A Magical Wedding Celebration in WA

A Magical Wedding Celebration in WA

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A Magical Wedding Celebration in WA


& Nick

How did the two of you meet? 

Nick and I met out, he was at a friends birthday and I was out with some friends. We were having a chat at the bar, and seemed to get along really well. We ended up exchanging numbers with plans to catch up the following weekend for brunch, but I ended up cancelling an hour before (oops) as I had a big night prior. I thought I would never hear from him again because it wasn’t very nice of me to cancel at the last minute, but Nick suggested dinner during the week. We caught up for dinner, and it was then that I had a strong inkling that we would end up together. Three years on, and we’re married with a fur baby!

What was the proposal like?

Nick told me he booked a mini staycation for a little getaway to relax and shop before we got our puppy. I wasn’t too surprised as we often went on weekend getaways. On the day he proposed, he was acting a little odd and seemed quite restless so in hindsight I think I did suspect something. That day I purchased a new pair of shoes and the box came with a few envelopes for spare buckles. We went out for dinner and cocktails that night, and when we got back to the hotel there was a bottle of champagne and strawberries. On the top of the bowl, was a red envelope from my shoe box with the words ‘Will you marry me”. I completely missed it initially as I was so tired, so Nick actually had to point out the envelope and when I opened it, the ring fell out. I later found out, that the reason he used the envelope was because he broke the ring box. 


What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

Enjoy the process – the day will be amazing no matter what! It’s the one day where you and your partner will have everyone you love in one room together and that is what makes the memories. Make sure you and your partner spend as much time together on the actual day – it goes so quickly so take it all in together. We made a pact to stick together as much as we could during the reception so that we could reflect on and share the memories together.

What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for? 

Ambience and food/drink was important to us. Food can make or break an event, so we wanted to invest it that. We opted for a selection of canapes to kick off the reception, as well as seated entrée’s, mains and a big dessert bar. We spent time selecting the menu and considered our guests tastes and made sure we had a good selection of options. Florals and lighting was also expensive, but we wanted our guests to feel like they were somewhere magical and out of the city (even though we were in the heart of it).  


How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

Budgets are a personal choice, and we selected something that we were comfortable with spending. We went a little over our budget, but that being said we picked what was important to us and let ourselves be a little flexible with the spending’s. It’s one day that creates memories to last a lifetime, so we weren’t too fussed. We were also super strict on the guest list and only to invited our closest and dearest family and friends.

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

I spent a few months thinking about what I wanted the day to look like and how I wanted it to feel for our guests. I looked at Pinterest for ideas and sent these to our wedding planner, Lara White (White Events). If your budget allows, I would recommend getting a wedding planner. We had our wedding in Perth (both of us live in Melbourne) and having Lara organise and plan the whole day took a lot of stress away from us. She also made things run so smoothly and calmed my nerves on the day.

“If your budget allows, I would recommend getting a wedding planner.”

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?


I had a really good skincare regime and invested in a good range 6 months before our wedding. I also had a number of skin treatments which I started 4 months leading up to the wedding. Nick and I are fairly active people so we just kept our exercise routine up, and tried to limit alcohol as much as we could a few months leading up to the wedding.


Ceremony song?

Canon in D – Pachebel

First Dance? 

XO – John Mayer cover


Ceremony: St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco WA

Reception: The Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach WA

Planner: Lara White, White Events

Cake: The Cake and I

Photographer / Videographer:  Natasja Kremers

Flowers: Wallflower Studio

Caterer: Ultimo Catering

Celebrant:  Priest

Dress: Karen Willis Holmes

Shoes: Aquazurra

Groom/groomsmen: Tom Ford and Oscar Hunt  

Rings: Kallure’

Hair & Makeup: The Pretty Parlour & Jacqui Bradfield

Music: String Quartet for Ceremony: Dolce Ensembles

Acoustic singer for Reception: Riley Pearce, DJ: Goldbass


10 Pairs Of Shoes To Dance Down The Aisle In

10 Pairs Of Shoes To Dance Down The Aisle In


Does cheap white satin bring you out in hives?

