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Gold Coast Weddings – Melanie & Paul

Flashback to a beautiful summer’s day on the 20th of December 2013, when the lovely Melanie & Paul were wed at our Gold Coast Weddings venue, An Island Hideaway…

Melanie and Paul caught each other’s eye from across a crowded room on a night out in the city. Melanie says, “I knew I couldn’t leave the bar until I spoke to him”, “I was drawn to him, so I went and stood near him and we started chatting. After chatting for a few minutes my friend came over to tell me that we had to leave so I gave this man I hardly knew my phone number and left. That very night I received a call from him asking to catch up and take me on a date, I knew from that night on that there was something very special about this man and I needed him in my life”.

The Proposal

The Proposal happened when we were on a holiday in Bali, it was a beautiful balmy night and Paul suggested that we take a walk along the beach. I had no idea what was coming, he got down on one knee and asked me, I was shocked but managed to get the ‘YES!’ out eventually.

Location: Why did you choose An Island Hideaway?

It was time to plan a wedding and we had recently moved to Queensland so we were searching for Gold Coast Weddings and we stumbled across and An Island Hideaway’s website. We went on a bridal cruise to view the venue and fell in LOVE! We booked our wedding in that night and then everything else fell into place…

Gold Coast Weddings


Colours and Theme

Our theme was a relaxed beach style wedding; we had simple decorations, mainly white with a touch of pastel blue and yellow. We chose to have a wedding quote which was ‘All the roads lead to you’. This was written on our invites and on chalk boards around the venue on the day.

Gold Coast Weddings

Who Wore What?

Melanie wore a beautiful Ivory lace gown by Allure Bridal which was covered in Swarovski crystal beading; it had a v-neckline and also had a scooping low back. She wore strappy heels with Swarovski crystals across the toes. Melanie’s veil was a very long and made of soft ivory tulle by two of her sisters; Adele and Lisa. Melanie kept the jewellery simple with a nice pair of chandelier beaded earrings, wearing her hair in loose curls pinned up with a beaded headpiece.

Melanie has 4 amazing sisters; Adele, Lisa, Linda and Kristy who were all bridesmaids. They wore a light blue maxi dress by Mambosa with crystal embellished sandals by Zu.

Paul had his brother Al, cousin Jase and two mates Josh and Liam as his groomsmen. The groomsmen wore grey suit pants with a matching vest and a white shirt. Paul wore the same with a matching suit jacket.

Gold Coast Weddings

 The Ceremony

Sharing their wedding day with 60 of their closest family members and friends, Melanie and Paul decided to hand write personal vows to be kept as a surprise for each other on the day. Paul & Melanie professed their love under an arbour, framed by trees and the water’s edge; the couple were married on An Island Hideaway’s northern beach landing.

Gold Coast Weddings

The Reception

We had a cocktail style reception to try and keep it more casual. We had dry bars scattered around the reception room decorated with sand filled fish bowls with tea light candles to stick with our beach theme.

The menu was a cocktail style food catered by An Island Hideaway’s resident chef, which our guests loved!

The wedding cake was a chocolate mud cake made by Whipped Cake Co which was covered in white fondant icing, wrapped with lace and topped with flowers to match the bouquets.

Our bridal waltz / first dance was to Everlong by the Foo Fighters, it’s a song that we listened to a lot when we first and we both love it. We had Nuthin Betta for our entertainment for the night and they were fantastic. They double as musicians and DJs.

We loved every second of the day.

Gold Coast Weddings

The Finer Details

Ceremony & Reception – An Island Hideaway

Wedding Consultant – Michele Del Bianco (An Island Hideaway)

Celebrant – Gary Taylor (AIH recommended)

Photography – Deanne Keefe (AIH recommended)

Wedding Dress – Allure Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses – Mambosa

Shoes – Betts

Groom & Groomsmen – Peter Jackson

Wedding Rings – Designed by Melanie & Paul and custom made by Filigree Jewelry in Melbourne

Hair & Makeup – Melanie’s sister, Lisa

Invitations – Designed by Melanie’s sister

Flowers – Eufloria (AIH recommended)

Entertainment – Nuthin Betta (AIH recommended)

Wedding Cake – Whipped Cake Co

Bonbonnieres – White love heart shaped mints in little bride and groom boxes from Ebay


If you would like more information about our Gold Coast Weddings venue, please contact us here.

