Dearni and Evander’s Port Douglas wedding photography at Sea Temple Port Douglas. The day started with Dearni at a great holiday accommodation place called Jamaica Beach House. There was a bit of drama with the booked hairdresser failing to show but the girls got there in the end with a great hairdresser coming to the house at the last minute! Dana Harris did a fabulous job on make-up for the girls. After all the drama the night before with the hairdresser Dearni was a very calm bride, she and her girls looked stunning and ready to party!
The ceremony was held at the Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas The weather was touch and go again this weekend so the ceremony was held undercover on the pool terrace. I love this venue with the pool spread out behind the bride and groom. When I arrived Evander and his groomsmen were awaiting the brides arrival. I took some photos of Evander and the boys, then Dearni arrived in the Kombi!
Friends and family traveled from Melbourne and New Zealand to join Dearni and Evander on their special day. The lovely Anna Soltwedel performed a lovely ceremony and before we knew it Dearni and Evander were husband and wife! With the paperwork completed it was time to move on to the group photo. All of the guests gathered around the bride and groom for the photo. They all gave a most enthusiastic cheer when prompted! Photos with family and friends followed the group photo.
As the bridal party didn’t all fit into the Kombi, I took the bridesmaids in my car and we all headed into town for the location shoot. First stop was Grant street and the overhanging of trees. I had to a herd a stray duck off the road in the process of taking the photos! Next stop – the beach and some rock climbing and then down to Rex Smeal park and the palm trees. We managed to get some photos done before it started to rain and everyone ran back to the car! Leaving me standing there on my own! North Queensland rain it not like Melbourne rain people!
We all arrived back at the Sea Temple in time for the start of the reception. The bridal party danced into the room with a special performance by Cooper, Dearni and Evander’s 4 year old son! After the entrée was served speeches began.
The men from each side of the bride and grooms families performed a traditional Maori Haka. The Haka is a traditional war cry and chant originally used to intimidate tribal opponents and enemies with loud shouts, chest thumps and exaggerated facial features and movements. WOW! I think the resort foundations were shaking from the stamping and shouting! It was very moving for everyone…..
And then it was time for me to leave….Congratulations Dearni and Evander and thank you for asking me to do your Port Douglas wedding photography. It was a pleasure and loads of fun!