Good news: traditional bridal shoes have undergone a stealth makeover at the hands of high end labels who specialise in internationally sleek designs. 

We’ve rounded up our top 10.  

1. Jimmy Choo X off-white Mary bow 100 pumps, $521,

2. Roger Vivier Flower Strass Satin pumps, $1,995,

3. Alaia Bombe 110 Studded Leather Sandals, $1,480,

4. Balenciaga Square Knife Bow Sandals $950,

5. Gianvito Rossi Strappy Leather Slingback Sandals, $795,

6. Prada Patent Strappy Ankle Sandals, $750,

7. Givency sandals in Smooth Leahter, $1,150,

8. Jimmy Shoes Romy Pumps, $1,020,

9. Prada feather embellished satin mules, $535,

10. Prada leather slingbacks, $1480,

How to style your wedding

How to style your wedding

How to style your wedding

You’re going to remember how your wedding day felt, not how it looked. No matter what Pinterest tells you, you don’t plan a wedding based on style choices. You plan it based on reality. Trends in wedding styling tend to stick around for a lot longer than in any other industry. Don’t be concerned about planning far in advance for this one.

If you start planning your wedding from your Pinterest board, it’s not only going to be excessively expensive, it also may not have much to do with your party.

Take a step back. Walk away from your Pinterest App or laptop. Think about what will look good in your space and venue. You need to look at your venue’s decoration restrictions (some venues do not want open flames).  You want to know the secret of really amazing wedding styling? Choosing a design style and sticking to it. Basic, I know. But so many brides have told me they find it hard to bring their styling together. And it’s because they’re trying to do every single idea they see on Pinterest.

Decide on a colour palette. Colour is a great place to start with making your design style your own. I find the easiest approach is to select a set of neutral colours for the base then adding in one or more accent colours. Choose a word, such as ‘whimsical’ or it could be a name of a place you absolutely love, such as ‘Byron’. From there, chose a style, minimal and laidback. How is it laidback? Well I interpret that as muted tones, simplicity and linen table cloths as a basis for the style.

Themes to consider:

  • Classic
  • Vintage
  • Rustic
  • Modern
  • Industrial
  • Festival                                                                                           

Bring in textures through fabrics including linen, silk, jute and lace; or materials such as timber, metal, concrete, brick or gold, cooper and silver-plated items.

Focus your energy on thing that people will notice right away and on spaces that are going to be photographed a lot. How many times can you remember what napkins or cutlery someone used at a wedding? The only reason people take notice is if A. They are planning a wedding themselves or B. Have recently had a wedding and are comparing their wedding to yours.

For maximum impact in any set up, simply display objects in groups of odd numbers. Groups of 3 to 5 objects work best.

Vary the heights of the objects, and position in a way to create depth and interest.

Apart from being beautiful, flowers are a great way of bringing in a lot of the styling techniques we’ve discussed. They provide texture; different shades of colours; bouquets have height and depth; and can be arranged in to create visual balance. Along with everything else flowers bring life to a room. It’s all of these reasons why you see flowers used so much.


Images and styling from The Style Co here



  1. Pick a design style
  2. Pick a colour scheme
  3. Create a mood board



Identify Spaces

Your ceremony space may include:

  • an alter
  • a space for your guests to sit
  • a space to sign your paperwork
  • a space for guests to mingle before/after
  • a bar area for refreshments to be served from


Your reception space may include:

  • a space for your reception tables / bridal table
  • a space for your gifts to be placed
  • a space for your cake or desserts to be displayed
  • a bar area for drinks to be served from
  • a lounge area
  • a cocktail area
  • a dancing area
  • a space for your DJ/band to set up
  • or a space for other entertainment (eg: photobooths




A Hamptons style Wedding at Bells at Killcare

A Hamptons style Wedding at Bells at Killcare

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A Hamptons Style Wedding At Bells At Killcare  


& David 

How did the two of you meet? 

Dave and I actually met on Boxing Day through mutual friends. 

We use to walk Bondi to Bronte every morning before work and one day he surprised me and got down on one knee and proposed at Mackenzies point. I was completely surprised and caught off guard! He had all our family waiting at Bills in Bondi to celebrate and had organised for me to take the day off work to celebrate with him. The next day we flew to Fiji to celebrate our engagement. It was a beautiful whirlwind celebration! 


