Michelle and Bill opted for an unconventional wedding – joined by just nine guests, they tied the knot in a grove of Banyan trees, and celebrated their nuptials with an intimate dinner at a house they rented for the week. They chose Iolani Palace on Oahu as the backdrop for some truly lovely portraits. Simple and love-filled – nothing more required.

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Not really. We knew we wanted it to be different and meaningful to us. We didn’t want it to look cookie cutter – we wanted it real and vintage and mismatched. My grandmother sent two silk horseshoes for me to carry after the ceremony which is a New Zealand tradition. She also gave me a brown quartz necklace which I incorporated into my bouquet.

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted to get married under big Banyan trees, and then have photos in front of a beautiful historic building, so Iolani Palace was perfect as it had both.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, meaningful, and relaxed.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Angela Keen. We researched officiants online and as soon as we spoke to her we knew she was perfect.

What was your ceremony music?  No music, but we had a Hawaiian conch shell sound at the start of the ceremony, and our officiant did a Hawaiian blessing.

What were your vows like?  Angela prepared the vows after speaking with us and we discussed them in advance. We were so happy with what she prepared we didn’t change a thing. One thing we asked her to add was mention of our fathers who had both passed away – which brought us all to tears.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  That it was relaxed and we were surrounded by those closest to us.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The location was perfect – the massive trees and the beautiful grounds were humbling.

 

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The Reception

“We didn’t have a formal reception. We just had a gorgeous family dinner at the house we were staying at. It was a low key intimate dinner under retro café lights right on the beach. It was just as we had imagined it would be.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Because we had small children in the group and wanted it to be easy for them. The house was also beautiful and the perfect venue on the beach so it was a no brainer.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Wild flowers, the light when the sun is setting, chandeliers hanging from the trees, vintage mismatched table settings, beautiful champagne, candles and retro lighting, and incorporating our fathers.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The laughter.

What was your first dance song?  We didn’t do a formal dance, but there was some dancing!

What was your wedding menu?  We ordered lots of Whole Foods platters. This way, no one would feel obligated to organize or cook – it was all done for us without having to have a caterer come to the house.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  A naked vanilla cake with pomegranate and figs on top. Bill’s mother also made her amazing key lime pie.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  No, but we had lots of Veuve Clicquot for the table.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To try and savor the moment. Even so it still went by in a blur.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Think about what it is that’s important for you. For us, it was having our immediate family with us. The rest was just details. A photographer that you feel comfortable with is also key if you’re not used to having your photo taken.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  We wanted the focus to be on our families getting to know each other. Bill’s family is from the U.S., and mine are from New Zealand, so we wanted the week to be about spending time together, not just the day of the wedding.

 

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Photography: Ashley Camper / Venue: Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii / Officiant: Angela Keen / Short Dress: Lover the Label / Long Dress: Via Covet Consignment in Auckland New Zealand / Suit: Three Wise Men / Shirt, Tie: Barkers / Shoes: Working in Style / Bridal Bouquet: Debbie Hemmingway / Event Florals, Catering: Whole Foods / Hair, Makeup: Paul Tamaoka / Cake: Cake Works
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Thanks to Victoria Cameron and her team, this week’s Mini Moon feature takes us down under to Byron Bay, Australia!

 

 

THE BEACHES

Byron would have to be one of our favourite places in Australia and we try to get there as often as possible, usually five to six times a year.

It is a fantastic holiday destination for everyone, especially for couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway. There is something to cater for everyone’s tastes, although we have to admit when we go it is all about the beach, the shopping, and the organic donuts!

The main beach in the centre of town is patrolled by lifeguards. This is the most popular beach and the surf is usually perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Our personal favourite beach is Watego’s. A regular beach for locals, it’s quieter and has a great walk to the nearby Lighthouse. Another great spot is Clarke’s beach. The Byron Beach Café has a great atmosphere on a Sunday, a beautiful spot to sit, sip, listen to live music & take in the gorgeous view.

 

SHOPPING

 

There is nothing better than shopping on holidays. There are new shops to explore and you usually have the time to browse at a leisurely pace. Here are a few of our favourites from Byron Bay and the nearby town of Bangalow.

Ahoy Trader

A curated collection of art for the home as well as select clothing labels and jewelry.

Liberty Trading Co (aka LTCO)

Liberty Trading Co. hosts a range of handmade and unique pieces encompassing homewares, gifts and stationery.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective

The home of bohemian chic, Spell and the Gypsy Collective have a range of clothing, jewelry and accessories, homewares and divine beauty products like their blood orange body wash.

Hope & May

Inspired by global travels, Hope & May bring an eclectic fusion of interiors and fashion to Byron Bay. Some of our favourite things include their luxurious bedding and throws.

Pompidou

There are always great clothing selections at Pompidou.

Island Luxe

They have a store in Byron Bay and Bangalow — an eclectic store with a sense of luxury, Island Luxe captivates beautifully sourced collection of homewares, fashion and accessories.

Byron Markets

The Byron Markets is also a must. They are held on the first Sunday of every month and sell everything from fashion, homewares, organic fruit and vegetables, jewelry and lots more. There are buskers, performers and a great vibe. This is also where you will find the best organic donuts – plain, blackberry jam or chocolate – just have them all!

 

FOOD & DRINK

 

A few of our favorite places…

Goodies juice bar to get either a juice, smoothie or Acai bowl.  Top Shop for excellent coffee.

Miss Margarita has amazing Mexican food & decor.

A little out of town is Folk Kiosk and General Store.

For tapas + a cocktail try the Balcony Bar + Restaurant.  Ask for a table on the balcony overlooking the town. We also love St. Elmo Dining Room and Bar.

Fish Heads for fish and chips.  We usually get this to take away and eat on the grass overlooking Main Beach. Next door the Italian at the Pacific has delicious food and cocktails. Bella Rosa has the best gelato and an abundance of flavours.

Harvest at Newrybar is a MUST for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They also sell the most delicious pastries on Saturdays!

 

THINGS TO DO

 

The Lighthouse walk or just drive up and admire the view.

Whale watching season is June – November!

Drive up to Crystal Castle in the hinterland. The grounds are really beautiful.

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Our favourite spot to stay is The Atlantic!

For something fabulous but a bit further out of town, you can’t beat The Byron at Byron.

Another beautiful spot is Rae’s at Wategos.

Byron Bay is the perfect mini-moon destination – enjoy! xoxo Victoria Cameron!

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