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!
So it's been 6 years since we photographed Misoo & Adrian's wedding day, and now they have two gorgeous little boys!
So lovely to see the whole extended family for a famly portrait photography session last weekend. My favourite part of being a photographer is capturing the interaction between family members, and even more so when that extends to grandparents and aunties. These two little boys are so lucky to have such a fun, loving family around them. Hopefully these photos will remind them of this fact all the time.
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 :-)
Bec & David got married a few weeks ago with just close family present and then immediate headed off on their honeymoon. So when they returned they held a fabulous party with all their friends to celebrate....!
The party was held at The Exchange Hotel in Balmain, it was a great evening where everyone present seemed really excited for the couple and they got to really enjoy the evening chatting to all their friends. There were a few speeches including some childhood photos of both of them which you'll see got a lot of laughs.
A great night guys, thanks for asking me to capture it for you!
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.
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
12 . 12 . 12
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.
Dana and Ritch originally planned on surprising their guests with a wedding during their engagement party, but the details became to tricky with lots of international and interstate guests..... So the date and intentions were announced and everyone was very excited for them.
The bridal party was slightly unusally with a "Best Woman" instead of a man, and Dana's gorgeous neices as flower girls. This made for lots of fun, a fair amount of funny faces and sticking out of tongues... and Ritch enjoying the crowd of women! It's pretty standard for him to have this cheeky grin on his face but it didn't budge all day.
Dana and her family got ready at the Four Seasons, then went across the bridge to Clark Park in Lavender Bay for the ceremony. It was a beautiful afternoon and all the international guests appreciated the view during the ceremony in such a gorgeous location. The ceremony was very personal as usual from Elaine Searle Marriage Celebrant. After the guests congratulated the couple we headed to Blues Point Reserve around the corner for the most beautiful sunset over Sydney Harbour with spectacular oranges and pinks. Before heading to the Kirribilli Club for the reception.
A fabulous fun day, thanks for inviting us to capture it for you Dana & Ritch.
Liz and Nick started planning early for their wedding, they booked with us almost 2 years before the date as they felt they would get the best deals booking well in advance and they were right. It was very lucky too because their wedding date became very popular as time went on.
The day could not have been more perfect for them, a beautiful Sydney spring day with clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures. Liz was getting ready at her family home with her twin sister Alex as her bridesmaid, the house was very relaxed and even had time to keep an eye on the V8 racing one of their passions. The girls were up for some fun in their convertable Mustang, and Liz even had special bridal sunglasses for the occasion! Nick on the other hand was bouncing off the walls with excitment, couldn't keep him still or stop him talking..... The wedding ceremony was to be held at the Shore School Chapel where Nick had spent many years observing weddings from the choir stalls, and has many fond memories of his years as a Shore boy. He and his mates went for a walk around the school to revisit their old haunts.
After the ceremony we took advantage of the spectacular views and grounds at the school before heading down to Balls Head Reserve in Waverton which had beautiful coastal bush and views across the harbour. Then onto The Rocks and Wolfies Grill where the wedding reception was held. As usual at Wolfies the food and atmosphere were great, with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge shining into the night as the backdrop.
Congratulations guys it was a beautiful day, and fabulous wedding.
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!
Sam & Christian were blessed with an amazing wedding day, the sun shone, the crowds arrived to support them, God blessed them, there was swishy colourful dresses and lots & lots of laughs!
These guys are the cutest couple, as you can see from the photos, they were high school sweet hearts, then best friends and eventually got back together when they realised that they were meant to be..... and believe me they are meant to be.
The day started at Sam's family home in Berowra, with all the girls fussing around and laughing, then swishing around in their beautiful colourful dresses.... this continued all day as you can see. Then we had a bit of fun with Christian and the groomsmen on the swings at Pymble Ladies College where the ceremony was to take place. A big crowd gathered in the Chapel at Pymble Ladies College, with guests invited from both of their churches, and the day was presided over by 4 ministers. The ceremony and singing was very uplifting.
