Annie Grace Ceremonies

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Natalie and Brock’s Wedding – Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove

When I first started chatting with Natalie and Brock about their 2017 wedding, they hadn’t decided on a wedding venue.  They were searching for the perfect place to “seal the deal”.  They wanted their venue to accommodate both their ceremony and reception, plus reflect their style and personalities.  Many of their guests would also travelling from interstate and overseas, so they needed ample accommodation onsite or nearby.  After visiting multiple venues without success, they finally walked through the doors of Intercontinental’s Chapel and knew they had found the one.

What a stunning venue!  As a Celebrant, I visit many wedding venues and ceremony locations, and this one didn’t disappoint!

Let’s start with the chapel:

  • Floor to ceiling glass overlooking the water;
  • Ample seating for all of your guests (Natalie and Brock had just under 100 people);
  • Second level for your photographer and/or videographer to capture you from;
  • Styling is a breeze with multiple rows and space for floral arrangements;
  • Beautiful signing table at the top;
  • Fabulous acoustics and sound system to play your tunes (N.B Not a PA system*);
  • Stunning light;
  • Private room for the Groom and Groomsmen to wait in prior to the commencement of your ceremony
  • Golf buggies for the bridal party as transport to and from your wedding if staying onsite or nearby;
  • Elevated platform for you to stand on so all of your guests have the perfect view;
  • Lots of room for your Celebrant to move around and stay out of your “kiss” shot; and,
  • Plenty of space outside to mingle with guests after your ceremony.

Natalie and Brock had hired two AirBnB houses just opposite the Intercontinental, and checked in a couple of days before their wedding.  Brock and his Groomsmen got ready the morning of the wedding in one, and Natalie, her mother and the two Bridesmaids prepped themselves in the other.  Once everyone was ready to go, David (Wedding Planner Extraordinaire) and his team, picked everyone (in the bridal party) up in golf buggies (part of the service!!).  Most of the guests stayed at the Intercontinental, with a few finding other accommodation very close by.

After Natalie and Brock’s ceremony finished, guests either headed to The Veranda Bar for a drink, or headed back to their accommodation to refresh before the reception started.  The Veranda Bar is a mix of Hamptons and American log cabin styles and overlooks the magnificent pool – very relaxing (I had a delicious cheeky French Martini).  Staff were attentive and friendly also.

As the hotel grounds are so vast, Natalie and Brock, with the team from Just for Love Photography, didn’t have to leave the Intercontinental to get their photos.  They walked around the picturesque grounds, taking photos and having fun.

After a little drink, David (Wedding Planner) escorted all guests to pre-dinner drinks on the beautiful lawn just outside the reception space.  We were surrounded by tiki flame, heaters, and wait staff with trays of drinks and nibbles.  Guests were then told that the reception was about to start and to head inside.  Cue another breathtaking space with high ceilings, wooden fixtures, bar, dance floor, fireplace, and round tables stunningly set.

Drinks flowed, music played, and scrumptious food was served (I had the salmon entree, rib fillet for main, and moorish wedding cake by I Heart Cakes for dessert).  What a venue, what a day and what a couple!  Natalie and Brock’s wedding was one to remember!

If you are searching for an all inclusive, photographic, and practical venue that ticks all the boxes, the Intercontinental is one to consider.  I highly recommend speaking to David (Wedding Planner) and discussing your ideas, wants and needs when it comes to your wedding.  Working alongside David, his team, and the other incredible vendors (I’ll list them below), I can’t fault this venue or the other vendors involved.

Things to consider when booking the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove for your wedding:

  • If you are having a larger wedding (plus 40 guests) make sure your Celebrant has a PA system to use at the Chapel;
  • Tell guests that your ceremony starts 15 minutes before “kick off” – this gives them time to walk or golf buggie down to the chapel before your ceremony starts (grounds are large and they need a little more time to walk).

Vendors for Natalie and Brock’s Wedding:

Venue: @interconsanc
Celebrant: @anniegraceceremonies
Photography: @justforlovephotography

Planner: @davidtheweddingplanner
Florals & Styling: @style_onq
Wedding Gown: @kwhbridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: @review_australia
Hair & Makeup: @porcelainface
Grooms Suit: @workingstylenz
Groomsmen Suits: @stuartsuits
Videography: @wefilmweddingssc
Cake: @i_heart_cakes_
Photo Booth: @acedjphotobooth


My Biggest Wedding Regret!

When I look back at photo’s from my wedding day, it brings up some incredible memories; however, it also reminds me of things I wish I had done differently, in particular, my biggest regret!

My biggest wedding regret was not writing my own personalised vows to my Hubby.  Our Celebrant gave us the option to do so, but because I was so nervous and had no idea what to say, we decided to choose our vows from a numbered document.  If only we had trusted ourselves to speak our own words.

What we ended up saying to each other was lovely, but it could have been so much better!  I wish I had ignored my doubts, my nerves and my fears and taken a risk.  And in hindsight, a risk that would have paid off.

Now a lot of couples think that their vows should sound like something written by Shakespeare – they couldn’t be more wrong!  Vows can be anything you would like them to be.  It’s your wedding day, your love, your story and your feelings; this should be expressed in the best way possible – in your own words.

I often get asked if vows should be filled with promises.  They can be but they don’t have to!  Vows can be statements, proclamations of love, little stories and funny memories, quirky habits, or future wishes.  I’ve had couples ask each other questions in their vows which had responses.  I’ve had stories about first meetings and when there was love at first sight.  If you can think of it, you can say it.  Outside of the legal wording, which needs to be said of course, let you creative juices flow and just give it a go!

Why not deliver surprise vows at your wedding ceremony?!  I love when my couples choose this option because the impact is so awesome.  As your Celebrant, I keep your vows to myself until your ceremony, and then when it gets to that part of your ceremony – mind-blowing, goosebumps, tears, laughs – a total memorable experience for all!

Here are some tips on writing great vows:

  • Say the things you would like your partner to say to you;
  • Write honestly, truthfully, and authentically;
  • Write how you normally would speak;
  • Write dot points if that helps to get the ball rolling;
  • Give each other a “brief” to work to, for example, start the sentences the same – I love you because ……… and finish it on your own;
  • Another “brief” can be capping the amount of sentences you are going to say whilst writing in a similar way, for example – 2 sentences about our love, 2 sentences about the future, 2 sentences about funny things in our relationship;
  • Sit down and write them together – this is also a gorgeous way to reflect your love in your own words;
  • Try and enjoy your vows, writing them and reading them – it should be a memorable experience for all the right reasons;
  • As your Celebrant, I provide examples of vows – read them and get inspiration;
  • Think about movies, songs, books that your partner likes – are they of any use?
  • Use your Celebrant to check over your vows, if you are having surprise vows – they should provide honest feedback and help keep you on track!

Your wedding ceremony should be a reflection of you, so don’t be afraid to ask your Celebrant questions about how to do that.

Encourage and support each other to give writing your vows a go!  You won’t regret it!

Annie x


Tricia King rocking photo!