Hannah & Nate, Byron Bay Australia

This wedding was a first for me to photograph, as the bride Hannah is my older sister.  So I hopped on a plane and flew 25 hours back to Australia for the first time in over two years so I wouldn't miss her big day. I felt a lot of pressure leading up to the wedding because I really wanted to go a good job for them and capture all their special moments but also to be present in her day as her brother.


Byron bay is a palette of prime colours where the sandy beaches, blue skies and sweeping waves intertwined to create some of the most spectacular landscapes. It was no surprise that Hannah and Nate decided on Byron Bay to tire the knot, well at least not to me that is. We grew up at the beach spending most weekends and all summer holidays there. And for Nate he comes from Hawaii and has surfed his whole life. So for them it was the perfect spot. Nate's family and closest friends flew out to Australia for the first time for the wedding and it was the first time that both sides of the family had the opportunity to get to know each other. The wedding day run smooth in most parts, however there was a bit of drama as a thunderstorm swept in the late afternoon which ended up in the ceremony being moved in doors (which in many ways created a more intimate ad romantic atmosphere). The couple met in the moments before the ceremony for a first look at the beach and to spend a little time together and actually take a little time out to appreciate each other and the commitment they were about to make to each other.