Beach Wedding Photography in Apollo Bay – Donna and Mick
28th October 2010
Being a Wedding Photographer in Melbourne requires more than being able to create beautiful photographs. You need to be able to connect with your clients and create a sense of trust before you even take a single picture.
Our clients Mick and Donna were having their actual wedding in Greece but organised a “mock wedding” for family and friends. It was to be as real as a wedding could be, without it being recognised by the law. It was to be a very intimate event and they were looking for photographers who could be as unobtrusive and respectful as possible.
We felt a deep connection with our couple and they felt it too, to the point of giving us a glowing review even before the event: “We haven’t yet had our wedding, but already we know we are in good hands with Andrea and Mauro! Amarcord’s attention to detail, willingness to suit our needs, is amazing (and comforting!). Highly recommend!! Mick and Donna”.
The day finally came and it was one of the most romantic and spiritual ceremonies we ever took part. It was fun too! It took place on a beach in Apollo Bay, the perfect spot for beautiful Beach Wedding Photography.
It was October and the weather was unpredictable. The dramatic skies were threatening rain while Mick and the guests were preparing for Donna’s big entrance and then the most amazing rainbow appeared over the ocean.
Donna arrived, accompanied by her mother and preceded by her sisters. Our groom was overwhelmed by the emotion of the day and shed a few tears. It was such a moving experience.
The “ceremony” was officiated by a close friend of the couple, who also provided musical entertainment with his acoustic guitar.
As well as exchanging rings, the couple performed a Buddhist hand binding ceremony, officiated by the groom’s mother, who is a buddhist monk and was wearing her traditional red robe.
Another touching moment was when all the guests lit candles and positioned them in the sand around the couple. The ceremony finished with Mick and the “celebrant” singing “Donna” by Ritchie Valens and everybody toasted the couple with a glass of champagne.
It was time for the formal Wedding Photography but our couple, who were barefoot on a cold October day, were feeling cold. We suggested to go for a run to get the blood pumping.It was a good excuse to capture a few action shots.
They were having so much fun that our groom started to show off and did a cartwheel. We got some gorgeous images of our couple in the shallow waters, where we got some amazing reflection effects. Fantastic Beach Wedding Photography!
We took a few photos of our couple among the trees near the beach and then went to the pier for some romantic photography with the hills and heavy clouds on the background.
Our couple invited us to participate to the reception with their family and friends at Cafe 153 in Apollo Bay. The food was amazing and the staff was very friendly. We definitely suggest to check them out if you are in Apollo Bay. During the reception we sneaked out to photograph our couple in the small reserve opposite the cafe, bathed in the warm light from the beautiful sunset.
We felt a deep connection and a friendship blossoming between us and Mick and Donna so much so that all the guests were surprised to learn we weren’t long time friends of the couple, who found us on the Internet just a few weeks before the event. We wish all the best to our new friends Mick and Donna for their actual wedding in Santorini. We look forward to catch up with you on your return.
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