Tumbling Waters Retreat, Sydney Wedding: Bri + Paul

Stanwell Park Beach wedding photos, bride and groom on the beach, Tumbling Waters Wedding photographer
April 10, 2016 / By / Post a Comment

Briolynn (Bri) and Paul and I have shared a long photography journey together… I was already so honoured to photograph their proposal AND engagement on Koh Samui. So when I got an email asking if I’d be available to photograph their wedding in Sydney last November I could barely contain my excitement (Nek can attest to this, because we were in the airport in Kuala Lumpur waiting for our next flight when the email cam through). Lets just say I did a few jumps up and down, nothing too embarrassing. 😉

As soon as Bri visited Tumbling Waters with her sister, she knew it was where she wanted to get married, and brought Paul to show him soon after. All I can say is they did a good job at choosing! The views overlooking Stanwell Park Beach are amazing!

Bride getting ready having her makeup done

Bri and Paul have been friends since high school. Bri was the new girl who moved into Paul’s school, they met in hospitality class and said their first ‘hi’s then fell into different friendship groups. About a year later they became proper friends, and then later again, best friends.

One night after going out with her friends to have a few drinks Bri mustered up the courage to stop by Paul’s house on the way home and tell him how she really felt about him.. the feeling was mutual.

Tumbling Waters Retreat Wedding, giant LOVE sign

Tumbling Waters Retreat Wedding, bridesmaids details, dresses and rose

9 years on, I photographed Paul getting down on one knee to ask Bri to stay by his side. Last month I photographed the happiest day of their lives so far.

bride and bridesmaid laughing during wedding preparations

Bri and the girls got ready in jittery excitement together.

bride getting ready at Tumbling waters retreat

Check out this stunning scene of the mist coming up through the hills… such a beautiful location.

view from Tmbling waters retreat, smog coming up from mountains

giant love sign at Tumbling waters wedding

Tumbling Waters Retreat wedding details

I owe a huge thanks to Russell who photographed Paul and his groomsmen getting ready at a nearby location while I was getting the girls.

bride and groom getting ready for wedding ceremony at Tumbling waters retreat

bridesmaid getting ready for wedding ceremony

engagement and wedding ring detail photo at Tumbling waters retreat

Beautiful flowers by Floral Fix 🙂

flower bouquets pink and white roses, Tumbling waters wedding

Wedding dress hanging on door at Tumbling Waters Retreat

Wedding details, wedding shoes and bracelet, handkerchief, ring and bride's hairpin

Bri’s niece was so excited and loved every minute of being a flower girl.

flower girl looking into mirror at her makeup

flower girl and her mum with wedding bouquets

Again, I’m so grateful for everything Russell did on the day, he got some awesome photos of Paul and the guys!

groom and groomsmen's cufflinks

grooms' cufflinks and watch, grooms' details

groom getting ready, looking in the mirror

groom getting ready putting on watch, Tumbling Waters Retreat Wedding

wedding details, groom's tie and cufflinks and bride's veil and earrings

bridesmaids and flower girl portrait

groom's tie cufflinks and watch and bride's veil bracelet and engagement ring, Tumbling Waters Wedding details

groomsmen helping the groom get dressed, checking tie for Tumbling waters wedding

Nearly time!

bride and bridesmaids about to make a toast

groom and groomsmen portrait

bride having her hair styled for wedding ceremony at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Sydney wedding

bride's sister helping her into wedding dress

Paul was super excited, coming out to check on the weather every few minutes.

candid photo of the groom before wedding ceremony

flower girl peeking out the window in anticipation

We had a rain scare right before the ceremony with heavy downpour, but it cleared up within 10 minutes, so we were able to have the ceremony on the grass, just like Bri had envisioned.

ceremony sign, welcome to the wedding sign, Tumbling Waters Retreat Wedding

groom and groomsmen at the start of wedding ceremony looking for the bride

Bri’s dad walked her down the aisle and gave her away to Paul.

bride and father mating the groom at the aisle

bride and her dad hugging before wedding ceremony

bride and groom standing at the aisle laughing

bride and groom standing at the aisle laughing
groom reading his vows during wedding ceremony

Tumbling waters wedding ring exchange during ceremony

tumbling waters wedding ceremony first kiss

candid moment of bride and groom after ceremony

Paul’s nephew made the cutest pageboy who everyone wanted photos with 🙂

candid moment of bride and pageboy after wedding ceremony

bride and groom portrait with personalised match boxes, the perfect match

The gardens surrounding the Tumbling Waters are just stunning, so we had to get heaps of photos.

