"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another." Thomas Merton. A wedding is the greatest of celebrations. It's the last words of a book, "...After all that had brought them to this time and place... (it goes something like this doesn't it!?) ...they stood smiling at each other and as the celebrant gave permission, they kissed, and were married." Today we're celebrating the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Wedding of Nick and Jess
It's the start of an incredible life adventure, an acknowledgement of two souls meaningfully intertwined, perhaps more basically, it's celebrating two people who can't bear to be apart.
It's celebrated for the simplicity of what's been found. Because it's the most real, most fanciful, most desirable, most illogical thing we ever do see - two people in love.
It's an intimate, joyous, raucous and happy day. And how glad we are to be able to document these moments.
Nick doesn't live at home with his parents but it set such a sweet note of change that Nick went back home to get ready for the wedding day.
It also made a change that one of Nick’s groomsmen grabbed one of two MJ Bale suits from home - but not the right one. In this case it was an unmatched pants and jacket. It was similar enough to create the confusion, different enough to be noticed. So realising his mistake just before I arrived he very, very quickly rushed home and grabbed the actual wedding day suit, while Nick and his remaining groomsmen and grooms-lady (Nick’s sister) laughed continuously and repeatedly from that point. Mistakes do set a good mood.
Nick’s parents have a Dachshund who joined in the festivities of the day by wearing his collar and tie throughout the preparations too - and may have been on standby for the bridal party...
Jess and her bridesmaids, which included her two sisters, were getting ready at a friends apartment. It just so happens to have that consequential Sydney Harbour view that everyone wishes they could wake up to. Those views include the Opera House, ferry terminals, Harbour Bridge and, of course, the occasional firework night or two.
The hair and make-up had been done by friends, beautifully, and all the ladies were enjoying the benefits of being together, enjoying the view, and sharing champagne. All very relaxed, casual and sublime - with a hint of excitement too. It seemed a shame to leave the apartment but there was a ceremony to get to in an equally amazing part of Kirribilli.
Family friends had lent their cars, tied the ribbons and loaded the bridesmaids and Jess and her father onboard and delivered them round the corner to her Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron wedding.
There’s a lovely short walk down through the garden and down the aisle to stand next to each other, to make vows, exchange rings and make that first (and second) kiss in front of their family and friends.
Petals were thrown, hugs given, families embraced and a new story began.
After family photographs and a few minutes with their bridal party Nick and Jess stole some quiet moments together, with the city and harbour as backdrop.
The reception got underway a little later. (If you’re near youtube watch "I believe in a thing called love" by The Darkness) Jess arranged for a friend to sing a couple of songs for Nick. He was sensational, very much reminiscent of Justin Hawkins incredible voice, and that brought out the cheers and applause.
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron wedding team catered a fantastic buffet, lots of fresh seafood, plenty of choices for diets of all kinds, and an appealing choice of desserts.
Nick and Jess chose a three piece band, Red Soda Band, to provide the entertainment, one of their friends to MC, plenty of great speeches to reveal more about each other, a little dancing before closing out the evening with a very quick sparkler exit.
If you've found the one, the love of your life, and you are now planning your wedding (and especially a Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron wedding) and want beautiful photography to remember this special day then it's time to talk to Sarah or myself. We take compelling, elegant and timeless stills. We capture the most valuable images in the world. Yours.
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