A dream wedding along the stunning WA coast
The lead up to Olivia and Tyson’s wedding day was an adventure in itself, with the couple driving 23 hours straight on the West Australian tarmac, direct from Broome, to have their special day held in Perth. With both infatuated with the coast, it was only fitting that they have their memories made at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel and along the sands and shores of Cottesloe itself.
With a slightly different tactic than usual, my photographic assignment for the happy couple started at the ceremony rather than during preparations. An intimate ceremony awaited Olivia and Tyson, guests mingled with the groom whilst the groomsmen kept him cool, calm and collected; and as he stood waiting at the circular arch for his bride, Olivia arrived in time and quietly did her last minute prep before making her grand entrance into the room and leaving Tyson without words.
Sunflowers beckoned a whisper of sunlight in her bouquet as the celebrant eased nerves amongst the bride and groom, and everyone gave their full attention to the beautiful words shared between Olivia and Tyson before the nuptials were read out and the rings exchanged.
I have to say, their first kiss as husband and wife was adorable and charming, and delightful touch to each of their personalities was walking back up the aisle together each with a glass of champagne in their hands – unique and absolutely amusing!
Following a set of very entertaining family and guest photos with the bridal party, everyone stayed behind to mix and chat ‘cocktail style’ whilst I took Olivia, Tyson and the bridal party just outside to a cute little pink corner shop in Cottesloe for bridal photos – and surprise! Their dog minder brought along the couple’s dog, Uhtred, to participate in the photos!
I thought the guest photos after the ceremony were fun, but getting the happy couple out and about with their bridesmaids and groomsmen was even more fun! Olivia’s lively Irish charisma really came out, and everyone looked – and felt – incredibly relaxed in front of the camera, they were born for the lens. It always makes my job easier knowing that the bride and groom are comfortable enough to make all the photos glow and glisten like that!
We popped some champagne for effect, took Uhtred for a little wander down a quiet footpath, and snapped some beautiful portraits in front of the shop’s soft pink brick wall before hopping in the car and heading down the road and just ‘chilling’ along Marine Parade, which runs aside the beach. Before long, we made our way down to the sand quickly before heading back to the Cottesloe Hotel for the newlyweds’ reception.
I managed to get a collection of photos of the table settings and décor before taking snaps of the guests during cocktail hour, and it wasn’t long before Olivia and Tyson arrived with the biggest smiles on their faces. Everyone in attendance was in good spirits, and I could really tell how close each person was to the bride and groom. It was certainly a celebration with loved ones! When everyone finally sat down for the formal reception, it was time to ensure each guest was captured via lens before we went into speeches, which left Olivia in tears and full of emotion, the cake cutting, and some final shots of the couple on the balcony just as the sun was setting.
To Olivia and Tyson, thank you for sharing with me your wedding day and allowing me to capture the moments that meant so much to you. I wish you both a world of happiness, joy and laughter; may the world be your oyster along the beaches of life.