Couple chooses courthouse wedding over beach
JASON and Alycia Hinds (nee English) chose the Gladstone Courthouse over Airlie Beach for their wedding day.
The pair eloped on August 20, because they could not wait to get married.
They had sent out 'save the date' notes to their friends and family, announcing they would get married at Airlie Beach.
The Airlie Beach wedding was going to cost more than $70,000, which was another factor for opting for a spontaneous wedding.
"We've been together for quite a long time - it was our seven years anniversary on the day we were married," Alycia said.
"We have two kids too ... and we're also buying a house soon.
"It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment decision ... I organised everything in three weeks, so that was full-on with two young children."
Alycia organised her dress, hair, make-up, the time of the wedding, flowers, photographer, and clothes for their two children.
She said she was not going to miss out on getting dressed up for her wedding day.
They wed in front of their parents and children - Luke, 2 and Taylar, 1 - and shortly after she broke the news to the rest of her family and friends.
"They were very happy and shocked that we got married that way," she said.
"But that's really how we wanted our wedding to be - nice and quiet."
They were both teens, Alycia, 16, and Jason, 18, when they met.
Alycia was best friends with Jason's sister.
Jason proposed while they were holidaying in Thailand.
"It was on the beach. It was just a holiday really so I had no idea, I didn't suspect a thing," she said.
Next year they hope to go on a cruise for their honeymoon.