This adorable island wedding has a history for this couple. It is where Damien proposed to Kristen! And what a perfect spot to get married. Surrounded by their closest family & friends they said “I Do” overlooking the ocean! This relaxed, comfortable wedding was exactly what this couple was going for & I think we can all agree that it was achieved!
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
“Lord Howe Island is an idyllic getaway. Its a place where walking and cycling are the main method of transportation. Whilst cars are available for hire, the island pace lends itself to a more gentle and relaxed method of exploring the island. Turquoise waters with a sub tropical landscape and breathtaking scenery make it a perfect location for a destination wedding. Kristen and Damien fell in love with the island instantly and it was during their visit he proposed to her. It seemed like there was no question as to where to get married as they wanted their family and friends to fall in love with the beauty of this island too.
A world heritage listed island, Lord Howe is located 600km east of Port Macquarie. Plenty of accommodation options exist on the island, however due to a limit of tourist numbers allowed on the island at any one time, bookings must be made months in advance for their peak season of Oct – Apr.
Getting married in Lord Howe Island is not without its challenges. The strict baggage allowances and temperamental weather means flights in and out can be delayed. This was no problem for Damien and Kristen as they had advised their guests to fly in a few days early so that they too could enjoy this island paradise. The white sandy beaches and lookouts over the towering Mount Gower make for a variety of ceremony locations. Lovers Bay with its grassy knoll and picture perfect views of Mount Gower is where they chose to exchange their vows in front of over 30 of their closest friends and family.
Lord Howe Island also is the perfect location to experience a more relaxed and unique wedding. This was evident when they chose to have their ‘first look’ in a secluded cemetery. A ‘first look’ is when the groom sees his bride on their wedding day for the first time. Whilst this would usually occur at the wedding ceremony, more and more couples are choosing this to occur in a private location just prior to the ceremony. The ‘first look’ is very common in the USA and Canada but up until a few years ago unheard of in Australia. The ‘first look’ is usually organised by the wedding photographer to document this special moment. It often results in a very emotional response and allows the couple time to reconnect prior to the wedding ceremony.
After the ‘first look’ and a few photos, the groom left for the ceremony location. The bride was due to make a very unique entrance and the stage was set for her her grand entrance. A wicker chair was lashed to the back of a ute and the bride was seated in the chair as it reversed down the grassy hill toward the wedding ceremony location much to the guests’ surprise.
After the ceremony the couple and their guests enjoyed drinks at Lovers Bay prior to heading off for their wedding photos. Their guests remained to continue to mingle whilst sipping sparkling wine and admiring the breathtaking views. The reception was hosted at Earl’s Anchorage, a local restaurant serving the island’s best food utilising the freshest of local produce, in particular the amazing seafood. There was even time for the bride and groom and their guests to leave the reception and walk down to the beach to watch the sunset.
The exceptional hospitality shown by the local community to help organise this event and plenty of planning with their wedding photographer (Samantha Ohlsen Photography), their reception venue (Kathy and her team from Earl’s Anchorage), and some dedicated Qantas staff meant the wedding went off without a hitch. Prior planning is certainly a must for a destination wedding at Lord Howe Island. The rewards of a unique wedding in a world heritage location meant that Damien and Kristen’s dream wedding became a reality.”
Photographer: Samantha Ohlsen Photography // Restaurant: Earl’s Anchorage