Megan contacted me in early 2015, checking availability for their wedding in March 2016. It is usually part of my booking process to meet for coffee (and cake of course) but as James and Megan are based in Geelong, it wasn't until June where I finally got to meet them. It was then we also had their engagement session (which you can find HERE). They totally rocked the session & made me even more excited for their wedding.
The day came & it was just perfect! Megan purchased her exquisite dress from Pearls and Roses in Geelong & it just looked AMAZING on her!! Sarah's maid was in a dress by Reveiw & both their shoes were from Jo Mercer. Lisa Hooper (Maquilleur) did an amazing makeup job- as always & Talking heads styled the girls' hair. I was so in love with the bright bouquets by Janet Green Goddess. They complimented the girls dresses perfectly!
We can't forget the boys who looked strapping in their Rodger David suits. All 3 rings were purchased from Charles Rose Jewellers.
Their big day was held at Ampelon Gardens on their 6 year anniversary. I really loved this idea, especially as it means one less date to remember haha!! Annie Prideaux conducted the sweet ceremony before we roamed around the gardens for bridal photos, then headed to the marque (Mildura Party Hire) for the reception. Once there, we heard some heartfelt, funny speeches & ate some AMAZING food from The Gourmet Chef!! Just as the sun was setting I stole them again for a few moments to get some gorgeous photos before they went back to reception.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph your special day James & Megan. Thank you so much for making my job super easy with your laid back, fun attitudes!
Mel & Chris live in WA so unfortunately we didn't get a chance to meet before the wedding. I usually like to meet with my couples well in advance in order to get to know them a bit more. Mel & I however, sent many emails back and forth discussing all wedding details so by the time the wedding came, I felt like I had known her for years. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to meet up with Mel a few days before the wedding, but didn't even meet Chris until the wedding day.
Their big day had arrived before I knew it. We organised to met in the beautiful Rest-a-while Gardens in Gol Gol to get some first look shots. Now if you haven't heard of 'first look', it basically means the groom is able to see the bride before the ceremony. I think it's a beautiful idea & it gives the couple a chance to soak up the love & relax together before the day starts to whiz past them.
This is also a great idea for a nervous bride or groom. When a bride walks down the aisle, typically the groom is thinking about how many people are watching him (and perhaps hoping he doesn't cry). The bride is also distracted by all the concentration that is put into not tripping on her dress. Obviously with these (and 100 other) thoughts spinning around their heads, quite often the moment where they see each other for the first time is lost.
Typically, after the 'first look' shots are done, the couple have the option to get some beautiful relaxed images together. The bridal party can also join in, giving them all some time to have a little fun together. This can also be a good opportunity for some lovely formal family shots for grandma's wall. Some couples choose to do the first look shots and then jump straight into the ceremony, which also works well.
We decided to go with the first option. The bridal party met us there and we explored the gorgeous gardens before heading off to the beautiful setup at Trentham Estate Winery. Celebrant Jan Goodieson conducted a lovely, personalised & touching ceremony, overlooking the Murray River.
Mel spent a lot of attention on the decorations, giving off a lovely, rustic vibe. She had signs made specifically for the day by Steptoe And Daughter & gorgeous bunting flags were seen throughout the marquee. Mel chose Gypsophila, (or more commonly known as Baby's Breath) for all the flowers, which complemented her gorgeous vintage inspired Anna Cambell dress perfectly.
I hope you enjoy this collection of their day.
Thank you to Mel & Chris for giving me the privilege of photographing your wedding. I feel very lucky to have been able to capture your lovely day for you.
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Cherie was a very organised bride, she had everything covered well in advance
& it proved all the hard work paid off when it went smoothly for them on their big day.
Cherie looked absolutely stunning in her bridal gown & her hair; long, brown & curled, looked amazing.
Her bridesmaids wore deep purple, strapless dresses which accentuated the lovely purple flowers in their bouquets.
The boys got ready at Ben's parent's house & were probably the most organised groomsmen I have come across.
When the boys were all suited up, I jumped at the chance to photograph them with the motorbikes.
(I literally jumped- they were noisy)
Cherie & Ben were married by Jan Goodieson under a magnificent, century-old, Moreton Bay fig tree at The Bungalow.
Surrounded by their family & friends, the ceremony was beautiful & personal - just as I have come to expect from Jan.
The Reception was held at The Chateau Mildura Winery. I couldn't help but seize the opportunity to take
some unique shots of the bridal party around the Winery, before they headed in.
As far as I can tell, the ties that bind Ben & Cherie together are formed not only by love, but a huge amount of laughter.
I spent most of the day laughing behind my camera - so much so that my cheeks hurt constantly.
To Ben & Cherie, thank you for choosing me to tell your wedding day story for you.
May you both continue to smile ("with your eyes") at life & each other.
This is Cherie & Ben's wedding day.
You know how sometimes when you first meet someone, you feel like you have known them forever?
That's exactly how I felt with Nerellee & Morgan.
So, when I photographed their wedding day last month, I felt like I was photographing my old friends.
