5th February 2018

Engagement Session – Matti and Rianna

As a little girl, I desperately wanted to be a mum. I had an obsession with babies that to date, could possibly go un-rivalled.  I had a special doll called Rebecca who looked just like a newborn.  I took her with me wherever we went, her dummies, her bottles, a change of nappy AND she even had her own special car seat that I saved up for with my pocket money.  More often than not, once a day I would lay Rebecca (or Jenny, my other doll) on the floor, cover them up with blankets and try and come up with a magic spell to make them turn into a real life baby. Kinda like Pinocchio 😀 I honestly believed with all my might that if I wished it hard enough, it would be so.  Oh the preciousness of being little and innocent and genuinely believing in miracles and magic.

I remember one weekend, your mum and dad coming around to our house to catch up. Your mum being tired and standing in my mums red velvet dressing gown, leaning uncomfortably up against the fire place. Her belly swollen big with you tucked away inside.   You were born the very next day and I can as clear as day, I can hear my mum saying “Aunty Leanne has had her baby” and we were all so excited.

I think there was a part of me, all the way back then at the ripe old age of 10, that kind of adopted you as my own. I used to carry you around the house, perching you on my hip pretending that you were my own little babe.  I would take you for walks around the oval across the road in the washing basket (chortle) and even on occasion in the wheelbarrow… as you did back then in the olden days.  I think I even tried to change your nappies when your mum bought some fancy handy dandy velcro nappy fastener things and no longer needed nappy pins! They were the devil.  LOL but I just simply adored you.  You have always been so much more than just a cousin to me.  To me, you were the sister I never had.

You sent me a photo after Matti proposed to you on your overseas trip and I automatically went into wedding planning mode. I spent three weeks typing up a fact sheet on all the things you needed to remember and who to contact and who not to contact. LOL talk about information overload. LOL

Now after all these years, it’s hard to really fathom that we are both adults, that I’m an actual mum and that you are about to become a wife.

I still very genuinely believe in a little magic and most definitely miracles.  I’m so thrilled that you have found, your person.  I can’t wait to watch you finally marry him and help you celebrate this very special chapter in your life.

All my love
E
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1st December 2017

Rhianon and Byron One Paddock Winery Currency Creek

What an absolutely amazing year of weddings I’ve had this year. Full of lots of first, even a bucket list dream of mine was ticked off the list to! I’m on such a high and so proud of this season that I’ve had and really happy with what I’ve been able to create for my clients. I’m truly very humbled. This season has moved me and awakened my sense of creativity and I feel really blessed for that. Rhianon and Byron’s One Paddock Winery wedding was just such a beautiful way for me to finish off the Adelaide Wedding Season and can’t help but feel as though I’m going out on such a high!

Rhianon and Byron have known each other since they were babies in primary school. They’ve been a couple for a long time but they’ve basically grown up with each other.  They planned the most beautiful country wedding which started off in their home town of Murray Bridge. The boys prepared at Rhianon and Byron’s home with their two special fur babies Luna and Enzo and the girls prepared at Rhianon’s family home just a little bit further up the same street.

Both homes were so typically Australian and so beautiful, I kept saying that I could have done all of my creative photography at either of them throughout the day 😀

Both Rhianon and Byron had the most wonderful people join them in their bridal party. They laughed and kept everyone relaxed throughout the day and these guys knew how to arrive in style. Both groups arrived at One Paddock in some of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen. The boys in a Black Chevy and Rhianon and her girls were driven by her father in one of his beautifully restored classic cars too.

When Rhianon arrived, we were blessed by the weather gods and some beautiful big white fluffy clouds blocked out the really harsh sun and started to lower the humidity. Up until that point we were all getting a bit hot and bothered so the clouds were a welcome relief.  It meant we could sail through the very emotional ceremony, congrats and creatives before heading inside early to party long into the night.

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Rachel and Tim for hosting such a beautiful wedding. Like I said to you on the day, you were so accommodating and your venue is truly beautiful.  It was an absolutely pleasure to work with you for the first time and I can’t wait to see you again soon 😀

Congratulations again Rhi and Bug, I hope that you are still sore from all the dancing and celebrating and that you have many beautiful memories of your incredible wedding day.

