Some couples are just meant to be together and Stacey and Jarrod are indeed one of those couples. During our session, the guys were so comfortable together that I really didn’t need to provide any direction… I simply sat back and captured their lovingly playful interaction. This photo shoot was just one activity of a day packed with pampering that Jarrod has surprised Stacey with as an early birthday present. Little did she know that the day had actually been months in the planning and Jarrod was just about to ask her to spend the rest of her life with him.
I’m not sure who was more nervous, Jarrod or me? He seemed cool as a cucumber, but as time passed I was beginning to wonder if it was going to happen. At one point I thought he had dropped the ring in a mound of fallen leaves and I was bracing for disaster. Thankfully though, that wasn’t the case. The day had been scattered with showers and although we started with a dry patch, it soon started drizzling and as we all became wetter and wetter it seemed like Stacey was about to call an end to the session… and then Jarrod got down on one knee and Stacey started jumping for joy. Soon we were standing in the pouring rain but the couple didn’t even notice. They were too busy celebrating love!
Let me introduce you to the Sherer family, Katrina, Brian, Natalie & Camille, who travelled all the way from California to spend a couple of hours shooting with me in my grand office, commonly known as Byron Bay (they may have come to Australia for other reasons as well, but let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story).
This was such a fun shoot. Not only are the Sherer’s photogenic, but they are also a close-knit group who love spending time together. While Byron Bay once again delivered a perfect afternoon for shooting, it was the Sherer family who made this session such a blast.
What an incredible day it was for Stephanie & Christopher’s wedding! Fun, relaxed, emotional… it was everything you would want your wedding day to be.
My day started with the boys’ preparation in Ballina at the Groom’s parents house… and conveniently also at their personal hairstylist who lives right nextdoor! The girls were all getting ready at the couple’s home in Cumbalum, before being whisked away to Bangalow by Forever Kombis.
I can honestly say that I have never seen The Moller Pavilion at Bangalow Showgrounds look as good as it did for Steph & Chris’ wedding. The couple did an incredible job with their rustic styling and The Alstonville Florist really outdid themselves with dressing the arbor and all the other floral delights.
As everyone gathered under the big ol’ fig tree, we could see the Kombi with the bridesmaids arrive at the entrance… but then it stood still… for much longer than Chris anticipated. Was it cold feet? A breakdown? Change of heart?? Thankfully not, somehow the gate that had just been unlocked minutes before had been locked again. Once everyone realised what the issue was, one of the groomsmen ran down to meet the Kombi with a key. At the same time, a couple of cheeky cows had decided to make their way through another gate to see what everyone was congregating under the tree for. Another groomsmen was tasked with herding the cattle back, and after a short while, everything was back on track.
The rest of the day ran like clockwork. Michelle Shannon delivered a beautifully heartfelt service (as she always does). The bridal party and I shot around the showgrounds and the main street of Bangalow before heading back to the Moller pavilion where the party really started.
Ceremony & Reception Venue:
Each year Therese and Angelo take a break from city life and head to Kingscliff to holiday with their two beautiful girls. This year, unbeknownst to all their family and friends, before heading to Kingscliff, they took a short stay at Elements of Byron and tied the knot.
The couple both come from Italian heritage and have already been together for 17 years… so it should come as no surprise that their wedding wasn’t going to be a traditional affair. The ceremony took place by the duck pond on the grounds of Elements, to the dulcet tones of Rhydian Lewis and was officiated by Therese’s life-long friend, Melissa Fahey.
After the ceremony, we strolled around the grounds of Elements and Belongil Beach, capturing memories as the sun set on what was a gorgeous day.
Back at Elements, the party was treated to an incredible meal, fantastic service and more wonderful music by Rhydian.