Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant

Michelle Shannon

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Every week I feel so lucky to work with wonderful couples, who share their love, their life and their family and friends with me.

with this blog I try to show you just a little of what I do - who I work with and how much fun your wedding day can be.  Enjoy!

Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding
Ashleigh and Matt's Verandahs wedding

Ashleigh and Matt - Beautiful Verandahs Wedding

Celebrating 12 years together - high school sweethearts Ashleigh and Matt drew in their closest family and friends to have an intimate, family wedding at Verandahs, situated at Coorabell.    After many years of dating Matt cheekily said he would one day buy Ashleigh a 'burger ring' ring, but much to her surprise he proposed after a motorbike ride together.  Ash was so overwhelmed she almost kicked their helmets off the side of the cliff they were sitting on.  Lucky Matt had quick reflexes and saved the day.  

Ash wrote about marriage and said;

"For me marriage is the next stage in our lives. We have always been really devoted to each other and every day I look forward to going home to see Matt.

I honestly don't think our bond can get much stronger."

Every detail taken care of by Frank and Joy Management and styling.  The day captured perfectly by Photographer Carly Tia.

Ash wrote to me and said;

"Hi Michelle, everyone has been talking about our celebrant :-) you made the ceremony so perfect and all the guests were so impressed. Even though the nerves got the better of me you made me feel so comfortable.

If only we could do it again this weekend, lots of love Ash & Matt xxxxx"

The Team on the Day.

Photo by                             Carly Tia Photography

Video                                    Julie Lowe

Coordination                    Frank and Joy

Catering                              Olive and Luca Catering

Flowers by                         The French Petal        

Venue                                   Verandahs

Gown                                    Pronovias

Hair                                       Emily K Hair and Makeup

Cake                                     Scrumptious cakes and chocolates          

Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Fig Tree Restaurant - Samantha and Tom's wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Samantha and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding

Samantha and Tom's bohemian dream wedding

Samantha and Tom chose the divine Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms to celebrate their love.  Initially meeting at work in 2013 - Sam wrote to me and said;

"I had just arrived in Australia and I managed to get myself a travel job. 

My boss sent me for a training session in Kings Cross and Tom was my 

work training guy! Who knew I'd find my Prince Charming in a rundown '

Travelbugs' shop in notorious King's Cross!

As soon as I met Tom I had this really strange feeling, but it wasn't the 

typical 'heart skipping' feeling, it was much calmer. 

I guess I knew there was something special from day one."

Family and friends travelled from around the globe to join them - Sam's gorgeous 

86 year old gran also came all the way from the UK, telling me she wouldn't have missed it. Samantha's beautiful smile tells the story of the day, they were relaxed, happy and ready to celebrate.

Samantha wrote;

"Michelle is amazing in every single way. She made the marriage process so easy and enjoyable from the get go and her ceremony was everything we 

dreamed of and more. Our guests couldn't compliment her enough; 

her warm nature, professional manner and personal touches really did make our day extra special. I'd recommend Michelle in a heartbeat to anybody 

looking to be married in the area."

The Team on the Day.

Photo by              Fig Tree Pictures          and videography  Fig Tree Pictures   

Coordination     Byron Bay Wedding    

Flowers by           Alstonville Florist                 

Venue                    Fig Tree Restaurant     Styling - The Wedding  Shed

Music                     Tom Francis                                     

Gown                     Grace Loves Lace

Hair                         Brides Aunt   

Makeup                 Bodi Beauticious                 

Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House
Jess and Aron marry at Bangalow Guest House

Jess and Aron's Bangalow Guest House Wedding

Jess and Aron first crossed paths in 2011 in Jindabyne while working during the ski season - almost by accident. Jess needed a place to stay and her friend Terri kindly offered her room at her place - Aron and his brother Jake just happened to live there as well - And what started as a friendship soon grew into more.. 

 Jess  said;

 "I was sold the minute I saw Aron in person, tall, dark and handsome - I was smitten, then when I saw him snowboard - I was swooning - an instant groupie." 

They celebrated with 78 friends and family and their gorgeous daughter Charlie - gifting her with a special necklace during the ceremony to remember the day.

All the action captured by Van Middleton.

They wrote to me and said...

"Hi Michelle,

It was all so lovely. Aron and I were just saying how bereft we felt now that you are not a part of our lives! It feels like we made a friend!  We loved every minute of the experience. Thank you for everything. Best wishes, Jess and Aron xx"

The Team on the Day.

Photo by              Van Middleton        

Videographer     Gold Bear                    

Flowers by           Bower Botanicals                     

Venue                     Bangalow Guest House        

Caterer                  100 Mile Table                               

Gown                       Shona Joy         

Tents                       Sperry Tents        

Makeup                   Friend                    

Harvest Weddig
Alice and Simon
Kate and her lovely dad
Simon and Alice
Simon and Alice
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe
Simon and Alice at Harvest Cafe

Alice and Simon's intimate family wedding at Harvest Cafe

Alice and Simon bought their family to beautiful  Newrybar for their intimate wedding ceremony held at Harvest Cafe.  Alice looked divine in her Zimmerman dress - paired with an outstanding ostrich feather cape that her mother gave her as a wedding gift.  After deciding on a small wedding party and short vacation - they went back to their home town of Hobart to celebrate with 100 friends.    

Alice wrote and said;

"Hi Michelle, We are really enjoying married life. Nothing much has changed but there is something about making the formal commitment that brings happiness to the soul. We think back to our wedding day a lot- we really loved it. 

Alice and Simon xx"

The Team on the Day.

Photo by                                       Kate Holmes

Flowers by                                   Flowers at the Farm

Venue                                             Harvest Cafe

Gown                                              Zimmerman

Makeup                                         Alex Ousten

Hair                                                 Edwards and Co.

Hannah and Ben
Hannah in her Grace Loves lace gown
Hannah getting ready
Hannah and Ben
Hannah and Ben
Hannah and Ben
Hannah and Ben ' Married'
Hannah and Ben ' Married'
Hannah and Ben ' Married'
Hannah and Ben ' Married'
Flowers at the Farm bouquet
Grace loves lace gown
Hannah and Ben
Sweet Obsessions cake
Hannah and Ben at The Farm

Hannah and Ben marry at The Farm Byron Bay

In 2006 Hannah and Ben met through mutual friends. It took months of crossing paths at various places before they started to chat, once they did the conversation flowed easily, they opened up to one another and they started to fall in love. 

That was over 10 years ago. 

Ben told me;

"I was smitten and knew pretty early on that this was a once in a lifetime kind of love. I had never thought it possible to feel so strongly for another person."

They celebrated with close family and friends at The Farm in Byron Bay.

Three Blue Ducks catering deliciousness on the day. Photos by Lucas and Co.

They wrote

Hi Michelle,

We would do it all I again if we could!! The day was perfect!!!

THANK YOU soooo much for marrying us. All our guests said, what a wonderful job you did. You made it so personal and just a beautiful ceremony. 

You presented our story so well. Could not have been happier with the ceremony! 

Thank you!!! Hannah and Ben xx

Hannah and Ben - The Team on the Day.

Photo by                                        Lucas and Co

Flowers by                                    Flowers at the Farm

Venue                                              The Farm

Caterers                                         Three Blue Ducks

Cake                                                Sweet Obsessions

Gown                                              Grace Loves Lace

Jodie and Martin
Jodie aisle ready
Martin at Wategos
Jodie and her family
Raes at Wategos
Jodie and her father
Matin and Jodie at Wategos
Jodie and Martin seal their love
Jodie and Martin married
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Elopement style
Raes on Wategos
Wedding rings
And they lived happily ever after
Jodie and Martin married at Wategos

Jodie and Martin's  Wategos Beach Elopement

Martin proposed to Jodie - On the 29th of October last year. They drove to Wategos Beach very early. As the sun was rising they walked towards to the water and spoke about their future - and when the moment went silent Martin went down on one knee and asked Jodie to marry him. The answer was YES!

As they enjoyed a bottle of vintage champagne they chased away a bush turkey trying to steal their croissants but as they took a moment and looked out to the ocean, a whale was breaching on the left, moments after, a pod of dolphins on the right jumped out of the water and then a beautiful butterfly passed straight 

between them towards the sunrise. For a moment the world just stopped for them, time slowed down and they told me it was one of the most magical 

surreal moments of their life.  

