So last weekend I was invited to photograph an elopement or secret wedding. The only people that knew about the event were the immediate family and a couple of close friends who had been invited along to Rathborne Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
I was first contact by the sister of the bride whose wedding we photographed a number of years ago, it was one of the most fun weddings we ever worked on so I was very happy to be invited along to another family function. Then Kimberley called and explained their plans for a small private wedding.
It was a beautiful day, and lovely setting with Rathborne Lodge offering the perfect set up for a event of this size. And as expected I had lots of fun capturing the event for them, and as you can see they couldn't have been happier with their special day.
Thank you Kimberley & Andrew for asking me to photograph your secret wedding!
Elysia & Domenic's wedding had it all.... what a fabulous day!
We started early morning with the groom getting ready at his parents house, then onto the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready. Then onto St Mary's North Sydney for the ceremony, where they both arrived in style with different types of vintage cars.
After the ceremony the bridal party enjoyed some time at Blues Point Reserve, and Wendy Whiteley's secret garden in Lavender Bay, before heading out to Oatlands House for the reception.
What a party was had at the reception, it included a professional MC Salvatore Coco, a surprise floor show as a gift to the couple, smoke machines, a 7 course dinner and lots of dancing on the dancefloor, before the couple departed into the night as Mr & Mrs Moscato!
Congratulations guys, and thanks for inviting us to be a part of your day x
Eamon & Rochelle met travelling together in Vietnam and haven't looked back since. They've travelled to many places together and done the long distance thing. They are completely besotted with each other so it was lovely to capture that connection on their wedding day.
Eamon works for the RAAF so it was a obvious choice for them to get married at the RAAF Glenbrook base where they could get ready, have the ceremony in the rose gardens, enjoy the view from the escarpement over drinks with some lawn games and then have the reception in the officers mess. We also spent some time with them at Glenbrook Lagoon.
The day was lots of fun, and the party in the evening a blast. So thank you for inviting us along guys!
Elysia and Domenic have had a long engagement, we meet them a year ago in the planning stages and are very excited that their big day is only a month away now!
It was lovely to catch up with them and spend some time with them at Chinaman's Beach, Mosman for their pre wedding photography session. They are so happy and relaxed in each others company it's very easy to photograph them, and Domenic's cheeky grin is very infectious.
Can't wait for your wedding day guys x
Carolyn and Brett wanted to celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary with a ceremony renewing their vows and a fabuous party..... so that's exactly that they did!
The idea came about as their daughters were watching their wedding video and asked why that hadn't been at the wedding.... and were very disappointed not to be involved. So the 10 year anniversary plan came together including the children in the bridal party what lucky kids!
So here are the memories of a lovely afternoon at Penrith Baptist Church and a local park. Thanks for including us in your day guys :-)
These guys were made for each other, I have really enjoyed editing their photographs and reliving the lovely moments between them. Just they way they look at each other, and that Phil can't keep his eyes off Philippa is just adorable. They say a picture tells a thousand words and I think many of these photos speak volumes about the special connection they share.
"The Phils" are both English but have chosen to live together in Sydney, their new home, and chose a setting that really depicts our lifestyle.... from getting ready at their flat in Manly to the ceremony in the sand at Chinaman's Beach on a fabulous Sydney Autumn day. They were then going on to England for a second celebration the follow week in a location in Staffordshire that could not be more English!
The day was filled with lots of laughter, which you can see, and lots of love both between the two of them and from all their friends and family around them. After the ceremony we stayed at Chinaman's Beach for some photos with the bridal party before separating from the group and surprising everyone by arriving at the reception at Cala Luna at The Spit via boat.
Thank you for including us in your day guys, it was a priviledge :-)
Kate & Andrew's wedding was a fabulous event, there were a few hurdles along the way in planning including the wedding venue having a fire and being touch and go as to whether the renovations would be complete in time for the wedding. In the end they were in the function room next door which they had decorated beautifully with a lovely rustic feel, and the Australia Native flowers which Andrew's Mum had put together for the table centres and the bouquets were spectacular.
