Port Douglas Wedding: Maddie and Rob’s Tropical and Boho Luxe Celebration

Port Douglas Wedding Photography

Maddie + Rob's luxury destination wedding in tropical Port Douglas, QLD

Maddie and Rob's luxury destination wedding in Port Douglas began with a tranquil morning at Niramaya Villas and Spa, where the bridal party enjoyed serene preparations amidst lush surroundings. The couple exchanged vows at the charming St Mary's by the Sea, a picturesque chapel offering breathtaking ocean views. Guests then savored exquisite canapés at the historic Sugar Wharf, perfectly setting the scene for an elegant evening. The celebration culminated with a stunning reception at The Grotto, where everyone danced the night away in a uniquely enchanting setting.

Madison and Rob's wedding journey began with an unplanned yet memorable proposal. Madison recalls, "It was the start of a nine-week holiday around the world." Their first stop was the USA, where they drove to the top of Mount Tamalpais. "The winding roads made me car sick, so we pulled over on the side of the mountain," adds Madison. "It was then that Rob decided to propose! Not everyone's fantasy proposal, but it was so very us—unplanned, raw, and something to have a chuckle about."

For their wedding, the couple wanted a location vastly different from Rob's hometown of Ireland. They chose the tropical paradise of Port Douglas. "What could be more different than a tropical destination? We had the first half of the reception on the water and the second among the trees in a privately owned garden that was a hidden oasis."

The wedding had a dual theme. "Pre-dinner drinks had a tropical luxe theme, and the dinner reception was boho luxe. I love creating, so a lot of it came from my own imagination and the spaces I got to work with," says Madison. Jess from Far North Tipi Co. was enlisted to style the wedding, and the couple highly recommends her. "She is incredibly talented with an eye for detail. Her husband also hand-made our tables and picnic tables for the wedding."

One of Madison's favorite parts of the day was the flowers, inspired by "a bunch of old, dried flowers I saw in a florist's bin." She also loved the personalized candle favors, "made by our beautiful friend James Miller," and the naked tipi with the picnic tables. "It was all so boho luxe," she adds.

Madison tried over 80 gowns before finding the perfect one, a process that took about nine months. Paired with Cushla Whiting rings, she looked stunning from head to toe.

Rob's speech was a highlight of the day. "He dedicated a song to his sister, who is disabled and couldn't make the flight from Ireland to Australia," Madison recalls. Being with our closest friends, having a party, and traveling from place to place was our favorite time. It was like a small group of our closest people having a little private party before we got to the big party."

Madison offers some candid advice for other couples. "Although it was an incredible day, we had a really hard lead-up with a lot of stress and uncertainty. It should be noted to other couples that sometimes it is not all fairy tales and happiness and excitement, and not to feel like you're the only ones who might be having a tough time in the lead-up."

Her final piece of wisdom is invaluable. "If you do things to make other people happy at the cost of what you both want, you will regret it. Weddings bring out the best and the worst in people. Just remember, you two are all that matters at the end of the day."

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