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Country Garden Wedding in Byron Bay

Nothing quite beats the charm and romantic feel of a garden wedding. There’s just something about saying “I Do” amongst the beauty of nature, you know? This wedding day is set against the greenery of Byron Bay with lawn games a plenty and a wedding that mirrors a really gorgeous dinner party but kicked up a few stunning notches by The French Petal. Sift through image after pretty image by Guy Evans Photography in the full gallery.


From the Bride… While we didn’t have a set theme for the day it was important to us to capture a mood that was rustic and simple but also fitted with the country garden setting. The colours were fresh and garden-like to match this with a heavy focus on white with soft pinks, purples, apricots and a dark plum to bring it all together. We wanted it to feel simple and natural as the venue and Byron Bay are so beautiful in their own right, it was about fitting into the atmosphere of the area and letting the fun happen. Adding to a beautiful day were the incredible staff at Fig Tree who were so kind, friendly and accommodating.

The wedding day featured unique details including:
– A Floral chandelier hanging above the head table
– Post and pre-ceremony pool-side cocktail party featuring record player and vinyl that guests could select themselves
– Lawn games including; Crochet and lawn bowls for after the ceremony
– A local violin/guitar duet which provided music for the ceremony
– A midnight sparkler send-off at the end of the reception
– The most beautiful three tier chocolate mud, lemon and coconut wedding cake elegantly decorated with roses

Photography: Guy Evans Photography | Floral Design: The French Petal | Dress: Rose & Delilah By Jessica Fontaine | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Hair & Makeup: Ava Belle | Groom's Attire: Country Road | Celebrant: Michelle Shannon | Bride's Rings: Maytal Hannah | Bridesmaids Dress: Tome | Bridesmaids' Dress: Asos | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms | Groom's Ring: Blue Nile | Music: Byron Strings | Transport: Ballina Byron Mini Bus Hire | Venue & Catering: Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms

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Beach Bridal Shoot

So, your favorite pet happens to be a majestic horse that looks mighty fine in a gorgeous floral wreath.  It also happens to be a horse that you weren’t able to include in your Big Day.  Fear not, loves, because there is always the post-wedding bridal shoot option to make sure all is right in the world.  Think stunning images from Raconteur Photography all set against a breathtaking beach.  See it all here.


From Raconteur Photography… Luke and Carly were married just over a year ago in a beautiful ceremony at Melany on the Sunshine Coast. Unfortunately Carly couldn’t include her big baby Bacardi in the ceremony or the wedding photos. I new Carly loved her horse and when I saw she instagrammed some photos of her riding on the beach, I immediately wanted to do a styled shoot with her in her wedding dress on the beach with her horse. Carly was all for it as she never got photos of that on her wedding day, but her mother wasn’t after spending an excess of six hours hand cleaning her dress after the wedding. I think her words were “I will kill you .”  I contacted Lee of House of Serendipity Gowns Gold Coast to see if she could help and she was more than happy as she had some beautiful gowns that she wanted to showcase.

I also contacted Charlotte of Skeleton Leaf on the Gold Coast to see if she would like to do something for the horse and Carly, she had wanted to do a floral reef for a horse for a while and came up with the amazing piece. We wanted to keep the shoot simple and not overdone to reflect the beautiful location and the people within the images. Hair and make up was beautifully done by Elle of Glamamour Make Up by Elle. 

The weather on the day was not supposed to be good with storms predicted, but we traveled down to Cabarita Beach to the Pony Club across the road where we met with everyone to get ready.  Being an actual couple and not models was great for me, as I could interact with them and get the chemistry they have to flow. A storm did eventually roll through as we packed up and dashed for our cars it hammered down. I hope you love the images as much as Carly did and all of us making them.

Photography: Raconteur Photography | Floral Design: Skeleton Leaf | Wedding Dress: House Of Serendipity Gowns | Location: Cabarita Beach

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We all know that wedding planning isn’t always easy, but thanks to Hyatt Australia, choosing a venue just became the most stress-free part of your big day.  Think glamorous, five-star amenities, top-notch service and breathtaking settings, all wrapped up in five (!) stunning locales across Australia.  It’s basically a bride and groom’s dream come true, lovelies.  Check them out below for even more info…

From Hyatt Australia… At Hyatt we are as excited about weddings are you are. That’s why we strive to deliver consistent 5 star service allowing you to concentrate on the most important thing – enjoying special moments with your loved ones. Experience the magic of your wedding day with spectacular photographic backdrops in locations across Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Sydney.

Hyatt offers some of the most romantic and unique wedding settings in Australia. Create everlasting memories within Park Hyatt Melbourne’s elegant garden, with manicured hedges and topiary trees. Capture picturesque photographs with the sweeping marble staircase or the nearby Fitzroy Gardens as stunning backdrops. Park Hyatt Sydney delivers a contemporary luxury wedding venue with unrivalled waterfront harbour views amongst iconic locations as The Rocks and Sydney Harbour. While the Gallery at Park Hyatt Sydney caters for up to 120 wedding guests, the luxurious Guest House offers uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House for up to 70 guests, with an exclusive presentation kitchen coupled with a private outdoor terrace on Sydney’s breathtaking waterfront. Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel with its leafy garden is the perfect wedding reception venue for an outdoor ceremony. Their classically designed function rooms can cater for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests or gala luxury wedding events for up to 300 guests in the Federation room with a high ceiling and dominant ceiling light fittings.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne provides the perfect glamorous city venue for your wedding reception, catering for intimate weddings with 50 guests to gala events of up to 730 guests. Be enchanted with memories and photographs from within the undercover courtyard of the residence or the impressive Savoy and Mayfair gala ballrooms.

