The delivery of their extraordinary story left no-one with a dry eye. The outbursts of laughter would have been heard in Jonson St even through the rain was pelting away.
Craig and Meg pinkied their vowed to each other just to top it off and then the party began in earnest. Cheers to the lovebirds and their cheery family and friends.
For Sean, everything came to a frustrating standstill when the stretch Kombi complete with Bride and Bridesmaids arrived at 3 o’clock sharp. He knew they were out there but they didn’t budge from the footpath. At all.
Minutes were dragging into hours into days into weeks. Then reality clicked back in and Dani and her gorgeous bridesmaids glided in to the ooh’s and aah’s. The gale force Northerly was forgotten about along with the hair styles as these two romantics tied the knot in style. Ching ching!
Jubilant Steve and an excited 80 guests waited for what seemed ages to hear the words ‘the bride is on the way’. Then she was there.
A mad dash for seats and jockeying for a vantage point ensued then it was game on for these 2 lovers. Steve and Sally just had eyes for each other and floated through the ceremony on their very own cloud.
Wonderful family and friends are such a bonus.
Bucketing. That was the word on everyone's lips. The only break in the storm was just as Teale's smile arrived in the gorgeous vintage cars.
Out stepped the bridesmaids in guess what – Teal of course. Umbrellas turning inside out in the wind and skipping over the puddles, the wedding dress and entourage made it inside with gusto.
The closeness of the weather sure kept the audience captive. Shrieks of laughter and a few tears in the mix saw Jeremy and Teale tie the knot is style. Ching ching and moe ching to the newlyweds - so romantic!
The Byron Surf Club was abuzz with excitement and anticipation awaiting the arrival of the beautiful Bride. First up, two gorgeous bridesmaids in blue walked slowly up the aisle soaking up the attention. And then there she was, the bubbly bright eyed Jo chafing at the bit to get to her beau - Jo almost overtook her bridesmaids!
A big hooray from the crowd and they were raring to get the show underway. A ceremony filled with laughter, tears and smiles all round. You couldn't help but get caught up in the whirlpool of emotion. To Jo & Dylan, it all awaits you, wonderful memories to be made. Enjoy your life together! Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Campbell...Jaq & Gaz X
Wow, talk about a gorgeous outfit on a gorgeous bride. Instant eye-popping attention as Jess walked down the aisle to her beau. The music, the atmosphere, the groom’s emotions, gets me every time. First the throat, then the eyes start to fill and before you know it you’re all choked up and you’re on!
Ten years in the making for these two so there was a long term build-up of feelings. Ryu and Jess were just perfect though. Sunny skies, great crowd and the love of your life about to commit! I am so very honoured to be a part of your amazing day. Jess looked drop dead gorgeous! And Ryu, you’re one lucky man. Gaz and I wish you every happiness. Ching ching and XX.
Another fab sunny winter afternoon fit for a party. Michael and groomsman Anthony were focussed on keeping the drinks up to the guests but things changed quickly when the red Mustang complete with Bride cruised to a halt. The emotions took a step up and the air was heavy with nervous hilarity. Within minutes of Robyn’s arrival there was everything from raucous laughter to shows of tears even from the biggest and toughest in the crowd. Michael’s gorgeous daughter Ava, attracted attention just by being so cute and handled her part like she had scripted the whole affair. By the time Michael and Robyn were presented as husband and wife, everyone felt like they had played a part in this wonderful ceremony. Cheers Mr & Mrs Smith.
The scene was set. Magic! Like something out of a fairy tale. Makes you want to get married all over again. Then again most weddings do that to me. 120 excited guests waiting for celebrations to get underway. Then she arrived.
James the groom couldn't wait to get his hands on her and embrace his wife to be. The love, the excitement and the passion of these two quickly swept thru the entire crowd and everyone wanted what they were having.
It was so easy to see and feel the warmth, love and heartfelt support that James & Amiee have from family and a great bunch of friends.
Amiee you were truly one breathtaking bride and it was such an honour to be part of your day. Gaz and I wish you both well and hope we cross paths again soon. xx
Man-Mountain Geordie stood on the sand stage of Clarkes Beach with his 3 groomsmen sweating it out under the hot afternoon sun. 100 friends and family wandered down and headed straight for the icy cold bottled water to ward off the instant thirst. They didn't see the red stretch Combi pull up in the car park. Neither did they see Jess and bridesmaids pile out looking radiant and raring to head down to the sand. Though Jess turned all eyes, the bridal dress made a statement all of its own. Stunning.
