Shandaleigh & Norm: Elimbah Wedding

Shandaleigh and Norm had their wedding in early January at their property in Elimbah, they had spent months and months preparing the barn and the bar for this momentous occasion.  This photo above of the happy family in the back of the old Valiant is by far my favourite photo of the day.    

The barn was full of colour and fairy lights, the table decorations were created from rusty iron and native flowers from the property and were positioned in the centre of an eclectic mix of well worn tables and chairs. 

Norms bar was off to the side of the reception hall, here the boys had a couple of coldies to cool the nerves.

Bride and flowergirl sharing a moment at home before wedding at Elimbah

Throughout the barn were brightly coloured doorways and fabrics draped in fairy lights which gave me so many backgrounds to work with.

The ceremony was held in the back yard under the sweeping branch of a huge jacaranda tree with rich greenery behind.    

Bridal Party standing alongside old cars in the middle of skatepark in Elimbah

Shandy and Norm wanted to keep the day quite informal and just hang out and relax, we all headed down to the local skate park and got the boards out.  

Thank you Stuart for your amazing photos! You went above and beyond before, during and after the big day. We highly recommend Stuart’s photography, both quality work and friendly, easy going personality
— Shandy & Norm

Samantha & Terry: Traveston Wedding

"Terry, there's nothing weird about another guy photographing you in your duds"

As a second shooter it's my job to document the boys getting ready and in particular the groom.  I arrived at the Traveston property early in the afternoon to photograph Terry and his mates as they got ready.  The guest house was tiny and dark but had great window light.  Once everyone was ready we headed outside to say 'cheers' and jump on the bikes.  I took the shot below while riding in the tray of a ute on the drive down to the ceremony. 

In between shooting the Groom and waiting for the ceremony to start I photograph all the smaller details that are ready such as the signage, bridal table and reception hall, personal effects and candid portraits of guests. 

Always on the ready for the Dad and Daughter moments.

During the ceremony I work hard to get opposing angles to the main photographer and make sure I am out of their shots.  If they are shooting wide, I'm usually shooting long and vice versa.  Once the formals begin, its my time to capture the guests and if required shadow the main photographer during the formals and always keeping an eye out for distracting elements in the shot or just assisting.   

Groomsman jumping out of ATV

For a second shooter I have a fairly good and reliable Nikon kit, shooting with both D800 and D610 full frame bodies.  I will generally stick to a 24-70 F2.8 and a 70-200 F2.8 lens for the ceremony but will rotate through 18-35, 35 F1.8, 50 F1.8, 85 F1.8 lenses for the preparations and candid images.  For receptions and darker ceremonies I will use a Nikon SB-910 and SB-600 speed lights both on the camera and remotely triggered.  Sometimes I will also have a pair of Fuji X-T1's with me and shoot with 18 F2, 35 F1.4 and 60 F2.4 Macro.   

Backing up images is a huge concern of mine, both Nikon cameras will be set up to shoot back up to second card and I will swap out new cards in three stages over the day, preparations, ceremony, and reception, so that there is less chance of losing a full day of shooting.  After the shoot I will upload to my PC and then make a back up to two external drives, one that gets swapped over monthly with an off site copy and a second to a portable drive that goes every where with me.  The memory cards are not wiped until I have backed up to at least 3 different locations and delivered to images.     

Sara & Phill: Buderim Wedding

My day started at Sara and Phill's apartment, not a bad spot overlooking the water from the top floor.  Sara and her family were getting ready here before heading to the ceremony at Wirreanda Park in Buderim.  It was a very casual affair where I was able to get some candid images of everyone preparing and just hanging out with each other. 

Stuart did a fantastic job with our wedding. We love the shots we got back, and noticed the attention to detail and fine editing.
He recorded all the special moments of the ceremony without us even realizing it was being done. We’d recommend him for any event.
— Sara & Phill

Phill and his mate Mick were already at Wirreanda Park in Buderim setting up and greeting the guests as they arrived.  The park is lined with fig trees with a huge green canopy above letting through gorgeous dappled light.  Bruce, Sara's dad, had been rushing to finish of his old Holden the night before - just in time to drive Sara and Ella to the ceremony.

One of my favourite moments to capture, Dad handing over his daughter

To finish the night off the reception was held at the Bird Cage function room at Parklands Tavern, I love using off camera flash around the room to give some energy to the dancefloor.

It was a big day for all.

When Sara and Phill arrived home from their honeymoon I had their proof images printed ready for them to select their favourite images for print.  Part of this wedding package included 4x6" prints, 8x10" prints, 11x14" prints and a few 16x20" prints, all of which were further retouched and enhanced to best suit the paper stock. 

Grace & Justin: 10 year Vows

Grace and Justin renewed their vows in a small ceremony in the St Francis Xavier Church in the small town of Dayboro surrounded by close family and friends.  The church was tiny but light filled which allowed me to move around and capture moments without intruding with strobes, I shot with both 35mm and 85mm lenses on my Nikons which worked perfectly for wedding.  

Yuka & Ryan: Ilkley Wedding

Ryan and Yuka wedding at Annabelle Chapel Sunshine Coast by Caboolture Wedding Photographer Stuart Cox of Stuart C Photography

Congratulations Ryan and Yuka! 

Ryan and Yuka held their wedding at Annabelle Chapel on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.  A quiet wedding in amongst beautiful gardens with close friends and family. 

My first solo wedding was a little bit different, the trend with young couples from the east is to have a pre-wedding shoot and use these photos to display at the reception for their friends and family to admire.  A few weeks prior the wedding I met with Ryan and Yuka at the chapel to shoot the formal photos, while this is not typical it relieves the pressure and stress of the wedding day and gives the couple more time to hang with their friends and family.  A selection of photos were printed on lustre paper and mounted to display at the reception. 

The wedding day was a relaxed affair where I shot the preparations at home, ceremony and formal group photos before heading to the reception for some candids and cake!  

Stuart turns every session into an adventure. We booked Stuart for 3 days and gave him a huge wish-list of shots that we wanted to play with from idyllic countrysides to casual candid moments to grainy film noir settings. It wasn’t just a photo shoot, it was a good laugh and great day of playing around. Stuart provides a full service which goes far and beyond a simple photography booking.

We spent days sending storyboards, props lists and location ideas back and forth. Stu somehow finds a way to turn each of his photos into a fun, compelling story. My advise is to give him a couple ideas that are important to you, and then just let him run wild with it. You won’t be disappointed and you know you’re getting a personal, dedicated service when your photographer is excitedly replying to your text messages at 2am in the morning..!

Thanks Stu, we really appreciated your creativity, humour and especially all the extra hours you put into our shoot!
— Yuka & Ryan