We first met these guys at one of Kate's sisters weddings which we photographed a few years ago, so it was really lovely to be invited to capture their wedding and see the family again. What fun it was, all day, everyone was relaxed and really enjoyed the party.
You know it's been a great wedding when my cheeks get sore from smiling so much, not just on the day but also afterwards as I go through and edit the photos!
The whole crowd at this wedding were lots of fun but none more so than Ali, that cheeky laugh and infectious excitment carried through to everyone and as you can see she inherited this from her Dad....
We started the day with the boys getting ready at Shane's parents place, watching them all getting into their suits was very funny, then followed by the Girls getting ready at The Sebel in Manly. The ceremony was held at Freshwater View Reserve, a fabulous little garden on the headland between Freshwater and Queenscliff completely walled and private. There was a storm the night before which stressed Shane particularly, however Ali's Mum, who passed away last year, was looking over them and the afternoon was clear and light.
As they are both Event Managers, by trade, you can imagine every detail was organised. However my favourite touches where those that they had put together for Ali's Mum. Her presents was certainly felt, and even for us who didn't know her you could tell her bubbly spirit had come through. They had left a "Reserved - Mother of the Bride" seat with flowers at the ceremony with the message:
We know you're with us here today,
Your spirit's shining through
Thank you for your gift of love,
On this day we say "I Do"
Then at the reception there was a little area with flowers and a candle with the message "In Our Hearts":
This bouquet and candle is in honour of
Ali's mother, Margaret, who is
Laughing and dancing with us in spirit.
A Mum holds her daughter's hand
for a little while, but has her heart forever....
The bridal party had lots of fun both at the reserve and at Chinaman's Beach before making their entrance into the reception for fun speeches, and lots of dancing.
Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your day Ali & Shane, here are our memories of your fabulous day x
What a stunning afternoon and evening for Chantal & Paul's wedding, Taronga Zoo Function Centre definitely has one of the best views in Sydney and the afternoon sunset was amazing for these guys. A Fabulous day all round!
We started the day by popping in on Paul and the boys at their place getting ready, very relaxed with their slippers and thongs and all their finery layed out. Then onto Chantal's parents place for the girls. I just loved Chantal's shoes with their names and date in the them.
The morning had been overcast but as we arrived at Taronga Zoo the sky was clearing for a beautiful ceremony in front of the function centre, and then a wonder through the zoo to visit a few animals, the giraffes were the most interested in the crazy bunch laughing and chatting to them. Then the reception was lots of fun, with beautiful speeches, dancing and frivolity.
Congratulations Chantal & Paul x
What a beautiful Sydney winters day for Amanda & Adrian's wedding on Clovelly Headland, with a fabulous party to follow at Clovelly Bowling Club.
We met Amanda at Avonmore on the Park in Randwick, a lovely vintage hotel with a beautiful verandah for us to photograph on. Amanda was a little nervous so our mantra was ".... and breath", then we had great fun with their daughters who were flowers girls. Our one brief for them was that they like to pull faces!
Then onto the Clovelly Bowling Club to meet Adrian and all their guests, who casually wandered down to the headland to pick a spot for the ceremony... Isn't it spectacular, although a little windy and we needed the kids to help hold things together. The ceremony was conducted by one of our favourite celebrants Elaine Searle
, who of course coped with the wind very professionally and the ceremony was beautiful.
After the ceremony we had some fun with Adrian and Amanda and their girls in the most beautiful light, before joining all the guests for the party!
Nicole and Ian were married in Sydney on a beautiful autumn day, at The Garrison Church in The Rocks which is where Nicole's parents were married a number of years earlier! As they live in Adelaide and Ian is English many of the guests had travelled so it was quite a party, they were even carrying on the following day with a cruise on the harbour.
Their beautiful daughter Harriet was also involved in the day, and kept trying to steel the limelight but we tried our hardest not to be distracted..... it was very difficult!