So it felt natural to want to come back to Wategos to celebrate their marriage. 

 24 of their closest friends and family travelled from around the globe to join them on the day. We had a gorgeous morning ceremony on the lawn at Wategos which was followed by lunch at Raes.

The day captured beautifully by Photographer Ann- Louise at Possum Creek Studio

Team for the day

Florist Passion at Flowers

Cake by Charlete at Let Them Eat Cake

Wedding Gown by Two Birds Bridal

Venue Wategos Lawn area and Raes on Wategos

There were so many amazing photos of this stunning day and so I have also posted more on my facebook page - so check it out.

Michelle and Andrew
Andrew and Michelle
Michelle and her bridesmaids
Michelle with her lovely dad
Michelle and Andrew's wedding
Michelle and Andrew #thekiss
Michelle Shannon and Michelle and Andrew
Champagne Tower
Family - Michelle and Andrew
Brides bouquet
Michelle and Andrew
Michelle and Andrews bridal team
Fig Tree Restaurant
Fig Tree Restaurant
Wedding cake
And they lived happily ever after

Michelle and Andrew's beautiful Fig Tree Wedding

Michelle to Andrew were introduced to each other in 2011 thanks to mutual friends. They spent a year getting to know one another long distance and then Andrew invited Michelle to the UK to spend Christmas and New Year 2012 with him. These moments and the time spent together cemented their growing feelings for one another and they both tell me it was then that they knew they were falling in love...

They recently celebrated 5 wonderful years as a couple together holding their wedding and reception at the beautiful Fig Tree Restaurant in Byron Bay. Photographed by Justin at Bushturkey Studio - Flowers by Beautiflora

Styling The Wedding Shed - Management - Byron Bay Weddings

They wrote to me and said:

"Hi Michelle,

We had the most magical day and the ceremony was the 'highlight'. 

I knew from our first conversation that you were going to be fantastic and you did not disappoint. Thank you for your support in the lead up to the wedding and for incorporating so many personal touches in the ceremony - it was the perfect mix of relaxed and romantic. You gave us such a beautiful start to our party! All our guests raved out how amazing you were - especially Dad - and loved how you made everyone feel so involved. Lots of love, Michelle and Andrew xx"

There were so many amazing photos of this stunning day and so I have also posted more on my facebook page - so check it out.

Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Little Lenny
Blake and Reece
Reece and Blake
Blake and Reece's New Zealand Wedding
Reece and his groomsmen
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Reece and Blake
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece
Blake and Reece

Reece and Blake's - Gorgeous New Zealand Wedding

A couple of years ago I remember Blake cheekily telling me at her sister Rebel's wedding that she was next.  Little did I ever imagined being invited to marry her and her gorgeous beau Reece in Queenstown, New Zealand.  Being part of this incredible family never ceases to amaze me. Having first married sister Nicky in Byron to her handsome hubby Jamie and then going to Noosa for Rebel and Michael's wedding this for me was the icing on the wedding trio cake. 

You only have to be with everyone for a moment to realise how much fun, love and dedication they have as a family towards each other and I feel very honoured to be part of this one.

Choosing a divine location at Jack's Point Estate, Gather and Gold  set up their Giant nordic tents while photographer Kate Roberge captured every moment perfectly.

There were so many amazing photos of this stunning day and so I have also posted more on my facebook page - so check it out.

And a very big thank you to Victoria Hanrahan who as a local celebrant helped me out with the New Zealand legalities for the day.

The Amazing Team

Ceremony Venue:                           Private Home - Jack's Point Estate, Queenstown

Photographer                                  Kate Roberge

Tipi                                                       Gather and Gold

Wedding co-ordinator                  Kath McKenzie

Wedding Stylist                               Amy Zareei  

Ellie and Dan
Ellie and Dan
Ellie and Dan
Ellie and Dan at Byron View Farm
Dan and Ellie's Bangalow wedding
Ellie and Dan
Ellie and Dan
Dan and Ellie
Ellie and Dan
Ellie and Dan
Ellie and Dan - A and I Hall
Ellie and Dan

Ellie and Dan's beautiful Bangalow Wedding

Ellie and Dan fell for each other back in 2008.  The first year of their relationship was spent long distance but since then they have welcomed son Boston, bought a home together and beloved dog - Celebrating their cheeky, fun love story with close family friends recently in Bangalow  Dan wrote about his love for Ellie and said:

"I fell for Ellie's smile, the adventures she'd had, her passion for life and the fact she was shorter than me.  I knew pretty quickly I loved her.

In marrying Ellie today, I know that the woman I adore, love and cherish

will be there when I wake up every day for the rest of my  life."

 The ceremony and celebrations captured beautifully by Kylie Maree from 

Just for Love Photography.

The Amazing Team

Ceremony Venue:                                 Bangalow Showgrounds

Reception Venue:                                 Bangalow A and I Hall

Photography:                                         Just for Love Photography

Wedding Gown:                                     Brides of Brisbane

Bouquet & Buttonholes:                    Gypsy and Bloom

Hair & Makeup Artist:                           Harpier

Cake:                                                           Secret Weapon Cakes

Catering:                                                    100 Mile Table

Furniture Styling:                                   Frank and Joy

Reception Florals:                                  Flower Lovers

Lighting:                                                     Byron Audio                

Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul
Lisa and Paul

Lisa and Paul's - post wedding photo shoot

March this year, Cyclone Debbie  took it's toll on so many people. Being one of the area's premium wedding destinations it also effected each couple who were coming here to get married. Lisa and Paul from Melbourne had spent months organising the perfect Byron Bay Wedding - and it was exactly that - but the rain made getting outside for photo opportunities a little hard - unless you were dancing in the rain - which they did happily.  

So out of the kindness of his heart their photographer Van Middleton offered to shoot the two of them again on a fine day. The photos as you can see are amazing and just as stunning as the actual wedding day. And how lucky was Lisa to wear her divine Anna Campbell gown once again and relive those moments.

This time the photo location was Fingal Heads

Photographer                                                                Van Middleton

Gown                                                                                  Anna Campbell

If you scroll down quite a way - you can also check out their beautiful 

Byron ​View Farm wedding back in March.                              

Kate and Aaron
Kate and her beautiful bridal party
Flowers by The Nesst
Kate and her sweet flower girl
Kate and her father
Kate and Aaron at Harvest Cafe
The kiss - Kate and Aaron
Kate and Aaron
Kate and Aaron
Kate and Aaron
Kate and Aaron
Beautiful Kate
Kate and her bridal party
Michelle Shannon - Kate and Aaron
and they lived happily ever after

Kate and Aaron - Harvest Cafe Wedding

In 2010 a chance meeting between Kate and Aaron at a warehouse party saw the beginning of a beautiful friendship that quickly turned to love.  Aaron told me that while admiring an incredible piece of art he looked down to see this beautiful 

blue-eye girl staring at the exact same piece.  

He wrote;

"I knew almost straight away that I’d made a friend. I still know when I look 

into those little, blue eyes that she’s got a soft spot for me. And I can't 

pinpoint the exact moment I knew I was in love with Kate but I just know 

I’ve felt it for a long time; 'maybe she's the one'. I’ve pondered on this  

but I honestly feel like it’s all been a love story from the start."

They chose one of my favourite places - Harvest Cafe, Newrybar for their wedding ceremony and reception.  Surrounded by loved one's they partied into the wee hours.  The day captured perfectly by Wilde Visual.

The team

Ceremony Location  and reception                    Harvest Cafe

Photographer                                                                 Wilde  Visual

Gown                                                                                   Made With Love bridal                                

Flowers                                                                              The Nesst

Crown                                                                                  Viktoria Novak

Hair and Makeup                                                           Emma Chen Artistry

Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett's wedding
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina's bouquet
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
Trina and Brett
and they lived happily ever after

Trina and Brett's - Beautiful Wategos Wedding

Trina and Brett met when they were just 17 years old.  They dated for awhile and then Trina changed jobs and moved away and they lost contact for 30 years. Reunited in 2016, the moment they saw each other they knew they still had the same feelings for one another that they did when they were 17.  Brett's family joking told me that together they are just like teenagers again and having spent time with them myself I believe that soulmates really do exist.

