Kaitlin (Katie) and Reece are quintessential high school sweethearts. They met at a rollerblading rink when Katie was only 14 and Reece a mere 16 years old. What followed was countless hours of chatting on MSN, texting and skating together.
Fast forward to 2013, Reece spent weeks planning a surprise getaway to Hamilton Island on the Whitsundays, Katie had no idea it was going to be the surprise of her life! Reece swept her up in a private helicopter where they flew to the dreamy Whitehaven beach. Reece had organised a private picnic and took Katie for a romantic walk on the beach, where he popped the question.
With their families living in different cities, Reece and Katie knew they wanted to have a destination wedding. It was the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together. Katie and Reece were looking for the best wedding venue the Whitsundays had to offer. They wanted to find a venue that brought their dreams of a beach wedding, rainforest wedding and garden wedding to life. Villa Botanica’s beachside location and multiple gardens sprawling with tropical flowers and plants meant their dream was finally becoming a reality. The villa’s exclusive location also provided the privacy they were looking for to keep their wedding day intimate.
Keeping in mind their guests were traveling to the Whitsundays, Katie and Reece wanted to make sure everyone had an enjoyable getaway. So with the assistance of the Botanica Wedding’s team they organised activities and pre wedding dinner and drinks their guests could enjoy.
For the reception the couple held a sit down dinner for 50 guests. They wanted to create a family dinner atmosphere that was personal and intimate, ensuring they were able to spend time with each of their guests. Even though it was hard to keep the numbers down, Katie said it was the quality time with all of their guests that made it worth it.
Katie and Reece honeymooned in Bali travelling to renowned hotspots Ubud, Seminyak, Legian and Nusa Dua.
When asked why they chose Botanica Weddings Katie and Reece said it was, “the assistance offered throughout the planning process and amazing service and support from all of the staff” that cemented their decision to choose Botanica Weddings.
Congratulations Katie & Reece!
Photography: Luke Middlemiss
Ceremony & Reception Location: Villa Botanica
Wedding Coordinator: Gemma Garner, Botanica Weddings
Brides Bouquet and Men’s Buttonholes: Flower Hut, Airlie Beach QLD
Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: Just Fake It Bouquets
Wedding Rings, Bride’s Earrings: Designed and made by Jewellery By Design, Townsville QLD
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander Design, Fairytales Bridal Boutique Nunawading, VIC
Cake: Sweet Ideas, Airlie Beach QLD
Celebrant: Donna Fornasiero, Ceremonies out of the Blue, Airlie Beach QLD