After the service there was cupcakes and chatter outside the church, then we took the bridal party to a few of the old haunts on the grounds, as Sam is an old girl of PLC. Before heading up to Asquith Golf Course where the reception was held. Here the boys let loose, and insisted on a trousers down photograph (a first request for us!). Before everyone got into the food, speeches and partying late into the night.
Thanks guys we had a ball capturing these memories for you.....
Sonia and Nathan organised their wedding to be casual and relax, exactly their personalities, with the minimum of fuss. The wedding was a lunchtime cocktail party with close family and friends at Public Dining Room, Balmoral Beach. The room was higlighted with simple white floral decorations, including some beautiful white roses by Stephanie's Wedding Bouquet Specialists in Frenchs Forest.
Unfortunately the weather, as has been the case this year, was overcast and windy but the rain held off until we'd had some time outside on the beach and also kept the crowds away so unusually Balmoral Beach was clear for a bridal shoot.
As with the relaxed nature of the day Sonia & Nathan arrived together with Nathan's son Hamish to greet guests and have a glass of champagne, before the celebrant Melinda Dunn invited the couple to the front for the marriage ceremony. Following the ceremony the guests all spilled out onto Balmoral Beach for some photographs before we took the couple and their son Hamish for a walk along Balmoral Beach to the island. Hamish was the entertainment pulling faces and making jokes.... especially when they were kissing!
The afternoon was then spent with good wine, food, and lots of fun for all the guests back at the restaurant.... exactly the celebration Sonia & Nathan wanted.
Jess and Andy were blessed with the most stunning Sydney February day you could imagine for their wedding. After a week of rain, the morning cleared to a beautiful day, if a little steamy, perfect for a wedding ceremony on the lawns of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli. We were actually married there ourselves many years ago so it was lovely to relive our day through these guys.
We met Jess with her bridemaid sisters and family at a home in Cremorne Point, everyone was very relaxed and so loving and excited for Jess. Then onto the squadron where Andy was excited too with his groomsmen.
The ceremony was conducted under a beautiful floral arch on the lawns at the RSYS with a beautiful component where the couple had written letters to each other which they will store until their first wedding anniversary in a box with a bottle of wine that they will open and read the letters. What a lovely way to relive the feelings they have on this special day.
We then had lots of fun with the bridal party on the grounds along the shore of Sydney Harbour, and under the iconic white jaw bone of the whale. Then to follow the them of the wine into the cellar! Before heading to the reception. The cake had been made with figurines of the couple with their skies as a note to their love of skiing and their honeymoon in the States which they spent skiing!
Seema and Fionn's wedding was a 2 day event starting with a Hindu blessing of their marriage, and then a full Catholic wedding at St Mary's Cathedral.
They met in Ireland many years ago where Seema (a Sydney girl) was studying medicine, and a couple of years ago they moved out to Sydney. Many of the guests had flown over from Ireland for the wedding and of course were up for a party as the Irish always are.... so 2 parties in one wedding was exactly what was called for.
The Hindu blessing was held at Sydney Harbour Marriott, and all the guests were dressed up in the most amazing colours and traditional Indian dress (even the Irish friends). The blessing was lots of fun, followed by a banquet.
Then the next day we met the girls again at the Sydney Harbour Marriott where they were getting ready for the wedding itself. And the boys at St Mary's Cathedral. The day was overcast but didn't rain and everyone had a ball as we went with the bridal party from Hyde Park to Dawes Point, and the reception at Waters Edge where the partying went into the night!
As you can see we really enjoyed everyones company, and Seema's bubbly personality comes through in every single photograph. Thanks guys!
Kristen & Martin really do have a story to tell, an Aussie girl and Polish guy who met in New York! They've spent many years travelling across the world to see each other, occassionally living in the same country and finally decided to settle down in Sydney and get married. But that wasn't all smooth sailing either, when we first met with Kristen to discuss their wedding plan Martin didn't have a visa to enter Australia yet.... so we tentatively booked the date in the hope that this would all get sorted before the wedding.... and as you can see it did! The day was absolutely stunning and truely beautiful Sydney summer's late afternoon wedding, with wonderful light and lots of fun.
