2013 was a pretty massive year for us in weddings. Here are a few of our favourites… enjoy!
2013 was a pretty massive year for us in weddings. Here are a few of our favourites… enjoy!
The Wallalong House wedding of Christina & Peter was a beautiful and epic day and it had one of the most gorgeous sunsets I have seen in a while.
Wallalong House in the Hunter Valley region of NSW is an amazing, heritage listed venue built in 1862 and is the place a professional ballet dancer and an engineer tied the knot. One of the things I love about Wallalong House is that the whole day from beginning to end can happen here. They both got ready onsite in the main house, just in different parts of the house so they still didn’t see each other before the ceremony. The wedding ceremony took place out the back of the property between two giant fig trees. And the reception was held in a purpose built, concrete floor, indian tent overlooking the beautiful countryside.
I always say that the best time for photos is around sunset, and the amazing thing with this wedding is that the whole wedding paused and everyone at the wedding went outside the tent, drank… took selfies with the local cows… and watch the gorgeous sunset.
So enjoy this beautiful Wallalong House wedding, it was an amazing day to capture and I can’t wait to go back there :)
The Two Rivers Winery Denman wedding of Peri & Josh was a really wet but awesome day to document.
Two Rivers Winery is located in Denman in the upper Hunter Valley and is a massive property with tonnes of vines and location possibilities. The boys got ready in Denman while the girls got ready onsite. It had been lightly raining all morning and it looked like there might be a break in the weather for the ceremony. So the ceremony went ahead as planned, on the top of a hill overlooking the vineyard. Unfortunately there was no break in the weather and this was one of the wettest wedding I have ever photographed… but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits ? This couple were so positive and didn’t once complain about the weather. We even managed to get a few photos after the ceremony in the rain.
So we really hope you enjoy this Two Rivers Winery Denman wedding and I can’t wait to shoot there again.
Hair: Jaala Hair Artistry
Makeup : Caitlin Miller Makeup
Celebrant: Nell Dark-Jones
Styling: Beavis Party Hire
Flowers: Kevin Hall Floral Designs
The Uluru elopement Mary-Anne & Edward was an amazing experience and one that has been on my elopement bucket list for a long time. We actually honeymooned at Uluru and had thought of doing our elopement at Uluru ourselves. So I am so grateful that they trusted me with this really special Uluru elopement.
Uluru is located right in the centre of Australia in the Northern Territory and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also known as Ayers Rock, a name given by the Europeans in 1873. But Uluru is the Aboriginal name and its official name. It is probably Australia’s most famous and iconic landmark. People come from all over the world to see this amazing, giant stone monolith. Which at 348 metres tall is higher than the Eiffel Tower. It is 600 million years old and is an incredibly spiritual place, particularly to Australia’s indigenous people. And it can be said that Uluru is Australia’s heart.
And it absolutely blows my mind that more people, and yes I mean Aussies, aren’t getting married and eloping in this magical destination.
Uluru is only a three-hour flight from most state capitals. It has heaps of accommodation options, ranging from camping grounds, apartments to five-star luxury and more. It is a great central destination to have your wedding or elopement. So if you are planning a destination wedding, I strongly recommend you short-list Uluru. If you don’t mind a little red dirt on your wedding dress, then Uluru is the ultimate location to have a truly Australian wedding.
Mary-Anne & Edward decided to have their elopement at the luxury desert resort called Longitude 131. It is the premier place to stay at Uluru and is the ultimate in glamping if you can even call it that. Luxury tented pavilions with the most amazing views of Uluru from every room.
I met up with them the day before the elopement at Uluru to have a chat, meet them in person, meet their amazing kids and take a couple of casual photos of them.
The elopement day itself was a beautiful relaxed day at Longitude 131 and was all about their two families coming together as one. A sunset ceremony at ‘The Dune Top’ with 360° panoramic views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. It doesn’t get any better than that. And it was so wonderful to witness them say their personal vows to each other.
After the ceremony, we popped some champagne and did a few photos around the property. And as the sun fully set they were whisked off to a secluded private dinner just for Longitude 131 guests.
