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Natasha & Riley

There is a lot to be said for a wedding bubble, a weekend where your guests gather together in a brand new location, to celebrate a wedding, marriage and each other. And while we may not be trekking internationally anytime soon, Natasha and Riley’s beautiful wedding, in the sunshine of a private villa in Greece, captured beautifully Lou Lou Memphis has plenty of inspiration for domestic destination weddings too. Because it isn’t just about the location, it’s about adventure together, about celebrating together, and about community.

“We wanted a memorable experience for us and our guests” explains Natasha. “Our intimate destination wedding was an ode to our adventures abroad, an extension of our life spent travelling the globe.”

Natasha wore a simple, and elegant gown by designer Grace Loves Lace. “It’s no surprise my dress shopping experience was a little atypical. For the duration of our engagement we were living in Europe, and no matter how many dresses I tried I couldn’t help but yearn for a dress that felt like home; a dress that exuded the simple Australian bride I am – that’s we’re Grace Loves Lace comes in, thank goodness for online bridal boutiques and Facetime – I picked my dream dress online with ease!”

Natasha counts walking down the aisle as one of her favourite moments. “Seeing Riley as I walked down the aisle was probably one of our top two favourite moments of the wedding day. I walked down the aisle to ‘Could I Love You Anymore‘ sung by Reneé Dominique and Jason Mraz. It was the perfect soundtrack, at that moment, it felt like everything faded into the background and all we saw was each other.”

“Honestly, we could have chosen to elope (hello, my inner Simple Simon!)” remarks Natasha of the couple’s mood for their ceremony. “But instead we choose to create a space for our family and friends to know our love and the love of God through our wedding. Riley and I, and my best friend/maid of honour/celebrant wrote our whole ceremony from scratch, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect representation of us and our marriage to come.”

The groom chose pale blue pants with a black jacket, Natasha noting  “We wanted a relaxed, summer look. Riley was kitted head-to-toe in Boggi Milano.”

“The whole experience was full of memorable moments” shares the bride. “Seeing the months of planning come to life on our wedding day was simply magical, but little tops arriving in Greece to see how surreal the venue and location was.”

Natasha and Riley loved working with their photographer, noting “I stumbled upon ‘Lou Lou Memphis’ while looking on Instagram for bridal hair inspiration, and immediately fell in love with how authentic and unposed their photos were. They did a spectacular job capturing the emotions of the day in such a real way, they were discreet and efficient, and such a pleasure to work with. We truly don’t know how we got so lucky to have Eliza capture the beginning of our forever!”

 

“My advice would be that your intimacy with God and one another, while you’re engaged, is the most important thing – more important than even your wedding” shares Natasha. “Your wedding day will come and go, but faith has so much to deposit in your heart and build in both of you before you get married. So spend as much time seeking His heart as you can, and you will find that the things that would have stressed you out and made you anxious are not important to you anymore… Think about what is truly important to you and your Husband.”

The guests and newlyweds celebrated together back at the private villa, where they also held their ceremony- Bello Blu Luxury Villa.  “Joined by our closest friends and family, our wedding party of merely 25 made the trek to the beautiful Greek Island of Rhodes. Our venue was Bello Blu Luxury Villa, a private villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It truly took our breath away. Bello Blu was not only our wedding reception but also where we held our ceremony in the Villa gardens. We had exclusive use of the villa and with no time restraints (or neighbours!) we were able to enjoy celebrating until the early hours of the morning.”

“For the reception, we chose one long table to sit amongst our guests, under a warm summer night lit by festoon lights. Our romantic long table sat poolside for all of our guests to enjoy – strewn with white and pink flowers in clear glass vases, and adorned with candles; at this table together we celebrated and feasted on Greek delicacies and wine until our hearts were content.”

The newlyweds took to the dance floor to the sound of ‘H.O.L.Y’ by Florida Georgia Line.

Congratulations to you both Natasha and Riley! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day stories with us! Thank you also to Lou Lou Memphis for sharing all of today’s shots!

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The Cottage At The Bower

Byron Bay, it turns out, is not just the most amazing place for a wedding, but it’s also just what you need for a beachside (and homegrown! ) honeymoon! To celebrate The Byron Bay Issue, we’ve dived into the best Byron Bay has to offer. From grand houses to sweet little suites, these are our picks of where to stay!

The Cottage At The Bower

The Cottage At The Bower takes a beautiful 100-year-old home and turns it into the dreamiest spot for a honeymoon. You can book the entire house (it can accommodate up to 10 guests after all) and enjoy its beautiful pool, flat-screen TVs, air conditioning and of course, beautiful gardens all to yourself. And the styling is so Byron Bay chic.