Thanks for inviting us to 'Capture Your Memories' of your wedding day guys, it was lots of fun x
With the weather we've been having in Sydney lately I'm surprised we've been able to capture many outdoor portrait sessions. Steph & Garth's engagement portrait session was postponed from its first weekend as it was just too wet. So we booked again for last Saturday afternoon, our original plan was to capture the portraits in the late afternoon light, but looking at the forecast that morning we brought it forward. I'm so glad we did as we managed to photograph these lovely portraits just before the next storm arrived, literally I was half way home in the car when the most torrential downpour came!
So we met at Angel Place in the centre of Sydney, right next to Martin Place, it has an art installation called "Forgotten Songs" with bird cages suspended above the lane way, there is audio accompaniment of bird calls from the birds which were found in this area because European Settlement pushed them out. It's such a lovely tranquil place, and so photogenic I'm really pleased Steph & Garth chose this location. After some time here we went to another city sanctuary the Royal Botanic Gardens which never disappoints with its beautiful green lushness.....
Thanks guys, and I'm looking forward to capturing your memories of your Engagement Party this Saturday night too!
We first met Susan & Nathan at a friend of theirs wedding which we photographed, Nathan had been involved in their bridal shoot and had really enjoyed our approach and the fun we had with the couple, plus the outcome of the photos..... referrals are always the best compliment thanks Nathan! So we were really looking forward to their wedding day as we knew it was going to be lots of fun, but it even exceeded our expectations! As you can see from the photos the whole day was filled with laughter, jokes, bubbles and lots of fun.
We started at the Crown Plaza Coogee Beach were Susan got ready with a bunch of friends and family around, then we walked across Coogee Beach in the crowds of a fabulous summer Saturday with people swimming, playing volley ball, sambaing and even a giant slippery slide down the hill to the beach. All adding to the atmosphere for a fun wedding ceremony held on the headland. Following the ceremony we had some more bubbles to celebrate and then wondered the rocks and baths with Susan, Nathan and a couple of friends..... with more silliness! Before joining the party with a cocktail reception back at the Crown Plaza.
As you can see a fabulous night of celebration .....
Jo & David were married just before Christmas in a lovely ceremony with close family and friends at Bradfield Park under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Jo is a friend of Justin's and he was very pleased to be invited to capture the wedding for them. He met the couple at the Park Hyatt Sydney where they were getting ready and took some photos of them before their ceremony so they could enjoy the rest of the day and reception at Aqua Dining with their guests.
The day for Jo & David was all about celebrating with their families and friends so as you can see this is what Justin captured for them..... !
Anna & Dave's fabulous wedding day!
We had so much fun with Anna & Dave and their own bridal party, plus wedding guests, which I think you can tell from the photos.
We met Anna and her bridesmaids at the Sebel Manly were they were very relaxed having hair and make up done while wearing their special "Mrs Perry", "Maid of Honour" and "Bridesmaids" gowns, and sipping champagne! Then onto St John's Anglican Church in Mona Vale, a very pretty little sandstone church for the wedding ceremony. Then onto Long Reef Golf Club for the reception, and golf carts on the course for a bridal shoot on the beach and headland. The light is always amazing at Long Reef with the setting sun being lit by the sea spray... you'll see we don't do many B&W's because the colours are so vibrant.
Then the reception was lots of laughs, and fun with the wedding guests enjoying the picture frame and captions in a photo booth set up. Before the full moon rise with the couple enjoying a brilliant party!
Dianne & Michael were sooo excited on their wedding day, as you can see from the photos they could not get the cheeky grins off their faces or stop laughing..... it's so lovely to see when two people are just so much in love they can't believe their luck that they get to marry each other!
Dianne got ready at the Harbourside Apartments
in Blues Point and from their you could see the ceremony location at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden just across the water, so it made perfect sense to arrive by boat. The ceremony was beautiful and personal as it always is when conducted by Elaine Searle
. Then guests enjoyed some champagne in the gardens while we explored its secret areas with the bride and groom and their little lavender flower girls.
