I don’t know where to start with this one – it was an emotional one!
I was contacted by Lisa-Ann and Rod a few weeks before their wedding in Fingal Head on the Tweed Coast. They had push their wedding forward due to Rod’s mother being terminal ill. Unfortunately she did not make it but she was 100% there in spirit! This was a very emotional wedding for all parties. I met with them several times in the coming weeks and felt like a part of the family by the big day. Ill admit I shed a lot of tears throughout the day and when I was editing! There is always a story behind an image. This might “look” like any other wedding this story was a little bit special.
Alongside me they booked local photographer Tim Morrissey. He is a passionate landscape photographer who has down syndrome. He posted on a local Facebook page asking for an opportunity to capture people. Rod works in disabilities and introduced us. We had a lovely cafe meeting drinking coffee and chatting about photographing weddings! It’s always a pleasure to talk “shop” with someone equally passionate.
Lisa-Ann and Rod nuptials brought together a tribe of children, partners and grandchildren! Rod’s reaction (below) to his bride walking down the isle was hands down my favourite I have captured! He was overwhelmed with love and pride.
We had to move the ceremony space to the grass because the sand dunes at Fingal had washed away in the storm. Final Head was a special place to Rod – year of memories growing up, fishing and now his Mothers resting place (Cook Island). It was important to have Cook Island in the background of their portraits. Mumma-bear looking down proudly on her son and daughter-in-law.
Moments before the ceremony Rod took a moment with his son to collect sand in memory of his Mother to include in the sand ceremony (performed during the ceremony). I gave them their space and with my long lens captured really emotional moment – Rod was red eyed crying holding his son tight. I instantly started crying behind the lens. It’s moments like this when I realise how important my role is in connecting with couples and their families. It’s important to understand what is happening. A brief moment that might have been lost in the flurry of 50+ guests arriving in the hot sun.
Throughout the day I was introduced to every family member and friend with a detailed story of how much they meant to Lisa-Ann and Rod! Like I said at the start, I honestly felt like part of the family. You know the cool thing… Lisa-Ann and Rod live a street away from me 🙂 Majority of my couples are destination weddings travelling from all over Australia so it’s a nice treat to have the opportunity to stay connected.
Photography – Lady Bella Photography