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Byron Loves Fawn

Every now and again, we come across a couple whose story sounds like it’s straight out of a novel: in this case, we have Tess and Aaron, who met as young teenagers and dated until Aaron proposed on a post-dinner walk. The two chose to celebrate their union in their favorite vacation spot, bringing along Byron Loves Fawn (check out their brand new site!) to create the dreamy photos you see here.


Sydney summer wedding
Sydney summer wedding

From the bride, Tess: I moved to Aaron’s school in year 8, where we were introduced by a mutual friend. Our friendship grew quickly and blossomed into romance by year 10. We have been together ever since and feel so blessed to have found each other as young as we did. I had no idea that Aaron would propose when he did although we had talked briefly on marriage and both felt strongly about it. Aaron managed to surprise me on the 31st August 2009 by proposing on a walk after a lovely dinner date. It was clear that he was wracked with nerves and I almost forgot to say Yes.


tulle wedding headband

Sydney summer wedding

Sydney summer wedding

groomsmen before ceremony

Sydney summer wedding

We were married in a place that neither of us came from but rather a place that has taken a special place in our hearts. Wollongong is a regular holiday destination for us where we love to spend quality time together. Also we share a great love for the seaside so it did not feel right to not get married by the beach.


wooden wedding signs

Sydney summer wedding

wax flower bouquet

Sydney summer wedding

white ceremony chairs

It was important for our day to represent us as a couple. We wanted our friends and family to walk away either thinking or saying “that was totally them.” We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding, we just chose things that we liked and hoped it would all go together. We wanted our day to be relaxed and easy yet full of love and romance. Our guests were able to have a soft drink during our ceremony and then they just had to walk across the road to our reception venue. For the reception we tried to steer away from the traditional setting, so we had lunch in a private room at a restaurant overlooking the water.


Sydney summer wedding
bride during processional

Sydney summer wedding

Wollongong wedding Australia

Sydney summer wedding

doily table charts

Sydney summer wedding

newlyweds in shoes

Sydney summer wedding

When planning our wedding we wanted to organize everything early so that we could relax and just enjoy each other’s company beforehand. There wasn’t much stress and no bridezillas! We enjoyed all the DIY details of our wedding and watching it come together, it was something that we had accomplished as a couple and that was special to us.


wedding drink stations

bride and groom in car


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Location: Wollongong, NSW, Australia / Photographer: Byron Loves FawnSeacliff Functions & Private Dining / Wedding Flowers: Kasey Mumford / Ceremony Styling: Circle Of Love Weddings Sydney / Hair & Makeup: Jody Brooks of Make Me Over / Transportation: Sydney Split Screens

13 comments
  • the bride looks absolutely stunning. simple and sweet wedding.

  • Her hairpiece is dreamy!
    Where are the groom’s shoes from?? They’re awesome. I have to get those for my husband.

  • What a lovely story, makes this wedding even more perfect. I love outdoor venues and this looks amazing! Oh, and I completely agree with Ela, that hairpiece is fabulous!

    Jessica x

  • I love the beach and beach weddings. That headband on the bride looks cool!

  • Jessica

    Where did you get this lovely headpiece?
    I’d love one!!

    Thanks :)

    • Tess

      Hey! its from ETSY :)

  • What a delight! So beautiful, the couple look very happy! We are so pleased for you both, from all at HenorStag.com

  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!

  • Steph

    Wow – who makes those shoes (brides) they are casual and beautiful!
    Also do you know they seller on Etsy you got the headband veil from? Id love to do something similar. Thanks.

    • Steph

      wrong email… please respond to this post

      • Steph

        Who makes your shoes (bride) – they are amazing. Do you remember who on Etsy you bought your headband veil from? Id love one too.

  • Brenda Martin

    I love the hearts that were on the ceremony chairs but can not find them. Can you please let me know where you got them. I need 16 for my son’s wedding in June.
    Thank you so much I would really appreciate your help.

  • Kay

    Hello,

    Where did you get the white table lantern with the candle in it? Been looking everywhere for the exact one but cannot find where they are sold!

    Thanks!