He surfs, he cooks and his mums owns a rural property near the Tweed Coast, plus he’s pretty good looking.  Or so my wife said when she saw these images.  Well actually she just raised her eyebrows in that way that says “Heeellloooo” and I knew.   There is just no competing with some guys is there?    Maria knew that and now, sorry ladies, David is her husband.

David and Maria’s wedding was so personal in so many ways.   You can see they are in love and so good together.    After their wedding ceremony at St Augustine & St Monica’s Catholic Church in Cooloongatta (near the surf), they and 120 of their closest family and friends celebrated the day on David’s Mum’s property.   I know why they had so many guests…..everyone loves them.  You can’t help it.

This was no run-of-the-mill hotel wedding that you see on one of those TV shows.   This wedding had true personal touches – things that really meant something as well as looked good.   The venue for starters.   I always love receptions at people’s properties.   They are almost always relaxed.   Maria and David had themed the wedding to reflect the setting, their love of food and David’s career as a chef.   Guests were seated at tables identified by a different herb, and each table decorated with that herb.    Little touches were placed everywhere to make guests feel truly at home.

Gone was the traditional wedding cake for this couple.   No, David & Maria cut a cheese wheel for their wedding cake.  Different types of cheeses were placed on tiers and ceremoniously cut, instead of the traditional wedding cake.   Perfect.    Everything about it suited this couple, their guests and this wedding.

Maria, not to be outdone by her husband, looked every bit the vision in a Carla Zampatti dress.   She absolutely radiated.   Maria is Argentinian.   It was so touching to see that her Grandma and her aunty had flown all the way from Argentina to be there for her on this her special day.    I know why they did.   She would hold a special place in anyone’s heart.  They were so proud of her.  I saw it on their faces.

After 12 years in this business you would think I would stop looking forward to weddings.   Well I was really looking forward to this one in particular this year.   I couldn’t explain why, but now I know.    David and Maria are genuinely warm and loving people.   Their wedding was warm and loving, simple and personal.   It was about family, friends and all that is important in life – love, laughter, enjoying the simple pleasures, and not taking anything for granted.   Maria and David, it was an honour to be your photographer.  Thanks for letting me capture your happiness.  It gave me a little happiness too.

Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Maria & David’s sneak peek slideshow.

Wedding guests are welcome to view all images on the online gallery.

(Slideshow and gallery are password protected. Please contact Maria & David for access).

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