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Ceremony and Reception Location : One Paddock Winery, Currency Creek
Flowers : Bloomers Flower House
Hair and makeup : Molly from Butterfly Studio
Suits : Peter Shearer
Gown : Frankie, Made with Love
Cake : Kay Long
Celebrant : Emily Anderson
Acoustic Singer : Sofie Bozzetti

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3rd November 2017

Chapel Hill Wedding of Amelia and Josh

Wedding season has kicked off with a huge amount of excitement love and the most incredible of wedding days for me this year! I’m a few weddings in already and wanted to blog Amelia and Josh’s beautiful Chapel Hill wedding as soon as I could. I’ve been working feverishly away on their blog post all week!

“Please take a moment to look around and appreciate the person standing next to you.  This group of people will never ever be together again as a group like this” 

The above words were spoken by Steve, Josh’s uncle and celebrant during Josh and Amelia’s wedding ceremony and I think it really set the tone for just how emotional, touching and grounding their wedding day would actually be.  I can probably count on one hand, the number of times I’ve met someone with the same sense of lifes vulnerabilities and fragility and it was touching to witness someone so emotionally invested, marrying the couple he held in such high esteem. Steve, your ceremony will forever one of my favourite that I have ever documented. You were incredible.

Amelia and Josh have been together now for 6 years but when you spend time with them it feels as though they have travelled through life, always by each others side, never apart.  I wasn’t prepared for how anchored I would feel and how deeply touched my soul would  be photographing their wedding. I truly believe that I am very lucky to work with so many incredible people on their wedding days but every now and then I’m taken back by a couples generosity, warmth and ability to just make their guests feel treasured and as though every single person attending the wedding, is actually a part of something extra special.

Josh’s father mentioned in his speech on the night that if you had been invited to their wedding that it was very deliberate.  Throughout the afternoon and evening, this was abundantly clear.  Josh and Amelia not only love each other immensely but they have an truck load of love and admiration for their nearest and dearest and I couldn’t help but feel that on Saturday night there was extra warmth in the heart of McLaren Vale as these special people celebrated something magical.Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0003 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0004 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0005 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0006 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0007 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0008 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0009 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0010 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0011 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0012 Chapel Hill Winery Emma Sharkey Photography_0013  Look at the sheer joy on this beautiful girls face. I swear I have never heard such a joyous infection laugh. It was just the best.
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The Porch Sessions created an epic outdoor space, one like I’ve never seen before. It really set the tone for the relaxed but vibrant wedding celebration that Josh and Amelia wanted. It was just amazing!

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Josh and Amelia, thank you for allowing me to document your incredible wedding day.  I can’t help but feel inspired and so utterly in love with photography and in love with love.  Don’t ever stopping loving each other the way you did on your wedding day. Continue to travel through life hand in hand sharing that incredible laughter with others as you go. I hope I’ve been able to encapsulate and preserve for you, the very many precious moments I witnessed as you exchanged vows on Saturday.

E
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Location : Chapel Hill, The Retreat
Outdoor Styling : The Porch Sessions
Makeup : Mandy Nash
Celebrant : Steve Mummary
Marquee : Down South Party Hire

I want to give a huge shoutout to Lukasz from Cinecraft and Chapel Hill.  Lukasz and I have worked on a number of weddings together now and he is my most favourite videographer to work with. So much so that I now only refer to him and one other videographer when asked for recommendations by my couples.  Both Lukasz and I knew we had tight schedules to work with on the day and lots to cover so we both arrived early and ended up staying back and were very surprised to be treated to dinner at the retreat by Josh and Amelia. We weren’t ushered into the kitchen or outside to eat, we were sat at the reception like guets. It was amazing and so very generous thank you Amelia and Josh and thank you to your beautiful Aunt for accepting me as her dinner date. LOL But Lukasz thank you for being so wonderful to work with and also to the team at Chapel Hill. It’s not very often that I arrive early AND 6 hours before the reception kicks off to a completely set up and ready to go ceremony and reception area.  Your  team were amazing, one of the best wedding receptions I’ve ever seen let alone had the pleasure of enjoying, don’t ever change what you do guys!

A big thank you also for bring these joyful souls into my life and referring me Natalie and Grant. It was so lovely to be able to see you guys again 😀

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