They chose the beautiful lawn area at Wategos Beach for their ceremony and later celebrated at the Balcony Restaurant.  Surrounded by 60 friends and family on the day I know these two are going to have an incredible life ahead - making up for lost time together.

Brett wrote and said;

What a beautiful wedding we had at Wategos beach in Byron bay. 

The day was made even more special by our beautiful celebrant Michelle. 

Her professionalism and friendly manner really put that special touch on the ceremony. We would highly recommend you speak to Michelle 

if you are planning a wedding in Byron. 

Thank you so much. Brett and Trina xx

The team

Ceremony Location                           Wategos Beach

Photographer                                     J Miller     

Reception                                               Balcony Bar and Restaurant

Flowers                                                    Passionate Flowers

Cake                                                          Rebellyous   

Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
Brooke and James
and they lived happily ever after

Brooke and James - Secret Byron Elopement

Ahhh, where do I start with this divine couple.  Brooke rang me one day and totally convinced me that this would be the easiest and most relaxed elopement I would ever have to be part of.. she was right!  

Not only did I just love these two but I walked away from their wedding with two new friends.  

Brooke and James didn't want to fuss too much, they hadn't yet told family and friends of their plans but had known for some time that they truly loved each other and after a decade together wanted to marry.  

They even turned up 'ring free' (so my husband and I quickly made them a fern ring each on the way back to the resort to have a bit of fun) - as you can see we are obviously jewellery designers in the making. (well maybe not!)

Brooke wrote to me and said;

"Hi Michelle - James and I wanted to thank you for being a essential part of our special day. You have such a gorgeous energy and made it so relaxed for us, it was just perfect and no words are going to be able to say how thankful we are.

We can't forget Mark either - please say a huge thank you to him again for us as he was a very crucial and special part of our big day too.

Will be keeping in touch Michelle. Kind Regards, Brooke Wade x"

The team

They stayed at the beautiful Byron at Byron Resort and Spa

Photographer                                Stories by Ash

Flower crown                                  The French Petal

Hair and Makeup                            Ava Belle Bridal

Gown                                                   Zimmerman

Married by Me

Kelly and Tom
Kelly's bouquet
The Earth House
Kelly in her stunning gown
Kelly and Tom
Kelly and Tom at Earth House
Making it all official - Kelly and Tom
Signing the register
The Earth House
Beautiful bridesmaids
Tom and Kelly at Earth house
The Groomsmen and Tom
Kelly and Tom and the bridal party
Cake by I heart Cakes
Pablo Pablo caterers
Kelly and Tom

Kelly and Tom marry at the beautiful Earth House

I first met Kelly and Tom at Kelly's sister's wedding a few years ago - I feel very blessed when another family member asks me to also take part in their ceremony. 

Surrounded by 80 guests they celebrated at the beautiful Earth House in Clunes.  Managed and styled by Frank and Joy.

 Kelly wrote to me and said;

"Hi Michelle,

We would both like to say a huge thank you for creating a ceremony that 

reflected us both perfectly. We were so in the moment throughout 

the whole experience and you made us feel completely 

comfortable at such a nerve racking time. 

It truly felt like you were part of the family!

We had many guests comment on the beautiful simplicity of the 

ceremony and how great you were at delivering it.

We will be forever thankful for you being with us through this moment.

Warm thanks, Tom and Kelly"

Their love story.

Kelly and Tom have been in each others lives since they were both 15 years old and they both told me they were inseparable and have truly grown together and grown more in love as the years have passed.

They wrote and said;

"We see marriage now as a time to recognize and celebrate how much we 

love each other, as not much will change because we are already 

so deeply in love and committed to one another for the rest of our 

lives and have been for some time. I see marriage being the next step

 in our lives and the beginning of starting a family together."

Such a beautiful day - The TEAM

Photographer                        The Common Smith    

Management/styling           Frank and Joy    

Venue                                         The Earthhouse

Catering                                   Pablo Pablo 

Flowers                                     The French Petal

Cake                                            I heart Cakes

Kelly's gown by                     Dan Jones - Unbridled

Makeup                                      Erin Forbes and Hair      Moosh Hair Studio

Celebrant                                Me

Emma and Matt's Bangalow Wedding
Emma and her lovely bridesmaid
Matt and his best man
Matt and Emma
Elopement wedding
The wedding ring
The ring exchange
Emma and Matt seal their love
Emma's gorgeous gown
Michelle with Emma and Matt
Emma and Matt
Emma and Matt
let the celebrations begin
Emma and Matt
And they lived happily ever after

Emma and Matt's stunning Bangalow Wedding

Emma and Matt knew from the beginning that they wanted their ceremony to be personal and set amongst the rustic nature of the beautiful Ha'veli house in Bangalow, surrounded by wonderful family and friends who embraced every moment of the day - even with a few light showers of rain.

 Emma wrote to me and said;

"Dear Michelle,

Having you marry us was wonderful. You were professional, funny and warm. 

And your experience in leading up to the wedding shined through. 

We really felt you had every base covered, and gave us the best support 

to make decisions on the ceremony. And on the day you were magnificent! 

Organised, calm, in control. Our guests also loved you! 

Thank-you for gently leading us through the maze of wedding ceremony decisions, for your time leading up to the day, and for being a part of our love story.

From Em & Matt."

Their love story.

Having both met each other in 2009 at work - Matt told me he remembers trying to be impressive with his knowledge base and be cool at the same time.  

Becoming friends for a short while before they were a couple.

He also said;

"We bonded over Tool and Smashing Pumpkins.  Em also has a really beautiful, caring and positive vibe to her and  she smiles with her eyes which always brightens the room, and makes me feel instantly warm and loved."

So happy to now say these two beautiful souls live in the Byron Shire.

Such a beautiful day - The TEAM

Photographer                              Kate Holmes Photography

Venue                                               Ha'veli House

Catering                                          The Belongil

Flowers                                           The French Petal

Celebrant                                       Michelle

Chanelle and James at the Earth House
The brides bouquet
Proud Parents
Beautiful Chanelle
Bride and her bridesmaids
Chanelle and her dad
Chanelle and James wedding at Earthhouse
Chanelle and James
Michelle Shannon Celebrant with Chanelle and James
Rebellyous Cakes
let the celebrations begin
The Earth House
The Earth House
the bridal team
The Earth House
And they lived happily ever after

Chanelle and James - Earth House 

Chanelle and James met 16 years ago when they both went to Varsity College and shared the same group of friends.  Chanelle told me she secretly had a crush on James for some time before they became a couple.

Recently they celebrated their love story with over 100 friends and family at the beautiful Earth House.  Chanelle looked stunning in her Karen Willis Holmes gown -and with one of the biggest bridal parties that I have worked with this year (14) 

the sun shone and the champagne flowed on cue thanks to the management of the team led by Amy at The Events Co.

 James wrote to me and said;

"Chanelle and I have shared so many wonderful memories together in the 

last 7 years - however asking Chanelle to marry me was one of my 

favourite memories together. I had never felt more in love with 

her until the moment she said 'yes' to marrying me." 

If you would like to see more of this amazing wedding go to my facebook

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                              Heart and Colour  

Styling and Management      The Events co - Amy

Venue                                                The Earthhouse

Catering                                          100 Mile Table

Flowers                                            Rose Apple flowers

Cake                                                   Rebellyous Cakes

Gown                                                 Karen Willis Holmes

Bridesmaids                                   Jadore

Celebrant                                          Me :) Michelle

Chanelle and James wrote;

Michelle, we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful, warm, calming

funny wedding celebrant.  We just love you and everyone commented on how fabulous you were.  Thank you for everything.. Chanelle and James xx

Earthhouse Wedding
The beautiful bridesmaids
Wilderness Flowers Florist
Beautiful Rachel
Bride and her bridesmaids
Rachel and Dom's wedding at Earthhouse
Rachel and Dom
Rachel - Dom and Me
Walking the aisle with dad
the wedding vows
Married Rachel and Dom
Confetti throw
The Earth House
The Cake that Ate Paris
The Earth House
Rachel and Dom married

Rachel and Dom's gorgeous Earth House Wedding

Nine years ago Rachel missed out on going on a girls trip to Europe. Seeing how much Rachel was missing her friends, Dom, ever the gentleman, invited Rachel to go to the movies with a couple of their mutual friends.

