Abby & Cole: An intimate Byron Bay Hinterland Wedding.
Where did you and Cole meet, how did he propose?
Cole and I met at schoolies on the Gold Coast in 2010. He had planned a trip overseas with his best mate Jarryd for a year to work in Canada as a snow maker, as well as travel the world at the same time. Once he was back he contacted me and that was that! He proposed on a hill overlooking the valley of Murwillumbah as this is one of our favourite places, of course we drove down in the Landy so he was there to. Once I said yes we went to Husk distillery for some ink gins to celebrate. Cole had organised our closest family and friends to be there to help celebrate this incredible milestone in our lives.
Where did you start with the wedding planning process after the engagement?
We did have a few months at the start to let it all really sink in. He proposed in September and I think we really started planning the following January. To start the process we visited quite a few different venues, we had a pretty good strategy going. We could tell by the style and vibe from the venue if we could see ourselves there. We had a vision of a laid back, simple, classic and fun wedding as we only had 55 guests to make it intimate and memorable for them.
What did you both love most about the venue?We were originally booked into Figtree for our wedding, but once it devastatingly burnt down we had to move venues. We have come to believe things happen for a reason as this sort of thing happened to us a-lot through this process. We had not heard of the Hinterland house when we were shown the property. The second you enter their driveway and start to head up the hill to the main house I think both myself and Coles mouths were wide open. We had both fallen in love with the property before even seeing inside the house let alone the ceremony or reception area.
What was the highlight of your wedding day?The highlight of our day would certainly be the moment we became husband and wife, but also having the estate to ourselves for 3 nights was the icing on the cake. Having the time to set up and style the venue how we wanted was definitely incredible.
What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding which is a blank canvas like the Hinterland House?
When starting with a blank canvas I find a lot easier. You have the chance to dream big and create something beautiful. There are so many suppliers out there willing to help you along the way of styling and I find this really is a big part of the day and what your personal couple style is. For some a blank canvas can be overwhelming but look at it this way, there is no right or wrong way. You have the freedom to introduce any colour and texture you like.
How did you incorporate your skill set into personalising your day? What was the inspiration behind the colour choice and styling elements?
Yes this was a part of our wedding we always said we would do. Cole being an electrician and furniture maker, myself a florist we both really wanted to bring our skills to the table. We wanted a neutral balanced colour scheme that didn’t take away from the beautiful Hinterland house colour and texture, we really wanted to work with it. We had super soft greens and pinks with black as our feature for the table with candles and styling items.
Cole made the pendant lights over our reception using baskets, and industrial high bay lights for our dance floor being painted in a soft light green to blend in than stand out. As well as the festoons that ran the rest of the garden for mood lighting at night. The lights for our reception sat in my floral installations that hung above the tables and these I wanted to keep simple yet textural with dried leaves and fresh flowers from the theme of our bouquets and ceremony styling.
Okay, so we were in love with your landy that you arrived in, how long have you been restoring it?
So our landy - he’s a 1974 series 3 Land Rover and we are so in love. We never thought we would restore him so soon but there was no way I wanted to arrive in anything else. Cole had been working on him since December so only really 3 months of work to get him where he was. It was a massive job for Cole but I know he loved every minute.
Where was your bridal gown from, what did you love most about it?My gown was from Luv bridal in Biggera waters, on the Gold Coast. This wasn’t my original gown, long story short I was having a custom gown made that really didn’t go to plan. Three weeks out from the wedding I was searching around to find something. Luv bridal were amazing, they had just got this gown in that morning and had just unboxed it. It was my size and fitted so well and after everything I put myself, mum and sister through this dress was the one. To be honest it was the dress I had been searching for. This dress had it all, I felt like a bride, it was classic and had pockets.
Where were the bridesmaids dresses from?My bridesmaids all wore their own take on a white dress. The girls probably hated me for it but I wanted them to choose something they felt comfortable in and could wear again after our day.
Lets talk food! Did you struggle to choose your wedding menu or was it love at first bite?Our menu was a shared style meal. We had been to a wedding previously that did this and we left saying we have to get share plates! We went to Friday Hut restaurant prior to our wedding to taste and see their styling of food. They are incredible! Everything we ate that day we could not fault, we left our menu up to the Friday hut team to tell us what was in season at the time and what they thought would work best. And so our menu was created.
What is your advice for couples sticking to budget?Sticking to a budget can be hard, I had a figure that I felt was realistic and doable for the wedding I wanted to create. I did my research into every vendor and if I could do things myself I did. It all comes down to compromise as well, finding either a cheaper alternative or if it’s a must have these are things to work out early so you have the time. One thing I would say to any bride is don’t plan to do anything the morning of your wedding, take the time for yourself and soak in every moment with your girls.
ABBY & COLE'S WEDDING SUPPLIERS
On the day coordination / Stylist @forloveandliving
Floral Stylist @franklyandtheflowers
Celebrant : Adrian Johnston
Bridal Gown @luvbridal
Makeup Artist @makeupmaree
Hair Stylist @sineadmarian_hair
Wedding Cake @baked.gc