I first met Zoe & Derek in the beginning of 2015 over a casual coffee in inner city Sydney. I straight away noticed their calm and happy demeanour, infectious smiles and bright personalities. I knew I wanted to photograph their wedding in that moment. And thankfully they felt the same too.
After hiding her wedding dress from Derek for what would have seemed like an eternity - the couple live in a 2 bedroom apartment ( well done Zoe!) - she finally got to bring it out, put it on and get all dressed up to marry the man of her dreams. Her smile only avoiding her in small moments of realisations that it was all happening today, now. The kind of awareness that dawn upon you when you have spent months of preparation and suddenly it is all unfolding before your eyes. It is beautiful and special to witness. It is love.
Zoe and Derek married at Altitude 1148 in Wollongong braving stormy skies and last minute challenges - all handled with grace and poise of course. Surrounded by 60 of their closest family and friends from near and far, this was an intimate wedding and very much a family affair. The couple only had one request when asked about their expectations from their wedding photos; happy. We would like to have happy photographs with our family and friends.
A couple who understands what it is all about - love, family and sharing the good times.
Love these guys xx