Location: Shambala Estate, Mt Tamborine
Date: 14th October 2022
Mt Tamborine Wedding Photographer
One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work in a different place every day! And then sometimes I work in the same place, but it might have a new name! I had photographed at Tamborine Gardens before, but not since the rebrand to Shambala Estate. I love the venue; it has everything and is a one top venue with accommodation, several ceremony areas, and a fantastic reception room so I was excited to go back when Kristy and Mitch contacted me after I had photographed their friend’s wedding earlier that year!
I headed to the boys first, where I caught up with Amy, the ‘Best Woman’, whose wedding it was that I had photographed in 2021. The atmosphere was relaxed and fun, although Mitch, the soon-to-be-Groom, did insist on vacuuming in his undies!
From here I drove to Shambala Estate where the girls were getting ready in one of the cabins. Again the atmosphere was relaxed but busy. I love this part of the day and soaking up the ‘nervous excitement’!
Shambala Estate has some amazing spacious cabins to get ready in, with rainforest overlook, and tucked enough out of the way that your guests don’t get a sneak peek!
And being a Dad myself, Dad’s first view of his daughter always gets me! I love that raw emotion and love capturing that on the day.
One final tweak by the bridesmaids and I headed to the ceremony area where I met the wonderful Suzie Jones, wedding celebrant extraordinaire! Suzie was amazing at keeping everyone relaxed and calm and wonderful throughout the ceremony. You can check out her website here!
It was an amazingly emotional ceremony with plenty of tears and smiles
I also got to work with my favourite videographer, Bjorn Schmal, who is based on the mountain and is always an absolute dream to work with! He is always fits in with the couple, and we work together very well, not getting in each others way, and always making sure the couple get the best shots and footage. You can check out Bjorn’s work and website here! It was at this wedding that Bjorn kindly took the candid photo of me on the front page of this website! Thank you Bjorn!
And once Kristy and Mitch had kissed and swapped rings, we went to take some bridal party photos! Shambala Estate has a great depth of locations for wedding photos, and has some wet weather options too!
I always aim to get some posed photos that will look great on your wall, and also plenty of candid photos. These are always the ones that get mentioned and commented on and are generally most couple’s favourites!
And once the sun had set, it was reception time! The reception room at Shambala Estate is amazing and has a massive wow factor when you walk in! The mezzanine level also makes for a great entrance point for the bridal party and makes for a fantastic elevated perch for great reception photos!
Like the ceremony, the reception was the perfect mixture of laughter and tears. Kirsty and Itch were asked to be Godparents, I burst into uncontrollable tears at Kristy’s daughters speech, we had a 60th birthday, and there was even handcuffs. Don’t ask!
Once the cake had been cut and dance moves were being busted, I headed back down the mountain wanting to do it all over again!