Every now and then, fairy tales do come true.
I’m really fortunate to do something that I love and to work with people who let me celebrate with them, some of the most important, life changing moments in their lives. This is something that continuously blows me away and something that leaves me in complete awe.
I received an email from Stephanie in May of this year, close to one month after our little Mason arrived. Stephanie was having problems finding a photographer for her wedding in October of this year and had been given my details from Jodi Nash, Editor of South Australian Style Magazine. I have been so fortunate and beyond thrilled to have some of my weddings published in SA Style. Jodi is an incredibly talented makeup artist, business woman AND insane photographer and the fact that she had sent one of her friends my way, left me speechless… my friends, me speechless doesn’t happen very often! Jodi, again, thank you so much.
Stephanie’s email was so lovely that I replied and told her that despite being booked for the remainder of this year for weddings, I simply just couldn’t say not to her. I had such a good feeling about this couple. I wanted to work with them and be there to photograph their wedding, if they would have me. Little did I know at the time that this particular couple would fill my heart with the absolute joy that they did and re-energise my love and passion for photography the way that they have.
Stephanie and Guido met four years ago when Stephanie used to frequent the local Café where Guido worked. Guido made Stephanie her daily coffee for 12 months before they lost contact. It wasn’t for another 12 months after this that Stephanie decided to pop in and see Guido in his new business when the couple started dating and as Stephanie says “The rest is history”.
I met with Stephanie and Guido a few weeks ago and I’m not sure who was more excited about the catch up Stephanie or me LOL. We ran through all of the gorgeous plans they had made for their wedding day and at one point, we were all that emotional about their upcoming wedding, we were all crying! To an outsider, it must have looked absolutely hilarious.
Stephanie, her sisters and her mother prepared for the wedding day at Apple Tree Cottage at Oakbank. I don’t think there has ever been another property that has made me want to move into the Adelaide Hills So much. Stephanie’s makeup was done by Natasha from Paint Makeup School and it was absolutely flawless. The girls hair was done by Elizabeth Hines and wait for it……. Stephanie wore gorgeous Christian Loubouton Shoes AND the most beautiful wedding gown I have ever laid eyes on. A stunning gown created by Livia Loren. The wedding theme was “Tiffany” I was in stylish wedding heaven!
Stephanie and Guido decided to do what we call a “first look”. It’s when the bride and groom meet in private prior to their wedding ceremony, without anyone else and share what can only be described as a magical intimate moment between a bride and groom on their wedding day. All of my couples who have done this have adored it and I have to say, so have I. I think the below images convey much more than what my rambling will ever be able to, so I’ll let them do the talking.
Both ceremony and wedding reception were held on the grounds of Bird In Hand Winery and they decided to do their first look here also. We found a quite little spot down by the damn and Stephanie in her finery, bless her darling heart, battled through a swampy paddock to walk into the arms of her Guido.
I don’t think I will ever forget photographing Stephanie walk down the aisle towards Guido. It was so full of emotion.
Stephanie and Guido it was heartwarming to watch you both adore one another so much. I hope that your life is filled with as much joy and love that you shared with each other on your wedding day and I wish for all of my brides and grooms that they have the kind of love that you guys have. I know that it’s rare. It’s the kind of love I have for my beautiful husband
Emma Sharkey Adelaide Hills Wedding Photographer, Bird In Hand Winery