Stephanie & Christopher are all set to be married at the Moller Pavillion in the Bangalow Showgrounds later this year. Recently, we spent a gorgeous autumn afternoon strolling around the showgrounds and other Bangalow locations, capturing images of the happy couple. As sunset drew close, we headed up to one of my favourite places to shoot, The Point overlooking Byron Bay. It was a beautiful afternoon and a truly lovely way to spend the afternoon. Now I just can’t wait for Steph & Chris’ big day!
Krystal & Clayton took a leisurely drive down to Bangalow last weekend for their engagement session. They travelled down from Minden where they will host their country wedding in April, and as such, they wanted to have a bit of a country feel to their images. Several times a week for the past five years I have driven past a local property with a great old wooden gate that I have always wanted to shoot at. For this session, I finally took the time to go and chat with the owner and get his tick of approval. This really is a photographer’s paradise around Bangalow. We can be shooting in a very country setting like this one moment and be kicking up the sand on some of the country’s best beaches just ten minutes later. As the crow flies, this particular old gate is probably less than 300m from my house… it doesn’t get much more local than that.
If you were anywhere near Bangalow on Friday night and weren’t at the A&I Hall, you surely missed out on a great show. Local crooner Rhydian Lewis along with eight piece band The Swinging Residuals, put on an incredible show to the delight of all in attendance. Local swing dancers were kicking up their heels as Rhydian paid tribute to Michael Bublè, with an evening of Bublè’s music along with tales of the crooner’s life and how he has influenced and shaped Rhydian’s life and career.
Rhydian and the band will be performing the show a number of times between Lismore and Brisbane before the end of the year. If it comes to a venue near you, make sure you treat yourself to a night of wonderful music with these incredibly talented musicians.
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.
I’ve been shooting at The Pass in Byron Bay quite a bit lately and it can be difficult to come up with new and exciting ways to shoot the same location over and over again. Thankfully, for this shoot though, the pressure to create something ‘new’ simply didn’t exist. You see Rhydian came to me after seeing another one of my recent blog posts and said ‘I want exactly that’! So, we set out to recreate something I had already done before. In doing so however, I think we ended up with a set of images that although were in a familiar setting, were filled with Rhydian’s fun-loving and professional persona, making each image truly unique.
Rhydian is a multi-talented guy. He’s a professional model, a photographer, a hair-dresser but what he is most widely known for is his incredible singing and showmanship. He is currently putting together an event in Bangalow that is simply not to be missed… especially is you are a fan of Michael Bublé. Full details are as follows (see you there!)
A special evening of live entertainment and dining, including a 9 Piece Big Band “The Swinging Residuals” and Rhydian Lewis performing as Bublé
24th July 2015 @ the A&I Hall Bangalow. Show starts at 7:30pm. There are a variety of eating and dining options available prior to the show, locally and on premises. Tickets start at $49. Special guest singer and local warm up act. Seated performance with dancing areas made available. Contact Rhydian on 0420 454 165 for info or go to www.rhydianandtheresiduals.com/bangalowshow for more details.