With Dom’s mum overseas, this soon became a weekly occurrence. Dom would host a regular Monday movie night, which earn't the name ‘Scotch Mondays’. Eventually less movies were played and a growing number of Scotch bottles were consumed.

Over time, Scotch Mondays, turned in to ‘friendly Tuesdays’, ‘hanging out on Wednesdays’ and ‘chill out together on Thursdays’ with just Rachel and Dom. 

As they continued to spend more time together Dom and Rachel began to realise the feelings they had for each other were far more than just friends. And, after a message from Dom to Rachel on MSN, she received the confirmation she was after – ‘he liked her’..   And as they say the rest is history!

Coming from Essendon in VIC they celebrated their love with 80 guests at the beautiful Earthhouse in Clunes.  

Dom wrote to me and said;

"I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was her sheer beauty and amazing smile isn’t what first caught my attention. Naturally once we starting spending more time with one another I was more privy to her incredible outlook on life. 

Rach is easily one of the funniest people I have ever met, 

she makes me laugh every day and for those reasons 

she’s my best friend and my soul mate"

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                              Amelia Fullarton    

Styling and Management      The Events co - Amy

Venue                                                The Earthhouse

Catering                                          100 Mile Table

Flowers                                            Wilderness Flowers

Cake                                                   The Cake That Ate Paris

Gown                                                 Elly Sofocli

Bridesmaids                                  Dion Lee

Celebrant                                          Me :) Michelle

Rach and Dom wrote;

Hi Michelle,

Thank you so much, we had so many people comment on how amazing you were!! - Thank you so much again :) Rach and Dom xx

Crystal and Ben
Crystal with Taavi
Ben and Journee
Crystal in her retro car
the secret promise
the secret promise
The water ceremony
the kiss Crystal and Ben
Married - Newrybar wedding
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Wedding Cake
Ready to celebrate marriage
Vintage romance
Home catered
The fun part of the night
And they lived happily ever after

Crystal and Ben's beautiful Newrybar Wedding

Ben and Crystal met 'circa 1997' at Byron High School when Crystal was just 15 years old.  Now having been together for over 17 years - these two lovers sealed their incredible relationship surrounded by 100 friends and family at their home in beautiful Newrybar.  Tested by the threat of Cyclone Debbie the very weekend of their wedding - Crystal confidently told me that on the day the sun would shine - and she was not wrong. 

Her lovely mum and sisters had to be helicoptered into the area as the roads were closed from the Gold Coast and the celebrations began with a champagne in hand. Now the proud parents of two very cute kids Taavi and Journee - Ben and Crystal celebrated how far they have come together.  Crystal's sister's lit a candle in their fathers memory and Ben and Crystal being such ocean lovers sealed their ceremony with a Water Ceremony.

Crystal spent months buying and collecting 2nd hand furniture and restoring and painting everything white for the wedding day - Everything looked incredible.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                          Amelia Fullarton     Videographer       Wilde Visual

Venue                                          Their own home in Newrybar 

Catering                                     The Stock Pot Bangalow   

Flowers                                       Laksmi Wilson

Hair                                              Jodie Martin-Kent

     Crystal & Ben's Testimonial             

"Michelle has a way of making everyone feel completely comfortable... 

which is kinda a huge trait when you're a celebrant!

The ceremony... I just can't even begin to describe how perfect it was!!! It's like we were all one big group, she brought all my guests closer to what was actually happening! Every set of eyes were on us and every mouth had a huge smile!! The emotions were high and everyone felt the love! I had many many guests comment on how fantastic Michelle was!! If you're after a beautiful, confident and connected celebrant Michelle is definitely your gal!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For your wonderful job of making our ceremony one of the most incredible moments of our lives! It truly means a lot to us!!!

All our love Crystal and Ben xxxx       

Married - Wategos Beach
White Wedding in Byron Bay
Magic Bus Byron Bay
Ashley in her Grace Loves Lace gown
Wategos Beach Wedding
Wategos Beach Wedding
Barefoot bride in Grace Loves Lace
Making it all official at Wategos
Ash and Andy with Michelle Shannon
After the rain on Wategos
Wategos Beach wedding
The bohemian beauties
Byron Bay Kombi Love
Bouquets made by the girls
The fun part of the night
And they lived happily ever after

Ash and Andy's Wedding at Wategos Beach

Fate may have played a little part of these two lovers meeting back in 2010 - Both on holidays in Bali at the time - staying at the same resort and Ash told me Andy swam into her pool. They were on respective girls and boys trips but once they locked eyes on each other I suppose you could say the rest is history. 

When Andy decided to propose to Ash he wanted the moment to be very special - with two attempts and burn't fingers from lighting 200 candles on Wategos Beach one evening - he surprised her and many onlookers who at this point were the amazed at his gallant efforts. Ash of course said YES!

So it was their dream to come back to Wategos and recreate that magic. Although the weather gods had other plans it didn't deter these two from making the most of every moment and not letting a little shower of rain bother them - Only to be rewarded with a beautiful rainbow at the end of their ceremony.

Ash wrote to me and said;

Hi Michelle

The day was amazing! Everything that I ever wanted. 

The ceremony was my favourite part of the day, however it went so fast.

I wanted it to just keep going :) Much love Ash and Andy xx

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                     Yellowbull Wedding photography

Venue                                      Wategos Beach and Secret Garden

Styling & Management    Byron Bay Weddings

Catering                                 Fig Tree Restaurant                            

Furniture Hire                      The Wedding Shed

Flowers Crowns                   Flowers at the Farm  (girls made own bouquets)

Music                                       North Coast Entertainment (Josh Boots)

Hair/Makeup                         Alex Ousten

Transport                               Magic Bus and Kombis - Coast 58                                   

Verandahs Byron Bay Wedding
Byron Bay Florist
Mother and baby at wedding
Verandahs Byron Bay
Wedding gown
Proud parents
Wedding Vows
Verandahs Wedding Byron Bay
A mother's role in the wedding ceremony
Making it all official - the kiss
Confetti throw down the aisle
Elegantly Frosted Cake Designer
Kristy and James married at last
The first dance
And they lived happily ever after - Kristy and James

Kristy and James - Verandahs Wedding

In 2009 Kristy met James thanks to his cousin Amy's introduction. After a few social events, they had their first official date in April 2010.   

Kristy told me;

"I loved that James lived in the moment and was passionate about enjoying and experiencing every minute."

In the Summer of 2010 they spent 4 incredible days together at Glastonbury and  knew they were falling in love. And with the arrival of their beautiful new baby only months before the wedding day these two were so relaxed and present and really enjoyed every moment at Verandahs, Byron Bay.  

Styled and Managed by Byron Wedding Vine -  the day flowed flawlessly.

Kristy and James wrote;

"Hi Michelle,

You really have an amazing gift of making ceremonies intimate, warm and heartfelt. Thanks so much for the well wishes. Married life is amazing ..

Big hugs, Kristy & James xx"

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Blue Tulip Imaging

Venue                                      Verandahs    

Styling & Management     Byron Wedding Vine

Catering                                  Forage and Graze                               

Furniture Hire                       Frank and Joy   

Flowers                                   Bower Botanicals

Cake                                         Elegantly Frosted

Music                                        Renee Simone

Hair                                           Urban Earth Hair

Make up                                   Ashley Moir

Kate and Daniel
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding The Farm
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
'The Kiss' - Kate and Daniel's wedding
Michelle Shannon Celebrant Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Byron Bay Cake Boutique
Kate and Daniel's wedding
Kate and Daniel
Kate and Daniel's wedding
And they lived happily ever after - Kate and Daniel

Kate and Daniel's beautiful Wedding at The Farm - Byron Bay

Kate and Daniel's love story began when she moved from the North side of Sydney to the South - Little did she realise that moving closer to her friends would mean meeting the man of her dreams in the first week.  Their wedding ceremony was set amongst the macadamia orchard at The Farm - the very place that last Christmas Daniel surprised Kate with his proposal.  70 friends and family joined them to celebrate and enjoy the deliciousness served up by Three Blue Ducks.  Kate looked stunning in her Moira Hughes gown and Daniel's 3 gorgeous boys, Lachlan, Nicholas and Brandon joined in the fun.  They both spoke so beautifully about the other and Daniel told me;

"Marriage means the strongest possible bond that two people can have and that we are never far from each other’s thoughts and considerations. Kate and I will share a lifelong commitment together and I feel such gratitude for having found my soul mate "The One"- someone to snuggle up to and eat junk food in front of the teli with and I feel so lucky to have this incredible women with whom to build family memories with for the rest of my life."