A few minutes peering through the trees and they took to the beach with gusto. Geordie eager to lock eyes, arms and lips as Jess strode towards him. Such a pleasure to marry a couple that weren't afraid to show their feelings for each other. A total pleasure sharing such an intimate experience with you Geordie and Jess. All the very best to you, your wonderful family and friends.
The red stretch Combi pulls up to the kerb and the scene is set. Four stunning bridesmaids in ravishing red escorting a stunning bride to finish it off. Get that camera clicking. Troy taking it all in his stride was being stirred by his four best men. With a gentle breeze and soft falling rain it was very romantic and intimate. But I am sure as soon as the formalities were done and dusted this party was really going to kick off. Such a lively and energetic bunch of young wedding guests waiting to go off like crackers!
Will it or won't it. Rain that is! The unsolvable question. To set up at Clarkes Beach or Clarkes Beach Cafe? Everyone was happy to catch up on the goss so an hour here or there didn't matter. The cafe won out and the scene was set. All were eager to get the show on the road and waste no more drinking time, as the boys put it.
The gorgeous Erika had arrived and looked every bit the picture book bride. Stunning! Damon a man of few words was saying it all just by the way he looked at is wife to be. Their love and laughter filled the room and we all got to soak up a little of what it's all really about. Pure bliss.
6 best men, 6 bridesmaids 5 flower girls. Wow, what a wedding party! With only minutes to spare there was just enough time to pin the flowers on the boys shirts before the beautiful Bridget made her entrance behind her entourage of attendants. Amazing sight! Bridget looked gorgeous in white. Just look at the photos!
With a lively band of flower girls and bridesmaids paving the way Bridget crossed the warm sand to the man she loves. The start of the next chapter in their lives together. A large crowd of friends and family gathered on Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay to see them tie the knot in style. Even Wal and Bridget's dogs were attending to witness the marriage and signing of the register. Woof.
Lots of laughs and popping corks to celebrate the new Mr and Mrs W.
Julian Rocks in Byron Bay was the scenic backdrop for Michael & Kim's wedding at Clarkes Beach. Exquisite. Byron turned it on again with postcard weather on what was a fabulous warm afternoon along with the constant plethora of tourists walking the beach.
Gaz and I were the only locals at the wedding with the guests from as far afield as Canada, England, Kalbarri West Australia together with a few from Melbourne, Sydney and the Sunshine Coast. Such a warm, inviting group of guests, It was like they were all family. An absolute pleasure to be part of your special day Michael & Kim. Ching, Ching to a lovely couple.
Steve, the groom was cool, just wanted to get on with it and get the limelight off him. The guests were early and quick to comment on how much warmer it was out on the deck of the Surf Club. Then Sarah stepped into the entrance. Hot was redefined and Steve forgot about the limelight and finally cracked a smile.
The intimacy of the ceremony was appreciated and the laughs when down like a cool beer. All was possible of course with the help of the group of close friends and family.
As soon as Steve and Sarah were pronounced husband and wife, the corks popped and the bubbles started flowing. The guests showed promise with the party spirit and were ready to get on with the celebrating with the glowing bride and groom.
Nothing like a warm day at the beach especially if you are just off the plane from Wales. There was a sizable scrum of Dylan's Welsh family and friends over for the weekend and they were not going to let a second go to waste.
The surf club was bulging at the seams with energy and the air of anticipation was strong. Dylan arrived with his groomsmen having stab at tying traditional Windsor knots in their red and grey stripped ties. The Welsh accents were as strong as the mate-ship. Dylan's wedding was the final of the group and was not going off without a bang. The wedding guests were suddenly distracted by the arrival of a huge long black stretch limo. The limo sat motionless at the kerb and nothing stirred. Then, nothing stirred. What were they doing in there? One by one the 4 bridesmaids emerged in shoulderless red numbers and of course Nicky in an elegant full length gown, escorted by mother, Carol.
