I totally love capturing destination weddings around the countryside. I get so excited heading off on a road trip and this time it was to the beautiful Upper Orara, just 20 minutes inland from Coffs Harbour. Sure I have been to Coffs Harbour many times but I had never ventured inland to Upper Orara. It was so beautiful exploring the countryside around there.
Leah and Adriano were married there in one of Coffs Coast’s most beautiful country churches, All Saints Anglican Church where the Uniting Church also meet once a month. So it was a pretty special wedding with two ministers from two different denominations taking part in the ceremony.
Leah and Adriano may have made history as it could be the very last wedding to have taken place in this beautiful 101 year old timber church at its current location in Upper Orara. Sadly the church building is being offered for removal and relocation to another town. The local community are hoping the heritage listing will save it from removal. Here’s hoping!
After the ceremony we drove further inland to some stunning locations including a favourite family swimming spot called the ‘magic pool’! You will see in one of the photos below how magical it is with the amazing shade of blue water. This was a very significant spot for Leah and Adriano as this is where Adriano proposed to Leah.
This was our last stop before heading back to the community hall directly next door to the church. The hall was beautifully decorated to set the scene for a very relaxed reception. I love these kind of receptions where the families do all the organising and catering for it all. There is no pressure on the bride and groom and the guests to have to hurry up and get out of the place like in formal reception venues.
We were very blessed with the weather too as it rained while I was at the bride’s parents’ home but then it stopped and didn’t start to rain again until I was taking the last few shots at the magic pool! How is that for perfect timing. It made for some wonderful photos having the dark clouds hanging over the mountains in the background!