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!
Fiona and Simon’s wedding took place at Clarkes beach on a gorgeous Byron Bay afternoon. What I remember most about Fiona and Simon’s Byron Beach Cafe reception is the laughter. Truly loving family and friends have a way of drawing emotion from you without even trying. The speeches were all so heartfelt that the only time the laughter stopped was when someone needed to pause and wipe away the tears of joy… and then the laughter started again.
“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.” – W.H. Auden
Fiona and Simon, thanks for letting me be apart of your very, very happy day.
Byron Bay is a fantastic place for a destination wedding. Quite a few of my clients live out of town and travel to the beautiful beaches and the amazing wedding venues that Byron Bay offers.
All of my wedding packages include an engagement session, which usually takes place months prior to the wedding but because Fiona & Simon live in Sydney and weren’t in the region until a few days before their wedding, instead we used their complimentary engagement session as an opportunity to get their girls Ella & Lucy comfortable in front of the camera. We all had a great time running around and jumping in the waves, especially Ella & Lucy.
Fiona and Simon were married yesterday with a beautiful beach ceremony on the pristine shores of Byron Bay followed by a fun reception with friends and family at the Byron Beach Cafe… but more on that later this week (keep an eye out for the blog post).