BEAUTIFUL BEACH WEDDINGS - SUNSHINE COAST

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s top wedding destinations.  With stunning beaches that stretch from Caloundra to Noosa. Choosing a beautiful beach wedding on the Sunshine Coast is a great option for bridal couples and their guests.

Alana and Mark were married at Point Arkwright, just 25 minutes south of Noosa.  It has amazing views down the Coast to Mooloolaba and straight out to the Pacific Ocean.  

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

This rustic timber arbor was adorned with the most incredible floral arrangement by Ginger Lily and Rose.  I just loved the use of native Australia flowers and the pop of orange that stood out against the brillant blue sky.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

Weddings can be very hot all year round on the Coast, so it's always good to have a water station for your guests.  You don;t want them passing out during the ceremony!

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

I love it when couples include their furbabies in their weddings.  Alana and Mark had their family dog Tonka deliver the rings during the ceremony.  I think Tonka was keen to get to the beach as soon as it was all over.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

In keeping with the laid-back beach theme, the bride arrived with her Dad and bridesmaids in this awesome retro Kombi by Old Skool Kombis Noosa. 

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

The backdrop of the Pacifc Ocean for the ceremony was breathtaking!  

Some tips I think worth taking note of, is the ease of having professional decorators to style and set up and pull down the ceremony.  It's such a big job and it can be tiresome and stressful.  Cloud Nine Weddings up this ceremony. 

Another thing to keep in mind when planning a wedding outdoors in full sun, is to make sure the guests have the sun behind them, that way they are sure to see the whole ceremony without squinting.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

Marriage celebrant Kath Tilly performed a fun, light-hearted ceremony that suited Alana and Mark to a tee.  She told a lovely story of how they met, weaving in so much joy.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

Beach weddings can get windy, so I always advise my brides to have an 'up-styles'.  Sass & Niki Wedding Hair are amazing at what they do.  Their style is natural waves, elegant and bespoke up-styles or Bohemian romantic styling. 

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

This is one of my favourite parts of the ceremony, the recession.  I always encourage my bridal couples to have flower petals or bubbles, or both are amazing! The guests love it!  My bridal couples love it!  It's such a fun thing it adds to the festive vibe of your wedding.  

You can order fresh flower petals from your florist or decorator and the bubbles can be easily found at Woolies, Coles and Dollar Shops.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

A group photo is a must!  It's great to get everyone together for a fun group photo, and they make fantastic thank you cards as well.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

When choosing your beach wedding transport, you can't go wrong with a Kombi, they're classic.  The Tiffany blue of this Old Skool Kombi is one of my favs, and I just love the little hula girl on the dashboard. 

For all the cars lovers out their, here's some details you might like:  The classic 13 window 1966 Splitty was fully restored 3 years ago.  It has a new 1915cc twin port engine was added more recently and is more then capable of carrying up to 8 passengers plus the driver.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

Point Arkwright offers some great locations for photos all within a small area.  Just up from the Lookout is where we got these awesome shots with the kombi.  I love that we could get glimpses of the ocean as well as including the natural bushland.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com
 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com
 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

Pandanus trees are iconic to the Sunshine Coast landscape, you'll find them hugging boardwalks on the way to the beach, off headlands and dotted along the beach line. 

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com
 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

These gorgeous bridesmaid outfits from Bec & Bridge were stunning on the girls.  Alana did an amazing job styling both the bridesmaids and groomsmen for the wedding. 

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

Just because it's a beach wedding, it doesn't mean the boys can't suit up.  These stylish suits from Oxford were the perfect match to the girls, and added a touch of sophistication to their wedding.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com
 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

To add a bit of fun to your beach wedding, these girls brought along a second pari of footwear, some cute white Havanas for down on the beach.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

Sunset and twilight is one of my favourite times to shoot.   The soft pastel colours are divine and so romantic.

 Mark and Alana's destination wedding on the Sunshine Coast.  It was a beautiful beach wedding at Point Arkwright, just south of Coolum and Noosa. .Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, images by Lou O'Brien www.imagesbylouobrien.com

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