Another gorgeous Central Coast wedding, this time, at Mangrove Mountain. So much to share about Brianna and Sam’s Mangrove Mountain Wedding, where do I begin? We first met Bri years ago, shooting at a conference in Sydney (which is rare for us!) and knew right away that if this girl got married, she would be one fun bride and so when Bri got in touch and told us she was getting married at Mangrove Mountain, not only were we stoked for her, but we were stoked for ourselves to have such a fun bride to look forward to shooting. The day started at the boys. These friendly, country blokes were as chilled as you would expect country blokes to be at Mangrove Mountain so the shoot was a breeze and we strolled out of the boys prep loving life and our jobs! When we arrived at the girls, they were enjoying the morning sunshine with sparkling and nibbles, in their robes, in the shade of the lush gardens at Mangrove Mountain. The girls took their time getting ready, really enjoying the moment and it wasn’t a mad panicked rush to get ready which was a nice change as Mangrove Mountain wedding photographers. The time came to head over to the ceremony, which was enjoyed by friends and family in the shade of beautiful large trees on a private property in Mangrove Mountain. Once the two exchanged vows and we took some family group photos we went for a stroll around the property at Mangrove Mountain. It was our first time shooting on this property at Mangrove Mountain and we were surprised (and delighted) at the variety of images we were able to get! Beautiful Autumn (in Winter) leaves, sheds, a damn, pines, lush gardens with blossoming flowers… we could have shot at this private Mangrove Mountain property for hours upon hours if we had our way however as always, as natural light shooters, we are always chasing the light and before long, dusk arrived. With the marquee reception all on the same Mangrove Mountain property, we made our way over to the crowd to start the night’s celebrations with dancing, heartfelt speeches, cheeky games, and lots of great food and bevvys. We were spoilt with amazing Winter sunshine and the warm of open flame fire at night. Believe it or not, this was a DIY wedding which really gave it a special personal touch and the details from the ceremony chairs, to the candle lit centre pieces and fairy lights. Thank you for having us as your Mangrove Mountain Wedding Photographers Brianna and Sam, we hope we got some good ones for you to look back on for years and decades to come!
Archives for June 2021
Being a photographer is more than just taking nice photos. Of course, we pride ourselves in taking photos that are well framed, with good composition, light, etc., however we pride ourselves even more in being there to capture the moments and life’s milestones to look back on that day for years and years to come. With that in mind, we have to say, that we are truely privileged to meet some wonderful people on the way and to be there to capture the celebrations and most beautiful life moments on more than just the one occasion. Below are just three couples we have been fortunate to meet at their engagement shoot and/or wedding and then not too long following, have the pleasure to catch up with them again when they have introduced a new little family member into their lives. There were so many more we could have showcased and featured, and some with multiple family shoots when introducing new little ones into their clan however it would have meant too many hours sifting through dozens of hard drives from the 15 years of photos of we have taken!
Jess and Alex – We first met this couple back in 2017 when we did an engagement shoot at Bouddi National Park – our very first shoot at this spectacular location (after not long having moved from QLD to NSW). We were blown away not only with this amazing scenery but also laid the foundations of what we knew was going to be an epic wedding to shoot too a month later. 11th Feb 2017, a day we won’t forget! Jess and Alex celebrated their wedding at Somersby Gardens Estate, also a first for us back then, and it was an over 40 degree day! The couple planned for a wet weather option, but not for the heatwave but Jess and Alex were the best sports and ended the night jumping into the pool with their wedding outfits on. Fast forward 4 years, we were so happy to see Jess and Alex in their beautiful Woy Woy home with their brand new IVF miracle baby boy, Finn.
Yolande and David – We also met this couple back in 2017 when Yolande and David threw their super fun engagement party at The Grounds of Alexandria. With flowing wine, food and fairy lights, this created the perfect backdrop for a night shoot. A year later Yolande and David celebrated their wedding day at a beautiful beach front property at Pearl Beach, Central Coast. Having met most of their guests at the engagement shoot, it almost felt like we had the day off! And two years later, after their wedding, it was just so lovely to see this couple again with their baby boy Albie and what was extra special was shooting their first family session at Pearl Beach, Central Coast at all the same spots we visited two years prior on their wedding day.
