Having popped the question in a paddleboat in New York’s Central Park, these two lovebirds were destined for a deeply romantic wedding. Georgia and Mark’s Byron View Farm wedding became yet another breathtaking landscape for them to celebrate, in an intimate setting with their friends and family. Beautifully appointed with fresh white, natural textures, rustic black elements and soft blush pinks. The whole day oozed their personalities left, right and centre… including the effortless flow and relaxed vibes! Read their love story below.
Tell us your story, how did you both meet?
High School Sweethearts!
How did the proposal happen?
It has always been a dream of mine to go to New York. For my birthday, Mark surprised me with flight tickets to America. Mark knew that’s where he wanted to propose. We planned an awesome 5-week holiday… and New York wasn’t until halfway through our trip. Mark carried the ring in his carry-on luggage for weeks before, worried that I would find it or see it on the security screen at the airports. On our first day in New York, we spent the day in Central Park. This is where Mark proposed. He proposed to me in a paddleboat on the lake near The Loeb Boathouse and the Bethesda Fountain. Even on one knee in our already slightly rickety little boat. It was a really beautiful day!
What were the reasons for choosing Byron View Farm as the venue for your special day?
We attended one of the amazing wedding expos held by Byron Bay Weddings. We got the map and spent 2 days driving around to all the venues. We decided we weren’t going to tell each other what we thought of each venue and would wait to the end and see what we both liked. Byron View Farm was a venue we visited on the second day of the expo. When we got there and walked around, our little plan of keeping our thoughts to ourselves went out the window and we both said “this is the venue!” It’s such a beautiful location and the views are everything! We both got a beautiful feeling when we were there. It’s a special place with a gorgeous vibe. The views are stunning from every angle. The cottage is gorgeous, the cows. Everything!
What style were you striving for with your table settings, florals and reception? Was there a certain look or vibe that you wanted to create?The vibe we wanted to create was simple, elegant and romantic. I wanted the warmth with the dark timber. The soft blush and neutral tones on the tables, with a very simple one rose stem in each vase along with candles throughout the tables for that element of romance. The crystal glasses and beautiful cutlery for that touch of elegance. We wanted it soft and romantic. We think that with the fairy light ceiling under the sky and the wicker pendants, it made for the perfect setting and was a true representation of us.
Were there any vendors that you particularly loved working with and why?
All our vendors were incredible. Nicole our Wedding Planner was exceptional! I loved her so much! Planning a wedding from over a 1000km away was made so much easier because of Nicole. If I ever felt overwhelmed or unsure about something, that was all eased once I had a phone call with Nicole. She was so kind, lovely and patient. She helped create and style our perfect day and I’m so very grateful for her and everything she did.
Cara Gallagher from Modern Love Celebrant – This woman has the most loving and warmest nature. She is truly beautiful and so good at what she does. When we met her up at the farm a couple of days before the wedding, she asked if we wanted her to stand in the middle of us or off to the side throughout the ceremony, I was like ‘oh, you’re right next to us!’ Everything about her is calming. We had a lot of guests who commented about Cara and our ceremony. She does a beautiful job and has the best energy!
All our vendors were amazing.
Overall, what was your most favourite part of your wedding day and why?
Our favourite part was having our most loved all together in a place that means so much to Mark and I (Byron Bay was our first holiday together and we absolutely fell in love with it and visit every year). We wanted our wedding to be quite small and intimate and we loved that it was just that.
Our ceremony and marrying one another with our own vows was definitely a favourite. Our ceremony was so personal. It was a true representation of us. It was our favourite part. Cara made the ceremony so beautiful. She spoke about us as a couple and our story. Cara got us to write 10 things we love about each other and she read them out – it’s a beautiful part of the ceremony and keeps it personal and unique. We wanted to write our own vows which we loved. Cara also gave us the option of doing a ‘ninja vow’ for each other for a bit of fun. They were vows that were meant to be fun or silly after our formal vows. We think that’s how it should be. Create a ceremony that is so personal and a true representation of the two of you. The ‘ninja vow’ that I wrote for Mark that he read out was “I will finish the pizza oven before Christmas!” Something that had been in the making for two years. I can confirm… he finished it!
Marks ‘ninja vow’ that I read out was “I will only boil the kettle once before making a cup of tea” – which I’m terrible at, and “I will love you like a forever piece” – as when I purchase something I love or that is special, I say to Mark, “Oh this is a forever piece, I’ll have this for a long time”. I absolutely loved this ninja vow as it was personal and may have not made sense to anyone else but personal to us.
We also decided to have Marks Nonno and my mum as our witnesses, and that was really special for us. Our first dance and my dance with my dad, I’ll never forget! So many beautiful moments.
Georgia & Mark xo
Georgia & Mark xo
Venue: Byron View Farm // Celebrant: Modern Love Celebrant // Photographer: Wilde Visual // Florist: Wilderness Flowers // Catering: Fig Tree Catering // Cake: Rebellyous Cake Co // Hair: The Future Mrs // Makeup: Phoebe Fever // Lighting: Byron Audio // Music: Simon Phillips // Furniture & Styling: The Wedding Shed // Planning & Coordination: Byron Bay Weddings