We met Martin at Long Reef Golf Club with his best man who had flown out from Poland for the wedding. Martin is a real character and the hardest part of our job was to get him to keep a straight face, he is forever making funny faces and wanting to jump around! Kristen arrived with her sister and father in as old Buick, and where the ceremony was to be held on the lawns at Long Reef Golf Club all the guests to could see her arrival and walk straight down the aisle. The ceremony was very them conducted by Mary Hall marriage celebrant.
After the ceremony all the guests moved on to the beach for drinks and nibbles... and Martin insisted on some jumping shots! Then we had some time with just the bridal party on Long Reef Golf Course and Beach, in the most beautiful afternoon sunlight... and what a stunning couple too.
Being Polish Martin brought some of his traditions to the wedding, and on arrival at the reception the couple ate salted bread to give them prosperity, and then drank shots. Now the tradition with the shots is that there is one of vodka and the other of water (but they don't know which one), so whoever chooses the vodka is said to be the boss of the marriage..... they both swore they had vodka in their shots!
Colette & Rob set their wedding date for Friday 13th this January, mainly because 13 is Rob's favourite number, it's holiday time and they aren't superstitious.... Because of the affinity to the number 13 we were determined to find a sign with that number to photograph the couple with, and after looking everywhere found out that Wolfies Grill is #13 in the original sandstone storehouse numbering! It was all meant to be for them, and the day didn't disappoint.
We met Rob at St Bede's Pyrmont where the ceremony was to be held, and photographed him with his son and daughter, before Colette arrived with a very excited extended family of her son, father, sisters, niece and nephews. The service was conducted by Father John Baron, is also a forensic psycologist and a fascinating man, the message was all about unity and how everyone there was part of Colette and Rob's family to be there to care for the couple and each other. A message which spoke well to all that were there and seemed so happy for the couple.
Following the groups congratulations outside the church we went to Observatory Hill for some fun with just the newly weds, then ended up at Dawes Point to walk around to Wolfies Grill, The Rocks, where the party was starting, and that's exactly what I imagine they did into the night with all their family and friends around them!
Mel & Rob were married on one of the most beautiful spring Sunday afternoons Sydney offered this year. The setting at Clarkes Point was just beautiful.
We met Mel getting ready at her family home with her parents, brothers and sisters, nephews and bridesmaids. There was a fun atmosphere in the house as everyone prepared. The girls had their hair done by Julie Blazely and make up done by Carla from Much Make Up, a bit of a surprise for us as Carla had actually done Jen’s make up on our wedding day many moons ago!
The ceremony was held at Clarke's Point Reserve Woolwich, where all the guests were very excited for the couple. Following the ceremony, we took a water taxi across Sydney Harbour to Blues Point and then to Jeffrey St Wharf, both with views to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, returning to the Deckhouse Woolwich to join all the guests for a friendly and high spirited reception.
Thanks guys we had lots of fun!
This was a very special wedding to us as Jess is one of my cousins.... she's come a long way from the purple haired girl I travelled around Spain with many years ago!
Jess & Nick planned their wedding in record time, which was probably the way they always wanted to do it not really being into much fuss, and it was a perfect day. We started at Jess' family home where she was getting ready with her sister, Mum and unofficial bridesmaid Jackson (their 'baby' boxer!). As the heavens opened we met Nick at the church and photographed indoors. The service was held at St Joseph's Neutral Bay which is a family church and the atmosphere was lovely.
Following the ceremony the skies cleared and we headed down to Sirius Cove, Mosman, where Jess grew up and the couple spend a lot of their time dog walking. Of course Jackson met us there, he was very excited for his 'Mum and Dad' and stayed for a few photographs. Then the sun shone on the couple as we spent time on the little beach near the Scout Hall, I just love the old sandstone rock face and the oyster covered slipway. Then went up the hill to Taronga Zoo where the reception was being held.
It was a lovely day, and I enjoyed staying on at the reception as a guests... thanks guys!
What a stunning day!
