So it's Saturday afternoon, it's Autumn, it's sunny and Leeanna and Ziggy's 13 guests make their way down a grassy path at the South end of Coogee headland, to one of the most secluded oceanside locations in Sydney's Eastern suburbs, one just a couple of kilometres from where Ziggy and Leeanna live. And even though the temperature on my phone reads 29 degrees, the most perfect of Autumn breezes cools everybody just enough to take the edge off. In other words, it was the kind of weather that would compliment the wedding - and the couple about to be married - perfectly.
Then, a few minutes later Leeanna and her dad come strolling down the same path to join us, and as their celebrant Tami begins to weave her beautiful story of their lives together, tears start to flow. Ziggy first (surprisingly, he later said...), then Leeanna, then their parents, grandparents, and admittedly, me as well. Because no matter how many weddings I photograph and how much I reassure myself i'm there to 'do my job', when presented with moments like these; moments of intimacy, tenderness and family connection, I can't help but feel like i'm a part of something momentous. Part of something larger than the sum of all the guests, outfits and details put together. Part of their love.
Saturday afternoon was special. With 13 guests watching on, Leeanna and Ziggy told each other some words, they put rings on each other's fingers, and they kissed. And that's all they needed. Because marriage can sometimes be as simple as that; just two best friends, two soul mates finding each other and setting off in search of the same horizon.
Celebrant: Tami Sussman
Leeanna's dress: Marlene Harrison
Flowers: Miss Lucy Flowers
Hair: The Front Room
Makeup: Sonia Allen Makeup