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Harrigan’s Drift Wedding

Colourful and dramatic wedding photography on the Gold Coast by affordable wedding photographer, Sue Reilly.

This wedding was such a joy to photograph! It was a day of sunshine and intermittent rain, and with the rain showers, it created some stress for the bride who had to decide upon whether to stay with her selected outdoor ceremony location, or move to her alternative indoor location. In the end, she stayed with the outdoor location, and it was a perfect choice. It turned into a beautiful day, with the clouds hanging around long enough to create some beautiful sunset photos. We started out the day with bridal preparations at a beautiful country location in Willow-vale.

From there, it was a short 20 minute drive to the secluded and romantic Harrigan’s Drift Inn at Jacob’s Well (harrigansdriftinn.com.au). This is a perfect location for a casual wedding with its relaxed atmosphere. You can have your ceremony and reception in the same place, which can be very convenient for your guests. As an added bonus, it has some lovely settings by the water for photographs and is perfectly situated for capturing beautiful sunsets.

The ceremony was particularly beautiful and intimate.  As well as many of the traditional elements of a civil ceremony, the bride and groom included a colourful hand-fasting ceremony where each ribbon represented a different virtue and was placed around the couple’s hands by family members and close friends. (For a different style of hand-fasting ceremony, please check here). And check out the groom’s reaction on first seeing his bride. He couldn’t contain his exuberance and pride in his beautiful wife.

Following the ceremony, we took location photos along the waterfront and inside the authentically decorated Harrigan’s Drift Inn, followed by a some beautiful sunset photos. (For some other sunset photos, please check out this blog and this blog). And then it was time for the reception. And it was a fun-filled reception with guests and the wedding party throwing themselves enthusiastically into all aspects of the reception: heartfelt speeches, cake-cutting, bridal waltz, bouquet toss and garter toss. We left the wedding party to the star-filled night and their celebrations by the water’s edge.
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Groom’s exuberant reaction on first seeing his beautiful bride

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A quiet moment inside the classic old world charm of Harrigan’s Drift Inn

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