We first met Carla's family almost a year ago when Justin photographed her father's 60th birthday party, then Carla got engaged an immediately thought of us for her wedding photography. She has such a beautiful family, and so does Matthew so we had a wonderful day celebrating with everyone. Both of their families are so close that their bridal party was made up solely with their siblings.
We started the day at Carla's family home in Woolwich with beautiful views of the harbour. The atmosphere was filled with excitment as the whole family including parents, sisters, nieces and nephew were all getting ready at the house. Then we met Matthew at the church with his brothers and sister as the excitment (and nerves) built for them.
As Carla's nieces, nephew and sisters walked down the aisle ahead of her all the guests were full of smiles, then followed the stunning bride with her father, so relaxed and ready to take this wonderful step. The ceremony conducted by Father Kevin at Holy Name of Mary Hunters Hill, was as always with Father Kevin filled with laughter and love.
After the ceremony we headed down to Clarkes Point Woolwich, for a lovely bridal shoot with the couples siblings. Then walked up to Cucinetta's Restaurant where all Carla's family celebrations are held, it's location, atmosphere and food are exceptional and all the guests had a wonderful evening.
Bonnie & Chris are a great fun couple, Bonnie the professional horse rider and Chris the policeman, and their friends knew how to have a good time too!
The day started off with hair and makeup at Hair By Maree in Naremburn, Bonnie has been going to this hairdresser since she was little and wanted their involvement in her wedding story. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed, we even got interest from the passing crowds....
Once the preparations were complete we headed down to Harbourside Apartments for the girls to dress, more laughter and fun there. Then onto the church, St Mary's North Sydney, chosen due to its location near Bonnie's childhood haunts and opposite North Sydney oval where Chris played for the Bears. When the ceremony was concluded the clouds started to roll in, but not detered we needed back to Blues Point for some lovely soft romantic bridal portraits in the rain.
The reception party was held at Sails Lavender Bay, and it was definitely a party, it even started with the bridal waltz to set the mood. Then fabulous speeches, feed and dancing well into the night.....
A beautiful setting on the world's best harbour for a glorious Sydney wedding!
Claire and David are a relaxed and fun couple, their preparations for their wedding were not in the least laboured and this proved very much the recipe for a wonderfully emotional and boutique wedding. The focus was for everyone to have a fun day.... which they certainly seemed to!
The clouds and rain were present, although Sydney still proved to be a simply stunning backdrop for the day, as Claire's family, who had travelled from England for her memorable day, were delighted at the splendour of what Sydney has to offer, even on a somewhat overcast day. The ceremony was held indooors at The Officers' Mess at Gap Bluff Centre, Watsons Bay, with the harbour and boats in the background. Tears, laughter, smiles, kisses, pride, confusion and a bridesmaid locked in the toilets just before the bride's 'walk' - this wedding had it all! What a wonderful ceremony from Elaine (celebrant) once again.
The bridal shoot proved to be a windy affair on the cliff walk near The Gap, so we finished it on the lawns of The Officers' Mess. Claire, David, Maid of Honour and Best Man all having great fun on the shoot, whilst champagne flowed freely. Cocktail function followed, whilst guests mingled and enjoyed the catered delights of what was on offer. A beautiful atmosphere, with Claire and David rightly at the centre of the celebrations on their stunning wedding 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
What a hoot this Engagement or Beloved portrait session was, we are so looking forward to photographing Megan & Phil's wedding next April we are going to have a ball!
Megan is a Kiwi and Phil an Aussie, who currently live in London, they are getting married in Sydney next year so were home for a quick visit to make all the arrangements. We were lucky enough to meet with them and photograph this time for them. Not living in Sydney they wanted to capture some of the landmarks in their photographs, and being engineers the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge made the perfect backdrops, plus a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney which could not be positioned in a more ideal location.
Here you'll see out typical style of lots of fun, love and laughter coming through in the photographs.....
As you will see from our photos Steph and Scott are quite into their sport, Scott is a diehard Parramatt Eels fan and the theming of the wedding was based around the Eels colours.... you'll see even the bridemaids wore yellow nail polish to go with their blue dresses! Then the cake and table names at the reception also tied in with the theming....