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                       Lucas and Co Photography

Venue & Catering                The Farm Byron Bay - Three Blue Ducks           

Flowers                                    Flowers at the Farm

Cake                                          Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Gown                                        Moira Hughes Couture

Testimonial from Kate & Daniel;

Hi Michelle

A very big THANK YOU for doing such a wonderful job on our special day! 

Your mix of warmth, humour and professionalism created the perfect tone for what was a truly magical day. We could not have hoped or wished for anything more. 

And our guests loved your style and many commented on your expert 

delivery of our ceremony, especially your quick wit when the flock of cockatoos unexpectedly flew overhead!

We wish you all the very best, and we too also hope that our paths 

cross again one day.  Love Kate and Daniel  xxx

Beck and Lindsay's beautiful wedding day
Beck and Lindsay's Byron Bay Wedding
Beck and her two beautiful sisters
Beck's proud dad walking her down the aisle
Beck and Lindsays Wedding ceremony
Lindsay was a little emotional 'happy tears'
The ring exchange Beck and Lindsay
'The Kiss' - Lindsay and Beck
Michelle Shannon Celebrant with Beck and Lindsay
The bridal team
Wedding Cake for Beck and Lindsay
Made with Love Bridal gown
Byron Bay Weddings Styling and Management
Beck's gorgeous bouquet
Tipi setting for dining and dancing
And they lived happily ever after - Beck and Lindsay

Beck and Lindsay's Gorgeous Verandahs Wedding

"Marriage means we can show the world and everyone we love

just how much we love and care about each other."  Beck & Lindsay

Seven years ago Beck and Lindsay met through mutual friends. Lindsay said he thought Beck was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and when they started to chat everything just felt natural and fun.  They soon found that they had the same sense of humour and could talk for hours enjoying each other's company.  They fell deeply in love and have since experienced countless wonderful memories together.

Byron Bay was the perfect choice for a getaway with friends and family and in a very loving, emotional and happy wedding ceremony these two lovers made it all official. Set on the grounds of  Verandahs  the sun shone and guests were treated to the delights and delicious food catered by Fig Tree Restaurant.

Beck looked incredible in her gorgeous Made with Love gown and her 2nd change of the day included a full skirt also by MWLB and top by Grace Loves Lace.

All of the divine photos by Josie - @Josephineleephotography

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Josephine Lee Photography

Venue & Catering                 Fig Tree Restaurant           

Management                        Byron Bay Weddings

Styling                                     The Wedding Shed  

Flowers                                   Florals and Co

Tipi                                            Sperry Tents          

Cake                                          Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Gown                                        Made with Love Bridal and Grace loves lace last top

Claire and Aaron's wedding day
Claire and Aaron's bridal team
Claire's bouquet by Bramble Haus
Claire's bridesmaids reaction when they see her
Claire's lovely mum and dad
Guests arrival at Fig Tree
Claire's excitement at seeing her groom
Claire and Aaron sharing an intimate moment
Claire and Aaron's wedding day
Unplugged ceremony
Claire and Aaron's Fig Tree Wedding
Claire and Aaron and Michelle Shannon
Claire and Aaron's wedding party
Claire and Aaron's Wedding day
Claire and Aaron's Cheese Cake
Claire and Aaron's wedding day

Claire and Aaron's Amazing Fig Tree Wedding

This wedding was so much FUN... Six years ago Claire was sent on a two week Temp work assignment and crossed paths with Aaron.  Claire said Aaron's sense of humour drew her in and still to this day he can give her a stitch from laughing so much.  And that is exactly what we did - there were tears of happiness and fun and laughter and I just knew that the celebrations ahead were going to be magical. Managed and styled beautifully by Byron Bay Weddings and the Wed Shed the Fig Tree Restaurant once again proved why it is one of Byron Bay's most popular venues.  Claire and Aaron wrote to me and said;

"Hi Michelle!

We are still buzzing from an amazing few weeks :) It was such a magical day, thank you for making our ceremony absolutely perfect. I just don't feel that words can do it justice though! Thank you so, so much again - 

It was my favourite part of the whole day, you told our story perfectly and all our guests said how beautiful it was. I want to do it all again!

Lots of love, Claire & Aaron xx"

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Blue Tulip Imaging

Venue & Catering                 Fig Tree Restaurant           

Management                        Byron Bay Weddings

Styling                                     The Wedding Shed  

Flowers                                   Bramble Haus

Hair and Makeup                Clare Hair Byron

Transport                               Magic Bus Byron Bay

Cake                                         Cheese Please Byron Bay

Gown                                       Sarah Seven

Beach Wedding
Karen and Andy's Beach wedding
Karen and Andy's beach wedding
Elopement Byron Bay
Karen and Andy's Elopment
Married - Karen and Andy
Karen and Andy's Elopement Byron Bay
Family elopement Byron Bay
Alstonville Flowers wedding bouquet
Family Elopement Broken Head
Fig Tree Restaurant Catering
Karen and Andy's Byron Bay Elopement

Karen and Andy's Broken Head Beach Wedding

If you are looking for an amazing location for a wedding or elopement then Byron Bay really is the destination.  When Karen and Andy (both originally from the UK) wanted to bring their nearest and dearest to a very special place for their wedding day they knew that Byron was it.  Managed and styled by Byron Bay Weddings the beach looked incredible with the bright blue skies working their magic. Sharing the day with their two young son's and close family they enjoyed the delicious food by Fig Tree Restaurant back at their reception and accommodation at Barefoot at Broken - where they stayed and relaxed for the week.

Karen and Andy initially met back in 2006  at work and later connected in 2010 as they worked closer on different projects and their love for one another grew from there.  They both told me;

"Marriage for us is about our ongoing commitment of our love, relationship 

and friendship together and we look forward to the years ahead 

as husband, wife and family."

For more of these stunning photos by Fig Tree Wedding Photographers head to my

Facebook page for the full story.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Fig Tree Wedding Photography (Camilla)

Venue Ceremony                Broken Head Beach and Reception Barefoot at Broken

Catering                                  Fig Tree Restaurant

Management                        Byron Bay Weddings

Styling                                     The Wedding Shed  

Flowers                                    Alstonville Florist

Make up and hair                Jo Mills

Alice and Joel's stunning Byron Bay wedding
Joel and his friends at Verandahs pre wedding
Alice in her gorgeous Made with Love Bridal gown
Alice and her lovely parents
Alice and Joel's secret promise to each other
Alice and Joel having some fun during the ceremony
Alice and Joel's Verandahs Wedding
Alice and Joel - Married
Alice and Joel's wedding day
Champagne Tower for Alice and Joel
Family hug - Alice and Joel's wedding day
Smoke bomb - Alice and Joel's wedding
Smoke bomb - Alice and Joel's wedding
Alice and Joel's wedding day
Alice and Joel's wedding
Alice and Joel's wedding at Harvest Cafe

Alice and Joel's Byron Bay Elopement

This epic love story began 10 years early when Joel spotted this cute surfer girl named Alice at the Beaumaris Lifesaving club.  They spent Summers hanging out on the beach  together - especially loving their trips down to Portsea over the years, in the ocean, jet skiing, surfing, drinking and having fun at the pub and at friend’s holiday houses.  Joel wrote to me about his love for Alice and said;

"I love how determined Alice is, achieving anything she sets her mind too.

Including becoming a doctor! I love how organised Alice is. 

She writes lists of all her lists.I love how terrible she is at singing. 

I love how excited she gets with Christmas and birthdays. She just makes up for how much of a Grinch I am.. and I love how Alice really believes it when she says she's going to stop eating chocolate...but more than anything today

 I'm just so proud to be able to call her my wife."

