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Cara Gallagher is a Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant. Modern, unique and fun wedding ceremonies delivered with style.

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Real weddings, ceremony tips and local insight about venues and outdoor spaces from Byron Bay marriage celebrant, Cara Gallagher, of Modern Love Ceremonies.

Nina and Dan

Cara Gallagher

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Nina and Dan first met when she was a couch surfing traveller and now they surf the world together.

Nina found me on the internet, we clicked on the phone straight away and they booked me for their wedding day without talking to any other celebrants.
As her and Dan live in Sydney, we had to wait until they came up to Byron Bay for a holiday, and we had our planning meeting at The Eatery on Jonson. They were both salty from just coming in from a surf.

Nina is Austrian, and a lot of their guests only spoke German, so she really wanted to the ceremony to be simple and clear. She had a very clear vision for their whole day, and I was more than happy to honour that.
I even got to speak a little bit of German - 
 lebensabschnittspartner - which means "companion for a while“.
In the ceremony we reflected that they had been many things to each other before their wedding day… including lebensabschnittspartner, but now they were making a commitment for life. 

How they met: Six years ago Nina was on a trip exploring Australia. She and her friends were on a tight budget and decided to couchsurf their way across Down Under.  Nina and Dan met on day one of her trip, he turned out to be their first host and violà – a week later and they were hooked.

The proposal: Nina was visiting her family in Austria and secretly planned on how she would propose to Dan ... while he was sitting in Australia making similar plans. He turned out to be faster! The day after Nina’s return he presented her a “late birthday present”– a jigsaw puzzle with photos of all their adventures and somewhere hidden was a message : Will you marry me?

Their big day: Nina and Dan decided to get married at the beach, since this is a place where they spend a lot of time together. It had to be a surf spot though and Broken Head turned out to be the perfect location. They were planning a small and intimate wedding with their closest family and friends and rented a villa nearby for the reception. Nina and Dan put a lot of effort into the decoration and styling of the venue and are proud and happy what they achieved and how the day turned out. They couldn’t have done it without the help of their friends and family though!

All photos captured by the supremely talented Julian Beattie.

SETTING UP, GETTING READY

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Dan and his friend constructed the arbour the morning of the wedding.

Dan and his friend constructed the arbour the morning of the wedding.

He even styled the floral arrangement for the arbour!!!

He even styled the floral arrangement for the arbour!!!

I was impressed - dude's got mad floral skills. 

I was impressed - dude's got mad floral skills. 

Erin Gallienne did such a great job with Nina's hair and make-up.

Erin Gallienne did such a great job with Nina's hair and make-up.

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THE CEREMONY

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Watching a bride approach her future husband is right up there with one of the best things about my job.

Watching a bride approach her future husband is right up there with one of the best things about my job.

Nina's mum made her bouquet, and her father had the honour of escorting her to her groom.

Nina's mum made her bouquet, and her father had the honour of escorting her to her groom.

Dan and Nina chose to have me stand with them, but I made sure to get out of the way for their big moments - the rings and the kiss - so much better if I'm not grinning like an idiot in the background of those shots.

Dan and Nina chose to have me stand with them, but I made sure to get out of the way for their big moments - the rings and the kiss - so much better if I'm not grinning like an idiot in the background of those shots.

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Husband and wife!

Husband and wife!

Nina's family.

Nina's family.

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The lovely Stephanie Grace, a young musician from Sydney, has such a beautiful voice and Nina and Dan were so happy to have her – all of their guests were amazed by her talent.

The lovely Stephanie Grace, a young musician from Sydney, has such a beautiful voice and Nina and Dan were so happy to have her – all of their guests were amazed by her talent.

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THE RECEPTION

Nina is an extremely talented graphic designer, and she DIY'd the whole wedding! I adored the invites she designed with animated versions of her and Dan in their wedding outfits.

Nina is an extremely talented graphic designer, and she DIY'd the whole wedding! I adored the invites she designed with animated versions of her and Dan in their wedding outfits.

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Another of their gorgeous DIY projects was lightbulbs with the bottom cut off, suspended from string, but being used as mini vases. 

Another of their gorgeous DIY projects was lightbulbs with the bottom cut off, suspended from string, but being used as mini vases. 

Anything that wasn't designed and printed by Nina, was painstakingly handmade by her - all the name tags were on brown paper, tied with string. Such attention to detail.

Anything that wasn't designed and printed by Nina, was painstakingly handmade by her - all the name tags were on brown paper, tied with string. Such attention to detail.

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Nina says, "Eatdrink Catering made really good food and they were such a big help on the day. They did everything to make our day perfect."

Nina says, "Eatdrink Catering made really good food and they were such a big help on the day. They did everything to make our day perfect."

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The floral crown by Elyssium Blooms was exactly what Nina had dreamed of. (You can tell Elise matched the brief by going back and looking at cartoon Nina's crown on the invite.) 

The floral crown by Elyssium Blooms was exactly what Nina had dreamed of.
(You can tell Elise matched the brief by going back and looking at cartoon Nina's crown on the invite.) 

Nina did all the chalk signage for the big day.

Nina did all the chalk signage for the big day.

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Cake and desserts were made bySweet Obsessions.

Cake and desserts were made bySweet Obsessions.

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VENDORS

Wedding Venue: Pavilion2 
Catering: Eatdrink Catering
Wedding Cake & Dessert: Sweet Obsessions
Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell
Bride’s Hair & Make-Up: Erin Gallienne
Styling & Decoration: Bride
Bridal Bouquet & Reception Flowers: Bride's Mum
Flower Crown & Buttonholes: Elyssium Blooms
Celebrant: Cara Gallagher (ME!)
Celebrant's Dress: Lazybones Australia
Arbour: Groom

Stationery: Ink Paper Rock (Bride)
Photographer: Julian Beattie
Musician: Stephanie Grace