I have hand picked a killer team! A little video from a mini Xmas in July party 🙂
What was I looking for?
Let’s start with the obvious – they need to be high end, professional and talented. I need to have complete trust in my team.
My absolute non negotiable was their energy! They need to be naturally calming, ooze positive vibes and have good banter 😉
They will overcome any obstacle with grace. They have a “can do” attitude and not afraid to get (literally) dirty for the best outcome for our couples!
Your Luxe Elopements team is a community of fun-loving vendors who will ensure you and your guests have a memorable day! We pour out little creative souls into every detail. We aren’t afraid to step outside of our “service” and help out. Our goal is to make your experience effortless and FUN!
What’s our secret sauce? We create a VIBE with our award winning team and HYPE you up! We handle all the boring stuff so you can focus on the fun stuff! Our online process is effortless. Eloping should be FUN
After each elopement, we all look at each other and say *YES* that’s how a wedding should *FEEL*! Eloping should be an adventure, an epic memory, an awesome story to share….
I am Sarah-Jane, but everyone calls me SJ! I have 12+ years servicing luxury weddings in Byron Bay, Tweed Coast and Internationally. I am an award winning wedding photographer and ex hair and makeup artist.
What makes me and my hand picked team unique? I have 12+ years experience as an Award Winning photographer, hair and makeup artist and wedding planner! A creative soul with an Entrepreneurial spirit.
I started my career in Byron Bay shooting Fashion (Billabong/Cotton On etc). You’ll find me chasing sunsets, barefoot in the sand with flowers in my hair (or on my dress). Weddings was a natural progression for me!
This unique experience gave me REAL insight into every aspect of a wedding: mornings with bridal parties (OH I HAVE STORIES HAHA) > ceremonies and receptions. The good, the bad and the ugly. Most Elopement companies are planners who haven’t set foot on a real wedding or Celebrants who have no idea about wedding morning logistics or Golden Light!
I am the Queen of putting out fires without you knowing but my REAL super power is connecting with HUMANS! Young, old, grumpy, anxious, happy, drunk – I’ve got you haha. I do have a soft spot for little rascals.
I have since hung up my Hair and Makeup tools and now focus on Photography and Planning. The same principals apply – my job is to make you LOOK + FEEL your best! I get to create MOMENTS and shine a light on the connection you have… at a breathtaking location and in pretty light 😉
I lived in Byron Bay for 10 x years, we settled on the Tweed Coast (cos who can afford Byron – haha) 5 years ago with my daughters Sophia and Bella and my dogs Jacksie and Rusty.
I have hand picked the best of the best. I know all the secret spots, the local weather and happy to share all my inside knowledge with you!
I am 37yrs old, have two daughters Sophia (12) and Isabella (6) and my fur babies Jacksie (Labrador) and Rusty (King Charles).
I live for creativity, sunsets, the beach, being barefoot, the colour pink and making people look and feel their best! I’m an extrovert – my super power is making everyone, no matter their age, social status, colour or creed – feel comfortable and have a laugh together!!
My girls have grown up working alongside me in business. They have spent countless sunrises and sunsets at the beach while I shoot a session, weekends at Wedding expos, playing quietly while I have clients in my studio and Miss Sophia has done her fair share of computer tasks and shooting behind the scenes on my phone!
My youngest Bella scored a trip to the Maldives when she was 5mths (I was breast-feeding) to shoot an Elopement! She was 2 weeks old at the 2016 Business Excellences Awards when I won regionals – there is a video of me with breastmilk down my dress accepting my award – Haha. REAL MUM LIFE!
What lead me to create Luxe Elopement
Due to my unique set of skills I was booking a lot of Elopements (before they were *cool*)! I notice there was a group of couples who, like myself, wanted all the prettiness of a wedding without the *fluff*. The average Byron Bay Wedding is $68K! I saw a gap in the marketing for luxury Elopements and Micro Weddings, Luxe Elopements was born in 2018!
Often my couples were shy, or been together *forever*, already had a family and had other financial goals, 20-something year olds who prioritised travel and saving for a house and so forth.
Awards, Publications and Accreditations
I am proud to have won multiple business awards, regularly published in wedding magazines, and worked with major brands.
I’ll give you the highlights:
- WINNER @ 2021, 2019 + 2016 Business Excellence in Personal Services and Retails
- WINNER @ 2017 Young Entrepreneur
- Published @ Polka Dot Bride, Whites Magazine, QLD Brides, Hello May, To The Isle, New Idea Magazine, etc
- Fashion Brands @ Cotton On Body, Billabong, Piping Hot, Arnhem, Warriors of the Divine, etc
- Multiple articles in Gold Coast Bulletin about my career
- and so on!