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!

Established in 2016 - Hitched in Paradise was born from an idea of providing intimate yet stylish marriage 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 choosing to Elope up here in paradise. This trend showed that many modern couples were wishing to get Hitched in our perfect pieces of paradise, yet still have enough money left to put some cash on their house deposit! Here we are all those years later, with so many incredible moments of Love & Connection etched into our memories.



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! Benjamin is a highly sought-after Celebrant and is performing over 150 weddings per year. His passion lies in helping couples kick-start their Marriage Ceremony 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 stress free Elopement packages.

Together they're a super happily married couple and loving life with their two healthy and adventurous boys. And the new addition of Panda the wonder dog in their home.






Our Team of HIPsters

Below is a team of what we think are some of the most talented wedding vendors in the Byron Bay, Tweed & Gold Coast region!! We have handpicked our HIPsters based on their ninja skills, their good vibes, work ethic and ability to help enhance your experience to it's best potential!! For us it's all about the Team Work and how lucky we are to have such amazing humans at our disposal for you to choose from. 


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!!


Jerome Partland - Bird & Boy Photography & Films 


Jerome is the friendliest and most creatively driven storyteller you could ask for. This visionary genius will capture your day in the most natural way possible, with mindfully composed films and attentively captured candids. Trust us when we say his work will be spectacular. If you want someone who is super fun and easy going, Jerome is your guy. With over 250 weddings under his belt, he knows what he is doing and will deliver a product that allows you to relive you day without missing a moment.


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, has a young son and an 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!! 


Tina & Kristen Weddings - Hair & Makeup