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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