COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
"An emotionally charged, dramatic photo shoot, suiting the dramatic location."

No matter how in-depth we endeavoured to organise an event like this, Mother Nature changed everything in a heartbeat. Even with Cyclone Oma almost upon us, it was still a no-brainer that this shoot must go ahead. The stunningly diverse scenery along the Nothern NSW beaches was my initial inspiration to create this bridal beach photo shoot; initially captured by dramatic images taken by Jerome from Bird and Boy Photography & Camilla Kirk Photography. Our team of creative professionals were organised and raring to go for well over a month. When the day actually came however, Mother Nature put a spanner in the works with Cyclone Oma dishing out high swells and challenging gusty winds at the location.
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
We were unable to access the rocks from the original photo image, for fear of being washed out to sea. The team was able to courageously navigate their way through bush, sand and rocks to the proposed location with everything still intact. The wind gusts stopped us from using many of our proposed props, but we managed to find a safe area that still emphasised the wild and dramatic ocean, rock formations and surrounding environment. The sea was so rough that white horses could be seen riding in on the waves. It was majestic. Picture perfect!

The beautiful backdrop of contrasting crystal-clear turquoise and deep-blue waters, black chunky boulders, vertical cliff rock formations and grasslands, easily lent itself to the natural 'Boho' organic style of this elopement bridal photo shoot. Our theme incorporated an array of soft natural blues and charcoals, brought to life with the contrasting richness in colour of the vibrant food. The men’s suits were modern, charcoal and sand, complimenting the classical ivory bespoke bridal wedding dress, which had the exciting modern twist of plunging neckline, both front and back. The layers of tulle added extra depth to the dress, mimicking the living effect of the ocean’s energy, flowing freely in the breeze. The dress appeared to have a wonderful life and mind of its own.
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
Every aspect of the environment was taken into careful consideration in this shoot. It was the focal point in our discussions and these thoughts were then replicated in the designs, colour and styling of the dress, flowers, food and jewellery. The ambience was enhanced with a singer serenading the bridal couple, making the whole experience even more memorable.

We steered away from the traditional style of bridal dress with classical lace detail, because I recalled that I already had the perfect lace; a beautiful wavy-patterned bead lace that closely reflected the waves of the sea. It also gave an exquisite, naturally flowing feel to the dress. The bride’s unique tiara of natural crystals (handcrafted at Crystal Dreamz by Ali) effectively mirrored the rocky ruggedness of the scenery. It was also lovely to see Courtney, our stunning bride, being able to model with her husband for the first time. The freshly picked flowers and softly deconstructed hairstyles (including Babies Breath on bridesmaid Tahana) and make-up on the models, blended in with the natural environment.

COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
Tahana's elegant navy-blue bridesmaid's dress shimmered in the light, and the vertical beading on the bodice and her jewellery with a layered boulder design, tied-in both rocks and ocean. Tahana modelled and co-designed this dress, loving it so much she decided it would be the dress for her formal. In reality, this shoot was more emotional for me, firstly because of the breathtaking environment and secondly, because Tahana (who is normally my set assistant) is my daughter and she was actually in front of the camera. I felt a proud parent! The whole bridal party were stunning!

The textures and clever ombre design of the three-tiered cake from Marina, beautifully tied-in the lace and artistically portrayed the varying blue and white colours of the ocean. Marina Machado’s three-tier fondant cake is imbued with the essence of wind and ocean perfectly capturing the spirit of the shoot. The dramatic motion of wave and sea spray has been reflected in strokes and splashes of deep sea blue set against an aquatic motif created by an imprint of lace from the bride’s dress. Once cut, the cake revealed a bright yellow, citrus colour, to contrast with the natural tones of the clothing.
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
A single-tier navy cake also featured, layered with white chocolate cake, lemon curd and vanilla bean buttercream, bringing a freshness to the table. In addition, Marina baked an exquisite mini-passionfruit tower topped with seasonal fruits that oozed lemon curd on cutting. Finally, long-stemmed clear lollipops inset with single, edible flowers, provided a delightful sense of romantic folly.

The 'cliff-hanger' of the shoot was our team being able to work miracles at this Northern NSW beach and achieve the desired results, despite Cyclone Oma and time restraints with available natural lighting. Mother Nature had dealt us a strong blow and it was a race against the elements and time! We had already made the wise decision to double the number of photographers, Camilla turned out to be a real life-saver. Thankfully, it did not rain. Ultimately, I felt the wind actually added movement and life to the shoot. All-in-all, it turned out to be an emotionally charged, dramatic photo shoot, suiting the dramatic location.
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS

COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS

COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS

Film Clip from Pineapple Images on Vimeo.
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS

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COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS
COASTAL CLIFFHANGER BEACH WEDDING INSPIRATION NORTHERN NSW FLORALS

Foot Note: No dresses were harmed in the making of this photo shoot, and as a direct consequence of such wild and dramatic locations, I have also become an absolute ‘professional’ in bridal gown cleaning, ha-ha!

Words by Helena
Location: Northern NSW Coast
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Styled Shoot Wedding Creatives:
PHOTOGRAPHERS 
VIDEOGRAPHER Pineapple Images
DRESSES & EARRINGS Helena Couture Designs
CRYSTAL TIARA Crystal Dreamz by Ali