We love the laid back blissful vibe of this pretty barefoot beach wedding. Captured by Bella Photo Art on the shores of secluded beach in Forster NSW, it’s a lovely blend of casual chic and budget beautiful with a dash of beachy bohemian thrown in for good measure. How can you not love gorgeous bride Hayley who is natural stunner in front of the camera, the cheerful bridesmaids in their short yellow dresses and the oh-so-pretty beach bridal sandals. Then, don’t get me started about the amazing beach bouquets and floral arrangements all beautifully crafted with real sea shells. Yes, this little gem is pretty much a beach babe’s dream wedding and I’m sure if you browse long enough, you’ll start hearing the fresh ocean breezes and white tipped waves rolling along in the distance . . .
Bride Hayley Shares The Wedding Details
Ever since I was young, I had always wanted to have a beach wedding. This was influenced by spending most weekends on the water or on my Dad’s boat. I wanted to find a beach not many people knew of, as well as one which wasn’t difficult for guests to access. I had spent a lot of time holidaying at Forster when growing up, so we went to Forster one weekend with my parents to stay at their holiday house and went looking for beaches. That’s when we found the beautiful Burgess Beach at Forster. It was the exact beach I had imagined I’d find.
I wanted all of the decorations to be suited to the beach theme which I started by sending invites as a message in a bottle. I chose yellow for the bridesmaids because it’s such a fresh happy summery colour. My sister is a very creative florist and we worked together with coming up with ideas for the bouquets. I love my bouquet and still have it now. As it is mostly made of shells I could probably keep it forever. We created all of the decoration ideas ourselves to ensure they fitted well with our beach theme.
I wanted a wedding dress which wasn’t your typical a-line wedding dress which would drag in the sand. So, I had an old family friend make my dress based off of several different photos I found on the Internet. Rick (my husband) isn’t one to dress up in a suit and decided he wanted to wear shorts. This idea took me awhile to get used to, but after we found the right pair teamed with the right shirts, I was more than happy with how the boys outfits looked. I also think the boys outfits went well the girls and the “fancy free feet” we wore on the day.
Rick and I have been together for 10 years, so we wanted to keep our wedding fairly relaxed and low key. We didn’t want to let small details stress us out (like I had seen other people do). We just wanted an enjoyable day. We also wanted to make our wedding different to every other wedding we had attended as guests. To keep with the relaxed theme we decided to have the reception at my parents holiday house, which my dad had spent a lot of time fixing up. My husband Rick finished rebuilding his silver Torana just before the wedding so we could use it as our wedding car. His apprentice who owns the white Torana in the pictures could not wait to use his Torana as a wedding car as well.
The day before the wedding the weather was some of the worst I had ever seen. The wind was howling and the rain was pelting down. Luckily, overnight the rain stopped, but we were still left with a very strong wind. Thankfully our little Burgess Beach was well protected by the surrounding hills and we only had the odd gust of wind to pick my veil up and wrap around my head (lol). The day was such a happy, fun day and everyone who attended said they had never been to such an enjoyable wedding. I think if anything the strong wind gusts made the day quite memorable (hehe). I am so happy with the way we did everything and I wouldn’t change a thing. It was definitely like they say “the best day of our lives!” I was so lucky to have Bella as our photographer as well. I have known Bella since 1996 and would not of trusted anyone else to photograph and capture our wedding day the way she did.
Thank you Hayley for sharing with us all your beautiful details and a special thanks to Bella Photo Art for sending us this gorgeous wedding.
Photography: Bella Photo Art – Photography by Bella / Flowers: Bride’s Sister / Hair Stylist: Friends & Co Hair Design by Diana / Makeup Artist: Forever Young / Officiant: Megan Meadows / Submitted via Two Bright Lights