I think Kris and Markus might be onto something. Something which could, in every possibility, revolutionise the way in which civil weddings are planned from this point forward. They may never be the same again. Why, you ask? What could they have possibly done to change years upon years of tradition that has led to the modern and, frankly, perfectly planned wedding day?
1. Location photos before the ceremony. Check.
2. Three hours of games and refreshments immediately post-ceremony, and on a beach? Check.
3. A reception that replaces tables with lounges; the most important formality being the vibrant sun setting over the east coast of Sydney? Check. Ok there were speeches and dancing and cake-cutting and… you get the idea, it was a nice sunset.
When K&M were briefing me with their ideas for the wedding, they stressed an importance on not being caught up rushing from point A to B to C, but rather wanting to spend time with each and every one of their guests, most of which had traveled 20+ hours from Germany to be there. Instead of devoting the usual two hours post-ceremony to shoot formal photos, they wanted canapés, games and the chance to frolic on the sands of Warriewood Beach on Sydney’s north coast. As a wedding photographer who lives for the formal portion of the day, I don’t blame them. This was as special as it gets, as most of their family and friends were in Sydney for the very first time. We instead moved the formal shots to the beginning of the day, before the ceremony, and at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair as a continuation of their engagement shoot. With the harbour as our backdrop and amongst a crowd of underdressed (for the occasion) tourists, Markus waited for the beautiful Kris to arrive.
The ideal (or impossible) location shoot is one without the apprehension of a looming deadline, where the mistake of turning up late to a meticulously planned dinner service is punishable by industry exile, and rightly so. These guys have a lot of people to feed, and a strict timeline to do it. However, to know that you’re preceding the ceremony and a relaxing afternoon on the beach instead? Not so bad, because hey, the bride and groom are allowed to be a little late down the aisle, right? It’s a fact of life. We’ll make up for lost time elsewhere. Gotta keep em’ waiting.
High noon; with the sun beating down like a sledgehammer we climbed the stairs of the Sydney Opera House for a few last photos. The final push before departing to Warriewood, but not before stopping for the nourishment and nutrients provided by a box of takeaway hot chips from the Opera Bar, for the long drive North. Yes, this was a great wedding, shared with great people, done right. Congratulations Kris & Markus!
P.S extra thanks to the amazing Kat Stanley for helping out and photographing with me on the day.