Thanks to Victoria Cameron and her team, this week’s Mini Moon feature takes us down under to Byron Bay, Australia!




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.




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.


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!




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!




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.




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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Will you be serving a sit-down meal at your wedding reception? Wondering how exactly to set an informal table for your relaxed outdoor luncheon, or a formal table for your multi-course black tie dinner? With the help of Josh Gruetzmacher, Celeste Green, Studio Mondine, and Frances Lane, we’ve got you covered!


Informal (Semi-Formal) Table Setting

An informal (semi-formal) setting includes: a dinner plate with a smaller salad plate placed over it, two forks on the left, a knife and spoon on the right, a wine glass and water glass above the knife and spoon (the majority of the population is right-handed, so glasses are placed on the right).

Tip #1:  To help you remember what utensils go where, picture the word “FORKS” and notice that F (for ‘forks’) is on the left while K and S (for ‘knife’ and ‘spoon’) are on the right.

Tip #2:  Always be sure to set your knife with the blade facing toward the plate.



Formal Table Setting

When setting a formal table, you have quite a few more pieces to work with! You can have up to three of each implement at the table, and as many as five different glasses (water, white wine, red wine, champagne, sherry). Instead of placing the dinner plate directly on the table, a service plate (also known as a charger) is the base of each setting. A bread plate is set on the upper left side of the place setting. Formal settings can also include individual salt and pepper shakers or cellars.

Tip #3:  With any table setting, the placement of utensils is determined by the menu, starting with the outer utensil for the first course, and working your way in toward the plate.

Tip #4:  The napkins can be placed on top of the plate, under the charger so that it hangs over the edge of the table, or under the forks if space is tight.

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Wendy and Ben live in Toronto, but when it came time to choose a wedding venue, they opted to tie the knot in Ben’s home country of Belgium. Despite planning from afar, the couple did want to take on some DIY projects, including their romantic and modern invitations. And if you love those, then you won’t want to miss the seating display poster – beautiful!


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Wendy and Ben designed the printed materials themselves, blending romantic florals with modern fonts and lines.


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“Ben and I live in Toronto, Canada and we wanted to have our wedding in Brussels, where Ben is from,” says Wendy. “His family and friends live there and we figured our closest friends who had to travel to be with us would enjoy what Belgium had to offer – delicious food, beer, and the best chocolate… what’s not to like!? Although planning a destination wedding was challenging – especially with the language barrier, no planner, and an 8 month timeline – we managed to make it work and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”


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The Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We did not have the flexibility to choose the location because only civil marriage ceremonies are legally recognized in Belgium. After the civil ceremony, which must take place at a town hall, couples can choose to have a religious or secular ceremony as part of their celebration but it is not required. Luckily, towns halls in Brussels are beautiful (Grand Place for example). We chose the town hall in the municipality where Ben grew up, a charming 19th century building that looks like a classic European mansion.


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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, sweet and simple

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Since we were not having a traditional wedding ceremony, we added a few traditional touches to our civil wedding. We chose to write our own vows and had a ring bearer who held a Canadian and Belgian flag as he passed us the rings. To liven up the ceremony, we included a musician who played the cello for the processional and piano for the recessional. A family friend played the accordion in front of the building as guests await our exit throwing rice and confetti.


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Who officiated your ceremony?  The mayor officiated. The ceremony was performed in French and we had an English interpreter. Later at the reception, we held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to honor the union of our families.

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows. Ben wrote his vows in both French and English so our Canadian and Belgian guests could understand his touching words.


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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Walking in the room together and seeing the love and warmth of our family and friends then exiting as husband and wife while our guests joyfully threw confetti and rice at us.


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The Reception

“We wanted our wedding day to be romantic and intimate. We really wanted our family and guests to feel like they were going to a big dinner party! I found the venue while searching online during Ben’s visit with family in Brussels and I asked Ben to scope it out. It was a 14th century monastery, surrounded by large garden with old oak trees, a pond and courtyard. The building had several rooms including the historic arched hall where we held the cocktail hour and an orangerie: a glass room surrounded by the garden, similar to a greenhouse. To us, it was truly a unique venue and perfectly romantic. Ben fell in love with it and when he came back home, we decided to book the last available spot of the year. I didn’t actually see it in person until a few months before the wedding and it was more stunning than I imagined!”


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How would you describe your reception?  A fairytale dinner party with delicious food, drinks and lots of dancing

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted something romantic yet modern. I was inspired by vintage florals such as Dutch masters’ floral paintings and botanical illustrations by Belgian painter, Pierre-Joseph Redouté. We used his illustrations in our invitations and table numbers and offset the vintage look with modern geometric shapes and fonts. From there, we stuck to a color palette of soft muted colors with a touch of plum.


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Wendy carried a bouquet of roses, ranunculus, and greenery, while her bridesmaids each carried a single stem of antique red hydrangea.


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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our wedding was a mish-mash of traditions combining North American, Belgian and Chinese cultures. Before the reception started, we had Chinese wedding tea ceremony to honor and welcome our families together. My bridesmaids served the tea which symbolized luck to our new marriage.


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First course: Norwegian salmon in a light broth flavored with Thai spices, lemon grass and coconut milk // Second course: Caramelized duck breast, speculoos biscuit covered with apple-pear chutney, ginger decoction, scalloped potatoes and vegetable ratatouille // Third course: Duo of speculoos mousse and white chocolate mousse with crispy grilled hazelnuts

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We served beer – it’s Belgium!


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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Ben and I are both in creative fields, and tried to do as much DIY as we could while planning from afar. We focused on smaller projects that we could take in our luggage and graphic design elements: invitations, envelope sleeves and labels, table numbers, name cards, seating chart, poster, banners. Ben’s dad made the wood table number holders days before the wedding, and I made kissing wands with ribbons and bells from the craft store.


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take it all in – take your time and enjoy each moment.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t go crazy trying to include every idea. With Pinterest, wedding shows and blogs, there are endless ideas you will want to include but it will just take more time, money and distract from the overall vision. Ben and I discussed all our ideas together, which kept me in check of not going overboard and it also made sure that the ideas were what we both wanted.


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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Ben’s good friend – a pastry chef – made 3 different cakes (speculoos, raspberry and cheesecake) and over 100 macarons. In addition, a family friend made her famous French canelé desserts which were divine and looked beautiful on the cake table.

What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was “Big Jet Plane” by Angus & Julia Stone. We knew that was our song when we watched the movie, Romantics Anonymous, during our first year of dating.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I wouldn’t want to change a thing. It was definitely the most memorable day of our lives; we were elated with our union, how our wedding day turned out and how happy our guests were!


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Photography: Speaking Through Silence / Venue: L’Abbaye de Nizelles in Brussels, Belgium / Floral Design: Helianthus Brussels / Stationery, Graphic Design, Printed Materials: Benjamin Gehlen / Dress: Jacinda by Watters via Felichia Bridal / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Earrings: J. Crew / Suit: Strellson / Tie: J. Lindberg / Shirt: Eton via Harry Rosen / Cake, Pastries: Julian Courtoy

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