Byron Bay weddings done right

Couples can enjoy relaxed outdoor wedding ceremonies by the beach in picturesque Byron Bay. Byron Bay has to be one of the favourite holiday destinations for Sydney-siders. The balmy northern NSW town boasts the most easterly point of Australia and delights both beach and nature lovers, foodies and fun-loving adventurists, style junkies and the spiritual. To all, it delivers a unique calmness and serenity, which makes it the ideal destination for the busy bride and groom in the lead up to their big day. The appeal of Byron Bay as an out-of-town wedding destination is reinforced by suppliers such as Byron Bay Weddings, run by local brothers Che and Jules Devlin. Che manages the popular and long-standing Fig Tree restaurant set in the region’s hinterlands and overlooking the magnificent beach and lighthouse (figtreerestaurant.com.au) while Jules stands at the helm of local favourite, The Eatery (theeateryonjonson.com) in Byron’s town centre. Taking the business over from their parents about nine years ago, the boys injected their own brand of foodie fl air into the iconic restaurants. Their culinary style has been described as a true mix of international influences, exotic spices and tastes — all made using fresh and quality products sourced from local producers, farmers and fishermen. And the success and demand for their unique culinary vision and dishes led to the launch of their catering business, aptly named FEAST, which is all about choice and customisation. With an “anything is possible” ethos, Che and Jules encourage couples to use their imaginations and create the wedding they really want. In the past, this has resulted in couples opting for grand weddings with feasting tables as well as smaller, more informal dos, featuring tapas served on rustic breadboards or gourmet burgers served from a cool burger bar — and my favourite… dessert stations dishing out triple-scoop gelatos!

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Dressing in Luxurious Lace on Your Wedding Day

Jessie and Alex had a simple and relaxed garden ceremony with their nearest and dearest Couple: Jessie & Alex Location: Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf After 10 years together, Alex finally popped the big question to Jessie. The couple had left their tiny apartment in Sydney’s inner-city Paddington for coastal life on the Central Coast where they both grew up. “I had come home from work one afternoon and Alex was persistent on trying to get me to go for a walk to the beach with our dog,” recalls Jessie. “I fought it the majority of the way there because all I wanted to do after a long day at work was sit down with a glass of red! Once we got there, I walked ahead with our dog until I noticed Alex lingering behind. I turned around to fi nd him awkwardly standing a few metres behind us with a big ‘will you marry me’ written in the sand, with a ring box front and centre. Cue flailing hands, a few expletives and a lot of me yelling ‘are you joking’! It was fantastic timing because we found out we were pregnant not long after.” The couple married at Pearl Beach Arboretum where Jessie wore a beautiful custom corded-lace Ziolkowski gown. “I was sure I knew the dress I was going with but I saw this particular design in a wedding magazine and knew it was the one. Celyna was amazing to deal with and incredible with fitting me in with only a few months until the wedding!” says Jessie. A cocktail reception was held at Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf where the party danced the night away. Guests dined on bloody Mary oyster shots, peach Bellinis, fresh prawns and seafood, tapas, fish tacos, salt-and-pepper squid, barramundi rolls, boxed fi sh and chips and seafood paella. Jessie says her day was absolutely amazing. “The ceremony was outdoors so rain was a major factor, especially when a storm blew in the night before,” she says. “Waking up to the sun the day of the wedding really set the tone and mood for the whole day. The ceremony was intimate, informal and we had set up music and a bar in the clearing to relax while we took photos and caught up with everyone before we made our way to the reception. The food, wine, band and atmosphere at the restaurant were all amazing and while there were a few bits and pieces that didn’t go exactly to plan, the day was as close to perfect as you could get.” Bride's Advice: “Don’t sweat the small the stuff. It’s so easy to get caught up in the wedding hype. Simplify the day and make it about the two of you and what you want out of it. We wanted one big party and that’s exactly what we had.”

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