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Summer Elopements + Micro Weddings // with Elope Byron Bay

Here in Byron Bay, it definitely feels like summer is coming! These recent warm days have us dreaming of beautiful summer elopements. We at Figtree Wedding Photography seriously love being a part of and photographing our couples elopements and intimate wedding stories.

Choosing an elopement or micro wedding gives you freedom to focus on what’s really important to you. It means you can create a beautiful celebration of love without all of the additional elements of a wedding. This can also mean it’s a little lighter on the bank account!

Imagine getting married on a cliff overlooking the ocean, barefoot on a secret beach, hidden in a forest or overlooking stunning hinterland views. When eloping you really have endless flexibility with your ceremony space and locations for your photos.

When creating this blog, we thought we’d better involve the best in the elopement biz! So we had a chat with the lovely Emily from Elope Byron Bay to help give our couples some more information about elopements and micro weddings.


A little bit of info about Elope Byron Bay

Elope Byron Bay, little sister to Byron Bay Weddings, was created to assist couples with their traditional elopements. Now, a few years on, we’ve grown and adapted to accomodate the very popular trend of micro weddings, with beautiful styling, offering a truly unique experience.

We are crazy lucky to have worked on so many EPIC elopements and micro weddings this season. It’s been great to shake things up a little, step out of the box and redefine the perception of elopements and small weddings… We are fully fledged planners, stylists and coordinators leading the industry, curating a day, our clients love story, that is nothing short of magic. It’s our heart and soul, living it, breathing it, each and every day…

We’re big believers in creating memorable celebrations that reflect who our clients are as a couple. Whether it be a traditional elopement or a micro wedding, we work very closely with our clients to handcraft their brief and bring the visions of their day to life. We bring passion, flair and attention to detail through each and every element.

There is something so special about these celebrations. Imagine a stunning wedding, but on a more intimate level allowing our clients to truly take in what the day is all about. And with access to some of the region’s most exclusive venues and vendors, we are the team to make it happen.


Reasons why eloping in Byron Bay this summer is the best idea ever!

Summer in the Byron Shire is a glorious time of year. There is such an exciting, festive vibe in the air that can only be felt in a few special towns, so we are so lucky to have the magic.

Think sun-shiney days, balmy evenings beneath the stars, and days spent soaking up the vitamin-D with a drink in hand on our pristine beaches.


Words of wisdom and tips for couples thinking of eloping!

It’s your day so do it how you want! Regardless of it being just the two of you, or if you are planning to invite a handful of your nearest and dearest. Have a long lunch, a sunset ceremony, request your favourite dish on the menu, get a cake or don’t.

There aren’t any rules aside from you having the day you have always dreamed of. Don’t let the little love bubble diminish by getting caught up in ‘normal wedding protocols’.

It’s such an exciting time so go for it!


….here are some of our most memorable Byron Bay elopements!


We would absolutely love to be a part of your intimate elopement or small wedding, be it in Byron Bay, the Tweed Coast, the Gold Coast or beyond. We are currently offering discounts for Summer elopements + weddings, find out more information and package pricing here –

Elissa + Michael // Osteria Casuarina Wedding Photography, Tweed Coast Wedding Photographer

“Michael and I can’t thank you enough for how amazing our wedding photography is. We love being able to relive the day over and over through our photos. We have had so many compliments on how fabulous our photos looks. I have a couple of girlfriends who have just got engaged and I immediately told them to look no further than you guys.” – Elissa + Michael

Venue: Osteria
Florist: Ellee Jay Florist
Dress Designer: Made With Love Bridal
Makeup: The Luxe Beauty Co
Hire: Hampton Event Hire + AVIdeas
Cake: Two Little Bakers
Entertainment: Sarah Archer

Emma + James // Dryridge Estate Wedding Photography, Blue Mountains Wedding Photographer

Tell us a little about your day…
From the outset a few things were important to James and I, that the wedding was intimate and full of love, that our guests were treated to good wine, good food and a great party. Second to this we grew up in the Blue Mountains and wanted a venue that reflected our love of the area. We were married at Dryridge Estate in the Megalong Valley, a beautiful property where at sunset the cliffs light up in shades of orange. We’d spent the morning in separate houses on the estate with our bridal party and Molly our Cocker Spaniel – who was an important inclusion on our day! James’ uncles was our celebrant and I walked down the aisle to re:Stacks by Bon Iver. When I finally reached James it was such a moment of happiness. It was a clear Autumn day in May and we couldn’t have been more blessed with the weather. After the ceremony our guests were treated to a grazing table at the cellar door, drinks and a jazz trio whilst we had photos taken. After the the guests entered the marquee, we wanted our reception to be a true party and after the bridal party had entered we asked for everyone to be up on the dance floor as we entered, We then entered to Nelly “Hot in Herre” with everyone up on the dance floor, the atmosphere was awesome! After everyone sat down our MC, coach and friend, was in his element. As a surprise for us he started the housekeeping brief, but had organised for my maid of honour and bridesmaid to perform this as though we were on an airplane, they had props and life jackets and all sorts. Everyone was in fits of laughter it was such a lovely touch. (That explains the photos of the life jackets!) To start the night our wedding favours were tiny bottles of Belvedere Vodka, we all toasted to James’ Polish heritage, “Na Zdrowie!” (to good health!). We had a live band which made the night; as all of our guests were dancing and celebrating more bottles of vodka gradually came out! We had a whiskey cart for the whiskey lovers and we made it known we wanted everyone to have a great night, with that organised a bus to get our all of our guests in and to get them home safely so they could dance all night. We loved the idea at Dryridge that the night of the wedding all immediate family could stay on site and we could invite everyone for breakfast the next day! It was a big party; it was visually stunning, full of love and everything we could have hoped for.

