Advocates of doing things your own way, Sophie and Simon had a fun-filled, but small wedding, and wouldn’t change a thing. “We had lots of criticism about the size and who/ how many people were invited, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way,” says the bride and groom who left partners they didn’t have a relationship with off the guest list. That, along with bucketloads of other great advice and good vibes is below, so get scrolling. Beautiful pics by Carly Tia Photography

LITTLE LOL “One of the groomsmen was helping clean the family home the day before the wedding. He was madly vacuuming the entire house for us and accidentally sucked up the train on the wedding dress! He thought it was a curtain until he looked up and realised! Thankfully it was all okay and made an excellent story for the speeches at the wedding.”

THE VENUE “We really struggled with a venue. Having lived in the area for a long time, we didn’t want it to be a typical Byron wedding. We wanted it to be authentic and reflect our journey as a couple. We knew that we wanted to get married on the family farm, but the reception was a bit tricky. We were originally planning to have a marquee on the farm to have both the ceremony and reception at the property. The logistics were too complicated and it was way out of our budget. We opted for quality over quantity and decided that we could invite more people to the ceremony if we had it in separate locations and thought a restaurant dinner for our closer friends and family would be intimate and suit the vibe that we wanted. When we walked into Harvest Newrybar, we both knew it was exactly the size and intimacy that we wanted.”

FAVOURITE DETAILS “I loved that my bridesmaids all wore something different. My friends are so unique in many ways and having them in the same outfit didn’t sit right with me. They were able to look beautiful individually, as well as a group. I loved when the flowers arrived. When they were carried into the bedroom when we were getting ready it was one of those moments where everything slowed right down. It was so special to have one of my best friends make the wedding cake. Lifestyle, healthy food and eating have always played an important part in my life and I was really happy we could incorporate it in the wedding. My dad’s honey also was used to make it! Harvest also made me beautiful green juices in a fancy wine glass all night, as I don’t drink!”

THE DRESS “My mum and I booked an appointment at Spell Bridal Boutique a year before the big day and it was the first one I tried on. I just said, ‘this is it, I feel like me’. I felt really content. I didn’t want a tight dress and wanted something that I could enjoy the food in! I purchased it within about 30 minutes.”

A WORD OF ADVICE “A good photographer is worth their weight in gold and helps you to feel calm and relaxed Also make sure you give them a meal at the reception! Be clear on what you want and don’t compromise on your values. Keep level headed and realistic. Although it’s a very important day, spending a lot of money on the day also won’t make you happy. If you want a small wedding, we recommend it. We were able to get around and spend time with every single person we invited. We also didn’t invite partners- particularly if we had limited or no relationship with the partner. And you don’t really need excess flowers! We had five bouquets, the men’s brooches and ordered green foliage for the tables, as well as flower petals. At the reception, the bouquets were put into vases and placed on the bar.”

WE’RE GLAD WE… “Chose to have a very small wedding. We had lots of criticism about the size and who/ how many people were invited. We wouldn’t have had it any other way. Also, that we had the ceremony on Sophie’s family farm – the significance made it more personal and beautiful. A Hens and Bucks day- the Hens was making flower crowns and a lunch at the property and the guys went surfing and out to Stone & Wood Brewery. Then in the evening, we had a massive party at the property. I loved that everyone got to spend time together, rather than separating everyone.”

STANDOUT VENDORSOur celebrant Cara Gallagher (Modern Love Ceremonies) was lovely. Everyone loved how personal she was. She helped establish the perfect vibe of the day that we wanted. The team at Harvest Newrybar were fantastic (particularly Mehera) and made sure every detail that we wanted was organised when we arrived. The share platters were a great way to have everyone try a variety of meals. Our photographer, Carly Tia Photography captured our day just perfectly and we now have so many beautiful memories to remember forever.”

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