Katie and Reece

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

Judy and Huy

Fireworks exploded when Judy and Huy were brought back together by fate. What followed was a destination wedding dreams are made of and a blissful honeymoon in Thailand and Vietnam.

Judy and Huy might have spent their first birthday together but it wasn’t until their parents reconnected many years later that their bond sparked into something more. And spark it did one New Year’s Eve when Huy convinced Judy their two beloved dogs had escaped, then as Huy led Judy to the park near by, she began to notice the whispers of people surrounding her. Just as the clock struck midnight Huy proposed, the fireworks exploded and Judy could see they were surrounded by their friends and family.

Judy and Huy’s mutual love for the Whitsundays, namely its tropical weather, relaxed atmosphere and stunning scenery meant a Whitsundays destination wedding was their obvious choice.

It was important to the couple that their destination wedding was unique and intimate and when they saw Villa Botanica, they knew it was the venue for them. Villa Botanica encompasses vast tropical gardens, a beachfront luxury villa and Australia’s largest private cactus collection, allowing guests to enjoy multiple locations and of course the bride and groom to have the ultimate collection of wedding photos.

Judy’s classic wedding dress with lace detailing was handmade by a seamstress Judy sought out after making a dress for a friend. The groomsmen wore light grey suits and the bridesmaids dressed in peach and coral dresses.

Congratulations Judy & Huy
Married 2/05/2016

Venue: Villa Botanica, Airlie Beach
Photographer: Iconic Bride Photography
Videographer: Paper Cranes
Hair and Make Up: Amanda Fearn, Whitsundays Wedding Hair
Décor: The Event Company
Flowers: Flower Hut
Cake: Sweat Ideas
Celebrant: Donna, Ceremonies Out of The Blue