When you spend time with Francesca and Cameron you know these two are more than star-crossed lovers. They are each other’s best friends. Cupid’s aim was spot on the day they fell in love. So it was no surprise when Cameron got down on one knee on a rainy Byron Bay afternoon and asked Francesca to pledge being his forever.
We loved hearing Francesca tell the story of how they met, how Cameron proposed (tears were shed!) and what her favorite moment from their dream day was. We’re honored to share Francesca’s words and the beautiful images of their wedding.
How we met and how he popped the question…
Cameron and I met at work in our early 20’s and we were friends for about 2 years before I went overseas. It wasn’t until I came back that we ended up getting together and 6 years later, he proposed!
We were in Byron Bay for a little getaway. We went for an early morning walk up to the lighthouse and then he took me to the Little Wategos lookout. It was such a beautiful lookout! As I was busy taking photos of the waves crashing against the rocks, I didn’t notice Cameron quietly freaking out behind me – it was here that he wanted to propose but it was about to absolutely belt down with rain, and there was another couple there at the lookout as well!
Eventually, the rain did come and that moved the other couple on and Cameron said to me he wanted to stay to “cool off” after our hot long walk. It was really humid and it was actually quite refreshing so we stayed until the other couple were out of sight and then he dropped down on one knee in the rain and asked me to marry him!
Why we chose our venue…
I always wanted to get married under a big fig tree or something similar. And although Verandahs didn’t have a huge tree, there’s a big garden area which was so beautiful and green that we thought it was absolutely perfect for us. There was also an area where we would be able to have cocktails and canapes along with Bocci and lawn bowls – the perfect ingredients for a garden wedding!
For our reception, we wanted it to feel like a big party – really relaxed and fun. We were set on a canape style reception and we had it in mind that we wanted it to be on a huge balcony. Verandahs had a beautiful balcony, however it didn’t quite fit what we were looking for. That’s when we found Harvest Cafe. An absolutely beautiful restaurant that uses all home grown ingredients from their farm. We had eaten there before and their food is absolutely delicious. It was perfect – a Queenslander style venue with a huge balcony and a great dance floor!
My dream dress…
My dress was made by a family friend, Lawrence Geor – he’s a Sydney based designer. It was so special to be able to have him make my dress as he has known me since I was born!
The bridesmaids dresses were a mix – Zimmermann, Lisa Brown and the last one was bought on Etsy. I gave my bridesmaids an idea of what colour I was after and we all looked together to try and find a dress that both they loved and I loved as well.
We used photographer Ryder Evans – a Brisbane based photographer.
We also had a videographer on the day – Roost Film Co. I was so happy with Tegan’s work – she is super talented and I absolutely loved what she did. She was also non-intrusive on the day – I didn’t even know she was there half the time. Her video was non-cheesy and such a beautiful representation of our day. I have watched it so many times – even my husband is glad we had a videographer!
My favourite memory
Well, we actually forgot our wedding rings. And as weird as this might sound, it was one of my favourite memories because it brought such laughter to our ceremony and really lightened the emotional tension! We had just said our vows and both Cameron and I ended up crying during our vows, which apparently our guests said had set them off in tears as well. Then our celebrant said, “And now we will exchange the wedding rings”.
A look of dread came over my face as I whispered to Cameron, “The rings are in my handbag!”. He laughed and ended up facing our guests and said, “Francesca has planned this entire wedding and has forgotten the most important part! The rings are in her handbag!” Everyone loved it! Luckily, we had stayed at Verandahs the night before, so the rings were in the house a short distance away. And before I even realised it, my bridesmaid had already taken off her heels, and ran to get them!
Everyone cheered as she came running back, heels in hand and gave the rings to the best man (He had one job!! Haha). It was the best memory.
My advice for other brides…
Get a videographer. And remember the rings!
PERFECT FOR: With the lush green valley unfolding before you, it’s perfect for an elegant and romantic outdoor wedding.
THE SURROUNDS: Nestled in the Byron Bay Hinterland Verandah’s has rolling lawns, oak trees, and fragrant flower hedges a plenty.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Luxury on-site accommodation makes it easy for the Bride and Groom to spend the night. Try to make time for a stroll to the ‘enchanted forest’ bordering the croquet ready lawn.
PERFECT FOR: Housed in a historic cottage this restaurant is perfect for a wedding with vintage or country charm.
THE VENUE: With a vast verandah sitting under a sprawling Jacaranda tree, an intimate fire, and an elegant bar, we promise your guests won’t want to leave.
WE LOVE THEIR: A gastro delight, Harvest doesn’t disappoint in the food department. They source organic ingredients directly from their farm and other produce from the local area.
WHAT THEY DO: The husband and wife duo, Tegan and Jordan, behind Roost Film Co., offer up their cinematic film skills to help brides and grooms capture their day.
WHY WE LOVE THEM: They are more than film makers, they’re storytellers. Their films are drenched with love, care, and artistic talent.
WHAT HE DOES: A wedding and engagement photographer Ryder will be your fly on the wall on your special day, not missing any of those never to be repeated moments.
WHY WE LOVE HIM: Ryder steers away from the cheesy, posed shots and he’ll be sure to capture the moment your grandmother decided to show her moves on the dance floor.