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.
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