lauren + dane {a boho chic byron bay wedding}

What an amazing wedding to finish 2012 with!!

Lauren & Dane were wed at Fig Tree Byron Bay and everything about it was stunning!!

Lauren is the guest blogger today, so here’s the wedding from her point of view… LOVE!

‘Dane and I met one another at my youngest sister, Amy (maid of honour), 21st Birthday party on 02/05/2009. Dane proposed on valentines day 2011. I came home from work that night and found that Dane had cooked a lovely dinner and had lit our apartment with candles, and spelt out “marry me” on the living room floor with rose petals. We both wanted a long engagement and only get married once Dane graduated…. So the month and year was set that night before we announced our engagement.

Living in Newcastle the natural reaction was to book and get married in the Hunter Valley. We originally booked there and after a few months and some conversations later we decided that our romantic and spiritual home, Byron Bay, was the right place to tie the knot.

Mum did the research and found Fig Tree. And we can not recommend it enough! From the word go Chè and his staff at Byron Bay Weddings were incredible, and we were able to organise most things from Newcastle, with only 2 visits to finalise and do some taste testings!

Dane and I wanted a really alternative wedding, both being relax and not really into the formalities. We wanted a wedding that reflected our love for nature and that showed a bit of my background – born and grew up in South Africa. Things really took shape after I did a bit of research and had my first meeting with my wedding dress designer. I didn’t want anything to be the same… Opting for groomsmen to look relaxed yet formal in waistcoats. We trawled through Sydney city to find the best fabric to make the waist coasts, keeping it in natural and neutral beiges and browns to match Dane’s suit.

My bridesmaids dresses were a lucky find, thanks to a bridesmaid. I originally wanted them to all wear different dresses but at $100 a dress we went with it and figured the girls could individualise there look with hair, shoes and jewellery! Another quirky additive and clever way to save $50 per man, were the button holes! We did a bit of research and thought it’d be a good idea to use all Dane’s old Lego his mum kept and make individual button holes. We had a bit of fun assembling characters with Dane as the doctor, my father the sherif with 2 shot guns, my father in law as the chief and so on. Each reflecting either their work role or role in our lives. I added a bit of bright felt to make them stand out and had fun with colours.

The tables were a whole other creation, mostly my mothers brain child!

She did a fair bit of research and fused a heap of ideas to get our look. The table runners were hundreds of doilies from my grandmother in South Africa and collection from opt shops on our little days out. Mum stitched them together to make runners and we opted for bare tables to add that rustic look.

Mum also found old bottle collections at my uncles house that were originally theirs from years back. They dug the bottles out of the ground in South Africa in the town I was born… And when she got them from my uncles they still had dirt in them… Hopefully not from back then which would have been more than 20 years ago! The rest were just nic-nacs from mum and dads, with African heads and candlelabras (sprayed black), adding to the uniques of each table.

The cake was another way unique creation and when we met with Charlotte she was right on board! A bare cake with lose flowers is what we said… And she nailed it. With minimal instruction and a few pictures, we had our dream cake which tasted delicious!

Every minute of our wedding was amazing…. And the boho-chic look just fitted perfectly with the Byron backdrop and our quirky ways.’




Photography: Suze McLeod – Down Bangalow Road

Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant Byron Bay

Brides Gown: custom designed gown by Melanie Ford Designs Newcastle

Brides shoes: Wittner Shoes

Brides headpiece: handmade by mum off a mimco design

Grooms suit: Armani

Bridesmaids: Sheike

Groomsmen: mum made the waistcoats with a my godmother and the rest were from Country Road etc.

Make up: April Harvie

Hair: Ron at Byron Hair

Cake: Charlotte Wilde at “Let them eat cake

Flowers: Flowers on the Run

Styling: by mum and myself…with help from friends