Another gorgeous day and another gorgeous couple. Yesterday I met with Sarah and Justin for their engagement session at Broken Head. Being the first day of Daylight Savings and the middle of a long weekend, we didn’t exactly have the secluded beach we were hoping for. On the flip-side however, it was also grand-final day, so the crowds thinned out as kick-off time drew nearer.
I first met Sarah and Justin at the recent Byron Bay Wedding Fair and they have chosen Figtree Restaurant & Rooms as the venue for their March 2014 wedding. The team at Figtree must certainly be doing something right (as they always do)… about half of the weddings I have booked in for the start of next year are at Figtree. It’s no surprise, Figtree is a beautiful venue with amazing staff. It is going to be a sensational wedding guys!
Yesterday’s engagement session with Erin & Evan was so much fun! Not since the tropical waters of Fiji at Catherine & Troys wedding earlier this year have I ventured into the water to capture an image, but yesterday the weather was so nice I decided I just had to get wet… and I’m so pleased I did. And to even the score, Erin and Evan jumped into the lake for the last shot of the day. What great sports! I think the effort was certainly worth it. I absolutely love the image we made. The couple are silhouetted again the last light of the day, framed by Tea Trees and accompanied by a pair of ducks… I love it!
I am so looking forward to shooting Erin & Evan’s wedding at Figtree Restaurant & Rooms in January. It will be my first wedding of the year and I couldn’t think of a nicer couple to start the year with!
Rebecca and Jason’s wedding was simply beautiful! The preparations for both bride and groom were held in stunning locations at The Pocket and Mullumbimby and the venue for the ceremony and reception was divine.
The boys got ready at Jason’s Dads property at The Pocket and I think I may have been a little bit like a kid in a candy store. The property was bursting with picturesque locations to shoot in. Below are just a couple of my favourites.
The girls preparations were in Mullumbimby at Rebecca’s family home and just across the road were two trees that I think framed the bridal portraits and Bec’s family images beautifully.
The Abbey, in the Tweed Heads hinterland village of Cobaki, boasts a gorgeous open-air chapel beside a lake and surrounded by trees and wildlife. The chapel floods with light and is an absolute joy to shoot in. This was my first time shooting a wedding at The Abbey, but I’m very happy to say that it won’t be long before I return.
I don’t believe I ever question why I live in this part of the country, but if ever I did, afternoons like last Sunday would surely be reason enough. It was a spectacular afternoon in Byron Bay and the perfect setting for an engagement session. Melissa and Sidney are an awesome young couple and really great sports. We spent much of the afternoon just admiring the weather and the sunset, but at other times, they were climbing over sharp rocks, strolling down dirt tracks, along-side no-so-pleasant-smelling swamp lands and standing in ankle-high sea water (which turned into waist-high sea water as soon as they hit their marks)… anything to get the shot!
The Bangalow Guesthouse will play host to their November wedding and I really can’t wait to spend another day shooting with these guys… they truly are a wonderful couple.
Engagement sessions are so much fun that I think I could happily shoot one everyday… and lately it almost seems like I have been!
This past Saturday was Melissa and Bradley’s turn. Melissa was the winner of our $300 Gift Voucher at this year’s Ballina Bridal Expo. She and Brad were newly engaged and super-excited to have won. We were lucky enough to shoot on one of those magical Autumn afternoons at the popular Shelly Beach, Ballina and the Serpentine, a stunning area of Ballina that makes a perfect backdrop for a Northern River’s sunset. It was a lovely relaxing afternoon and I hope Melissa and Bradley love their images as much as I loved taking them.