On June 14, 2013, at the fairtytale country wedding of Toriy Durkin and Graeme Brooks, 58 guests stepped off a scenic bus ride into another world.
Marvelling at its beauty, they’d arrived at the historic Paronella Park: an enchanted oasis south of Cairns, created in the 1930s by Spanish dreamer José Paronella.
Boasting lush tropical gardens, winding paths and majestic waterfalls, Toriy, 25 and Graeme, 26 were wowed by the park’s star attraction – a Spanish Castillo – the perfect backdrop before which to make their solemn promise on a warm winter’s day.
Earlier, Toriy and her bridal party had woken at first light to begin the preparations for the momentus event. The nearby farm-stay where they’d spent an excitable wedding day eve provided the first of many stunning backdrops for “amazing” photos by Azure Photography.
In honour of the country theme, Toriy’s white cowgirl boots got a look-in, partnered proudly with her Alfred Angelo satin and organza bridal gown. “I’ve always loved the country,” she says, “and wanted to incorporate a piece of me that everyone would remember.”
Graeme on the other hand cut a dashing figure in a black tail coat to “fit in with the elegance and history of Paronella Park,” explains the bride.
The bridesmaids’ royal blue chiffon and satin evening gowns were creations of Mr K and were a striking component of the event’s otherwise soft colour palette.
Toriy’s bouquet by I Do Flowers featured beautiful roses in pastel pink, ivory and champagne; feathers, and vintage lace.
Celebrant Wayne Rees officiated the nuptials in what was a “light and upbeat” ceremony.
To the couple’s surprise and delight, good friends Sinead and Hossam organised a surprise photo booth for the reception, held at Cairns Colonial Club Resort.
Photos courtesy of Azure Photography.
Bomboniere: Pink Frosting / Brides Accessories: Fletcher & Grace / Brides Gown: Alfred Angelo from Wedding World / Brides Shoes: Rhonda Refits / Bridesmaids Accessories: Fletcher & Grace / Bridesmaids Dresses: M K / Celebrant: Wayne Rees / Ceremony Venue: Paronella Park / Entertainment: Millennium Wedding DJs / Flowergirl Dress: Gumtree / Flowers: I Do Flowers / Grooms Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Hair: Rachael Gregory / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Rachael Gregory / Photobooth: Gift from guests / Photographer: Azure Photography / Reception Venue: Cairns Colonial Club Resort / Rings: Wallace & Bishop / Transport: Calypso Coaches / Venue Decor: DIY / Wedding Night Venue: Cairns Colonial Club Resort