Kate and Dion - A Harvest Garden Wedding

This chilled-out couple of Byron locals created one amazing and super colourful wedding at one of my favourite venues, Harvest in the historic hinterland village of Newrybar.

Kate & Dion have been together for 6 years, after first crossing paths in Bali. It was Kate’s second night into a month-long trip with the girls and Dion had been there surfing for a few months already.

After seeing Dion twice already in one night, when she ran into him again inside a Kuta bar, Kate didn’t hesitate in walking straight over and striking up a conversation. She remembers being immediately attracted to Dion - he was happy, friendly and an all-round good guy.

 From that very first encounter, Dion could sense that this girl had an energy that simply radiated happiness and positivity, and what followed was a whirlwind few days that would leave hearts racing.

But with Kiwi Dion on his way to Western Australia to take up a job in the mines and Kate living here in Byron working for Zephyr Horses, Dion was soon faced with a big decision. It didn’t take him long to take a chance on love and see just where this could go, and after a few weeks of daily video calls, he booked a one-way flight from Perth to land here in Byron, where he’s been by Kate’s side ever since.

On their wedding day, Kate arrived in style, pulling up to Harvest in May The EK. Married in the garden, Kate & Dion stood in front of an arbor exploding with colour – the stunning arrangement of cascading bougainvillea was created by Nikau Flower Bar - which totally set the scene for the laidback, relaxed and fun vibe Kate & Dion were after.

The sun was shining, the margaritas were flowing and I had a blast sharing Kate & Dion’s story through a ceremony that oozed emotions of all kinds. Feel all the love leaping from the photos captured by Jess from Wilde Visual

Venue - Harvest

Photography & Videography – Wilde Visual

Florals – Nikau Flower Bar

Transport - May The EK

Brooke and Joel - Byron Bay Festival of Love

 

These guys are just so damn cute and their wedding was stuff dreams are made of.  Brooke and Joel got together three years ago when Joel received a message from his friend Andy, who was adamant that Joel just HAD to meet Brooke. At the time, Brooke had placed herself on a self-imposed boy ban, but when she saw a photo of Joel whilst driving, she says that he was so damn delicious, she was forced to pull the car over!

 Needless the say, he was worth lifting her boy ban for, and within a few weeks of exchanging messages, she decided to see just where this connection could go, and jumped on a flight from her home in Sydney to Joel’s home of Melbourne for their first date. 

They fell head over heels in love and have been inseparable ever since. Within a year they had relocated to Byron Bay where Brooke started managing the Spell & the Gypsy Collective boutique.

 When life threw Joel the ultimate curve ball, Brooke has stood by him throughout his recovery in every possible way. She couldn't have said it better when she told Joel that ‘together, they would move mountains’.  They have done exactly that, overcoming what not too long along seemed impossible to stand in front of the people they love most in the world to say ‘I choose you’.

Having known Brooke for almost a decade after we worked together in Sydney many moons ago, I couldn’t have been more excited to join this beautiful girl in marriage to the love of her life.

They were married at Toraloo Farm just outside of Byron Bay and the team who helped bring the magic on the day were:

The Events Lounge

Carly Tia Photography

Nikaua Store

Robyn and Nick - Fig Tree

When I asked Robyn and Nick what marriage means to them, they described it a commitment to always make sure they fill each other’s jar with kindness, to sharing the laughter and the tears, and standing by each other through whatever life brings their way. Their wedding was a beautifully styled event held at Fig Tree Restaurant here in Byron Bay; perfectly suited to this naturally fun-loving couple.


Their nuptials were caught on camera by the wonderful Zoe Morley who captured all of the moments - the laughter, the light-hearted quirkiness these two share and the heartfelt moments. when they were joined together as husband and wife. They had a stand-out list of vendors who joined me in creating their dream day. 

Florist: https://www.wildernessflowers.com.au/

Music: https://www.northcoastentertainment.com/

Lights & Audio: http://byronaudio.com.au/

Furniture & Styling: http://www.theweddingshed.com.au/

Coordination: https://www.byronbayweddings.com.au/

Venue & Catering: https://figtreerestaurant.com.au/

Transport: http://byronbaydoubledeckerbus.com.au/

Robyn and Nick were kind enough to leave me a little testimonial. “We can not recommend Katrina enough. Our ceremony was the highlight for both Nick & I thanks to Katrina’s service. So many of our guests commented on how Katrina was the best celebrant they have witnessed, with guests impressed by how natural Katrina was at delivering our extremely warm, funny and so very personable ceremony. She set the tone for what ended up being an incredible day”

Shayna & Dan - Byron View Farm

Welcome to the colourful and fun wedding of Shayna and Dan. These two worked with the team at Byron Bay Weddings to create a festival of love up at Byron View Farm.

Their 100 loved ones came for the love and stayed for the party, with Shayna and Dan creating an epic afternoon to celebrate their marriage.

These two let me in on how they met and fell in love, and after discovering the unique details about their story, I set about creating a ceremony that really kick-started their day in style. It was a mix of all the feels - laughter, tears, warmth, sincerity and beautiful promises.

Their amazing team of vendors included:

Venue: @byronviewfarm

Hair & Makeup: @alexoustonbeauty  

Celebrant: @wonder___love

Photographer: @carlytiaphotography  

Video: @goldbearweddingfilms

Photo Booth: @thephotoboothguys

Music: @thefamos

Florist: @beautiflora

Wedding Cake: @sweetobsessioncakes

Catering: @figtreerestaurant

Drinks: @thecellarbottleshops

Lighting: @byronaudio

Guest Transport: @magicbusdoubledeckers

Bridal Transport: @foreverkombis

Furniture & Styling: @theweddingshed

Coordination: @byronbayweddings

Gold Bear were there to capture the magic on film. Scroll down to watch the film.

Ash & Amber - The Farm Byron Bay

Ash and Amber’s story goes way back, 14 years in fact when they both attended the same high school. But as teenagers these two didn’t exactly mix in the same circles. Ash was a total badass and spent most of her time in the principal’s office. Amber, on the other hand, was school captain, teacher’s pet and all-round good girl. 


Fast forward 11 years and they can thank Facebook for reconnecting them. When they met up to grab dinner, Amber discovered that Ash was confident, adventurous and super funny and by the end of the night, knew wholeheartedly that Ash was someone she would never ever be bored with - and could forever be inspired by. 


For Ash, the feeling was mutual - she was immediately smitten with this funny, charismatic, kind and gentle woman . Nothing could prepare these two for what lay ahead and just how amazing their story would be. 3 years later they were married on a beautiful spring morning at The Farm in Byron Bay.  


From the moment I met these two I was more than a little excited to be the one who got to marry them. They booked me a year in advance and before the law had been changed to allow same sex couples to marry. I remember exchanging text messages with the girls on the day of the marriage equality announcement back in December 2017 - their planned commitment ceremony was now going to be a completely legit marriage ceremony!


Ash and Amber are so warm, laid-back and comfortable with each other - their love just spills over like a beautiful energy and their intimate ceremony down in the Macadamia Orchard suited their style perfectly. I absolutely loved telling their love story and joining them together in marriage. 

Enjoy this short film of their day by Lucas and Co and Photos by Carly Tia

Sam & Aaron - The Farm Byron Bay

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.

Tessa & Pin - Raes at Wategos

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 & Tom - Verandahs Byron Bay

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 & Candece - Byron View Farm

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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. 

Co-ordination: Byron Bay Weddings
Catering: Fig Tree Restaurant
Styling:  The Wedding Shed

Video: Yellow Bull Weddings

Corey & Sammy

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 & Garreth

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

Sam and Arabella

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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