Many couples choose Byron Bay as the location for their wedding day. With her world-class beaches, relaxed atmosphere and abundance of amazing wedding venues, it’s a pretty easy decision. Steph and Dylan’s reasoning though, is a little more unique than most. You see, both Steph and Dylan’s families both used to holiday in Byron Bay and on one occasion, many years ago, they happened to book cabins right next to one another. There was an instant attraction at first sight and the guys have been virtually inseparable ever since.
The wedding and reception were both held at Byron Bay’s incredibly popular Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms. Master Celebrant Benjamin Carlyle injected his unique style of humour and groovy vibes into the ceremony and the guys from North Coast Entertainment kept everyone partying long into the night. The gorgeous Kombi was supplied by Alex at Coast 58.
Stephanie and Dylan live in Melbourne and decided to be married in gorgeous Byron Bay (more on that in their wedding post… coming soon!). As they were from out of town, the only chance we had to shoot their engagement session was just a couple of days before the wedding. ‘Engagement Session’ may even be the wrong term for these shoots. They are more like a ‘trial run’ where the couple and I get to know one another a little better and I get to understand what is important to them photographically. They also have the opportunity to experience what it’s like in front of my camera and realise that it’s not really all that scary… more like a casual walk in the park… or in this case, a nice stroll on the beach.
For Steph and Dyl’s engagement session, we ventured down to one of my favourite parts of Belongil Beach. A nice, quiet part of Byron Bay where you can just about believe you are the only ones on the planet. These guys have so much fun together and Steph has the most infectious smile I have ever come across. Stay tuned for highlights from their Fig Tree wedding hitting the blog very soon.
Take a great couple, put them in a gorgeous location, surround them with amazing family and friends… and you’re simply bound to have an incredible day. And that’s exactly what Rebecca and Liam’s wedding day was… incredible! The boys were all getting ready at Sunrise House on the Fig Tree property, while the girls were preparing for the big down in the heart of Byron Bay. The ceremony and reception both took place at Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms, and as usual, they did an amazing job. Once the sun had set, the outdoor dining area looked better than I have ever seen it before! As a photographer, one of the things I love most about shooting at Fig Tree is not only all the gorgeous locations on site, but it is also just a few minutes away from a number of other great locations. We shot in several offsite spots and were only gone for an hour or so. The guests were having so much fun I don’t think they even realised we’d gone!
Josh Boots and the guys from NCE entertained the guests with great live acoustic tunes throughout the afternoon and all the latest tunes on the dancefloor all through the night.
I love this part of Belongil Beach for photo sessions. It is usually very quiet compared to Byron Bay’s most popular beaches and on this particular day, it was virtually deserted. The stormy clouds and earlier rain had kept many people from venturing outside, but Rebecca and Liam couldn’t have asked for better weather for their shoot. Not a drop of rain, beautiful light, moody clouds and sand so white it almost glowed against the dark skies… simply perfect!
These guys were so good together that I didn’t really have to do much more than push a button. They were laughing and cuddling all afternoon and I just knew their wedding day was going to be a wonderful day… more on that soon.
From start to finish, Therese and Timothy’s wedding was everything they imagined it to be… and 100% THEM! The boys started the day with a few quiet drinks at the Bangalow Hotel while the girls prepared for the big day at the couple’s house in Suffolk Park. The ceremony was held at St Kevin’s Catholic Church and Therese’s family priest made the trek to Bangalow to officiate the ceremony. After a few bridal party and family photos around the church, the couple and I headed up to a private property overlooking Byron Bay. Although it was rather overcast, we still had spectacular views over Byron Bay… and the moody clouds were great for photos!
The reception was held in Bangalow’s historic A & I Hall. I have been to and photographed many events at the hall and it often looks fantastic when styled well. On the night of Tess & Tim’s wedding, I had never seen it look so good. Pip from Byron Audio truly out did himself this time. The place looked absolutely magical. During the reception, the best man gave a speech that I’m sure the guests will be talking about for years to come. Delivered in the form of song and dance, with a Steve Carell-esque feeling to it, he had the entire hall in fits of laughter while poking fun at Tim, but knowing exactly how far he could go without harming the tight bond these guys have. I’m giggling again now just thinking back to it.
For the couple’s first dance they totally rocked out to Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, performed to perfection by The Feramones. It was the quickest I have ever seen all the guests jump up to join in and they were all still rocking long after I hung up my cameras for the night.