Our Magical Byron Bay Wedding

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It has been 2 years since the day Kurt and I said “I do” and committed ourselves to each other and our marriage for life. We have loved every moment since the ‘big day’ and have created some very special memories together. We promptly moved overseas and lived in London for a year and a half followed by enjoying our extended ‘honeymoon’ travelling through Europe for a couple of months before finally returning to Australia.

This blog has been a long time coming and I’m so excited to finally share the details of our wedding.

Our wedding was absolutely perfect for us! It didn’t go without its hiccups but nothing was too stressful or ‘dampened’ the day. 😉

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Location: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Style: Bohemian/rustic. Is Pinterest a style? ☺️

Once we became engaged, naturally I started browsing Pinterest and Instagram for our perfect location. I remember seeing wedding images of Fig Tree Restaurant in Byron and fell in love. I could instantly picture us getting married there surrounded by our close family and friends in a natural and rustic setting.

We went through Byron Bay Weddings who are well known wedding planners and coordinators for multiple venues around Byron. They have quotes for their venues available on their site too which was very helpful with our planning. We used The Wedding Shed for some styling and additional furniture as well as organising many things and doing as much DIY as we could. We intended for the ceremony and the reception to be held at Fig Tree Restaurant. Che is the owner and head chef and he also runs Byron Bay Weddings and The Wedding Shed. I had seen some fantastic testimonies about him and they were absolutely correct. Kurt and I went down one day and met Che.  We left knowing that this wedding; the venue, the food, the service, the coordination was going to be perfect for us. Che just makes you feel so comfortable and he is so down to earth and genuine. He is a hard worker and we loved hearing the background story about the accommodation at the restaurant being his family home as a child.

Ceremony venue: It was meant to be at Fig Tree Restaurant, outside overlooking the luscious green hills rolling down towards the ocean with the big beautiful fig tree and wooden swing behind our guests. We had outdoor games BUT it was not meant to be. Our backup was to have it inside the restaurant there however Che arrived at our door first thing on the Thursday morning and asked myself and bridesmaids to go with him in his combi. He took us up to Byron View Farm with sweeping ocean to mountain views and asked if we wanted to move the ceremony there to the verandah on the beautiful wooden house with 360 views where we would all be sheltered from the weather. Of course it was an easy choice for Kurt and I. Now, this didn’t require much from us but it certainly did from Che and his team. We had drinks being served at the ceremony and canapés there after the ceremony while our photos were being taken so they had to relocate A LOT there as well as some styling we had organised too. We had a bus organised to take guests from central Byron to Fig Tree and Che and the team helped us re-organise that as well as accompanying guests who drove. Che drove the bridesmaids and myself up for the ceremony in his combi and more staff were there ready and waiting with umbrellas for the walk from the car to the house. They also ensured we had canapés while our photos were being taken too. They were amazing. I cannot recommend them enough!! There was 0 stress for us on the day but I’m sure they had their work cut out for them yet still, they made it look easy and stress-free.

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Reception Venue: Our reception was still held at Fig Tree but indoors due to the weather. Again, Che and the team were brilliant and had it all organised and set up by the time our guests arrived after the ceremony. It looked stunning! The staff also assisted with getting guests back to Fig Tree after the ceremony. We hadn’t made a big fuss about the venue change with guests in the morning as we knew Che and the staff there were assisting and we had the buses organised. Thankfully, the weather was actually fine by the time we had the ceremony which meant we could still have photos outside and guests were able to mingle outside which was especially nice at the reception because they have the beautiful pool area which was set up with a bar serving cocktails, vintage furniture and we had hired Molly, a caravan on site which we used as a Photo Booth with our own props.

Tip: Always make sure you have a back up plan if you intend to get married outside and have a backup seating plan for this too… Thankfully we did take the time for this and it just worked out even better that Che wanted the very best for us too and moved the ceremony so we could still have an amazing view.

 

More Details:

Time to plan: We were engaged 15/01/15 and we were married on the 08/10/15 so we had 9 months to plan. We decided to get married in that short time because we were heading overseas and wanted to be married before heading off. The one thing that was cutting it fine with organising was the dress.

