Real Wedding // Natalie & Stewart’s Victoria’s Wedding

Natalie & Stewart’s Victoria’s wedding embraced old school romance to a whole new level. Their souls were warmed throughout the entire day with an abundance of smiles, laughter and good juju. Despite some unlucky weather on the horizon, the day ran seamlessly. Guests were left in awe of their beautiful ceremony exposing panoramic views and an intimate reception, adorned in fairy lights. Allow Stories by Ash to take you back to their special day and read their love story below.

Tell us your story, how did you both meet?
Natalie: Stewart and I met on Tinder, much to the dismay of my mother! I swiped right because he had such kind, happy eyes. After a week of chatting online, we finally met up in person to play pool at a local pool hall.  He hadn’t mentioned he was a pool shark in our prior conversations but the conversation flowed well which quickly led to another date at a table tennis place where I kicked his butt!

How did the proposal happen?
We were down in Sydney for a week visiting family and friends.  Stewart organised a lovely night out, including dinner at Sepia, one of Sydney’s top restaurants.  Despite a couple of friends and family suggesting that tonight was the night Stewart would propose, I was caught totally by surprise. At the dinner table, he got down on one knee and proposed.  It was the best night ever.

What were the reasons for choosing Victoria’s as the venue for your special day?
Stewart: Nat’s family live interstate and we wanted our wedding to be more than just one big day but rather a special family weekend. Victoria’s was perfect for this. It had communal spaces, like the kitchen, pool, BBQ area, but also enough bedrooms to cater for both of our families. The view was spectacular and the venue is stunning to look at. It ticked every single box.



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?
Victoria’s is so beautiful that it doesn’t need much. The table and chairs are a gorgeous wood, I couldn’t imagine covering them! I just wanted simple flowers in small crystal vases as they remind me of my grandmother. They also wouldn’t get in the way of conversations across the table, or take up valuable food platter space!

Were there any vendors that you particularly loved working with and why?
I loved everyone! Ash from Stories by Ash was the most incredible photographer! Such a beautiful person! Stewart and I are both rather camera shy, but Ash made us feel so comfortable whilst taking our photos. The food by Fig Tree Catering was also exceptional. Our guests still talk about the food! Stewart still remarks about the truffle mushroom risotto!

Our wedding also took place the weekend that cyclone Debbie flooded the highway to Byron. Not knowing whether our families and guests were going to arrive in time was really stressful. The planners from Byron Bay Weddings were fantastic. From the moment I arrived (a day late, after a 9 hour drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay via Glen Innes!), they totally calmed me and took my worries away. They took care of everything and stayed in contact with all of the vendors to rearrange the timing of everything on the day. In the end, everything went according to plan, just a few hours later than intended which was an incredible effort given the circumstances!

  Overall, what was your most favourite part of your wedding day and why?
Our favourite part of the day was seeing all of our friends and family arrive for the wedding. Most had travelled 9 hours to be there (taking the inland route via Glen Innes) after failed attempts the day prior. Others had waited in traffic for flood waters to recede and the highway to be reopened. We still can’t believe they went through all of that for us. It makes you realise how lucky we are to have them in our lives.  

Natalie & Stewart

Venue: Victoria’s // Hair: Heartfire Collective // Celebrant: Married by Kath // Photographer: Stories by Ash // Florist: Floral & Mineral // Catering: Fig Tree Catering// Lighting & Audio:  Byron Audio  // Furniture & Styling: The Wedding Shed // Planning & Coordination: Byron Bay Weddings

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…

Real Wedding // Millie & Jay’s Fig Tree Wedding

June 8, 2023

On a beautiful spring day, Millie & Jay celebrated their dream wedding at the gorgeous Fig Tree Restaurant. Millie & Jay’s heartfelt ceremony was held under the iconic fig tree and was followed by an afternoon of fabulous cocktails & canapés poolside with their nearest and dearest. With a dreamy palette of pastel florals, soft…

Real Wedding // Dani & Alex’s Fig Tree Wedding

June 6, 2023

Dani & Alex celebrated their gorgeous wedding day at the stunning Fig Tree Restaurant on a picture-perfect spring afternoon. With a romantic, elegant vibe at the heart of their styling vision, Dani – who works in the wedding industry herself, drew inspiration from some of her past brides and chose vibrant pops of colour to bring her…