Nina and Michael stops for a photograph amongst the beautiful cane fields at Newell Beach, north of Port Douglas. Blogging this wedding very soon. x
Melissa and Andrew were a gentle, down-to-earth couple. They wanted a quiet and intimate ceremony at a beach that held special memory for them. So on a beautiful August afternoon they tied the knot at Wavesong, a gorgeous beachfront holiday house at Trinity beach, 20 minutes north of Cairns.
She wore an elegant lavender lacy cocktail dress and her hair was done up in a pretty 50s style updo and he was casual in shirt and chinos. Their son Lucas (who sported the most adorable curls!!!) wore a matching outfit to his daddy and had a special part in the ceremony. In place of a traditional reading, he and his grandpa read the children’s story ‘Love is a Handful of Honey’ together.
Afterwards we took a walk on the beach for some photos. The light was just right, and the love shared between them was written all over the photos.
I felt really honoured to be included in such an intimate family celebration. Bigger isn’t always better, and the best memories are made when we’re not caught up with the details.
Loved this family. xxx
Lenelle and Julian tied the knot at Sacred Heart church at Freshwater and celebrated their marriage at Sarayi Palm Cove. Their reception was catered by Nunu. It was a classy and meticulously styled event.
I loved so many things about this wedding. Beautiful, genuine and kind couple for a start, and one of those times when you should judge people by the company they keep, because their family and friends couldn’t have been a nicer bunch.
Lenelle had her wedding gown custom-made and it fit her petite frame like a glove. The lace that made her dress was unique and exquisite. She also was the first bride I met to have a male bridesmaid, her awesome fun brother. Love that idea!
I gotta explain the Star Wars subtext in the location photos. I met up with Lenelle and Julian on May 4th (a day celebrated only if you’re into Star Wars), and Julian showed up wearing his Star Wars T-shirt. I think Lenelle spent most of the conversation trying to shut us up about getting Star Wars props for the photoshoot, so we let it go. On the day of the wedding, I went to her bridesmaid’s house, and lo’ n behold, there’s a whole granny flat decked out in Star Wars paraphernalia. I was in heaven! :) I mean, the cat was named Vader! C’mon! Then the proud owner of said collection was so kind as to lend me a storm trooper helmet on the condition that nobody but the groom handled it, so I said, deal, and the rest was history. Thankfully Lenelle was a good sport and never scolded us for being geeks, and it was a great surprise for Julian.
But the best bits about the day were their heartfelt ceremony at Sacred Heart Church, the way he looked at her throughout the day like there was nobody else in the room, and the not so traditional family portraits at sunset. Thank you guys for including me in your special day. I almost missed out on the chance to capture such a beautiful occasion but am grateful that it worked out. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness together. xo
Lisa and Ben’s beach wedding was a fun one. They tied the knot at Kewarra Beach and held their reception at Yorkeys Boating Club. He was so full of energy, this goofball with a happy smile and she was this bombshell princess with a delicate way about her. They were adorable, from the way they sang beautiful hymns at their ceremony to the way they danced their unofficial first dance at the beach as mr and mrs.
I loved mucking around with them and their bridal party at Ellis beach. Those guys and gals were keen to do anything for a laugh and photo op. At one point, one of the bridesmaids even waved down a hot guy for a spontaneous group portrait with the girls.
Lisa also did a beautiful job styling her nautical-themed wedding. The little boats, the starfish, the blue seagrass… all the details were charming and not over the top.
Congratulations again, Lisa and Ben. I know you’ll have many beautiful years together. Thank you for sharing your day with me. xo
It was a Friday, and I’d slept in until 1oam, something I never do unless it was a holiday. Some 60kms south of here near Babinda, set amongst the lush paddocks with rolling hills and mountains on either side, a backyard shindig was happening at 11:30 am.
However, a miscommunication meant the couple’s photographer wasn’t going to make it to the wedding on time, so a Facebook message and two phone calls later, I became Tracey and Christian’s last-minute photographer. I didn’t like the idea of anyone missing out on having photos taken of their wedding, even if it meant getting ready in less than 10 minutes, putting on the first set of clean clothes and speeding down the highway praying the cops wouldn’t pull me over.
I was a very lucky girl, because I made it just in time to catch them saying their vows.
After we took some photos at a neighbour’s property overlooking Tracey’s parents’ farm, we drove back down to the front of the farm to this pile of rubble that once housed the Panebiancos before cyclone Larry blew it away. What an amazing place to come back to, a significant landmark that doesn’t look like much now, but would have had so many memories made inside it.
And if you look at the wall to the left of Tracey and childhood best friend and bridesmaid Josie, you can still see the train and flower that the two of them painted together when they were kids.
Thank you Tracey and Christian for trusting a total stranger to show up in the middle of your big day and being kind enough to let me to photograph your perfect wedding. Your day was filled with so much love, laughter, hilarious speeches, beautiful happy tears, and wonderful company. You guys planned and styled it meticulously. Your backyard wedding was rustic chic, elegant and classy. If I could wake up every morning and be surprised with a wedding as lovely as yours, I’d be the world’s happiest photographer!
Tracey, your beauty and elegance was only outshined by your genuine and happy heart. You were so relaxed and positive even when it looked like you weren’t even going to have a photographer. Love your attitude!
P.S. And out of all the photos that Tracey could ask for, she only really wanted to know if I got any photo of her and her baby Mufasa, her ‘pride and joy.’ I caught a few quick snaps but these photos don’t do justice to how cute and cuddly this puppy was. xo