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engagement ring | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Planning a wedding is no easy feat. But planning a wedding with your groom living on the whole other side of the Pacific is a serious accomplishment. After dancing between the ideas of eloping to Mexico, meeting halfway(ish) in Hawaii, having an intimate wedding in Thailand, and taking a quick trip to town hall, Aussie bride Tamara and her Californian groom Andrew finally settled on a relaxed beach wedding in the bride’s Queensland hometown. And let us tell you—the pair pulled it off and then some.

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

indie wedding invites | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

T + A’s wedding is chock full of so many sweet details, including a slew of pretty paper goods designed by the bride herself. Oh, and then there are the way beautiful photos from Byron Loves Fawn. Tamara says, I didn’t really choose a theme or a color palette; I just let myself go and incorporated all the things I love without restriction: rustic, bohemian, natural, industrial, geometric, light, and modern.

indie wedding invites | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

indie wedding invites | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

indie wedding invites | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

indie wedding invites | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

I designed all of the stationery items for our day and I kind of went to town on them. I wanted them to be like a little gift for our guests to receive and a joy to open. There’s nothing better than awesome packaging, especially when it arrives in the mail.

pink wedding shoes | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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wedding program | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

indie wedding programs | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

indie wedding programs | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Tamara attached a sweet little paper fan from BHLDN to each ceremony program, so that guests could cool themselves down during the outdoor ceremony.

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

wedding backdrop | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

We were married under the most wonderful tree that had the perfect horizontal branch stretching out to one side.  So I bought some long lengths of Hessian to drape over the branch and just tied them at the base with twine to form an easy and dramatic backdrop to be married in front of. I hand-painted the word ‘joy’ on the middle one for us to be married under.

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

I felt like a Grecian Goddess in my wedding dress. It was a beautiful Anna Campbell sheath that was light and wispy and blew in the breeze, which was perfect for our beach wedding. 

bridal bouquet | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

The flowers were all wild and natural, and I tried to include a good selection of Australian natives like spinning gum, tetragona nuts and king proteas.

bridal bouquet | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

cocktail station | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

cocktail station | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

cocktail station | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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simple wedding cake | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

We wanted to spend some time with our guests at the beach just celebrating and relaxing after our wedding, so we decided to cut our wedding cakes straight after the ceremony, right there at the beach. 

triangle bunting decor | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

I ordered some huge round helium balloons in silver, blush and white and then my awesome husband hand-cut more triangles than I would dare to count to make tails for them.

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

guest book table | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

guest book table | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

I had desperately wanted to incorporate rosemary into the place settings but hadn’t been able to get my hands on a large enough amount to do it until the very day before the wedding. My new in-laws were staying at a holiday rental apartment and it turned out the complex had its own herb garden on the grounds that was open for guests to use during their stay—and it had an abundance of rosemary growing in it!  There was more than enough to attach a beautiful piece of it to each place setting, and it totally finished them off perfectly.

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

In lieu of a traditional guest book, T + A had guests leave their mark with Polaroid cameras and little advice cards, strung up on twine.

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Australian wedding | photo by Byron Loves Fawn Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Here’s more from the gorgeous bride: It’s true what they say about the day passing in a blur, but I would say it was more of a happy daze than a blur. It fills me with joy every time I think about the feelings I had washing over me on our wedding day. We planned a beautiful outdoor beach wedding, right in the middle of Australia’s wet season. I know… crazy! As expected, it poured all week leading up to our wedding day, rained on and off all morning on the day itself, and absolutely bucketed down that night after we left the reception. But for the entire beach ceremony and photo shoot the clouds held their rain in—not a drop fell. It was like a little gift.

Our day was and always will be a pretty hard day to beat, but we both agree one of our favorite parts of our wedding was actually the next morning. We woke up with our hearts still full of all the love from our family and friends and the memory of all of their smiles and hugs from the day before. We stayed in our pajamas all day long and sat out on our deck listening to the ocean, eating our celebratory croissants (glorious carbs!), reading all of the beautiful and heartfelt cards from our guests, and laughing over their Polaroid snaps and words of advice from the night before. I think I shed more tears that day then on our actual wedding day.

Congrats you two!

Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn / Videographer: Aqua Vivus Productions / Ceremony Venue: Maison La Plage Grove, Noosa Heads / Reception Venue: Berardo’s Restaurant / Event Coordinator & Stylist: Kristy Marek from The One Day House / Hair: Kirsti Robinson from SarHair / Makeup: Sophie Bethell / Florist: Kristy Marek from Cotton Blossom / Cake: Mandy Peens from The Cheeseboard Lady / Invitation Designer: One Lantern (the bride) / Rentals: The One Day House / Entertainment: The Merrys / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Anna Campbell from The Babushka Ballerina / Shoes: Robert Robert / Earrings: Samantha Wills / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss & J.Crew / Shoes: Aldo / Bridesmaids Tops and Skirts: Witchery and Forever New / Groomsmen’s Bowties: J.Crew / Suspenders: The Grunion Run

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Comments

  1. I love the unique bridesmaid dresses!
    I think it is awesome that brides are now taking a more non-traditional routw when it comes to these dresses.

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  2. This is one of the most fantastic weddings I’ve ever seen! All the amazing design EVERYWHERE. What a clever bride. It gives me a ton of clarity and ideas about how I will be designing my own wedding collateral. <3

  3. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! Such a heavenly wedding :) Loved the shoes..

  4. Esta muy original todos los detalles muy de buen gusto, colores, figuras, tipografias, lugar

  5. So beautiful! Love her gown, their paper goods, and their ceremony backdrop!

  6. That is absolutely stunning stationary! Where did you get them printed?

  7. This wedding has an interesting mix of classic look with eclectic touches. The rosemary is a different touch and adds an aromatic dimension to it that I didn’t expect. Not a bad idea though. I love the lit up tree.

  8. Very nice soft color scheme here. It really ads to the mood of the event.

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  10. What a great venue! I love the mixture of beach, greenery, and cottage. It always makes such a difference when there is so much attention to detail and of course the photography is beautiful! Love it!!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous wedding and photography capturing all the details. xoxo

  12. Nice i love this post and will share with friends.

  13. This wedding decoration and couple are the perfect suit! Best wishes for both of you! You’re really inspiring! Thank you..

  14. Wow! I am lost for words…

  15. Great i really like this specific submit….. Thanks for write about……

  16. Great pics, the wedding venue and decoration is awesome. Love the wedding gown too and the ring :)

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