We started the day at the house that Steph grew up in, we even had a photo on the front step with her Mum to replicate the one they took when her parents first bought her home from hospital. So lovely to have these memories tie in to another milestone in her life. The garden was beautiful filled with colour, and the atmosphere at the house was very excited.
We then met a very nervous Scott outside St Francis Xavier Church in Lavender Bay were the ceremony was to be held. It's a lovely church, and the priest was lots of fun adding to the relaxed nature of the guests. Followed by lots of congratulations on the church steps and family photographs. The bridal party, including the flower girls and page boy, headed down to Blues Point and the pier next to Harbourside Apartments on a beautiful spring afternoon on Sydney Harbour. They bought along a cricket set for a game at Blues Point Reserve, plus a rugby ball for a quick game of touch, and of course a lineout!
The reception followed at The Kirribilli Club, which had a great atmosphere. As you can see all the guests enjoyed the speeches, we also showed a slideshow with highlights from the bridal shoot which everyone was "Wow'd" by....
Mel and Matt have been together since they were 15 years old, they are so cute and so much in love it's infectious! We had a fabulous day with their family and friends celebrating this wonderful marriage, oh and capturing the memories in photos....
We met Mel and her bridesmaids getting ready at the Vibe Hotel North Sydney, there was lots of giggles, bubbles and fun with these girls, all so excited for their beautiful friend. Then we met Matt and the boys outside St Thomas' Anglican Church, North Sydney. It's such a beautiful church, and the lighting is lovely for weddings. You couldn't help getting swept up into the fairytale here, and both Mel & Matt were very emotional.
Following the ceremony, the weather looked a little dicey so we stayed outside this wonderful church for some photographs before heading down to Balmoral Beach with the bridal party. Here the rain held off, how could it not for these two, and we had very dramatic skies, contrasting with this fun loving crowd. The girls got a little cold, and the boys obliged with their coats, plus we couldn't hold Matt down as he was jumping for joy.... Then onto Georges' Headland for some more fun, and The Tea Room Gunners' Barracks, for some very eloquent and funny speeches. Even a very moving song from Mel's Dad, that had us in tears behind the lens! Before the party continued into the night with groving on the dancefloor.....
Well this wedding had it all.... thunder & lightening, sunshine, kangaroos, mustangs, laughter and love...
This day started off with beautiful sunshine, where we met Adelaide and her family, 3 sisters (bridesmaids) and parents at the couples home in Windsor. The girls then all got into the Fort GT500 and Mustang from Mustang Sally's Wedding Cars, but before they left the sky looked ominous so they luckily put the tops up. At this time we were out on the golf course at Riverside Oaks with the groom and his mates listening to the thunder and watching the lightening! Mark had to make the swift decision to move the ceremony, which was to be held under the gum trees on the course, indoors - a very good decision as the heavens opened during the ceremony leaving puddles all over the fairways.....
After the ceremony the rain eased and we headed out with the bridal party in golf carts around the course for some fun wedding photographs. We had some interested on lookers too with kangaroos and ducks. The vista's at just stunning at Riverside Oaks including a fabulous old heritage sandstone cottage.
The evening wedding reception was filled with lots of laughter from the great speeches, and dancing. We also had the opportunity to take Adelaide and Mark out for a night shoot under the uplit trees on the golf course.
A September wedding in Sydney and who would expect it to rain? But it didn't matter nothing was going to ruin the day for these guys, Bec particularly is a very relaxed girl from Tamworth who was just so excited to be marrying Jeff, and with a bridal party of 14 there was no time to rest.
The best part of the planning for this wedding was the close proximity of all the activities you could literally see the where the bride got ready, the church, photo locations and the reception venue from everywhere we went on the day! Also something many couples really should plan well is the accomodation they are using to get ready and stay the night after the wedding, if you plan these well and have lovely locations and views then they can be used as the wet weather back up for your photos on the day. As it was the Harbourside Apartments at Blues Point where the bride and bridesmaids got ready provided just that for this couple. The views from the apartment up the harbour, and out the front the pier and large tree were great when the rain set in.
