When Riana Casinella saw Lure’s Facebook post with the title ‘Win your dream wedding’ how could she resist giving the competition a go?
Riana & Adrian’s story
Meeting via telephone through mutual friends in Airlie Beach, this young couple were not to know the adventure their lives together would take them on. Whilst Adrian was working away on the Gold Coast the couple cemented their friendship, like many modern couples, chatting on social media and via text message, slowly realizing they had more in common than initially thought. Meeting in person for the first time during a night out in Airlie Beach, the couple starting dating. Being a man of the sea, Adrian then embarked on a fishing charter for several weeks with no phone reception, it was during this time apart that Riana realized how much he meant to her. Deciding to join Adrian for his birthday in Cairns was the catalyst for Riana to quit her job in Airlie, pack her bags and head to Cairns crew with Adrian on the commercial boat he was working on. Months of working together in close quarters followed, with travel around the top end of Australia and across the South Pacific cementing their love for each other. Bound by a sense of adventure and a love of the sea, the couple have been inseparable ever since.
Being an adventurous couple, Adrian had a plan for the big proposal, which involved a day out boating in the Whitsundays and a hike to the highest peak in the Whitsunday islands. Adrian timed his adventure perfectly watching the weather for weeks until the right day came. Taking their boat to Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island, the couple hiked to the top of the peak and that was then when Adrian popped the question! A few tears, lots of photos and a bottle of champagne to celebrate the happy couple were now officially engaged.
When Riana saw the Lure’s Facebook post about winning a dream wedding in the Whitsundays, she knew they had to enter. Being selected as one of four couples for the first round, all four couples were invited to Airlie Beach for a weekend to showcase what their dream wedding at Lure would be like. Meeting stylists, wedding planners, venue organisers as well as filming a 5 minute video on why they deserved to win, Riana and Adrian rallied the support of their colleagues, friends and locals to secure the most votes in stage two of the competition. The winner was announced on 30 Sept and we have a feeling that Riana and Adrian have not stopped smiling since!
Having met in the Whitsundays and both now have worked in the region for several years, the couple have made the Whitsundays home. The nautical theming at Lure fits with their lifestyle and the couple feel that being married at Abell Point Marina perfectly represents their journey and future together. Being originally from Tasmania, Riana longs to bring her family and friends to the Whitsundays to show them all why they have chosen this stunning destination and a life with boats as their home.
With a tight knit group of family and friends primed to experience the Whitsundays at its finest, the team at Lure are delighted to assist Riana and Adrian in having the wedding of their dream at this stunning water-front venue in October 2017.
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