The Love Story

After growing up in Walgett, Western NSW, Ruby relocated to Rockhampton to study agriculture. Just 3 weeks after moving, she met the soon-to-be love of her life, Nic. It was only fitting that the pair (after both coming from agricultural backgrounds) met at a Campdraft in a small country town in Queensland. 

The pair spent two years commuting a lengthy 5-hour car trip between Rockhampton, where Ruby was studying, and Nic’s property, before getting engaged and booking their wedding.

The Venue

Located in the heart of the Whitsundays, the gorgeous venue that played host to the couple’s special day is known as the Earlando. The cattleyard combines the best of the country and the coast, being the perfect venue for this couple to start their forever together.  After a beautiful ceremony on a hill overlooking the Great Barrier Reef, the couple and their 165 guests moved down to the waterfront for their reception under the fairy lights and tropical Queensland night sky.

The Vibe

Ruby and Nic chose to have a black tie wedding, incorporating elegance with rustic elements inspired by their rural upbringings. The naked wood furniture paired with fresh florals and candles achieved the couple’s goal of minimalistic elegance. 

The bride stepped outside the traditional white wedding dress and wore a gorgeous beige Babushka Ballerina top and skirt set, covered in delicate pink floral details, while the bridesmaids wore sage green dresses from Shona Joy that tied in perfectly with the natural surroundings of the venue. 

3 long timber table settings were lined with olive leaves and candles, with fairy lights adding an extra magical touch to the evening reception. After the formalities concluded, the couple and their guests enjoyed the open bar and danced the night away to the couple’s band of choice, who travelled all the way from the Gold Coast for the bride and groom’s big day.

Ruby could not recommend her destination wedding location highly enough for those on the hunt for a wedding destination.

Keep scrolling through to check out all the incredible shots from Ruby and Nic’s special day.


Photographer Jessica Turich Photography | Event Planning Plan My Wedding Whitsundays | Event Styling & Decor Azure Decorators | Floral Styling Sofi & Flora | Venue Earlando Whitsundays | Catering & Drinks Aquava Boutique Catering | Stationary Lea McGinnes | Entertainment Fat Albert Band | Wedding Gown Babushka Ballerina | Bridemaid’s Dresses Shona Joy | Suits Mark Bunt Menswear | Wedding Bands Millroy Jewellers 


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