Emily & Mitch

Relaxed and rustic go oh-so well together, just like Emily and Mitch who met on social media when they were teenagers! Filled with personal touches and gorgeous DIY from loved ones, the couple aimed for a chilled out, fun day and that’s exactly what they pulled off. Their dream day was brought to life by a talented team of vendors, including DJ:Plus! Entertainment who made sure the bride, groom and all their guests had the time of their lives. Capturing it in all its loveliness was Danni Evans Photography and PixFlix Productions. Below, Emily details how the wedding came together, her favourite memories and her advice for soon to be newlyweds.

Our wedding day was November 17, 2018. We married in Bathurst NSW at St Aubyn’s on Clairvaux. It was rustic, chilled and relaxed. I wanted easy. I had the time of my life! People still to this day tell me it was was one of the funnest weddings they have ever been to.

I am quite a small human to say the least. So every dress shop I went to everything swam on me!
What to do? Well, my mother-in-law has a seamstress friend. We decided to get my dress made, which couldn’t have been more perfect! Deb from Sew in Love made my dress from scratch. It was made to my body shape and everything I desired. And the price tag was waaaaayyyyy less! I was so happy.

The pearl necklace I wore was from my grandad. He hand made if for me before he passed away.

For my flowers, I got inspiration from good old Pinterest. I wanted white and green with a natural vibe. My florist guided me, and for a pop of colour in the bridesmaids we added a spot of difference which was the pink. It worked well! We had the rustic twine to tie it all in. The boys’ button holes were pink also, my dad’s and husband’s were white to tie in with mine.

For Mitch’s attire, I gave him a run down of what colours to choose to go with the bridesmaids. It was pretty simple. He wore suspenders to stand out from the groomsmen. We got them all from yd.

Originally, we had arranged a different venue, which was not organised at all. They had double booked the rooms, and just made me second guess my choice in venue. Mitch got home from work and I was a stressed crying mess. I said that we needed to find another venue as I couldn’t do this anymore. He took it on so well and just took over. He knew this venue as he has a vintage car that he previously supplied to a wedding at St Aubyn’s. He arranged a meeting and boy oh boy I fell in love! It was perfect in more ways than I could have possibly imagined. It had the rustic barn I was dreaming of. A luscious green lawn and stunning garden. Leanne, the owner, took so much pride in her garden. She was incredible and super organised. She had everything! Photo props, rustic wine barrels, you name it. I booked the venue on the way home in the car. To say I was excited was an understatement!

My very talented father in law made us an arbour.

He also made a ‘Mitch & Em’ sign for the guests to see as they arrived at the venue.

We choose ‘I Get to Love You’ by Ruelle to walk down the aisle to. The girls walked down to an instrumental version of the song, which changed to the recorded version for me. All thanks to Serge from DJ:Plus! Entertainment who suggested the idea. I had a beautiful message I voice recorded for my mum played over the speaker to all my quests. She sadly passed away and I felt I needed to add her in somehow. It was so incredible. All of my guests had tears and it will be something I remember for the rest of my life.

Our ceremony was everything I could have hoped for. I wanted it to be full of love and family! Which it was. It captured Mitch and I perfectly. We wrote our own vows, which made it so much more special.

Our photographer was Danni Evans. WHAT A DREAM she is. She previously did our engagement shoot. On the wedding day she was on fire! We all felt so comfortable with her. She made us laugh. She’s beyond talented and the moments she captured are incredible. I have known Danni for a while now, and she’s just a lovely, humble, wonderful human. Natural talent this one!

I personally didn’t DIY anything, but I had ideas which we made come to life. The only thing I did DIY was I put together a photo slideshow for everyone to enjoy. It captured pictures of my husband and I growing up, to growing together. I still bawl my eyes out watching it.

My favourite part of wedding planning was communicating with all these fantastic humans, our vendors. Mixing our ideas and dreams and creating our special day on paper. I absolutely loved it. Filling in the gaps and adding my own touch. Bringing Pinterest idea to life. Amazing!

The games we played at our reception were absolutely hilarious, thanks to Serge from DJ:Plus Entertainment. Without Serge, our wedding would not have been so filled with everything. His ideas were fantastic and he just made it stress feel and it all ran super smooth because of his wonderful organisation skills.

He communicated with me so well, and went above and beyond. He made our wedding day. His passion for his work made our wedding day. I could not imagine it without him. I am so thankful I came across him. To this day we still talk, it really felt like he was family. And might I add everyone at our wedding told me how amazing he was!

For our first dance, we chose ‘I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles’ by Sleeping At Last. It was a slower remake of the original. We then, after a few minutes of slow dancing, busted out into ‘Classic’ by MKTO. All thanks to Serge once again, who mixed the songs together for an easy transition.

‘Classic’ for Mitch and I was our song that reminded everyone of us. Every function, party, we were always us busting a move together. To this day I love playing it and having him around. Takes me back to being young 17 year olds when we got together.

