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Byron Bay Wedding Photography – James and Niamh – Teasers


“We had known each other since we were teenagers, but James was always the cute older guy that was just that little bit too old for me at the time. He moved to Melbourne shortly after and then years later we ended up at the same house party where we just couldn’t leave each others side. I was super nervous when it came to leaving and forgot to say goodbye to him, which he says left him no choice but to facebook message me asking me on a date, so I could make it up to him for my irish goodbye.
Within two weeks we were dating, for six years we travelled around the world and visited new countries, and on our 8th Year he popped the question in London.”

What a day to get married, and at the stunning Earth House in Clunes, Byron Bay.

Byron Bay sure turned on it’s charm on this special day, the day Niamh married her sweetheart, James.

They were married to lovely words by celebrant Cara Gallagher, under the huge Fig Tree with views out to the horizon. And what a kiss!

Most of the pics are on the stunning grounds of the Earth House, the rest are up the road at a beautiful macadamia orchard.

Niamh and James, thanks for having Pete and I along on your special day.

It was one day to remember.


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Some people who helped make James and Niamh’s day happen


Bridal Dress – Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaids dresses – Oleg Cassini
Hair / Make-up – Alex Ouston
All rings by Jason Withers Designs
Groom & Groomsmen suits – Jack London
Florist – The French Petal
Wedding planner / Event stylist – Kiera @ Creative Weddings Byron Bay
Celebrant – Cara Gallagher
Cake – Rebellyous cake co
Catering – Eat Drink
Musician – Steven Childs
DJ – DJ Scradley



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  • Bronagh - It wasn’t even my wedding day and I couldn’t have asked for better photographers! You were both so polite, humorous (which helped us hold back the tears) and made us all feel so comfortable on camera. As a bridesmaid to Niamh, I know she wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to capture her special day.
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  • Kelly Cottle - Awwwwwww sensational just shows the love between you two cuties!!! Absolutely Stunning xxxxReplyCancel

Byron Bay Wedding Photography – Fig Tree Restaurant – Junior and Kate


Kate and Junior met on the dance floor back in 2010. They danced until the “Ugly lights” came on. There was a spark.

3 years later they finally caught up for a coffee, and after a few years more, all their messaging back and forth rekindled the spark.

Kate went through some major surgery and Junior was always there for her, she knew he was The One!

“Deep down we just knew it would end in forever!”

A little boy later, and with another bub on the way, we skip to now.


This winter’s day, Junior and Kate were married, at the beautiful Fig Tree in Ewingsdale, Byron Bay, Australia.

It was a stunning day, a fairy-tale wedding, under a huge fig tree with a backdrop of the Byron Lighthouse and coastline off in the distance.


Thanks to Kate and Junior for having Pete and I along on your big day, for the trust you had in us to capture the love you indeed show for each other.

I have just chosen a few of my faves to show off for you as a sneak peek for now, but more will come very soon.

Love, Matt.


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A few awesome vendors Kate and Junior want to thank, who helped make their day what it was.


Wedding Planners – Byron Bay Weddings

Food – Fig Tree Catering

Hair and Make-up – Natural Goddess Organic Salon

Celebrant – Ceremonies with Amala

Jewellery By Design

Wedding Cake – Nourishing by Sally

Musician – Ino Pio


Fig Tree is also featured in our great article on 5 of the best Byron Bay wedding venues.

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Tamborine Mountain Wedding Photography – Jeff and Wendy – a few frames


Tamborine mountain is one beautiful part of the world. This is where Wendy married her sweetheart, Jeff.

Albert River Winery was the spot they chose, and what a spot!

Wendy, your very detailed lace Luv Bridal gown was just stunning.  Jeff, your blue suit and awesome red bow-tie matched perfectly. Great taste you guys have, and also with finding each other.

Congratulations to you. I know you will be an unstoppable team together in life, on your journey forward.


Many thanks for having Pete and I along on your beautiful day.

Here are a few faves I have chosen for you for now, just as a sneak peek.

More to come soon.



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Also big thanks to the following people who helped make the day happen.

Emilia Maria Makeup Hair

Flowers by Unveiling Poppy

Klaire Marie – Videographer

Celebrant – Jan Reid


Tamborine Mountain is one beautiful area that’s for sure, but there is also a great feature we have done on another  stunning part of Northern NSW, Byron Bay HERE. Please, do have a look.

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Sydney Wedding Photography – Rebecca and Todd’s little flashback!



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These two met on a dance floor (with some stars) and were still on a dance floor (under lots of stars) when Pete and I left them last weekend.


Here’s a few moments in between all that. Below is some of the day that Rebecca and Todd joined hands together to head out onto the dance floor of The waltz of life.

These two are now one. They are so in love. They can conquer the world together.

We had such an awesome and crazy, yet exhilarating, weekend down in my old home town, the beautiful Sydney.

Thank you for allowing us to share some time with your awesome friends and families on such a hugely important day in both your lives, even with some Black Swans, smoke, the sun (we get enough of that up this way, but we love it) and the much needed rain (we don’t get so much of that). And even with quite an angry, yet I found also mildly amusing?, resident (who may be either smoke or colour intolerant, or both I think – he should get that looked at *winks*).

