Is there anything better than spending a day on the beach with the sun beating down, pool within a stone’s throw and a cocktail not too far away? How about two days, or three. Throw in your closest family and friends, a sunset or two, maybe a wedding in there somewhere, and the good-times click into overdrive. For Sally and Paul it was a casual weekend back home at Aanuka Beach Resort in Coffs Harbour, a town which means an awful lot to them, and a town with a more far-reaching connection that runs through the family. Theirs was a wedding planned around relaxation, around that feeling which only a break in routine and the warm sensation of home; old home, can bring. What a weekend it was.
We flew up to Coffs on the morning before the wedding. Sally and Paul were gracious enough to put us up at the resort along with their guests, giving us ample time to scout the ceremony location, the surrounding area, and of course squeeze in some putt-putt and pool time. The weather was extraordinary, and the sunset was vivid. With the inbound tide moving fast, we spent the final few minutes of light playing with long exposures amongst the tide pools, trying to suppress the subconscious voice that inevitably screams, “you’re gonna slip!”. Luckily we made it out dry.
The wedding day itself was amazing. Prep took place at Sally’s folk’s house, a house that holds a special place in her heart, and a house that had emotional ties to everyone involved in the day. Sally isn’t the type to succumb to the jitters, so the mood was a quiet excitement and a ruling attitude of ‘let’s do this thing!’. She and her bridesmaids looked gorgeous from the get-go, and as the procession took place at the Chapel I think the smile on Paul’s face confirmed it. After a beautiful ceremony and boisterous reception (special mention to the mother of the bride’s speech, which tore the roof off the place) the day came to a close. Back to our rooms for a few hours of sleep before the alarm rings again; it’s time to catch a glimpse of sunrise.
Congrats to Sally and Paul for an awesome wedding!
Thanks to Richie Phillips for lending a hand (and shooting the ultra amazing landscape that heads this post.)