Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay

Niamh & James

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‘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.

Byron Bay Wedding at EarthHouse Niamh and James
Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay

OUR STORY

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 Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay

THE DESTINATION

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. 

Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay
Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay

THE DETAILS

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 coordinator, Kiera, was an absolute dream to work with. Nothing stressed her out. Even when I was so worried and panicked that I didn’t reply to her for days on end, she never got annoyed and always had solutions for every possible issue. She kept everyone calm, and was a delight to work with.
Niamh and James Byron Bay Wedding at EarthHouse

‘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.’

Niamh and James Byron Bay Wedding at EarthHouse

FASHION NOTES

I was searching for something figure hugging and lacy and found the beautiful Maggie Sottero gown. My mum cried as I walked out of the change room and that was all I needed.
As I had my brother in my bridal party, I needed to have the colour of his suit match the girls’ Oleg Cassini dresses. I also wanted the girls to feel beautiful and confident on the day, so they chose the one shoulder fit and I loved it.
Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay
Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay

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.

Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay
Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay
Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

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. 

Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay
Niamh & James Wedding at EarthHouse Byron Bay