You only have to be with them for a moment to think that maybe these two just met, but there is nothing but love and pure happiness around them and this is the kind of friendship that really makes for a lifetime partnership.

For more of these stunning photos by Kait Barker head to my

Facebook page for the full story.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      Kait Barker Photography

Venue Ceremony                Verandahs

Venue Reception                 Harvest Cafe

Flowers                                   The French Petal

Gown                                       Made With Love Bridal

Videographer                      Joel Tronoff

Angie and Morgan's wedding
Angie and Morgan
Angie and Morgan's wedding day
Angie and Morgan's Elements Wedding
Marquee at Elements resort
Angie and her dad walking the aisle
Angie and Morgan's Elements Wedding
Flowers by The French Petal for Angie
Angie and Morgan's Wedding day
The first dance - Angie and Morgan
And they lived happily ever after - Morgan and Angie
Angie and Morgan with Celebrant Michelle

Angie and Morgan's Stunning Elements Wedding

 'Bright . Happy . Fun' - just a few words to describe the feeling I had the moment I arrived at Elements Resort for Angie and Morgan's wedding. Apart from being one of the most spectacular days we have had in Byron this year the outstanding styling and floral's will stay with me forever.  Over 200 guests joined Angie and Morgan for a fun filled day - their friends Clint and Jos created their love story tale and we blended their words into the ceremony with their vows, rings, family values and more.   Angie and Morgan wrote to me after the ceremony and said;

"Hi Michelle!

Thank you so much for everything! We thought you were absolutely incredible and our guests all agreed! We wanted a fun and relaxed day and you set the intent for that for us from the very beginning. And we’re so grateful for all the pre-wedding info you gave us as it allowed us to have the confidence to write our own vows, which is one of the most special things we’ll take away from all of this.

Thanks again - Angie and Morgan xxxx "

For more of these stunning photos by The Robertsons head to my 

Facebook page for the full story.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      The Robertsons

Venue                                      Elements Resort Byron Bay

Marquees                              Sperry Tents Australia

Styling                                      Frank and Joy

Flowers                                    The French Petal

Hair                                            Emily K Hair                

Gown                                        Rhonda Hemmingway Couture

Stationary                               Fox and Fallow

Videographers                       La Luna Cinema

Music                                         The Baker Boys



Abby and Nick
Abby in her Grace Loves Lace Gown
Abby and Nick at Fig Tree Restaurant
Abby and Nick's Wedding Day
Abby, Nick and Michelle Shannon
Abby and her beautiful bridesmaids
Nick and his groomsment
Fig Tree Restaurant
Hansel and Gretel Cake Designer
Abby in her divine Grace Loves Lace Gown
Bouquet by Flowers at the Farm
Abby and Nick

Abby and Nick's gorgeous Fig Tree Wedding

 Abby and Nick started out as friends 17 years ago  before becoming an official couple for the last 10. Softly spoken and love so deep for one another it was hard to take my eye's off them as they embraced during their ceremony.  Abby told me;

"We both understand the importance in taking time for one another and, the importance in keeping a good friendship. Marriage to me is knowing I have found someone I trust, someone who makes me happier than I could imagine and knowing I have found someone that I want to be with and love forever."

Both originally from Narrabri they celebrated at the Fig Tree Restaurant with over 100 guests.  Abby looked incredible in her Grace Loves Lace Gown along side her very hip new hubby Nick.

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                      She Takes Pictures He Takes Film

Venue                                       Fig Tree Restaurant   

Cake                                          Hansel and Gretel Cakes

Management/bkg                Byron Bay Wedding

Styling                                       The Wedding Shed

Flowers                                     Flowers at the Farm

Hair and makeup                  Spicy Melons

Gown                                         Grace Loves Lace



Alyssa and Luke's Osteria Wedding
Osteria Weddings
Osteria Weddings
Osteria Weddings
Alyssa and her bridesmaids
Alyssa and Luke's Osteria Wedding
Alyssa and Luke
Wedding Ring Blessing
Alyssa and Luke's wedding
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Alyssa and Luke
And they lived happily ever after

Alyssa and Luke's beautiful Osteria Wedding

 Oh wow.. when I met Alyssa and Luke I would swear they had just began dating. They have this way of looking at one another and just knowing what the other is thinking.  They are both bright, happy, generous, kind and fun and have been building on their love story for over 8 years.  They chose beautiful Osteria at Casuarina for their wedding day and during the week in the lead up rain filled the skies - but full sunshine graced the day and Alyssa looked stunning in her gorgeous wedding gown - her amazing smile beaming as she walked the aisle to one very happy and handsome groom.

Luke wrote about their first few dates and told me;

"One of many things I liked was Alyssa's pure enthusiasm and ability to notice all the great things in life which she retains today. Moreover, when we first started dating I remember at the end of every date Alyssa would ask  me -

 'So, I will see you tomorrow night?' 

At the end of each date I was nervously hoping that 

she would say it each time,  and she did."

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                        Fig Tree Wedding Photography

Venue                                        Osteria

Cake                                           Two Little Bakers

Management/bkg                 Osteria Weddings

Flowers                                      Pollen Weddings

Hair and makeup                  Lara Quinn Makeup



Katie and Steve Fig Tree Wedding
Katie and Steve's wedding
Fig Tree Wedding
Katie and Steve's Wedding
The look of love
Katie and Steve
Katie and Steve
Katie and Steve's Fig Tree Wedding
Katie and Steve
Katie and Steve
Fig Tree Wedding
And they lived happily ever after

Katie and Steve's Fig Tree Wedding

 Steve the handsome carpenter fell in love with Katie the beautiful Naturopath back in 2011 when they both met at the Blues Festival - Steve loves to surf, skate and have a beer with the boys at the club and Katie loves yoga, farmers markets, whole food cooking, natural medicine and her friends and they both told me they both adore their mum's and can't wait to have kids of their own.. I believe they make the perfect couple. I loved that they embraced every moment of being together - during their ceremony at Fig Tree and throughout the day as if no one was watching.

Steve wrote and said;

"I adore how loving and caring Katie is with everyone, totally selfless, she’ll go out of her way to help anyone. I love how crazy we are together in our own world

and how beautiful she is. I knew after a couple months of dating Katie that she was the one and I didn’t want to live a day without her."

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                     Kate Nutt

Cake                                        Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Gown                                      Grace Loves Lace

Management/bkg              Byron Bay Weddings

 Styling                                    The Wedding Shed

Flowers                                   Michelle Baird Flowers

Venue                                       Fig Tree Restaurant


Lisa and Paul Byron View Farm
Family Lisa Eat World
Byron View Farm
That moment - Lisa and Paul's wedding ceremony
Van Middleton Photography
Lisa and Paul's Byron View Farm Wedding
The Wedding Shed for Lisa and Paul's wedding
Byron View Farm Wedding
Lisa and Paul's Wedding day
Lisa and Paul's Wedding Cake
Michelle Shannon and Lisa Holmen
And they lived happily ever after

Lisa and Paul's Byron View Farm Wedding

during Cyclone Debbie

Many months go into the planning of the perfect wedding day.  I met with Lisa and chatted quite a few times about enjoying the beauty of Byron for her wedding to Paul - but one thing we didn't plan on was Cyclone Debbie.  Paul and Lisa embraced the day, their family and friends were supportive and ready to celebrate no matter what.  And with the team from Byron Bay Weddings making sure everyone was happy the wedding went without a hitch (except the rain of course) - Lisa looked gorgeous in her Anna Campbell gown teamed with beautiful bouquet by Estelle.

Paul wrote to me about Lisa and said:

"Lisa cares so much about the people in her life. She always puts other people first and would do anything for her friends and family. But most of all it is the small things: Over time I have come to love Lisa more and more as I have seen the 1000’s of small things that go into making her the person that she is 

and I love her for loving me."

