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2019 Wedding Photography

2019 was another awesome year for us with wedding photography taking us all over Australia and around the state of NSW.

Wedding photography has allowed me to go to some dream locations around Australia and shoot some wonderful couples. Some highlights and things that just happened this year at weddings are…

  • I only had two rainy day weddings in 2019 which is totally unheard of. Normally I would have had a lot more.
  • Most of my couples this year wrote and said their own personal vows and had unplugged weddings… which is amazing! It makes it really special and more personal. I highly recommend that all couples do this.
  • I had an amazing wedding in Alice Springs where the couples gifted me my first Acoubra Hat!
  • At weddings, I saw Kangaroos, wombats, alpacas, horses, cows, dogs and even one red belly black snake.
  • I was lucky enough to do an elopement at Uluru, which has been in my bucket list for years.
  • Who knew there was a mountain top in the Hunter Valley where you could have a wedding? I shot one!
  • I shot my first wedding where half the bridal party were acrobats and I shot many weddings with no bridal party at all.
  • Had a wedding on Halloween night with a Tim Burtonesque feel.
  • Brides had many different styles of dresses. I had brides with black, red, pink, gold and silver dresses, and there might have been one or two in white ;) There was one bride with a $20 wedding dress that looked awesome and one with a dress that probably cost more than my car, that also looked amazing.
  • There also were lots of Brides and couples in general wearing boots. Which makes sense since to do a lot of country weddings.
  • Sadly towards the end of the year, most of my weddings were affected by the bushfires to some extent. Either by the smoke or actually trying to get to the wedding. The worst was a Port Macquarie wedding in November where roads were closed everywhere because of fire. But I managed to take a big detour around the fire and make it to the wedding. You will see some really crazy skies in some of the photos below.

Thank you to all the amazing wedding venues, wedding vendors and other wedding photographers who refer us. And of course a huge thank you to all our amazing couples who have trusted us to capture your most special day.

Wedding photography for 2020

My wedding photography has been changing and evolving over the 12+ years of shooting. In past years I have focused on different areas to work on, improve or just take more of. Do more night photography, do more drone shots, use more flash, use less flash etc. But my unofficial goal over the last couple of years, and going forward, is to take more meaningful images. And I think my work is attracting more like-minded couples who want this. Without couples who fully trust you, that open themselves up and actually be themselves then I can’t take the sort of images I would like to take artistically. This is how I like to shoot now…

  • Zero posing. I actually really don’t pose couples at all. I don’t like it in wedding photography because it is too contrived and gives the photos less meaning. I talk to couples, joke with couples, tell them to run through some grass or have a quiet moment together on the hill as the sun sets. And I do give a little direction if you get stuck and just stare at the camera, like a deer in headlights. I understand why some photographers pose couples more, and it’s because they can create the perfect image… which is awesome… but for me, no posing means for meaningful photos for the couple.
  • Get more couples to be themselves and show their real personalities. Forget everything you think wedding photography will be like. With me, there are no rules. Do whatever you like, be whoever you really are… as long as you stay true to yourselves. Because this is when you get real natural photos without any forced smiles. These sort of photos will mean more to you in years to come.
  • More fun and craziness. Weddings and wedding photography doesn’t have to be serious and boring. I want my couples to go crazy and have the most awesome time ever at their wedding! As long as it is legal and no one is going to get hurt… you can do whatever you want!

So with all that being said, here are a few of our favourite images from 2019.

confetti wedding
central coast wedding with bushfires
champagne spray at wolgan valley wedding
alice springs wedding in the dust
groom crying when seeing bride
drone photography wedding
dog resting on wedding dress
wedding confetti throw
circa 1876 wedding

Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding

The Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding of Ellie & Alex was easily one of the most stunning ceremony locations I have ever photographed. With one of the nicest couples you could ever meet. And who knew you could have a mountain top wedding ceremony in the Hunter Valley?

Ellie & Alex first contacted us, asking if we were interested in photographing their wedding on a mountain top, called Yellow Rock in the Hunter Valley. We were so excited! I don’t think anyone has ever had a wedding ceremony there before. I don’t think many people have ever been there and I could barely find any information about this amazing and historic location anywhere.

