Toni-Leigh and Ben’s courtship, wedding and honeymoon all took place in and around the Whitsundays. It is a story of romance, beginning with a chance meeting at a bar for a dress up party. Toni-Leigh, being a nurse, didn’t have to really dress up to fit the theme of doctors and nurses so it was a spur of the moment decision to go and one that led her to meeting to future husband. After exchanging numbers with Ben, it wasn’t until several months later that their romance began.
Ben proposed to Toni-Leigh over a candlelit dinner with champagne and pink roses. There was a card inside the bouquet of roses that read ‘Will you marry me?’ and of course Toni-Leigh said yes!
For the wedding, Toni-Leigh had her own surprise card planned for Ben as four days prior to their wedding she found out that she was expecting their first bundle of joy. Her card read, ‘I can’t wait to marry you. P.S. You are going to be a daddy.’ Toni-Leigh included this card within a gift box that she had made for Ben and their wedding photographer captured Ben’s look of pure joy the moment he opened it.
The romance and elegance continued for the Whitsundays wedding. Toni-Leigh chose soft white and pinks to compliment the natural beauty of Villa Botanica. Stumbling across Botanica Weddings while looking through a friends wedding photos, Toni-Leigh instantly knew it was the place she wanted to spend her special day. A very memorable moment for Toni-Leigh was having her grandfather (who had flown out from South Africa on his first trip overseas and whom she hadn’t seen in ten years) walk her down the aisle.
Living in Mackay, meant a Whitsundays wedding was a perfect choice for Toni-Leigh and Ben. They wanted their guests who were travelling to be able to combine the wedding with a holiday, so after the wedding they spent a week on Hamilton Island with friends and family continuing the celebrations. Afterwards Toni-Leigh and Ben enjoyed some time alone together in Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove.
Congratulations Toni-Leigh and Ben. Let the romance continue!
Married 24 October 2015.
“A special thank you goes to Tanya (wedding coordinator) who was absolutely amazing planning my dream wedding” – Toni-Leigh & Ben
Venue: Villa Botanica
Wedding Planner: Botanica Weddings
Celebrant: Donna Fornaserio
Florist: The Flower Hut
Decorator: I Do Events Whitsundays
Jeweller: Michael Hill Jeweller
Dress: Anna Campbell Bridal
Cake Maker: Sweet Ideas
Hair and Makeup: Amanda Fearn
DJ: Ben Marsh
Transport: Whitsunday Transit