06 Jun Dreamy Byron Bay Proposal – Ash Keillah (aka The Friendly Pirate) + Stacey Allen
Dreamy Byron Bay Proposal
Wild Goat Events was hired by Ash to design + bring to life an elegant, all-white proposal experience, oozing with romance.
Rae’s on Wategos, Byron Bay
The setting for this gorgeous proposal was Rae’s on Wategos Penthouse Suite 1 (talk about going all out). In our first consult I sat down with Ash and spoke with him about possible Byron Bay locations that were special to the two of them. Right from the get-go he mentioned Rae’s and how it would be his dream venue to pop the question.
Tell us the reason why this particular location is so special to Stacey & yourself, and why you wanted to propose here?
Ash: So the reason I chose Rae’s is because it was the setting for one of our first dates. Stacey surprised me with a fancy little seafood lunch in their intimate, open-air restaurant, overlooking the beach. From then we both absolutely fell in love with the place, so I knew that had to be the spot!
As soon as we entered Penthouse Suite 1 to scope out the space, I spied those gorgeous arched windows and atrium ceiling in the lounge and knew this had to be the space. We removed some of the suites furniture and set about transforming the space using a mix of our own custom stock, alongside that of Tigmi Trading, Blush & Ochre and a gorgeous floral arrangement from Nikau, to help bring to life this stunning proposal.
Tell us a little about how you chose your designer and why you asked Stacey to help you design the ring?
Ash: Stacey and I had worked with Samantha Wills + her team on a professional shoot and she told me how much she liked their designs. So it was a natural progression to ask them to make her a custom piece.
Ultimately I felt I needed Stacey’s input because I know how particular she is with her fashion and knowing that she would wear it forever, I wanted it to be perfect! I still managed to surprise her as you saw 🙂
Wild Goat Events, Byron Bay
Ash reached out to Wild Goat Events via Instagram and asked for a face to face. As Stacey had already had some input in designing the engagement ring, Ash wanted to ensure he had an element of surprise for the actual proposal (initially he was planning on popping the question on their anniversary – the week following our first meeting, however, he was still nervously waiting on the ring to arrive from New York). Instead of rushing the proposal, I encouraged him to wait a few more weeks so he could incorporate all of the elements he wanted into the proposal and this way, Stacey wouldn’t be expecting it. Ash ended up choosing a mid-week proposal date, to keep Stacey on her toes!
For all the guys out there wanting to pop the question, but not really knowing how to go about it. What advice would you offer them in whether or not to use a professional proposal planner like ourselves?
Ash: Having you plan, style and help me coordinate everything made the entire process feel so much more fun. It also took away any added stress of trying to organise things without Stacey realising what I was up to. This way I just let you handle everything and all I needed to do was show up on the day (I could also blame you if it went wrong haha). Finally, just being confident, knowing that each and every element was all taken care of (things that I wouldn’t have even thought of), let me focus on Stacey and enjoy the moment just as much as her.
Mr Jamie Green, Byron Bay
The lovely Mr Jamie Green has a knack for capturing special moments on camera. The beautiful imagery and crisp editing meant he was the perfect choice to shoot this dreamy proposal. As with all other elements of this proposal, he also knew Ash on a personal level, which was perfect in such an intimate setting.
Why did you choose Mr Jamie Green to capture this special moment?
Ash: Mr Jamie Green was our number 1 choice. Stacey and I had met him on a few occasions and really hit it off. We both loved his attitude and were blown away with the images he produces. He absolutely nailed it!
A huge thank you to:
Nikau, Byron Bay
Ash’s style brief was to create a classic and elegant proposal setting. He wanted an ‘all white’ setting, with touches of green (to match their all-white outfits). Channeling the recent royal wedding, Nikki and Nicole nailed the brief, creating two gorgeous overflowing floral arrangements, which became the centerpiece of the backdrop to Ash and Stacey’s proposal.
Tigmi Trading, Newrybar
To finish off the space I reached out to Danielle at Tigmi Trading, who graciously offered one of their oversized Vanilla Fraise Beni Ourain rugs, which brought the entire look together.
How long have you been dating?
ASH: Stacey and I have been dating for about a year now, but we’ve been friends for a number of years.
Where are you both originally from?
ASH: I grew up in Sydney and Stacey is from South Australia.
Describe Stacey in one word?
When did you know she was the one?
ASH: I new she was the one almost immediately, I’d say it was a little lusty at first, but after a few dates I was absolutely smitten!
How old are you both?
ASH: I’m 33 and Stacey is 26
What’s special to you both about Byron Bay?
ASH: It’s where we first met one another. We are both filthy beach bums so it suits us perfectly!
Any advice for other guys planning on proposing?
ASH: Pay attention to your girl and you will nail it!