I won’t ever forget Riley and Javier’s Fig Tree Restaurant wedding in Byron Bay, Australia. Riley, a long-time friend of mine, messaged me when she got first got engaged asking if she could fly me out to Australia to photography her wedding day in Byron Bay. I couldn’t reply “YES!” fast enough! I love a good destination wedding and exploring new places, so it was a perfect opportunity. And once I looked up some Fig Tree Restaurant wedding photography, I knew my style would suite the venue perfectly.
Byron Bay is such a special place. From the incredible food to the stunning beaches a excellent surf, I loved the laid-back atmosphere and amazing people. Riley and Javier had a large wedding party descend on Byron Bay from around the world! We all hung out for a week and soaked up the sun, caught waves, shopped, and dined at some great restaurants.
The wedding day itself was absolutely perfect. It had rained the previous couple nights, and thunderstorms were forecasted later in the day, so there was a risk in having an outdoor ceremony but we went for it! The Fig Tree Restaurant is one of Byron Bay’s most storied wedding venues. Sadly, the venue suffered a terrible fire months before the wedding, wiping out a historic building and reception area. They were able to restore the site before Riley and Javier’s wedding and you would never tell there had been an inferno on the same grounds! And incredible fig tree drapped over the top of the hill, overlooking Byron and its oceans. Just a few clouds drifted overhead, providing some nice shade and light, but no thunderstorms interrupted the beautiful ceremony. Byron Bay Weddings coordinated the day perfectly and kept everything running so smoothly.
I first photographed the girls getting ready at the Fig Tree house, and eventually a large double-decker love bus (Byron Bay Double Deckers) arrived with the weddings guests, all decked in linens and white. It was an Australian Great Gatsby affair. Cocktails flowed and we soon had the ceremony underway under the massive fig tree.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed some drinks while we photographed portraits around the Fig Tree Restaurant’s property, which provided endless backdrops. I could have shot there for hours! We eventually made our way down to the Byron Bay Surf Club, a historic building right ton the water, where the reception was held. Day turned to night, and margaritas turned into espresso martinis as the wedding party danced to every last song. Despite some setbacks before this wedding, Riley and Javier had the most beautiful day and their love and happiness really shines through in their photos.
Thinking of getting married at the Fig Tree Restaurant? I would love to capture your special day with some Fig Tree Restaurant Wedding Photography! Please reach out for all inclusive photo packages here.