Byron Bay was always going to be the destination for Queenslander couple Jessica and Will. As frequent visitors to the popular coastal town, hosting their nuptials here was also a great excuse for their guests to make a weekend out of their wedding, though still close enough to the Gold Coast and Brisbane that their guests could just make a day trip.
Wedding date: May 21st 2016
Wedding location: Ewingsdale NSW
Number of guests: 75
Bridal Party: One maid of honour, six bridesmaids and one best man
Ceremony time: 2:30pm – 3pm
Reception time: From 6pm
Where was the location of your wedding ceremony and reception?
Underneath the Fig Tree at Fig Tree Restaurant in Ewingsdale, NSW. It was over looking the beautiful Byron Coast line. Guests were served champagne and beer while waiting for the ceremony to start.
What was the vibe or theme of your wedding?
We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed event where guests could really let their hair down and enjoy themselves. The entire day transitioned smoothly from the ceremony to cocktails and canapés and lawn games to the speeches, reception and dancing. We wanted the reception to be like a large family dinner with long tables feasting tables.
What was your absolute favourite moment from your wedding day?
Having all of the people we both love in one place was very special.
Tell us about your vows...
Our ceremony was relatively casual we both wrote our vows together including what marriage means to us as a couple.
Describe the reception space...
After the ceremony cocktails and canapés were served underneath the Fig Tree, there were high bars to seat guests and lawn games scattered around. As the sun was setting Champagne was served around the pool area while the speeches took place.
Dinner was served feasting style in the old converted farm house on long tables decorated with burlap table runners, flowers and tea lights. In addition rustic crates and timber rounds with large candles were used in the dessert area these added a touch of romance. Once dinner was served the tables were cleared away to make way for dancing.
After dinner a whiskey bar was set up by the pool with a Chester Field sofa and whiskey trolley.
Did you arrange transport for your guests?
We organised a Red Double Decker Bus to transport guests to the ceremony. The Bus had special meaning as Will and his family are English so it also doubled as a nod to the Groom’s heritage. The bus picked guests up at pre-designated locations on the way to the venue.
What are you glad you did on your special day?
To us it was important to find a venue where the entire day would flow and there wouldn’t be gaps between the ceremony and Reception. The Fig Tree was perfect for this as guests were able to relax straight after the ceremony with lawn games cocktails and canapés while enjoying the spectacular view and grounds.
Was it hard to plan your destination wedding?
The biggest challenge for us was time, we planned the whole wedding in under five months. Once we decided on a venue everything fell into place.
What advice would you give other couples planning a destination wedding in Byron Bay?
Accommodation can be tricky in Byron Bay at the best of times, make sure there isn’t a major event on the weekend you are looking at and advise your guests to book their accommodation sooner rather than later. If there are a few weddings in town it can get booked out quickly. There are also very strict noise restrictions and curfews in the Byron area it is important to keep this in mind when selecting a venue. Most of the venues do not provide guest parking, meaning you will need to allow for guest transportation in your budget.
What would you have done differently?
Nothing we can think of, to us our wedding day was perfect.
Photography: Ben Whitmore
Ceremony: Fig Tree
Reception: Fig Tree Restaurant and Rooms
Wedding Rings: Paradise Jewelers
Bride’s gown: Watters
Bride’s accessories: Samantha Wills
Hair and Makeup artist: Nicholas Morley (not online)
Bridesmaid dresses: Alice Mcall
Groom's suit: Uberstone
Groom's shoes: Ted Baker
Groom's tie and pocket square: Otaa
Groom's socks: Happy Socks
Groomsmen’s suits: Uberstone
Event planner: Byron Bay Weddings
Celebrant: Eres Akguner
Flowers: Flowers at the Farm
Transport: Byron Double Deckers
Prop or furniture hire: The Wedding Shed and Currumbin Wedding Hire
Desserts: Cupcakes by Byron Bay Cake Boutique
Stationery: Go Media