Michael is very interested in Italian wooden boats so arranged for La Dolce Vita
to collect them for a private harbour course at sunset.... well semi private as Justin joined them to "Capture the Memories". Before being dropped at Sails Restaurant
for the reception.
A fabulous wedding, thank you for letting us capture your love on film :-)
After a week of rain the sun came out for Catherine and Andrew's wedding. A beautiful wedding ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Clifton Gardens, with the bridal party heading down to Clifton Gardens for the bridal shoot, and onto Georges Heights for the reception at Gunners' Barracks.
Catherine got ready at her parents house in West Pennant Hills, lots of fun with all the bridesmaids being relatives and her twin nephews keeping everyone entertained. Then we met Andrew and his groomsmen at the church, see if you can tell from the photos which of them is an actor..... We picked it up very quickly as he immediately took our cues. Then the whole bridal party got into the swing of things on the bridal shoot coming up with all sort of crazy ideas for photos!
Big bridal parties always make for lots of fun for us, and this one was no exception. Congratulations to the Johnson - Browns, we hope you enjoyed your honeymoon!
While we've photographed many wedding receptions at Wolfies in The Rocks, Lisa and Luke's wedding is the first time we've photographed the wedding ceremony at the venue. Lisa has done a beautiful job of styling the venue for the ceremony with a chandelier and drapes in the bar room, and stunning floral arrangements on plinths where the nuptials were undertaken.
Following the short ceremony the guests got straight into celebrating with drinks and canapes while the bridal party headed out to Dawes Point and around at the sunset over the Opera House. Then after sunset we took some more photos around the sandstone of The Rocks, before heading back to join the guests for dinner, hilarious speeches and some partying on the dancefloor!
We had so much fun being a part of Jess & Jared's wedding day, as you can see from the smiles on everyones faces this was such a beautiful day.
Jess & Jared planned their wedding from Queensland, which is not as easy as in your own city, and it's a credit to Jess how smooth everything went. Jess and I had a long conversation on the phone when they first booked us so I knew we'd hit it off, and many email communications, before we met with them the week of the wedding. Then on the day we started capturing their wedding with photographs of them both getting ready with their bridal party at the Waldorf Apartments in Wooloomooloo, before heading to St Brigids in Millers Point. As you can see from Jess's face walking down the aisle they were just so excited to be marrying each other.
After the ceremony we headed up to Observatory Hill, and around the terraces houses of The Rocks, before walking to Wolfies for the reception, which was a great party!
Thanks guys we really enjoyed your day x
Justin was lucky enough to be asked by a friend to capture a wonderful, fun wedding celebration, (a party really) on a beautiful Sydney autumn day down at the Spit Mosman.
He met Vicki and Al for some photos of themselves and their dog "Crumble" at The Spit reserve, before heading to Ormeggio Restaurant
for drinks with the guests and the wedding ceremony. Followed by more drinks, speeches and a wonderful relaxed lunch party with their close friends and family. Captured in casual group photographs so they can remember the day.
Congratulations Vicki & Al x
Annie & Jordan were blessed with a beautiful Sydney summers day.... even if a little bit hot is was typical for January. With a great ceremony at Barker College Chapel, where they both went to school, and a cocktail reception at Athol Hall, Mosman.
We had a lots of fun with the wedding party, and all the guests both before the wedding, and afterwards with our bridal shoot down at the beach, and for the cocktail reception. Its such a lovely atmosphere for a wedding with everyone relaxed having drinks, and canapes, particularly at Athol Hall where they sunset on Sydney Harbour is always spectacular. After sunset everyone moved inside for a heartfelt speeches and then the dancing began..... well Athol Hall was originally built as a dance hall in the 1920's so they definitely did it justice for this wedding!
We had sooo much fun with this Janaya & Adam and their bridal party at Long Reef Golf Club, thank you guys for inviting us along for the ride !
We didn't meet Janaya & Adam until just before their wedding as Adam is in the RAAF and posted to Brisbane, so all our communication was via phone and email. Having photographed weddings at Long Reef Golf Club before it was very easy to plan with Janaya, and they are such a fun couple we knew we'd work well together.... and that we did.
