Jelena and Carl’s Byron Bay Hinterland wedding was a total dream from start to finish. It was important to these two that they celebrated their family, their friends and their heritage. This was done with a genius wedding day timeline that meant they got to really treat their guests to a beautiful afternoon and one helluva party. The ceremony began at midday in Bangalow, with guests being bussed back to Hinterland House afterwards for a long sunny afternoon of music, canapes, grazing stations and drinks in front of the pool before their formal reception kicked off.
These two, as gorgeous as they are, had some reservations about their portrait shoot. Carl wasn’t keen for many photos, and Jelena was worried she’d default to gang signs and shaka symbols (which would have been hilarious!). So, we snuck off for portraits during the early afternoon, finding shady spots out of the bright sun, and powering through all the wedding party portraits in 20 minutes flat so they could get back to the party before Carl got over it and before a shaka was seen. Bottles and bottles of rakijia were passed around all afternoon and night – while this is a Croatian tradition, we reckon everyone should adopt it immediately.
As the sun started to mellow, everyone headed in to the beautiful clear marquee set with an absolute forest of flowers in beautiful pale tones. We knew we were in for a wild night when guests were up and dancing before any food came out, so it was almost like a three part dance floor! You guys all know how much we love a dance floor, so we were absolutely in our element – as were Jelena and Carl, surrounded by all their favourites across many generations, taking shots and dancing the night away.
Full credits for this incredible team are at the bottom of this post.
Venue: Hinterland House
Coordinator: Byron Bay Weddings
Stylist: Byron Bay Weddings and Jelena herself!
Furniture Hire: The Wedding Shed
Florist: Bower Botanicals
Hair & Makeup: Alex Ousten
Gown: Darb Bridal Couture
Jelena’s shoes: Prada
Bridesmaid’s dress: Bianca Spender
Suits: Wil Valor
Cake: Byron Bay Cacao
Favours: Hinterland Honey
Band: Lara May
DJ: DJ Roshan