My advice for soon to be newlyweds? Have fun! I can’t emphasis this enough.

It’s such a busy, busy time of your life. The organising, arranging, contacting people. Find people who you really get along with. You will feel they are meant to be there for your wedding day! Contact a few and follow your heart. Look around, do your research! Meet them. And go out for breakfast or lunch whilst you’re at it! Enjoy your husband or wife to be in this crazy time. Rely on each other and go with your gut!

Also, don’t sweet the small stuff. On the day if something doesn’t go exactly to plan, let it be! It will work itself out.

But like I said, have fun! Embrace the craziness. Enjoy getting ready, play some tunes and drink some wine! Enjoy your bridesmaids and groomsmen. EAT!!!!!!!

It’s by far one of the best days of your life. Lap up every moment, take it in. Run away with your new husband/wife for five minutes and spend that time together. We did it, it was wonderful. Just be in the moment.

Emily & Mitch’s wedding video by PixFlix Productions

Ms Floral Says: Thank you Emily and Mitch for sharing your beautiful and sentimental wedding with us on Polka Dot Weddings! Your relaxed rustic styling suited your fabulous venue perfectly, and your advice to future brides and grooms is spot on. Wishing you all the best in your married life together!

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From dreamy beach ceremonies to boho teepee marquees and oh-so Byron repurposed flowers, here are five of the Polka Dot Bride team’s favourite Byron Bay weddings of all time.

1. Sarah & Michael’s Byron Bay Beach Wedding

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2. Sam & Nick’s Byron Bay Wedding At Harvest Newrybar

Images: E.L Simpson Photography

3. Pete and Michaela’s Super Chilled Byron Bay Wedding

Images: Amelia Fullarton

4. Eliza & Tristan’s Gorgeous Garden Party Wedding in Byron Bay

Images: Figtree Pictures

5. Jodie & Cameron’s Relaxed & Colourful Byron Bay Wedding

Images: Van Middleton Photography

Ms Floral Says: Such gorgeous weddings that really show off the diversity in settings and venues Byron Bay has to offer!

Brooke & Bruno

Brooke and Bruno originally met online, and after six weeks of talking finally met on a Monday night at Tokyo Bird in Sydney. They bonded over Sailor Jerry’s and fresh lime and were instantly in love. Funnily enough, Bruno is from Brazil and had been in Sydney for two years when the couple met, but Brooke had only been in Sydney for three months. Bruno became Brooke’s tour guide over the next few weeks and they moved in with one another after about six weeks. They say it was absolutely meant to be. When it came time to get married, Brooke and Bruno wanted their wedding to be simple, minimalistic and natural. They designed their wedding around their venue, Beach Byron Bay, which echoed their style. On board to capture the beauty of the day? The talented Sarkodie Photography. Below, Brooke (who also happens to be a wedding planner!) details how their wedding unfolded.

We got married in Byron Bay on the 12th of September, 2019. A Thursday wedding! We think this will be all the rage soon. Weekday weddings are the best. We had four big houses booked in a complex about two minutes outside of the town centre that we all stayed in for four nights. It meant the wedding kind of started on the Wednesday night as everyone was arriving in Byron (the dance floor was HOT that night in one of the lounge rooms). We had the wedding on the Thursday, but the celebrations extended well into the weekend with most people not leaving until the Sunday afternoon.

The most important thing to me about my dress was not what I wore, but who I bought it with. With my mum living on the Sunshine Coast and Bruno and I being in Sydney, I could not fathom trying on dresses without my mum. So, the first opportunity we got, Mum and I stopped by a local South Coast wedding dress shop and were ready for a day-long adventure… But I bought the first one I tried on! It was a gorgeous bohemian lace with a champagne lining. The things I loved the most were the train and the back of it.

For flowers, I just wanted to go for something very natural and I was keen on supporting a local Byron business so we chose Poppy & Fern. I had a very natural bouquet with lots of green foliage and gorgeous white flowers. Our arbour was handmade by my mum’s partner, and it was so gorgeous we didn’t want to cover it too much so we just had a very simple extension of my bouquet above our heads on the arbour. Bruno and our fathers each had a little buttonhole made from my bouquet and our table decorations were freshly picked herbs in glass jars I had rescued from a bar closing down. We also had eco-confetti from Blossom Tree Confetti (cornflour blue!)

We chose not to have a wedding party. Our wedding was so small and every single person there was already so important to us, that we didn’t think it was necessary. Both of our parents walked each of us down the aisle and then we had our best friends as our witnesses. It was impossible to single any people out, our whole wedding was our wedding party.

Bruno wore the most beautiful blue suit jacket that we got from M.J. Bale. He wore sand coloured chinos and a beautiful grey vest over a white shirt and the vest even had a blue back. He wanted to feel like ‘The Groom’ but also have an outfit reflective of a Byron Bay wedding. I think he nailed it!

