Wild, windy and wet.
Just a few 'www's' that sum up this shoot for Leigh+Justin down at Norah Head. Despite the rain - we just went for it.
Getting amongst the elements, and making the afternoon one to remember. I've never photographed here before so a change of scenery was a nice change. A bit like destination wedding photography - you kind of take om the 'captain adventurer' role with the couple, discovering and stumbling across location gems to find awesome little spots and beautiful pockets of light.
Leigh and Justin were troopers. I rocked up and it was pouring. And I thought... 'well...I'm here now... so I'm good to go....pretty sure they'll give it a miss but... haha' only for it to get a little worse with the wind once they turned up in their car next to me. But they were pumped, excited and a little nervous at the same time. Keen as mustard! haha So we threw the jackets on (well...Justin and I did...Leigh didn't bring one!) and set out in the bush to begin their time together.
Shoots like this can be ruined by the weather, but it's all how you look at it. Yes, we get wet. Yes it's a little cold. And no - you can't control the weather. But couples seem to gel together quicker in this type of weather. Just that little bit more when the rain is present. It must be the cold. Right? The 'survival mode' in us that pulls us together even closer when were in the elements. What ever it is.. it's awesome.
I used my beloved Mkiii on this e-shoot - mainly because I still think it's better than the Mkiv, but more because of the rain. Having a camera in this type of weather doesn't 100% prove to me yet that cameras will actually turn on the next day due to a flogging. With so many weddings, e-shoots and events being documented at this time of the year, one kinda has to think wisely about what gear you risk, and when to pull the pin. Good news is - as expected - the Mkiii pulled through. We lost the dial dial button for the mode selector, but that's the least of my worries. It's all about the images. The memories that these two will have forever.
With all that said, check out the shoot below. Some really nice moments here of a beautiful, lively couple.
I hope you love it as much as we all did! Enjoy,
Gez Xavier Mansfield
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?
Definitely the cake tasting! We got so much free cake it wasn't funny! That being said, having all that cake prior to a wedding probably wasn't the best idea. It did force us to get outdoors to burn all of the cake off by completing exercise. That's sort of part of the wedding planning, right?
How do you think marriage will change your relationship?
We chose each other well before our wedding day. We see marriage as a process that we grew into. Marriage to us is the declaration of a commitment that we have already made. We are hoping that through officiating our marriage that our relationship will be recognised, officially.
What do you most look forward to about your wedding?
Exchanging vows and being announced as husband and wife. Also, with all that is involved for the wedding day to operate we are looking forward to the day FINALLY being over.
What's both of your favourite colours?
"Green. Justin?" ... 'That really depends on what the colour is being used for.'
What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving marriage?
Trust, honesty, flexibility, love, and empathy
Who have been your favourite wedding dress designers? After looking everywhere, Calabro Bridal & Formal ended up manufacturing the dress. They appear to be better than anywhere else. Highly recommended.
What special ways do you express your love to each other?We are both curious individuals who love new experiences. We share love through quality time, learning more about each other with each passing moment, and exploring the world we live in together.
What made you choose this location for your engagement shoot? Norah Head was where we started our journey as a couple. We also have many fond summer memories as a couple and with friends around Soldiers beach.
What are your favourite ways to spend time together? We love spending time hiking, going for long walks outdoors, snorkling during the summer, travelling during the winter, sharing our deep-seated ideas on various topics, sharing a love for social activism and humanitarianism, and learning more about how each other operates.
What’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day? First of all, we would never suggest you financially cripple yourselves by suffocating yourselves in layers of debt, but make sure you budget for everything you want on the day. The day will only come once, so you might as well enjoy it! Secondly, don't stress too much about the wedding itself. Your energy is better spent with those who you love. Lastly, don't EVER let the event of the wedding day become something you focus on more than your partner. Focus on your love for the person you are about to make your public declaration of love to. Your partner matters more than your ceremony, reception, honey moon, and countless hours of cake-testing combined!
What's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day? Having enough money to pay for all the services and organising the smaller tasks / details of the day.
What’s the best relationship advice anyone has given you? Just be happy with being yourselves. Study each other for the rest of your lives. Don't take each other for granted. Your partner comes first.
If you both had magical powers to turn into an animal, what would you be, and why? Leigh: I would turn into an Eagle so I could fly
Justin: I would turn into an Eagle so I could also fly as well. Flying with Leigh would be fun.
And what about the vendors that you are working with for your wedding day?
Our decorations are being completed by Cupids Corner, Lighting / Sound is being completed by a professional team put together by our friend Mr Brenden Wright, the music will be done by a live jazz quartet that has been put together by Mr David Roberts, the cake was sourced from the Cheese Cake Shop in Tuggerah (highly recommended), and the location / venue is being provided by Rafferty's resort. Gez Xavier Mansfield is our photographer on the day!