Author: Donna Fornasiero
The weekend before last I was lucky enough to be part of a wonderful personal wedding at Peppers Palm Bay. 4 people in total which included the bride and groom. The couple had hired a bare boat to sail the Whitsundays and picked up an outside mooring to perform their wedding on the boat. The reason we were so far out on the mooring was they had hired a Scottish bag piper ‘Mick’ (who owns a cane farm out at prossie!) to pipe the bride to the boat as she arrived via the resort boat. Now weddings on boats are not uncommon but the logistics of organising one as such as even a small one can be quite involved! ……Please …..potential couples with visions of boats as their ceremony venue…yes..this is very romantic…..but please take into account the weather! The weather this day was all over the shop which is not unusual in April!
Lovely bride had hair and makeup done in one of the bungalows and the groom got ready on the boat with his best man. Mick the bagpiper and I went to the boat to await the arrival of the bride. The weather in the meantime as I gazed down the passage between the islands was brewing into a thick squall that was moving fast towards the boat! And there was no way I could tell Justin Heitman from blue turtle video productions who was waiting patiently for the bride to walk down the beach……Justin tells me later he looked behind him and was O#* and got footage as the boat disappeared completely from the rain! I in the meantime was watching a bride start walking down the beach and then start running for cover! Thankfully Bretto the harbour master took everybody out to the boat in the undercover resort boat, not quite the long boat planed but drier trust me!
Mick piped the bride onto the boat and we proceeded as planed with the ceremony on the very wet small space under cover on the back deck. All in all the couple and their friends made this wedding very pleasantly possible, and with much laughing and a lot of love and ‘scotch whisky’ and ‘Scottish dancing’ to our piper a wonderful ceremony was achieved !