For yoga instructor Lizzy and sales director Mark, finding love was somewhat of a slow burn, beginning with a three-year friendship before moving onto a three-year courtship, which eventually lead to the couple's big day in Byron Bay.

With thanks to At Dusk Photography for sending us the wedding photos from this super fun real wedding! 

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The proposal

After Lizzy finished her yoga teacher training, the couple headed to Bali to unwind and celebrate, with Mark making the milestone even more special by popping the question unexpectedly.

The hilarious hen's night

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We all know best laid plans don't always work out. But sometimes that's for the best.

Lizzy gave her gal pals strict instructions to avoid an x-rated hens party, so instead the girls enjoyed a tantric yoga journey followed by a lazy, long lunch at Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point. And that's where her plans fell apart.

Once they arrived in the nearest nightclub, Lizzy was horrified to find a stripper her bridal party had scheduled behind her back.

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, Lizzy says it actually added plenty of laughter to the evening and she's ‘glad they did it'!

The wedding venue

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Lizzy and Mark chose a non-traditional wedding venue for their cocktail-style affair for 70 guests renting a house in Byron Bay. Horizons is an incredible house with huge glass windows and glorious views - perfect for the couple's laidback vibe, but with a bit of luxe.

Sadly for those of you drooling over their pics the property is no longer available as a wedding venue because of issues with noise and neighbours - hopefully nothing to do with Lizzy and Mark's good time get together!

The style: cocktail

Lizzy and Mark opted for a stand-up, cocktail wedding because they felt it was more relaxed than a sit-down do, eliminated any issues with seating plans, and would encourage more of a party atmosphere post-ceremony.

Their wedding colour scheme was fresh greens and white.

The wedding planner

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Sydney-based Lizzy hired Byron Bay Weddings to handle most aspects of the event, including the catering, lighting, booking the DJ, sourcing hair and make-up artists, introducing Lizzy to the florist and the wedding cake maker.

Unfortunately, the one thing the wedding planners couldn't help with was the weather, leaving Lizzy obsessing over forecasting websites continually until she'd find one she liked best - realistic or otherwise.

That Divine Dress

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Designed by the super talented Johanna Johnson, Lizzy's beautiful bias-cut dress perfectly met her brief for something simple and comfortable...we'd like to add sexy.

That plunging low back was just gorgeous, and we're not the only ones to think so. Apparently it caused such a stir on social media after the wedding, that the bride ended up selling it for more than she paid for it - a claim not many brides can make!

Lizzy advises brides to lead their dress designers or dressmakers a little way up the garden path, giving them a wedding date a couple of weeks ahead of your genuine date so that you don't have to pick it up at the last minute.

And the bridesmaids wore....

With the bridal party paying for their own outfits, keeping costs down was a priority.

Lizzy chose an elegant two-piece white mid-length combo from Scanlan Theodore eight months before the wedding, allowing plenty of time for the bridesmaids to pay off their bridesmaid dresses on layby.

The result was sophisticated and super stylish, and the girls are delighted to own two quality pieces they'll be able to wear time and time again.

Having the girls wear different earrings and shoes, albeit in the same colour way on their feet, was a cute touch to allow the girls to express a little personality of their own.

The fabulous flowers

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Flowers were a fantastic tool to set the fresh green and white colour scheme, with Astonville Florist devising a superb arrangement blending beauties including carnations, roses, chrysanthemums, lisianthus, freesias and alstromeria.

Old, new, borrowed and blue

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Lizzy chose to follow these tried and tested traditions, borrowing her friend's old vintage earrings for her something old, wearing her new dress and sporting a Johanna Johnson dress with a blue sapphire sewn into the gown for her something blue.

Bomboniere, the Byron way

With everything else going on, Lizzy completely forgot about wedding bomboniere. Oops!

Fortunately, her quick-thinking bridal party popped down to the Byron Bay markets and bought 70 friendship bracelets which they tied up with a thank you note each on the morning of the wedding.

The drinks

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Cocktails of course, but not just any, the couple's favourites - margaritas chosen by Lizzy, and negronis chosen by Mark.

The honeymoon

The couple were fortunate to be able to enjoy an entire month away for their honeymoon shortly after their nuptials, which they spent travelling around Mexico and Costa Rica.

Most stressful?

For Lizzy the most stressful element of planning the wedding was working through a few complex family issues, which she did with the help of a counsellor to encourage the wedding to become a step in the healing process for the family. The pre wedding counselling she said was well worth it.

Favourite part of the day?

Dancing on the deck outside on the perfect wedding weather day - and the wedding speeches!

Sage advice

In Lizzy's own words "every bride needs to feel it's ok to feel stressed and anxious", saying it's important to not let people talk down to you for feeling uptight.

Lizzy advises brides to clear their calendars the week before the wedding, freeing up time to tie up last-minute loose ends and partake in a yoga meditation class to de-stress.

Speaking from experience, she says the best bit about feeling anxious is that the minute you say ‘I do", you relax and are able to truly enjoy the ambience of what's left of the day/night.

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