Byron Bay holds a very special place in the hearts of Yasemin and Johan Mårtensson. Although they are both from Sweden, it was Byron Bay where they first met fourteen years ago. The couple have been holidaying here for the past couple of months with their children and wanted to preserve the memories with a photo session on the beach. Below are just a few of the images from their session.
Lately I have been wearing shorts to beach sessions as I usually end up getting in the water up to my knees to grab particular shots. On this occasion however, I had just come from a commercial shoot and was decked out in full business attire. Initially I rolled up my pants as I paddled around but as soon as the first wave hit me, I just gave up and went all the way in up to my shoulders. I think it was well worth the effort though. The water was beautiful and I think we grabbed a few great shots as a result!
I love beach weddings… and there is no shortage of beautiful spots to host one in this part of the country. This was my first time shooting a wedding at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach though, and it proved to be absolutely gorgeous. It was a hot, hot day in Ballina the morning of Nikki and Shaun’s wedding and I’m sure the guys were rethinking the three-piece suits there for a while. Fortunately though, by the time the ceremony started, there was a lovely gentle breeze cooling things down in this protected corner of the beach.
The day started with a quick visit to E’Clips Hair Salon in Ballina where the girls were all being styled by the amazing Emily and her team. Then it was off to Nikki & Shaun’s place where the boys were donning their suits. The girls had the incredible Alex Ouston taking care of their makeup in a luxury room at Ballina’s Ramada Hotel. Flowers were supplied by the Alstonville Florist and the reception was hosted and catered by the Lighthouse Beach Cafe.
I always prepare a runsheet that I have close at hand during a wedding day with timings and contact numbers for the various locations throughout the day. For Renai and Andrew’s wedding however, I literally had to draw myself a picture! You see the Groomsmen were all getting ready in Qld and the Bridesmaids in NSW. The ceremony took place in Qld and the reception in NSW. With a 1 hour time difference when crossing the border, I had to be so cautious of making sure I was in the right place at the right time… everytime throughout the day.
Renai and Andrew’s ceremony was held at Shamba Malaika, a gorgeous country hideaway in the Currumbin Valley and their reception was at the newly refurbished Babalou in Kingscliff. In fact, their ‘party’ was the first event in the new digs. Flowers were supplied by Wild Lotus xxx, Hair by Melissa Button, Make-up by Bronnie Davis (who also had the important task of bridesmaid and on-hand-make-up-touch-up-person) and the cake was the creative work of Greg’s Cakes. The whole event was styled and co-ordinated by the lovely Jo Mulquin.
The entire day was such a complete joy. These guys are such a fun couple and were surrounded by an incredible bunch of family and friends… and they even picked up a few new fans at the Kingscliff Caravan Park (see below)