After a winter staycation in Chippendale we kicked off another wedding season on Saturday with the effervescent Bernie and Hally. As with TV shows and soccer games there's always high expectations for the season opener as it sets the standard for the rest of the season, and let's just say these legends delivered! And I'm not even talking about the venues, the outfits or the styling of the reception. Bernie and Hally are two of the loveliest, most genuine people we've had the pleasure of working with. Their love for each other was on display the entire day and their beaming smiles and constant laughter kept everyone's spirits high. When we work with couples like this there really isn't any hard work for us to do, we simply enjoy watching the day unfold.
After more than seven years and 250+ weddings you'd think we would have seen everything. But Bella and Jono's wedding at Allview Escape in the Blue Mountains delivered two firsts for us. The first was a real milestone - our first wedding in the Blue Mountains (I'm still trying to get my head around that) while the second was seeing our first leaf shower! How good does it look especially with those gorgeous autumn colours?! More of that please!
We love a first look and it seems that the couples we work with increasingly do too as we're doing more and more of them. And what's not to love? Having the first look (and bridal party photos) before the ceremony means the photos are done and out of the way early so you don't need to leave your guests after the ceremony and can instead maximise your time with them.
First looks also mean you can use a special location that we might not be able to get to after the ceremony. Shell and Brodie's first look took place on the beach just outside Shell's parents' home where she got ready. It's a special place where they would hang out sitting on the little boat, so to include that in the images made them even more special.
Isabelle and Tim flew back from their new life in Singapore to throw a truly fantastic backyard wedding in the southern highlands town of Burrawang. I say backyard but it's more like 100 acres of farmland and as such there was plenty of space for a marquee reception and neat touches like this light-strewn driveway.
This was my last image of the night as the happy couple took a few quiet moments of respite from the pumping dancefloor to reflect on what had been a truly awesome day.
We love it when the wedding ceremony takes place in a location that has a personal meaning. Such was the case for Clarissa who married Tom in the chapel of her school, Loreto Kirribilli on Sydney's north shore.
However, the quirky layout of the school has the chapel a couple of floors up, so the bride's entrance starts with a trek up several flights of stairs and that in turn gives us the opportunity to capture some quite unique images.
This year we spent Australia Day celebrating with Anushka, David and all their guests at the gorgeous Mindaribba House. Fittingly the day was also about the coming together of different cultures and this was reflected in the beautiful ceremony which incorporated both Sri-Lankan and Anglo elements.
From the bride and groom: "What a thrill to open this email as we connected to the wifi at Kyoto station after a long train journey. Thank you so much for being there. You both managed to put a very camera-shy couple completely at ease and photograph some beautiful candid moments. You have perfectly captured all the fun, love and excitement of the whole day. Looking forward to seeing the full gallery when it is ready!"
Over the last seven years we've photographed around 250 weddings and from that combined experience I can definitively say there is nothing better to witness, capture and be smack bang in the middle of than the hora at a Jewish wedding. There is absolutely nothing that comes close to that twenty minutes of intense, sweaty, frenetic mayhem! Lauren and Ezechiel's had their wedding at Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery, a fantastic space that fortunately had high ceilings, allowing for stunts such as flying and jumping through the air and the ever popular chair lift. We burned through around a thousand images (and two gallons of sweat!) during their hora which resulted in a heck of a lot more editing work, but it's all well worth it!
From the bride and groom: "OMG! We love these (sneak peek) photos so much!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We absolutely loved having you both at the wedding. Thank you for doing such a great job and for being a delight to have there on our big day! We really appreciate it. We can’t wait to see the rest of the photos in a few weeks. Thank you!!"
Amanda and Anthony tied the knot at Bondi Beach, the place I called home for most of my time in Australia. Many things have changed since I left the eastern suburbs including the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club which has been transformed into an architectural statement. It also makes a pretty good location for photos!
From the bride and groom: "These shots look amazing! Thank you so much for your help on the day. You were both great and we don’t think it could have gone any better."
I always see the bridal party photo session as an opportunity for them to have some fun and show off their skills, and that's exactly what happened during Hannah and Oliver's wedding at Bendooley Estate in the gorgeous southern highlands. Here's proof that bridesmaids have skills beyond holding bouquets!
From the bride and groom: "Thank you so much for the photos!! They are amazing. We’ve just got enough wifi in Africa to download them and they make us so happy looking back on the day!"