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Johanna & Zac get married // Byron Bay wedding photography

It was a pretty special wedding. Let me count the ways…

One. It was held in Brunswick Heads, just north of Byron Bay, NSW, a beautiful part of Australia, and one I could picture myself living.
Two. Serendipitously, it was the day after I finished a beautiful creative retreat with a group of amazing artists, right there in Byron Bay.
Three. The booking came to me via a great friend, which meant I got to shoot alongside said great friend, and I seriously love shooting with friends.
Four. It was probably the most loved up, heartfelt, intimate and beautiful a wedding can get. And we all know how much I love that.

I only met Joh in person a week before the wedding day. Her incredible warmth and lightness of spirit drew me in straightaway, and I was so excited to be a part of their big day. It was a joy to photograph. You could tell that every single guest adored Joh and Zac with all their hearts. The energy of all the gorgeous children who were present was truly delightful. Simon and I were witness to the most beautiful smiles, the tightest hugs, the tenderest words, and some pretty gorgeous light too. The weather wasn’t particularly kind to us, and we had a window of about five minutes to photograph Joh and Zac on their own before the rain came down again… but it was a pretty fantastic five minutes, complete with sparkly, hazy golden light and a rainbow going right into the sea behind us.

I am truly grateful for this experience. Thank you Joh and Zac for being so beautiful inside and out, and thank you Simon Pollock for bringing this wedding to me [us]: it was an absolute pleasure working with you again.

I always find it fascinating how differently two photographers can see the same scene, so I’d love you to pop over to Simon’s blog and facebook and have a look at his images too. Also you might see some shots on his facebook page that I took of him in action on the day! Simon is a Melbourne photographer, who does killer headshots, and also shoots families, kids, babies and weddings.

Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory weddings by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory wedding photography by Katie Kolenberg

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Julianna - I know none of them but this looks gorgeous. So many little touches that make it sweet and personal – uggs and tulle on the little girl, the dress which looks like beautifully hand-painted fabric, the informal “family” feel all round. The outside shots are lovely. You haven’t done many weddings yet but this is my favourite so far and one I’ll remember even after you’ve done hundreds.

Louise Fletcher - Katie, I love how you capture the whole day, all those special moments in the lead up to the ceremony, the bits that are so intimate and special. Beautiful images. And I SO want to get married again and wear that dress! The image of the bride with her arms outstretched on the hill – takes my breath away. Wow.

El - So so beautiful Katie K. What an amazing wedding! Lets move to Brusnswick and raise our kids together! xoxo

Louise - Not many weddings bring tears to my eyes, but this one has. They look so happy with each other and life.

Zac & Johanna's wedding in Byron Bay photographed by Simon Pollock - [...] of images from their lovely day… Many thanks to awesome co – photographer, Katie from Heartstory Photography, you can see Katie’s images from the day via the [...]

JennyC - WHat a lovely wedding! The bride is just so wonderfully happy throughout. I especially love the shot with the child peering, wide-eyed, into the room where the bride is getting dressed.

Yvette - Woohoo an amazing jod all around! So so lovely

Emilie Lemasson - Jo is one of my oldest, dearest friends and circumstances meant I couldn’t be at this wedding- but thanks to your amazing work I feel like I was still a part if it. Thank you!

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