Nicky didn't stop beaming from the moment she materialised out of the limo. It was such a pleasure to be a part of another wonderful celebration and declaration of love between two very special people.
The cold snap 2 hours before kick-off must have been a real shock for those who travelled down from North Queensland. Standing in the park, praying that those big dark clouds would suddenly head sideways, they weren't alone. Spot, spot and the umbrellas were out, just as the bride and her gorgeous attendants pulled up.
Nerida and Tash took everyone's attention with their sweet voices as they sang their hearts out. By the time the Bridesmaids and Angelique made it to the Chuppa, the grey sky had turned on a light drizzle. What luck! The great outdoors! Kerri Jessop, the photographer snapped away making sure Mick & Angelique had a trove of colourful memories. Once the Bride and Groom set eyes on each other, it wouldn't have mattered if it was bucketing.
They were so absorbed in each other they just drifted through the ceremony like they were in a trance. Romantic stories, plenty of love and laughter. This couple was so busy languishing in the moment that it will all be like a dream. One they will cherish forever!
How good is it when everything falls into place? The rain clouds disappeared, the remaining clouds shaded the afternoon sun, the wind was blowing gently offshore and small hollow waves were breaking lazily in the green room. There was no last minute panic for the Celebrant this time. We could see the Bride with her red parasol down the beach when she was only a red dot in the distance. Talk about energetic romance. Kylie walked more than a kilometre with her Bridesmaids over the soft sand, through the beach walkers, kids and the strolling surfers to get to her man.
Meanwhile, Dieter and his Groomsmen were kicking the sand and sweating the minutes. Kylie might be energetic but the Flower Girls seemed to be distracting the whole affair with the attention they were attracting from beach goers. Then as the music died down the crowd moved closer to soak up every word of the ceremony, like a wave washing up the shore. Heartfelt readings from family and friends added to the emotion followed closely by eager participation in the sand ceremony with white beach sand and dark ground coffee rock.
The result - a beautiful keepsake. Every detail of this ceremony was carefully planned and went without a hitch. The beach took some time to clear with everyone wanting a piece of the smiling Bride and her handsome Groom.
Warm and humid with a slight sea breeze, the surf club started to fill with guests quickly as the hour approached. The Groom was ready and waiting with friends scurrying off in all directions for last minute arrangements.
Fantastic beach front venue right in the middle of the busiest beach on the North Coast. All of a sudden, the bride arrived and didn't waste any time. Victoria knew what she wanted and she waltzed straight in and found Dion - all smiles. Camera's flashing constantly provided a backdrop for Dion and Victoria to catch their breath and re-connect for the most important hour of their lives together.
Looking every bit the part, this beautiful couple shared their vows with a large gathering of family and friends many of whom flew in from the UK. Except for the Celebrant, no-one had to move far following the ceremony. It's all there at the Surf Club. Drinks, food, friends, cool shade and a great view over the beach and the madding crowd.
In Japan, all you have to do is fill out a form to get married. George and Nanaka married this way without a ceremony but found it just didn't seem like the whole deal. They decided to embark on a journey to George's old stomping ground in Byron Bay with friends and family. They wanted to enjoy a western style ceremony complete with beach. One of the most popular beaches on the East Coast no less.
Groomsmen sporting bow ties, Bridesmaids in turquoise numbers, gorgeous Bride in a full length wedding dress and complete the scene with Roy the interpreter, the ceremony took on the aura of a formal wedding.
With George's whacky wit and my awkward attempts at welcoming the Japanese by name, broke the ice with the visitor's right from the start. By the time the champagne was being popped there were plenty of hand shakes and stumbling shots at breaking the language barrier. The surf club was certainly in for an interesting night of celebration. I am looking forward to catching up with them when we head to Japan for our next ski trip.
Craig & Reina had made so many trips to Byron to check out where they would marry, you could say they were just about locals. Clarke's beach captured their hearts and this was where it would all unfold. Determined to carry on despite the rain, umbrellas went up and guests huddled together to stay warm.
Reina's family had made the long trip all the way from Japan, hence I was blessed with interpreter who did a fabulous job and made it extra special for Reina and her family. With Congratulations all round, the heavens opened up and the close knit family made a hasty exit to the reception, also held in their beloved Byron.