Gladstone couple united under fronds at relaxed ceremony
"Fall out of bed, put on your clothing and I'll meet you at the arch."
These were the words that preceded the wedding of Deb Duarte and Michael Botha on October 19.
The relaxed poolside ceremony was held at their Queenslander home on Lord St and attended by 14 of their closest family and friends.
"The day was just brilliant," said the newly married Mrs Duarte-Botha.
"It was easy, fun and fabulous. Just what every person should have."
The ceremonial arch was made from two large palm fronds from the backyard, and Mrs Duarte-Botha said no nerves were present on the day.
"We had friends fly up from the Gold Coast on the Friday," she said.
"And by then, everything was taken care of and we could enjoy our weekend."
The pair decided to tie the knot after several years together, when the question was asked, 'what are you doing for the rest of your life?'
The bride said the highlight of her day was exchanging vows with her new husband.
"It's pure magic to meet someone so special at this stage of your life," she said.
"We each chose our own vows, and watching Michael telling me his in the most sincere manner was very emotional."
The ceremony was officiated by local celebrant Judy Whicker.
"She had us laughing all day; she is brilliant."
A barbecue and pool party followed for a fun-filled reception.
The couple plans to honeymoon on the water in 2014, and continue enjoying married life.