Catherine & Justin’s Regina Coeli Wedding + Pilu @ Akuna Bay

My first face-to-face meeting with Catherine and Justin took place at their engagement party, at the Golden Barley in Enmore. I wasn’t sure who to look for, and turning up to a room full of guests I aimlessly meandered in the assumption that a concerned partygoer would send them my way. Well, it didn’t take long for a few guests to notice the confusion on my face, and a small group decided to approach with caution…

“Hey mate, you want a drink?”

It was at that point that I knew it was going to be a great wedding. Not because of the beer, but because it was pure hospitality from the get go, and a good group of people always coincides with a great time. It wasn’t long before I met Cat and Justin and they are some of the most accommodating people around (and surround themselves with the same) who always made it a point that we were enjoying ourselves as guests. They made sure we were well nourished throughout the day, and when food and sugar are a high value commodity for wedding photographers it was like striking gold in the 1850s.

The wedding itself was held at the beautiful Regina Coeli Memorial Church in Beverly Hills, with a reception at Pilu in Akuna Bay. After a short stint at Pymble Soldiers Memorial Park we headed towards Akuna Bay. The drive down was too nice to pass up, so we stopped for a few photos in the trees before continuing down to the bay and settling in for the night…

 

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Bride and Groom at the ICM College at Manly beach, Sydney

Whitney and Fran, globetrotters. These two cats got hitched in Italy and partied in Manly. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Nikon D3S
AF-S 35mm F/2.8 @ 2.8
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International College of Management, Sydney

Sam & Nicola’s Lavender Bay & Kirribilli Wedding | Sydney Wedding Photography

Some of the best weddings in the world are those that break convention, the ones which scrap the rules in favour of the flow and ‘whatever goes’. It’s refreshing to photograph a bride and groom prepping together in the morning, or a formal shoot before the ceremony where the dynamic is a far cry from the norm. It’s loose, relaxed and carefree. Take Sam and Nicola for example, two of the most chilled people I’ve met in recent years. When I first spoke with Sam over Skype she was adamant that ‘nothing would be flashy’, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be special. I arrived to find the girls collaborating on their own hair and makeup with the guys suiting up in an adjacent room, ducking in and out to check each others’ progress and share advice for the upcoming festivities. Safe to say it was initially evident that this was going to be a great day… and that was before we got to the champagne and rub-on tattoos.

I’ve left the photos in chronological order because that’s how it all played out, a location shoot at Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay followed by a gorgeous ceremony at Dr. Mary Booth Lookout in Kirribilli, where the rain held out just long enough for the first kiss but hardly a second more. I’m there to document the day from start to finish, and it’s always fun to look at things in a different light and to discover what a wedding means to every couple. Sam and Nico didn’t let the stress of formalities stand in their way, but instead they focused on being awesome party hosts and let the formal stuff just take its course. It paid off.

Big shout out to the bridal party who never lacked a sense of humour throughout the course of the day, and an even bigger congrats to Sam and Nicola. Enjoy!

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Vendors
Special thanks to my awesome second photographer for the day: Lauren Commens
Bride & Bridesmaid’s Gowns: Forever New
Jewellery: Lovisa
Rub-on Tattoos: “eBay! :-)”
Bridal Shoes: Charlie Stone Shoes
Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits: Tailormade
Groom’s accessories: IWC
Wedding Celebrant: Lucy Patruno
Ceremony Decoration: Events by Jennifer
Reception Venue: St George Motorboat Club
Reception Decoration: Fresh Creative Styling
Wedding Cake: Celebration Cakes
Invitations: Handmade

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