It’s no secret I am absolutely smitten with Kingsbrook Estate. In fact I think it’s probably fair to say that most wedding photographers probably let out a little squeal of delight at the prospect of shooting a wedding at this particular location down in Currency Creek. If we are being honest, it’s a photographers paradise and there is just something special about the brides and grooms who decide to hold their weddings here. I liken Kingsbrook to be almost a mini “destination wedding” venue right her in SA. The minute you walk through the antique wrought iron gates onto the property, you are transported to another place. It could be Italy or even a small family run vineyard in France. This property just has a magical feel to it and as you wonder through the estate, exploring all that it has to offer you can’t help but smile and think that it really is heaven on earth.
On Saturday I photographed the wedding of Brooke and Brad at Kingsbrook and as I mentioned above, the brides and grooms who have their weddings at this location are always special and these guys are no exception.I have seen weddings, I have documented gorgeous weddings but seriously, this wedding was beautiful. It had it’s own little wedding planner pulling all the strings and organising all the finer detail and I have it on good authority that the person who wanted to ensure that everything was perfect wasn’t actually Brooke but it was in fact Brad, or as Brooke referred to Brad on the day “Bridezilla”! LOL
I began the day with Brooke and her girls who prepared for the day at a private residence at Goolwa, not too far away from the Beach where I believe the boys spent the morning having a surf!
Meet the incredibly beautiful Brooke
Brooke and Brad opted to do what is commonly referred to as a “First Look.
The “First Look” is an off shore trend that has become quite popular with my clients and nearly 70% of them are now opting to have this sort of photographic coverage on the day. Brides and grooms are choosing to meet in private (just the two of them) prior to the ceremony to have all of their creative photography done so that there isn’t a lengthy delay between the ceremony and reception. Couples are encouraged to spend more of the actual wedding day with each other and their bridal party enjoying drinks and nibbles whilst having fun with their photography and genuinely enjoying their wedding day and each other’s company.
Doing so also allows couples to join straight in with the festivities directly following the ceremony, and not be whisked away for photos. This automatically creates a different vibe to the day and the day naturally becomes more of a celebration.
The First Look concept was incredibly important to Brooke and Brad as they had created a wonderful outdoor chillout area just outside their marquee. They were able to enjoy tapas, listen to their band all whilst enjoying each others company and the company of their guests. Now this is what I call pre-dinner drinks!
In addition to helping with timing and scheduling if the ceremony and reception are being held in the one location, the First Look also provides couples with a wonderful moment together. A moment whereby they are able to see each other and embrace each other in privacy, not in front of 100 or so onlookers. It truly is something incredibly romantic and sacred and it really is lovely to witness.
And even when you do opt for the first look, nothing takes away that moment when you walk down the aisle and lock eyes on your groom for the first time
Brooke and Brad, what amazing wedding day! You were clearly surrounded by people who love and adore you and I wish you nothing but happiness and joy. Thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer.
This is actually going to be my last post for quite some time. We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our third little munchkin and I’m delighted to say that I am now officially on Maternity Leave until the first week of October 2012. I am booked to capacity for the remainder of the 2012 wedding season and have a few dates remaining for February and March 2013. All enquiries received for 2013 weddings will be responded to when I return from leave in October.
Until then, much love!