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The Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast Wedding of Imigen and Dave was short, sweet and excellent. It had all the good stuff. Custom made bridal gown like nothing I’ve ever seen (courtesy of a Hong Kong designer), an intimate gathering or family and friends, a full super moon during our location shoot, and the best choreographed wedding dance I’ve had the pleasure of photographing (to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing – I KNOW!).
This was a wedding of pure joy, and it was all organised from the couple’s home in Vietnam and with the help of their lovely family and friends here on the Gold Coast.
The Sheraton Mirage at Main Beach was the perfect location for their intimate ceremony, and it just so happened that we were completely blessed by a spectacular super full moon rising on the beach as we were finishing our location photos on the Spit at Main Beach. I mean, it was perfect. You couldn’t plan it. Well I guess you kinda could, but mother nature really turned it on with one hell of a sunset resulting in the most amazing colours in the sky right at the crucial time I needed them. Thanks to MN for that!
This Tropical Beach Wedding is quite special to me. I have known Solua since primary school and Duncan since they met over 10 years ago so I was really looking forward to capturing this special day for them. Solua and Duncan decided to get married in their hometown of Pottsville, nothern NSW in a tropical themed beach ceremony, incorporating Solua’s Torres Straight Islander heritage. They are also brand new parents, with little Finlay being born (after years of trying) just 5 weeks before the wedding!
So in planning, I was super excited when Solua suggested we incorporate Duncan’s love of football (Duncan is English, so when I say football, I mean soccer) into the location photos. Solua is the most bubbly, outgoing person that I know, so I knew it would be awesome. AND awesome it was! Complete with ball, Adidas tropical sneakers and a willing bridal party full of friends and family, we had well, a ball!
Another little touch I loved was that Solua organised to have an usher hand out flowers to her guests before the ceremony so that she could take her time walking down the aisle and collect the flowers for her bouquet from her family and friends. It was lovely and more people should do it.
A trip to the local canefields was also in order, as Duncan works for the local mill (plus they are gorgeous to shoot). The light we were presented with that afternoon was nothing short of spectacular. The soft dreamy tones and grey cloud formations were to die for, and naturally I loved every moment!
The reception, held at the local community hall and styled perfectly by Meherarti, kept with the tropical theme and really nailed Solua and Duncan’s personalities and love of some good light-hearted fun. At the end of the day though, the absolute BEST part of the day and something that touched the soul of every single person in that room was the performance of Solua’s islander family in tribute to Duncan and Solua’s union. Now I have seen cultural dances before, but this was something else. Every word, every move was special, and a celebration, not just a ‘going-through-the-motions’ style activity. I was an emotional mess, so I can’t even imagine how proud and joyous Solua felt witnessing that outpouring of love. BEST NIGHT EVER!
Congratulations Solua, Duncan and Finlay. Love you guys x
Wedding rings: Fine Lines Jewellers
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