After a quick holiday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Locky and Nat knew then they’d found their dream wedding destination. Given they had friends and family spread across the globe, logistics were somewhat easy for the Gold Coast based couple and fast forward a year or two and around 80 of them all arrived in Cabo for a week-long fiesta!
After a week of sun, surf and maybe a few too many margaritas, their wedding party arrived at the idyllic Villa Vista Ballena in Cabo San Lucas. As their photographer, I felt like I was cheating. You could close your eyes, point the camera and still end up with amazing photos.
The Mexican terracotta combined with sprawling ocean views, cacti and notoriously amazing weather made the day a fairly easy one for me. Add an amazing and laid back couple and hilariously funny group of guests and you’ve got yourself a damn fine wedding.
Oh, then I suppose you could also mention the tequila-serving donkey, the mariachi band, the endless amount of fresh tacos or the cigar roller. But that's just another day in Cabo right?
Venue: Villa Vista Ballena
You couldn't have penned a better Gold Coast day for Ryan and Sarah's wedding. Autumn on the Gold Coast is simply magic. It's also my favourite time of the year to shoot. Magic light, Golden sunsets, a great climate – it's perfect. Throw into that mix, a laid back bride and craic of a groom and you've got yourself a recipe for a top-shelf wedding.
Ryan and Sarah chose JFK Woodfire Kitchen & Bar, an amazing woodfire pizza restaurant a short distance from their home in Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast. Also a perfect venue to host both the ceremony and reception with an intimate group of friends and family on a balmy Autumn evening.
A highlight would have to be the pants-off salute on the dance floor towards the end of the night, but I will let you scroll to find that one for yourself.
Thanks Ryan and Sarah for a side-splitting day.
You can't get closer to being married on, or inside a cloud as Scott and Jess' Mt Tamborine wedding at St Bernards Hotel. In the lead up to the wedding, we'd discussed how great Gold Coast weddings are in the winter. The weather is normally dry, sunny and temperatures are mildly chilly making for a more comfortable day, especially for the lads in three-piece suits.
Unseasonably though, the Gold Coast experienced a wet winter this year, in fact, it's been a fairly wet year in general for couples getting married on the Gold Coast this year!
However, if you had to have a wet wedding, this was going to be the wedding you'd want. Only a slight sprinkling of rain coupled with the most amazing mist and cloud cover made for a dramatic and cinematic backdrop for Scott and Jess. Add to that, Jess' princess-like dress and you have the makings of a real-life Disney movie.
The team at St Bernards did an amazing job moving the ceremony venue indoors and accommodating the guests in the unseasonably cold 14-degree weather and Scott and Jess took everything in their stride.
Some mornings are worth getting up early. The morning I spent with Fingal locals Tina and Noah Webster was no exception. I’m always hesitant to ask someone who is almost full term in their pregnancy to get up at 5am, but with Tina and Noah there were no hesitations.
We made out way to Fingal Headland, a special spot to the young couple who were married exactly a year prior to the maternity shoot. The headland and lighthouse is where they can be found most days walking their dog Peach. Despite some cloud and a forecast for rain, we lucked into a beautiful Autumn sunrise.
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Brad and Jess dedicate a good portion of their lives helping people. Brad as a GP on North Stradbroke Island and Jess as an immigration lawyer. Their wedding guest list was a reflection of those they've met, helped and forged bonds with throughout their lives and to say their wedding was multicultural would be an understatement.
With Braeside Chapel playing host to the occasion, Brad and Jess' day was an exploding melting pot of culture, laughter and dancing that heavy rain was never going to dampen.
As their photographer, my instructions were simple. No fuss, no pre prep and nothing very set up, just join the party with a camera in hand to document the day. This is any photographer's favourite brief. So between dance-offs to the beat of African drums, Czech plate smashing, Bollywood dancing, speeches delivering in song, conga lines and a full dance floor, there was plenty to shoot.
What can I say about Jake and Steph’s wedding? Well, where do I start! These guys are the reason I love to shoot weddings.
I try to keep my wedding bookings to a point where can spend time getting to know my clients. Real time though, not the sales meeting and “oh I’ll see you in a year for your wedding” kind of time, but regular contact, get a feel for who they are, their sense of humour and I truly enjoy learning about their plans as they put their wedding together. As their photographer, it helps in the sense that there are no surprises that I couldn’t have anticipated and also, when I walk through the front door on their wedding day, it’s like catching up with an old friend.
Don’t get me wrong, not every wedding and every couple are going to want their photographer this involved in their wedding, but by the time Jake and Steph were due to be married, we’d spoken almost weekly for a year and I was truly invested in their wedding day.
Most of our conversations revolved around Steph’s amazing DIY creations – this wedding was DIY from top to bottom, yet looked like it was styled by a bohemian specialist.
Their ceremony was held in a park where the two first spent time getting to know each other in Murwillumbah and reception at Jake’s parents’ property close by.
Thanks so much for having me guys!
Florist: Bridal Bouquets by Vanessa www.bridal-bouquets-by-vanessa.com
Celebrant: Heather Thiele
Hair: Amelia Ann. Hair Styling
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.
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.