They had travelled from Cairns and I had travelled from Sydney. So we arranged to meet up the following morning for a few photos before we caught our flights back to our home cities. Uluru is a truly amazingly beautiful and spiritual place. I
I really wanted to get a night shot of Uluru under the stars. On the night of the elopement, there was actually clouds in the sky… I know it never rains in Uluru and I got clouds. So on the final night, before I left to return home to Sydney, I headed out to a sand dune in the dark and took this panorama photo below. I was just hoping for a clear sky so that I could see the stars. I wasn’t expecting to see the Milky Way like this!
It is actually about 30+ photos, stitched together because you just can’t fit the whole milky way in, in one shot. And the milky way actually went over Uluru like this. It was incredible to witness in person and this photo really doesn’t do it justice. I haven’t photoshopped the milky way from somewhere else and put it in this photo.
And while taking this photo in the pitch black, I swear I could hear a Dingo sniffing around in the bushes not too far from me… but it was totally worth it for this Uluru elopement!
“In one word, amazing!Mary-Anne & Ed
We love them all and the variety and quality of the shots
isjust what we were hoping for. You truly have a wonderful eye and superb skills.”
2016 was an awesome year for us, both personally and professionally. We didn’t blog much at all, which is mainly because it was hard to find the time with all the forty five weddings we did, plus an energetic toddler, a bratty dog and a wife who was pregnant most of the year. Which means yes, we only just had a new baby… and once again we had her in the middle of wedding season :) So I thought it was important to do a bit of a recap of the year, to show what we’ve been up to, as it was a great year.
We redesigned our whole website this year which was way more work than I anticipated. We’ve had the same design for the last five years or so, so it was time for a change. Now the photos are much bigger and I think the design is more modern. We also have added a Family Photography Portfolio page (and the opening photo of that page is my little girl with her puppy dog… awwww). Since starting a family of our own I’ve come to realise how important regular photos are. So I would really love to photograph more families. I’d particularly love to photograph my past Brides & Grooms families as they start new chapters in their lives.
With weddings in 2016 I have noticed two big things… firstly it seems like every couple is having a ‘naked wedding cake‘, and secondly, so many more couples are deciding to have an unplugged wedding ceremony. There is definitely more awareness about having your guests put their cameras down and actually ‘being present’ at the wedding ceremony. I wrote an article in 2014 on “Should You Consider An Unplugged Wedding“, so thank you to those couples who have read it and taken the advice ?
There have been some memorable moments this past year. Winner of craziest Bridal Party goes to Samantha & Scott. They were so much fun and I don’t think they were even that drunk ;) I absolutely loved it when an impromptu dance party started in the middle of Luna Park with Jane & Carl’s wedding. During Juanita & Ken’s wedding they not only made a commitment to themselves during the ceremony, but also made a commitment to their one year old daughter, which I thought was so special. And the winner of shortest speech from a Groom goes to Royce who’s speech went for about 20 seconds. He’s not a big talker, so he said thanks for coming… Kristy is awesome… and sat down :) It reminded me a lot of a Groom from the year before, who was also not keen on public speaking, so he did his whole speech through his phone with Siri speaking.
Literally every wedding I shoot has some really special moments, but there were three times this past year when even I had a tear in my eye.
Thank you to all the wonderful wedding suppliers I have worked with. The hair & makeup artists, florists, designers, cars, videographers and also the amazing wedding venues that recommend us. I’d also really like to thank, not only the amazing couples I photographed this year, but also all our past Brides & Grooms who are constantly recommending us to their family & friends. Happy couples are our top priority and a referral is one of the best compliments you can give us. So thank you for helping make our business a success.
Hope you enjoy the photos below and feel free to drop us a quick message to let us know you dropped by ?
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 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.
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.
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 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.
The Soldiers Beach wedding central coast of Kylie & Ben was an amazing day to be a part of. And it was actually extra special for me because I got to shoot around some locations in my local area. Although we based on the Central Coast, NSW most of my weddings are everywhere else.
Kylie & Ben booked us almost two years ago so it was exciting to have their big day finally come around. The wedding ceremony was held at St Cecilia’s Church Wyong and the reception was held Soldiers Beach Surf Club overlooking the beach. I’ve always thought the Central Coast is one of the most beautiful and under rated places, so it was great that we were also able to go to a few locations after the ceremony to get photos of these two beautiful people.
We really hope you enjoy this Soldiers Beach wedding central coast below… so sit back and enjoy the story of their day.