What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

Enjoy being engaged and the process of planning the wedding – don’t get too caught up on the finer details! 

What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for? 

Catering – we knew we wanted to make that a focus for the day. 


How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

We started a budget very early on and knew what we thought was realistic for each supplier unfortunately sometimes things don’t always go to plan but we prioritised what we thought we couldn’t live without on the day and what was the most important to us. 

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

For Dave and I it was all about finding the right venue to celebrate with our closest family and friends. We wanted to look at a destination wedding overseas but we knew that this would limit having some of our friends and family attend so we found somewhere closer to home where all our friends could come and join us for the weekend and from there the rest fell into place. 

“Enjoy being engaged and the process of planning the wedding – don’t get too caught up on the finer details! ” 

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?

For my beauty routine I attended Melanie Grant in Double Bay to help prepare my skin with weekly facials which included light therapy and peels. I started this preparation 6 months before my wedding and started attending more frequently as the day got closer. 

In terms of fitness I used Pilates to help me relax and also get fit. I tired to attend around 4 sessions a week. 

Ceremony song?

Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow

First Dance? 

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli 


Ceremony: Bells at Killcare

Reception: Bells at Killcare

Cake: Bells at Killcare

Photographer / Videographer:  Justin Aaron 

Celebrant:  Linda Marsden

Dress: Sachin & Babi / Calvin Klein

Shoes: Givenchy / Gucci

Bridesmaid dresses: Hansen & Gretel 

Groom/groomsmen: Hugo Boss & MJ Bale 

Accessories: earrings by Lanvin

Rings: Cartier

Hair & Makeup: Hair –  Montana Brown  & Makeup 0 

Vic Anderson


Writing your own ceremony vows? Read these tips first. .

Writing your own ceremony vows? Read these tips first. .

Writing your own ceremony vows? read these tips first. .

Ceremony and Vows

Legal Requirements

  • Getting your license

You don’t have to include all these requirements but this is the basic wedding structure to add to or remove parts if need be:

  • Opening/welcome
  • Expression of intent: this is generally the part where couples say “I do”.
  • Readings, hymns and prayers: this is a great to honour people or cultural history.
  • Address or Sermon: the officiant will speak a bit about marriage or personal relationship.
  • Vows: these may be traditional or something you write yourself.
  • Ring ceremony: the rings are exchanged with ring vows.
  • Pronouncement: this is where the officiant announces you to the crowd.
  • The kiss

Secular wedding vows:

“Anna, I knew from the very moment I laid eyes on you that you were my forever. Someway, somehow, I was determined to make you mine. And from this day forward my heart is entirely yours….

As we continue to grow in our lives together, I promise to give you all of my words when needed, and to share in the silence when they are not, to pick you up if you are down, to love you unconditionally, to lay my bare skin on you when needed most, to care for you and our families for as long as we live, to adventure with you always, to say I love you before falling asleep each night, to be the best mom I can be as we grow a family together, and to always know in the deepest part of my soul, that when challenges arise we will always find our way back to one another.

Anna, you are my everything and this is my promise to you.” 

Paige : I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree on red velvet cake, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.

Leo : I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other. – The Vow

Ceremony and Vows

Start by addressing your partner by name. Add a compliment and follow by saying how this all makes you feel. 

  • (Partners Name) I stand here, today, a little nervous and very excited.
  • (Partners Name) who would have thought when we met that we would be standing here today?
  • (Partners Name) words cannot describe all the emotions I’m feeling right now.  I am the luckiest man in the world to be standing here with you today.
  • (Partners Name) you look absolutely beautiful,  and I can’t believe the day I get to marry my best friend has finally arrived.


The next bit is optional and if you want your vows shorter, cut it out!  Talk about how you felt when you met them, what captivated you, and how have they changed your life. 

  • From the moment our paths crossed, you’ve surprised me, distracted me, captivated me, and challenged me in ways I never knew possible.
  • Before I knew you, I had no idea what love really was.
  • I’ve fallen in love with you again and again, and I still can’t believe that, today, I get to marry you. I am clearly marrying up.
  • We have been through so much together, not all of it easy, but together, we have made it through all that life has thrown at us.