Bruno walked down the aisle to ‘Miracle Love’ by Matt Corby and I walked down to ‘Resolution’ by Matt Corby. I still burst into tears anytime I hear either of those songs!

Our arbour was handmade (and then bought by two friends of our who own Pop Up Gardens in Sydney, so it’s now available for hire!).

Our celebrant (Marry Me Kristy) did the most beautiful job at capturing the emotions of our journey together. We are such deep lovers and have been through such a journey together, it was so important to us to honour our relationship the way it deserved and then consciously step into the new adventure of marriage. When we wrote our vows, we wrote them together and made them as realistic as possible. Kristy was just wonderful and even when we first met her, we all had a turn at crying as we talked about our love story. It’s how we knew she was the perfect fit.

Our ceremony was our favourite part of the day. We are so happy we took the time to actively participate in the creation of our ceremony and to also take the time with one another to do so much intention setting for our marriage. It meant that we had really talked through what it meant to be married so once we were, we felt like we could step into the next stage of our life with a really strong union. But, one of the little things that I did love was that my best friend brought along four gorgeous blue rings for me, my mum, Bruno’s mum and I to wear on the day. That was extremely special.

Our photographer, Joseph Sarkodie of Sarkodie Photography, is the absolute bomb. He was the only vendor we brought with us from Sydney. I was super keen on using local businesses and ensuring that our wedding didn’t feel like ‘work’ for me, but we couldn’t go without Joseph. I had worked with him on another wedding and had watched him interact with the couple and just loved his relaxed style. Both Bruno and I are extremely camera shy so we needed someone who made us feel like they weren’t there.

He was also so supremely adaptable. When he arrived at the houses while we were all getting ready was when I was at the height of my nervousness. I asked if he could just give me another half an hour so he just was like ‘yep’ and just made himself busy and just walked around the houses and captured some amazing shots of all our friends and family. He even put up with my four page long email with photography notes for him because I didn’t want posed family photos, only candid and he captured every single one.

Belinda and the crew at our venue, Beach Byron Bay, were just about my favourite people in the whole process. Belinda was so no-nonsense and given my natural inclination to over-plan and overthink (as every good wedding planner should). She had no problems with my novel length emails but then also knew exactly when to say, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this.” Planning a destination wedding is never an easy task but she made it seamless. Also, we were super lucky that half of the waitstaff and bartenders on the night were Brazilian, which was perfect because half our guest list were Brazilian!

Both Bruno and I love the scent of fresh herbs, so we opted for bunches of herbs on the tables rather than flowers. It was actually such a joy to put these together on the wedding day – the perfect chore to do to calm my nerves.

We DIY’d every single element. Our napkins were handmade by a beautiful friend of my mothers and embroidered with our names and wedding date. My dad made the most stunning and elaborate ring box (he was always making things for my when I was growing up so it seemed only natural to have one of his creations on the day). Our wedding favour candles were handmade. I made all of the stationery myself (albeit with help of a wonderful graphic designer – Kaz Cooper Creative) but I had them all printed on recycled paper. Our table arrangements were done by me on the day.

We also had a lot of handmade inclusions made by family and family friends which just added to the vibe. We had an extremely small wedding as we really wanted that intimate feeling, not just for us but so that everyone who came could leave our wedding feeling like family too. For me, planning a wedding that was filled with love and fun was the top priority. We were so extremely excited to have guests from all over the world attending, that we made sure we planned a wedding as much for them as it was for us.

As an eco-ethical wedding planner myself, it was important to me that our wedding was as close to zero waste as possible. All the flowers from the day were taken back to the houses we were all staying in. My uncle and aunty owned a florist shop, so they dismantled the florals from our arbour and placed them into the vases we’d had on the tables to go in each of the houses.

I collected all the menus and place cards from the venue the next day and made sure they were shredded and donated to a local community garden with chickens.

Our wedding favours were these gorgeous candles made by The Crackling Candle Co on the Sunshine Coast and I was sure to check that once our guests candles ran out, they could actually send them back and get it refilled with their favourite scents. Anything we can do to lighten the load on our planet.

Wedding planning is never easy. So I just really embraced the challenge of planning my own wedding. Bruno is also amazing at bringing me back down to earth when I was letting the planner in me get the better of me by trying to micro manage every single situation. Embracing that you can’t control everything is certainly the first step to keeping things stress free.

Don’t forget why you are having a wedding. Your wedding day is just an awesome celebration to start the rest of your lives together. Your budget, the details, the colours, seating plan all fall into a blurred background when you are standing there, marrying the love of your life. They are certainly ‘nice to haves’ but it’s not what makes your marriage. Only the two of you, united, can do that.

Ms Floral Says: Congratulations Brooke and Bruno on a stunning Byron Bay wedding filled with stacks of eco-friendly inspo!



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