Sam and Aaron’s ceremony was full of emotion, and the intimate location of The Farm’s Macadamia Orchard suited them perfectly. It was the perfect mix of modern - Sam’s brother walked down the aisle carrying a bottle of premium scotch whiskey and poured the waiting groom a nip over ice, - with nods to tradition, like the moment when Aaron lifted Sam’s veil for their kiss. It was truly them, and photographer Lean Timms captured their day beautifully.
I had a major couple crush on Tessa and Pin. Big believers in doing things their own way, they were married in tropical luxe style on the lawn outside Rae's on Wategos
They chose not to have a bridal party and Tessa walked down the staircase of Rae's to a waiting Pin. They then walked down the aisle together to kick off a ceremony that truly brought to life their own ideas. Their guests were invited to come for the love and stay for the party, and party they did! Van Middleton was their to capture the photographic magic and Box Media House created this beautiful short film.
Rachael and Tom had a vision for a boho garden meets relaxed, cruisy vibes style wedding. Verandahs in the Byron Bay hinterland was the perfect venue to bring their wedding dream to life.
When I asked Tom and Rachael what marriage means to them, they described marriage as is the ultimate acceptance of another person, the person you have chosen to journey through life with and grow old with. It is something truly special to be able to know, with complete conviction, that you have found the perfect person for you”
In each other, Rachael and Tom have found someone to laugh, play and love with, forever and it was such an honour to join them together in marriage.
Venue: Verandahs Byron Bay
Photography: Zoe Morley Photography
Video: Byron Wedding Visual
Planning: Byron Bay Weddings
Music: Tom Francis
Florist: Alstonville Florist
Dwayne and Candece’s met at their local pub. Candece still remembers seeing Dwayne’s big blue eyes peering out at her from underneath his beanie and feeling instant butterflies. Eight years later, they tied the knot at one of my all-time favourite wedding venues, Byron View Farm. The boys made one hell of an entrance in a vintage classic and the arbour was dressed in spectacular florals by The French Petal.
Dwayne and Candece know that theirs is a love that can't wait to live for every moment - becoming parents and watching each other grow with their children, sharing the same last name, family holidays, growing old – wrinkles, grey hair, the whole she-bang!
It was truly an honour to join them together in marriage. Heart and Colour were there to capture these beautiful moments.
Video: Yellow Bull Weddings
Sammy and Corey first met on the sands of Sydney’s Queenscliff Beach. Sammy remembers spying Corey’s tattoos and thinking he was a bit of a ‘bad boy’. Corey was immediately taken with Sammy’s bubbly personality and didn’t waste any time inviting her to his friend’s birthday party that night. Their connection was immediate - sparks flew, the night ended with a kiss and these two have spent every day since falling more and more in love.
On their wedding day 7 years later, I pronounced Corey and Sammy husband and wife and told Corey he could kiss his bride. Completely overwhelmed with excitement, Corey started jumping around with his fist in the air grinning ear to ear, whilst Sammy stood there wondering when he was going to remember to give her that newlywed kiss!
After a few friends hollered 'kiss her!" Corey did just that. The crowd responded with a cheer and at that very moment, it felt like the party officially started!
Sammy and Corey’s wedding day was one big love-fest – they were married on Sammy’s mum’s property in Myocum which was transformed into DIY styling heaven by the bride and groom, parents and a loving Uncle who created some floral magic. From the cluster of hand-made dream catchers, to the old pig trough full of blooms, the tipi down the back paddock and the dance-floor in the farm shed, this family home provided the perfect oasis for Sammy and Corey’s guests to party the night away.
I spent 9 months getting to know Sammy and Corey and finding out all about their story. They were amongst the first of their friends to get hitched and it was awesome to see how completely stoked their guests were to come together and celebrate their GREAT BIG love.
Photography by Bush Turkey Studio
Kiara and Garreth's dream wedding was a very cool and intimate gathering of their closest family and friends, all coming together to celebrate and stay together over a weekend in Byron. They chose Barefoot at Broken Head, luxury accommodation just behind the sand dunes - this really is the perfect venue for a small gathering of guests and easily accommodates an intimate ceremony with its beautiful tropical garden.