The Chapel

If there is one thing we know about Byron Bay, it’s that the accommodation options? Oh, they’re nothing short of stylish. Enter The Chapel. A stunning loft-style apartment with 100-year-old exposed bricks, polished concrete floors, a private courtyard a self-contained kitchen. Every space? Beautiful attention to detail, of course, and just what you need for a honeymoon by the sea.

Belongil Salt

This sweet little apartment, Belongil Salt is just a hop skip and a jump to beautiful Belongil Beach. It features true Byron Bay style with an outdoor dining and lounge area, private BBQ, beautiful kitchen and all the mod cons… right down to an LCD TV. This one has two bedrooms and can accommodate five.

The Chalet

If you need a domestic honeymoon that feels like you’re in your own private villa in the middle of nowhere, then The Chalet is it! A beautiful home that’s close enough to both beach and town action, this three bedder features its own private pool (just the ticket for honeymoon cocktails, yes?) king-sized beds and even a Sonos wireless music system.

Treetops Hideaway

Looking for a true escape? Treetops Hideaway is just what you need! This breathtaking property sits on a mountaintop and has stunning views down over Byron Bay. Thoughtfully designed complete with facilities like a full kitchen, wifi and even a coffee machine, it features beautifully made furniture. Plus, they’ll even welcome you with a bottle of bubbles!

Bask & Stow SALT

Bask & Stow SALT is the sweetest little villa in Byron Bay. Beautifully beachy, the apartment is just a short walk to Clarke’s Beach. It’s got everything you need for a beautiful honeymoon – monsoon shower, private deck, comfy king bed and access to the onsite plunge pool.

The Studio

Intimate and personal. The Studio is a sweet self-contained apartment features all the mod cons: a TV, a compact kitchen, air conditioning and an ensuite. Its beautiful design sets up the space just beautifully for a relaxed and cosy honeymoon. Our favourite romantic feature? An outdoor shower!

Cacti Mi Casa

Packed with all the industrial style you could dream of, Cacti Mi Casa is a converted warehouse apartment full of style. The open plan conversion providing the most stunning, light-filled space for you to use as your base for plenty of Byron exploring. The outdoor cactus garden just the spot for your honeymoon BBQ dinners and the full kitchen packed with everything you need to make that meal even more memorable.

Luxury Grand Villa

Consider Luxury Grand Villa a little bit of Melbourne in the middle of Byron Bay. Styled with dark and moody tones, this stunning villa is set overlooking the rainforest and completely self-contained. Styled, of course, by the ever amazing Melbourne based Lynda Gardner, the villa features its own private mineral pool, heated spa, king-sized beds all in a space filled with thoughtfully curated pieces from around the world.

For those of us who love nothing more than jet-setting off and really enjoying the natural beauty of a place, Joshua Tree House Posada is exactly where you need to stay for your honeymoon. Perfectly positioned to capitalise on the incredible landscape that is so different from our own, every corner of the inn and its surrounds are worth a photo. Come with us as we explore where you could be spending your honeymoon in America.

About the location

Located to the west of the Saguaro National Park in Arizona, America, 40 minutes from the closest international airport, this inn is a breath of fresh air. Set on 38 acres of lush dessert setting, you’ll enjoy views of a forest of Saguaro cactus and native plants.

About the accommodation

With five different rooms to select from your spoilt for choice at JTH Posada. Each have a similar aesthetic though offering different amenities. If you’re having a destination wedding, with advanced noticed you could even book the entire inn for your wedding party to stay.

Whilst the rooms are incredible guests will also have access to over 460 meters squared of outdoor patio spaces and rooftop dining areas, a yoga room with weekly yoga classes, weekly movie nights, an outdoor canyon pool, campfire lounge and cactus garden.

Inside the photo

For those afternoons where golden hour is just too good to take in from the inside, splash around in the inn’s pool. Perfectly designed to fit into the natural landscape this is a nature lovers dream.

Photographed by Tim Melideo

Also loving

For couples who love to keep themselves busy don’t be fooled into thinking that there isn’t much around. Within Saguaro National Park you can follow hiking trails, check out the scenery on a forest drive, or visit the desert museum. Or if you want to venture further, head into Tucson for a brewery tour and check out the town itself on a bicycle.

All images via Joshua Tree House Posada 

Ms Floral Says: Dreaming of warm days in Arizona! What a gorgeous place to visit in the future. Definitely something to look forward to.

About Bec Lawrence: I’m an animal lover, sustainability advocate and natural landscape enthusiast. On a good weekend, you’ll find me hiking with my two adorable beagles and my equally adorable husband.