Destination Wedding Port Douglas ~ James and Michaela

People say everyone is unique.

And they say that, because it’s true.

Sometimes, I feel like we forget the reason we get married. We get caught up in traditions, which is ok, as long as we all remember why we are here. Why we fly across Australia or over the sea. Why mum and dad take out their cameras and why grandma sits there smiling the whole day.

It’s because they love you. Not the wedding.

Wedding’s start from a checklist; a dress, the suit, cake, music, colours, venue, lolly buffets and so forth. These things are important, but it isn’t why people are at your wedding. They want to celebrate, dance, drink and dance some more. The beautiful moments of a wedding, don’t come from a checklist on a piece of paper. They come from the heart. They come from what is actually happening.

So don’t forget why we celebrate a wedding.

It’s to see mum cry, when you talk about her in your speech. It’s so you can have probably the last dance you may ever have with grand dad. Maybe it’s to see your best friend, who came from a 12 hour flight. It all comes down to people – the whole reason why we come together for a wedding. Family. And friends.

Sorry, I got a little bit carried away. All I wanted to say, is that these two, James and Michaela, know how to party. This is all they cared about; having a big party with the people they cherish most. The party started the day before the wedding, which is the day I arrived. This same day, I finally got to meet two people I’ve chatted to online and met in person for the first time.

And the first thing Micki says to me, “Let’s grab a beer”.

James and Micki are unique and carefree and it showed in their wedding. They weren’t in the wedding hype of perfection. They went with the flow and let it all roll out as it came. Micki and her bridesmaids all wore different shoes from her family’s accessory label, Estilo Emporio, which she designs herself. Steph from Lalé Floral Designs flew in from the U.S and made the arrangements the morning of the wedding, with whatever flowers were available locally, with an eye for hand picking. Some ornaments, menu and table settings, came from the handi work of family and friends.

There was only one thing that was important. Celebrating their wedding. And they did this, with good company, music, drinks and lots and lots of dancing.

When I was getting ready to leave the wedding late into the night, James pulled me to the side and told me to pack my gear and stay for the fun. It’s those small things in life which stick to you. Those small gestures creating real influence. He said to me, “What is mine, is yours”, and then he walked away. I stood there, camera in hand. There are so many people in this world, that make this place better.

This wedding was also published in White Magazine.

Audio: Incompetech.com – Friday Morning

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  • Zoe Donovan said:

    Incredible photos Richie!!! Amazing!!!!

  • Luke Parker said:

    Awsome work man

  • Steph said:

    Stunning photos! And exactly the words I needed to...

  • Adam said:

    Incredible! wows! all round.

  • Tracy Flynn said:

    Gorgeous photos of my niece Michaela and James wedding, sorry I missed it but just cried through the write up and pics!

  • Andrew Croxford said:

    Awesome work mate!!!

  • Jacinta Little said:

    Hell yeh Richie! Gorgeous!

  • Jill keating said:

    Mardee, I rarely go on Facebook and so glad I came upon your family wedding by chance! The pictures showed what a happy, spontaneous occasion it was. New England is pretty stogdy by comparison to Australia. Wish I could have gotten there sometime. Much happiness to all your family. My Mom and Dad were crazy about Mac.

    I still do a little traveling by car a few times a year with my closest Troy, EW friends. Mucho laughter and we enjoy our libations. Did you ever see the film "The Emperor's Club" with Kevin Kline which was filmed at school? Also what class did you graduate with? Troy people are spread all over the place but continue to keep track of one another. Something about growing up there is special.

    Love to the cuz. Jill

  • Michaela McDonough said:

    Thank you Richie Grainger for capturing our day so beautifully! We were thrilled with the photographs, and so happy to share them with our family & friends. Huge reviews from everyone! Thank you!

  • Sidd said:

    Gotta say you have captured this perfectly. It surely tells the story.


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