Tumbling Waters retreat bride and groom portraits

pageboy walking through giant love sign
bride and groom portrait with giant love sign, Tumbling Waters Wedding Sydney

Bri and Paul had some frames handmade for them just to get this shot!

bride and groom portrait with frame, Tumbling waters wedding
pageboy playing with frame

Tumbling Waters Retreat Wedding bride and groom portrait on a bridge

Tumbling Waters is located south of Sydney city, and it’s really close to Stanwell Park Beach, so we headed there with the bridal party for some gorgeous photos just as the sun was setting.

bride getting out of the car to go to the beach

I was SOO happy that everyone braved the narrow path, (a bit of) mud and sand to get to where we got these photos… it was so worth it and I think you’ll agree!

candid moment, bride walking to Stanwell Park Beach

beautiful bride and groom portrait by lake with sunset

beautiful bride and groom photos by lake with sunset

I’m so in love with so many of the photos Russell took! It’s so good to have a completely different perspective and angle of the same moment.

bride and groom standing by a lake with sunset in the background

bridal party photos in Stanwell Park Beach by the lake

bride and groom standing by a lake with sunset in the background

I just LOVE these beach photos!!

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bridal party wedding photos, Stanwell Park Beach wedding photographer, international wedding photographer

bride and bridesmaids with flower girl beach wedding photos, Sydney wedding photographer

bride and bridesmaids, beach wedding photos, cute flower girl and pageboy , Sydney wedding photographer

groom and groomsmen portrait on the beach

This one reminds me of nearly a year ago, when we had Bri and Paul’s engagement session, and the weather on (normally beautiful, sunny) Samui wasn’t cooperating. Bri said the exact same thing just as she looked back at me and I took this photo; “let just roll with it”.

spontaneous wedding photo, bride looking back at photographer and laughing

bride and groom wedding photos on the beach, Stanwell Park Beach wedding photos

bride and groom wedding details on the beach, brides dress and wedding bouquet, Stanwell Park Beach wedding photos

SIGHHH… these two <3 <3 <3!

Stanwell Park Beach wedding photos, bride and groom on the beach, Tumbling Waters Wedding photographer

wedding ring detail
Tumbling Waters Retreat Beach Wedding photos, Bride and groom photos on the beach, Sydney wedding photographer

We arrived back at the retreat just in time for this view of the sunset light over the horizon.

sunset view from Tumbling Waters Retreat

Tumbling waters Retreat wedding location photos

Tumbling Waters Reception before dark with the moon over venue

wedding details, thanks you favours and table flowers

Paul wanted a Lego cake, and that’s what they decided to go with. Bri was so happy with the cute Lego bride and groom cake toppers with the wedding dress that looks exactly like her real dress!

Wedding cake and words of wisdom for the couple, wedding details

cute Wedding cake with lego bride and groom topper

bride and groom cake cutting

They had an awesome guitarist, Anthony playing early on during the reception, and then mixing some awesome dance music later as well 🙂

reception entertainment for Tumbling waters retreat wedding. Sparklers and guitarist

bride and groom's first dance during reception

Lots of people came out to watch the storm out at sea and so I had to try and capture some of the lightning.

Tumbling waters venue at night with lighting out at sea

Soon after, the party started!

spontaneous photos of the groom and his friends during reception

Wedding reception dancing photos, people having fun

flower girl whispering into bride's eat at reception

groom and friends dancing, Tumbling Waters Wedding reception

And Bri and Paul’s beautiful day ended with a happy sparkler exit.

bride and groom sparkler exit at Tumbling Waters Wedding

sparkler photos at Tumbling waters wedding

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