Real Wedding // James & Shannon’s Fig Tree Wedding

James & Shannon’s autumn Fig Tree wedding; one gorgeous sunny day met by lots of smiling faces and a whole lot of love! From getting ready together in Fig Tree’s on-site accommodation, The Dairy, to basking in the company of their friends and family. Good juju was radiating everywhere, and we were so stoked to help them curate this special celebration. We loved working with Beautiflora and The Wedding Shed to deliver them the most beautiful set-up where lush, tropical styling met neutral shades and earthy textures. Thank you to the magnificent eye of Nina Claire for capturing their wedding so perfectly!

Tell us your story, how did you both meet?
We met the old fashioned way nearly five years ago on the dance floor at a nightclub in Melbourne. As cheesy as it sounds, we locked eyes across the dance floor and chatted for a while, swapped numbers and have been inseparable ever since!

How did the proposal happen?
It was a very chilly Victorian winter weekend away last year. We were staying at a winery in the Macedon Ranges. The proposal itself was very casual. James and I had been talking about getting married long before the marriage equality vote. Over dinner, we talked about starting to plan the wedding day (we had already drafted a guest list!) before we went back to our room. Right before we went to sleep, James asked the question and I, of course, said yes!

What were the reasons for choosing Fig Tree as the venue for your special day?
We have family in the Byron Hinterland so we spend a lot of time in and around Byron. We love the area so much that the Byron region was on the top of our list. The day we saw the Fig Tree we had five or six other venues booked to inspect. The Fig Tree was the first venue we visited. We fell in love the moment we walked in and met Che and the team that we cancelled the rest of our bookings for the day. There is something so special about the property from the moment you pull into the driveway to the views out to the cape. 

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?
We didn’t have a particular style in mind though we knew we wanted lots of local and tropical foliage instead of florals. Lhasa and the team at Beautiflora and our wedding planner, Aoife, helped us translate this loose brief into a casual tropical feel that was complemented so well by the surroundings at the Fig Tree. Our favourite piece was the suspended arbour. It was something really special. 

Were there any vendors that you particularly loved working with and why?
We planned the wedding in six months so we crammed a lot into a relatively short amount of time. All of our vendors were amazing, though if I had to put together a shortlist, it would have to be:

Aoife from Byron Bay Weddings – attention to detail, accountability and communication were beyond what we were expecting. The day wouldn’t have been the same without her. Giver her a promotion, stat!

Nina Claire Photography – Our photos are spectacular though even more impressive was the feedback we had from friends and family complimenting Nina’s style. We would absolutely work with Nina again. 

Sonia Steiner Celebrant – We connected with Sonia instantly as she became registered following the marriage equality vote. We cannot thank her enough for how well she engaged with us and our guests. 

Beautiflora – Lhasa and the team totally got our very brief style request. They constructed the most incredible arbour and suspended installs inside that we still can’t quite get over!

Overall, what was your most favourite part of your wedding day and why?
We really wanted to be present from the time our guests arrived until the time they left so we decided to have all of our photos (family included) taken in the hours before guests arrived. We greeted our friends and family as they arrived with a glass of champagne in hand and were with them until the dancing finished later in the night. It was very special to be able to spend so much time with our loved ones who had travelled far and wide to help us celebrate. 

Shannon & James xo

Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant // Celebrant: Sonia Steiner Celebrant // Photographer: Nina Claire // Florist: Beautiflora  // Music: McGee Entertainment // Catering: Fig Tree Catering // Drinks: The Cellar // Transport: Steve’s Ballina Byron Transport // Lighting:  Byron Audio // Furniture & Styling: The Wedding Shed // Planning & Coordination: Byron Bay Weddings

Real Wedding // Celeste & Dylan’s Byron View Farm Wedding

May 16, 2024

Celeste & Dylan celebrated their stunning wedding at the dreamy Byron View Farm on a perfect summer day. With Byron View Farm’s picturesque surroundings, the setting provided a breathtaking canvas for their love-filled celebration. Opting for a soft, romantic theme throughout, Celeste & Dylan adorned their tables with delicate white florals and blush accents, intertwined…

Real Wedding // Jess & Daniel’s Byron View Farm Wedding

May 8, 2024

Jess & Daniel celebrated their stunning wedding day on a picturesque winter’s day at Byron View Farm. Set against the captivating backdrop of Byron View Farm’s stunning hinterland and ocean vista, their day radiated elegance and grace under clear blue skies and sunshine.

Real Wedding // Courtney & Bird’s Forget Me Not Wedding

April 4, 2024

Nestled in a tranquil and secluded hinterland setting, Courtney & Bird celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Forget Me Not. Their vision was clear: to have a creative destination wedding, all in one picturesque location. Forget Me Not effortlessly ticked all the boxes, and felt like the perfect combination of Courtney & Bird – country & coastal.…

Real Wedding // Sasha & Roshitha’s Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding

March 7, 2024

On a magical spring day, Sasha & Rosh celebrated their dream wedding at the stunning Fig Tree Restaurant. Their celebration was a breathtaking fusion of cultures and personal style, highlighted by a heartfelt Poruwa ceremony honouring Rosh’s Sri Lankan heritage. From their days as junior doctors to a dreamy proposal in Broome, their love story…

10 Reasons to get Married at the Fig Tree Byron Bay

January 16, 2024

Choosing the perfect venue for your wedding is a pivotal decision, setting the stage for a day that will be cherished forever. The Fig Tree Restaurant, nestled in the idyllic coastal town of Byron Bay, offers many compelling reasons to consider it as your dream wedding location. With its awe-inspiring ocean views, romantic charm, gourmet…

Real Wedding // Emma & Tom’s Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding

November 3, 2023

Emma & Tom celebrated their gorgeous wedding day at the Fig Tree Restaurant on the first day of spring. Their wedding was an ode to modern minimalism and timeless elegance, flawlessly encapsulating the essence of their love and connection as a couple. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of simplicity and embracing an all-white colour palette,…

Real Wedding // Svetlana & Guy’s Earth House Wedding

October 23, 2023

Svetlana & Guy celebrated their magical wedding day at The Earth House in Byron Bay’s hinterland on a gorgeous spring day. Resonating with their vision of an intimate, relaxed, and naturally beautiful celebration, the moment Svetlana and Guy laid eyes on The Earth House, they felt an instant connection — as if the venue had…

Discover the Earth House – Byron Bay’s Iconic Hinterland Wedding Venue

October 16, 2023

Overlooking the breathtaking Nightcap Ranges, The Earth House stands as one of Byron Bay’s most iconic hinterland venues for its flawless integration of architectural innovation and stunning natural beauty. The extraordinary space is a testament to sustainable design, nestled harmoniously within the lush Byron Bay hinterland. Its organic rammed earth walls, cathedral ceiling and exposed…

The 2023 Byron Bay Wedding Fair

September 23, 2023

Celebrate the magic of our 11th annual Byron Bay Wedding Fair! On a beautiful winter day, we showcased over 70 talented suppliers and 16 premium wedding venues. The day overflowed with excitement and creativity, featuring awe-inspiring styling displays by The Wedding Shed and local florists, along with lively performances by local musicians, talented cake makers,…

Discover the Orchard Estate – One of Byron Bay’s Top Hinterland Wedding Venues

June 21, 2023

There is something truly special about the Byron Bay hinterland—the breathtaking landscape, lush rolling hills, natural surroundings, magical golden sunsets, and complete serenity. For so many reasons, the hinterland is undeniably one of our top picks as the ultimate Byron Bay wedding location. If hinterland serenity with magical views is what you have been searching…