Summer is a busy time for me – not just for weddings, but for family portrait sessions too! Here are a handful of my favourite shots from a few recent family sessions. Totally fun, totally crazy and totally cute.
Sam and Adam are total locals. They both grew up on the Tweed Coast’s beaches, and they both live for the beach even today – so it was only fitting that their wedding day embodied the part of the world they both love so much. Sam and her girls got ready at the Beach at Cabarita, in a room overlooking the ocean. Their ceremony took place on the sand at Pottsville, and they mixed sands from their childhood beaches in a jar hand-lettered by Sam before they exchanged rings. Their reception, at the Pottsville community hall, featured tables labelled not by number, but by landmarks and waterways from the Tweed Shire, and their incredible cake, adorned with shells, pearls and starfish, looked far too beautiful too eat. Their wedding day was personal and original, and completely dry when it mattered – despite days of rain preceding. Congratulations, Sam and Adam!
Bec and Pete aren’t much for tradition. Their wedding day was completely their own, and they spent the whole day together. Pete was there when Bec’s dress was buttoned, and he met her at the top of the aisle to walk it with her, barefoot. They were married on a beautiful Sunday morning at Amore Gardens, surrounded by family, and spent the afternoon celebrating with all their closest friends. It was amazing.
My lovely second shooter Jess mentioned she thought Bec deserved the award for most excited bride ever. I couldn’t agree more.
Bec’s beautiful makeup by Megan Dent.
When I think of Erin and Paul’s wedding day there are a quite few standout moments that come to mind. Paul’s dad carefully tying each of the boys’ ties on himself, and helping them each adjust them to the perfect length. Erin’s mum’s and sisters’ tears when Erin looked completely radiant in her dress. The perfect blue sky over Shorncliffe, the way Paul smiled when he first saw his bride, the magical sunshine by the Hornibrook Bridge during our bridal portrait session. Paul’s brother-and-best-man reading a letter from Erin’s father, who wasn’t able to be there on the day. A… certain wig. You’ll see. And Paul’s very distinctive signature dance move.
Does it sound like fun? It was. Let me show you.
Oh, and Erin has the best name ever. Just saying
Rachel and Si were made for each other. Rachel is a roller derby diva, Si is a drummer in a rock band. Is this not a match made in heaven?
Rachel and Si spent much of their wedding day laughing. I think that’s a really good omen for their marriage.
Rachel and Si’s wedding day was something incredible. Want to see?
The girls’ hair and makeup by Tina and Kristen
Wedding ceremony and reception at Boomerang Farm
Flowers by Missy La’Belle
Reception styling by Helena Event Design
Bridesmaid’s dresses by Simon & Sarah Heirloom Clothing
Sometimes the first time you meet someone, they instantly feel much more like old friends than strangers. That was what meeting Penny and Dan felt like to me, so I was more than excited to photograph their special day. The way Dan looks at Penny with complete adoration is proof of how perfect these two are together. I’ll let you see for yourself.
Erin and Paul got married today.
I can’t share their wedding photos yet, but I can share these.
I can’t wait to share some of their wedding images. Today was magic.
Emily and Dan are the epitome of cool, calm and collected. They both told me they were nervous on their big day but neither of them looked it at all – they were chilled out, happy, and so ready to marry each other. Their whole day was a reflection of them – colourful, sunny and full of laughter and love.
Huge thanks to the vendors who contributed to making a magical day completely perfect!
Ceremony and reception venue: Amoré Gardens
Celebrant: Chiquita Mitchell – Life Celebration
Ceremony music: Dolce Musica
Emily and her girls’ hair by Solo Hair, makeup by Bettina Beattie.
Special thanks to the lovely Pam for the generous use of her home for our bridal portrait session!
There’s something very special about these two. Every time they look at each other there’s so much love in their eyes. When Jasmine was dressed in her white gown and her hair and makeup were done, she looked around at her girls with a huge grin and said, “alright, let’s do this!” I’ve rarely seen a bride so eager to be on time to her ceremony! Later, when Jasmine was distracted by friends at their reception, James grabbed the opportunity to leave her a secret chalkboard message photo. It’s in this post, Jasmine! Enjoy!
I had so much fun photographing their special day, I almost felt like part of the family myself. And I know some boys who would be very jealous of those cufflinks, lads.