I really love it when couples shake up the “standard wedding format” for their special day, and  Jodie & Martin’s Raes Wategos Byron Bay Wedding did exactly that.  Their ceremony started at 10am on the lawn at the front of Rae’s on Watego’s and followed with a long, lazy afternoon reception.  Being held early in September meant the daylight was perfectly timed to finish with a relaxed and intimate “sunset photography session” on Watego’s beach at the end.

A small wedding with just 24 guests, theirs was also a lesson in “elegant simplicity”.  And why over-do it with excess paraphernalia when you have a day as ridiculously stunning as theirs?  I mean it was …. P E R F E C T.  There were whales & dolphins jumping off shore, the sunlight sparkled over the clear blue ocean and the temperature was a divine 25 degrees without a cloud in sight.  Rae’s on Watego’s Byron Bay has rightly earned it’s reputation as one of Byron Bay’s most exclusive wedding venues, serving exquisite food with relaxed yet attentive service overlooking the picturesque beauty of Watego’s.

I must admit I feel more than a ripple of pride on days like these, especially when half of the wedding guests have traveled from the UK!  Jodie grew up in Byron Shire whereas Martin is British, so it was such a treat to show off Byron Bay in all it’s beauty.  As if on cue, the resident Kookaburra just had to make an appearance too!

MASSIVE thanks to Jodie & Martin for having me on board your divine Raes Wategos Byron Bay Wedding!  Gosh you both have such big adventures in store (I can’t wait to meet baby Ginger!), may they all be as perfect as your wedding day has been!

x Ann-Louise

Full vendor credits listed below.

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Venue: Rae’s on Watego’s

Celebrant: Michelle Shannon

Hair: Byron Hair by Ron

Makeup: The Luxe Beauty Co

Florist: Passionate Flowers Byron Bay

Cake: Let Them Eat Cake

Gown:  Two Birds Bridal


  • Amber Buchan - You are correct – my sister’s wedding was perfect, ridiculously perfect, but this was to be expected because knowing what my sister deserves, it would nor could not be any other way.

    What wasn’t expected was you, Ann-Louise. You were a pivotal and extremely important factor in her wedding. She trusted you to capture moments of her wedding that we may of missed noticing or wanted to remember forever

    And oh my goodness you far exceeded even our highest expectations. With the constant gentle shutter noise in the background throughout the day, we all felt comfortable knowing that you were capturing said moments… my personal favorite was hearing the click behind me, but knowing there were only bushes, turned around expecting to see a bush turkey, but no, it was you deep in the growth, happily clicking away.

    We speak about you to everyone who asks about Jodie & Martins Wedding. How amazing you were, how professional and friendly you were, how to this day we will never know how you managed to remember every single guests name.

    Ann-Louise, you were born to do this ! I have no doubt of that

    I have just spent the past hour staring at each of the photos and when I think they can’t get any better – they do.

    The happiness I have for my sister in achieving the wedding of her dreams has grown ten fold knowing that she now has such stunning photos to hold as constant reminders and that is all thanks to you.

    Much love and thanks

    Amber Buchan xReplyCancel

    • Ann-Louise - Amber!!! My goodness I’m so sorry to have overlooked these stunning words of yours!! My apologies they were lost in the “spam filter” on my site. Thank you soooo much! I am extremely touched xoxoxoReplyCancel

This Santai Retreat Tropical Wedding styled shoot was co-ordinated by the fabulous team at Casuarina Weddings.  Santai Retreat sits on a beautiful stretch of beach on the Tweed Coast between Kingscliff & Casuarina.  We were blessed with the most gorgeous afternoon light, it was such a treat to be involved with this shoot!

Full credit list below.  Well done team!

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Content Editor: Casuarina Weddings

Venue: Santai Retreat

Style & Hire: Table Jewels

Videographer: Matt Barwick Films

Models: Busy Models (Bride); One Life Models (Groom)

Gown: Emmy Mae Bridal

Suit:  Wil Valor

Florist:  Bower Botanicals

Cake:  Sweet Art Creations

Lighting: AVIDEAS

Hair:  Chelsi Hair

Makeup:  Rococo Makeup Artistry

Stationary:  Sarah Head Creative

Rings:  Soul & Ice





If there are two words that could sum up Jess & Craig’s Newrybar Downs Harvest Byron Bay Wedding, it would be “relaxed sophistication”.

Jess & Craig are two of the nicest humans you ever could meet.  If you don’t believe me, just ask their gigantic mountain of friends!  Jess is a huge lover of horses and dogs, hence their border collie “Dunaden” was the ring bearer at the wedding and I’m sure her horse “Blue” would have been involved also if she could have packed him in her suitcase!

Newrybar Downs was the most exquisite venue and suited the sophisticated style of Jess & Craig’s wedding perfectly.  The house was large enough for both Jess & Craig to get ready without seeing each other, which further added to the relaxed yet “electric” vibe of the morning.  At times the boys turned up the tunes LOUD to tease the girls, and the girls spied out the window to check the boys were behaving.  So fun!

Then it was out onto the rolling lawns to the most perfectly placed solo macadamia tree for the ceremony, which transfixed their guests with the beauty of the moment.

While guest enjoyed canapés we toured around the grounds for some bridal party photos.  We then headed to a couple of nearby spots with just Jess & Craig for some relaxed photos, making the most of the golden sunset and stunning hinterland scenery.

