Their love of travel has taken Bree and Andrew to Byron Bay on many occasions, "We absolutely love it!" Bree shares, adding, "The beach, the relaxed vibe, the mix of people... it's heaven on earth." So the couple knew it would be the perfect place for their destination wedding. They also loved that Byron Bay gave their interstate and international guests a choice of a long weekend stay or extended holiday to the surrounding locations.
Wedding date: September 8th 2017
Wedding location: Byron Bay
Number of guests: 140
Bridal Party: One maid of honour, three bridesmaids, one best man, three groomsmen, three flower girls, one ring security
Ceremony time: 2:30pm
Reception time: From 5:00pm
Tell us about how you met…
A mutual friend thought we both shared a zest for life and adventurous spirit, so he arranged for both of us to meet at his girlfriend’s birthday. It was love at first sight! The first year of our relationship was long distance, first interstate (Andrew in Melbourne, me in Sydney) and then in different countries (Andrew in Australia, me in Canada), but oceans could not keep our love from growing, it only made our relationship stronger. Once we lived in the same country and state, the rest was easy.
And the proposal?
As the master planner, I had organised a surprise birthday camping weekend away for my astronomy loving boyfriend. Andrew was blind folded at the airport, having no idea he was travelling to Cotter Reserve in the ACT to view an observatory that only opens four times a year. Little did I know that Andrew had an ace up his sleeve bringing my engagement ring away on the surprise weekend. Andrew waited for the sun to set, the full moon to rise and the stars to shine bright above and then dropped down on one knee & asked me if I would do the honour of marrying him.
Having no phone reception at Cotter Reserve meant that we both got to really enjoy the moment before sharing it with the world.
Where was the location of your wedding ceremony and reception?
Our ceremony was at Cape Byron Lighthouse, the most easterly point of Australia. The reception was at Byron Bay Surf lifesaving club.
What was the vibe or theme of your wedding?
The Vibe was ‘Wedfest’. There was and electric vibe at our wedding. All the guests were on their own interstate or international holiday in Byron Bay for our wedding, therefore energy levels were high. The wedding was not only celebrated on the wedding day; the ‘Wedfest’ celebrations went all week pre and post the wedding.
The theme of our wedding was ‘Travel’. We both love to travel and had travelled extensively prior to our meeting and continued our travel as a couple overseas at least three times per year since we met. It was therefore the obvious theme for our special day.
How did you incorporate this travel theme into your big day?
We replaced table numbers with destinations we had travelled to together and placed a picture of us at each location.
Our guests found their seat via a "Where in the world am I sitting?" seat map.
Andrew made a street sign with all travel locations we had travelled to as a couple.
Instead of signing a guest book, our guests signed our guest globe with travel comments and well wishes for our future.
Was it hard to plan your destination wedding?
Byron Bay was an easy wedding destination to plan.
There was a large choice of quality providers who had a significant amount of experience and it was a good excuse for Byron Bay getaways for planning purposes.
Did you have an itinerary or planned activities for guests on either side of the wedding?
Wednesday 6 September 2017:
We arranged dinner / drinks at the Bolt Hole Byron Bay for any guests that were in town.
Friday 8 September 2017:
Wedding ceremony and reception.
All guests names had been added to a guest list at La La Land should anyone wish to have a drink after the reception.
Saturday 9 September 2017:
We booked an area at the Beach Hotel Byron Bay from 5pm for our wedding wash up.
We also provided all guests a "Things to do" list while there were in Byron Bay.
What did you like about having a destination wedding?
Everyone was on holiday, which resulted in good vibes and smiles all round.
With Byron Bay town being quite small, guests would often run into or catch up with other guests from the wedding in town.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
Marrying my best friend and having all our loved ones together.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
Landed my backflip better in the first dance.
Climbed higher in the tree for the wedding photography shoot.
Everything else was absolutely perfect!
Photography: Rick Liston
Ceremony: Cape Byron Lighthouse
Reception: Byron Bay Surf Club
Florist: beautiflora Byron Bay
Wedding Rings: Bride - GN Designer Jewellery & Groom - Lord Coconut
Bride’s gown: Grace Loves Lace - Alexandra Gown
Bride’s shoes: Grace Loves Lace - Dosa Heels
Bride’s accessories: Hair Piece - Vintage - Bride's mother's worn on her wedding day & bag - Bride's grandmothers Oroton Ivory Glomesh Clutch
Earrings - Swarovski crystal with drop pearl earrings
Hair stylist: Amy from Heartfire Collective
Makeup artist: Mia Connor
Bridesmaid dresses: Darla Dress in Navy by Pia Gladys Perey from White Runway
Bridesmaid accessories: Earrings - Freshwater pearl studs & bag - Tan Cooper St clutches
Groom’s suit: Peter Jackson
Groom’s shoes: Tarocash
Groom’s watch: Groom's grandfather's watch passed down
Groomsmen’s suits: Peter Jackson
Flower girl dresses: Bardot Junior & Converse shoes from Surfstitch
Page Boy suits: Ring Security T-Shirt (from etsy) & pants - Bardot Junior
Event planner/stylist: Scott Priddle from Equality Catering
Celebrant: Kate Priddle
Entertainment: Ceremony - Dean Guest & Paul Annison (friends of Bride and Groom) &
Reception - Josh Boots
Transport: Lincoln & Kombi
Guests Transportation: Travel Safe Coach Hire
Photo Booth: Mayhem Photobooth
Wedding website: Squarespace
First Dance Hip Hop/ Latino Dance: Urban Every Dance
Father of the bride & groom cufflinks: etsy