The Lamberts {Coffs Harbour Sawtell Family Photographer}

I don’t want you to do anything special when I come to your place. I want you to just hang out & roll around in the chaos of normal family life so I can document it – wipe the faces, put on the shoes, kiss the injuries, give the snacks, drink the coffee/tea/beer/wine. I want you not to worry about what your kids are saying or doing. I want to know about you & where you grew up & what you do for a living. Most of all though I want to be able to transport you (& your kids) back there when these days are a distant memory. Just be TOGETHER – That’s it.

 

Laura & Elle {Bellingen Wedding Photographer, Coffs Harbour}

Laura & Elle, Elle & Laura, whatever way you spin it these two are an amazing team. Not only do they give in their work they also give of themselves to their friends & family. The love, friendship & good humour that surrounded them is evidence how well loved they are & how well they love others. Elle & Laura were married at Bellingen Riverside Cottages by their good friend Cails (with legals by Maree), they wore stunning custom gowns from Bell Street & carried blooms that were lovingly put together by Elle’s cousin. The girls planned the most beautiful celebration at Brierfield & the vibe was so good I could have easily settled in for the night myself if I hadn’t had to be responsible with their images 😉

Makeup: Daisy LLewellyn

Hair: Outpost Hair Bellingen

Furniture/Decor Hire: Style Events Coffs Coast

Music: Funk Thieves

Cake: Emily

James & Georgia {Bellingen Wedding Photographer}

 

I have thought a great deal about what I would like to write about this day & these lovers & the strength Georgia holds & the gentle way James (& his family) have held space for her & her family. I don’t really have the words though & I’m not going to pretend I understand loss in this sense. What I can understand & what was palpable on the day was JOY. These two had the most beautiful & fun celebration completely wrapped in the love of their friends & fam. People say cliche things all the time about making the most of every single day but sometimes things happen & there is a new truth to these old sayings. These two absolutely made this day count!

Georgia & James were married by Maree on the lawns at Bellingen Valley Lodge where they were watched over by a friendly kookaburra & followed with their reception in the Lodge itself. Georgia’s gown was from local Coffs Coast bridal store Melanie Jayne Couture & her attendants dresses were by Hansen & Gretel, flowers were from Pansabella Providores, hair by J Society & makeup by Blush. Vegetarian & vegan menus catered for by the Lodge & vegan doughnuts by Doughnut Time with raw cake by Motherlover.

James & his boys had a little pre-wedding “detailing” at Upstairs Barber Co. in Sawtell in the days leading up to the wedding so it seems fitting to start there. They wore suits from ASOS on the day.

 

Cheree & Steve: Country Hall Wedding, Gleniffer {Bellingen Coffs Harbour Wedding Photographer}

 

I first met these guys when they brought their little Evie into the world & now here they are making it all official. Steve & Cheree had the most heartfelt & fun wedding on the banks of the Never Never. Steve & his groomsmen led a parade of family & friends along a trail of wattle flowers to the spot where Cheree & her girls stood waiting for them. They exchanged personal vows & signed their Certificate of Marriage on each other’s backs. As the sun dropped the fire was lit & the smell of the wattle bouquets filled the little hall.

Steve & Cheree made the day their own by making sure they prioritised what was important to them & not worrying about the rest. They chose to see each other before their ceremony to get rid of any nerves & to have some precious moments alone before letting their family & friends bear witness to their nuptials. They were surrounded by genuine warmth, love & good feeling all day & it was my absolute pleasure to document.