Yamba is a beautiful coastal town on the Far North Coast, and for Shannon and Michael’s wedding, she gave us the perfect day. Soft, gentle sea breezes, cloudless skies and a simply sensational sunset. The couple live in Brisbane but have a farm just outside of Yamba and are often in the area. They fell in love with all that Yamba has to offer and so choosing it as the location for their wedding was an easy decision.
The ceremony was held at Green Point overlooking the ocean. Shannon and Michael met through the UQ Soccer Club and many of the friendships of those in attendance, also sprouted from the club, so it was no surprise that the bridal party took a short break from our location shoot for a brief boys-vs-girls soccer match. After the match, Bill from Long Black Limo, chauffeured the bridal party down to the Yamba ferry where everyone enjoyed a sunset cruise along the river and up to the Yamba Shores Tavern for the couple’s reception.
All in all it was a gorgeous day and I’m just happy to have been able to play a part in it.
It was a cold, wet drive down to Yamba on Saturday and when I arrived I could tell everyone was thinking the same thing… “How do we save a backyard wedding from torrential rain?” A last minute marquee was organised, but even that wasn’t going to hold up if the rain and wind didn’t die down. Thankfully, as has been the case with many weddings this season, just before the ceremony, the clouds parted and gave way to a beautiful afternoon.
Di and Don’s canal-sided backyard was the perfect location for this intimate wedding. Di had organised some incredible details including flowers and bouquets made of various ginger flowers. They were simply stunning! Many of Di and Don’s family had travelled from the far reaches of the earth to be at their wedding and it was certainly worth the trip.
This wedding even had its own resident clown. Now I know many weddings tend to have a few clowns by the end of the reception, but this one had a true-to-life one. Di’s son Coen ran away to join the circus several years ago and has been travelling all throughout Europe and North America with Vague de Cirque. His juggling and acrobatics were certainly great crowd pleasers.
Di and Don are such a lovely couple and shooting their engagement portraits was a really nice way to wind up a rather busy weekend. Blessed with another gorgeous afternoon, the entire shoot took place in the backyard of their waterfront property and aboard CatNirvana, their beautiful cruising yacht. Don sailed CatNirvana all the way from Italy to her home port of Yamba in 2011, and the couple are soon to embark on another sailing adventure, returning in time for their Yamba wedding on the very last day of Spring. Thanks for such a relaxing afternoon guys… I hope you love your images.
It has been a long time since I have attended a wedding that was as casual and relaxed throughout the entire day as Rebecca and Garth’s Yamba wedding was last weekend. Weddings are beautiful, joyous events, but often when something unexpected occurs that puts a chink in the iron-clad plan that was months and months in the making, a certain level of stress creeps over everyone involved. Not in this case. Every part of the day was so relaxed that you could be excused for forgetting it was in fact Rebecca and Garth’s wedding day… I even had to pull Garth’s dad away from his fishing to get some photos with the boys.
Thank you for making my job that much easier guys. The fourteen hour day really seemed to pass in virtually no time at all.