Janaya had rented a house at Collaroy beach for herself and her bridesmaids to get ready, it was the perfect spot and lovely outlook. Then we met Adam and the boys at Long Reef with the Torana wedding car! Before the ceremony took place on the lawns of the Golf Club in a picture perfect afternoon.
After the ceremony the whole bridal party headed out on to the golf course in golf carts which was lots of fun, and we used the stunning northern beaches as our backdrop in this beautiful light. Before the party really started for a fun filled wedding reception.
With Amy and Pete is was very clear from our first meeting their wedding was going to be lots of fun, they set out to have a great party with their mates and get married at the same time..... and they definitely achieved that! You'll see this is reflected in our photography of their wedding day with lots of photos of their guests having a brilliant party.
Their wedding ceremony was held on the lawn outside the Mosman Bay Scout Hall, a lovely ceremony conducted by Janet Lomax
. Then the party rolled on with champagne drinks on the lawn, while the couple headed off to Sirius Cove for their informal bridal shoot, before heading back to Mosman Bay for a game of backyard cricket with their guests.
The reception was held at Mosman Rowers, the prefect setting for a rustic wedding and big party!
Tara & Damien were not only blessed with a beautiful wedding day they also had elephants in their wedding photos.... I'm sure that's a blessing in some culture!
The day started warm and sunny, then progressed to very windy and cool, but with no rain threatening everyone was happy. Tara and her bridesmaids were very relaxed getting ready at her parents house, they had even stuck a steak knife in the garden the night before to ward off the rain (apparently it worked!). Then travelled to Taronga Zoo for a lovely ceremony.
Following the ceremony the bridal party were very lucky to be able to walk through the zoo after all the public had left and wave hello to the animals before they headed off to bed for the night, such a special feeling. While the guests enjoyed canapes and drinks at sunset, before heading up to the Taronga Zoo Function Centre for a fun filled reception.
Penny and Nick are both English, but live in Sydney so chose their home for their wedding..... but most of the guests had travelled to be here and as such were up for a party and to see Sydney. So they'd arrange for the ceremony to take place at Christ Church Lavender Bay, with its lovely views of the harbour and bridge, then all the guests boarded a harbour cruise to take them around the harbour to the reception at Zest @ The Spit.
To start the day it was raining, but not too heavy so the beautiful picture windows and views from the harbour side apartment in Milson's Point where Penny, her family and bridemaids were getting ready were not spoilt. Everyone was so excited, and what a beautiful classic bride, most things were traditional including Penny's Dad & Brother not seeing the dress until Penny was in it, and there were plenty of tears let me tell you!
The ceremony was lovely, and the little page boys stole the show. Then the clouds cleared for the rest of the afternoon for bridal party photography at Blues Point Reserve, and the harbour cruise to The Spit.
The reception set up at Zest @ The Spit was very beautiful with no details forgotten by Penny & Nick. The speeches were hilarious, the atmosphere very loving and the dancefloor pumping.... all the ingredience for a great night!
We were so excited to be asked by Cath & Stew to photograph their wedding..... I grew up with Stew's family as very close friends, and the two of them have been together forever so we know them all very well. While at most weddings we get to know the families pretty well pretty quickly and love capturing the intimate moments, its was especially poinient editing this wedding and feeling all the emotions that I know so well coming back at me from the screen. Not only that it was just so much fun to be involved as these two are such a hoot!
The day started with very heavy rain and thunderstorms..... which continued right up until the actual ceremony. This was to be held outdoors at Sergeants' Mess, Chowder Bay, but unfortunately the grown was too wet and the chances of rain too great so it was moved indoors. Then the sky cleared perfectly for the bridal party to head out around the venue and down towards Chowder Bay for a great laugh. The dark clouds added mood and the lighting was just perfect for the bridal party photographs. Then it was back to the reception and a brilliant party, started off by Stew's (and the bridal parties) dance moves!
