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When it comes to amazing wedding venues, it’s hard to go past a beautiful country setting… and this week on Behind the Door I’m visiting a truly spectacular venue, EarthHouse in Byron Bay.

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EarthHouse is a purpose built wedding and event space, with boutique accommodation, set on a 110-acre farm in the Byron Bay Hinterland. Sitting high on a ridge in a unique rural setting, this special place offers spectacular views out across the Corndale Valley towards the Nightcap Ranges. Secluded from a tree-lined road, the first glimpse of EarthHouse’s gardens takes your breath away. Manicured lawns sweep down towards the sprawling branches of a 100-year-old fig tree. Jasmine trails beneath stone walls and the scent of Magnolia and Gardenia floats in the air.

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EarthHouse owner, Munro Black, says his family knew they had discovered a very special part of the world when his parents, Alastair and Jackie, moved to the property in 2005. “The Byron Bay Hinterland is one of the best kept secrets around,” says Munro. “Within a 30-minute radius, you can travel from some of the world’s best beaches to the stunningly beautiful countryside, with its rolling hills and farmland, rainforests and waterfalls, and never-ending views of both the mountains and the ocean”. Returning to the area from overseas in 2012, Munro wanted to create a wedding venue that captured the beauty and soul of the landscape, drawing inspiration from the rammed earth homestead and cottage his parents had built. Following two hard years construction, EarthHouse was completed in January 2015.

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The mediterranean inspired event space sits nestled at the bottom of the garden. Its rammed earth building offers a spacious interior room with an open fireplace, polished concrete floor and soaring cathedral ceiling above exposed timber trusses. This opens onto a large veranda that is suspended above the valley, overlooking the beautiful hinterland view. EarthHouse caters for a wide range of events, from intimate elopements and micro weddings to larger weddings of up to 120 seated guests. For ceremonies, there’s the beautiful fig tree overlooking the valley and of course endless amazing photo opportunities throughout the grounds, including stunning shots from the paddocks on sunset.

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Munro reveals EarthHouse was specifically designed as a blank canvas, so couples could put their own stamp on the venue styling.

“EarthHouse works with the best local suppliers and vendors, including stylists, planners, florists, lighting, and furniture hire, who all bring a couple’s vision for their big day to life,” says Munro. “The venue has been purposed built with this in mind and, in all honesty, you can do as little or as much as you like to it, which is one of the best things about it.” Having said that, EarthHouse has had some amazing styling and spectacular set ups in the building and every week is different, in keeping with the individual style of each couple.

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EarthHouse also offers boutique accommodation in a rammed earth cottage that features two independent, queen rooms. These thoughtfully appointed living spaces each include an en-suite bathroom, breakfast pantry, walk-in robe and private rear courtyard. There is also a common courtyard, surrounding an open fireplace, that looks out across the valley and mountains. The cottage is a beautiful space for small bridal parties to get ready or the bride and groom to enjoy their first night as newlyweds.

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What a romantic venue with so much character, such a perfect reflection of the stunning Byron Bay Hinterland surrounds!

Ms Floral Says: How amazing is Byron Bay and the stunning EarthHouse! What a divine venue for those wanting to tie the knot in the Byron Bay Hinterland.

About Amelia Waddell of Moonstruck Bride: I’m a proud bridal store owner with a love of exploring creative spaces. Whether it’s an office, event space, workshop or retail store I love seeing how other wedding businesses create their own special magic. When I’m not fitting brides I love immersing myself in everything wedding, in the name of “research” of course.