Scott Surplice is a photographer who shot the wedding day of Libbie and Nathan in Bellingen. Here is his story…
When I arrived at the Bellingen property on the morning of the wedding I was blown away with how stunning it was. It’s already one of my favourite places because of its beauty and vibe. Who doesn’t love some cloud covered mountains! Not only that but I was excited to be there to capture the day for Libbie and Nathan. It didn’t feel like work at all. It just felt right.
Libbie called me up a few weeks before the wedding and told me about something different they wanted to do for the ceremony. She explained some of their history and how there was significance about the time 12:51. When they first started dating Nathan told Libbie about 12:51. He said that after hearing that song (by The Strokes) as a teenager he was always seeing that time on clocks, watches, phones etc. It was just something weird he noticed. At that time they were doing the long distance thing. Libbie in Rockhampton and Nathan in Sydney. From that point on Libbie started noticing 12:51 too. They started screen-shotting it and were always thinking about each other.
One day when they were younger and feeling carefree they decided to randomly go on a holiday and go to whatever destination flight 1251 went to. They looked up Virgin Airlines and discovered that flight VA1251 was a flight to Libbie’s hometown Rockhampton. A flight that Nathan would have taken the first time he visited.
Fast forward a few years with 12:51 on their minds they thought it would only be fitting to have a secret ceremony at 12:51pm to make it all official before the scheduled 3pm ceremony. When the 3pm ceremony rolled around none of their guests had any idea that they were already husband and wife.
From start to finish Libbie and Nathan’s wedstival in Bellingen was a day I won’t forget in a hurry and I feel very lucky to have been part of it.
Gown: Grace Loves Lace // Ceremony and Reception Location: Private Property, Bellingen NSW // Celebrant: Amanda Canavan// Music: Ollie McGill // Hair: RNA Hair Studio, Bronte Munro // Makeup: Libbie (Bride) // Flowers: Shiralee Archer // Bridesmaids: Show Me Your MUMU // Catering: Beefa Burger, Picnic Van, Miyachi Japanese // Beer: The Bellingen Brewery // Cake: Libbie (Bride) // Photographer: Scott Surplice Photography