What do you want to promise to your partner? You can interchange the words, “promise”, “vow”, and “I will”, so it  doesn’t all sound the same.  Be honest and upfront. Choose 4-6 things you vow. 

  • I will communicate my needs and feelings in a way you can understand.
  • I will support and protect your freedom, because although our lives are intertwined, your choices are still yours, alone, and I will continue to seek a deep understanding of your wishes, your desires, your fears, and your dreams.
  • I vow to respect, admire and appreciate you for who you are, as well as for the person you wish to become, and to do my best to meet your needs, not out of obligation, but because it delights me to see you happy.
  • I promise to work together to keep our lives exciting, adventurous, and full of passion, persevering when times get tough, knowing that any challenges we face, we will conquer together.
  • I promise to take care of myself, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, so that I can remain healthy and grow old by your side.
  • I will always remind you how awesome you are, inside and out, at least once a day, especially when you are not believing it for yourself.
  • I will be open and honest with you in all things.
  • I vow to be there for you, when you need me, and to nurture your goals and ambitions, supporting you through misfortune and celebrating with you in triumph.
  • I vow to love you (or honor you or make you laugh)
  • Cook you dinner, or other fun, less serious things that are specific to your relationship.

State what  you know about your relationship

  • No matter what life throws our way or how much time has passed, I know our love will never fade, and we will continue to grow side by side.
  • I believe in the truth of what we are.
  • Whatever life throws our way, we will accomplish together.
  • I know that year after year and wrinkle after wrinkle, our love will just become stronger.
  • I know life will not always be easy, but together, we can make the difficult times a lot more fun.

Choose a closing statement 

  • This is my promise, now and forever.
  • This is my sacred vow.
  • I will love you from this moment until my last.
  • My love for you will never fade.
  • Loving you is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.
  • You have my heart and my soul, forever.
  • My heart belongs to you, now and forever.
  • Words do not describe how I feel, so I will simply say, I love you – always have and always will.

Tips from our readers:

‘I kinda did a bullet point thing first and then took what I thought was most important (or funny) and made it into sentences.’

‘We did ours and we used our personal words, phrases. Live, Laugh, Love is kinda our theme. And we used those words.’

‘I just chose a ‘theme/metaphor’ that describes our relationship and went for it. Rather than writing the vows in one sitting I kept adding notes on my phone, then sorted them in a logical order and added the transition/ connecting sentences. I capped mine at 3/4 of a page. I know FS will be suuper short and to the point (I’m more of a story teller), but our officiant will look over both to help us make them more aligned without seeing the other’s vows’

‘If you want to keep it a secret from each other I would recommend deciding on a format together! We did a paragraph on a little anecdote of our relationship and why we loved the other one, and then 4 vows to each other, although mine had a.few vows rolled into one’


Examples to get you started:

The traditional 
I, (name), take you (name), to be my lawfully wedded husband/wife,
to have and to hold, from this day forward.
I will always stand beside you, 
for better or for worse, for richer and for poorer,
in sickness and in health, for the rest of my life.


Partner 1 to Partner 2: 
To say I love you is not enough. 
There are no words to convey
the love I have for you,
how your smile touches my heart and soul,
how excited I am when I see you,
how comfortable I am with you and how silly we can be,
and how you helped me to be the woman/man that I always knew I could be.
I am proud to take you as my husband/wife, to give myself to you as your wife/husband,
your best friend, your love,
your number one fan, and your lifelong partner,
To share my life with you, to not only dream with you, but make those dreams reality.
I promise to be by your side always. I promise to respect you as an individual,
and grow as a person in partnership with you.
I promise to love you with all I have to give and all I feel inside, 
completely and forever, for our shared adventure in life, for infinity.

Partner 1 to Partner 2: 
To say I love you is not enough. 
There are no words to convey
how I feel in the morning when I wake up next to you
how I feel when I hear your voice
the excitement I feel when I know I’m going to see you
the happiness and love in my heart when we have time together.
I am proud to take you as my wife/husband, to give myself to you as your husband/wife,
your devoted partner, your love,
your companion, your best friend,
and the person who will love you for the rest of your life; 
to share the rest of life’s journey with you. 
I promise to respect you, care for you, shelter you, and love you,
for our shared adventure in life, for infinity. 