We started the with the bride and her 6 bridesmaids at the apartments, then met the boys at Lavender Bay Reserve for some fun "Boy Band" photos before crossing the road to Christ Church Lavender Bay where the ceremony was held. Following the service they rain came in so we headed back to Blues Points with the whole bridal party who were prepared with white umbrellas, and champagne!
The reception was held at Aqua Dining, a fabulous venue above the Olympic Pool at North Sydney with views of the Bridge and Opera House, and the food was outstanding. The speeches were well received by the guests, as you can see, and we also provided the couple with a slideshow of some of the photos we'd taken during the day which the guests were "Wow'd" by, and made the Bec & Jeff very emotional. We left the party with all the guests on the dancefloor for a great night....
This was a truely stunning wedding held at The Tea Rooms, Gunners' Barracks Mosman. With some of the most beautiful views in Sydney situated in the historial area of Georges Heights, Gunners' Barracks is one of the a dream location for weddings and wedding photography in Sydney. To take full advantage of the location we met both David and Sarah in the area for photographs of them and their respective attendants prior to the wedding ceremony. David and the boys were all dressed up in full morning suit, including the two little paige boys who are David's nephews, and his neice looked gorgeous in her little white dress. We photographed them around the historial buildings, before heading to the top of the hill to meet Sarah, her bridesmaids and family for some beautiful candid photographs. Everyone was so excited about the day and for the couple which the photographs really express.
The ceremony itself was held in the Gunners' Barracks courtyard, which was eloquently put together by Elizabeth Traven Civil Celebrant. It really was very personal and the courtyard was filled with a loving atmosphere. Following the ceremony we walked up to the Georges Head with the bridal party for some fun, dancing, canon riding and enjoyed the late afternoon light so romantic. We especially enjoyed the was Sarah's wedding dress swished as she walked and danced it also looked fluid.
The evening celebrations continued in the main tea room with some fantastic speeches followed by lots of revelry on the dancefloor.....
It really was a fantastic wedding that we loved being a part of, thank you Sarah & Dave!
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Welcome to our June newsletter. We’ve been busy over the past few months, steadily booking more weddings for the rest of 2011 and beyond. Party bookings are also becoming increasingly popular.
Since our last newsletter, we have finally completed the lengthy process of getting professionally accredited, and are pleased to announce that Justin is now a Fully Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).
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What a wedding day, amazing couple, amazing locations, amazing light.... it had it all!
Suzie the bride was so excited and gorgeous, and our biggest challenge for the day was to get Andrew to stop talking and telling jokes long enough to take his photo! We have hundreds of shot of him talking and everyone else laughing....
This stunning Sydney spring day started with Suzie and her bridesmaids getting ready at her parents place. The atmosphere was relaxed, excited and bubbly (a great description for Suzie herself). We then met Andrew at Clarkes Point Reserve where their ceremony took place under a marquee with Sydney Harbour in the background. The ceremony was conducted by a family friend, and celebrant, Caroline Hopwood, it was very personal with the couple even writing their own reading.
Then the couple and their bridal party caught a water taxi across to Cockatoo Island for the bridal shoot. What fun we had with these guys, the light was amazing and we were spoilt of choice of locations on the island itself. There was bush fires in the Blue Mountains which created the most amazing light at sunset, I haven't done any colour work on these images this is exactly what the light was like.... The smoke in the atmosphere also created that amazing moonrise shown in these photos and I also blogged about after the wedding.
The reception was held at Deckhouse Woolwich, stunning spot, beautiful food and service, plus it was great fun. Andrew is an Event Manager (it was great we knew lots of the same people and got on like a house on fire, but I digress), so the evening was filled with all sorts of surprises for the guests. They had an exhibition of photographs, the couple had taken on their many travels, set up for pre dinner drinks. The guests then got to take a photo home a the end of the night. There was a Chinese Tea Ceremony, part of Andrew's Malaysian heritage. They also held a raffle at each table for the framed images, and the digital camera which they had provided each table for the guests to take photos on the night. As you can see from our photos everyone had a ball....
