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GABI + TOM :: MARQUEE GARDEN PARTY AT FINS PLANTATION HOUSE

When a wedding includes sunset cocktails, cactus gardens and a marquee dripping in fairy lights – you know you’re in for something pretty special.

Joined by their closest crew, Gabi and Tom celebrated their dreamy Tweed Coast wedding at one of our fave garden venues, Fins Plantation House. With a love of simple and romantic styling, these guys (together with their dream team of vendors) wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the venue and surroundings to create an unforgettable experience for their loved ones – and we reckon they absolutely nailed it.

After a picture-perfect beachfront ceremony at Hastings Point, guests spent the afternoon sipping cocktails in the Fins garden and soaking up the sunset (seriously – that view!) before moving into a flower-filled marquee for dinner overlooking the valley. From the colourful blooms to the epic dance floor, relaxed vibes and gelato bike… what more could you want for the party of your lifetime?!

Captured beautifully by Shane Shepherd, see all of the dreamy details from Gabi and Tom’s incredible Tweed Coast celebration below, including some wedding planning advice from the newlyweds.

ABOUT THE DAY //

It was really important for us to get married around the Tweed Coast/Northern Rivers after living in Byron Bay for a few years and the area feeling like home to us.

We wanted a wedding where our guests could come and enjoy a full day celebration, really take in the local area, and see why it’s so special to us. We decided on a ceremony by the water, and were so lucky with the perfectly still day in Hastings Point. This location was chosen for its simple beachside beauty – but also because it wasn’t too far on the bus to Fins Plantation House., where we were lucky enough to have our reception. All our guests stayed in Byron Bay.

We wanted the ceremony separate to the reception venue so that we could have time by the water, but also so that we could really use the whole of Fins (including the stunning front garden) for the full afternoon of celebrations. As Gabi is Jewish and Tom isn’t, we had a beautiful ceremony under a Chuppah (canopy) which we wrote with our celebrant, choosing the parts of Jewish and Australian traditions that reflected the way we live our everyday lives at home. We also used Fins differently to others, using the inside as a dance floor and having a stunning marquee outside – this was to be able to have space for a large dance floor for traditional Jewish dances (the Hora) which really brought a huge party vibe to our reception from the very start.

Our bridal party was large, but the biggest star of the day (who made the day the most special) was our daughter Kobi, who was 11 months at the time.

ABOUT THE STYLE //

We’re lucky in that we have very similar tastes, both loving things that are simple but stunning. We used navy, rose gold/pale pink and whites for flowers and colours. Fins has such beauty to it, that we didn’t have to add too much to the front or the inside to make it special – but within our clear marquee under the fig tree and the stars, we were able to play with exactly what we wanted. 

We loved both rustic and romantic/modern wedding looks, so we just chose the main things we loved – eg, one large floral installation above the middle/bridal table (which was exquisite) and less flowers on the actual tables, to highlight the stunning hanging flowers. We chose 3 long dark wooden tables and white chairs, with Edison bulbs and fairy lights strung throughout that created a real magical feel. Originally we wanted to dine or dance under the stars – this wasn’t possible because of unknown weather, but the clear marquee made it feel like we were dining outside anyway (and we were very lucky with the weather)!

CEREMONY SONGS //

We had two ceremony songs. One in English – “I Choose You” by Andy Grammar – this was for our bridal party and for Tom. It was Tom’s choice as he felt the words in the song were meaningful to our day, and we both had liked Andy Grammar songs throughout our relationship. The song Gabi walked down the Aisle to was “Boi Kallah” – a traditional Hebrew song for the bride walking down the aisle, and our amazing musician, Ilan Kidron (from Glass) sang it to the tune of Ed Sheeran, Perfect, which we also love.

FIRST DANCE SONG //

Jason Mraz – Lucky. We chose this song as the lyrics are “Lucky I’m in love with my best friend” – and we were best friends for years prior to starting our relationship, so we’ve always loved the words!

DIY PROJECTS //

Name place settings – we had individual stickers printed for name places, and stuck them onto candles, so that they could be taken home for guests to burn as a memory of our wedding after. They worked really well – they took us hours and hours to peel the original sticker off the candles and clean them before sending them on a truck to Byron!

We also had a white frame custom made and hung off the huge tree in the Fins front garden, so guests could take their own photos behind the frame with the hinterland view behind them. Guests played large lawn games and had cocktails and canapés in the garden when first arriving at the reception. The frame worked beautifully – even though we realised when going to hang it that the branch we had made it for had fallen down in the recent storms, we just adjusted the angle and it still worked!

FAVOURITE MOMENTS //

Hard to choose! Our favourite part of the day was running into the venue as a married couple for the Hora dancing, our introduction as husband and wife and straight into a huge party of crazy dancing. This was brilliant as many of our guests hadn’t attended a Jewish wedding before, and we just loved how involved everyone was! 

Another favourite was our “first look” – we hadn’t seen each other for a week until the wedding day, and prior to the ceremony we had a sneak peek of each other at Wategos beach which is our all time favourite spot in the world. It was very special.

NUMBER ONE TIP //

I think my tip is just to have fun with it! We chose to get married in that part of the world because it is relaxed and fun, and because there are so many amazing suppliers to work with (including our wedding planner Roxy, from Frank & Joy) so it was a really fun process! I love styling, so that was my favourite part – and my tip for what worked for us was “less is more”.

 

Find more real wedding inspiration from Fins Plantation House here!

WEDDING SUPPLIERS //

Venue – Fins Plantation House

Wedding planning/styling – Frank & Joy

Flowers – The French Petal 

Wedding Dress – One Day Bridal 

Photographer – Shane Shepherd

Groom’s Suit – TM Lewin

Music/Band – Glass/Ilan Kidron

Cake – Cakes By Katie

Videographer – C2 Films

Celebrant – Alan Jacobs, Seven Blessings

Gelato Bike – Wheel & Spoon

Signage – Willow and Ink

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