Niamh & James
‘Come morning time, I was able to watch the sunrise over the hills from our bed. It just set the tone for how beautiful our day was going to be.’
Soft candlelight and chandeliers crowned with tulips and roses cast a spell for Niamh and James’ winter wonderland wedding.
We met as teenagers at a hardcore show put on by my brothers band. As soon as I saw James I thought “Oh wow, he’s cute!”, so I let him into the show for free and the rest is history. James had planned to propose early on during a European winter holiday we took. That didn’t work out. So many times he tried to get on one knee and his attempts were foiled, first by a very flexible elderly man who decided to do some groin stretches on the park bench next to us in Amsterdam, then by some lurking tourists in an empty Copenhagen garden. Finally, on our last night in London, he had no choice but to rush me out of my toasty Airbnb bed, downstairs to a sidewalk where a man was taking his bins out – very romantic but of course I said yes. It was perfect to me.
Byron Bay is like heaven on earth. Once you find your own quiet corner, it takes your breath away. Pair that with great food, coffee, and locals – nothing beats Byron.I won’t lie, EarthHouse was James’ choice initially. I wasn’t too fussed, purely because it was outside of Byron, but how wrong I was to judge. As soon as we pulled up, I knew this was our venue. It is beyond peaceful, and it oozes romance. We stood under the fig tree and took in the insane view of the hinterland, then walked though those beautiful double doors and my breath was taken away, even as an empty room. Then when Munro took us out to the balcony, I started to cry. I knew it was where I wanted to marry James and he thankfully felt the same way.
James and I only really had two visions for our wedding day – a ceremony with a view, and our friends and family sharing large plates of food while we happily watched them from the head table. Enter Eat Drink. They were absolutely incredible to deal with, gave us options for ingredients that were fresh and in season, and were such a huge highlight on our wedding day as servers and bar tenders. So many of our guests compliment them still to this day.
Our reception felt like it was straight out of a Shakespearean banquet scene and I’m still obsessed when I see the photos. I truly have to pinch myself. I was obsessed with the hanging tulips and lights. I always knew I wanted a simple white rose bouquet for myself and my bridesmaids, but the tulips stole the show.Candles were a must have, and I feel like the room was even more magical with them lit.
‘Our reception felt like it was straight out of a Shakespearean banquet scene and I’m still obsessed when I see the photos. I truly have to pinch myself.’
FROM ONE BRIDE TO ANOTHER
Just trust your wedding planner and enjoy your day. You’ll never plan a day like it, and once you have a budget and a vision, the rest works itself out.
My bridesmaids and I stayed at in the EarthHouse cottage the night before the wedding. Unsurprisingly, I couldn’t sleep with all of the excitement and come morning time I was able to watch the sunrise over the hills from our bed. It just set the tone for how beautiful our day was going to be.
Planning + Coordination / Creative Weddings
Event hire / The Wedding Shed, Hampton Event Hire & Events Party Hire
Florals / The French Petal
Greenery / Northern Rivers Plant Hire
Lighting / Byron Audio
Food / Eat Drink Catering
Cake / Rebellyous Cake Co
Hair + makeup / Alex Ouston Beauty Co.
Ceremony / Cara Gallagher
Music / North Coast Entertainment
Guest Transport / Byron Bay Double Deckers
Photo Booth / The Photo Booth Guys
Photography / Light Pictures Studio