Mirjana and Robert were blessed with an absolutely amazing Sydney spring day for their wedding, warm and bathed in sunlight.
We started the day with Mirjana at her home in Chatswood, where she was very relaxed getting ready with her family and bridesmaids. All the details were there from the beautiful flowers from Best Buds, to the jewellery and the gorgeous soft prink Christian Dior shoes she had peeping out from under her dress! We then battled our way through Saturday lunchtime traffic to Robert at St Patricks College Strathfield, where the wedding ceremony was to take place. Robert had attended the school and enjoyed the backdrop of the First XV warming up behind in the photos. The ceremony was conducted by the families priest who knew the couple well and had a very personal touch.
After lots of fabulous photos with their guests and families at the church, we moved on to The Rocks with the bridal party for photographs in the sunset of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. As you can see there are lots of photos, we really had fun with the whole crowd and I was spoilt for choice with photos so just threw lots in for you to see. Then with the light fading we walked to Wolfies Grill, where the room was set, as usual, for a fairtale evening. The speeches were received with laughter and the partying continued on the dancefloor.
We hope you enjoy looking at the story of the day as much as we enjoyed being a part of it.....
The week before this wedding it rained constantly, and even on the day of the wedding the rain clouds threatened. But Shaana insisted the ceremony would be held in the garden of her parents home, just as it had been for their wedding many years ago, and the sun came through for a beautiful afternoon! Before the ceremony Shaana had a group of close girlfriends helping her with the final arrangements and to get ready, and hair & makeup by Agents of Beauty, while Nick arrived in a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with one of his mates, which he was very excited about...
The ceremony was witnessed by close family and friends, and was conducted by Louise Spedding, Celebrant, the atmosphere was very loving. Followed by drinks and cheers from all their friends. We then took the couple down to a private reserve near the house which has a stunning view down the harbour, we had beautiful afternoon sun on the couple, however the rain clouds were darkening the sky over the city.... As you can see from the photos these guys are great friends, as well as lovers, and were very relaxed in front of the camera.
The night then continued with lots of drinks, gorgeous food served by Hooked on Catering, and dancing into the night .... as the couple said they just wanted a big party!
What a fun filled wedding! As you can see Kristy and Brian wanted a wedding that expressed them and their personalities, including their love of the bush.....
We met Kristy, her parents and bridesmaids getting ready at their home in Chatswood, and then travelled out to Rouse Hill for the remainder of the celebrations. The bridal flowers were a bouquet including some fantastic natives provided by Megan at Show Posies.
Their wedding ceremony was held at Rouse Hill Regional park on the most amazing Sydney autumn day, the sky could not have been bluer and the air stunningly clear. The ceremony included sharing of their first glass of wine as a married couple and they vowed to thing of each other each time they enjoy a glass of wine in the future! Which followed the ceremony with drinks with all their guests at the park, before heading on to Rouse Hill House for the bridal photographs. Rouse Hill House & Farm is a beautiful country home, the colours are amazing and we had a laugh a minute with these guys as we moved around the property. As you can see from the photos....
From here we went onto the reception which was being held in a marquee on a paddock where Kristy and Brian keep their horses. So of course the horses needed to be involved..... the couple arrived at the reception on horseback! Everyone was so happy for the couple and were really ready to party, enjoying the meal, wine and billy tea by the camp fire towards the end of the night.
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Wow what an auspicious start to this couples marriage... the morning started with rain showers and just before the set time for the wedding it cleared producing this stunning rainbow that ended right at The Tea Rooms, Gunners' Barracks, Mosman where the ceremony was to take place. The rain continued to clear through the morning creating this amazing clear blue sky and fabulous wedding photography. Margaret and Simon selected a small wedding attended by their closest family and friends. The ceremony included traditions from both their families heritage of Jewish and Chinese touching on the fact that both their grandparents moved to Australia away from hardship.