What was your fave part or moment from your day?
I think most people who were there that night would agree James’ speech was just incredible, Leading up to the wedding I wasn’t sure why James’ was spending so much time on this speech, however James’ had actually written me a beautiful poem. I was so touched, there wasn’t a dry eye in the marquee. “Today you make me the happiest man alive, I am completely overwhelmed with how amazing you look and I can’t believe how privileged I am you have chosen to be my wife. I am a very fortunate man. And although words cannot full express my love for you, I am going to give it a try. From the day of birth, we have a urge to always chase a dream, From movie stars to flashy cars, but wanting nothing in between, We often ponder and at the same times wonder, what our lives could truly be, If only we caught our wishing stars, like those that sit above this here marquee. Now my dream is not one for money, not for fame and those types of things, However it does involve love, life and the exchanging of two rings, I first realized my dream on a warm Wednesday night; it was one of beauty, One of strength and one of gleaming light. I chased my dream across the seas, feeling the winds of an unknown breeze To places like England, to winter bitten Russia, The home of past Czars, To Egypt and to Africa, hearing hyena laughs under a sky canvas, twinkling of stars. As time passed on I found that I had fallen for my dream, Never one to quite halfway in between, I decided to boost my chances with a rock that would beam. The rock worked a treat and it made my heart beat, When it dawned on me that this dream would almost be complete. So that brings us here today, standing next to my dream in Autumn’s May, My dream so close to coming real I only needed to hear two words to seal the deal, “I Do” she says….. And just like that, like a whips crack, My God my dream came true! For you see Emma my love, my darling,….. My Dream…. Was always you.”

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
Just try to take it all in and be as calm as you are able! A wedding is an incredible, overwhelming, amazing day however the marriage is the real highlight!

We would love to hear about your experience with Figtree Wedding Photography
Our wedding photographer Dan was simply wonderful, a calming, patient and lovely person who captured our day perfectly.

Venue: Dryridge Estate, Blue Mountains
Stylist + Florist: The Golden Dandelion
Dress: Demetrios Bridal
Hair: Mane by Justine
Makeup: Beauty by Rachael-Lee
Hire: Blue Mountains Special Event Hire
Videographer: Lemon Tree Film House


Kristen + Daniel // Summergrove Estate Wedding Photography, Gold Coast Wedding Photographer

Tell us a little about your day…
We had such a perfect day – I couldn’t fault anything. Waking up to clear blue skies and being married outside in the hinterland was a dream. Having all of our family & friends there and being able to watch everyone enjoy themselves was exactly what we both wanted. There was so many special moments and we loved every minute of it!

What was your fave part or moment from your day?
We both loved being able to greet everyone and mingle at the reception! It was nice to relax and enjoy everyone’s company.

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
Everyone says it- but the day really does go too quickly. I had to keep reminding myself to take everything in and take a breath.

We would love to hear about your experience with Figtree Wedding Photography
We both absolutely loved having Figtree take our photos! We were made to feel very comfortable and the photographers were giving us direction the whole time, which we definitely needed. Our photos couldn’t have turned out any better.

Venue: Summergrove Estate
Celebrant: Andrew Michael
Florist: Ruby Lane Co.
Hair: Renee Saville Hair
Makeup: Spicey Melons
Dress Designer: Zavana
Videographer: Fiddle Fig Films
Entertainment: Ace DJ Hire


Kate + Jack // Osteria Casuarina Wedding Photography, Tweed Coast Wedding Photographer

Tell us a little about your day…

Our day was magic! We had been looking forward to celebrating with our closest family and friends for so long and the day could not have turned out more perfectly. We had the most stunning blue skies on a beautiful winters day. Our ceremony was filled with lots of love and laughter, which is exactly what we wanted to calm the nerves. And, our party afterwards was so so fun. Everyone had the best time drinking and dancing and we couldn’t have asked for a better celebration to end our big day!

What was your fave part or moment from your day?

I loved coming back to our reception, as husband and wife, and having all of our nearest and dearest there with the biggest smiles on their faces and ready to kick on with the festivities.

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?

My biggest tip is to not get sucked in to all the ‘stuff’ that surrounds wedding planning and stick true to yourselves and your style and what makes you two special. It’s so easy to get carried away with little things and move away from what matters.

We would love to hear about your experience with Figtree Wedding Photography

We could not recommend Figtree highly enough. We are both not naturals in front of a camera and were worried about our photos being super awkward. But, Dan was the most unbelievable human. He made us feel so relaxed and made the location shoots so much fun. We either didn’t realise we were getting our photos taken, or if we did, he made us feel like supermodels haha!! We were so pleased with how our photos turned out. They have painted our day so perfectly – thanks Figtree!!


Venue: Osteria
Stylist + Florist: Coco & Confetti
Celebrant: Shane Vincent
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Hair: Foxs Lane Styling
Entertainment: Sarah Archer
Cake + Donuts: Peace of Cake