Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain’t got you / ALICIA KEYS
A Down Convery’s Lane Wedding
Halfway between Lismore and Ballina, about an hour’s drive from Byron Bay, sits a wedding ceremony and reception venue that is truly special. Tastefully abound with antiques and relics of years gone by, Down Convery’s Lane of Wollongbar is a favourite playground for this wedding photographer. So when Kirsty and Nick decided to hold their wedding at this spectacular Northern Rivers wedding venue, I was a little excited to get back there to say the least!
High in the Ramada Hotel in Ballina, Kirsty and her girls busied themselves getting ready, choosing to ignore the forecast of rain for the wedding day. When I arrived to photograph them, it had just started drizzling outside.
While Kirsty and her bridesmaids got ready, Nick grappled with their two young boys, trying to keep them entertained while waiting for Mum to finally arrive at Down Convery’s Lane to get married. By this stage, the wedding ceremony had been moved from outdoors to under the cover of the barn, which isn’t really a problem at Down Convery’s Lane, as everywhere is beautiful!
Trundling down the highway in a cool vintage split screen Kombi (courtesy of Coast 58 Weddings of Byron Bay), Kirsty and her entourage arrived, much to the delight of the guests and two very excited little boys. Mum was finally there! There were smiles all around.
And what’s a wedding without a toddler playing with Mum’s wedding dress? It was very cute to photograph. The ceremony was beautifully conducted by Byron Bay celebrant Kirsty Laing and it was soon out into the light rain for us for the official portraits. I think I am one of those rare wedding photographers who loves a rainy day wedding. To me, they just scream romance. What’s more romantic than dancing in the rain with your one true love?
Before I go any further I’d like to congratulate Alstonville Florist for again making the most beautiful bridal boudquets! Kirsty’s bouquet was a combination of stunning flowers coupled with succulents. It was truly spectacular!
The party continued on for Kirsty and Nick with hilarious speeches and many laughs. A special thank you to Down Convery’s Lane for making me feel so immensely welcome again and indeed, to Kirsty and Nick who gave me the honour of being their wedding photographer. I’ll finish this blog post with an image of the newly-weds’ wedding rings, a favourite creative shot of mine to get when I’m doing wedding photography.