Late mum's dress makes wedding extra special
FIJI was the perfect escape for Gladstone locals Kirsty and Scott Dawson.
Mr Dawson is as local as they come, having lived here his whole life and working in the rail industry with his father, step-father and many other family members.
It wasn't until 2010 though, when Kirsty moved here and they met through mutual friends, that the love story started.
"We pretty much hit it off straight away and moved in together," Mrs Dawson said.
While the proposal wasn't anything dramatic, Kirsty said it was exactly what they wanted.
"We both sort of agreed that we'd like to spend our lives together and get married," she said.
"Shortly after that we started planning the big day, which was more than a year away."
Scott and Kirsty decided that a tropical getaway to Fiji was the perfect answer to a low-key and romantic wedding and honeymoon combination.
"We'd researched Gladstone weddings and everything was just so expensive," she said.
"We had always had the idea in mind that it was to be an intimate day with just the immediate family."
Just weeks before the October 25 wedding though, Kirsty's mum passed away and it altered the celebrations slightly.
"Mum's passing meant that my sister was staying in Brisbane, and that's when we decided that it was to just be Scott and I and his parents that would attend the wedding," she said.
"The day was just about us ... to do this for ourselves.
"Scott's mum walked me down the isle which was a special moment."
Kirsty had two dresses in mind for the big day, but when she found her late mother's wedding dress she knew it was the one.
"It needed a bit of a clean and attention but it fitted perfectly and was beautiful to wear on the day along with her jewellery," she said.
Local tropical flowers made up her bouquet and Kirsty had frangipanis in her hair.
"It was just a really simple but beautiful day and ended with a quiet dinner, cake and cocktails," she said.
The couple spent two weeks on the Coral Coast at the five-star Outrigger resort, sight-seeing and island hopping for the honeymoon.
"I know it's corny but everything went just perfectly," she said.