I think kids are my favourite thing to capture at our Luxe Elopements 🙈 At least 50% of our couples have kids!
I’m the same… nearly 10yrs together, 2 x kids, engaged for 3+yrs and still not married yet – and I’m a wedding pro! 🤣🤣🤣 I get it!
I always think “What would I like?” – I want photos WITH my kids! We are a family ✨ I think they are just as important (if not more) than newlywed portraits!
Granted you get a 15min window to capture them and they probably won’t stick around for sunset 🙈
I will play games with them, jump, spin, dance and talk Bluey/Emma wiggle or Peppa pig 🤣
Jill + Elian got married on Belongil beach in Byron Bay where they met 10yrs ago and got engaged!! Pretty special 😍
Choosing our Barfoot Collection elopement package Kailee and Corey had everything sorted for their elopement, except a location! They were forced to go on the hunt for a new location after the venue they had booked was damaged by a storm. Luckily, Byron Bay offers some beautiful locations, from the hinterland to the beach, that provide the perfect spot for a wedding ceremony.
Kailee and Corey found a magical private property to hold their ceremony, under a stunning old Figtree. A traditional elopement, with no guests, just a whole lot of love. These two are soooo in looooove! The magic continued with the most amazing handwritten vows I’ve ever hear (and I’ve heard a few).
Upgrading their package to include videography and a private chef we all drove along Coolamon Scenic Drive on Hinterland Way, a short 5-minute drive, to capture some post ceremony portraits in an overgrown field. Before letting Kailee and Corey head back to their accommodation for a delicious dinner.
To read Kailee’s review of her big day click here.
What we love most about Byron Bay is that it is such a versatile location for an elopement. Not all of our couples want to have a beach wedding or get married in Byron Bay for that matter. Sarah and Ponsy eloped at Friday Hut Road Estate, owned by professional surfer Matt Wilkinson. Just 15 minutes from the beaches of Byron Bay, Friday Hut Road Estate is a stunning hinterland property, because this venue located just outside of Byron Bay it meant we could avoid some of the strict Byron council guidelines for outdoor weddings and have a more relaxed hinterland wedding. This luxurious venue has a beautiful natural archway which perfectly frames the natural timer arbour providing the perfect location for a ceremony.
A real family affair Sarah and Ponsy’s mums cooked all day at the accommodation to make dinner for the reception, while the kids swam in the pool. During the ceremony we live streamed with New Zealand so Ponsy’s family could be a part of the celebration.
Upgrading the Barfoot package to include hair and make for mum, Sarah’s sisters and some of the guests, as well as including videography. Being in the hinterland we captured some gorgeous portraits of Sarah and Ponsy in the dappled light through the trees down by a river located on the property as well as some fun shots in the rustic cabana by the pool which suited Sarah’s traditional bouquet of roses and greenery and stunning dress with lace details.
Childhood sweethearts Eliza and Kamren met at the local corner shop. As couple who enjoy the outdoors, they chose the perfect location for their Tweed Coast Wedding on the beach at Broken Head. Booking our popular “Micro Wedding” Package which allows couples to create a luxury wedding for up to 40 guests and gives them access to our entire team of vendors.
Choosing to stay at our partnered private property Pavillions 2 @ Broken Head. A short distance to their styled ceremony location at Broken head beach. While Eliza and Kamren’s guests stayed at Broken Head Holiday Park located right at the entrance to the beach.
This Luxe ceremony was such a fun family affair with close family and friends in attendance, it was one of our largest post-COVID weddings to date. We captured some fun family shots with Eliza and Kamren’s three children playing and having fun in front of the camera.
We love it when our whole Team are involved in a wedding! Eliza and Kamren upgraded their package to include: a live musician for the ceremony and reception, videographer, hair and makeup for all the ladies, ceremony styling which included reception table and kids area on the grass, and las but not least a gorgeous wedding cake!
Our Luxe Team
MATTHEW + JENNY
CEREMONY: Ha’veli House, Bangalow.
SUNSET PORTRAITS: Villa Rustica, Byron Bay hinterland.