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                    Van Middleton

Cake                                         Rebellyous Cakes

Gown                                        Anna Campbell

Management/bkg               Byron Bay Weddings

 Styling                                     The Wedding Shed

Flowers                                     The French Petal

Venue                                        Byron View Farm


Emma and Nathan - Horizon Wedding
Grace Loves Lace Gown
Horizons Byron Bay
The French Petal Florist
Emma and Nathan's wedding
Emma and Nathan's wedding day
Emma and Nathan's Horizon Wedding
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Bridal Team at Horizons
Emma and Nathan's Byron Bay Wedding
Emma and Nathan's Byron Bay Wedding
And they lived happily ever after

Emma and Nathan's gorgeous Byron Bay Wedding

Emma and Nathan first bumped into each other one evening in a nightclub at the end of November 2013 - they chatted briefly and then two weeks later ran into each other again on a Santa Claus pub crawl and their love story began from there.

Emma wrote to me and said:

"One of my favourite memories together was the first time we came to Byron Bay. 

It was the first ‘holiday’ we had been on as a couple, I remember being so excited! That is one of the reasons that we chose to get married in Byron Bay, 

Emma looked amazing in her Grace Loves Lace gown. They celebrated with over 

70 friends and family with their ceremony at Horizons and later their reception 

at Beach Restaurant.  All the gorgeous photos by Fig Tree Pictures

The incredible TEAM on the day

Photographer                    Fig Tree Pictures

Videography                          Anchored Cinema

Cake                                         Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Gown                                        Grace Loves Lace

Management/bkg                Byron Bay Weddings

 Styling                                     The Wedding Shed

Flowers                                     The French Petal

Venue for Reception           Beach

Venue for Ceremony            Horizon     

Kombi                                       Mirror image weddings                   

Coco and Confetti Stylist and Florist
Michelle Shannon Marriage Celebrant
Coco and Confetti Stylist and Florist
Lidqvist Ink Stationary and Caligraphy
Rachel Bainbridge Plates
Songbird Silk and Lindqvist Ink
Colourful Romantic dining
I Heart Cakes Designer
Total Romance
Romantic Wedding Stylist
Beautiful Romantic styled wedding
And they lived happily ever after

Beautiful Indie Styled Wedding Shoot - 

now featured on Burnetts Board

I have always been a huge fan of colour in weddings. It's breath-taking, memorable and simply beautiful. Set amongst the black volcanic rocks at Fingal Head Lighthouse - Amazing stylist and Florist Coco & Confetti alongside Photographer Kylie Maree from Just For Love Photography & Film bought an incredible team together to create this magical, romantic photo shoot now featured on

Burnett's Boards .

The incredible TEAM on the day

Videography                 Anchored Cinema

Cake                                I heart cakes by Casey

Gown                              Begitta - Bridal & Couture

Paper goods                 Lindqvist Ink

Hair and Mup              The Beauty Lineup

Plates                             Rachel Bainbridge Art

Headpiece                    Komorebi Handmade

Silk Ribbon                  Songbird Silk

Tie and suspenders   Wood&Beau

Models Wes Ford and Zoe Carstairs

Me and my beautiful gal
my beautiful mum
mother and daughter
Jess and her grandmother
Hugs for mums
hand fasting ceremony
signing the register
Light a candle in rememberance
Alicia's beautiful mum
Family wedding
Emmy and her mum walk the aisle

To all the beautiful mum's out there... Happy Mothers Day

I remember being an excited 18 year old dying to move to the city away from the small country town of Mullumbimby.  Big dreams I had (just like Iggy Azalea who grew up in the same town) - It wasn't until I came across the daily chores of paying my own bills, doing my own cooking, washing my own clothes and more that I came to realise that every time mum said something it was usually right!  All of those words of wisdom came flooding back to me as I ruined my new pink sweater when I washed it with the black clothes.  How the sun would always come up the next day even when I felt like I was at my lowest - there she was to  pick me up  - even over the phone from far away (sometimes continents) and told me to keep on going, keep adventuring and enjoying this life.  This year is a very special year, not that it is unlike any other year but this year has probably been the hardest I have had to watch my mum fight cancer out of the 14 + that she has been fighting it.  She is a tough one, who isn't going to give up and shows us each day how we should enjoy every moment.

And now being a mum myself I understand that on your wedding day it is so important to thank your beautiful mum for all she has done (and is no doubt still doing).  And your step-mum or grandmother as they no doubt have also played a part in your life.  I am a mum to one, a stepmother to three. And I hope that I nurture and guide my little one and family to enjoy the same kind of life I have been blessed to live.

In each of my wedding ceremonies I encourage lots of family love (dad's too) and something as simple as a few words, walking you down the aisle and giving you away, an extra hug, being able to say a few words during the ceremony or even signing all the official documents can be a few of the things mum will never forget.

And if your your mum in now in spirit - light a candle - take a moment - carry her in a picture on your bouquet but never forget that she loves you.

Happy mother's day to all the mum's, grandmothers and step-mum's out there...  xx  #mumsaregreat #happymothersday

Byron Bay Surf Club Wedding
Aisle walk with mum and dad
Anneka and Kent's Surf Club Wedding
The kiss Anneka and Kent make it official
Michelle Shannon Celebrant
Byron Bay Cake Boutique
Surf Club celebrations Byron Bay Wedding
Chris Hemsworth, Anneka and Kent's wedding

Anneka and Kent were married at Byron Bay's beautiful Surf Club

They both met 5 years ago through work and started out having lunches together, river runs and hanging out on the weekends before they were an official couple.

Now residing in beautiful WA - family and friends travelled from New Zealand, Australia and the UK to enjoy the best of what Byron has to offer.

Including being lucky enough to run into actor Chris Hemsworth at The Pass beach while having their wedding photos taken by the fabulous Ben from  Blue Tulip Imaging.

The Surf Club really is one of the best locations overlooking Main Beach at Byron Bay and caters easily for large wedding groups . 

 They both wrote to me and said;​

Hi Michelle,

"We would just like to say thank you soooooo much for making our ceremony personal,

loving and enjoyable for us and our lovely guests. All our friends and guests commented 

on how lovely you are. Thank you again for making our special day the best day ever xoxo "

The Team for the day

Photographer Ben Blue Tulip Imaging

Music Josh Boots - 

Catering and Management by Equality Catering Co

Flowers by  Flowers by Julia Rose

Cake by Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Verandahs Wedding
Julie and Michelle Shannon
Verandahs Coorabell Wedding
Bridal party for Julie and Neil
Married at Verandahs Julie and Neil
Rebellyous Cakes
Ready to celebrate at Verandahs Coorabel
Michelle Shannon Marriage Celebrant

Neil and Julie were married at beautiful Verandahs

I thought I would let Neil and Julie's testimonial speak for this incredible wedding.

Hi all,  Julie and I wanted to pen you all an email to express our thanks for what we can only describe as our perfect day. From the very outset of the process when Julie and I commenced working out what our wedding day would encompass all of you have been so amazing, with your input, recommendations, suggestions, and working with us to make sure our day was perfect.

We had a few changes along the way…and that was never a problem to be changed or altered…nothing seemed to be an problem……

Well, we reckon our day was perfect……it was what we envisaged, how we imagined it would look, feel and the atmosphere. Our dads were looking down on us, as the rain held off until the very end….

We have so many memories of the day, for me…it was seeing my beautiful Julie walk up the aisle….took my breath away…

Both Julie and I think that everyone involved in our wedding were totally professional, dedicated, human ( they thought of the little things) and exceeded our expectations. So, from our hearts, we thank you all for working together to ensure our special day was special…….

If any of you have any potential clients who may need a reference or some clarity about the wedding planning/process etc, we are happy to give these people an honest and open reference. We look forward to catching up with all, when we are next in Bryon, and remain keeping in touch. Love Mr & Mrs A…..

Photographer Studio Blue Tulip - Florist The French Petal

Cake Rebellyous Cakes  - Music Josh Boots - Management Byron Bay Weddings

Catering Fig Tree Restaurant

Beach Cafe Wedding - Jenn and Jason and family
Jenn and Jason and their 4 gorgeous kids
#sandceremony with the kids
#michelleshannon #celebrant with Jenn and Jason
Cutting the cake was also a family affair
#married Jennifer and Jason ready to celebrate
Flowers by The French Petal - Jenn and Jason

Jennifer and Jason married at Beach Restaurant - Byron Bay

When Jenn and Jason contacted me from the USA they knew they were about to move back to Australia and start their new life together with Jason's 4 amazing children. The children have grown to love Jennifer so much that when I pronounced them husband and wife not only did Jenn and Jason kiss but the whole family embraced with happiness - It's days like these that make my heart melt. 