Nerellee got ready at her parent's house, out in Red Cliffs and as I was driving there the morning of the wedding,
I noticed just how gorgeous the weather was.
And luckily for all of us, it just got better throughout the rest of the day.
Nerellee was quite the relaxed bride!
At one point, the flowers hadn't yet arrived & the makeup time had to be rescheduled at the last minute,
but if she was feeling at all anxious, I certainly couldn't tell!
When she had her parents & two bridesmaids in the same room, she gave each one a little gift.
She had worded me up just before she gave it to them, so I could catch their reactions.
It was such a special moment; even I felt a rush of emotion & became rather teary.
Nerellee & Morgan were married by Jan Goodieson at the Mildura Golf Resort, which was the perfect venue for them
as they wanted to stay in the one place from the start of their ceremony til the end of the reception.
The bridal party spent a bit of time hooning around on the golf carts during the bridal party shoot,
which made for a great photo opportunity (and fun). At one point we were all laughing so much, we got a reminder from a golfer to keep the noise down (which of course made us want to laugh even more).
Thank you Nerellee & Morgan for choosing me to photograph your beautiful day!
I hope you love them just as much as I loved shooting them.
I wish you all the happiness in the world, together as husband & wife!
Abby & Dan went to the same school as teens, but it wasn't until Dan's 18th birthday that they (finally) became a couple. Since then, they have had many fits of laughter through the good times & a bucketful of tears through the tough times. But with everything they have been through together, you can tell they have come out stronger than ever. As one.
When I get asked to photograph a wedding I get so excited I feel I could explode with joy and excitement.
Then, every time Abby would talk with me about the smallest of details for the day, I would feel it all over again.
We decided to have a little engagement shoot to get them used to being in front of the camera. As it so happened, we had the engagement shoot at the same location as the ceremony was held; Abby's parents perfectly manicured backyard.
We were happy to see the threats for a storm coming through Mildura on their big day did not eventuate into anything.
In fact it was a gorgeous, sunny day. Perfect for a wedding.
Jan Goodieson conducted the very personal ceremony. She had taken the time to learn Abby & Dan's story.
A story of courage, happiness, strength & above all, Love!
Abby & Dan wrote their own vows to each other which was very touching as well as, in parts, quite hilarious.
Another personal touch was the 'warming of the rings', where guests pass around the wedding rings,
each making a little wish for the couple's life together.
The beautiful reception that followed was held in the Magenta Shed at The Australian Inland Botanic Gardens.
It was the perfect venue & had a very special meaning to Abby's family.
Walking around the Shed, I saw some great, funky ideas: A homemade photo booth created some pretty wonderful and silly memories for many of the guests, a Slurpee machine kept the guests happy (and tiddly) throughout the night. They also had a candy bar, which, as I sadly discovered when there was no chocolate left, was a huge hit.
Abby, along with her friends & family, spent a lot of time creating little treasures for the delights of the guests. Among which were doily decorations, petal holders, centrepieces & a rustic door used for their seating plan.
The guests also received a decorated block with a personal message to each person on the back. The blocks served as both name tags on the tables as well as bonbonnieres.
Looking at Daniel & Abby I see what true love is in its purest form - best friends who are totally and completely in love, appreciating the little things in life. Family and friends mean the world to them & that really showed throughout the entire wedding with how much thought and effort went into personalising the day for each and every guest.
Not only am I so completely honoured and happy to have photographed Abby & Dan's wedding, I also feel immensely proud of them both for all they have done, all they do for others & all that they are.
Simon and Abby's ceremony was held in a stunning garden in Gol Gol. When I first laid eyes on this garden I was instantly excited as there were so many gorgeous photography opportunities.
When I met Simon and Abby I could see the love they had for each other straight away.They both radiated a strong, cheeky and fun side that I couldn't wait to capture on their special day.
When I arrived at Abby's mother's house I instantly felt at home. I got my camera gear out and started snapping away and it wasn't long before I was enjoying a drink and toasted sandwich with the rest of the girls.
The bridal party looked stunning in their amazingly coloured orange dresses and Abby looked like a princess in her beautiful wedding dress.
Abby walked down a garden path attended by her mum and dad which was a lovely start to the beautiful ceremony.
I had a great day capturing Abby & Simon's Wedding and by the looks and smiles on all the guests faces I wasn't the only one.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Cath and Marc. Their ceremony was held at Pleasantrees Nursery, which is such an amazing location! Cath was so unbelieveably laid back, as was Marc. They are such a cute, affectionate couple which made my job so much easier. Thanks Cath and Marc for letting me capture your amazing day! Here are a few of my favourite images.
My husband and I recently drove to Anglesea to help celebrate a friend's wedding.
It was truely amazing! The bride was so relaxed, the most laid back bride I have ever seen. Both her and her daughter looked stunning.
The ceremony was conducted by celebrant, Deb Scherger. It was a very intimate and personal ceremony, held on the beach at Point Addis. The following link will take you to Deb's website. http://debschergercelebrant.wordpress.com/
I'd like to share some of my favourite images captured on the day.
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