“There was nothing more beautiful than the bamboo cathedral reaching up into a dramatic canopy… creaking in the wind and allowing for just the slightest ray of sunlight to twinkle through the gaps.”
This quote sets the scene for the Byron Bay wedding Bronya and Lucas Metherall managed to plan in just six short weeks. And of course, finding a venue in this time would be the hardest part of all. But, thankfully, Lucas’ niece is an ideas girl.
“We were sitting having a casual lunch with family when Lucas’ little niece suggested off-the-cuff, ‘the bamboo grove’ on their property,” explains Bronya. “We hopped on the back of a quad-bike that afternoon and rode across the property to check it out. There we all were, clearing dead bamboo, operating a tractor, scooping cow manure and covered in tics, having discovered our magical ceremony venue.”
This “perfectly unplanned” ceremony surrounded by nature’s beauty was followed up by an intimate, rustic reception at Federal Hall. “Our friends and family all chipped in the day before and helped us create a beautiful, botanical explosion of native flora … a blanket of fairy lights and green ivy dripping from the ceiling and a backyard picnic-type atmosphere outside,” says Bronya.
But despite the breathtaking settings, what was more memorable of the wedding day “guests are still talking about,” was the love this couple share. “We consider ourselves a family unit now, of two people,” explains groom Lucas. “Our in-laws are now our family too; brothers, sisters, cousins. Two separate families have come together at this junction and have become, for us at least, one larger family.”
Photos courtesy of Rachel Kaye Creations.
The couple had planned a move to New York so were pushed for time to create their magical wedding day.
“The atmosphere, because of everybody in it being silent and reverential, was alive with anticipation,” says Lucas.
“Neither of us were fussed with all the ‘trimmings’ of an over-manufactured wedding day,” smiles Bronya.
“Our wonderful friends were the masterminds and foragers behind the flowers and foliage that adorned Federal Hall for our reception,” describes Bronya.
Brides Accessories: Passionate Flowers / Brides Gown: Lost in Paris / Brides Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaids Accessories: Tree of Life / Cake: DIY / Caterer: Yami Cafe, Il Carretto Pizza, The Cellar / Celebrant: Modern Love Ceremonies / Ceremony Music: Vanessa Baker / Ceremony Venue: Family property / Entertainment: DJ Matt Walker, Vanessa Baker, Byron Audio / Flowers: Passionate Flowers, Mullumbimby Markets / Grooms Attire: Shoreditch, Sergio Alvajee, Daly Male / Grooms Shoes: Croft / Hair: Julie Corbet / Invitations: Christine Baden / Makeup: Julie Corbet / Photographer: Rachel Kaye Photography / Reception Venue: Jasper's Corner / Rings: Reverie Jewellery / Transport: Byron Bay Magic Bus / Venue Decor: Dirty Old Town, Byron Audio, Byron Bay Wedding & Party Hire