Evan turned to me excitedly, pointed south and said “On a clear day you can see Mount Warning from here”. Katya tells me, Evan says this every time they come to North Stradbroke Island either alone or with friends and every time it makes her smile. As we walked further around Point Lookout we notice a large sea turtle in the cove below coming up for air. This is just one of many magical moments on North Stradbroke Island, the stunning location for Evan and Katya’s wedding celebration
Evan and Katya’s wedding, just like their relationship, was full of family and friends and so one day together would simply never be enough. The celebrations began therefore in the days leading up to the wedding with guests flying in from all over Australia and the globe. Guests had the luxury of the location and quality time with the gorgeously in love couple to celebrate this life changing event.
The wedding was quiet and relaxed, away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland with beautiful beaches and breath taking sunsets.
The night before the wedding the 80 strong group gathered at the nearby park for iconic North Straddie fish and chips. As the sun dropped behind the trees and the light began to fade, the hum of the group continued, it was clear no one as in hurry for the night to end.
The next morning Evan and the groomsmen head out for a surf followed by a hearty breakfast at the local cafe. In the meantime Katya herself gets up early and heads out for a run to take in the island surroundings and prepare for the day ahead. They had rented two houses side by side on the island to stay close to each other whilst enjoying a wedding tradition.
I was like a kid back in school ferrying notes between the houses as the anticipation and excitement grew.
Time ticked by and guests began to make their way to the beach in time for the ceremony situated at the waters edge. The scene was set with the waves rolling in behind them as they wed. On either side great walls of rock looked down upon the driftwood style arbour and the vintage wooden chairs of their ceremony area.
Gracefully stepping onto the beach barefoot, Katya looked incredible in a stunning a Grace Loves Lace dress, her wide smile contagious amongst the crowd as she stepped closer to her groom. Monty King the celebrant, a close friend of the couple took no time in welcoming guests and inviting them to witness the magical moment of the marriage of Evan and Katya. The ceremony was full of love, laughs and personal advice from family and friends.
The wedding continued with copious amounts of fun, emotional speeches, tributes to those that couldn't be there, and culminated with uninhibited and energetic dancing set to songs from a live band revealing the couples love for festivals and live music.
Venue: Point Lookout Surf Club
Wedding Planner: Stradbroke Island Events
Celebrant : Monty King
Gown: Grace Loves Lace
Make Up: Hayley Wilson Creative
Flowers: Flowers by Serena
Caterer: Ashleigh Hays
Cake: Samantha Peterson