Life’s not so hard really, with all these first world problems we have out our front doors is it? No. 🙂

Thanks for having Pete and I along, Bec and Todd. We are proud togs, smiling. 🙂

I have just had so much fun reliving your day while surfing through all mine and Pete’s photos of the whole day, picking the keepers, crying with embarrassment at some of the rest, laughing at you guys for a lot as well (with you I meant), I felt I needed to share a few more than just a couple this time…I like to change it up now and then.

Hope you like these until the rest come your way very soon.


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Also nice to meet and work along side a few cool talented other humans:


Perfection in make-up by Marija Milisavljevic from Sherbet Birdie
Eva Gardenia – on hair (and veil rack)
Some Very professional yet also very funny and entertaining words – the ceremony by Narelle Murray

Wedding planning by Rustic Character

Amaze Cake by Sweet Layers, Arncliffe

Great food late into the night by Fork n Knife catering, accompanied by smooth tunes by Blake Roberts

…and who could forget the awesome rockin’ rides by Chevy Wedding Cars




Pete and I loved getting back to Sydney again that’s for sure, but we also don’t mind returning up here in our part of the country, it’s also quite spesh. If you’re entertaining the thought of wedding planning in the near or far future , take a peep at a few of our favourite venues in Byron Bay.

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Sydney Wedding Photography – Jordan and Kate – First look


A ‘First look’ brought Love, Energy and Anticipation to the start of Kate and Jordan’s huge day. I love that.

These two have so much love for each other, the way they connect when they even get close is just contagious.

Pete and I thought we would show off your whole first look for you, Kate and Jordan…and a few others as well. What a day!

Pilu at Freshwater was just awesome, perfect location, great food, nice and intimate…nice choice guys!

Hope you like this sneak peek of what is just one awesome day. And thank you for having us along, for the trust, for being so easy going and down to earth. You two are cool, and will do great things together.

More to come soon.


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If by some chance you are looking to have your upcoming wedding in Byron Bay, there is a great feature we have done on some of our favourite venues, just over HERE. Please, do have a look.


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Blue Mountains Wedding – Dave and Ash – Megalong Valley


It was lovely to get back to the area I was born and grew up in, the stunning Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Ashley married David at the beautiful Dryridge Estate Winery out in the Megalong Valley, with The Great Dividing Range surrounding them.

The weather was chaotic yet addictive, windy and calm, rainy with stars to finish.

Ash is wearing an elegant beaded gown by one of my favourite designers Karen Willis Holmes, Ash what a stunner you are!!

Dave is in a very cool, blue M.J. Bale Suit, and he and the boys have custom Peggy and Finn Ties and pockets with Australian native prints, matching the handmade bouquets with all of the Aussie fauna included.

Dave’s wedding band is extremely custom made by Zoe Pook, featuring a surround of meteorite and Ash’s fingerprint hand engraved into the middle…what a ring!

Ash and Dave, thanks for having me along on your wonderful day, for the trust and inspiration, for having such welcoming and hospitable families and friends. I will never forget your day.

 

I hope you like these few teasers for now. More to come soon.


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  • Jenny - Stars and the vines at night is a beautiful photo.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - These pictures are stunning Matt. I hope you enjoyed Ashley and Dave’s wedding weekend as much as we did. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos later.
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  • Angela - I love all of these shots! Exquisite work Matt. It was lovely to meet you. Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Ben - I like the natural atmosphere
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  • Marko - Great photo’s, especially the intimate photo on the dance floor and the perfect circle framing from the sun.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Congrats guys!! Looks like an amazing day, wonderfully captured! That one on the hill with the sun is beautiful. Can’t wait to see the rest xxReplyCancel

  • Ash - They’re lovely Matt. I can’t wait to see more. 🙂
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  • Leonil - As a fashion photographer and occasional wedding photographer myself, it was so much fun watching Matt work and getting a chance to see how he shoots a wedding.
    I love how the first dance and the star portrait turned out. So thankyou for the amazing photos and letting me take a glimpse at how it was done, from one photographer to another, it was bokehlicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Such beautiful photos! Absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Toni - Beautiful photos. Looks like it was a wonderful wedding. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Love love love these photos. Especially the one of Ashley framed in the doorway, the beautiful one on the dance floor and the one outside at night with the stars twinkling down from above. Pure Magic!ReplyCancel

  • Arlene - Great photos captured awesome memories of a great event. The night shot with the stars is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - Beautiful photos Matt, very unique which is just what is important for such a special day. It was fun seeing you at work, loving what you do has come out in your photos, Cheers Bernadette (Dave & Ashley’s wedding)
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  • Fallon - Beautiful pictures of beautiful people!
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  • Mel - Beautiful work capturing a beautiful couple! Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - Wonderful memories of your special day, captured in romantic photos, in the best setting in the worldReplyCancel

  • Lorena - You’ve truly created a beautiful memory for the couple
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  • Jim Lee - This was a magical and memorable day, captured by the wonderful photos. Eagerly waiting to see more ….ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - Love the night shots!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - These shots capture the most beautiful day perfectly xReplyCancel

  • Light Pictures - Thanks for all the love guys n gals, so good to see such wonderful support, for both myself and Ash and Dave. MattReplyCancel

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