Clare & John initially contacted us to photograph their wedding party, they had a registry office marriage on the Friday and had a cocktail party to celebrate with family and friends on the Saturday night. Then after booking Clare "Liked" our Facebook Page
and as she saw lots of wedding photography and couple portraits going through the page she realised that she really wanted some photos of them as a couple too.
So before the party we met Clare & John at Blues Point Reserve for some portraits of them as a couple, with Clare in a fabulous red dress which stood out brilliantly against the grey skies. Then we had family and group photos at Clarke Park opposite the party venue at The Kirribilli Club, before the party really began. As you can see if was a great celebration of their marriage with a fabulous party!
Alyce & Ryan do everything in the unconventional way.... When I first met them last year Alyce had just proposed to Ryan and as they were planning on eloping to Las Vegas to get married, the wanted some couple portraits of themselves in lieu of wedding photos..... We had a great laugh and got some great photos as you can see from our blog
So they went ahead and got married in Vegas at Christmas time, a drive thru wedding dressed in their tracksuit pants and hoodies! But in the mean time established they also needed a civil ceremony in Australia to make it legal, so this small family gathering (well that was the plan which grew) was held on their return at the Sebel Kiama.
Our wedding photography is slightly different to our normal style, because of the small intimate nature of the wedding only one photographer was required to travel on location to Kiama. I was really excited to be the one to photograph their wedding as they are such a lovely couple and so much fun, it was a joy. And what dramatic scenary there is at the headland and blow hole of Kiama.
Thanks guys I enjoyed your second wedding x
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The last of the repetitive number date wedding we'll get to shoot and it was a beautiful day.
Beckie and Ben had an emotional lead up to their wedding, poor Beckie's Mum got very sick then recovered and just 2 weeks before the wedding had a bad fall and was back in hospital. So we had all sorts of plans in place to maybe go to the hospital before the wedding, or after the ceremony to visit her so she could see Beckie in her wedding dress...... but she did really well and managed to get to the ceremony and some of the reception in a wheelchair which was a great relief to all. I know they both enjoyed being able to share the day with her. And as you can see they were so pleased to be married, and are so much in love, they couldn't keep their eyes off each other!
The ceremony was held at Holy Name of Mary Hunters Hill, and the reception at The Deckhouse Woolwich, so we enjoyed photographing in a beautiful afternoon at Clark Point. And even headed out for some night photographs from the pier at Woolwich, while the guests enjoyed a fun reception.
Thank you for inviting us to capture your memories in photographs, it was a beautiful wedding to be involved in.
Sarah & Nick's vintage inspired wedding.....
We were so excited when this wedding day finally came. Sarah & Nick had booked us over a year before and during that time we had lots of fabulous planning details and discussions about different creative ideas for the wedding photos, so when the day came we couldn't wait to take all the photographs of all the details.
As you can see they went into great detail with the theme and every aspect of the day. We met Sarah at her parents home in Belrose where the lounge had been set up for preparations with vinatge mirrors, and then onto Gunners' Barracks to meet Nick with his boys for a few beers, before Sarah arrived for photographs with her flower girls as well. Then the ceremony took place on the Harbour Lawns, which was charged with emotion, and my favourite photos are the ones just after where you can see they are both so excited they can't even keep the grins off their faces when they are kissing!
The reception was beautifully set up and everyone had a great night enjoying the speeches, dancing, photo booth and celebrations.....
Thank you both for involving us in your wedding day, it was a priviledge to capture your memories in photographs for you.
This wedding was perfect for us, Belinda is Australian and Andy English (just like us!), however they live in England (not like us...). They planned their wedding from over there and we had lots of phone and email chats before finally meeting them the week of the wedding so knew we would hit it off.
As the wedding was being organised from overseas they gave themselves lots of time to plan and in the meantime fell pregnant and had a beautiful little daughter Hannah who was involved in the wedding..... very cute! And again very similar to us so did we.... so as our little girl was only 10 weeks old our friend Karen from KG Photography
once again stepped in work with Justin as second shooter.