Carly and Matt – Although we didn’t do an engagement shoot for these guys, their Winter wedding at the Hunter Valley in 2017 wasn’t the first time we had met this extra friendly couple. We first met Carly and Matt when we were living in Cairns and shot a wedding at the Botanical Gardens there and Carly was a bridesmaid. As it turned out, we shortly after moved down to the Central Coast, not too far from Carly and Matt’s neck of the woods of Newcastle, so it just made sense to shoot their wedding at the Hunter Valley. Carly and Matt’s wedding will always be a standout in our history of weddings as Carly was quite literally the happiest and most fun bride we have shot to date. And when they contacted us in 2019 to take some family photos with their first born baby girl at Soldiers Beach, it was like catching up with old friends again.
We love weekday weddings, it gets us out of the office and away from the computer for the day which is a bit of a treat for us when we edit images all day every day (except on the weekends when we shoot!). Doubly excited for Sasha and Andy’s wedding because the location of the wedding was The Pines Campground Martinsville, a place we had never shot. In fact, The Pines Campground Martinsville was a place that we had never even heard of!
So we set out and drove north from Avoca Beach for The Pines Campground Martinsville and Google Maps was not our friend that day. As we got closer to The Pines Campground Martinsville, it felt like we were get farther away and this little gem of a location was not so easy to find. To add fuel to the fire, the petrol gauge was seriously low and we panicked and made the executive decision to back track away from The Pines Campground Martinsville 20 minutes to the servo. As it turned out, we were actually only 50 metres down the road from The Pines Campground Martinsville and because we are (well try to be) super organised, we made it to The Pines Campground Martinsville right in the knick of time.
It was our first time meeting Sasha and Andy at their elopement at The Pines Campground Martinsville and like so many couples Covid had disrupted their plans. With Andy’s parents and family living in the UK, it was impossible to have the family reunited and the travel-loving couple decided an elopement at The Pines Campground Martinsville was the way to go. It was an overcast day, which really worked in our favour, as it gave us nice even light and we did not need to worry about harsh, speckled lighting a bright day would have brought us. A beautiful and intimate ceremony with 6 of their dearest was enjoyed, followed by a quick stroll through the pines and a delicious smorgasbord with flowing wine and sparkling. Sasha and Andy’s love for dancing shone and although there was no dance floor, DJ or band, the small group danced in the afternoon light with not a care in the world!
Thank you Sasha and Andy for letting us capture your beautiful elopement and thanks for introducing us to this location, might need to bring the family up for a little shoot ourselves!
Another gorgeous family portrait session on the Central Coast NSW. How incredibly lucky are we to have this gem on the Central Coast NSW literally down the road from us – a family portrait photographer dream.
We had a lot of fun on this shoot on the Central Coast NSW and so glad this family of five decided to drive up to the Central Coast NSW from Sydney for the afternoon for their family portrait session on the Central Coast NSW, just a stone throw away compared to America, where these guys are originally from. We started at Putty Beach, for this family portrait session on the Central Coast NSW, where we were spoilt with some ocean mist, plus we pretty much had the beach all to ourselves before jumping into the car to drive up to Bouddi National Park Central Coast NSW – our fav spot just at the start of the Box Head walking trail. We absolutely love this spot for family portraits on the Central Coast NSW with the ocean views right out to Palm Beach. Too many gorgeous images to show case and I wish could have posted them all, however here are a few of our favourites on the Central Coast NSW.
Now is the perfect time to book in your family portrait photography with us on the Central Coast NSW. We love shooting in Winter, for a number of reasons. Firstly, as Central Coast wedding photographers, pretty much every weekend is dedicated to wedding photography, however during Winter, we have a lot more available weekends to shoot family portraits on the Central Coast NSW. Secondly, the beaches and parks tend to be less busy so we don’t need to worry about people in the background – you pretty much have the beach to yourself, perfect for a family portrait session on the Central Coast NSW! Bonus – A LOT less mozzies to deal with too! Thirdly, without day light savings, family portrait sessions on the Central Coast NSW tend to start a little earlier compared to during the Summer. This is great news for parents with little ones so the kids aren’t getting as tired, hungry and cranky. Lastly, there is just something about that Winter golden glow for family portrait sessions on the Central Coast NSW. The light is softer for longer giving that warm soft touch to images that aren’t harsh with strong shadows and overly bright highlights.
With the Winter break just around the corner, it’s a great time to book your family portrait session on the Central Coast NSW. Contact us for packages.