Coromandel wedding photographers – Tam & Sam’s Opito Bay wedding – sneak peek!!
On Friday night, we loaded up our car and hit the road, bound for Whitianga.
Just out of Thames, we checked our Facebook on my iPhone… oh. Tsunami warning. Hmmn.
Once we arrived, we watched the news until the warning was downgraded to just a marine advisory… and then felt safe enough to go to bed (in our room right on the waterfront!).
The next morning, the sun was brightly shining, and we watched the boaties heading out over the bar… for all intents & purposes, a normal Saturday at the beach.
We made our way over to Opito bay – an absolutely STUNNING little Coro gem that is tucked away down a gravel road, and still relatively ‘untouched’… which was where Tam’s family have their bach, and the wedding was being held.
Sam & the boys were getting ready a few doors down from the girls… the guys were chilling out, playing some cards..
I loved that the boys went without suit jackets too – such a good call, when the sun was beating down on the beach later that afternoon!
I love the simplicity of this rings shot… but also the fact that if you want to, you can interpret so many cool things about it… weaving two pathways together… lives intertwining… or it’s also just a pretty picture!
On our way back to the girls, we walked through the marquee – set up next door to their bach at “base camp”.. and had the chance to shoot some cool details – the amount of time & energy that had gone into the settings was impressive!
Each table had a theme – like paua…
And then within that, each place setting had a coaster with a photograph they had taken – that tied into the table’s theme.
After the ceremony, the guests got to enjoy the scallops that were once inside these shells!
Around at the girls place – Tam was looking stunning in her beautiful wedding dress..
Which was being touched up / sewed right up until the last moments – thank goodness for talented bridesmaids!! The paua theme was reflected in the girl’s dresses – all complimentary, but different, colours. Awesome.
A quick check in the mirror – and it was time to go.
This is Carmen. She’s a red tractor – and is a part of the family life at the beach. For the wedding, Carmen was dressed up too – and the girls made a grand entrance down the beach, parking right by the guests. I love that everyone is waving here – the ceremony took place just out of frame on the bottom left.
The trees provided some shade – and also made for awesome shadows on the ground – Amber captured this impressive image that I call ‘visual chaos’ … I love that for all that’s going on, all the lines point in to the central focus – very cool!
Many of the guests (and bridal party) were up from the South Island / various parts of the country – and were seeing the Coromandel for the first time. I love that not only did Tam & Sam get to have their wedding in such a special, significant place to them… but also they were able to share the beauty with their guests. And the Coro turned on an absolute stunner.
Earlier in the morning.. Tam asked her Dad ‘So have there been any tsunami waves”… ?
“Yes.. Three – that have come right up past the high tide mark. They’ve had to rake the ceremony area 3 times”.
Wow! During the ceremony, another decent push from the ocean meant Carmen’s feet got a little wet…
I love this shot, of Sam hugging both his Mum & Dad at the same time.
After the ceremony & family shots – the bridal party got down on the beach for a wander in the sun…
Then we played with some of the gorgeous backlight in the trees…
Carmen got to feature, too..
Tam & Sam jumped into the back of our car, and we headed over to the next bay, where we had so many things to work with within one tiny space that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves!
These guys were really adventurous – so we began by climbing a rock face… and at the top, was this awesome field..
The view looking back down wasn’t bad, either..
After Tam & Sam scrambled back down the cliff, I stayed up top to grab this image..
Then it was time for shoes off & a refreshing paddle in the waterline..
Finishing up, we had some beautiful backlight in the Pohutakawa trees..
On the way back to the car.. they asked whether they’d be able to climb this tree & get a shot sitting on the branch.
Who were we to say no??
I love the boats at the bottom of the frame, leading your eye up to Sam & Tam.
We finished up at the reception, and bundled everything back into the car to begin the trip back to Auckland.
On the way home, we swung by the Pepper Tree restaurant in Coromandel town – one of our fav spots to eat, and highly recommended!
It was an awesome wedding day – and all the effort put into the theming totally paid off, with an amazing, relaxed, beachy feel.
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Thanks so much for having us along to share a part in your wedding day guys – we had a ball!
Have a fantastic time in Australia – and there’ll be more images to come soon 🙂
Isaac & Amber.
- Isaac de Reus
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