Hi and welcome to Ocean Weddings & Events blog! A place for me to share my thoughts on all wedding and event related issues. Somewhere where you can come and have a read, get ideas and leave your own comments or opinions. As a starter I thought I would just introduce who I am and why I decided to start Ocean Weddings & Events.
I grew up in the UK and always had a passion for everything ocean! With the chilly climate I found myself out of the country where possible searching for beautiful warm beaches. My first solo travel took me to the spectacular islands of Fiji where I completed my Open Water scuba diving course and I was hooked! Over the course of the next two years I spent 7 months in Thailand and finally completed my Scuba Diving Instructor course in September 2007. From then on I travelled from paradise to paradise working and diving as much as I could until I washed up on the sunny shores of Cairns/Port Douglas in June 2010.
Everyone said when you go to Australia you will never leave and they were spot on! I had found the perfect life, a tropical paradise, with the Great Barrier Reef on one side and the Daintree Rainforest on the other. Then along came Rian to complete the picture. A true blue Ozzie, born on the Gold Coast with the same passion for life and adventure as me. Our relationship started as humble room mates before turning into a whirlwind romance that saw us say “I do” on the beautiful beach in Palm Cove in May 2011 and setting up home in Port Douglas.
After working as a dive instructor for over 8 years I made the decision to hang up my mask and fins and head into the office. Still working in the industry I loved, I took sales and marketing positions for several well known reef tour operators. During this time I found myself rubbing shoulders with tourism boards, accommodation owners, restaurants managers, other tour operators and all manner of event related business’s. So when I fell into the role of Business Events Sales Executive I knew I had found a new passion.
The control freak, attention to detail nerd that I am meant being in charge of every aspect of a clients event left me with a feeling of ultimate satisfaction. Just like taking guests for their first ever scuba dive on the reef, seeing their happy faces and knowing what I did contributed to that gives me the best high! I am a stickler for the small details and going the extra mile is built in to who I am. I treat every event like it is my own.
With that drive and passion I felt I had more to offer and along came Ocean Weddings & Events. A place to call my own and be able to offer all matter of services to clients looking for something extra special - all the while still getting my feet wet and going for a scuba dive whenever I can!