Some people refer to crepuscular rays of light as the ‘fingers of God’, and well, if that’s the case, these guys received an almighty high-five on their wedding day. The view of the sunset from the Byron Bay lighthouse was simply spectacular, as was the rest of Felicity and Steve’s magical day.
The couple both prepared for the big event at nearby hotel rooms in Byron and the ceremony and reception took place at The Byron Bay Surf Club. With around 125 guests, the Surf Club is one of the few venues in Byron that can cater for a crowd that size and I have never seen it look better than it did on this day. Pip from Byron Audio did an incredible job with the styling and the team from Fig Tree Restaurant ensured the meals were amazing and the general running of the day was as smooth as silk.
One of the things I love most about being a wedding photographer is experiencing all the different ways people choose to celebrate their special day. The different cultures and religions, the locations and settings, the styling, all of it very diverse and equally appropriate and fitting to each couple. On this weekend, I spent Saturday in Bowral shooting the wedding of Jess and Sam, set in colour-rich autumn countryside, and the very next morning, I was back to the sunshine and golden sands of Byron Bay for the intimate ceremony of Kirby and Brad.
Kirby and Brad are from Mount Gambier in South Australia and fell in love with Byron on a previous holiday. They were married amongst a small gathering of family and friends on Byron Bay’s gorgeous Clarkes Beach. Michelle Shannon officiated the ceremony in her forever friendly and casual style. The guests were treated to the delicacies of the Byron Beach Cafe while we popped up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse in style, chauffeured by Alex of Coast 58 in his pristine 1958 Kombi.
I’d like to make a special mention and send out a huge thank you to Suze McLeod of Down Bangalow Road for assisting and second-shooting on the day… and capturing some incredible imagery!
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!
What a beautiful wedding! A team of Hollywood producers couldn’t have planned Kate & Magid’s day any better. Firstly, the event was staged at the magnificent Figtree Restaurant & Rooms. The bridesmaids preparations, the ceremony and the reception all took place at Figtree and the staff were sensational during every aspect of the day. The weather was spectacular and we had wildlife in abundance all day. During the family photos, a small rabbit popped over to see what was going on. Just off the coast of the Byron Bay lighthouse, we had numerous whales putting on quite a display during the location shoot and several wallabies down by the beach at Belongil.
They say good things happen to good people, so it is no surprise that this was a truly sensational day… Kate & Magid are two of the nicest, most genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. Congratulations guys! See you when you return from your honeymoon.
It’s no surprise that so many couples choose a Byron Bay wedding. With her pristine beaches and stunning scenery, Byron Bay certainly has a lot to offer. Karen and Graeme both love the beach and first met when Karen enrolled in Graeme’s Surf School, so a Byron wedding and an Hawaiian honeymoon seemed the perfect choice!
The wedding ceremony was gorgeous and a real family affair. Graeme’s boys Lenny and Bowie were the best men and the couple’s daughter Lily was the gorgeous little flowergirl. Throughout the day we experienced bright, bright sunshine, sun showers and strong winds during the location shoot at the Byron Bay Lighthouse, but it all made for a beautiful day that was capped off with an absolutely spectacular sunset!
Here are just a few of the images from your day guys. I hope you are having a ball in Hawaii!