And then…. to Harvest Cafe for the big celebration!!  And what a party it was!!   The food!!  The atmosphere!!  The speeches!!  The dancing!!!  Those DONUTS!!!  Ahhhh what a night!!

Thanks again for having me on board your exquisite day Jess & Craig.  Your Newrybar Downs Harvest Byron Bay wedding was an incredible celebration of your love and commitment and I adored photographing every moment!

x Ann-Louise

(full vendor credits listed below)

This wedding was brought to you by:

Bridal Party Preparation & Ceremony Venue:  Newrybar Downs

Reception Venue:  Harvest Cafe Newrybar

Celebrant: Tash Thompson

Videographer:  Byron Wedding Visual

Florist: Bouquet Boutique

Hair Stylist:  Gemma Casinelli-Morales

Make-up Stylist: Chantel Krpan

Bride’s Gown: Claire Pettibone (via Babushka Ballerina)

Bride’s Shoes:  Christian Louboutin

Bridesmaids Dresses:  We Are Kindred

Groom and Groomsmen Suits:  Politix

Stationary:  Minted

Musicians:  Paper Flowers

Cake:  Byron Bay Cacao



Lisa & James’s Secret Garden Byron Bay Wedding was an incredible summer beach wedding fiesta!!!  These two legends and most of their tribe hail from Adelaide, so it was a treat for them all to escape to a Byron Bay destination wedding.  Held on a hot, 35 degree January day (phwar!), the Bay totally turned it on and it wasn’t hard to tell “who wasn’t wearing sunscreen” by the end of the night!!!

Lisa & James are childhood sweethearts, and like most in this category they have already faced many of life’s unexpected turns together, strengthening their bond forever more.  The sweetest of sweet couples, their wedding was vibrant, super relaxed and oh so fun!!

I especially adored the colourful flowers by Alstonville Florist (can you spot the pineapples in the bouquets?), which worked so well with Lisa’s “fuschia pink” lipstick and the “sand” coloured bridesmaid gowns.  I also loved that Lisa & James’s 2 “fur babies” weren’t to be forgotten either, making an appearance (of sorts) at the reception!  A rendition of the “Haka” was a surprise performance by two Maori friends later in the evening, which was so powerful I had tears in my eyes.

The Secret Garden Byron Bay was the perfect reception venue for these guys.   In the heart of Byron it has such a fantastic creative vibe featuring colourful murals by David Bromley throughout (that old bus!!).   The Events Lounge were also brilliant in working their magic to make sure everything ran without a hitch from start to finish.

Awesome work team (full supplier credits below) and congratulations again Mr & Mrs Day on your spectacular (..ahhhum..) day!!!  :-))

xx Ann-Louise


This wedding was brought to you by:

Planning & Co-Ordination: The Events Lounge

Ceremony venue: Tallow’s Beach Byron Bay

Reception venue: The Secret Garden Byron Bay

Celebrant: Kathryn Murphy

Lisa’s gown: Grace Loves Lace

Hair & Makeup: Alex Ouston Beauty Co

Florist: Alstonville Florist

Cake: Let Them Eat Cake

Guest transport: The Magic Bus

Kombi’s: Coast 58

Music: North Coast Entertainment

Beverage Service: The Canavan

Catering: Coastal Roast

Prop hire & styling: Lovestruck Weddings

Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein trousers, Industry shirts

Bride’s Barefoot Sandals: Forever Soles

Bridesmaids gowns: Shona Joy



Looking back on the images from Amy & Pete’s Victoria’s at Ewingsdale Byron Bay Wedding , I’m struck by the emotion clearly evident on their faces throughout the day.  The early nerves and excitement leading up to the ceremony, Pete’s tears as Amy walked down the aisle.  Then the pure unabated happiness, relief and joy in finally being able to call each other “husband and wife”.  No surprise they were so happy, when you find out the “back story”.   Pete has done not one but 2 tours of Iraq while Amy waited patiently for his return.  Thankfully she had their gorgeous pug “Sunny” to keep her company!!

Amy & Pete’s number one wish was for their wedding day to be super SUPER chilled.  With a moderate number of guests, no bridal party and a very quick ceremony, the emphasis was on soaking up the stunning grounds of Victoria’s at Ewingsdale Byron Bay while enjoying scrummy food and the company of their closest family & friends.  Let me tell you, they absolutely nailed it.  We went off site for a couple of photos, again with the emphasis on candid, natural shots.  Both Amy & Pete were surprised to comment later how much they appreciated a little “time out” for the two of them to soak up their new titles of “Mr & Mrs”.  But there was plenty of time to party on with lots of moves on the d-floor!!

What a gorgeous day to be a part of.  Congratulations once again Amy & Pete on your stunning celebration of love!!

x Ann-Louise

This wedding was brought to you by:

Venue: Victoria’s at Ewingsdale

Co-Ordination: Byron Bay Weddings

Hair & Makeup:  Alana Mevissen

Gown:Karen Willis Holmes

Florist:  Alstonville Florist

Celebrant: Brendan Anning

Cake: Rebellyous Cake Co

Musician: Raku O’Gaia

DJ: Eva Judell

Prop Hire: Byron Bay Weddings, The Wedding Shed, Hampton Event Hire


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