Mike and Sara

Byron Bay hinterland wedding photography

Mike and Sara – Byron Bay hinterland wedding photography

Sara and Mike’s wedding held many firsts for me as a wedding photographer. We shot their formal bridal portraits in the afternoon before they were married. Mike’s a huge basketball fan, so Sara thought it would be a cool surprise to shoot their pictures while Mike shot some hoops. The basketball court in Ballina, provided a great backdrop to do some interesting portraits of the two of them. We borrowed a cool cruiser from Transition Cycles, Ballina and used that in a few of the shots to.

Then we all headed over to their amazing venue, a private residence on Old Byron Bay Road Newrybar, they had hired for their ceremony and reception. The venue was incredible with the wedding taking place on the lawn, even the cows in the neighbouring field ventured over to join in. The ceremony was conducted in accordance with their Baha’i faith. It was my first time photographing a Baha’i wedding and it was awesome. Sara and Mike walked down the “aisle” together with their families. Their was no one conducting the service as with a traditional wedding, instead people got up told stories and sang songs. It was a beautiful way for them to begin their married life and was really about the joining of the two families. As a religion, Baha’i emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind.

Following the ceremony we were blessed with the most incredible evening light. I didn’t get to hang out to long as I was just with them for a short time but in those few hours, we got some images I’m really proud of, and that I hope capture the beauty and love of their wedding day.

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