WEDDING? DID YOU HAVE THE BUTTERFLIES FEELING?
I didn't really feel anything until I was actually all dolled up and wearing my wedding dress. I was very chill throughout the day but I do remember starting to feel worried when the rain just kept on pouring a few hours before the wedding ceremony. But Shae, the HMUA, really helped calm me down by conversing with me and telling me that rain on a wedding day is a good sign.
TELL US ABOUT THE WEDDING DRESS AND HOW YOU KNEW IT WAS THE ONE!!
I remember creating a Pinterest board for my dream wedding dress a few years ago. The wedding dresses I have there are very different from the dress I actually chose for my wedding day. I guess I outgrew the girl who I was before and also, the wedding I had was different from the wedding I was thinking of before. A lot of plans changed because of the current circumstance due to the pandemic and travel restrictions.
The wedding dress I chose has a very bohemian vibe. I remember seeing it on an Instagram post (they had a photoshoot and it was one of the dresses there) and I knew straight away that I wanted to try on that dress if it was available. During the actual day of trying on dresses at Jonovia Bridal Shop, one of the best bridal boutiques in Cairns, I found that dress and included it along with the other dresses on the pile. When I tried it on, everything was perfect, it fit me perfectly from the waist down and it was beautiful. I knew it was the one, and I made the decision right there and then.
A few weeks after, I was browsing through google trying to look for the actual name of the dress. I found the brand's website and saw the name: Catalina. I broke into tears because that's my grandmother's name. I'm not sure if it's pure coincidence or whatnot, but it was really meant to be!!
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CAIRNS WEDDING FLOWERS! DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING BOUQUET AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT?
I booked Caitielou Designs for my wedding bouquet. I remember scrolling through Instagram looking for the perfect florist in Cairns to create my dream bouquet. I also had a Pinterest board for inspiration. When I saw Caitie's IG, I fell in love with her designs. The simplicity and elegance of each bouquet. I told her I wanted a simple bouquet, not too big and overwhelming, something easy to carry. I told her what colours I wanted, something boho, but also something that was very natural and feminine. And she came up with an inspo board and it was all perfect and everything I wanted and more.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE AJ HACKET THE VENUE AS YOUR CAIRNS WEDDING VENUE CEREMONY & RECEPTION? WHAT WAS SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
I remember when Dom and I were looking for venue options, AJ Hackett was on the list but we didn't really think much of it. We had other Cairns wedding venue options that we were excited about. But when we went to a site visit at AJ Hackett, we both fell in love with the rainforest. Dom and I both prefer the beach but there was something about the tranquility of the rainforest that pulled us to choose it. Another plus was that AJ Hackett is close to Cairns city, it was easier for our guests to travel.
HOW WAS THAT CAKE/DESSERT? AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CAIRNS WEDDING CAKE DESIGNER?
I saw Loveleigh's Cakery on Instagram. I knew I had to book her because each and every one of her cakes was unique. There was no same design. And just by looking at her Instagram, I knew that she was passionate about each of her creations. Leigh was also very approachable and easy to talk to, I remember asking for a change in the design a few weeks before the wedding and she was all for it.
IF YOU HAD TO GIVE ONE TIP FOR PLANNING A WEDDING IN CAIRNS & PORT DOUGLAS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Don't stress about the weather! It's one of those things that we have no control over.
Just be prepared for what's to come. But do not stress. This is the tropics so the weather can be temperamental. Also, anything can happen on your wedding day. There may be some minor mishaps and unforeseeable changes but that's OKAY. At the end of the day, you will be married to the love of your life and that's all that matters!!
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