They met Belinda at the Novotel Darling Harbour where she was getting ready, then joined Andy at the Royal Botanic Gardens where the ceremony was held in the Rose Gardens. From there are little red train took all the guests on a tour to the Opera House and dropped the bridal couple at Mrs Macquarie's chair so they could walk slowly around Farm Cove with Justin and Karen taking photographs. The Royal Botanic Gardens is always a treat to work in, it's such a special place for wedding photography.
The wedding reception was held on Sydney's Glass Island
, which collected the guests from the Man O War steps at the Opera House. The wedding guests were treated to a beautiful sunset while they sipped their drinks and ate canapes, then cruised around the harbour so the international guests could take in the spectacular views into the night as they partied at the wedding reception.
Sam & Nick were married on a beautiful spring afternoon at the stunning Tumbling Waters Resort, Stanwell Tops.
Sam got ready in the Bath House next to the pond, with her bridesmaid and parents. Then walked around the ornate pond to the wedding ceremony on the lawns of the resort. Family and friends expressed their love and pleasure for the couple with lots of hugs and laughter, before the bridal party had some fun with the photographers on the resort. Before the partying began in the main dining room at Tumbling Waters.
Thanks again to Karen from KG Photography
for second shooting with Justin, everyone had a great time as you can see from the photos.
Jenna is a writer and has a love of books, in her spare time she writes a blog with book reviews.... So the theme of Jenna & Chris' wedding was based around books, and in particular her favourite book "Pride and Prejudice". The whole wedding had a very Jane Austen feel to it, and the setting at Old Government House in Parramatta could not have been more perfect for these guys, so we did our best to keep in the style with our wedding photography!
The boys and girls got ready at the Park Royal in Parramatta so we jumped between the two rooms to capture all the atmosphere. Everyone was very excited for this couple who had been highschool sweet hearts, the wedding date and time was based around when Chris first asked Jenna out..... lunchtime on the same date 11 years before.
The marriage ceremony took place on the lawn and steps of Old Government House, with a high tea served in the marquee managed by Lachlans on the grounds. Inbetween we had some time with the whole bridal party for photographs on the grounds and within Old Government House, all in keeping with the Jane Austen feel. I just love the set up they had for the tables at the reception, in keeping with the book theme Chris had spent hours carving the table numbers into books, accompanied by sets of Jenna's favourites tied together with ribbon, lovely soft pink bouquets and for Chris' touch a baseball (his passion) for all the guests to sign as their keepsake of memories.
Following the speeches and yummy food, the Bride and Groom headed out with us for some sunset photographs and more relaxed fun, before being farwelled by all their family and friends.
A beautiful Sydney Autumn wedding with wonderful memories captured in these photographs.
From the moment we met with Alex & Chris we knew we were going to have a fabulous time photographing their wedding, we just clicked. Alex is an event manager (Jen's background) so we immediately connected and enjoyed the details together.
The day was lovely, a litte overcast but that never put a dampener on the mood at all. We met Alex at the Manly Shore Holiday Apartments with her whole family, everyone was fussing and loving very excited about the day. Including her two young cousins who were the "Junior Groomsmen". Then onto meet the boys at St Mary's Catholic Church Manly where the ceremony was held.
Following the ceremony we took the bridal party to Georges Heights Headland in Mosman, one of our favourite locations with is sweeping views of the harbour and the historic walls and battlements. This was lots of fun, with lots of joking and laughter we all enjoyed ourselves. Then onto Taronga Zoo where they couple and bridal party were allowed into the park after closing for some sunset photographs and photos with the giraffes.... however the giraffes were a little surprised to see us and ready for bed so the little boys had to do some coaxing to get them to come and say hello.
The reception was lovely, with Alex's attention to detail everywhere. They went with the animal theme, as the reception was at the Taronga Zoo Function Centre, and had origami animals at the table numbers, plus home made sauces for each guest. The speeches were lots of fun, and going with their eastern European heritage even a vodak toast or two, before heading to the dancefloor to round off a great night.
From the minute we met these guys at their engagement portrait session last year we just clicked, the two of them are lots of fun and very well suited to each other. Both very happy to make fun of themselves and get the most out of life.