Hyatt Regency Perth overlooks the picturesque Swan River and presents the perfect photography backdrop with their unique sandstone water fountain and impressive glass dome ceiling within its magnificent Conservatory lobby. With superb ballrooms and a range of stylish function rooms, Hyatt Regency Perth can cater to great range of needs and budgets, to suit any bridal couple.

With a variety of impressive event spaces for intimate to large weddings, the personal approach from all of Hyatt’s wedding specialists across Australia will provide you with confidence and comfort that every aspect of your wedding will be planned as you have dreamed, providing you and your guests with an experience to delight.

For more information visit Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel, Grand Hyatt Melbourne and Hyatt Regency Perth, or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  And don’t miss the newly launched Hyatt Weddings digital magazine, free to download for both iPads and Android tablets and the perfect planning source for modern brides and grooms, featuring bridal tips and secrets from leading industry experts such as Anna Campbell and Hardy Brothers Jewellers.

Photography: Steve YoungDavid MitchenerVito FisicchiaGeoff Lung

Classic 1920′s Inspired Australian Wedding at the Simmer On The Bay

There is a lot to love about this sweet soiree captured by Tealily Photography. And I mean A LOT. Beautifully decorated with flowers from Plumbago and furniture by Decorative Events And Exhibitions and ‘LOVE’ lights by EventHaus, this 1920′s inspired fête is inspiration overload in the best possible way, and you can get inspired right here.

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From Tealily PhotographyChloe and Nathan had an amazing wedding and despite the summer heat, they had a day to remember surrounded by their families and closest friends. They chose vendors that helped them create a classic wedding with a twist of the 1920′s – a pastel palette with splashes of gold. To top off the fun, Chloe and Nathan had a photo booth set up with a custom golden backdrop.

Photography: Tealily Photography | Event Design: Decorative Events And Exhibitions | Event Styling: EventHaus | Floral Design: Plumbago | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Project Cake | Ceremony Venue: Pier One | Reception Venue: Simmer On The Bay | Make-up: Makeup Mode | Hair Stylist: Leearna Zammit

Simple + Sweet New South Wales Wedding

Laid back elegance is totally this couple’s thing.  Well, that and throwing one seriously pretty + fun party. Because this, my friends, is a day that is the epitome of all things casual elegance with a big ol’ side of awesome thrown in for good measure.  I’m talking perfectly imperfect florals from Peking Spring, a sweet Poachers Pantry setting and some gorgeous images from Tea Lily Photography.  See them here.

From the Bride… It was important for us to start married life the way we wanted to live it; walking in sunshine, surrounded by friends and family and living off local produce. So we took inspiration from our goals in life to shape our summer wedding, choosing a venue with its own vineyard and smokehouse, and rustic charm.

Like our relationship, everything about our wedding fell easily into place… even when things didn’t go to plan, it just felt right! We wanted everything to feel natural and sincere, so it was important to us to have a flexible schedule, and no wedding rehearsal (which may have shown when I accidentally kissed my now hubby ‘hello’ BEFORE saying our vows!).

Our photographer Joel was so unobtrusive during our wedding that we almost forgot he was there. Every moment he was photographing us was the perfect opportunity to slip into each other’s arms and enjoy the romance of it all. This made for a relaxing wedding day as well as some genuine, private moments in the photos Joel captured.

Photography: Tea Lily Photography | Florist: Peking Spring | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Spurling | Makeup: Andrew James | Hair: Franco | Band: Mark Rice & Kate Taylor | Venue: Poachers Pantry

Intimate Beach Wedding

My happy place?  A wedding chock-full of beautiful details and a laid-back elegance that simply screams pretty.  But when you add in a toes-in-the-sand ceremony on a drizzly + oh-so-romantic beach, a bride and groom who simply can’t stop smiling and a world of lovely captured expertly by Daniele Del Castillo, it’s an entirely new level of glee.  Get your smile on right here in the full gallery.


From the Bride… We got married on April 12, 2014 on the sands of Pearl Beach, NSW followed by dinner reception at the restaurant Pearls on the Beach which is located right on the beach. We were a little worried about the weather, so we had a wet weather backup booked, which was the local community hall down the road from the beach. It did rain on the day, but luckily it held out during the ceremony so we were about to get married on the beach as planned.

We used to take day trips around the Central Coast, which is where Sam spent much of his childhood. Pearl Beach was one of my favourite places we visited. It’s so unique and secluded and has the most beautiful and quiet beach. A very romantic and magical place untouched by tourists. 

We had a very small wedding of 45 people with our families and closest friends, which was great because we really got to spend quality time with all of our guests which was important to us.  Everything was planned in under three months and we had lots of help on the day from our friends and family. Everything was done the way we wanted it to be and was full of love on the day.

I made the aisle runner myself by purchasing a long piece of hessian fabric and scattering shells along the edge. I also found these great starfish placecards online, which was a fun project to assemble. We had drinks in between the ceremony and reception at the local community hall and our friends helped decorate this venue and set up a lolly bar.

Photography: Daniele Del Castillo | Floral Design: Gai Hyde | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Outlet | Wedding Cake: Project Cake | Ceremony Venue: Pearl Beach | Reception Venue: Pearls On The Beach | Officiant: Judy Frewen

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