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When Belle rocked up for her first day of work and locked eyes with Chris, she knew he was something special. It took her 3 months to build the courage to say hello but just 4 years later they were saying “I do” in the Byron Bay hinterland, with Lucas & Co on hand to capture it all.
Belle and Chris had decided on their wedding venue long before they were even engaged. Bell recalls, “I found Horizon online looking at beautiful houses with my sisters for weddings none of us were planning haha! I saw Horizon and knew I’d marry Chris there. I showed Chris even though we weren’t engaged and he loved it as well.”
On their second anniversary, Chris treated Belle to a surprise weekend away near Byron Bay and got down on one knee. He says, “The moment was incredible, tears, laughing and she said yes. I can still picture it, that was more than a life-changing moment.”
The couple enlisted the services of Byron Bay Weddings to help realise the vision they had for a relaxed but romantic celebration. Belle says, “Emily directed us to vendors who were our style and within our budget which made the whole process so enjoyable and fun. There was no stress!
How did you meet your partner? We met at work on my first day and MAC, Chris was working in fragrance at the time and we locked eyes as I walked in. It was probably one of the most memorable moments of my life I can still see Chris standing there as I walked in. It took me a good three months to build up the courage to speak to Chris, I was way too nervous.
Since then we have been inseparable, since we began dating our first goal was to build our home together - This is such a good snap of our relationship, we dream big!
How long have you been together? 4 Years
Do you have a proposal story? Chris proposed to me at Koonyum Range Retreat in Mullumbimby NSW on our 2 year anniversary. I had no idea what was about to happen he kept such a good secret, I usually find our every surprise. He spoilt me with beautiful red roses and a note saying we were going away for the weekend. It was amazing! the emotion I felt and how excited I was I can still feel, what a moment! He still gives me butterflies like that now.
What was your wedding date? 3rd September 2016.
Ceremony & Reception
Location? Horizon, Byron Bay
What made you choose there? I found Horizon online looking at beautiful houses with my sisters for weddings none of us were planning haha! As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d marry Chris there. I showed Chris even though we weren’t engaged and he loved it as well. When we went to visit the venue with BBW it was just magical. The breathtaking views and the ceremony deck was more than we had dreamed of - there were no more venues to look at from there.
We wanted the venue and marquee very simple with lots of colourful blooms on the tables and gold accents as finishing touches to the already beautiful venue. Horizon speaks for itself there is no need to over do anything.
How did you find it? Looking online
The Wedding Details
Theme? The theme was romance in the hills. Our vibe is very relaxed so this was fitting for our wedding too. We wanted the venue and marquee very simple with lots of colourful blooms on the tables and gold accents as finishing touches to the already beautiful venue. Horizon speaks for itself there is no need to over do anything.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Byron Bay Weddings helped me to realise everything. Emily directed us to vendors who were our style and within our budget which made the whole process so enjoyable and fun. There was no stress! A lot of my inspiration came from Hello May, when we got engaged my sisters bought this for me and it was so special my new surname would be May. I looked a lot on Instagram, The Wedding Shed, Little Grey Station and The Events Lounge. I just loved looking at everything.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
My sisters and I are very creative and it was difficult to not want to take over and do the whole wedding - this just wasn’t possible. My sisters wanted to do little things to help us and that was an amazing thing little details just made the day more us and extra special.
My sister Vanessa is an incredible graphic designer and she has done lots of wedding invitation designs and blackboard signs so of course she had to help me with mine too. Vanessa designed our save the dates, invitations, black board signs, menus and name tags. They were so beautiful.
My other sister Fiona hand embroidered our tees to get ready in. All the bridesmaids and my mum had grey and mine white with bright pink writing, simple and sweet. Fiona is also a budding florist so she had fun assembling flower arrangements for the top of our blackboard welcome sign and table chart.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? KWH was the second dress store I went to and the Mabel two piece was the second dress I tried on, I got so emotional and I couldn’t wait for Chris to see me in it.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes, Brisbane
What did you especially like about your gown? I struggled to decide what type of look I wanted to go for as a Bride, if I wanted boho or more classic so I left it up to trying on everything to help me decide. Originally I wanted the long fitted lace gown with a low back, all of my Inspo images were this design. Once I started trying on dresses, I felt like I needed to ensure I chose something that was me- simple, classic but different from the trends.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Kookai
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Earrings were my mums and my grandmas both worn by them on their own weddings days.
Where did you get your shoes from? Kendall and Kylie
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil was from Karen Willis Holmes
What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? Enjoy every single moment in the planning and the day and don’t let the small stuff get in the way. Remember what you’re doing and why. Make sure the whole day embodies this in every moment. It goes so fast and once you are in amongst the emotions and energy important moments can slip past, make sure you have time just you two. Chris and I made sure we slowed down and absorbed everything all day, Kirsty our celebrant had a moment at the end of our ceremony where we stopped, looked around and took in the whole moment and each other - this was amazing, I’ll never forget it. We also set 30 minutes aside just us which helped make the day even more memorable.
We were so happy with everything we did. Some standouts were choosing our first venue that we fell in love with, doing some DIY to make our day a little more original and also relax! It was a big thing for us in the lead up with lots of family around so we made sure when the day came we relaxed and put our love first.
The only thing we wish we did was videography, however, Jason and Sarah did an incredible job in capturing moments we missed. The photos told a beautiful story of our day.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? Our favourite moment was seeing each other for the first time. I was so excited all day, not one bit of nerves I just couldn’t wait to see him. Once I turned around the corner with my dad and started walking I could only see him, all our guests went blurry and it was a magical moment. Chris was standing there and I could tell he was holding back tears. We had waited for that moment for so long it was just insane when it happened.
Second favourite moment to this had to be when we were announced husband and wife!!
Photographer - Jason and Sarah, Lucas & Co.
Florist - The French Petal, Byron Bay
Styling/ Event planner- Byron Bay Weddings
Venue - Horizon
Music - Tom Francis
Celebrant - Kirsty Laing
Stationery - Vanessa Macphail
Menu - Fig Tree Restaurant, Byron Bay
Cake - White chocolate mud cake with Belgian white chocolate ganache, made by Debbie
Hair - Tash, The Front Yard
Makeup - Rhiannon Jay and Belinda May (bride)
Wedding Bands - Michael Hill