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Magical Midginbil Hill Eco-Resort Wedding

A midsummer wedding in the storm-threatened and secluded Byron Bay hinterland was photographed by Sue Reilly Photography. I had really been looking forward to photographing this wedding for several reasons. We had first met this cute couple at their couple session which they had chosen to have in a beautiful natural setting – a mixture of hills, water and iridescent rain. (We got lucky – although it rained lightly for their couple session, we had enough sun to create dramatic pictures and beautifully lit romantic togetherness).
Jacinta and Jeff continued their nature and natural theme with the selection of their wedding venue, Midginbil Hill Eco Resort.
This was my first visit to this location and I as blown away by the beauty of the mountain-surrounded hilltop-resort. Of course, any location which gives me a reason to overnight at Byron is already well ahead in my book!!!
Midgninbil Hill Eco Resort is a fabulous location for a wedding. Guests can stay for a three-day weekend – which can include swimming, walking and other outdoor activities – all of which creates a very relaxed vibe – which suited the style of this couple perfectly.
The bride got ready in the main house, which has gorgeous old-style vintage features. We were to also photograph groom prep in the glamping tents…but the groom’s party got unexpectedly caught up in the DIY ceremony preparations, so I never got to check out the glamorous side of country camping!
The ceremony was a short (but rustic, rugged and dusty drive) from the main resort. The ceremony was held at the top of a hill overlooking the Byron Bay hinterland, underneath a giant fig tree. It would be hard to imagine a more romantic and awe-inspiring ceremony location. The ceremony, which included a lovely hand-fasting, was performed by the fabulous and vivacious Belinda of Love Celebrations on the Gold Coast.
Following the ceremony, we took a few photos at the ceremony location itself. One of the photographic highlights of the location session was a long-standing request by the bride to be photographed sitting in the fig tree. This was no simple task, and required the involvement of several people, a ute, and great climbing skills by the bride and groom to reach the desired branch. However, mission accomplished, we then went for a  drive (if a somewhat unexpectedly and round-about scenic drive) down to Cramb’s Farm where we were able to take some stunning photos against cloud-shrouded mountains and a mirror perfect lake.
The rustic-themed reception was back at Midginbil Hill itself where, backed by live music, the wedding party and their guests enjoyed the end of a glorious day to its fullest.

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