I know when I’m old (or older) and wrinkly and I look back on my career and what I was able to do with my camera, one of the highlights and sense of accomplishment will be when a magazine has said “Yes, we would love to feature this wedding”.
Natalie and Chris’s wedding was a culmination of a few years of planning, lots of discussion and brainstorming and working through different options and when the day came around and I was there to document it, I was just so happy. Even though their wedding day took place quite some time ago now, I still remember smiling from ear to ear and swaying to the beat of the drum as this gorgeous couple made their amazing entrance into their wedding reception and proceeded to dance around the dance floor. It was just magical and looking at their wedding images, I was just transported straight back there. That’s the most beautiful thing about photography and why it was so hard for me to narrow down a couple of images for me to include in this blog post.
I’m so so utterly humbled and thrilled that their wedding was featured and published in Bride To Be Magazine’s October edition. This marriage and wedding celebration means so much to me, It’s a huge buzz to think that there are people all over Australia pouring over this gorgeous day.
Thank you Bride to Be for for your ongoing support and for putting the most darling of weddings in print 😀
To view more of Natalie and Chris’ wedding day and to see a full vendor list, please visit this link here
Dana and Beau were married in the first few weeks of winter at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. It’s the first ceremony I have photographed on the wine centre grounds and I was so impressed, it’s a gorgeous secluded little location just perfect for CBD weddings, especially those having their receptions at the wine centre.
Over the last few months we’ve had some pretty sketchy weather. Floods, extreme wind warnings and the like, I mean extreme! Every time I was sat working at my computer and it would start pelting down with rain, my mind would drift to Dana and Beau’s wedding and I would find myself saying “god I hope it’s not like this on their wedding day” and I think Dana and I were in sync. Because not long after I was starting to rock in the corner about the weather that might be on their day, Dana would contact me to make sure we had back up plans. LOL Adelaide has quite a finite wedding season and it’s not very often that people muster the courage to book a winter wedding here, purely because of the unpredictability of our winter weather! So I have to take my hat off to Dana and Beau for standing firm on their winter wedding desires. The weather during the lead up was enough to have me shaking in my boots but as it turned out, the weather was just another absolutely stunning and perfect element to their gorgeous wedding day 😀
Everything did really fall into perfect place for this couples special celebration. The weather was glorious, even the flower gods were on side! Dana carried Peonies in JUNE!!! WHAAAAT! That’s right flower loving folks reading this, we received a little flourish of beautiful peonies that week too and they were in fine form and used so beautifully by lilymai flowers to absolute perfection. I’ve never seen the Barrell Room of the Wine Centre look so elegant and opulant and the tall floral arrangements just set the room off so perfectly. I think it was a combination of all of the incredible little personal touches that made this wedding so beautiful and unique combined with the darling couple that Beau and Dana are with their amazing bridal party and guest list.
I had such a beautiful time photographing this heartfelt winter wedding, I hope that people of Adelaide start to open themselves up to the idea that a winter wedding can indeed be something really special 😀
Dana and Beau, now that you are back from your amazing honeymoon, I’m so thrilled to be sharing with you some of my favourite wedding images from your special day. You have such a beautiful connection and relationship with each other, I hope I’ve been able to preserve some of that for you to look back on in years to come.
I don’t usually recommend the Botanic Gardens for creative photography purely because of the number of people that not only visit but get married and have wedding images there. Even though it’s not a reality that my couples are the only ones getting married on their particular wedding day, I do want them to really feel like it is the case and that’s just not impossible when you are running into other couples or waiting in line to use particular spots for photography. However, with Dana and Beau’s wedding being a winter wedding, I we would likely have almost exclusive use of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, I knew we would have lovely overcast light and that it would just be the perfect location for them being so close to the Wine Centre. The colours at the Botanic Gardens were just so gorgeous and I adore this series of images from that location.
I’ve worked in the wedding industry for many years now and I was so delighted to work with some absolutely fabulous suppliers for the very first time for Dana and Beau’s wedding.
One of the things I often get asked for recommendations for is a videographer and I’m really excited to be able to share this video that Alannah and her team from Little Darling Films put together for Dana and Beau. It’s just beautiful and you can see it here https://vimeo.com/175179844
Their dream team were :
Ceremony and Reception Venue : National Wine Centre Adelaide
Celebrant : Penny Carrick from Celebrations from Penelope (I just adore her)
Flowers : Lilymai Flowers https://www.facebook.com/lilymai.flowers
Videography : Alannah from Little Darling Films.
Hairy by : Monie Ly
Makeup : Yvette Kaziowski https: www.facebook.com/LashAndKaboom
Bridesmaids Dresses : ASOS
Signage : Unlimited Function Art By Elise www.facebook.com/UnLimitedFunction
Placecards : Fran Johnson House https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/FranJohnsonHouse
Stationery : Invitations by PrimaDonna Statonery https://www.facebook.com/primadonnainvitations/?fref=ts
Save the Dates : Etsy Crafty Studio https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TheCraftyStudio1
Dana’s dress : Princess Collection
Grooms Suit : Joseph Uzumcu
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