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In 1974, Babs Streisand iconically crooned the tune “Memories light the corners of our minds.” And as we could all do with a little lightening up in these strange times, Polka Dot Wisdom is dedicating the month of May to the celebration of sentimental and everlasting memories- today we’re introducing The Memories issue.

Sounds lovely but what are memories? I hear you ask. Our memories are the special moments we capture and treasure. Those we preserve and those we create. Out memories are the stories that fill the albums and film reels of our hearts. They are our way of looking back at “…the way we were” in order to inspire our future.

We can’t wait to reminisce over the decades gone by and reflect upon the trends and customs of weddings. What did we love? What did our parents do? Will ruffle shirts ever be back in fashion? (Oh please can they!?) And, what can we re-invent?

We’re shooting the breeze with innovative filmmakers and videographers, the very masters of capturing memories. We’ve got you covered with expert tips on how to best preserve your new gown or restore your mums old one, as well chatting about how to honour the memory of those we had loved and lost. We’re also looking at stunning dried and preserved florals that, like your memories, will last forever.

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The truth is there is no wrong or right way to honour a deceased loved one at your wedding. It is
an entirely personal choice.

Firstly, everyone processes loss in different ways, and it can be tricky to make sure that there is a
level of sensitivity in regards to other loved ones, who will be present on your big day. We often
recommend to couples to have an open discussion with the family members who may be directly
affected by the decision to honour the deceased loved one. Make sure they are on board with the way you would like to honour your loved one, bringing them into the decision making process as
this will assist in fostering an all inclusive environment.

Secondly, and on the flip side, remember this is your day and if you would prefer not to make
mention of a lost loved one, that is fine. It is not insensitive, and you should not feel any
pressure. There is also the concern that mentioning the absence of a loved one will somehow dampen the mood, but more often than not we see the total opposite. We see the decision to honour those who have passed be embraced by the wedding guests.

As designers and stylists, we have had several couples who have honoured deceased loved ones in
the following ways.

Example 1: One of our brides framed pictures of her grandparents in small charms that we then
hung off the bride’s bouquet.

Image: Bianca Kate Photography

Example 2: One of our brides had lost her dad to brain cancer, so she asked we incorporate blue
butterflies as a way to symbolise that her dad was close on the day. One was placed
in her bouquet, one in the greenery installation above the bridal table, and one was placed in the floral arrangement at her mum’s place setting, which meant her mum also felt close to her husband.

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Example 3: Another couple included their grandparents with the groom wearing his grandfather’s war medals for the ceremony, and the bride hung her grandmother’s wedding horseshoe on her
bouquet, which had been lovingly restored by the bride’s sister-in-law. The father of the bride
wore his father’s wedding tie too.

Images: Melissa Mills Photography

Ms Floral Says: What incredibly touching ways to honour loved ones, plus great advice on how to go about it sensitively and in a way that feels right to each couple.

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Ms Tweed Says: Planning ahead and making enquiries with local business and vendors within the weddings industry  is so important right now. We need to do what we can to help give them a chance at re-opening and thriving once again! Here is our round up of one of the most glorious spots and venues in Byron Bay to make your memories bought to us by the talented team at The Mint Partners

With all the planning in the lead up to your big day it can feel like the wedding day comes and goes in a flash. As all couples know, your wedding photos are a keepsake you can treasure forever – they will last you as long as the memory as the day itself, so naturally we all feel the need to guarantee that they’re perfect. For the couples looking for perfection in a whimsical and magical location, Byron Bay is full of idyllic spots. It’s no wonder so many couples flock here – it is simply one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We’ve rounded up ten of the most quintessentially Byron spots to get your picture taken which are guaranteed to hit the mark:

1. Cape Byron Lighthouse

When in Byron, one can’t go past the Byron Bay Lighthouse – visited by locals and tourists alike the historic landmark is an absolute Byron Bay icon. Set on the highest point of the cape on rocky cliffs by the bay, the peak of the lighthouse offers the most spectacular views of clear skies and shimmering water, which make for some breathtaking photos.