You don’t have to be too serious- The Wedding Singer

I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad

Carry you around when your arthritis is bad

All I wanna do is grow old with you.

I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches

build you a fire if the furnace breaks

Oh it could be so nice, growin old with you.

I’ll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold.

Need you, feed you, I’ll even let you hold the remote control.

So let me do the dishes in the kitchen sink

Put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink.

Oh I could be the man (or woman) to grow old with you

I wanna grow old with you.

List the promises you are making
I promise to be your true love, companion, and friend,
Your partner in parenthood,
Your ally in conflict,
Your greatest fan and your toughest adversary.
Your comrade in adventure,
Your student and your teacher,
Your consolation in disappointment, and 
Your accomplice in mischief.
I will be your strength when you need support and 
Will look to you for help when I am in need.
And most of all, I will love you for the rest of my life.


Mix Traditional with Personal

I wish to join my life with yours;
To stand by your side and sleep in your arms;
To be joy in your heart and food to your soul;
To work as partners and live as a family.
While we grow old together,
I vow to love, honor, and cherish you;
To hold you close to my heart
But not bind you to my will.
I will be with you, through struggles and pleasures, joys and sorrow.
I will stand beside you, for better for worse, for all the days of my life.

Additional Add Ons

“I promise to engage as an equal partner in every aspect of the life we are creating together, to share joys, sorrows, victories and the hard work that building a life together requires.” 

“I vow to honor our relationship as a haven of acceptance and belonging for you and for others.” 

“I vow to bring my strongest self to this relationship, to act with integrity, honesty, and fearless authenticity.” 

“I promise to travel to the edge with you, to seek a life that is thrilling, and to cherish the excitement of the unknown in adventures both near and far.” 

“I vow to reveal myself fully to you, to share an unfiltered journey of love and connection.” 

“I promise to be a guardian of your independent spirit, to encourage your freedom, and to offer spaciousness to your soul.” 

“I promise to pay loving attention to you and the life we are creating, to act with compassion and to live in a way that honors the interconnection of all beings.” 




A Romantic Autumn Wedding in Perth

A Romantic Autumn Wedding in Perth

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A romantic Autumn wedding in Perth. 


& Stephen 

How did the two of you meet? 

Stephen and I first met each other in June 2009 at a London bar during my travels through Europe. While in the same vicinity, Stephen and were I introduced to one another and found common ground straight away. We exchanged Facebook contact details but nothing romantically happened at the time as I was travelling. 3 years later, Stephen and I met up again in Sydney. We hit it off like a house on fire and I planned to make a trip to London later that year to see him again and it was at this point our relationship blossomed. We did long distance for nearly a year arranging to see each other every 3 months which included him flying to from London to Perth to meet my family. Once my UK visa was granted, I packed up my life in Perth, Australia and moved over to London to live with Stephen and start the next chapter of our lives together. 6 years later the rest is history and on Friday 5th April 2019 we became husband and wife.

What was the proposal like?

Stephen proposed to me while holidaying in Florence, Italy. We started the day by driving around Tuscany to various wineries and the last winery we visited is located on top of a mountain with an ancient castle overlooking the countryside surrounded by green vineyards and olive groves called Castello Di Meleto. Upon arrival, we were given a tour around the castle and concluding the visit with some wine tasting at the end. It was approaching sunset at this point and the winery was just about to close so Stephen asked one of the staff members to re-open the gates so he could propose. Meanwhile I was completely oblivious at this point admiring the view and taking it all in. As it was just Stephen and I on the grounds overlooking the view, I turned around and there he was… on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was in complete and utter shock and crying with excitement. It was an incredibly special moment; something like out of a fairy-tale.


What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

I would say to make sure you and your partner have time to yourselves on the day; just the two of you to take it all in – you are high on emotions throughout the day so it’s also important to stop and take some time to watch everything you have planned for unfold.

