Another amazing wedding and one that will be stamped in our memory banks for a VERY long time. Another first for us shooting a Tocal Homestead Wedding so after snooping at all their insta and FB posts, we couldn’t wait to drive up for this Tocal Homestead Wedding. And this was the last wedding we shot before lockdown 2.0 with the lockdowns starting at midnight on the night of their wedding, so we were suuuuper lucky to get this Tocal Homestead Wedding in – leaving non-lockdown life with a bang with lots of laughter, hugging and dancing with 100 odd guests at this Tocal Homestead Wedding. We started the day with the boys and what a lovely surprise that our neighbour was the brother of the groom, so instantly we knew this wedding crew was going to be a great one. Once the boys were spruced up and after a couple of whiskeys, we made our way over to the girls at Tocal Homestead wedding who were enjoying some sparkling whilst getting their makeup done and it wasn’t long before we walked over to the ceremony where the groom and guests were waiting for their beautiful bride. Under a gorgeous and big, old tree Alisha and John say their I dos and then that’s where the real fun starting for us Tocal Homestead wedding photographers! So many pretty spots and that golden winter glow was magic. Sheep, old barns, paddocks by mountains, an old heritage building – we could have spent hours upon hours at Tocal Homestead wedding but of course being Winter, sun down came too soon but the fun did not stop there for this Tocal Homestead wedding. Lots of talk about how the next morning we were going back into lockdown, so the guests did not hold back. Great food, flowing bevs and dancing was enjoyed by all at this Tocal Homestead wedding, a day Alisha and John, and their loved ones, will treasure.
It’s been a few years since we last shot at Peterson House Hunter Valley and we were excited to be back. Probably just as excited as the wedding party as when we arrived there was a very excited atmosphere. A nice change from the crazy, rush and nerves we often arrive into. The two photographers usually stick together through out the entire day helping each other out however, this time round it ended up working out with the two starting at the same time but with one at the boys and the other with the girls. Both preps on private properties not too far from Peterson House Hunter Valle and although it usually means the photographers are under the pump when they are on their own, Gemma and Mitch’s day was different. It was a super cruisy prep shoot and got all the details, portraits and candid moments we needed before heading over to the chapel at Petersons House Hunter Valley. Probably one of the best chapels for a photographer’s lens with lots of open space and natural light. The weather forecast for the day was looking mixed and it was lucky Gemma and Mitch decided to get married inside a chapel at Peterson House Hunter Valley as the rain came down just as it started. The couple exchanged vows and the guests showered the couple with bubbles instead of a petal toss, which was very fun for the children attending… and us! And just as the couple exited the chapel at Peterson House Hunter Valley, the clouds parted and we got rainbows and sunshine for the remainder of the afternoon with an epic cotton candy sky at sunset. With the early sunsets during the Winter, it wasn’t long until it was time to head back where the guests were waiting at Peterson House Hunter Valley. We knew that good food was waiting for the bridal party… and us hungry photographers after a day of shooting, but the night was not over at Peterson House Hunter Valley. Just before heartfelt speeches, cake cutting and dancing, we got some gorgeous night shots outside the Peterson House chapel in Gemma’s dad’s old classic car. What a day Gemma and Mitch hosted at Peterson House Hunter Valley – thank you for letting us be apart of the action!
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.
Terrigal is absolutely breathtaking this time of the year, add the scenery of Terrigal beach with the quaint cottage-like look and feel of Maccoa The Clan in Terrigal, and you get the perfect backdrop for us wedding photographers, an undisclosed wedding not too far from the big smoke of Sydney and at one of Central Coasts best known holiday destinations. The wedding of Ari and Luke at Maccoa The Clan Terrigal did not disappoint that’s for sure. Ari and Luke first contacted us many moons back before the world was in lockdown ‘ah yes the dreaded C word’, a year passed and we were thrilled to finally photograph their fun-filled wedding as restrictions eased and the dance floor opened up!
The wedding day started with us meeting the nervous groom at one of the rooms at Maccoa The Clan Terrigal, rehearsing his perfectly written speech on his laptop while his groomsmen approached. Such a fun witty bunch, big into their gaming and Dungeons and Dragons, always a treat as we could relate! Ari got ready not too far away at a private spot still part of Maccoa The Clan in Terrigal. Just like the boys, Ari’s entourage was ready to roll out and ready to party, much to celebrate about before they finally walked down the aisle with Terrigal Beach as their backdrop, just behind Maccoa The Clan.
After a beautiful, ‘laughter filled’ wedding ceremony, we quickly went away from Maccoa The Clan Terrigal and headed straight to the Skillion at Terrigal Haven, going over the rocks and boulders. The afternoon sun shining at Terrigal along with a perfect 24 degrees golden hour sunset light, provided just the perfect atmosphere for their wedding bridal pictorial photos. Along with their fun personalities, we were able to get a mix of serious and character filled wedding photos we know and love.
After spending some time around Terrigal Haven and the Skillion rocks, we headed back towards Maccoa The Clan Terrigal where their family and friends were eagerly awaiting for their formal introduction as husband and wife to kick off the night of speeches and dancing. Thanks to the great work of Everlong Weddings who styled the room and of course Maccoa The Clan Terrigal for providing not just an amazing location but exceptional service, Ari and Luke’s wedding reception was just perfect. After a few speeches and many beers and wines later, they had their first dance as husband and wife. But the party was just beginning and everyone enjoyed the night dancing away at Maccoa The Clan Terrigal.
Thank you for having the Coast Wedding Photography team capture your very special day. We wish you both all the best in this life!
Another gorgeous Central Coast Wedding, this time a Yarramalong Central Coast Wedding, the wedding of Tara and Sean. The day started off with the boys for this Yarramalong Central Coast Wedding, and we knew right away that we were going to be in for a fun Yarramalong Central Coast Wedding. You could tell these boys had been lifelong friends with their shenanigans and banter so we were just as excited for the day ahead. We then made our way over to the girls and it just started to rain too, but you would never know because Tara and her bridesmaids and family, were just so happy that this Yarramalong Central Coast Wedding day was here and they all knew, rain, hail or shine that this Yarramalong Central Coast Wedding was going to be epic! There was no plan B and the ceremony started off with rain and umbrellas but by the time the couple exchanged vows the rain had cleared up and for the rest of the day we had soft, calm light – a Yarramalong Central Coast Wedding Photographers dream. With so many hidden gems around this Yarramalong Central Coast Wedding property, we didn’t need to venture far and after a wander, the bridal party were eager to get back to the reception to celebrate this Yarramalong Central Coast Wedding. Just as we suspected this party did not disappoint! Everyone, including Nan, was up for a fun night with everyone on their feet dancing for the entire night! The crowd paused for speeches but then were right back into it – there would have been quite a few sore heads the next morning but definitely well worth it!