Love knows no bounds for pair set to marry on Pumpkin Is

SABRINA Fraser and Patrick Burke aren't your typical boy-meets-girl love story.

Their journey is much more exciting than that and makes for quite the romantic tale, which won them their dream wedding on Pumpkin Island in August this year.

Not only will they marry on one of the island's sandy white beaches, they'll also tie the knot in their home country of South Africa in May.

Living in Yeppoon for almost seven years, Sabrina said it was a bit overwhelming trying to plan two weddings in a matter of months.

Sabrina Fraser and Patrick Burke won the Pumpkin Island wedding worth $40,000. Photo Amy Haydock / The Morning Bulletin
Sabrina Fraser and Patrick Burke won the Pumpkin Island wedding worth $40,000. Photo Amy Haydock / The Morning Bulletin Amy Haydock

"I'm very excited about being graciously given a wedding planner as part of the prize," she laughed.

Sabrina and Patrick won the wedding prize worth $40,000 which ran as a competition open to any bride- and groom-to-be last year, with the winners announced on Valentine's Day last month.

"I entered the night before it closed, so I was up late typing away," Sabrina laughed.

"We were blown away when we found out.

"We're so grateful to all of the suppliers involved.

"We are pretty proud of Yeppoon.

"It will be great because a lot of our friends here weren't going to be able to make it to South Africa, so our Pumpkin Island wedding will be an awesome reunion of friends."

The competition was organised to promote the Southern Great Barrier Reef to the rest of the world as an ultimate tourist destination.

Laureth Rumble, who owns Pumpkin Island with her husband Wayne, said they had entries from across the country and the world.

"We probably had about 150 entries, and some of them were from Canada and the USA, a few from Adelaide, Tasmania and Victoria, Byron Bay, Brisbane, so it covered a wide area which is really great," she said.

"They had to submit a story about what love means to them, and then it was based on a point system as to who had the best story."

Sabrina and Patrick met at a house party as teens while living not far from each other in Zimbabwe, hitting off immediately.

But eight months later, Patrick was planning to move to Australia, so they decided to try for a long distance relationship which lasted about five years.

"We were on and off, there were a lot of make ups and break ups," Sabrina, 31, said.

"We dated other people but neither of us loved anybody else."

Patrick was working on a cattle station in Rolleston and then got into the mines, and as a lover of the ocean, moved to the closest seaside town he could find, stumbling across Yeppoon.

"He invited me to come over for a holiday in 2009, but I was blown away by the place here and ended up staying," Sabrina said.

Sabrina said their South African wedding had a rustic farm theme, while the honeymoon would be in either Botswana or the beautiful Western Cape in South Africa.


The prize include transfers from Rockhampton Airport, ferry transfers to Pumpkin Island, a helicopter trip for the lucky couple, professional couture photography and videography services, couture styling, full catering services, a professional wedding planner, a cake artist, ceremony and reception entertainment, and floral arrangements.


The suppliers for the wedding prize are Pumpkins Island, Image Couture, Deja Vu Photo and Film, The Waterline Restaurant, Keppel Bay Marina, CocoJo Cake Design, The Grind Cafe, Marie Lucy Weddings and Occasions, Camera House, Ben Beasley Acoustic Soloist, Coastal Funk, Katie Kona makeup, Tanby Roses, Freedom Fast Cats, Stock Air Heliworks, Emus Beach Resort, Cutting Edge Boutique, CQ Party Hire and Hey Ya! Creative Design.

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