Nat and James are getting married in September, and we met up a while back to take some engagement photos. I really enjoyed hanging out with these guys, they are such true and honest people, and it’s really clear how happy they make each other. Betweeen the lovely dreamy light from the sun and their two big smiles, Toohey Forest was pretty well lit that afternoon! I’m super excited to take their wedding photographs later in the year, it’s going to be special.
I photographed Lindsay and Chris’s gorgeous wedding at Villa Botanica in Airlie Beach on Saturday. These lovely people were blessed with a perfect day, and their family and friends that travelled from across Australia and America were rewarded with a mighty fine wedding. I’m excited to more photos from this Anzac Day wedding down the track, but for now these two will have to do! Thanks Lindsay and Chris for a great day, I feel like we’ve been buddies for a lot longer than a week.
Thanks also to Botanica Weddings for putting on such an impeccable show.
Life is busy for Sarah and Dean at the moment. You know… snow skiing in Japan, checking out what Hong Kong has to offer, planning a wedding. A wedding which is sneaking up at a rate of knots too… so I’m super stoked they took the time out for this cheeky pre-wedding shoot. We just managed to squeeze it in before the big day on May 2, and we got blessed with perfect skies, sunshine, and a Brisbane Botanic Gardens that wasn’t too crowded. Stay tuned for the wedding photography… it’s going to be held at Henzell’s Chapel in Mt Pleasant, and I’m really keen to take photos at this epic location. Lovely spot, lovely people… sounds like a good recipe for a wedding. Here’s some of the images we got on Saturday.
I’m pretty sure if you look up the definition of ‘laid-back’ in the dictionary that Tam and Ryan will be referenced there. These guys are awesome, and their relaxed outlook on life really translated to their wedding day… it was super-cool, super-chilled and super family-friendly. They were joined by their family and friends who trekked from all across the globe, and most importantly they were joined by their two boys, Aaron and Ethan. They even had one of their best buddies take over the celebrant duties, which added an additional touch of warmth to the wedding ceremony. Everything had a very natural, easy-going feel to it… and to top it all off, we were blessed with some light for the photoshoot. The Northshore River Cafe in Hamilton provided the ideal location, with it’s lush lawn and river backdrop, and Amey from Pack a Perfect Party was an amazing stylist as usual. Here’s some photographs from the day.
Everybody loves Hello May. They’re up there with the best wedding blogs not just in Australia, but across this big old planet we call home. They’ve helped set the benchmark for the modern wedding style, and it’s a style that influences tonnes of everyday brides, wedding suppliers, videographers, photographers… you get the picture!
So I’m pretty stoked that one of the weddings I photographed made it onto the hallowed pages of the Hello May blog! It’s a real honour, but the real credit of course goes to the lovely Amy and Dave, whose wedding at the Riad in the Byron Bay hinterland was nothing short of exceptional. A stunning day… relive it via Hello May here:
So it’s been almost a year since we got married, but I lost this blog post when I upgraded my website. Here it is again :)
Suz and I decided that an overseas wedding would suit us best, being the high flyers that we are, so we jumped on a ferry with a few mates and went across to Stradbroke Island. Stradbroke does have the wonderful effect of transporting you a million miles away from the headspace you occupy on the mainland, so although it was only a few kilometres from shore, we could have been on a deserted island in the middle of the Coral Sea.
We didn’t want the glamour and bright lights of a big wedding, we wanted something defined by simplicity, love, commitment and friendship. So we did away with the reception, we did away with shoes, we shrunk the guest list (that was the hardest part) and if we coudn’t make a decoration then we didn’t have it there. We signed our vows on top of three cartons of beer covered in a sheet. We exchanged rings we bought at the West End Markets the day before, and we ate food and drank punch prepared by the guests. It was the best day of our lives.
Our families were with us in spirit, and via their lovely messages and sentiments sent across cyberspace. Suzy’s uncle and cousins made it over from Perth, and her folks watched their precious only daughter get married via Skype on an iPad. Which I imagine is an incredibly hard thing to do, but they gave us their love and support along the whole journey. My sister and Suzy’s brother made surprise appearances (well, nearly) from across the world, both I think on a very specific mission to elicit as many tears as possible from their siblings. Mission accomplished. Mission additionally accomplished by the presence of our friends whose efforts, generosity and love simply blew us away.
The ceremony lasted 20 minutes and then we drank, talked and toasted the world on the beach for another couple of hours. Not a long time, but moments that will replay in my mind for eternity, and moments that we hope will sit with our friends and family who were there for a very long time. Less is more sometimes I guess, and on the 9th of November we feel like we got blessed with the most possible.
Words can’t do justice to the spot we got married in. A paperbark forest next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country… we were spoiled. Have a look at these photographs and I’m sure you’ll agree with me. Many thanks to our good buddies Roger Rail and Gav Hodges for taking on the wedding photography duties for the day, fantastic job!
For a similar sized wedding, check out Sarah and Pete’s awesome wedding in Fremantle, WA.