Romantic wedding on a yacht was a surprise for guests
FOR most couples, planning a wedding in five and a half months would be an insurmountable challenge.
Rebecca Carkeet and David Schmidt are not most couples.
"We like to do things differently," said bride Rebecca. "None of our guests knew they were attending a wedding until the day. Although it was pretty hard to pull off, it was absolutely terrific."
Hiring a yacht, gathering 33 guests from Tully to Tenterfield and hosting a wedding that will not be forgotten was exactly the wedding the pair had dreamt of.
"From a bride's point of view walking down the aisle knowing months of preparation has finally come together was my highlight," she said.
"It was a pretty magical moment."
Mr and Mrs Schmidt were married on September 28 on board luxury yacht Princess Iluka while sailing near Busteed Heads off the coast of Gladstone.
A late afternoon ceremony was illuminated by distant thunderstorms during sunset, with the captain navigating the vessel to ensure a picturesque photo album.
The couple arranged their wedding date around the availability of the yacht, with confirmation received mere months before their big day.
They first met in 2010 when Rebecca regularly visited David's workplace, buying on behalf of her employer.
The newlyweds, who live in Gladstone, elected to honeymoon for seven days at tropical Magnetic Island, journeying around the island via scooter.