Christie & Mitchell were planning to wed at Boulders Beach, just south of Lennox Head, however the uncertain weather and wet lead up to their big day, had them opt for their wet-weather option… The Ballina Manor. The couple were always planning to get ready at the manor and have their reception there, but as it turned out, they also had their ceremony there as well.
There was a flurry of activity in the room where the girls were getting ready. Christie, her bridesmaids, four gorgeous flowergirls, hair and make-up experts, as well as additional support cast filled the room with an endless stream of activity. In the boys room, well, the boys were being boys, casually waiting for the clock to tick down to that moment when they absolutely had to get dressed.
Tears were flowing everywhere during the beautiful ceremony and the sun made an appearance, so we all headed out to Boulder’s for some fun location shots. Then it was back to the Manor where everyone enjoyed some incredible food and festivities for the rest of the evening.
It was an absolutely blisteringly hot day on Saturday when Laura & Thomas became husband and wife. The beach setting for their ceremony was a lot more crowded than it usually would be with everyone from miles around turning to the cool of the ocean to ease the heat. During part of the service I actually couldn’t see what I was doing as my eyes were stinging from sweat and my glasses were all fogged up. And as you can imagine, the use of your eyes are kind of important for a photographer. Despite the conditions that would make some couple’s moods heat up to match that of the climate, not once did I see anything but beaming smiles on the faces of Laura and Tom (well except for the moment Tom teared up when he first saw Laura walk onto the beach). These guys laughed and smiled all day and I actually have a sore face now from smiling so much as I work through editing their images.
The entire day was one of the most fun weddings I’ve attended, despite the heat. It was all too easy to ride along on the excitement and joy that was beaming from Laura and Tom. From beginning to end, the whole day was a blast… and they even had a flash mob first dance!
Laura and Thomas are all set to be married tomorrow at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay. Earlier this week we spent the afternoon taking a few shots in and around The Farm at Byron Bay. It seems Thomas had tossed around the idea of a country wedding however Laura won out with her choice of a beach wedding, so it seemed only fair to have a country style engagement shoot. I haven’t been to The Farm for a few months but it sure has come a long way since my last visit. It looks like the restaurant and cheese factory are getting very close to completion. It will be a great venue for Byron Bay once it’s up and running… I can’t wait!
I also can’t wait to hit the beach tomorrow for Laura and Thomas’ wedding, and in this event, I won’t have to wait too long.