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REAL WEDDING - Emily & Bailey's Dreamy Yamba Wedding Retreat DIY Wedding

Saturday the 24th of April 2021 saw spectacular weather for Emily and Bailey's special day. With light westerly winds, not a cloud in the sky and an average of 21 degrees throughout the day, the stage was set at the Yamba Wedding Retreat for a perfect wedding day for the couple.

Below you will learn about some of the ins and outs of the day, suppliers that the couple used and how their day unfolded. Not to mention some incredible images captured throughout the day by the very talented Sam Wyper.


Emily and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting glammed up by Kaylene and the girls from Zig Zag Hair. They chose to use both the hair and makeup services that Zig Zag offers in the salon that is located in the heart of Yamba's CBD. After their hair and makeup were done the girls went back to their accommodation where Emily got into her wedding dress and her bridesmaids got into their dresses. After a few photos and some tears of joy, the girls jumped into the Kombi from Mirror Image Kombis and travelled to the Riverside Ranch for the Ceremony.


The stage was set underneath the unique and possibly one of the most jaw-dropping features on the Yamba Wedding Retreat property, the old fig tree. The couple had their florist dress up the fig tree with white flowers and green foulage and opted to use the fig tree itself as their arbor.

The couple and the family chose to go DIY on the ceremony set up and hired items from Rosie Pose Event hire. With a guest list of around 100 guests, they hire 10 of the Ivy White timber benches which would allow seating for around 40-50 guests.

Emily (the bride) arrived in style to the ceremony via the Kombi with her parents and brother in toe, while her bridesmaids and flower girls also arrived in style on the back of the farm ute driven by Fred.

The ceremony was officiated by local Yamba Wedding celebrant Christine Preston who kept Bailey's nerves at bay while he was waiting for Emily to arrive.


The Yamba Wedding Retreat offers a wide range of wedding photo locations to be captured, Emily and Bailey chose to take advantage of the property to get their bridal party photos done. The majority of their bridal party photos were taken under the old fig tree, that was until the couple broke off on their own and got some private photos beside the river. Sam Wyper then added his creative flair to the day and took the sky with his drone to capture some incredible overhead shots of the newly wedded couple.


The Moondance Saloon was once again set up in DIY style by the bride and groom and their support crew. They created a rustic yet sophisticated sitdown-styled reception with the use of oak cross-back chairs and Jarrah timber trestle tables all hired from Rosie Pose Event Hire. The traditional sitdown meal was catered for by Eat Drink Catering, which provided the plates, cutlery and glassware.

The dinner was accompanied by a spectacular wedding cake created by Monique from Moniques Designer Cakes. The Semi-naked sticky date cake layered and iced with caramel buttercream sure was a hit amongst all the guests.

At the end of the night, Wards buses were used to safely return all guests back into town to where they were staying.


Photographer - Sam Wyper Photography

Celebrant - Christine Preston

Hair & Makeup - Zig Zag Hair

Furniture Hire - Rosie Pose Event Hire

Catering - Eat Drink Catering

Toilets - Yamba Ready Hire

Videographer - Fiddle Fig Films

Transport - Wards Buses

Kombi bride car - Mirror Images

Florist - Buds & Willow

Dress - Jenny & Gerry Adelaide

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