Byron Bay Surf Club wedding | Morgan & Craig

The first weekend in March was definitely one of the wettest weekends Ive seen for a while. Leading up to the weekend it had been raining and on the Saturday I photographed a wedding in Tallai in the Gold Coast hinterland and thankfully we were up high but as I drove up the mountain the grounds were definitely in risk of flooding – it pretty much didn’t stop raining all of Saturday.

Sunday is a new day and I was driving down the coast to start photographing Craig and the boys have a surf at The Pass in Byron Bay before the wedding formalities began.  It was overcast and there were sprinkles of rain lurking pretty much all day, but apart from a few drops the weather managed to stay dry.

Typical me when Im shooting on the beach I get a little wet from wading as far into the water I dare while holding two cameras, so I made a pit stop at the Byron Bay Surf Club to change into some dry clothes appropriate for a wedding and to setup the photo booth for later that evening. Then I was off to photograph Craig, his groomsmen and Dad before heading over to where Morgan and the girls were getting ready. Two of the flower girls certainly weren’t having a bar of the cute dresses or headbands, nor photos.

As a surprise reveal to Craig during the ceremony, Morgan’s wedding dress was made from a combination of both Craig’s mum’s wedding dress and his grandmother’s wedding dress to create a dress which is modern and unique but sentimental and lots of nostalgia attached to it – which couldn’t have been more perfect for Morgan.

Looking through the photos you might notice a few bare feet – yes it was a barefoot wedding which couldn’t have been more appropriate for a Byron Bay beach wedding. As the guests entered the wedding venue at the Byron Bay Surf Club, they were invited to take off their shoes and throw on some flipflops. The ceremony took place under a big white marquee and apart from being a good wet weather option, for me as a photographer it was like shooting in a beautifully lit light box surrounded by white walls and ceiling to create beautiful soft lighting everywhere.  The celebrant for Morgan & Craig’s wedding was Jamie Eastgate from Brisbane City Celebrants, someone who I love working with because he is both professional and easy to deal with, and definitely the marriage celebrant to handle the wishes of modern couples. Ive also worked with his partner and wife Ciara Hodge who is also a marriage celebrant and she is as equally delightful to work with.

I definitely get to witness alot of weddings being a wedding photographer and Im usually pretty good at holding back the tears during emotional moments, but as I peered down my telephoto lens from a distance but zoomed in close up on Morgan and her Father as she whispered ‘I love you Dad’ and her face full of emotion, brought tears to my eyes but I think having my eyes glued behind the camera body I managed to hide my tears.  If there is a time when we can comfortably cry in public, it definitely is at a wedding.

After the group photo and family portraits, we jumped in Nirvana the 1964 splitscreen kombi with its original Volkswagen colours white over turkis green { from Mirror Image Weddings } and drove to Lennox Heads for our first photo location before heading back into Byron Bay for some photos around the disused trainline.

After a fun afternoon of photos it was then back to the Byron Bay Surf Club for celebrations, speeches, a ‘cheese layered’ wedding cake, dancing and the photo booth.

Also just to tell you what an amazing, generous and selfless couple Morgan & Craig are, they donated the money that family and friends gifted to them as wedding presents to two awesome charities: Big Life and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. These two fantastic charities do great work in protecting Africa’s endangered wildlife and rehabilitating and releasing injured animals. If you would like to support these worthwhile causes follow these links https://biglife.org/ and http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/

Here are some highlights from Morgan & Craig’s Byron Bay wedding …

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