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Tropical Festival of Lurve @ Secret Garden

August 13, 2019

It was lush tropical vibes at this super fun wedding.. and the Grooms simile was Golden. The rain just before the ceremony created a grey backdrop that made all the bright colors really pop.

I loved getting to know Helen and Andy who moved from England together and established a new life in Sydney. With a fabulous fun and supportive connection, they shared lots of juicy funny information about themselves for me to work with in writing their ceremony. In this relationship it was Andy who was chomping at the bit to become a Dad… which we referenced a few times to waves of laughter from their friends and family…apparently It was quite a thing.. and it was so great to hear Helen in her Vows, say that she was finally ready to embrace parenthood with him.

Super fun, lush tropical bridesmaid vibes.. not matching but so beautiful together!
Perfectly complimenting the colorful people who were getting married.
I like supporting my couples when they say their Vows by prompting them quietly.. line by line (off mic), and then holding the mic for them to speak into.
Why? My main reason for this is so they can hold hands and look deep into each other’s eyes … physically and visually connected when they say those words.
The alternative? In my experience when couples are left to read their vows and handle the mic themselves, I don’t believe they connect as much. They are busy reading their vow cards and holding the mic.. so they don’t tend to look at each other as much and probably won’t have any physical contact either. .
Of course it’s all personal preference and I know other celebrants (who I fully respect) prefer to do it the other way… but in my mind it’s all about the heart, eye and hand connection in that moment.

Venue http://www.secretgardenbyronbay.com/

Stunning Photos https://beckrocchi.com.au/

Coordination and Styling https://frankandjoy.com.au/

Fabulous Florals https://www.byronstyleco.com.au/

Catering https://yourgourmet.com.au/

A magical elopement in the Sand dunes

August 5, 2019

Tom & Kristine’s elopement was simple and sublime in a magical beach location. With their cuddly toddler, photographer & babysitter as witnesses we set off to a very secret location that I suggest to special couples who are looking for privacy and simple natural beauty (and a little bit of elemental magic) for their nuptials.

These photos really speak for themselves… there were happy tears, unbridled joyful moments, and a palpable sense of magic through out the ceremony.

I absolutely love the timeless oriental beauty of Kristine, and it was all so perfectly captured by Nina Claire Photography.

High Altitude & Great Attitudes – A suave Byron wedding on top of the world!

May 28, 2019

Katy and Nigel curated a truly magnificent wedding party. Literally perched high up on a mountain in Mullumbimby the vibe was very cool, fun and indulgent. Outdoor dining at it’s absolute best with a hearty .. and a bit wild … celebration of a beautiful love story.

The moment they met, Nigel was immediately attracted to Katy’s sense of humour and beauty, and Katy fell in love with Nigels distinctive and contagious laugh.  It was during their first date, that Katy learnt of Nigels ambitions to become the Lord of Manly! After experiencing the calibre of this man at his own wedding this may just be a realistic life goal. It sure was a wedding fit for a Lord and Lady!

Other great folks involved in making their day so wonderful ..

https://altitude261.com/

https://www.ninaclairephotography.com/

http://www.threeblueducks.com/byron/

https://saltydingo.com.au/

https://www.wildernessflowers.com.au/

https://www.heartfirecollective.com/

https://frankandjoy.com.au/

http://honeyandstonemusic.com/

http://www.erinhazledine.com/

a Chic Byron Bay Wedding

February 27, 2017

Kym and Dane are truly awesome humans sharing a wonderful loving life together here in Byron. You can see their whole wedding featured by @the_lane here

The day before their wedding a handful of us enjoyed a beautiful Welcome to country ceremony facilitated by local Indigenous  legends (Delta Kay, Nigel and uncle Magpie) to connect with the land and receive the blessings of the ancestors prior to their marriage. Then the next day their ceremony and wedding celebrations were sublime;  stylish and earthy while still being Chic and classy all at the same time.  Their venue Horizon Byron Bay (sadly no longer a wedding venue in Byron) was on top of a hill overlookingBelongil Beach, Main Beach, Clarkes Beach, Julian Rocks, The Pass, Wategos and of course the iconic Byron lighthouse.

