What a grand idea! A relaxed wedding celebration over three days in a tropical paradise in the Whitsunday group of islands off the north Queensland coast.
Paul and Kim”s relatives and close family friends fly into the airport right on Hamilton Island. Within minutes, we are comfortably ensconced in our cliffside apartments among the gum trees with stunning views out over the sea.
|Virgin Blue gets me to Hamilton Island from Sydney in a 2 hour non-stop flight.
|What an opener! – The view out to sea from my bedroom in Shore Line apartments on the windward side of the island.|
Time for lunch – and what better than fish and chips with the Alexanders down by the marina with the Australian native cockatoos and lorikeets looking on.
Come sunset we hop in our electric cars and drive up to the look-out to join Paul and Kim and the other guests for a glass of champagne while we watch the sun dipping into the sea.
|Kim”s sister Cassandra, dad Bob, and friend Lloyd|
|Paul and Kim “not nervous at all”?|
|My sister Anne and Trevor, Michael, brother Mark and Jenny|
THE WEDDING DAY – 4th August 2010
All Saints Chapel is perched beautifully on a hill overlooking the sea – an idyllic spot in the late afternoon for all of us to witness Paul and Kim exchange their marriage vows. Father Bill comes across from the mainland to officiate.
|Father of the groom, Bob Alexander|
|Paul (looking every bit like my late sister Cathie”s son), and Uncle Michael|
|Kim with her two sisters, Cassandra and Kirsten, and her father Bob|
|Paul and Kim with his dad Bob, and his brother Dan and his wife Kellie ready to toast the union|