Cave of wonders for Bec and David’s wedding
Comfort, fun and a cave of unique atmosphere all encapsulated the gorgeous nuptials of Bec and David, who took their vows on September 7, 2019 at Yanchep National Park, and which took place on the day their lives were entwined together for 7 years, 7 months and 7 days.
From the minute my lens began accelerating at pace for their special day, I knew it was a wedding not soon to be forgotten. Both David’s and Bec’s smiles really made my job easier; it was so natural for them to turn to the camera, and whilst each party got ready for the celebrations, minute by minute passed with the greatest of ease.
What I thoroughly loved with the pre-wedding shoot for Bec and David was working with the colour choices of the bridal party – the groomsmen featured deep sea green ties against their dark suits, and with David being from Mauritian background, he truly stood out and worked well with the tones.
The bridesmaids, of course, fell into line with the tie colour, setting the scene with the same stunning green colour for their dresses, which complemented Bec’s facial features and her elegant gown as they got ready at her mother’s house. Personally, these types of colours work incredibly well with the camera, and although it was a darker yet cool tone on the lens spectrum, it helped set the mood for the style of photography I use – especially at weddings, where emotions are heightened and I want the bride and groom to gain a sense of calm before their big moment.
And whilst the colours burst perfectly for the camera, one thing was for sure – converse sneakers for the ladies instead of heels was just the beginning of a truly unique day. Even her beloved pet dog got in on the action for family-bridal party photos.
When it was time, both parties made their way to the amazing Cabaret Cave, located 45 minutes north from the Perth CBD. The cave itself is situated in the spectacular grounds of Yanchep National Park and was used in the 1930s to provide a secret dinner and dance location for Perth’s rich and famous, and today is Perth’s only venue cave for functions.
As far as weddings go, I’ve photographed in churches, at parks and at halls, but taking photos at Cabaret Cave was a first, and one I’ll remember for a very long time.
The grand chamber inside the cave provided a stunning backdrop for Bec and David’s ceremony, and for more unique takes at this wedding, David walked into the cave with his mother, on a red carpet nonetheless, rather than simply waiting at the top of the aisle, as did Bec (with her mother) whilst 66 guests beared witness to their nuptials amongst the exquisite atmosphere of a cave carved out of millions of years of evolution.
Bec and David’s infection of love for one another was so enrapturing at their ceremony, everyone watching was effected, there was no doubt about that. Again, there was so much ease photographing their wedding, it all just came together seamlessly.
Coming out of the cave into the glorious sunshine, the bridal party joined yet again for photos at the lake, bringing with them an esky for cool drinks – typical Aussies! The stark contrast between the cave and the outdoor scenery really made way for great opportunities when it came to getting everyone joyously posing.
The champagne shoot, as I like to call it, continued with a relaxed vibe; the weather so great, even the local kangaroos decided to get out and congratulate Bec and David on their day. And as we caught the golden hour, with the sun setting right behind the lake, the candid shots just took off like a bird in flight – perfect in every way with the newlyweds’ smiles, embraces, backdrop and lighting.
But before heading back into the cave for the reception, Bec and David asked for photos on a small, elegant bridge that was situated just near the cave entrance, and I loved that they put forward that suggestion because the result is breathtaking.
And whilst I stayed for the festivities (with a glorious dark green, three-tiered wedding cake) within the cave, it was clear Bec and David were surrounded by loved ones who wanted to celebrate their nuptials and declaration of eternal life together. The dance floor really kicked off as their DJ played a mix of English pop songs and Mauritian music, and I captured all the guests partying the night away, cocooned in the body of the earth with the flickering glow of fairly lights and globes.