Kym and Dane met in Bondi at a mutual friends Halloween Party in 2008.  Kym was living in Sydney and Dane was about to head off travelling, but they kept in touch and then actually met up again the following year again on Halloween, which will clearly always be a big date for them.  During their 5 years together they have traveled a lot and explored many destinations and cultures, they just love sharing the all the joys of life together!  Whether it’s camping beach side or in a remote location and experiencing nature, like being trapped in the pouring rain in a swag … or enjoying an  amazing sunset or sunrise while sipping cups of tea.. or in the mountains of Japan waking up super early to get up the mountain first for the freshest snow.  Then there was the best adventure yet.. and this is one that all the guests knew about because they had read Danes email about how he proposed to Kym.  It was their 4 year anniversary.. Halloween 2013.. and after all the false starts, he finally pulled it off in the water out the back of Wategos .. and just to quote a small piece of this golden story from Danes perspective..  “It was super shallow out the back which helped so when I dropped to the knee my head didn’t go under. Kymy was looking into the shore and she turned around and looked down at a little black fella smiling with a diamond ring! “  And for Kym, when she looked at Dane that day she absolutely knew he loved her completely.  It was such a wonderful moment for them both!

As their celebrant it was such a fun and humbling experience to meet them and get to know them in this exciting time in their loves. And these were Kyms lovely words “Susie Figgis, she has truly found her calling. She knew us better than we knew ourselves. The ceremony was so beautifully written. I cried when I read the first draft… there was only need for that 1 draft, no more.”

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Love, Marriage and Weddings – thoughts of a Celebrant

December 1, 2016

Love, Marriage and Weddings … Thoughts of a celebrant – by Susie Figgis …

Everyone’s ideal wedding is different, and most couples choose to create an experience that defines and celebrates them as a unique couple. With all the incredible options in Byron’s community of wedding professionals, one of the best ways to keep your wedding authentic, is to focus on creating an awesome personalised ceremony. (Byron has a healthy amount of wonderful Celebrants, and I’m lucky to be one of them.)?

Working with couples and tuning into their love story, and their thoughts about intimate relating is always a privilege. I find that this conversation often prompts people to get clarity on why they are getting married. As one couple shared “Susie’s process in shaping our ceremony was instrumental in helping us voice our true reasons for marriage, and made us reflect on the why we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with each other.” This is the stuff that family and friends love to hear about; the love story, reasons why they love each other, and a funny story or two. If it’s an elopement, it’s just as important to nail it in terms of personalisation, because it’s so intimate that generic material isn’t likely to resonate.

Making a ceremony a true representation of each unique couple is what it’s all about. Everyone loves a wedding, and there are some elements that are reliable emotional highlights, like the Brides entrance and the Vows, but there are so many different ways to add personal flavour. Some popular ideas include; a musical performance by a friend or family member, some kind of ceremonial ritual, having a cute ring bearers or flower girl/s, and involving all the guests in a big celebratory exit. These are all ways to add to the magic of the ceremony, and the sky really is the limit.

Marriage will always have an ebb and flow and with this in mind, when you go beyond the beauty and joy of the wedding…. it’s actually about how people step up to become Husbands and Wives they say they are going to be in their ceremony. Inviting family and friends, as witnesses to the marriage, to support them on this journey is a nice touch.

Whilst still believing in the dream.. the best ceremonies, in my humble opinion, are optimistic yet realistic about love. They can be fun and reverent, realistic, romantic and relaxed all at the same time, and this is the flavour that I think Byron Weddings are becoming famous for.

A colourful bohemian wedding in Byron Bay featuring a stunning Grace Loves Lace Gown

November 21, 2016

Grace Loves Lace Gowns are very popular with Brides I’m working with, this article is about beautiful Rhiannon who chose to wear the Grace Loves Lace Nia Gown.  Read more here

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