Jenn and Mark’s beautiful Pt Elliott Wedding was to be my first wedding back for 2012. Jenn and I had been constantly in contact with each other since June of last year. We managed to sift through countless details, every possible scenario, multiple location searches and everything you can think of in between. One of the things I loved about the thought of photographing this particular wedding was that Jenn and Mark held off having their wedding until after they had finished having children so that they could share their wedding day with them. Isn’t that just incredible? Jenn wanted her babies to be an integral part of their day and it became much more than a union between a man and a woman but it was the celebration of all things that those two people were able to accomplish together, three of those beautiful things being their darling children and the wonderful life and future that these 5 people share.
One of the things that I ask my couples to do about six months out from the wedding date is complete a simple questionnaire about their wedding day. It asks for information about the bridal party, venue and locations as well as other bits and pieces. It provides me with a wonderful insight into the couple but especially the detail of their planning. According to this client information sheet, this wedding, bride, groom, bridal party and everything else was going to be pure swoon worthy! Jenn had managed to think of everything and everyone. No detail had been overlooked and a lot of love and thought had gone into planning this day to create an event that was unique and meaningful to the couple as well.
One of the things I loved about Jenn is that we communicated so openly. She would email me and say “What do you think of this” and really took on my opinion (whether it was right or not… LOL) and genuinely care about what my thoughts were on particular things. I really valued that as someone Jenn had not physically met in person and someone that she had hired through the powers of referral and the Internet, she trusted what I had to say and that meant so much to me.
As a wedding photographer who runs their own business, someone who doesn’t outsource and is possibly somewhat of a control freak (ahem…. Nazi) about their work, it really upset me greatly when I had to contact Jenn and let her know that due what can only be described as a horrific time in our lives, I wasn’t going to be able to shoot her wedding for her. Our one year old son was gravely ill in hospital and we were facing some very, very difficult times ahead. I knew in my hearts of hearts that as mother, I was not going to be in a position to leave Mitchell in his condition and with all that we had been through that week I also knew that if I wanted the best for my clients, I would be doing them a huge dis-service trying to shoot their wedding in the condition I would be in.
It was at this point in time that I turned to someone I have grown to respect and love and hold very close to my heart. We have the kind of relationship where we know, if the chips fall down the other one will be there to carry on running and be “business as usual” wherever and whenever possible. I was warned when I first started contemplating photography as a career, that the South Australian photographic community was cut throat and “be careful”. I have to say that in my own experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Through this job that I love, I have met the most wonderful, caring and supportive group of people. My dear lovely Karen (Karen Pfeiffer Photography), who I call “McLovely” was one of the first people I was able to communicate with regarding Mitchell and she was was one of the first people to start offering help and support wherever we needed. This gorgeous girl just wanted to come and sit in the hospital with us or help entertain our three year old Lachlan. She just wanted us to know that she was there for us, and that in itself, meant the world to me. I knew that if there was anyone I could turn to, to look after my clients just how I would want them to be looked after AND do a wonderful job producing them with memories of their wedding day, it would be my McLovely and for this, I will be eternally grateful and humbled.
This blog post has turned out to be far more emotional for me to write as it is a symbol of so many things. It’s to celebrate the wonderful day that was Jenn and Mark’s amazing wedding but it’s also to acknowledge that our little Man is doing incredibly well, far better than any of us anticipated and that, at the end of the day, you find hope and friendship in some of the most wondrous ways.
Even though I wasn’t there physically on the day, I was in heart. Togethether I hope that McLovely and I have been able to provide you Jenn and Mark with the lifetime of memories you so talked about. We both know how important this day was to you all and we hope that these images are something you hold dear to your heart for years to come.
With much much love and congratulations from both of us, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day
Emma and Karen
Please note all images have been produced by Karen Pfeiffer Photography on behalf of Emma Sharkey Photography, images edited by Emma Sharkey Photography.
The boys prepared at The Beach Huts at Middleton. It’s one of my favourite locations in this area for weddings because of it’s uniqueness and fabulous light
Note to all men : Mark arranged for the below flowers to be delivered to Jenn on the morning of their wedding. This probably earnt him at least one BILLION brownie points!
Jenn and Mark flew to Melbourne to make their own wedding rings with an exclusive jeweller. Love Love Love!
All of the floral work for this wedding was created by the beautiful girls at Fabulous Functions! Whom you would know, I can’t recommend enough
Jenn’s dear friend Gabrielle Boulton and also the lovely lady who referred Jenn through to me did a simply wonderful job on the girls makeup styling for the day.
Three of the most darling little faces you ever will see….
Jenn and Mark opted for a First Look (YAY) providing them with some very special alone time and a chance to see each other in private on their wedding day.
The wonderful team at Rapture Events and Designs provided lighting and styling for the event, I also can’t speak highly enough about what these guys do