Amanda and I were both born in Simi Valley, a quiet suburban town in Southern California. Our social circles overlapped early on; we attended rival high schools across town and shared common friends but we didn’t become close until well after graduation. In fact, it wasn’t until after college, and just two months before I deployed to Japan as a Naval Officer that I asked Amanda on our first date. So we added 9,000 km of separation to our blooming relationship and watched our fondness grow through letters and emails. An improbable and inconvenient start to romance, I admit, but also a worthwhile trial in trust, love, and commitment that would set the exciting tone for the rest of our dating relationship. After two years of Facetime dates and care packages overseas, Amanda moved to Japan, accepted my hand in marriage, and made 2015 the most rewarding and thrilling year of my life.
Ashta & Anthony were married in Byron Bay, over two wondrous days: a Vedic ceremony on the first day, a western ritual on the second. The weather was stormy: each day clouds furled and unfurled across the green hills. Sometimes it rained, but so gently that the birds never stopped singing, and you could always catch sight of the long blue crescent the of the ocean. It was so beautiful, but I got the feeling sometimes that Ashta & Anthony barely even noticed. Their eyes were always for each other.
It’s been a long time since I did a pre-wedding shoot, or anything much else except weddings. I’m not one for overly manufactured photography, for posing and preening and manipulating – much more preferable to me are the shoots where I sneak around and document all the little events and emotions as they unfold, naturally.
Jessica & Jarrod were married at Goreman’s Road, west of Byron Bay, on a stormy October day. The wedding was a feast for the eyes: two beautiful people, a beautiful venue, a beautiful location. It rained on and off, but it was clear and sunny for the outdoor ceremony, and the sunset was a photographer’s dream: a mix of stormy skies & golden light. The reception was one giant laugh-a-minute party: good food, good drink, good times.
Sophie Hensser and Danny Bloom were married at Elements of Byron, in what I can best describe as an absolutely epic party. The day had a crazy sort of momentum that built steadily to the crescendo of Lisa Hunt’s final act at the end of the reception, perhaps outdone only by Danny’s impromptu DJ set at the end of the first dance. It was energy and love and madness dialled in and dosed up and I’m pretty sure everyone there will never forget it.
Rachel & Marty were married at the Intercontinental Resort in Fiji. It was an amazing wedding, and I was doubly lucky in that they were happy to travel to the highlands for some photos the day before. It’s quite a drive, and there’s a bit of hiking and climbing involved as well, but they were both super happy to be there, soak up the experience and enjoy the views – I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Enjoy the sample photos! Full gallery here.