Brunch at the beach, this is how this wedding day began. Idyllic really. What could be better? I caught up with Dan and some of his best mates relaxing over brunch at Burleigh Heads, sweeping ocean views behind.

Kelly and the girls were at home not far from the foothills of Mt Tamborine. Hair and makeup was nearly complete whenI arrived, awesome. The thing with wedding days is time goes slowly at first then seems to fly as the day progresses. Is this phenomenon something for Dr Karl to explain?

Photos with Kelly and everyone complete, it was time to head up the mountain to Songbirds Rainforest Retreat for the wedding. Kelly and Dan had chosen Songbirds for their ceremony and reception; guests were in for some delicious treats at the reception.

A brief sun shower before the ceremony gave way to clear skies. Guests arrived by bus, suddenly Dan was surrounded by friends and family, all that was needed to complete the picture was his bride Kelly.

There were tears and laughter in the ceremony and afterwards, what a beautiful ceremony it was. I just love photographing the emotions on display at weddings. Everyone was so excited for Kelly and Dan, hugs and kisses everywhere.

After the family photos (and some funny moments during) I photographed the bridal party at some of my favourite spots including my “secret” bush location on Mt Tamborine. Almost time to return to Songbirds, I caught Dan and Ben “light-sabering” each other with the bouquets, this soon became air guitar…

The reception at Songbirds was real cosy, the blinds were down and heaters on. I have a little “Fabulous Reception Predictor Test” I do at wedding receptions. It goes like this; stop, shut your eyes and listen. If there is lots of chatter from all directions, yes, it will be a great reception. Needless to say there was lots of chatter at Kelly and Dan’s reception.

Kelly and Dan, our congratulations to you both, it was a pleasure to photograph your wedding for you. Enjoy this mini preview of some of the photos, we can’t wait to see you in the studio next week to show you them all!