Best job Ben marries on Dent
"THE vista of a Whitsundays sunset is just beautiful and this is one of the most iconic places in the world."
These were the words of Ben Southall when asked why he and Sophee McPhee chose Dent Island for their wedding on the weekend.
Mr Southall, who became famous when he took on the "best job in the world" to be the caretaker of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef in 2009, still promotes Queensland and Australia through his work with Tourism Queensland and Tourism Australia.
British born, he beat 36,000 applicants from around the world to land the job.
At the Whitsunday Tourism Awards on Daydream Island two years ago, Ben was the special guest as master of ceremonies and it was on that night that he met his future bride Sophee McPhee.
The couple returned to the Whitsundays last week and were married on Dent Island with the reception at the Hamilton Island Golf Clubhouse.
More than 100 guests watched Ms McPhee arrive by helicopter, landing on the fairway of the 5th hole.
The non-traditional wedding saw the bride's mother, godfather and a close family friend as her 'bridespeople', and the groom's three close friends as his groomsmen.
At the reception, in another non-traditional twist, the first dance took place with the bride dressing her husband in Australian paraphernalia as a comical celebration to welcome her British born husband to the country.
The couple enjoyed the weekend at qualia and will honeymoon on a round the world trip next year.
They now live in Brisbane.