Logistically it is a bit of a nightmare to get to organise for them. It is really difficult to get to. It takes about an hour to get up there by 4 wheel drive and there are some parts that are a little sketchy. They contemplated catching a helicopter up to Yellow Rock, but that didn’t seem possible. And the whole idea nearly fell through. But they were pretty determined and they found a way to make it work for their wedding day.

Once up there the views were absolutely breathtaking. They had an unplugged ceremony and said some really beautiful vows, from the heart, which had everyone there in tears. If any engaged couples are reading this, I highly recommend you write your own personal vows to each other. It makes a ceremony so much more personal.

Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
wedding rings in box
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding

Yellow Rock is a very significant location for Aboriginal Australians. The Traditional owners of the land, where Yellow Rock is located, are the Wonnarua people.

Here is a little excerpt about Yellow Rock, which was read out at their wedding ceremony by a friend and a proud Wiradjuri woman:

“Yellow Rock, also known as the Big Lizard by Aboriginal people, is the site that we stand upon today. The Dreamtime tells us that many thousands of years ago there was a Great Lizard who wandered in from the coast, carving all the rivers of the valley as he went, causing water to flow out to the sea and give life to those who lived along their banks.

One day, Great Lizard carved a path to this location where he met two guards who were standing in his way. They told Great Lizard they had had enough of his wandering and ordered him to not go any further.

But, Great Lizard wouldn’t listen, so the two guards hurled a big rock at him, which stopped him in his tracks and turned him to stone.

To make sure Great Lizard doesn’t wake up and wander off again, the two guards turned themselves to stone and now they stand either side of Great Lizard and guard him for the rest of time, and till this day they still stand as they were.”

Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
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Yellow Rock overlooks the Broke area of the Hunter Valley. I have photographed so many weddings down at Broke and always looked up at this mountain thinking how nice it would be to photograph a wedding up there.

Yellow Rock is a stunning place to have a ceremony. It is not easy to get to, but it is well worth the journey. I hope you enjoyed this stunning Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding. And I hope this post has opened up the opportunity to other adventurous couples to have their wedding ceremony at this stunning location.

Leaves and Fishes Wedding

The Leaves and Fishes wedding of Andrea and Mitchell in the Hunter Valley was a beautiful and intimate wedding with some really lovely moments. I love shooting weddings in the Hunter Valley and I particularly love shooting at wedding venues that I have never been to before. So I was really excited to photograph this wedding as I have heard so many good things about this amazing venue.

Leaves and Fishes

Leaves and Fishes is located in Lovedale, right in the heart of Wine Country in the Hunter Valley. It is just two hours from Sydney and just forty-five minutes from Newcastle.

This beautiful property is set overlooking a gorgeous lake and has a luscious natural Australian bush surrounding it. The restaurant and the reception venue have an almost Tropical North Queensland feel to it with some of the huge palm trees and ferns surrounding it.

It first opened in 2004 and has become known for its luxury accommodation and delicious and innovative food. What I also love about this venue is that the whole day from start to finish can happen here. There is accommodation available, and you can do the ceremony the photos and the reception all onsite. So it makes it much easier for you and for your wedding guests.

Wedding Preparation

The bride and groom both got ready in separate properties. The boys got ready at a private property just around the corner from Leaves and Fishes, while the girls did their wedding preparation onsite at Leaves and Fishes.

Leaves and Fishes offers some beautiful and luxurious wedding accommodation called ‘the boathouse accommodation’. There are only four of these private boathouses available. They have their own deck and they overlook a lovely pond. And they are perfect for wedding preparation. This is where Andrea and the girls got ready.

Leaves and Fishes wedding ceremony & photos

The wedding ceremony took place just out the back from the wedding reception in a beautiful garden area surrounded by trees.

After the ceremony, we took some family photos before taking a few relaxed photos around the pond. We chased the setting sun and got some lovely golden light through the trees.

The Wedding Reception

The wedding reception took place at “The House”, which is separate from the main Leaves and Fishes restaurant. There were heaps of laughs, just the right amount of tears and some crazy dancing!

So enjoy this beautiful Leaves and Fishes wedding and I can’t wait to go back there to photograph more weddings at this gorgeous venue.

Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
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Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
Leaves and Fishes Wedding
naked wedding cake
Leaves and Fishes Wedding