Emily and Michael exchanged vows in an intimate beachside wedding on the serene and scenic Steele’s Island in Tasmania. What a delight it was to photograph their special day.
Steele’s Island is a unique location. A setting so tranquil you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a relaxing getaway.
Conveniently, located just 40 minutes from Hobart it’s the perfect destination for you and your guests to let your hair down. Away from the hustle of Hobart, you can’t help but really enjoy being in the moment.
The couple became Mr & Mrs. Dickson on a beautiful October day beneath a white arbour adorned with the word ‘love’. They sealed their love in a heartfelt, emotion-filled ceremony led by Celebrant Christine Kelly.
Emily wore a glamorous floor-length fit and flare gown with a richly embellished bodice of silver beading and a romantic soft tulle skirt that extended into a sweeping train. Her look was finished with a floor-length tulle veil and a bouquet of blushing roses in hues of pink and white.
Michael and his groomsmen wore classic black suits complete with pastel pink ties.
For a little bit of fun, the bride and groom both wore sneakers. The bride opted for a super cute pair of platform converse sneakers and the groom paired black sneakers with his suit.
The wedding morning brought unpredictable weather and rainfall so the decision was made to move the ceremony from the beach to a drier location. The ceremony went ahead on the nearby deck with a beachfront outlook that showcased the beauty of Steele’s Island.
The groom waited for his bride in front of a gorgeous tulle wrapped archway featuring suspended silver feathers and a silver sign with the word on everyone’s mind, ‘love’. Pastel pink and white balloons created a celebratory setting and a wonderful distraction for the bride and groom’s two young boys, Remy and Opie.
The boys played a special role in the ceremony, handing the rings to their parents and receiving beautiful gifts from their mum and dad. They looked exceptionally dapper in their suit pants, shirt, and suspenders (they may have also stolen the spotlight a few times).
After the ceremony we put the scenic location to good use with the bride and groom’s wonderful bridal party, family and wedding guests all coming together for a group photo on the beach.
Pro Tip– If you’re umming and ahhing about a wedding guest group shot, I say, ‘Do it’. It’s very special for families and friends to be in the one place at the same time so a group shot is your chance to have a photo with your nearest and dearest and a beautiful memory of everyone who attended your wedding. In the years to come, you will thank yourself for ensuring you got this shot.
After the group shot and family photos Mr & Mrs. Dickson were able to steal a special moment to themselves as they stepped away to walk along the beach as husband and wife. I captured the beautiful surroundings and their precious moments from a distance.
The reception setting looked out to the beach with floor to ceiling windows taking full advantage of the breathtaking location. The beautifully styled venue was illuminated with white hanging lanterns and suspended white and pink tulle pom poms. Crisp white table cloths and timber chairs set the room.
The newlyweds entered the reception in style, throwing their hands in the air whilst guests provided a wonderful welcome as they stood, clapped and cheered for the newest Mr. and Mrs. Guests were treated to a delicious buffet-style dinner by The Golden Roast.
Later in the day I seized the moment and grabbed the bride and groom and raced to the beach to capture some sunset portraits.
After the sunset photos and with the sun disappearing into the horizon the newlyweds took to the dancefloor.
With the majestic beach as the backdrop, the first dance took place beneath a canopy of string lights and silver feather garlands creating a warm and romantic atmosphere. Family and friends eagerly joined the dance floor for what was a fun and celebratory end to a beautiful day.
Through The Lens (What I’ll always remember about Emily and Michael’s day)
Capturing Emily and Michael’s wedding was an honour. I grew up in the same street as the bride but we hadn’t seen each other in years. It was lovely to have a personal connection to the couple on the day.
It was a lovely drive to Steele’s Island. If you are considering a beach wedding close to Hobart this is definitely a wedding location to consider.
Sunsets are the gold dust for wedding photographers and an opportunity I just had to take advantage of. The final photos are really special and something I hope Emily and Michael cherish forever.
The wedding day from ceremony to reception was wonderful. My stand out moment was capturing the magical sunset with the new husband and wife.
Thank you for trusting me to capture your love story Mr & Mrs. Dickson. May your life together be filled with endless love.
Celebrant: Christine Kelly
Venue: Steeles Island
Catering: Golden Roast
Wedding Dress: Morilee Madeline Gardner from Strutt
Grooms Suit: Les Lees
Florist: Bride and Brides mother
Hairstyles: Ashley Symonds & Dianne Cross
Hair Crystal beads: Grandmother
Cake: Kristy’s Kreations
Photo Booth: Confetti