Kiara and Garreth saw their marriage as a gift to each other and their kids. Their son, Ryder, stayed close for most of the ceremony giving his mum lots of leg cuddles before the older children Chailee and Hudson joined Ryder and together with Kiara's mum, released butterflies to celebrate this couple's new beginning as husband and wife. Ann-Louise from Possum Creek Studios was there to capture all the best moments - I love the shot of Kiara and Garreth mid-smooch with their Mr and Mrs signs!
Smiles all round on this big day of love.
Coordination and Catering: Byron Bay Weddings
Photography: Possum Creek Studios
Music: Josh Boots from North Coast Entertainment
Here are some of my favourites moments from 2015 and what a year it was! I was incredibly lucky to be invited by so many wonderful couples to help them create some beautiful ceremonies. I am so excited for 2016 and can’t wait to hear the love stories of couples who are heading down the aisle this year.
Everyone has a different story and that’s what I love about doing what I do….meeting new people, hearing their story, helping them walk the path to saying ‘I do’, creating their dream ceremony, and having some fun along the way. If 2015 was anything to go by, this new year is going to be full of love, laughter and many more awesome moments.
These two childhood sweethearts are still completely smitten with each other over a decade after they first met in school. Kym and Nick were married on a wonderful winter’s day at The Pass in Byron and theirs was a magical light-filled afternoon.
They almost had the beach entirely to themselves as they wandered after the ceremony with photographers Byron Loves Fawn. I definitely recommend considering some of the great things about a winter wedding in Byron. There is still plenty of sunshine and if you’re planning a beach wedding you won’t have the number of onlookers of busier seasons….plus you’ll have a lot more options booking in your preferred vendors.
After their intimate ceremony, witnessed by a small group of their closest family & friends, these two lovebirds strolled down to Byron Beach Cafe for their reception dinner basking in newlywed bliss…
Kym’s blooms including that totally amazing flower crown and anklet were created by The French Petal.
I love a Byron garden party under a row of string lights!
Emma & Mark said ‘I do’ with stars in their eyes and love in their hearts before kicking off a great big party under a clear sky at Figtree.
These two love to travel and wrote their own vows whilst sitting on the back seat of a bus travelling the Phillipines. Some of their promises went a little something like this…
I promise to travel the world with you,
To live an adventurous life with you,
To be crazy with you,
To dream big with you,
And to laugh with you
Sam and Arabella’s wedding story is an epic one. Having met the girl of his dreams in Bella, and convinced she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, Sam found himself facing one of life’s biggest moments – the marriage proposal.
Not one to do things the way most people usually do things, Sam wanted to sweep Bella off her feet with one awesome romantic gesture. So when he dropped to bended knee and popped the question, Bella got two surprises in one go…. Sam had already organized the entire wedding and it was happening in 4 days time.
Whilst legal timing requirements between a proposal and marriage meant that Sam & Bella’s ceremony was not an official marriage ceremony (you must provide 30 days notice from when you sign the Notice of Intended Marriage form) their commitment ceremony was one almighty celebration of their love for each other.
With a little help from his friends Sam secretly organized for 100 of their closest friends and family to travel to Yamba and the family’s Pacific Hotel for the ceremony and one hell of a party. Of all his surprises, the one I am most in awe of was that Sam had the one and only Kym Ellery design Bella’s dress. What.A.Guy.
The wild weather that lingered all morning held off and the ceremony took place on a purpose-built platform sitting in front of the Hotel with beautiful Yamba Beach as the backdrop. Both Bella and Sam looked drop-dead gorgeous and completely, utterly in love.
As Bella made her way up the stairs to meet her man, the smile on her face and the way she looked at Sam said it all. These two share a love that feels too good to be true – a love that you feel grateful for every day.
Here’s a glimpse into a day that makes me smile whenever I think of it.
Photos by Sylve’ Colless