Oh these two. These two glorious humans.
Married in the small, coastal town of Coral Bay in WA - Rob and Michelle chose this location for their destination wedding, for one main reason. Family.
Getting married away from their hometown of Bunbury was a must. They wanted their family to be together on holiday in a relaxed, hassle-free environment. No stress, no rush, no distraction, no worries, no nada . Toying with a few places down south and on the east coast, Coral Bay popped up and was a no-brainer from there on in... This is where they first holidayed together all those years ago - this little one street wonder of a town would set the tone for their entire wedding. With one long, wide street, one main beach, a couple of caravan parks, two pubs and one general store - whether you liked it or not - you couldn't walk 10 metres without bumping into the groom, the bride or one of the guests. Perfect.
With the boys swimming all morning and the gals playing numerous games of Connect Four - there was not a breathe of stress in the air. Nervous energy and excitement flowed between the two caravan parks and not even the wild wind or sewing emergency threw anyone off course.
Michelle and her maids casually walked barefoot to the beach-side ceremony, in her Grace Love lace gown, where a collection of some of her favourite humans awaited. With Rob at the top of the sandy aisle wearing the biggest grin anyone has ever seen. The ceremony, short and sweet - with beautiful words and (totally warranted) tears of love and affection.
While the guests wandered up and kicked off the celebrations with canapés and champers, the bridal party, Rory (uber talented fellow photographer and Rob's soon-to-be sister-in-law), Steve (my handy assistant slash boyfriend) and myself all wandered off into to the dunes for our location session. Blues, oranges and reds filled the lens and Rob and Shell nestled into each frame with perfect ease. The sunset was stellar, and even with the wind cranking up a notch - this close knit little group kept the vibes warm and the energy high.
A laid-back reception followed with hilarious and heart-felt speeches, delicious food and some seriously epic dance-floor numbers. With Rob being the self-proclaimed D-Floor King - his moves proved too much for his pants, and they gave-in, late in the evening. The quads were out and on display - the ladies be swooning, obviously.... The bride and groom exited the reception soon after midnight through a tunnel of arms and in return, drenched their guests in bottles of champers - hilarious!
It was clear as the Coral Bay waters and the blue, blue skies that these two love each other for who they are. All-encompassing of the good, the bad and each and every one of the in-betweens.
Michelle's one piece of parting advice for other couples planning their wedding had me nodding, finger -snapping, girlfraind-ing and uh-hhuuhhhing in solid agreement.
"Do what you want to do, not what everyone expects you to do. It's about the marriage and you both having fun."
Happy days you two.
Happy, happy days.