Hitched in Paradise was born from an idea of providing intimate yet stylish wedding ceremonies for those who don't want to follow the well beaten path in the wedding industry. Its founder Benjamin Carlyle, a popular wedding celebrant in the Gold Coast to Byron Bay region, was witnessing the movement of many modern couples who were choosing to Elope up here in paradise. This trend showed that many modern couples were wishing to take their wedding experience to a new level, yet still have enough money left to put some cash on their house deposit!

Benjamin is a highly sought-after Celebrant and is performing well over 100 weddings per year. His passion lies in helping couples kickstart their wedding day experience on the right note - not a boring one! Along the way he has connected with some of the best Wedding Ninjas in the region and has creatively tailored our awesome stressfree Elopement packages.  Benjamin has teamed up with his gorgeous wife Tarnie, who has 20 years experience in co-ordination and design. Tarnie comes from a creative background in the Film and T.V. Industry, working directly alongside A-list stars, her organisational skills are guru status and she has a wonderful calming nature when the pressure cooker fires up!

Together they're a super happily married couple and loving life with their two healthy and adventurous boys.

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We like to think we’re pretty HIP at Hitched In Paradise! { We totally did not mean to create that acronym} Mixing style, fun and creative flair, we are a talented and passionate team of wedding ninjas, who love nothing more than creating gorgeous and stress free wedding experiences in paradise!


Our Team of HIPsters



Chantel Hastings - Wanderer & The Wild Photography

Chantel is a Wedding & Lifestyle photographer who shoots with 100% natural light. Her style of photography is very relaxed, as is her approach with her clients. It's no surprise that her HIP photos come back with such an intimate feeling, without too many overly posed images. Chantel likes her couples to feel comfortable with her, so she's able to capture the Love and the Candid moments in between. Chantel is based in Kingscliff, on the Tweed Coast with her husband and 2 boys!! We are honoured to have her on our Team and are continually blown away by her amazing photos!!


Daniel Turner - Head North Films

Daniel is a true master of his craft and his Films are next level! All of our couples have been blown away when they have received their short film from him. He is definitely an amazing asset to your Elopement Experience! Daniel and Benjamin met in the wedding industry over 5 years ago, when Dan was filming large weddings with the full days coverage. Dan also has a Corporate side of his business, which is booming, but he is passionate about being part of our intimate elopements with the freedom of being able to adventure to some incredible locations and get creative with just the couple. Dan brings such a wealth of experience, all of his expensive video toys - including his drone along - and most of all he brings such a great attitude to work!! Dan is happily married and has a Ooddle fur child named Braj.



Laura Stevens - Lola's Wildflowers

Ladies and Gentleman we introduce Laura AKA Lola, the creative genius of Lolas Wildflowers. Lola is a super passionate & artistic soul who has found the true passion in her life. We love seeing our couple's faces when they check out what Lola has created for their HIP elopement experience. She is so great at creating your dream blooms from the Inspo that you send her way. Lola is based on the Tweed Coast and is a well sort after florist for large weddings, special events and her flowers can be found in many of the local boutique shops in the area. We are so grateful to have Lola on our Team!! 



Kasey Walker - Hair & Makeup

Kasey Walker has been in the hairdessing industry since 1997 and added Makeup Artistry to her skill set in 2005. She has worked in T.V, film, magazine, a top London Salon and is now a Wedding Specialist in the Byron and Tweed Coast Shires. Kasey brings a calming, open and friendly vibe to our brides, which helps to keep their feet on the ground during their elopement experience. Her work is amazing and she uses only the best products, Mac Cosmetics being her fav. Kasey is a master at her craft and an absolute perfectionist. She is based on the Tweed Coast at the pristine Hastings Creek and loves hanging at the beach.