BY: STEFANIE SCHULTZ
The invitation came with a bus stop location instead of a venue address. The notoriously chic bride had kept the whereabouts of the wedding very tightly secured under her hat.
Dressed in black tie and unaware of our final destination, all 60 guests were shuffled onto a bus in beautiful Lennox Head and driven 20 minutes inland on skinny winding roads.
Stepping out onto the property of The Riad will transport you. The location quickly erases the memory of nearby Byron Bay, the forest is so dense that it’s as if nearby neighbours and roads never existed.
If you’ve ever thought that an overseas wedding was for you but weren’t too keen on the price tag, this venue will take you away without the expense of a ‘round the world ticket.
Built by an artist and shrouded in legends of parties worthy of the Great Gatsby himself, The Riad Byron Bay is an architectural smorgasbord of inspiration from Morocco, Bali and Thailand. Each new turn about the property reveals a new element to admire.
It is rare to find such a gem that combines something so unusual with such elegant sophistication. Photo opportunities abound, from the backdrop of rolling green hills to the intricately carved wooden doors of the main bedroom.
The Byron Bay property is perfect for an afternoon ceremony in front of the old barn doors in the speckled light of big shady trees. For your reception though, the main house cannot be beaten; think champagne and canapés around the pool as the sun goes down.
If you are looking for a truly private oasis on your wedding day, The Riad Byron Bay is it. The property is the ultimate combination of relaxed bohemia and opulent luxury, perfect for those couples that find themselves torn between a casual and sophisticated wedding day.
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