Celebrant: Benjamin Carlyle. This guy is PHENOMENAL! We had the best ceremony, many thanks to Ben!! Our guests thought he was a close family friend because it genuinely seemed like he knew us and our story so well. The thing that makes Ben’s ceremonies unique is his ability to make everyone feel so comfortable and interacting with one another. Our guests were chatting and laughing with each other before the ceremony even started. Our parents were involved… My parents have been separated since I was a baby and I have only lived with my mum. I wanted them both involved so Dad walked me down the aisle which was really lovely and special. Before I arrived, Kurt’s parents walked down the aisle to cheers and claps, my maternal grandparents did the same and then Kurt walked mum down the aisle too. It was really meaningful and fun. Our parents were also involved in the actual ceremony. Maybe the drinks (cocktails) before the ceremony helped but the whole ceremony was so warm and full of love which was  shared with our guests.

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Bride’s Dress: My dress was from When Freddie Met Lilly. I knew that I wanted lace and had looked at a couple of other shops, not many though really. I tried on a more traditional type dress first but it didn’t feel right. I tried some lovely dresses at Grace Loves Lace but they didn’t suit me as well as the models on Instagram. My mum came with me to a couple of other places in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and I fell in love with 3 at When Freddie Met Lilly. I had to go home and sleep on it and I literally couldn’t get my one out of my mind so I went back with my mum to get ‘the one’.

Groom’s Suit: I took Kurt to When Freddie Met Lilly and we found his suit there too. He also looked elsewhere but they had exactly what we were after. The house is really lovely there too and the ladies are helpful, honest and bring you coffee or champagne/beer.

Bridesmaid’s Outfits: Nancy Khau Boutique in Cleveland. A friend who had Nancy design her wedding dress recommended her and I found the bridesmaid dresses on her Facebook page. We had a colour issue at first but Nancy was lovely and remade it for me in the colour we wanted. The bridesmaids just chose their own shoes.

 

Groomsmen’s Outfits: Also from When Freddie Met Lilly. Accessories and white shirts were from elsewhere.

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Hair and makeup: Elina Valttila  Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist https://evhairandmakeup.com

Elina also did my mum’s hair and makeup as well as the bridesmaids. I loved her work that I saw on social media and I wanted a more natural style for makeup. We had a test a couple of weeks or so before the wedding too.

I have really thin hair so I also got clip-in hair extensions from Trendz Studio in Cleveland, mainly for volume.

Cake: Rebellyous Cake Co. We tasted some of Rebel’s cakes at a wedding fair in Byron and after Kurt going back for seconds ( a few times) we booked her! It was the most delicious cake. I’m intolerant to gluten so we alternated layers of gluten free and non GF white chocolate and mud chocolate. Yummmmm!

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Florist: The French Petal. Gosh I LOVED our flowers. Estelle did an amazing job! We had flower arrangements on our ‘archway’ of the ceremony, table arrangements in the reception as well as floral crowns and boutonnières.

Rings: We had my engagement ring and both of the wedding rings made at Ringleaders in Brisbane City. They are all white gold. My wedding ring has a diamond in the middle and a pink diamond on either side. I wanted my wedding ring to be unique, special to us but still somewhat simple because my engagement ring is a princess cut with sparkly diamonds. They were fantastic and we actually spent 3 hours there the first time we went having an in-depth conversation learning about diamonds, gold etc.

Photographer: Fig Tree Pictures (separate to Fig Tree Restaurant). We researched photographers for a while and loved the candid, natural style we saw of Fig Tree Pictures. Brenden and an assistant took our photos. They were amazing to work with and we love our photos. We had decided not to pay the money for a videographer so we wanted to make sure we had good quality photos. We also had Go Pros set up at the ceremony and a couple of friends taking footage throughout the day which Kurt then condensed into a movie for us. INVALUABLE!

DIY: 

Our decorations were mostly DIY and sourced from friends of family, Facebook wedding pages, Etsy, vintage shops… everywhere! Our invitations and name cards were bought through Etsy and came from the UK, our mums made the twine wine bottles and I also had some things that belonged to my late nan as decorations in Molly (the caravan we used as our photo booth).

Because we were about to go travelling, we also had a globe with stickers and a book for people to pin and write their reccommendations of travel locations.

 

One thing I wish I had done straight away was our ‘Thank you’ cards. This is something I always said I’d make sure I would do. Post wedding, I was running around buying cards, pretty stickers and stamps and nice pens to do it all myself as a means of saving money between packing our lives up to head overseas. Of course, once we were in London, our spare time was spent travelling and, consequently, they didn’t get done. Actually, most did they just weren’t sent in time, a small handful went (thanks to Mum for taking them back from London when she came to visit) and then it just became ridiculously, embarrassingly late. Sorry family and friends. We really were very thankful!

 

If you have any questions or would like to know any more details, please ask away because there really is sooo much I’ve had to leave out… I don’t want to bore you 😉

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Rachael xx

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