Stephen and I were lucky to have some time to ourselves on our special day. We had a separate car from the bridal party that took us from the church to the venue and in that time, we were able to talk about the lead up of the morning, the ceremony and becoming husband and wife. It’s so important to have that time together.

Another piece of advice is to be selfish with your time on the day. This will allow you to speak to all your guests yet still manage to enjoy yourselves. 

What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for? 

Our wedding photographer, however we justified it by the fact he gave us memories that will last a lifetime and photos are forever. Both James and Liv captured our day so perfectly.



How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

Once we set a date, I created a wedding budget excel spreadsheet with a list of vendors we wanted to use and from there I reached out to the appropriate vendors to request quotes. We definitely went over budget but that was excepted. It’s so easy to get carried away with the spending but on the day you really don’t sweat the small stuff, the little details don’t matter.

Also we were quite strict with our guest list and we wanted to invite only our nearest and dearest. We always said we wanted our day to be intimate so that it gave us time to speak to all our guests yet still manage to have enjoy ourselves. We also decided last minute to surprise our guests with a saxophonist in the evening once the dance floor began and it was one of the highlights of the night so was that definitely worth the money.

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

I did all the planning myself and Stephen got involved in the process also which it more enjoyable. When we got engaged we wanted to make sure we gave ourselves enough time to plan for the wedding without being overwhelmed or stressed. Plus I wanted to enjoy the time being engaged.

We gave ourselves around 18 months to plan for our wedding. Once we decided on a venue and set a date the fun planning began. We both agreed to get married in the month of April given it’s off peak season which worked well for our international guests who were travelling and is apparently the best season for sunsets.

I was lucky to know on what vendors to reach out – this was either though recommendations or from Instagram. Spending the last year with liaising with our vendors made the wedding planning an absolute breeze. We enjoyed every single minute of it and never once felt overwhelmed or stressed which is surprising seeing as I planned the wedding all the way from London! It also helped that I had the most wonderful bridesmaid who always offered to help out where possible.

“I had a number of facials 3 months prior to the wedding and had purchased a skincare range that suited my skin type. In addition, I cut out alcohol completely for 2 months prior to the wedding as I wanted my skin and body to feel the best it could be.” 

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?

Stephen and I wanted to make sure we looked and felt the best version of ourselves. We would often attend Barry’s Bootcamp classes together in London. We would try do a class around 3 times a week.

I had a number of facials 3 months prior to the wedding and had purchased a skincare range that suited my skin type. In addition, I cut out alcohol completely for 2 months prior to the wedding as I wanted my skin and body to feel the best it could be.

Ceremony song?

Canon – Pachelbel

First Dance? 

Green Eyes by Coldplay


Ceremony: Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Perth

Reception: Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 

Cake: Sukar

Photographer / Videographer: James Simmons and The Wedding Tape was our videographer was Wedding Tape.

Florals: Addison & Bloom 

Furniture hire: Hire Society and Hearts and Strings

Priest: Fr. Stephen Gorddard

Caterer: Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Peppermint Grove 

Dress: Berta

Retailer: The Wedding Club in London 

Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes

Bridesmaid dresses: Bec + Bridge 

Groom/groomsmen: Gieves & Hawkes 

Accessories: CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane 

Rings: Jacque Fine Jewellery & Michael Arthur Diamonds 

Hair & Makeup: Jessica Twamley 

Music: Aaron Richards from A Class DJ Services 

Saxophonist: Simoné Monaco 

A luxurious beachfront wedding in Byron Bay

A luxurious beachfront wedding in Byron Bay

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A luxurious beachfront wedding in Byron Bay


& Nic

What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

Nic and I met about 15 years ago in NYC when we were both living there.  We had been friends for ages and fell in love many years later when Nic was passing through NY after he had already moved back to Sydney. From that weekend on we were inseparable. Nic moved back to NY a month later. When Nic proposed we were living in Sydney and just visiting NY for the weekend. He proposed after dinner in corner booth at Minetta Tavern. One of our favourite restaurants in Manhattan. It was perfect and very us. Good lighting, Steak and Champagne.

