Jodie + Martin // Raes Wategos Byron Bay Wedding

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

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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


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  • Amber BuchanNovember 20, 2017 - 9:28 pm

    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-LouiseMay 4, 2018 - 9:36 pm

      Amber!!! My goodness thank you soooo much for your amazing words! I am extremely touched xoxoxoReplyCancel