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THE WEDDING PLANNER

Mr Sam Macintosh

It takes a generous fellow to let you shadow him while he is getting ready on the eve of his wedding day. A day I would say where most men are a tad nervous. Even a little dudezilla. Not this handsome man. In fact Wheels as most of us call him is not your run of the mill bloke. Wheels and I have been friends since we were kids. A kid that loved surfing like no other kid I had ever met. Still now, all grown up I have NEVER met another person who loves surfing like Wheels.  Everything Sam has done in his life makes perfect sense to me. It made sense that he grew up with a bedroom window overlooking our local break so it was last thing he thought of at night and the first thing he saw when he woke up. It made sense that he would go on to build and be create of one of the world’s leading surf magazines, STAB. Yet when he told me that he was going to propose to his babymama and walk her to her waiting wedding ceremony a few feet away….It made no sense. It was crazy, it was risky, it was presumptuous, it was insane and it was AWESOME.

The dress, the reception, the bridal party, THE GUEST LIST. All of the above, every little detail, Sam had it all planned and ready to go. Was he nervous? What if she said no? What if she was pissed she didn’t get to pick the dress? What if she wanted to look forward to apparently one of the biggest days of her life? How would the guests keep it a secret? What about the Pinterest board where she had been building her dream reception?Normally I would say to this person, you are f#@*%* MAD. Yet Sam with his bloody affable charm, balls of steel and youthful optimism got me. I was on his side. All of a sudden this was the best idea I had ever heard of. A man taking charge of the wedding? Taking all the stress out trying to please everyone? This was a GREAT idea, this would work and she would say yes.

The rest is history. With a rethink closer to P day Sam decided to leave a whole three days between the proposal and the wedding so Bella could spend time with her family coming from London and be involved in the final (like the very final) details. In true Macintosh style the wedding worked and it made a WHOLE lot of sense.

Disclaimer: I am not a good candidate for this type of proposal.

Photographer + Sam McIntosh | Sam Elsom, Photographer Sam + Arabella | Sylve Colless
Hair + Makeup Artist Luciana Rose
Sam wears Saint Laurent suit and shoes | Arabella wears Ellery | Bobby wears Mamapapa

Good friend and pro surfer Taj Burrow gives us the Sam Macintosh rundown………..

Status-Australia’s best dressed big wave surfer.

Style-Label is everything

Past Life – Anna Wintour

Next Life – Richard Branson

Talent-Physically and mentally very active, a complete work horse.

Smarts-Yes, very smart.

Real Deal-He will never ever say no to a surf, a training session or any activity that’ll get his chest puffed out. A quality that I really admire and have adopted.

One Word-Flashy

Warning-Comes in hot! Tends to rush through things a little ending in regular hospital visits. Actually, he’s just really fucking clumsy.

Right Now-Trying to figure how he can fit in 6 meetings, surf Ours, have lunch with his best mate, kiss Bella and Bobby then jump on the next flight to Fiji for a swell.

Thank you Sam and Bella for letting us share this beautiful day with you and baby Bobby.