Bohemian Bridesmaid Picnic in Byron Bay

When I reflect on the times that I have been happiest in my life, I never remember the clothes I was wearing or the money in my purse. I recall the company of my friends and a smorgasbord of sensory memories – the sounds of laughter from the people I love, the feel of a light wind cooling my skin under the warm sun, the colour and vibrancy of my surrounds and a dozen smells and tastes that can immediately transport me back to the exact time and place as if I’d never left. Most of all, I remember the swelling feeling of happiness in my heart as I sit back and take it all in.

 They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style

~ Carrie Bradshaw

Under the right circumstances, you can be removed from the stress of day-to-day life, in just a moment, to an oasis of friendship and fun – where you can create new memories to treasure.

We took inspiration from this in organising a memorable escape in the serene setting of Byron View Farm – a spectacular location, far away from the hustle & bustle of the world and the perfect setting to host a wonderful picnic for a bride and her bridesmaids-to-be.

Getting married is an amazing experience. Tying the knot with the person you hold most dear is truly a magical thing. But let’s not kid ourselves, getting to spend a ton of life-changing moments with your best friends –  celebrating every milestone and appreciating their support, love & laughter – is pretty darn incredible too.

Hence why we LOVED being part of this adorable shoot with Just For Love Photography!! Nestled in the shade of a bamboo grove on a hinterland estate in Byron Bay, a bride-to-be invites her girlfriends to join her party as bridesmaids, with a colourful and playful picnic escape.

The bride welcomes the girls at the country gate and leads them to a low, lavishly decorated table where they lounge on the lawn together to share a feast amidst the soft bohemian furnishings. They chat and laugh and celebrate moments past as they had done for years on end and hoped to carry on for years to come.

Styling this picnic was a dream-come-true for us. There’s a palpable sense of fun in the air and the styling feeds into this energy with hyper-colour florals, which play off the bright rich hues of the gemstone feature pieces and are complemented by textured accents of ivory and brass.

And what is a picnic without food?! Drawing inspiration from Spell Designs, Kylie created this incredible platter for the girls to feast upon. The cheese board from Kolo The Wanderlust Effect provided the perfect vessel for all these delicious treats!

As the afternoon wanders on towards sundown, the bride invites her besties to accompany her to the escarpment, where she pops the question “Will you be my bridesmaid?” on the silk-ribbon tails of personalised, hand-crafted kites (made by us!). Grinning from ear to ear, they take to the fields together to let their joy fly.

All too often we see inspiration shoots that are so complex or removed from reality that we can’t relate, let alone hope to reproduce for ourselves. The theme for this shoot, however, is so simple yet powerful and heartfelt that anyone can get involved. Starting with a group of your closest friends and allies and the desire to show them how special they are to you, it takes just a few personalised touches to create an unforgettable day.

Let us know what you cherish and what you wish to share with your besties and we can take care of the details!

A huge thanks to the following vendors for bringing this vision to life:

Venue: Byron View Farm & Byron Bay Weddings

Photographer & Videographer: Just For Love Photography & Film

Stylist & Floral Designer: Coco & Confetti

Calligraphy: Floralovely Calligraphy

Props & Decor: Kolo The Wanderlust Effect & The Wedding Shed

Silk Ribbons: Feathers & Stone

Featured in Volume 10 of The Wedding Playbook & on Polka Dot Bride!

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To see more from this fun Inspiration Shoot, click play on the short film below: