Dear readers, we have a sweet tropical treat for you today! Jeff and I recently had the great pleasure of travelling up to far north Queensland with Adrienne and Danny for their beyond fabulous destination elopement wedding! We’ve travelled to Queensland many times and we just loovvee it, so of course we were thrilled to join the fun up in the beautiful, ancient Daintree Rainforest. Adrienne and Danny chose to have their private ceremony and getaway at the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa, a quiet 45 minute drive north of Port Douglas, past sugar cane fields and through the trees into the thick Daintree Rainforest. The small resort is tucked away in its own pocket of rainforest, and feels very private and relaxed. The staff are super friendly and their restaurant is divine! Adrienne looked incredibly relaxed when we arrived, having already spent several days in the resort and getting pampered in the spa.
The Daintree Eco Lodge features a lovely open-air restaurant over a small lake filled with fish… and a giant eel that we spotted! What beautiful surroundings.
Adrienne just couldn’t decide on her shoes, and so she had two fabulous pairs of gold heels to choose from! I loved them both too!
The bride’s bouquet was definitely one of the most unique we’ve seen this year and probably my personal favourite. The native tropical wildflowers and orchids were just divine, and I loved the asymmetrical shape!
Danny’s boutonniere featured the same beautiful pink and purple orchids and miniature yellow orchids. I love tropical flowers!
To maintain a touch of surprise before their first look, Danny had to stay outside, relaxing in the open-air restaurant and listening to some tunes while waiting for his bride.
Back inside their treetop hideaway, our bride was looking absolutely beautiful!
Rebecca-Jane from Studio Eclipse did a great job on Adrienne’s hair and makeup. Didn’t she look gorgeous?
Adrienne chose this amazing silky wedding gown. I can’t think of a more perfect dress for the setting!
And that ring… jaw-droppingly beautiful!
Danny also chose a very unique groom’s look—his linen suit was perfect for the warm climate and we loved the blue jacket!
Looking very handsome, Danny!
Back inside, our bride was nearly ready. Wow, was this dress perfect for Adrienne or what?
Just flawless… gorgeous!
It was time for Danny to get his first glimpse of his wife-to-be all dolled up. Despite the relaxed nature of their affair, Danny was getting butterflies in his stomach as Adrienne approached.
We took a step back to capture this lovely intimate moment between them.
Danny had the sweetest reaction when he saw his bride for the first time in her gown and veil. Soo sweet!
They may have been eloping, but a quick Skype session with each of their families was in order! Despite a slightly patchy connection in the middle of the rainforest, we got through and their very happy families wished them well. Technology is amazing!
We had a short pleasant hike through the rainforest up to the lodge’s own waterfall for their private ceremony.
The ceremony site was decorated with more gorgeous tropical blooms.
The lovely Natasha Kolloshe officiated their very personal ceremony on this tree-top platform, with a small waterfall trickling behind them.
Adrienne and Danny wrote the most beautiful and touching vows for one another, vows they kept secret until the big day. This photographer will admit her eyes behind the camera were trickling just like that waterfall by the end of these vows!
Adrienne and Danny’s family members each wrote something special for their celebrant to read to them during their ceremony. Adrienne’s mother wrote an especially touching poem.
Yay! Congratulations Adrienne and Danny!
Being the only witnesses to their marriage, we had the honour and privilege to sign on their marriage certificates! After making everything official, it was time for some celebratory glasses of bubbly.
Another quick Skype session to announce the happy news was a must!
Next it was time for a wander through the rainforest…
The scenery was so dramatic and lush… LOVE!
The endless, tangled mess of the rainforest is fascinating and beautiful to me. Maybe it’s something about my shared Palm Springs origins with Adrienne and Danny that is why I love this scenery as much as they do… it’s just so different to what we grew up with!
I can’t get over how gorgeous Adrienne looked in her gown in this incredible scenery!
Next, Adrienne and Danny decided to take a quick drive down to nearby Wonga Beach for a few more photos.
Adrienne’s floor-length veil looked amazing in the breeze.
Back at the Eco Lodge, we shared a celebratory drink with the newlyweds, and then left Adrienne and Danny to enjoy a private, romantic dinner for two at a secluded table surrounded by tiki torches in the rainforest and under the stars. What amazing ambiance!
Congratulations again, Adrienne and Danny! We were so delighted to have been a part of your wedding. Thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of this special day in your lives, in a very special part of the world. We wish you all the best as your continue your journey as life partners. Friends and family of Adrienne and Danny, leave a note for the happy couple below! We’d also love to know what you think of the photos!