Love at the Villa!

When Greg and I were house-hunting and came across Villa Rustica (formerly known as The Riad), the property was operating as a popular wedding venue. A lot of hearts were broken when we purchased the property and announced there would be “no more weddings” – but we were hoping to slow things down rather than enter a business we knew nothing about!

Our views have changed since discovering that some couples wish to get married without the fuss (and stress) of a large wedding. The eloping trend is empowering couples to do things their own way and to chose those elements of the traditional wedding format that make sense to them. Most couples still wish to dress up in their wedding best and document each stage of the ceremony, but there’s a push away from generic wedding venues in favour of exotic destinations that reflect the couple’s interests and style.

Being a wildly romantic setting with Moroccan and boho vibes, Villa Rustica is ideal for couples who wish to have a secluded ceremony in front of each other or a handful of loved ones. The villa also offers a choice of special places to say those magical vows, and we love how each couple choses their favourite spot to create a unique ceremony.

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Laura & Jim under the arches (Mitch Pohl Photography)

Amanda & Rhys on the front terrace


Ksenia & Ilya’s barn elopement (Amelia Fullarton Photography)

Inspired by all of this love happening around us, Greg at Villa Rustica Ceramics has designed a bespoke wedding bowl that is both functional and aesthetically beautiful. This organically shaped bowl (measuring approximately 27cm diameter x 7cm deep) is a practical wedding gift that is perfect for serving, salads and mains.

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Locally based, Italian-born chef, Bruno Conti from Terra Catering, is a big fan of hand-made ceramics and here he presents one of his signature dishes – Burrata Cheese with Grilled Zucchini. Bruno and his Terra Catering team have a quite a reputation in the Byron region for serving amazing Italian cuisine at weddings and lavish banquets. And, as a heads-up to anyone visiting Northern NSW, Bruno is in the process of opening an authentic Italian restaurant called Di Vino in the heart of Byron Bay. Di Vino will specialise in authentic Italian dishes sourced from local seasonal produce and paired with fine vino.

As for other wedding trends, we’re loving seeing handmade tableware featuring at wedding receptions. Our friends at the Clay Barn have started hiring their artisan tableware for weddings and functions. To see pics of their rustic tableware, follow Handmade Hire on instagram.

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If you’re searching for a dream wedding dress, take a peak at Anna Campbell’s new Wanderlust collection. These vintage-inspired dresses are exquisite with embroidered fabrics, floating silks and hand-beaded embellishments. And, if the background looks familiar, it’s because the setting is Villa Rustica!

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Paige Dress (Summer Skirt)-2

To find out about elopements at Villa Rustica, email me at and I’ll forward you our Wedding Information Package.

best wishes,




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