“We wanted a timeless, romantic look with some modern twists.”
A modern take on timeless style, from black tie and orchids to bistro inspired tablescapes, creates an effortlessly elegant atmosphere for Khiara and Reid’s wedding day.
We met at a speed dating night at college where the first years would rotate speaking to second and third years as a get-to-know each other activity. We spoke only a few minutes the first time we met, but the rest is history.
We were over in Europe when Reid popped the question. At the time we were hiking in the Swisse Alps and Reid cleverly planned a trip the top of the Jungfrau Mountain (the highest peak in Europe). It was a picturesque, blue-sky day and we found a little spot outside where we could take in the incredible view, which was where Reid dropped down onto one knee. I had absolutely no idea and it was an amazing surprise. Reid had been very sneaky, designing the ring over in Perth on a work trip and shipping it directly to Switzerland to avoid me accidentally finding it in our travels.
We took a few trips to Byron early in our relationship and loved our time spent in the area. We loved the beautiful scenery in the hinterland and, with so many world class wedding vendors in the region, we couldn’t think of a more perfect location. Living away from both our families, we took the opportunity to have a full destination wedding weekend with our family and friends.
We loved EarthHouse’s picturesque views from the ceremony and reception spaces. Munro was so warm, welcoming, and passionate about delivering couples their dream wedding when he was showing us around the property. We knew we would be in great hands for our big day. Having the option to stay in the little cottage on site was also an added benefit that some other venues didn’t offer and of course being able to have all our wedding photos taken on site and not having to travel anywhere else.
We wanted a timeless, romantic look with some modern twists – lots of lush white blooms and small, gold accents for our table settings and styling. Instagram was my biggest inspiration and I followed almost every possible wedding vendor in the region, along with drawing ideas from Hello May Magazine.
Kiera from Creative Weddings did an outstanding job coordinating all our suppliers, not once but twice with us having to postpone our big day due to Covid-19. She really took the stress out of all the organising which allowed us to focus on the fun things like the styling details. We were absolutely blown away when we first saw the reception space. It really was like seeing our dream become a reality. Our incredible flowers were by far our favourite detail. Bower Botanical made our vision come to life, with our gorgeous centerpieces for the aisle and beautiful hanging installation from the beams at EarthHouse. We also loved our stationary by Better Together Paper Co, who designed all our invitations to match everything seamlessly.
We both originally imaged a traditional style of wedding food with an alternate drop menu, but we were so pleased we went with Figtree’s shared style menu. It allowed our guests to try a little bit of everything and had all our guests raving not only about the food but also about the excellent service. We were lucky enough to enjoy a tasting day at Figtree and sample the beautiful food on offer before our big day.
I visited the lovely Sarah at Sphere Collective on my first day of dress shopping, where I instantly fell in love with the designer Jane Hill. With so many beautiful dresses, it was a hard decision but I’m absolutely in love with the one I picked. Sarah gave excellent advice on what dress styles suited me best and was very helpful with the whole process. I wanted the bridal party to look as timeless as possible. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos and the bridesmaids wore different variations of white silk gowns by Bec & Bridge, all coordinating with our white and gold colour scheme.
Our photographer, Shelley from Ivy Road Photography, was far more than just a wedding photographer. She knew all the little tips and tricks to make our day go extra smoothly, from helping with my hair and veil to cleaning my shoes after a bit of a muddy photo shoot. If that wasn’t enough, she had 20 photos edited and back to us the very next day.
FROM ONE BRIDE TO ANOTHER
You don’t need everything that a wedding could possibly have or that’s currently trending. Really think about what is important to you as couple and have those things. Our celebrant was unfortunately unable to make our second wedding date which was originally upsetting but it allowed us to have one of our best friends, who had known us from the very beginning of our relationship, conduct the ceremony and that made it so much more memorable for us.
One of our favourite moments from the day was after we entered the reception and sat down in front of all our guests, being able to take a deep breath and look at all our nearest and dearest family and friends in one room, enjoying themselves and knowing they were all there for us.
Planning + Coordination / Creative Weddings @creativeweddingsbyronbay
Florals / Bower Botanicals @bowerbotanicals
Hair + makeup / Alex Ouston Beauty Co. @alexoustonbeauty
Event hire / The Wedding Shed @theweddingshed
Lighting / Byron Audio @byronaudio
Food / Fig Tree Catering @figtreerestaurant
Cake / Late Night Story Cakes @late_night_story_cakes
Stationary / Better Together Paper Co. @bettertogetherpaper
Ceremony / Andrew Michael @am.celebrant
Music / North Coast Entertainment @northcoastentertainment
Transport / Byron Bay Double Deackers @byronbaydoubledeckers
Photo Booth / The Photo Booth Guys @thephotoboothguys
Videography / YellowBull Weddings @yellowbullweddings
Photography / Ivy Road Photography @ivyroadphotography