Jenn has only recently told me that they are pregnant with their first child together - what an amazing family this will be.

Friends and family from the USA and Australia joined them in Byron Bay.

We had rain and some sunshine but decided to go inside for the ceremony 

at Beach Byron Bay before the celebrations began. With the ocean on our doorstep and plenty of love the day flowed beautifully.

Estelle from The French Petal created the floral arrangements, bouquets and flower-crowns.

Kate Nutt captured the love

Let Them Eat Cake made a gorgeous cake

This is one of those love stories that will stay with me forever..

Horizon Wedding Anna getting ready
That beautiful moment between Father and Daughter
The look of Love - Anna and Greg at Horizon
Anna and Greg seal their love at Horizon
Beautiful Bouquet by Passion at Flowers
Anna and Greg - married at Horizon
Cake by Byron Bay Cake Boutique

Greg and Anna - Married at Horizon - Byron Bay

I fell in love with these two amazing people who met by chance and who were so honest with their goals, desires and love of life. Both interested in scuba diving Byron offered the perfect location to celebrate their marriage at Horizon, Byron Bay - Anna's family travelled from Japan and seeing her lovely father so honoured and humble in his actions made my heart swell with pride. You only have to see the the way they look at each other to know this union is a 'forever love' -

Anna wrote to me and said; 

"To me marriage is about support, bringing out the best in each other and to be there when we go through tough times. It is about having someone to share life's trivial day-to-day happenings, both good and bad. It brings two families together, and what’s more, it is opening a new chapter in our lives to build a family of our own. I feel like everything in my life has led me to this point."

Greg shared similar sentiments about his love for Anna: He wrote:

 "Marriage is an adventure. The combination of finding the one in this world who shares our dreams, encourages each other to chase them, picks the other up off the ground when we fall and cheers them on when we rise. I always knew what I wanted in life in terms of a loving wife, a family and a partner to run though life with. Since meeting Anna, and for the first time in my life, I can actually visualise in my mind what it will look and feel like."

Gorgeous photos by Sunlit Studios​

Managed by Byron Bay Weddings​

Flowers by [email protected]

Cake by Byron Bay Cake Boutique​

Makeup/hair The Luxe Beauty Co​

Gown Mia Solano

Styling The Wedding Shed 

Jess and Dwayne
Aboriginal Welcome to Country - Jess and Dwayne
Jess and Dwayne - Byron View Farm
Jess and Dwayne and family
Bouquet by Poppy and Fern
Jess and Dwayne married at Byron View Farm
Fig Tree Restaurant Catering

Jess and Dwayne's  Beautiful Byron View Farm Wedding

Jess and Dwayne first met through mutual friends in Byron Bay back in 2009. 

In the years that have followed they have grown together, created many incredible memories and enjoyed becoming a little family, with their boys Tristan and Noah.

We had a shower of rain that swept over Byron but that didn't change the vibe of the day - We began the ceremony at Byron View Farm with a beautiful Aboriginal welcome to country and followed with a personal and fun love story that also included both boys.  Jess wrote to me and said;

"I knew I loved Dwayne within the first few months of dating, when I couldn’t stop thinking about him, he had me hooked. I was a single mother at the time and he took on me and my one year old son. He showed us both love, strength, support and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world."

These beautiful photos were taken by Ash from Stories by Ash

Delta Kay and her cousin opened the ceremony.

Byron Bay Weddings managed the day beautifully. 

Along with the Wedding shed for styling.

Catering Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms

Flowers by Poppy and Fern

Hair and Makeup Ava Belle

Music by Renee Simone

Married by Me

Georgina and Dave
Georgina and Dave at Byron View Farm
Georgina and Dave and their 3 children
Byron View Farm outdoor dining

Georgina and Dave's Byron View Farm Wedding

Georgina and Dave met at work in 2007 - Georgina told me that Dave was a little bit cheeky and quite charming and use to follow her around the store.. Dave said he fell for Georgina's beautiful smile, cute and bubbly outlook on life.

And there was plenty to smile about as they celebrated what has been an incredible decade together - including the arrival of 3 amazing kids.

It was a gorgeous day at Byronviewfarm - guests arrived by the magicbus and dined throughout sunset and under the stars - catered by Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms

Georgina looked beautiful in her @luvLuv Bridal & Formal gown / Hair and Make up and also photography by Lady Bella - Studio & Salon

Flowers by Alstonville Florist

Married by me Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant Michelle Shannon celebrant

Newrybar Downs Wedding - Matt and Lara
Florals by Beauitflora
Matt and Lara say 'I do' at Newrybar Downs
Totally feeling the love

Matt and Lara - Married at Newrybar Down

I first met beautiful Lara when she worked at Witchery in Byron - she was always happy and bright and my Witchery wardrobe seemed to continually grow - when Matt asked her to marry him she told me that I was the first person she thought of.. 

I have to say I feel pretty humbled by that..

They decided to marry on the date that they first met the 21st of February . Bridesmaid Amy encouraged Lara to join their group at the Taste Festival in Tassie and Lara sat with Matt enjoying the delights of the festival - they got along great from the very beginning, Lara was certainly taken by Matt's English accent and blue eyes and they laughed when they told me they both got pooped on by a bird and thought that was a sign of good luck - That was back in 2008 and today they celebrate their 1st anniversary - I couldn't be happier for the two of them.

They choose one of Newrybar's most beautiful properties Newrybar Downs for their morning ceremony and later celebrated with a lunch reception at 

Harvest Newrybar.

Beautiflora designed a divine white bouquet for Lara and the day flowed seamlessly with happy tears from all of us. In the past couple of years these two have built a new and very popular business called ST. AGNI in the Industrial Estate and create some of the most beautiful leather shoes and bags and more I have ever seen.

(check it out next time you are in Byron)

Their day was captured perfectly by photographer Kate Holmes Photographer

Byron Bay Weddings - Lauren and Hamish
Florals by Poppy and Fern
Fig Tree Wedding Byron Bay
Fig Tree Restaurant and Room

Lauren and Hamish Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding

Lauren and Hamish initially met at a friends demolition party back in 2011. 

Now both living in Los Angeles they decided to bring their family and friends to Byron Bay to celebrate their marriage at Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms. They had a stunning afternoon and followed their wedding ceremony with Italian style outdoor dining. On meeting Lauren, 

Hamish told me; "When I first saw Lauren I thought she is just beautiful.. I have to talk to her, after chatting for a while we instantly clicked. She had a great sense of humour, was very easy to talk to and we had a lot in common. Since then we’ve had so many fun times that I’ll remember for the rest of my life" 

And Lauren said; "We fell in love fairly early on, it was always just easy, from the start it was clear that we had the same interests, ambitions and sense of adventure. We seamlessly fit in with each other’s friends and family which is really important for me." 

Their beautiful floral bouquets, arbour and arrangements by Poppy and Fern Lauren's gown by Bo & Luca All the amazing photos by 

Figtree Wedding Photography Managed by Byron Bay Weddings Styled by 

The Wedding Shed Married by Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant Michelle Shannon

Emily and Tom's Fig Tree Wedding
Emily and Tom's Byron Bay Wedding
Emily and Tom's Byron Bay Wedding
Emily and Tom's Byron Bay Wedding

Emily and Tom's beautiful Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding

Emily and Tom met through their mutual friend Tim at a fancy dress party 5 years ago. From the moment they started to talk they got along great and a week later went on their first official date and have been together ever since.

They celebrated their love with 100 guests at Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms - Emily looked stunning in her beautiful gown by Louise Alvarez Couture and floral crown - Tom's smile says it all as he proudly told me;

"We had been dating for a few months and I realised she was not like anyone else. 

I knew Em was such a special person and realised I was falling in love with her!

I had definitely found a keeper!!"

Fig Tree set up a delicious Mexican banquet for the guests to enjoy while the champagne and beers flowed..

The day captured beautifully by Ann-Louise at  Possum Creek Studios

Music by String and Bow

Flowers by Alstonville Florist

Hair and Makeup Bangalow Belles

Transport Byron Bay Luxe Limousines

Cake Flourish Lane

Celebrant Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant Michelle Shannon