Wet, Wet, Weather Wedding Photography

Kate and Craig’s wedding was held on her parent’s farm outside Clunes, near Lismore in Northern NSW. An aisle had been mown into the grass to the wedding location under an ancient fig tree. The setting was idyllic and guests had come from around the world.

Then it rained. And rained. And kept on raining. We all hoped for the weather clear up. But it didn’t and the ceremony was quickly moved to the back verandah of the house. Didn’t matter though. This was a fun wedding with great people and lots of laughs. The jacarandas were in bloom and the rain meant the grass was lush. Kate’s bouquet and hers and Craig’s shoes provided some great orange sunshine for the day. And Pimms. Lots of Pimms for the Englanders.

Another great day to be a Northern NSW wedding photographer.

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A Location Fit for a Royal Wedding

Just revisiting a few photos I took in London, England and liked the look of this image of Westminster Abbey. Traditionally Royal weddings in England take place here. I wonder if a Royal couple getting married in Northern NSW would choose the churches of Lismore, the hinterland hills behind Byron Bay or the Ballina beaches for their wedding.

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Lismore and Ballina Beach Wedding Photography

Last weekend I had the massive honour of being the wedding photographer for Amanda and James. In the past I have photographed numerous wedding and portraits for a great deal of their family and friends so, for me, it was kind of a reunion of sorts seeing many people who had been in front of my lens in the past.

Their ceremony was held at St Carthages Cathedral in Lismore and the reception at the Ballina RSL. All day the weather was a bit of a threat with it being very windy and rain didn’t look too far away. That turned out to be great for me. While taking wedding photographs on the beach at Ballina the sky turned wild up towards Byron Bay making for a spectacular back drop.

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Modern Wedding Photography Tips With a Blast From the Past

A topic I keep coming back to is making sure you have a stylish wedding. This stems from the fact that when I photograph a wedding, I’m not shooting for the couple getting married. I’m the wedding photographer for their children, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. For generations yet to come. I want those future generations yet to be born to sit down with the wedding album (yes, album – not just images on disc – but that’s a while other blog post topic) and while looking through the album, get a feeling for what it was like to be at their ancestors wedding.

I want those photographs to make the viewer proud of their ancestors. To respect their elders and have a slight sense of reverence. The problem is that I worry some couples are getting caught up in having a super trendy wedding, making sure that they are being cool and decorating in the latest way. Being on the cutting edge of fashion can be great, but everyone needs to realise that just as a super sharp edge goes dull quickly, so too does fashion. Cutting edge fashion of today is likely to be the embarrassing acid washed high waisted pants of tomorrow.

My mother just emailed me the wedding photo below. It’s my parents on their wedding day with my great grandmother. They look fantastic. They look timeless. They could have been photographed yesterday. This wedding photo makes me proud.

Dad’s suit is exceptional – check out that pocket square. He wore a tie pin. He made an effort. Grooms, respect your bride. Make an effort.
Mum’s dress is stunning. In a modern wedding world populated by very similar dresses, this is a breath of fresh air. It has sleeves. Long sleeves. And her bouquet is tiny by modern standards but beautiful. It’s gardenias. Imagine the fragrance of a gardenia bouquet.
Old Nan also looks wonderful. Wearing hats to weddings is a trend I’d like to see revived. And handkerchiefs. Dabbing at tears with a lace embroidered hanky is infinitely more stylish than grabbing a crushed tissue.

Everything is perfect and timeless. Except for the gloves. You never see gloves at weddings anymore. Can’t see that coming back into fashion any time soon.

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That really is a nice suit. I wonder if he’s still got it. I reckon that would fit me nicely. Mum … I know you’re reading this. Does Dad still have the suit?

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Beach Wedding Photography, Yamba

I love photographing weddings in Yamba. It’s a stunning location and the people involved with the wedding are always super cool and relaxed. They are stylish celebrations of love. Always a pleasure to be a Yamba wedding photographer.

This was exactly the case for Leanna and Brent’s beachside wedding on the headland by the lighthouse. Stylish and fun and laid back. Here are a couple of photos from their wedding:

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beach wedding photographerLove this wedding photo. When I took it I imagined it being printed HUGE as a massive wall canvas. Stunning.

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If you would like to see more photos from this Yamba wedding, head over to my Facebook page here.

Special mention must be made of Leanna’s Dad’s speech. He spoke fully from the heart, that highlighted the special bond between father and daughter. Also noting how Brent coming into the family was just the often quoted gaining of a son, but he also had a new ‘great mate’. It was highly emotional with tears flowing freely and one of the best father of the bride speeches, ever.

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Beach Wedding Photography Around Byron Bay, Ballina, Lennox Head and Lismore

I had great fun earlier this week doing a wedding photography photoshoot at various Northern NSW locations from Lismore, to the Byron Bay hinterland and down to Lennox Head and Ballina.

The images aren’t from a real wedding but for use as stock photography so the shoot was nice and relaxed as we didn’t need to worry about things like getting the dress dirty. And dirty it was at the end of the shoot. Filthy. Amazing how much sand can collect in a wedding dress.

Here’s one of the wedding photos from the photoshoot.

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Beach wedding photography

Lennox Head and Ballina Wedding Photography

Just archiving some wedding photography and it’s a been a while since I showed one off. Here’s a pic from Kate and Brett’s wedding. It was a fabulous seaside wedding of two magnificent people on a brilliant day in dazzling sunshine. Wedding was at Dunes on Shelley Beach and reception at Ballina Beach Resort. Photo was taken by the beach at Lennox Head.

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