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Driving south from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay to shoot Will and Jess’ wedding, I could already feel that there was going to be something magical about the day.
The two were hitched at Byron's beautiful Fig Tree Restaurant, an ideal location for and outdoor wedding with plenty of room for cocktails overlooking Byron's lighthouse while guest play croquet on the lawn.
We really lucked out, we had incredible weather, not too hot nor cold and even better light throughout the entire day.
It's always a nice change to photograph a wedding in Byron and spend the day away from the Gold Coast. Thanks again to Will and Jess, you guys are truly an amazing couple and it was an absolute pleasure to shoot your wedding.
Gold Coast couple Stacey Clark and Chris Raward wanted their wedding to be about more than just walking down the aisle – they wanted a party their guests would remember forever.
The bride says their fun festival wedding was a celebration of their love with a laid-back, festival vibe. “We tried to make it one big party,” Stacey, 30, says. “We didn’t want our day to be traditional, we wanted it to be a celebration of our love and relaxed.”
She and Chris, 33, wed and held their reception at Kirra Hill Community Centre on April 11, 2015 in front of 120 guests. The heritage-listed site was once a school, attended by Chris father and grandfather, and its unique buildings and sprawling lawn area made it the perfect choice.
“We wanted it to feel like a festival where the guests always had something fun to be doing,” Stacey says.
With that in mind, there were lawn games such as bocce and giant Jenga and a photo booth. The food also had a festival feel with wood-fired pizzas and salads, a vintage caravan serving as the bar and an drool-worthy array of handmade desserts.
“Once the sun went down we moved inside for the speeches and first dance. Then we had a DJ where we all danced for hours,” Stacey says.
“The night ended with Chris and I on people’s shoulders dancing and singing. It was the party of the year!”
Chris and Stacey were featured on the Easy Weddings Blog! Click here to see more.
Shane and Jess made their way to the Gold Coast from Sydney to marry at a surf spot that Shane considers to be his favourite. Although I’m sure Shane may have preferred to get married right on the tip of Snapper Rocks, the little enclave of Froggies Beach was where the two were hitched.
You couldn’t pick a more perfect Gold Coast day to have your wedding; April and May are such great times of year here for weather and light – a photographer’s dream really.
The super talented and always hilarious celebrant Ben Carlyle put together a unique, laid back and light-hearted ceremony that was truly indicative of both Shane and Jess’ personalities. If you’ve never seen Ben in action, make sure you check him out.
I love to brag about how adventurous my clients are and Shane, Jess and their bridal party were that and more! I think my question was “How do you guys feel about climbing rocks” and every single one of them scrambled over the retaining wall and out onto the old Snapper Rocks baths instantly!
A perfect sunset and pimping limo ride back to Mantra Twin Towns later and it was party time up in Signatures Restaurant and Bar.
Josh and Jess Thompson were lucky enough to relive their wedding day just weeks after their actual wedding at the incredible Maleny Retreat on the Sunshine Coast.
Our motley crew collaboration included the following vendors:
+ Kombi Celebrations
+ Maleny Retreat
+ Heavenly Blooms
+ Airways Aviation
+ Flawless by Stacey (Makeup)
+ Love my picnic (catering)
+ Love Illuminated
What can I say about Sam and Emily? What an amazing and laid back couple. We met years ago while living on the northern beaches of Sydney and although I've since returned to Queensland, it was great to catch up with them again to shoot their amazing wedding at Aanuka Beach Resort in Coffs harbour.
Sam and Emily are originally from the UK, so friends and family flew from all over the globe to make this a true destination wedding and there aren’t many east coast destinations better than Coffs Harbour.
I swear I have never seen a bride get ready quicker than Emily did. Most wedding photographers will lock themselves in with the bride and bridesmaids for hours at a time, documenting hair and make up and general shenanigans. Em was ready in about 45 minutes and about three hours before the ceremony!
We decided to head back towards Emerald Beach to stage a first look with Sam. Unlike the bustling beaches of the Gold Coast, we had this headland completely to ourselves.
The ceremony took place on the lawn of the resort and the English contingent did their best to apply 50+ sunscreen by the bucket load.
We had a short window of beautiful pink skies and great light as the sun dipped so we made a quick b-line to the beach for a portrait shoot on the rocks before the reception.
I first met Nathan and Mel for a family shoot with their kids, Sienna, and Cooper. We got lucky and just missed one of Queensland's famous storms, but scored some amazing light.
A few months later I got to re join them all for their wedding at Peppers Resort at Kingscliff, NSW.
What can I say, we had amazing weather and it was an amazing day.
It was an absolute pleasure to shoot Sean and Kiera's wedding. They were married at the purpose-build dream wedding and reception venue, Braeside Chappell on the Gold Coast, followed by a quick shoot at Emerald Lakes before their reception started.
Location: Mudgeeraba, Queensland
Time of Year: May
Josh and Kate were married in the back garden of his parents house buried in the Gold Coast hinterland.
May is such a perfect time of year for a wedding on the Gold Coast, not too hot, not too cold, it's just right. Oh and the light is perfect!
I first met Jake and Steph at this engagement shoot we'd put together and was immediately and impatiently excited to shoot their wedding. Some clients just make your job easy with how they naturally interact and these guys did just that. Shooting with them was a breeze - bring on the wedding!
Where film and digital collide on a sunny, Gold Coast afternoon.
Nikon F100/Kodak Gold 200
Custom Polaroid/Fuji FP100c
I have a great respect for mothers, what they've been through to bring life into the world and what they'll continue to do to shape the lives of their children. I think every mother should have the opportunity to remember this moment - just weeks prior to their newborn child drawing breath for the first time, and I feel privileged to be able to help do that through photographs.