When Jeff and I photograph weddings and engagement sessions, it never really feels like “work”, but our afternoon with Frances and Gordon in Narrabeen transported us straight to a relaxing holiday weekend state-of-mind. Being Surry Hills locals, we rarely venture up to Narrabeen, but this most recent visit has made us wonder why! Frances and Gordon suggested doing their session in Narrabeen as it is the place they recently decided to make their home together. We love to do photo shoots in places that are significant to our couples, and so we jumped at the idea! Photographing near their home also made sense somehow because these two first met when they became housemates whilst living in London (lucky flatmate find that was)! We absolutely loved this location, and felt even more on holiday hanging out with this sweet, soft-spoken, relaxed, loving couple. Frances and Gordon not only seem perfectly suited to one another, they seem perfectly suited to Narrabeen. We just loved everything about this session! Check out our snaps of this beautiful couple:
Frances and Gordon had so many fun stories to share with us throughout the afternoon, and evening, when we had dinner together at one of their favourite local restaurants, Mexicano. Apart from impressing these California natives with their refined Mexican-food-and-beverage palate (two thumbs up for delicious jalapeño margaritas!), Gordon amazed us with tales of growing up and travelling in Africa. Frances and Gordon have done a fair share of travelling together since meeting in London, and have more planned with a possible African safari honeymoon!
These reeds by Narrabeen Lakes worked as an awesome backdrop!
I love these next two. Looking good, you two!
We found this collection of cool trees by the lakeside.
Aren’t they so cute together? I loved their choice of laid-back, beachy outfits with a pop of colour, that seemed so “them”!
Next we headed down to the lagoon. Love this one!
Frances and Gordon are crazy active people. Gordon is an accomplished surfer and Frances is learning. They both love to run, cycle, skateboard and snowboard, too! No wonder they love this beachy suburb.
We discovered the underside of this bridge, which even surprised Frances and Gordon at low tide. What a cool spot!
Frances and Gordon decided to bring along some champagne to enjoy atop the sand dunes at the beach.
Pink sand and sage-coloured grasses… and diamonds. Gorgeous!
Some of my favourites that Jeff took:
…And some that I took. Frances, you are beautiful!
Next we took a quick walk up the local bush walking track, to this lookout over Narrabeen.
Our last stop for the evening was Narrabeen pool. If you read our blog you can probably guess what we were hoping for at the end of the shoot: calm, still water and a spectacularly vibrant sunset. It was neither calm nor crazy vibrant, but I have to say I just love how these turned out. The sky and sea showed us a beautiful pastel palette, and the sea pounded the nearby rocks giving us some really impressive splashes!
It’s hard to pick favourites from this session, but the next three are up there for me!
Of course, we had to take a few panoramas. Click them to view them bigger!
Narrabeen looked beautiful bathed in blue.
This one is my favourite. It should definitely be viewed larger to be appreciated, so click away!
With that, it was time for a jalapeño margarita and a fun chat about Frances and Gordon’s wedding plans. We’re so excited about what these guys have planned. We won’t spoil any of the fun, but you’ll definitely want to check back in a couple of months to see their beautiful wedding day! Friends and family of Frances and Gordon, check back soon for a link to the full gallery of images, and in the meantime, let us know what you think of the photos in the comments below!