How did you meet your (now) husband? Nathan and I were close friends for a few years before we ended up together. When he first asked me out, I had no idea it was coming and it caught me completely off guard. It actually took me a little while to warm up to the idea of taking the relationship further than just friendship, but I’m glad I took a chance on him, because now I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
How long have you been together? 4 years
Do you have a proposal story? “Family dinner plans” turned into a surprise trip to Byron Bay (just the two of us), followed by a private tour of the lighthouse history museum.
This ended at the top of the lighthouse at sunset where the guide not to subtly disappeared, and Nathan fumbled for a bit and presented me a ring. I was in shock so he had to ask twice before I said anything but it was a big yes!
What was your wedding date? 13th September 2014
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
4 Sunrise Ln, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
2. What made you choose there? Byron Bay has always been a special place for Nathan and I, so it made sense to get married in the area.
3. How did you find it? The team at Byron Bay Weddings look after a number of venues in the area so we looked at a few. Fig Tree had a beautiful relaxed vibe and overlooked the lighthouse – a perfect fit with our engagement story.
How was the weather on the day? Overcast – it was threatening rain all day but thankfully held off.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Family (some coming from overseas) and venue availability.
The Wedding Details
Theme ? No “country” theming is where we began. We had seen the hay bales, bunting, drinking out of jam jars done to death – and it wasn’t really our style anyway so wanted something elegant.
I think I would describe our final theme as white with a romantic/moroccan twist (lots of touches of gold, bright reds and pinks).
I was very hands on with the wedding planning and styling but the Byron Bay Weddings team were fantastic in the leading up to the wedding as a sounding board for ideas, offering supplier suggestions and running everything on the day.
Everything was considered carefully to make sure it reflected what Nathan and I wanted and so that our guests would have a good time. On the day, it all came together with the help of Byron Bay Weddings, our florist and a couple of prop hire companies.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I tried to keep the wedding as DIY free as possible, but in the end we made the table runners for the reception and wrapped all the favours, which doubled as place cards. These matched the original invitation stationary design to help carry a theme through.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I visited most of the big bridal stores in Brisbane and was quite disappointed with the quality and style of dresses. Most looked like they were straight out of the 90’s. The personal service and attention to detail at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES impressed me from the minute I walked in.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Online – but they are even better in person.
How many gowns did you try? About 6 or 7. I narrowed my choice down to a top three, and actually ended up going back alone to make the final decision – without any extra voices and opinions swaying my decision.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Brisbane
What did you especially like about your gown? My style is quite simple – so I chose a dress that was plain with beautiful seam/corset detail to take it to the next level.
The selling point for me was having a train overlay for the wedding, and being able to take this off and change up the look for the reception.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Nathan wore a slim cut, dark navy tux with a black lapel from Hugo Boss
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES veil for the ceremony, and changed to a flower crown for the reception.
I also wore some beautiful Crystal earrings from BHLDN
Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were red suede pumps from Wittner. Nathan wore red polkadot socks to match J
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES veil for the ceremony
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? It’s more work than you realize. Get some friends and family on board to help with the planning. Also, don’t stress about the small details too much, the day will be good no matter what!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t go in with a preconceived idea of what you want. Sometimes a totally different style will suit you better. I would also not try on too many dresses as it can get a little overwhelming and hard to remember what is what.
Florist - The French Petal (Estelle)
Photographer – Lucas & Co Photography (Jason & Sarah)
We were drawn to the candid/journalistic style of Jason and Sarah’s work. On email they were so prompt and professional and in person were so laid back and friendly that it put us at ease. I am so glad they were part of our day – the photos speak for themselves!
Videographer - N/A
Music - Nathan Merriweather
Nathan works in logistics by day, but moonlights as a wedding singer on weekends. Naturally, he was given the entertainment to look after and he did a great job. He had a couple of friends playing jazz/classical guitar prior to the ceremony and for canapés, and another friend put together a couple of pre-mixes for dinner and then the dance floor later. I had a feeling Nathan was also planning something special but wasn’t exactly sure. When I walked down the isle he had actually recorded a version of himself singing the song which was so special. He also broke out “Sexual Healing” as part of his wedding speech which was so funny.
First Dance - Ray Lamontagne – You are the Best Thing.
MC - Nathan’s two best mates MC’d – hilarious!
Celebrant - Nathan’s Father married us – it was very special.
Stationery - Etsy
Menu - Champagne and Canapes post ceremony and then a banquet/share style feast for dinner and a dessert tasting station afterwards. I have never liked the set menu/alternate drop too much, and really wanted it to be communal and hearty.
Cake - Rebellyous Cake Co (Rebel Taylor)
Bombonieres - Mini Cookie Boxes from Byron Bay Cookie Company
Cars/Transport - N/A
Hair & Make up - Luciana Briedis
Lucy was amazing, and dealt with my nerves so well while we were all getting ready in the morning. I think she got the balance just right between soft/romantic makeup and something a bit stronger that would photograph well. Later in the day (before the reception) she also came back to the venue and changed my hair from being up, to beautiful soft curls to suit the flower crown!
Wedding Bands - Millroy Jewelers
Extra features - N/A
Other – Planner - Byron Bay Weddings
Styling items - The Wedding Shed (via Byron Bay Weddings – details above) and The Palace & Co