Fitzroy Island Wedding - Ryan + Carla

Fitzroy Island, Cairns Wedding Photography

The chilly winter weather slowly rolled in at Ryan + Carla's home in Gembrook, Victoria. Except this winter Ryan + Carla replaced the thick jumpers and wooly Ugg Boots for thongs and stubbies. They woke up every morning in paradise with crystal clear waters and warm sunny mornings. To top it all off, they invited their family + friends to join them and celebrate with one big party... and the best part, I was invited!

Welcome to Tropical North Queensland and Fitzroy Island! Not only does Fitzroy Island have a beach ranked number 1 in Australia, it has some of the best sunsets I've ever seen in the Far North. Chilling with these two around the Island for their portrait sesh was a huge highlight! We hiked, climbed, laughed and had our own private beach for those more intimate Bride + Groom moments. 

THAT Dress: Fairytales Bridal Boutique  ~ Hair: ToKunai Hair ~ Celebrant: Adrienne Doyle  ~ Flowers: Floral Edge + Desflora ~ Venue: Fitzroy Island ~ Cake: Cake This ~ Decor: Eventcore ~ Catering: Fitzroy Island ~ Entertainment: Jimmy King Music

Port Douglas Wedding - Gavin + Nadia

Port Douglas, Queensland Wedding Photography

Weddings in Port Douglas are more than just a celebration of love. With many of the guests flying in from down South, it becomes a holiday and time to celebrate with friends and family. Most guests will take in the delicious restaurants, take a day trip to the reef or just have a few drinks at the local pub.

Gavin + Nadia arrived to Port Douglas ready to rip up the dance floor with their family, friends and furry member of the family Scooter. The ceremony took place at Little Cove, iconic for its palm tree and ocean view backdrop. The reception was held at the Sugar Wharf where Salsa served the guests canapés and the main dish of Massaman Curry... my favourite + the Grooms!

Once the ceremony had finished we escaped for the Photo Sesh. Hitting up the rainforest boardwalk near Little Cove which included some rock hopping and chill time under a fig tree. We completed our Photo Sesh at a train line I had discovered the day before.

The highlight of this wedding was the Wonderland Spiegeltent which had arrived for the Port Douglas Carnival. The day before the wedding I had a photo idea... Imagine having the Bride + Groom on stage, inside the Spiegeltent! With a few phone calls before the Bridal Prep, I had scored an opportunity to bring Gavin + Nadia inside the the tent during the intermission. Once the main performance took a break it was our time to shine. With no hesitation and surrounded by a crowd, Gavin + Nadia took centre stage for a wedding dance. Nailed it!

THAT Dress: Darb Bridal Couture ~ Hair + Makeup: PDHM ~ Celebrant: Stephanie Milne ~ Flowers: Floral Edge  ~ Venue: Sugar Wharf, Port Douglas ~ Decor: Port Douglas Catering & Events ~ Catering: Salsa  ~ Entertainment/DJ: Tropica Entertainment ~ Wedding Arch: Port Douglas Wedding Arches

Laloli Gardens - Chris + Kaitlyn

The start of the Cairns Wedding Session went off with a bang at Laloli Gardens. The venue, Laloli, continues to add amazing features to the property, making it a dream to photograph Brides + Grooms. And they have filled me in with what 2019 will bring. And it's pretty magical. I can't wait for a couple to have their reception inside the bamboo forest!

In just about every wedding I have one emotional moment... Chris the Groom pulled at my heart strings this time. The moment was totally unexpected and happened during the congratulations after the ceremony. It was a truly powerful moment between two brothers. I was less than a metre away and could feel the outpour of emotion... The pictures tell the story.

THAT Dress: Devine Bridal by Irene Costa ~ Makeup: Makeup by Ellen ~ Hair: Hair: DS Hair + Makeup ~ Videographer: Hudson Films ~ Celebrant: Travis Ambrum  ~ Flowers: Love Them Flowers  ~ Venue: Laloli Gardens ~ Cake: Little Food ~ Decor: Perfect Moments ~ Catering: Cairns Spit Roast

Destination Wedding - New Zealand

auckland, new zealand Destination Wedding photography

Friendships that are formed while traveling last a life time. This was the case when I met Ryan + Amy while sailing Croatia 4 years ago. We had a common interest for travel and could always pick up where we left off.. 

An invitation to shoot their wedding at the historic Woodlands Estate, New Zealand was an honour! The entire wedding was filled with emotion, love and laughs. Their ceremony was the most authentic I have ever captured. Pam Bayes, the celebrant was amazing! She was a huge support for Ryan on his wedding day and became the shoulder to lean on for both the Bride + Groom.

Grey clouds loomed over the venue for the entire day. This didn't spoil the wedding one bit! The ceremony moved indoors but made it far more personal and real. I couldn't have asked for better light to shoot the portrait session. The venue itself is pretty awesome; Woodlands Estate is a treasured historic homestead and public garden estate. There are various old bridges, secret gardens, huge oaks trees to play around and the homestead interior hasn't changed since the 1800's.

I’d really like to visit this beautiful venue again! I’m sure there are so many more little areas to explore that we didn’t even touch on. If you’re getting married at Woodlands Estate and are looking for a photographer, I'd love to hear from you.

THAT Dress: ~ Hair + Makeup: KTIZO, Hair & Skin ~ Dress: Bridal Gallery  ~ Celebrant: Pam Bayes ~ Flowers: Petite Posy  ~ Venue: Woodlands Estate ~ Catering: Kerr & Ladbrook

Tarren + Sophie ~ Cairns Elopement

Cairns City Wedding Photography

It was an hour into the engagement party when Tarren + Sophie surprised their guests by exchanging rings and becoming Mr and Mrs Olufson. Tarren + Sophie originally planned to host a large wedding in Cairns. However a low-key and more intimate kind of wedding was more appealing. At the end of last year I received a call from Sophie explaining she wanted to change dates and have me photograph her surprise wedding. I was totally pumped! I LOVE surprises.

Close family and friends arrived at Wharf One, Cairns, to what seemed like any ordinary engagement party. Music by Drew entertained close family and friends and the venue was decorated with flowers by Nine Blooms. 45 minutes into the party the fun was about to start! Sophie had done a sneaky runner... and not from Tarren! She was preparing to walk down the aisle.

As unaware guests mingled, Sophie returned with a wedding dress on and her father leading her down the aisle. It was the perfect celebration! While guests were on a high from the surprise and Wharf One kept the drinks flowing and stomachs full, I took the newlyweds on a portrait session.Locals congratulated the couple and the skies created an epic show of colour. I'd love to see more surprise weddings. Why isn't this trending?!


THAT Dress: Reformation  ~ Hair: Zedd Hair & Beauty  ~ Makeup: Brow Babes  ~ Rings: Bejewel, Cairns ~ Celebrant: Exquisite Weddings ~ Flowers: Nine Blooms  ~ Venue: Wharf One ~ Doughnut Cake: Duke's Doughnuts ~ Music: Drewboy