REAL WEDDING // Annaliese & Dean // Villa Rustica

September 12, 2019

Real Weddings

Printed in Hello May, issue 24

October 2018, Planning by Elope Byron Bay, Villa Rustica, 20 Guests

Annaliese & Dean’s dreamy Byron Bay Hinterland Wedding is one of our stand out favorites! The day was filled with exotic backdrops, blends of rustic and modern, and a pink wedding dress by Rachael Gilbert.

They were married at Villa Rustica, nestled in the tropical gardens of Byron Hinterland. With a Moroccan-styled courtyard, swimming pool and lush gardens, this venue is a photographers playground.

Their intimate ceremony took place in the charming courtyard at the heart of the venue. When it comes to ceremony styling at Villa Rustica, less is so much more. The contrast of Annaliese’s pink wedding dress and Dean’s white and ivory suit against the faded brick is all that was needed to create the perfect backdrop.

The bridesmaids wore three different dresses in the colours, white, salmon and burnt orange, a trio made in heaven. Carrying bouquets of pink tulips, purple orchids, greenery and pampas grass by The French Petal to add to the contrast of colours.  The Groomsmen wore Moss London suits and Delic Bow Ties with the Groom wearing a deeper colour bowtie and buttonhole for his point of difference.

After exchanging I-do’s, the newlyweds snuck away with photographer Cassandra Ladru to capture intimate moments around the exotic backdrops of the venue, including some photos with pink smoke. The guests enjoyed platters of dip and fruit, pink cocktails and were entertained by the sweet sounds of The Dan Clark Band.

The most stylish part of Annaliese and Dean’s charming wedding day is the Reception. Styled by Elope, this reception was the rustic and modern blend from our dreams. Set in the (room name) room of the venue was one long table dressed in white linen, lined with 20 bamboo chairs from The Wedding Shed. The table was set with lavish gold cutlery, crystal wine glasses, ivory coloured plates and white linen napkins adorned with white and gold foil name cards by The Little Press. For the centerpiece, vases of pink orchids and lush greenery with gold taper candle holders and acrylic menus.

For dinner, they enjoyed an all Vegan menu by The Fig Tree Byron Bay. Followed by the cutting of their raw berry wedding cake (pink of course), topped with love heart biscuits. Annaliese revealed to Hello May how delicious everyone thought the Heidi Flora cake was.

To read more about this Real Wedding, pick up issue 24 of Hello May, p. 36-40.

Keep scrolling to see more of this beautiful Byron wedding captured by Cassandra Ladru, and for the full list of vendors.