Happy mid-week! Thanks for baring with me whilst I took a few impromptu days out to recoup with my family…I return to work refreshed, revitalised and excited to publish today’s pretty. A delicious destination wedding by Hilary Cam it features beautiful bride Michelle in a head-tuner of a gown featuring a gorgeous embellished statement neckline and a pair of red Jimmy Choo’s…serious fashion credentials indeed…
Relaxed, intimate and stylish it’s not just the design details or breath-taking backdrop that caught my attention, nor Hilary’s incredible eye for light and composition (I kid you not, this photographer incapable of taking a mediocre shot!) but the lovely back-story that accompanies Michelle and Gavin’s wedding and how Hilary Cam came to be their photographer – pressure indeed.
From Hilary: Photographing a photographer. Some years ago I used to contract for wedding photographers who had more work than they could handle. Early this year I received a SMS from such a past employer, Gavin Cato asking how I was and if I would like to shoot a wedding in Port Douglas? I eagerly accepted. Twenty minutes later my phone beeps – another message from Gavin… I screamed ‘no’, half whimpered ‘why’, at the terrifying job I had just accepted, I had just been the victim of classic bait and switch. Gavin was to be the groom. So begins the adventure of photographing another wedding photographer’s wedding.You may have heard of or even encountered a bridezilla, but hell hath no fury like having to shoot another photographer’s wedding!
This wedding was a collaboration with bride and groom. We scouted locations together, the ceremony was arranged according to best light and Gavin even directed a couple of location shots himself. Together we happened across some truly perfect spots. This is the only wedding where the groom took a time-out and began to take a couple of photographs of his own bride. Also the first wedding where the Groom has pop-quizzed me on what shutter-speed, ISO, focal length and f-stop was being used.. and not just to make small talk. That’s a true photographer for you – can’t even take a break on your own wedding!
Only eight guests present – what a beautiful way to celebrate and I adore the luxe feel of it all – don’t you?