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2. Cape Byron Walking Track

There are plenty of opportunities to capture beautiful photographs anywhere along the Lighthouse trail. The 4km track passes through rainforest, beach, grassland and clifftops. Rich in spectacular scenery, any place you stop along this track is sure to be a picture-perfect moment.

3. The Byron at Byron

Nestled amongst 45 acres of subtropical rainforest, the Byron at Byron offers unique image opportunities for weddings. From the wooden boardwalks through a panoramic rainforest backdrop, to the infinity pool, every photo captured at this iconic Byron venue is lush with green foliage and warm interiors, guaranteed to create the most stunning of photographs.

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Image: Amelia Fullarton

4. Little Wategos Beach

A tiny but beautiful secluded spot to get your photos taken, Little Wategos Beach is a lesser known beach along the coast of Byron Bay. Only reachable by a walking trail along which there are plenty of photo opportunities, the track opens up to reveal spectacularly blue water along a small bed of sand. It is the perfect beach backdrop for those seeking a little privacy and an intimate photo-taking experience where it is just you and your bridal party.

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5. Forget Me Not

The grounds of Forget Me Not Farm are a truly beautiful, serene location for wedding photographs. Set in the Byron Bay Hinterland, the rolling hills and green paddocks make an classic country backdrop. There are many stunning spots to get photos taken within the venue so you don’t need to choose between a farm, garden, lake or hillside location – you can have them all.

6. The Farm

The Farm Byron Bay is an 80-acre farm and macadamia orchard with views of both the hinterland and Byron’s iconic lighthouse, offering a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. Surrounded by lush fields and well-kept orchards, there are photo ops to suit all different tastes, be it a rustic farm-style shoot or a whimsical forest experience. Foodies will enjoy the Three Blue Ducks restaurant at The Farm, and the utterly tranquil vibe of the property.

 Images: Amelia Fullarton via Pete and Michaela’s Super Chilled Byron Bay Wedding

7. Huonbrook Valley

A little drive from the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay, this beautiful venetian-style villa in Byron’s hinterlands, Huonbrook Valley is secluded in a peaceful valley. With exclusive use of the property for your ceremony and reception, it is yours to explore and find the most picturesque scenes on the site. Surrounded by lush landscapes, valleys, a rambling river and mountain sky lines, the property boasts rich opportunity to capture perfect moments – with backdrops of bamboo clusters, farm animals, old growth trees, rock walls and vineyards.

8. Fig Tree

Weddings at the Fig Tree Restaurant encapsulate everything a Byron Bay wedding about; country charm, rolling hills, ocean views, beautiful gardens and a relaxed, yet sophisticated ambience.
Enjoy panoramic views of the Byron Bay hinterland and ocean, or take photos beneath the grand 150 year-old fig tree for some spectacular shots.

Images: Carly Tia Photography via Sophie & Aaron’s White & Greenery Byron Bay Wedding

9. Clarkes Beach

For a serene beach wedding backdrop, try Clarkes Beach. With beautiful views of the bay, Byron Lighthouse, Mount Warning and Julian Rocks, this uncrowded beach is a popular choice. The vast beach means you have plenty of space to play around with your shots so your photos are what you make them.

10. Broken Head Beach

Another beach option for those willing to go the few kilometres out of Byron Bay, Broken Head beach is a tranquil spot for a ceremony and photographs. There are a few holiday houses which offer packages for a reception right on the beachfront, so you can soak in the stunning views all night, and treasure them in your wedding photo album for years to come.

Image: Soda Photography / Venue: Pavillion 2 at Broken Head via Modern Tropical Wedding Ideas

Ms Floral Says: From iconic landmarks to picturesque beaches, Byron is simply stunning and so are these photography spots. 

About Hermina Liscevic: Hermina Liscevic is a part of the team at the talented The Mint Partners whose creative ideas bring amazing lifestyle brands to life. Hermina enjoys all things travel, beauty, fashion, culture and lifestyle, and loves working with interesting brands to tell engaging stories.