Megan is a Kiwi and Phil an Aussie, but they live in London so planning a Sydney wedding was quite complex. But being detail oriented they set to work with lots of spreadsheet and everything turned out exactly as they wished. We met Megan with her family and bridesmaids in the penthouse at Meriton Apartments in Sydney, lots of excitment and tears here. Then we met Phil out at Curzon Hall where the marriage ceremony and reception were to be held. He was busy checking the final set up of the reception room when we arrived and said that he was "checking his domain"....
The lovely wedding ceremony was held in the gardens at Curzon Hall with beautiful readings and a very excited couple. Then all the guests celebrated with them with champagne before we had some fun around the grounds of Curzon Hall with the bridal party.
All the guests were primed for a great night celebrating with them, and the most jumping wedding reception dancefloor we have ever seen! Their bridal waltz started with an instrumental version of "Living On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi, then turned into the real version as they were handed a blow up guitar and microphone plus 80's rock wigs and head banged their way through the song. Then all the guests joined in with more props to play with, and lots of fabulous 80's rock to dance to....
It was a wonderful wedding day with so much love and laughter, thank you Megan & Phil for inviting us to be a part of it.
Kate & Jack's Wedding was awaited with lots of excitment. Kate had spent hours on every detail of the day, with the theme a rustic wedding, lunchtime on a Friday at the Mosman Rowing Club. This suited the couple very well, one of my favourite photos with the old hat and bouquet was commented on my one of the bridesmaids is "exactly them"!
The day started early for the bride and bridesmaids at their family home, then a mid morning wedding at St Francis Xavier Chruch in Lavender Bay. Then we took the bridal party up to Georges Heights Headland in Mosman, for the rustic feel with the old battlements, coastal gums and a little bit of bush. Jack was most relaxed in his grandfathers old work hat, which really suited Jack the outdoor man who is a landscape gardener next to his petite Kate. We had great fun with the whole bridal party, very excited for the couple. We even found the perfect tree to tie in with the couple invitation and wedding theming.
Then onto the party at Mosman Rowing Club. Here Kate had thought of every detail, the table settings were all in the tree theming, the centre pieces were tree stumps cut by Jack from a tree at their new home with rustic jars of garden flowers, and around the room on mirrors were little messages about the day. Everyone had a ball enjoying the speeches and the dancing, plus I have to say they did one of the funkiest bridal waltz's we've seen for a long time.....
Such a gorgeous couple and a beautiful day!
Details.... Details.... Details...
Jonno, Hailee and her mother had spend hours planning and putting together all the details of this stunning wedding. The ceremony was held in the gardens of Hailee's family home in Arcadia, with a rustic feel to the property the weddings style followed suit. There were wooden signs to direct the guests, even a sign post with signs pointing to where guests has come from far and wide. Hand written bunting with all 150 guests names on. The invitation was a collection of photographs from both Hailee and Jonno's family weddings in gilt frames, as heritage is very important to the couple, Hailee even had her grandparents and mothers wedding bands tied to her bouquet. The bride and bridesmaid dresses has be personally designed by Hailee.
All of that was just for the ceremony.... Which was very emotional all around, espcially Jonno who was in floods of tears (as were half the guests) when his beautiful bride walked down the aisle. Following the ceremony a garden party was enjoyed by all the guests in the beautiful spring sunshine, the atmosphere was so loving and happy for the couple.
The bridal party then departed in FJ Holdens, while the guests all jumped on the coach down to The Deckhouse at Woolwich for the reception. Again amazing thought and detail has gone into the reception. Each table centre had their own individual setting with antique bottles and vases filled with beads, buttons and flowers. Each guest was given a jar of homemade jam by Hailee's grandpa, and a photograph in a frame of themselves which the couple had found from their years of friendship with each person. As you can see from the photos this created great interest and entertainment as guest remember the memories captured in each photograph. The night flowed with hilarious speeches, fun and dancing....
Thanks Hailee & Jonno it was a truely special wedding we enjoyed capturing x