The journey began nine years ago when Paul and Lisa were introduced one night through mutual friends. They chatted, they laughed, and “it felt very natural from the start.” Despite feeling like he had “met the girl of his dreams and managed to stuff it up,” Paul was able to reconnect with Lisa thanks to a sneaky alarm and message he had put in her phone. If may have woken her up at a startling 4am, but they’re sure glad it did.
When it came to choosing a wedding venue, Paul and Lisa knew they wanted an intimate atmosphere for their celebration with close friends and family. So they returned to the destination of their first holiday together, the Byron Bay Hinterlands. Just a week out from the wedding day, the news of Cyclone Debbie over the Southern Queensland region came as a surprise to everyone, especially the engaged couple. The cyclone moved down the coast bringing torrential rain and gale force winds; a far cry from the sunny day they had expected. With a few adjustments by the team at the Byron View Farm venue, the wedding was moved under the verandah where the sound of the rain and the whistling wind captured a charming atmosphere beyond what they could have ever imagined. Even as the rain continued, Paul and Lisa did not shy away from the opportunity to have their first dance under the stars, drenched and all.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about dancing in the rain.”
With the rain tapping on the roof and stunning vistas at every turn, this Byron Bay wedding was truly an homage to the natural environment. They chose simple styling to complement the surroundings, using floral natives and ambient candlelight to capture a laid-back, vintage aesthetic. The beautiful bride stepped out in a delicately beaded gown by Anna Campbell, pairing it with relaxed hair and makeup and a classic, red lip. “I have always loved Anna Campbell gowns, they are so feminine… and surprisingly comfortable,” says Lisa. The flower girl – Lisa’s five year old niece and sole member of the bridal party – was dressed to match and wore a bohemian flower crown crafted by The French Petal.
The night was a beautiful sequence of sentimental moments, captured in time by their photographer Van Middleton. Lisa was accompanied down the aisle by both her parents who she calls her best friends in the world. Personalised notes – handwritten on recycled paper and sealed with a customised wax stamp – were passed from the bride and groom to their special guests, expressing a heartfelt appreciation for their family and friends. And love notes were shared between the happy couple as well, put aside with a bottle of wine and reserved for their 5 year anniversary. Yet of course the most magical moment unfolded when Paul and Lisa danced took their first dance in the pouring rain to Nick Cave’s “Into My Arms.” Guests followed suit and danced the night away, without a care in the world.
Venue – Byron View Farm
Bride’s Dress – Anna Campbell ‘Coco Dress’
Shoes – Tony Bianco
Groom’s Attire – MJ Bale
Coordination – Byron Bay Weddings
Photography – Van Middleton Photography
Hair and Makeup – Phoebe Fever
Styling – The Wedding Shed
Flowers – The French Petal
Stationery – Mostly handmade. Invitations from Lily Kiss
Celebrant – Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant
Music – Guitar and singer – Tom Francis
Catering – Fig Tree
Cake – Rebellyous Cake Co.
Favours – Sweet Mickie Cookies
Wedding Rings – Tiffany & Co