Justina and Ian’s quirky Esperance wedding ceremony on West Beach Esperance.
It’s always awesome and a honour when a couple loves my work so much they are prepared to fly me to their Esperance wedding to capture their big day.
When Justina and Ian, first approached me to capture their Esperance wedding I thought it’s a bit of a drive.
Ok that’s no problem they were willing to fly me to the location, and accomodate me while I was in Esperance.
Then they said the ceremony is at 8pm on the beach I though ok that will be tricky with lighting as it would be pitch black.
After chatting with them I really loved these two lovers and their quirkiness, I thought ok challenge accepted.
I arrived in Esperance the day before the wedding just to be sure to avoid any flight delays or issues with me arriving on time.
I was picked up from the airport by Ian who informed me we needed to do a few errands before returning to my accomodation where Ian and Justina stayed the previous night.
I arrived at my accomodation to be greeted by Justina who was a little frantic as it was custom in her country to greet people coming into a home with a shot of vodka, which she didn’t have ready. After scourging through the hire van with all the wedding related items in she found the vodka.
Ian needed to do a few more things in the town before the wedding so I joined him before returning to have dinner with Justina and her friend and more vodka and wedding chores.
The Wedding Day
After Justina was ready and we had done some bride preparation photos we headed to Lucky Bay which was about a 70 kilometre drive.
Esperance and Lucky Bay is such an awesome place bound with endless beautiful scenery.
After we finished at Lucky Bay we needed to get back to West Beach for photos before sunset. I did some photos of Justina in the car as we travel back to West Beach which turned out amazing.
After the West Beach photos we all went back to the accomodation where Justina and Ian were staying at to get ready for the wedding ceremony.
Justina also changed into a second wedding dress for the night wedding ceremony.
The ceremony included Ian and Justina simultaneously pouring sea water into a vase and then walking down to the ocean to pour water back into the sea, symbolically celebrating the joining of their marriage. Also they needed to say their vows at 8pm at night to follow a spiritual guidance.
The newly married couple held a small reception for their guests at their accomodation, as they only had two friends that flew down from Perth and Justina’s friend. I initially wasn’t going to stay for the reception as I had an early flight the next day and Ian had said he didn’t know how I would get back to my accomodation that night.
Fortunately I decided to stay and enjoy their company and their friends, I eventually got a lift to my accomodation around midnight from a couple who had an even earlier flight than me. I’m so glad I stayed and helped celebrate with them on their special wedding day.
Links to wedding suppliers
Hair Stylist, Nataliia Hair Perth
Bridal Gown, Collezione