They say that your life should be measured by the number of moments that take your breath away. I think the only and probably best way to describe Rochelle and Ben’s wedding would be with this sentiment. Their wedding day was a loved up day which consisted of a long series of beautiful breathtaking moments. Each one of them lingering before another one started. I was just in my element working with these two and their amazing friends and families. There was something about this particular wedding that just felt like “home” to me.
One of the things I absolutely adore doing is just watching people. Observing how they interact with each other, how they feel in themselves and I just love watching their faces light up when they see someone that means so much to them. Rochelle and Ben have such a pure, tender and humbling love that is built on a solid friendship and respect for one another. Watching them both lock eyes throughout the day watching their faces light up with joy and loving smiles was very touching.
Ben and Rochelle have a very long history with each other. They first connected when attending high school with each other. Ben was the boy that Rochelle had her high school crush on. I’m sure neither of them expected to one day become husband and wife. But I’m so glad that they did 😀
I first met Ben and Rochelle 4 years ago at Rochelle’s sisters wedding when Tamara married Tim. I remember joking with Ben part way through the family photos that it was probably really about time that he popped the question to Rochelle. It was the only way I thought I could get him to laugh and smile during the “formal part” of the day and I still remember it so vividly. Everyone erupted with laughter and their family photos were fabulous 😀 LOL! I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be documenting there wedding a few years later. I’m so honestly moved and incredibly proud that such a beautiful thing to do was bestowed upon me. To photograph not one but two weddings in the same family, for two sisters and their boys is just a dream come true. I was moved to tears on several occasions and very much felt like a proud mum watching Rochelle, Tam’s baby sister marry her love.
Together during the lead up to the wedding we spent lots of time going through all the ins and outs of the day. Ben and Rochelle were getting ready at the same B & B but weren’t going to see each other until they met at our first location to do their first look! I jumped in the car with my littlest, one morning and we spent all day driving between Sellicks Beach and Willunga finding “that location” for their first look. I’m so happy with the little spot I picked for them. The scenery and surrounds were just gorgeous on the day.
Following the first look, we headed over to the Willunga Courthouse and Slate Museum for the ceremony. Ben and Rochelle really wanted the day to be a relaxing and enjoyable with lots of celebrating so they set up a gorgeous picnic and games area for everyone to enjoy and relax in between the ceremony and reception. It was just fantastic!
As the sun set, we ducked over to a gorgeous paddock I found which had the Willunga Hills as the back drop. These incredible rolling hills have always been a favourite view of mine and I’m so thrilled that we decided to head here for just a few minutes!
Their reception was held at the tightly held rustic sanctuary that is Russell’s Pizza House. It’s a little eclectic indoor outdoor space filled with open fires and scrummy pizza! Rochelle had planned lots of fresh flowers, vintage cameras, and the most darling sweets table. The central focal point a Lemon Meringue Pie made by Rochelle’s mum. Russells was just so them and the perfect spot for them to just dance the night away with good company. Big loves and shoutouts to Rochelle’s girls for being wedding styling guru’s on the day and pulling everything together for the couple 😀 Thanks chickies!
Rochelle and Ben, thank you for sharing your most special of days with me. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that I was there to see you become husband and wife. I feel really honoured and very touched that I was able to document those memories for you and I just can’t wait to share the rest of your images with you. It feels like I’ve known you guys a life time and to me, that’s just so special.
Wedding Ceremony Location : Willunga Courthouse & Slate Museum
Wedding Reception : Russells Pizza
Beautiful ceremony conducted by : Sarah Warwick
Bride Wore : ‘Mollie’ by Brides Desire
Hair : Shara from Hair by Shara
Makeup : Wendy from Mac
Hired decorations : Minty Mary Pea
Lemon Meringue Cake : Rochelle’s mum, tartlets by Linley