We met the groom at the venue as they were setting up in the courtyard for the ceremony, and then the bride arrived utilising the bridal preparation room at Gunners' Barracks for last minute touch ups. Following the ceremony all the guests moved up to George's Headland for the stunning views across Sydney Harbour and out the heads, where we spent some time with the couple capturing this beautiful morning for them. Before moving on to a lovely lunch in the Tea Rooms at Gunners' Barracks. The bride handmade all the details herself including the bouquets, place cards and the cake and chuppah under which they got married were made by the mother of the groom - Kim, as you can see from our photos every detail has the personal touch.
Jess and Dane were amazing lucky with the weather on their wedding day, we hope this is a sign about the future of their marriage. On the driving out to meet the bride prior to the wedding there was dark clouds and heavy rain, but about 10 minutes from their home the sky cleared to beautiful sunshine, and the clear weather followed them for the rest of the day.
The bride got ready at their home on a property in Glenorie which you can see it a beautiful place with so many photogenic locations. Our brief was for sun and relaxed wedding photographs which we do best, and you'll see both the boys and the girls had a bit of fun. The service was held at St Charles Church with a great priest Father David Orr, you can even see his sense of humour in the photos! After the ceremony we took the bridal party down to Kissing Point Park which had stunning afternoon light for a great bridal photography shoot which everyone enjoyed .....
The proud Scot and English woman!
As you can see Steve is a Scot and Joanne an English woman, they've lived in Sydney for over 12 years and their wedding was a great excuse for all their family and friends to travel out to Sydney. Joanne has 4 brothers and Steve 4 sisters, so there was a large crowd, and the first time either family has been all together for a very long time. So the day was filled with much love and happiness.... Plus many of the visitors were a little red and hot from the Australian summer!
We met Steve at the Eucalypt Lawns, the Royal Botanic Gardens to photograph him just prior to all the guests arriving on a coach. He was a organising, excited, nervous and just a little hot in his full woollen Scottish National kilt and the 90% humidity Sydney had put on. Then Joanne arrived with her girls looking serene, I'm still not sure how as they had walked across the Gardens from their hotel! We captured a few lovely moments, with photographs, of the bride with her Dad and flower girls. Then the ceremony began with the beautiful Sydney Opera House and Harbour as the backdrop. Suzanne Stirling was the celebrant and she conducted a beautiful ceremony, even with a little competition from the cockatoos in the trees.
After the ceremony we arranged numerous family and group photographs, as this was such a special occasion having all the families together. Then we took Joanne and Steve for a walk through the gardens which gave them a chance to relax and forget about us with the cameras. Before heading down to The Rocks for some photographs with the stunning Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then we went on to Wolfies Grill and met up with the rest for the guests for the reception where lots of fun was had (and photographed) by all.
The Bride from the wedding we photographed a couple of weeks ago asked me for a recommendation of a florist, so I didn't hesitate in recommending Megan Merry from Show Posies. Having worked with Megan in the past I know she is very artistic, has a wonderful eye for detail and a lovely personality. Clare, the bride, couldn't speak highly enough of her, when we met up prior to the wedding, saying she had been a wonderful help and great to deal with. Then on the day when the flowers were presented she was thrilled with the divine flowers. As you can see below all the bouquets were a collection of roses, with hot pink for the flower girls, and the button holes pure white. The flowers for the cake were also a striking hot pink gloriosa.
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When we first met Clare & James they described the plans for their wedding as a "Country Wedding in the City", and that's exactly what it felt like. There was a large number of guests who had travelled to Sydney for the wedding itself, everyone was relaxed and excited for the couple which made for a beautiful atmosphere.
We met Clare at the Sebel Residence Chatswood for some photographs of "the bride" getting ready, there was a crowd of girlfriends there to celebrate with her and her 3 adorable little bridesmaids. We then went on to Chatswood Golf Club which is where the ceremony and reception were being held. Here we found James and all the guests enjoying the beautiful sunshine, with some drinks, out on the course awaiting Clare's arrival. James couldn't keep the smile off his face, and it just grew bigger when Clare arrived.
Following the ceremony the bride and groom, plus the 2 of us, jumped in golf buggies and zoomed around the course for some beautiful photographs with the couple on their bridal shoot. It was a lovely time for them to enjoy by themselves before they headed back to get into the party with all their guests!