I DO: Weddings carry on despite restrictions on numbers
WEDDNGS are a significant industry for the Whitsundays with an estimated 1,000 weddings taking place in the region every year.
Since weddings were limited to five people by the government, due to coronavirus restrictions, things have been difficult but not impossible for the industry.
Many couples have opted to soldier on with just the celebrant, each other, and two witnesses who are required by law.
One canny couple chose to make their photographer the witness as well, to double up on roles and get some beautiful shots at the same time.
Nadine Kemp, from Nadine Kemp Photography, said she was honoured to witness such a beautiful moment when Tiffany and Rory were married at the Cane Cutters Cottage, Woodwark, on Sunday, April 5.
"They simply couldn't wait to get married," Ms Kemp said.
"So they went ahead with the wedding in an intimate and emotional ceremony, on Sunday, and the celebration and party will happen next year.
"Covid-19 may have altered their original plans but their marriage plans remained exactly the same.
"As an industry, we are saying to people, Don't cancel, postpone the wedding instead.
"This means the business will still come to Whitsundays' wedding suppliers, who are mostly small businesses.
"Most couples are already choosing to postpone until 2021, so we are left with minimal Saturday dates available for new bookings and are asking people to please consider a wedding during the week.
"This way they can keep their favourite vendors, who are already booking up for Saturdays in 2021."
Suzette Pelt, owner of the Whitsunday Heritage Cane Cutters Cottage, said the secluded venue was a perfect venue for scaled-down weddings that met "all the rules" due to coronavirus.
"It is in a perfect location to hold a quiet wedding ceremony meeting the COVID19 rules when full wedding plans have had to be abandoned," she said.
"There are lush, tropical gardens as the backdrop, with a classic Queensland heritage cottage to make it a ceremony to cherish."
President of industry group Weddings Whitsundays Debbie Savy said the wedding industry was great in a crisis and was dealing with coronavirus the way it had with every crisis - with compassion, support and professionalism.
"Deposits are being honoured, and weddings are being postponed and re-booked for later this year and next year," she said.
"We are asking couples to help us by rescheduling their weddings to take place on Sundays through to Thursdays for availability, and we're assisting with couples who wish to downsize to elopements.
"We're all living in hope that there will be some normality in time for peak wedding season, which really ramps up in August. But, like the rest of the world we're just taking things day by day."
The local wedding vendors for Tiffany and Rory's Big Day were Nadine Kemp Photography, One2 Productions (videography), That Nice Celebrant, White Lily Couture (gown), Angels Alterations, I.D. dezine (suit), Starcut Flowers and Olivia Tass (hair).