Golden moments & boogie nights

Photography / Beck Rocchi 

The golden tones of Beth and Lachie’s big day, from the light through the branches of the big old fig to the florals, table settings and rammed earth walls, set off the sparkle of a huge disco ball over the dance floor, setting the stage for the perfect party.

“The building itself would turn out to be the perfect setting for a disco party.”

OUR STORY

We went to high school right next door to each other and to the same parties in Year 12. Lachie was a boarder, so we only really started hanging out when he moved to Brisbane in our first year of university. I would give him lifts in my Ford Festiva, we took a few classes together, and the rest is history.In a moment that now seems surreal, we got engaged on a moonlit night in the desert of Erg Chebbi, Morocco, in 2019. Nine years into dating, it still took me completely by surprise. It was the start of an amazing two week holiday, road tripping around the country in our love bubble.

THE DESTINATION

Byron sits within the beautiful country of the Bundjalung nation, to whose elders we pay our respects. It’s where we used to go for holidays when we first started dating, just the two of us camping at Clarkes Beach, and later is a place where we forged our close group of friends over music festivals. We followed the wedding with a ‘buddymoon’ through the lighthouse cottages in Byron, Crescent Heads and Seal Rocks on our way back to Sydney.

THE VENUE

We wanted to get married outdoors, under a tall, old fig tree. Lachie’s dad instilled in him a great love for the bush, while three figs lined my childhood home. EarthHouse also had the largest capacity to cater for my big family, a beautiful wet weather option, and more flexibility on suppliers. Those things ticked the box on paper, while the stunning view sealed the deal. We didn’t plan for it at the time, but the building itself would turn out to be the perfect setting for a disco party.

“The sparkle of late afternoon sunlight bouncing across the long mirrors and seven disco balls, looked unexpectedly magical.”

THEME & STYLE

We started without a clear vision, but knew how we wanted it to feel – like a super fun, relaxed but bougie party. We both have a pretty causal style and wanted to make the most of the beautiful natural setting. We finally landed on disco, channeling our Byron festival days and guaranteed to get our guests dancing.

The golden tones flowing through the florals, bridesmaids dresses, fairy lights, table settings, velvet furniture, and rammed earth walls, all setting off the sparkle of a huge disco ball over the dance floor and fireplace.

I remember at the start of cocktail hour, Munro beckoned me behind the bar to show me the sparkle of late afternoon sunlight bouncing across the long mirrors and seven disco balls, looking unexpectedly magical.

The second time was one of the highlights of the wedding, bursting into the room through the back doors and seeing it filled with our favourite people cheering as we danced down the length of the tables to take our seats as husband and wife.

THE DETAILS

The whole thing would never have happened without Kiera. We still don’t know how she pulled off the Covid-reschedule and we’re so grateful for her canny sense of when we needed space versus firm creative direction. We are disorganised people, and she made sure it went off seamlessly and played a crucial role in bringing all the elements of the aesthetic together.

Flowers were not going to be a priority for us, but in the end we were both absolutely obsessed with what The French Petal created, the gorgeous unstructured arbour and delicate wildflower bouquets scattered across the tables completing the bridal party perfectly. Estelle was such a pleasure to work with and brought our very vague brief to life with her creativity and enthusiasm.
 
Brad (Scradly Beats) was a hero.  A super talented DJ who is passionate about creating the perfect vibe, and nailed our brief, taking inspiration from Lachie’s Spotify playlist to create a unique and absolutely banging set that had all generations dancing for hours.
 
We are also so grateful for our photographer magician, Beck Rocci, and her associate shooter Elsa, whose bubbly and warm demeanours made us able to be ourselves and who, impossibly, captured 110 percent of the beauty, love, and joy of the day and night.

FASHION NOTES

I was searching for nothing too traditionally bridal. I really thought I’d be going with a simple silk slip, but was in the end surprised to choose something from Emmy Mae Bridal that was much more feminine with delicate lace, which gave a similar silhouette and the right balance of classic and sexy. Lachie is wearing a custom P Johnson.

I liked the idea of casual and mismatched for our bridal party, and wanted the girls to feel beautiful and choose their own outfits. I had the idea for them to wear shades of gold, to match my phenomenal Kyha Studios (One Day Bridal) Flares, which I whipped out for the first dance.I was almost too relaxed about it, but the whole look came together on the day – thanks to the lucky addition of Katie’s beautiful pre-loved velvet Manning Cartell slip, the stunning bouquets, Lachie’s creamy jacket and spare linen shirt borrowed by one of the groomsman who had forgotten his own.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

There are too many to choose! Seeing each other for the first time under the fig tree and again in front of the fireplace for our speeches (Lachie’s in particular had everyone in tears). Smooching in our sunset photo shoot on the hill, riding high on the romantic light, endorphins and margaritas. Bursting in through the EarthHouse doors to our guests cheering on their feet and later, as we busted moves in our first dance before being swamped by our mates to boogie nonstop for two hours thanks to Scradly Beats.

Planning + Coordination / Creative Weddings 

Florals / The French Petal 

Hair + makeup / Lilly Rathie & Alex Ouston Beauty Co 

Lighting / Byron Audio 

Ceremony / Skai Ceremonies 

Music / Scradley DJ 

Photography / Beck Rocchi Photography