Michelle and Dan approached me about 12 months ago to photograph their wedding. The details were a little sparse on our first meeting – April 2012, 50 people, Narrabeen Beach, midday ceremony.
Little did I know how amazing the photos would turn out!
Arriving at Narrabeen Surf Club a little early to set up my gear and have a chat to the groom, I couldn’t be happier with the weather! It’s exactly what we’d all hoped for – blue skies, sunshine, 25 degrees & a light breeze off the water. There was one small problem though – a large Streets Ice Cream tent on the beach, right in the middle of the ceremony, and in the middle of where Michelle and Dan would be standing!
After having a quick chat to the staff at the Surf Club I managed to get the large red tent, which was giving the hard-working Surf Life Savers shade during the day, pulled down for 30 minutes while the ceremony took place.
Michelle arrived with little fanfare, pulling up in her car outside the Surf Club, proud father right behind her. Michelle was one of the most relaxed brides I think I’ve ever seen. A great sign for things to come!
With the ceremony over and congratulations were shared, it was time for some family portraits overlooking Narrabeen Beach then the guests made their way upstairs to the Narrabeen Surf Club to enjoy some canapes, while Michelle, Dan and I jumped in our cars and drove to the cliffs and bush land overlooking the beach.
As we roamed through the tracks above the beach (Not even Michelle getting her hair caught in a bush could dampen the spirits!!), I saw an amazing photo-op! Sunlight glistening through a tree, shadows just right. I asked the newlywed couple to stand next to a tree in the shadows and, after asking “Are you sure? This tree?!”, they obliged and I captured one of my personal favorite images which I’m very proud of. (pictured below)
After spending about 45 minutes wandering around the bush land of Narrabeen we were about to head back, but decided to stop into the North Narrabeen Pools to see if we could find a free space to take some photos. I’m lucky we did!
The pools were fantastic! A large pool, split into two halves by a boardwalk which allowed some really great photos. Then with the waves crashing behind the some clouds starting to form right above us…stunning.
We were running a little behind schedule so we made a dash for the reception to arrive “Fashionably Late”.
After the reception we had planned to take some photos along Narrabeen Beach at sunset. Although the timing was perfect, the clouds had something to say about our idea and blocked most of the setting sun. But that didn’t stop us spending a few minutes relaxing and roaming around the beach, while Michelle and Dan enjoyed their first sunset as husband & wife.
I did mention earlier how happy I was with my photos. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do!
I’ve put a few of my favorite photos from the day below, and will also be updating my main website (www.ap-photography.com.au) in the coming few days.