Be kind to each other. At the end of the day it is about the two of you. Try to remember that going into every conversation about the wedding.  It should be fun.    

What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for? 

The dress and my accessories of course. Things seem to easily spiral out of control.    


How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

Well… we started with a budget. Then doubled it. Like I said, things spiral!

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

First steps were locking down Rae’s at Wategos. Watego’s beach is such a special place for us. I’m originally from Chicago and Nic took me to Byron when we first started dating. We were travelling back from NY and it was here I fell in love with Australia and we envisioned our life together by the water in Australia. we loved Rae’s because we could have it all to ourselves for the weekend and also have our family stay with us. It’s a very special, private place.  

“Well, we started with a budget. Then doubled it. Like I said, things spiral!”


What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?

I honestly didn’t do anything different until a month before the wedding. I probably should have thought about it more, haha. But, I really cut carbs and continued practicing yoga, running and swimming. I’ve always been active so I didn’t feel the need to go crazy. 

Ceremony song?

Luke Morris – Mexico

First Dance? 

was suppose to be: Real Hero – College and Electric Youth. Disaster struck and the sound system wasn’t working – we hopped on the party bus and ended up dancing in a mosh pit at The Beach Hotel for our first dance. Jumping in the air with all our friends. It couldn’t have been planned, perfection. 


Ceremony: Our best friend Katie Olsen, who introduced us in NYC, UN- Officiated the ceremony on the steps at dusk at Rae’s. We were married in private with our immediate family the morning of 3.3.18 in our suite by Cara Gallagher from Modern Love.

Reception: Rae’s and after party at the Beach Hotel

Wedding Planner (if any): none

Cake: Coconut Cake by Rebellyous Cake Co

Photographer / Videographer: Lucas and Co Photography

Flowers: Bower Botanicals (florals) & The Wedding Shed (furniture)

Celebrant: Modern Love Celebrant – Cara Gallagher 

Caterer: Rae’s

Dress: Vera Wang 

Shoes: Prada

Accessories: Vintage Necklace & earrings. Vintage Chanel Jacket

Rings: Vintage 

Hair & Makeup: The Future Mrs. – Ava Belle

Music: Luke Morris

Saving yourself a fortune by buying your own booze

Saving yourself a fortune by buying your own booze


When you’re planning out your wedding reception, one of the trickiest things you’ll need to plan is how much alcohol to have. Alcohol for your wedding will depend on how many guests you plan to have, how much these guests tend to drink, what type of wedding environment you’re aiming for and your expected budget.  

Many couples opt for an open bar, where guests have access to unlimited drinks throughout the entire reception. While this is certainly the most gracious approach, it’s also the most expensive and could end up costing as much as 10 to 20 percent of your total budget. An alternative is the “limited,” or “soft,” bar, where you offer a careful selection of drinks (say, wine, beer and vodka cocktails) at the bar during specific times (throughout the cocktail hour and right after dinner), then have waiters serve wine or beer during the meal.

Calculating the amount of alcohol you need at a wedding is a necessary part of wedding planning. It’s also kind of nerve-wracking. Our worst nightmares involve an empty bar.

OK. So here’s the most BASIC wedding alcohol calculator information you need to know, based on the number of guests you’re having.



How much alcohol should you buy?

The general rule is that you should allow for one drink per person per hour.

How many servings can you get per bottle?

Wine: 4 glasses per 750ml

Liquour: 18 servings per 750ml bottle

Beer Kg: 165 servings per full keg

Beer and wine ratios:

Beer and wine only: Beer 25% and wine 25%

Full bar:

Liquor  30%, Beer 20% and wine 50%


Example: 100 Guests:

Beer and Wine:

112 bottles of wine

150 bottles of beer or 1kg

Modified full bar:

75 bottles of wine

10 bottles of liquor

120 bottles of  beer


If you are providing your own alcohol its important to check your caterer or venues liability insurance. Look at adding to your home insurance or contacting a company that specialises in insurance for particular events. Look into the liquor laws in your state or country. You want to be covered in case someone has an accident while driving home or Aunt Linda falls off the top stairs drunk.

Still confused? Watch this! or better yet check out the Dan Murphy’s wedding drink planner: here