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.
What an incredible day! Lorna & Nathan’s wedding was the most emotionally filled day I have experienced in a very long time. The day was filled with joy and laughter as the couple prepared for the big day surrounded by their closest friends and family. There were no signs of panic or stress anywhere and the entire day just seemed to unfold casually and calmly. Everyone was ready long before deadline, with Lorna being fully dressed and ready to go about 90 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start. I think the couple were both so eager they simply wanted to become husband and wife as soon as they possibly could.
After the ceremony at St. Kevins, the bridal party and I strolled around Bangalow, stopping traffic and shooting at some of Bangalow’s popular sights. We all had a great time at Heath’s Old Wares and I can’t thank the owners enough for their warm reception and assistance during the shoot. They were incredible (if you are in Bangalow, make sure you pop into Heath’s).
The reception was held in Bangalow’s A & I Hall and the emotions continued to flow. The groom’s speech had everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) in the hall in tears. It was absolutely beautiful! Once everyone had dried their tears, the reception carried on with plenty of good food, great music and some stunning traditional Pacific Island dancing and customs.
Earlier this week Lorna, Nathan and I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours between rain showers to shoot their engagement session in and around Bangalow. The 4th of July is a big day for celebrations for our North American friends, but this year it will be an even bigger day for Lorna and Nathan. The couple are to be married at St Kevins Catholic Church in Bangalow and then celebrate the event with a reception at Bangalow’s famous (and freshly painted) A&I Hall.
Laura & Corey were married a few weeks ago at the stunning Bangalow Guesthouse. The Guesthouse is the perfect venue for a garden wedding with gorgeous grounds and luxurious rooms for all of the preparations. Laura and her bridesmaids looked absolutely stunning… and were only occasionally upstaged by the beautiful flowergirls.
The reception was held in Bangalow’s historic A&I Hall. Multi-talented Rhydian Lewis provided the entertainment for the evening, and also joined me earlier in the day photographing the event.