ABOUT THE DAY / STYLING CHOICES / WEATHER / MOMENTS
We arrived at Ha’veli House Monday afternoon; from the start we loved being around Jenny and Matt who were warm, kind and down to earth people.
They chose to elope as a couple only, it was very intimate and special. Their theme was pure elegance; it matched them perfectly! Both held an air of grace, and class. We could feel we were in for something very special!
Jenny wore a stunning backless dress with intricate detail. It was flattering and undeniably elegant all at once, her bouquet was made of the most gorgeous white orchards and again, followed their elegant style so perfectly.
ABOUT THE LOCATION / VENUE
The ceremony was held where they got ready – Haveli House. This house was so incredible. Residing just outside the heart of Bangalow it held a Balinese/Indian luxe cottage vibe. Every section, corner, and nook was filled with amazing styling. It was a dream to photograph here! And so hidden from the road you would never know it was there!
Next, we travelled about 10 minutes out of Bangalow to Villa Rustica, a Moroccan styled house where we began sunset portraits.
The rustic villa was beyond gorgeous; we fell in love with its courtyard and swimming pool. We were surrounded by lush tropical gardens and with this beautiful setting we were able to capture some striking images of the newlyweds. Their style mixed with this elegant villa was HEAVEN! The most perfect combination and we couldn’t have loved it more!
ABOUT THE COUPLE
Jenny and Matthew met through work, they formed a friendship initially for about a year before deciding to become a couple. They spent 8 hours within the office together and from the beginning their chemistry was very comfortable!
On their first “date” they went LARGE! No dinners, or coffees – Instead they went straight to Mexico together and dived in the deep end, without telling soul! Things went so well over in Mexico that a few months later they moved to New York, then Australia.
They believe by jumping into the deep end they revealed parts of each other and they became to know one another incredible quickly and deeply. 6 years later, they know that marrying each other is exactly the right thing to do. This love is solid!
MW- I love Jen’s ambition, her drive, her sense of humour, her kindness to everyone, and that she makes me a better person each day”
JR- I love Matthew’s calmness and that he is such a good, honest person. Matthew is patient, generous, and makes me feel loved and safe. He is very supportive and has a “gentleman way” about him.
WHY DID THE COUPLE CHOOSE TO ELOPE?
Both agreed on eloping because they felt their love is something between the two of them.
HOW DID THEY TELL THEIR LOVED ONES?
They broke the news with their sneak peak images!! We LOVE this idea and think it’s a perfect way to tell everyone
Jenny + Matthew:
“They were fantastic – Sarah-Jane, Emily and Leisa were great. Easy going but also incredibly quality driven and the results we achieved were outstanding”
I just wanted to send you a separate email and thank you for making our special day even more special.
We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
You were a rock star the whole day with everything from makeup, fixing wonky eyebrows, coordinating, and photography. I am so happy with the photos you have given us so far. They are exactly how we wanted them and more. The edit and selection is beautiful.
You are a true professional who can listen, interpret but also take lead and push the project to where it needs to go in order to have a perfect outcome. I really value working with people who also has an opinion and are not afraid of exploring other ideas. Thank you for your flawless work ethic and commitment.
We felt like we were spending the day with good friends even though we had never met you. Please also pass our regards onto your team. You were all fabulous and the perfect girl gang. “
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“I highly recommend Sarah-Jane and Luxe Elopements. She made our wedding so incredible, completely stress free and was in control of absolutely everything. She was easily contactable and checked up on me numerous times leading up to the big day.
Our wedding was a surprise which made it even more amazing and the entire time Sarah-Jane kept me calm, informed and completely ready to marry my now husband. What an amazing woman, crew and operation xxx”
CARLA + LUKE
Carla and Luke first crossed paths back in high school, Luke recognised Carla immediately, his very words were “when he first spotted this goddess”. It wasn’t until a few years down the track that they crossed path once more and decided to go out on a date. They had planned to see a movie but forgot all about that while lost in talking and connecting. A clear spark between them ignited.
Since they have spent 5 years alongside each other working hard, adding to their family, and making the most of their life together. They relish in the little things like adventures and family time.