Destination Wedding Gold Coast – Kristy & Stephen

On Friday 28 February, 2014 the lovely Kristy and Stephen celebrated their Destination Wedding Gold Coast at An Island Hideaway, located on South Stradbroke Island.

How do you and your guests get to an island for your Destination Wedding Gold Coast and who organises it?

An Island Hideaway will organise all of your transportation needs to South Stradbroke Island and back to the mainland of the Gold Coast, as well as many other details relating to your wedding day.

Stephen and his grooms men enjoyed a thrilling speedboat ride over to our island paradise on his wedding day – a very popular way to go for the guys. Otherwise there’s a helicopter, seaplane (for either the ladies or the gents), or for the adrenaline junkies there’s a fully enclosed jet boat that can zoom over to the ocean-side for some wave jumping before arriving to An Island Hideaway in style!

For the guests, there is a privately chartered vessel to take them from A to B via the calm Broadwater. In most of our wedding packages, the main guest vessel is a package inclusion, so there’s one less thing you have to think about. For more intimate weddings, we have a variety of vessels to choose from, depending on your guest numbers and your budget.

For the bride there are also a few different travel options. If you’re after something simple, you could choose a private water taxi to take you and your bridesmaids over to the island ahead of time to relax, enjoy some champagne and take in the surroundings before your groom and guests arrive. We have a comfortable, air-conditioned bridal change room for those last minute touches. Other transport options include a seaplane, helicopter, or luxury catamaran – all great choices.

Photography by Affordable Wedding Photography.

If you would like to know more about our Destination Wedding Gold Coast, please contact us here.


Destination Wedding Gold Coast

Destination Wedding Gold Coast

Destination Wedding Gold Coast

Destination Wedding Gold Coast

Destination Wedding Gold Coast

Destination Wedding Gold Coast


Wedding Venue Gold Coast – Lisa & Elvis

Looking for a Wedding Venue Gold Coast?

An Island Hideaway specialises in weddings with a difference, delivering a day to be remembered for ever.

The beauty of our Wedding Venue Gold Coast is that everything is at your fingertips.

Let us organise your transport to An Island Hideaway where you will then have your ceremony at one of our four different ceremony locations and continue the celebrations in our reception room, fully set up and decorated as per your choosing.

Take advantage of the array of natural landscapes for your photographs… From the lush bushland of the untouched South Stradbroke Island National Park, to the wide open beach with the Gold Coast skyline as your backdrop, and the breathtaking sunset overlooking the calm Broadwater.

Our venue is not just about its natural beauty it is also about delivering exceptional service. Our dedicated team is here to look after you and ensure all of your wants and needs are met for the most important day of your life from the moment your book your wedding up to your special day.

We work very closely with and can recommend various suppliers such as entertainment, celebrants, photographers, stationery, hair, make up and more to help make your wedding planning process as stress free as possible.

Check out some photos from Lisa and Elvis’ wedding day on Thursday, 10 April 2014. The happy couple were married in our beach side chapel overlooking the Broadwater with 78 of their closest family and friends. A great night was had by all!

Photography by Diana Wakeham at Affordable Wedding Photography.

If you would like to learn more about our Wedding Venue Gold Coast, please contact us here.

Wedding Venue Gold Coast

Wedding Venue Gold Coast

Wedding Venue Gold Coast

Wedding Venue Gold Coast

Wedding Venue Gold Coast

Wedding Venue Gold Coast

Wedding Venue Gold Coast

Wedding Venue Gold Coast


Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue – Jannica & David

On Saturday, 7 June 2014, a perfect winters day, the vibrant couple Jannica and David celebrated at our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue, An Island Hideaway, and boy, did they celebrate in style!

Jannica, her three gorgeous bridesmaids and her excitedly nervous father travelled on the luxury vessel, Newhaven, to make her grand entrance. It was picture perfect as they stepped off the boat and graced their way down the aisle to our open air beach side chapel where David and all of the guests were waiting to begin the ceremony.

After the beautiful ceremony, it was time for the reception. Our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue room was very tropical with sand, hurricane vases and colourful frangipanis scattered on the tables which complimented Jannica’s theme wonderfully.

