steph & mike | northern beaches sydney wedding

it was back to damien’s roots last summer, on the northern beaches of sydney where he grew up, for us to capture one of his best mates wedding days, although this time round he had two roles: best man & second shooter! nothing like multi tasking at it’s best!

mike & damien have been friends for the past thirty years & some crazy fun memories with both mike & his twin brother mercury, both in & out of the water since their childhood.

the day started at the psillakis family home, where the boys grew up & tac spent many a post surf hang as they were all growing up. there is nothing quite like being able to document getting ready photos in a family home. there is so much nostalgia, memories & just being surrounded by all the things & the people that hold your heart. walking into their home was like a time warp for damien, it had been over twenty years since he had walked through that front door and nothing had changed. it was classic! mike’s parents, ellie + nick were still the same, warm & welcoming.

honouring their greek heritage, their wedding ceremony was at the family church the cathedral of annunciation of our lady, across the city in surry hills, which meant a drive across the harbour bridge to get there, which always makes you feel like you are in sydney! following the ceremony we dodged the crowds at paddington reserve gardens before hitting the coast again.

wandering long reef headland gave us all a chance to catch our breathes in the salt air, get our feet on the sand & for steph + mike to soak up their whirlwind of a day before celebrating the night at the long reef golf club.

the first dance was the best we’ve seen! mike & mercury have always been known as good dancers (possible descendants of john travolta we’re sure) so we suspected that mike & steph wouldn’t be shy to show some style! i only wish at that point that we weren’t shooting stills, as it couldn’t do it justice, a video needed to capture that goodness! then the d-floor fired, from the traditional greek dancing with all the family, to the psillakis brothers getting loose with their moves & then in true form the boys & their sister eleni were hot on the mic singing into the night. there’s never a dull moment with the psillakis family!

enjoy a little of this love story between a greek boy + a german girl, living their beach life by the sea…and all the shenanigans in between! happy anniversary lovers x

bridal preparations manly beach retreat | makeup monique lawler | hair siobhan carrol hair, studio 8 | gowns crystal design & grace loves lace | florals & styling hunt & heart events | boys preparations family home | groom wearing asos | rings etsy | transport silver cloud cars | church cathedral of the annunciation of our lady, surry hills | pastor father kyrillos | location paddington reserve gardens | beach long reef headland | reception long reef golf club | acoustic | stylist lamel designs | dj impression | cake by gigi | second photographer & best man damien warr @tac.sea

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