They chose to elope at one of the most beautiful, calm, and tranquil locations – Mavis’s Kitchen. Set in the hills near Mt Warning, here the ceremony looks out to the famous Mt Warning pea with incredible rolling hills surrounding. Their closest friends and family came to witness their special day, and their two children walked them down the isle along with Brax their dog. These two are entirely about each other, and their family!
We heard some of the most heartfelt vows and fought off our own tears throughout the ceremony! If we didn’t believe in soul mates before, we do now! Carla and Luke were meant to be in this life; they are best friends, life partners and will always search for happiness, adventure, and love with each other. We felt beyond honoured to be apart of their special day.
CEREMONY – BROKEN HEAD, BYRON BAY
RECEPTION – GRACIOSA
26 APRIL 2019
Not far from Bangalow and on the way to Byron Bay is a beautiful farmhouse called Graciosa. Surrounded by rolling green mountains and an abundance of green trees this place is absolutely stunning. It’s where Jekayla and Lachlan wanted to get ready at, and where they wanted to return for dinner. Enough rooms for their guests, and enough space outside to watch the skies turn all shades of pink at sunset.
The two lovebirds attended the same high school as teenagers; Lachlan fell for Jekayla in shared classes. She, however, had no idea.
A couple years later a conversation sparked after Jekayla saw a cute picture of Lachlan on Facebook and since then they haven’t been able to get each other out of their minds! They moved in after one year and nurtured a very special connection, and deep love.
They chose to elope at the beautiful Broken Head Nature Reserve in Byron Bay. They were chasing a coastal and chilled vibe, and the afternoon delivered this perfectly. Wispy clouds decorated the skies; a gentle wind blew Jekaylas long hair around like a movie scene. Their love was bold and obvious – Lachlan was exceptionally excited to marry the beautiful Jekayla and said his “I do” earlier than he had to! We all fell into a collective chuckle about his eagerness. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, and magical elopement!
What are your greatest strengths as a couple?
We are very strong-willed, successful, driven, passionate, hard working, we connect on a deep level, we know each other deeply (a familiarity we can’t describe other than we’ve lived our life together once before), we’re loyal, have the same humour (Jekayla’s funnier) and put each other first.
What does the commitment of marriage mean to you?
Jekayla: a life-long CHOICE to be together with the one you will give all of yourself to and to be united as a team, there is no higher promise or commitment you can make together, a privilege to have found someone who loves you as equally as you love them and for me, fulfilling my dreams and purpose in life to be a wife and mother.
Are there any funny stories, goals achieved, important milestones you have reached together?
Lockie Funny story: Lockie thought 2 week’s in to seeing each other that by asking we be exclusive was the grown up way of asking me to be his girlfriend – wasn’t until 6 months later he realised there had been a miscommunication…
Jekayla Funny story: Lockie took me up to double island light house cliffs where I thought he was going to ask me to be his girlfriend; he didn’t… instead he was looking at ‘fishing spots’ – just like my father would have (both big fishermen). 2 yrs 2 months later he proposed in that exact spot.
What advice would you give soon-to-be-bride’s?
Relax! Unwind so you enjoy your day and not have 100 things racing through your mind.
What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?
Most memorable part for us was the first look, no one else around – just two soon to be newly weds looking into each others eyes getting lost in imagining our future. Everything was picture perfect and I remember coming into the reception with the festoon lights by the pool and under the stars thinking, we are standing in what will be a photo of perfection and it was more than I could have hoped for.
Share your experience about Lady Bella? How did you find our service?
Lady Bella… aka fairy godmother!! We almost gave up on having a wedding completely because nothing went right or felt right. It wasn’t until we were reading Luxe’s website that we got the tingles and immediately felt that was everything we wanted! SJ was the perfect mix of energy and tough love – exactly what we needed! The last 12 months was chaos! We went through a lifetime of highs and lows in just one year! Between Jekayla loosing her dad, her starting a new job, going through major shifts in relationships and our inner circle, building our new home, getting a new car and planning a wedding… we certainly had enough stresses going on to send someone crazy (or so we’ve been told) so to have someone so relaxed and calming come in and say “no problem we will make your wish come true” was a godsend and I would recommend Lady Bella any day of the week!