No expense was spared as Jannica and David went for our Deluxe Set menu complete with pre-dinner canapés, and a delicious three course meal which was thoroughly enjoyed by our couple.

Jannica and David then had their first dance and surprised everyone with a salsa dance which they had secretly been learning! They did an awesome job and looked like they had a great time. And the talents did not stop there; David also serenaded his new wife, playing a lovely song on his guitar.

Our newlyweds and all of their guests danced the night away at our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue to the live band, Knights of Columbus, before being farewelled at the end of the night through a sparkler tunnel with all of their guests.

Congratulations to the lovely Jannica & David!

If you would like to know more about our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue, please contact us here.

Photography by Brides Best Friend Photography.

Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue

Gold Coast Wedding Ceremony Venue

Gold Coast Beach Wedding


Gold Coast Beach Wedding

Gold Coast Beach Wedding

Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue

Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue


Gold Coast Ceremony Venue

The stunning Carrie and Nikos tied the knot at our Gold Coast Ceremony Venue, An Island Hideaway on Sunday, 9 March 2014.

Their tropical vintage style wedding ceremony took place in our open air beach side chapel, which overlooks the picturesque Broadwater.

Once Carrie and Nikos had said their “I do’s” they made it official and signed their marriage certificates in our Balinese style hut which features a lovely pond as the backdrop, complete with floating lily pads.

Carrie and Nikos were a featured wedding couple on The Knot! Check out their photos and experiences from the day here.

Our Gold Coast Ceremony Venue won the Australian Bridal Industry Award for Queensland’s Best Ceremony Venue in 2013 and 2010 and was a finalist for the award in 2012, 2011 and 2009 – 2006.

If you would like to know more about our Gold Coast Ceremony Venue, please contact us here

Photography by Molly Dunn & Dwayne Olsen.

Gold Coast Beach Wedding

Gold Coast Ceremony Venue

Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue

If you are looking for a unique and stress free Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue, then look no further than An Island Hideaway.

An Island Hideaway is located on the Gold Coast’s South Stradbroke Island among four acres of lush National Park and secluded beaches.

But we are not just a Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue; you can also choose to be married at one of our four beautiful ceremony locations.

The beauty of An Island Hideaway is that from your ceremony to your reception (and just about everything in between), all is taken care of by our experienced and dedicated wedding coordinators.

We are here to help your plan your wedding day each step of the way and we can recommend a variety of different suppliers to save you the hassle of shopping around.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue or contact us here to make an inquiry.

Video created by the wonderful, Motion Art Cinematography.

Gold Coast Wedding

On Saturday, the 10th of May Jessica and Darren celebrated their Gold Coast Wedding at An Island Hideaway, our award winning wedding venue located on the Gold Coast’s South Stradbroke Island.

The vibrant couple said their “I do’s” in our beach side chapel along with 75 of their closest family and friends. Once they had tied the knot in their beautiful ceremony, it was time to take advantage of An Island Hideaway’s picturesque surroundings and capture some photos of their unforgettable day. Below you will see some stunning beach side shots – a must have for any Gold Coast Wedding.

Once the formalities of the speeches and cake-cutting had taken place, it was time to hit the dance floor! Our good friends from Heilani Productions presented Jess, Darren and all of their guests with a wonderful performance of traditional Polynesian dancing and fire twirling. A great way to get the party started!

Congratulations and best wishes to Jess & Darren!

Photographs supplied by Love and Water Photography.

If you would like to know more about our Gold Coast Wedding Venue, please contact us here.











Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue – Bridal Expo!

You’ve been on the website, you’ve looked at the photos, and now you want to come and have a look at our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue for yourself?

Our Sunset Bridal Expo on Sunday the 6th of July is the perfect opportunity to come and visit our beautiful island paradise!

Not only will you be able to see our Gold Coast Wedding Reception Venue, you will be able to meet our preferred suppliers, you can try our gourmet canapés and complimentary beverages, and be entertained by two of our fabulous entertainment options – DJ NikNat and Dr Love.

If you would like to enjoy a fantastic Sunday afternoon and experience what An Island Hideaway has to offer, please contact us here to book your place on our Sunset Bridal Cruise now!

2014 Bridal Expo Flyer - An Island Hideaway