We love photographing country weddings! There's something about the fresh air, the rustic quality of the venues and the easygoing atmosphere that makes for an extra special day. Simone and Daniel's wedding was no exception - their day was relaxed, beautiful and full of fun, whimsical details.
'Oh Happy Day' was the sign that hung over the table at the wedding reception, and indeed it was! From the sweet ceremony in the garden, to the shower of rainbow coloured confetti that fell on the couple during their first moments as newlyweds, to the romantic sparkler first dance, it was truly a beautiful day.
To see a list of the vendors that helped put together Simone and Daniel's wedding, please peruse through our photos to the list at the bottom of the post.
Brenda and Daniel deserved the wedding celebration of a lifetime. They're two of the most generous people you are ever likely to meet, and their friends and family are testament to this. I was fortunate enough to meet them before they were engaged for a couple session in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, and then again for some engagement photographs at Turimetta Beach.
We started off the day with Brenda getting ready at her mum's house. A surprise letter from Daniel, dad's first look of Brenda in her Grace Loves Lace gown, and all the finely tuned wedding preparations saw us ready for their beautiful ceremony at the Multicultural Bible Ministry. It was a ceremony full of laughter and happiness - and perhaps a few anxious nerves - but mostly big smiles, hugs, and pure celebration.
We've said it before, there's just something about a country wedding (especially a Hunter Valley wedding) that brings out the good times! Kat and Josh's spring wedding was truly wonderful - a fantastic blue sky day, amazing ceremony and reception venue, their cute Yellow Labrador Luna acting as their ring-bearer, and a very easy couple who were quick to laugh and enjoy the day.
The day started at Bluebush Estate in Lovedale, where the couple and their bridal party got ready in separate houses. Having bride and groom prep in the same location is such a great idea; for photography purposes it saves time on travel between locations, meaning more photos for you! The bride and bridesmaids were driven to the ceremony in a cool Kombi Van.
I met this lovely couple at one of our favourite secluded beaches in Sydney; Turimetta Beach in Sydney's Northern Beaches. The combination of treelined walkways, stunning rock cliffs and golden sand makes this beach ideal for an engagement session.
This was our second photography session with Brenda and Dan. The third one will be coming up shortly at their wedding this spring! Can't wait to see them again and take part in their special day.
Leah and Rob's wedding was a beautiful day through and through. We’ve known Leah and her family for many years, and it was such an honour to be able to share it with them. There was a lot of raw emotion on the day (cue tears from Lindsey whilst editing the photos), which really shines through in the images.
Nora and Ben’s wedding was a magical event. Held completely outdoors at Cornwallis House Estate, the couple was blessed with a beautiful day and dinner under the stars. I loved their relaxed vibe, and their clear connection with each other, which shines through in the photographs.
Lea & Riccardo chose the amazing location of Paddington Reservoir for their engagement photographs. These two are super sweet and we had a great time exploring the old water-supply station. There were so many interesting places to photograph in such a compact park!
Rehana & Andrew...where to start with these two? Their wedding was a multi-day extravaganza. We had food fights, gorgeous henna, dramatic cliff-top scenery, and so, so much dancing and singing.
It was a celebration to mark the start of their lives together as much as it was a farewell - Rehana and Andrew were heading off to live in the US right after their wedding. It made the week all the more meaningful and special for those lucky enough to be present.
Irish couple Adi and Mario were recently engaged and decided to capture this exciting time amongst Sydney's harbour front landmarks. We had an amazing evening for their shoot at Kirribilli, with bright blue skies and a dramatic sunset.
Jasmine and Andrew's wedding at Terrara House Estate was a celebration full of smiles and laughter. From the singing bridal prep, through to the chuckles during the ceremony, and most definitely during the lip syncing dance entry to their reception!
The beautiful setting, the amazing decorations and their infectious, non-stop smiles made for a fantastic day.
Anita's brief for her engagement photos was to find some beautiful, natural colours for herself and her fiancé, Rich, to explore during their session. So we decided to celebrate their engagement along Sydney's beautiful harbour shoreline. We caught some colourful tress in the Botanic Gardens, before crossing the harbour to watch the sun set from Kirribilli, right beside the Harbour Bridge.
Jess and Josh chose an amazing location for their engagement shoot. The industrial Cockatoo Island is a playground for photographers, and these two were the perfect complement. Keep an eye out for more of Jess and Josh later this year - they're getting married in July!
What a beautiful day for two of the most kind hearted people you're ever likely to meet. It was a day with an overwhelming sense of celebration - for Rachel and Tom, for their kids, and for their closest family and friends.
Rachel and Tom have taken winding paths to get here and there was a sense of symbolic completion as these two families joined together. Their two kids, Jonah and Ede, had a great time celebrating their mum and dad's big day; Jonah even partied so hard that he needed a little nap under the head table!
The day itself was gorgeous...and hot! It was an amazing day to explore the harbour...
We've photographed weddings at some amazing locations over the years - at a castle in England and a traditional Fijian village to name a couple. But some of the most spectacular locations are found here in our own backyard. We are completely spoilt for choice here in Sydney and NSW. That can be a bit of a problem for the newly engaged though...where to start, right?
Man, how cute are these two? Candy and Aidid were visiting from Malaysia, and I had a great time showing them some new places on Sydney harbour. They were full of smiles and had such a great chemistry. Great to meet the two of you!
It was a pleasure to finally meet Laura and David, who booked me a year ago from the Gold Coast. I loved the laid back feel of their Hunter Valley wedding, with the pretty garden ceremony and beautiful reception venue, Roberts Restaurant. David wore an incredibly unique (and rather fetching) suit, and even did a little wardrobe change into a black tux for the first dance with his new bride. Congratulations, David and Laura!
Bec and Mitch had a perfect blue sky day for their wedding! They travelled all the way from WA to hold their wedding in the Northern Beaches, amongst their nearest and dearest. I loved the laid back feel of their day. Pretty Pittwater views from Mona Vale for the ceremony and the Bayview Yacht Club for the reception made for a perfect backdrop. I was so happy to be part of Bec and Mitch's wedding; they are both such kind and easygoing people, perfect for each other! All the best you two!
Celia & Michael were treated to a gorgeous Spring afternoon for their engagement session in the Botanic Gardens. The jacarandas were in bloom, the sun was shining, and these two couldn't have been happier. Lovely to meet the two of you! All the best for the wedding plans.
Amy and Adam were married back in England earlier this year and were keen to celebrate with their Aussie crew back in Sydney. They definitely took advantage of Sydney's gorgeousness, first with photos at Bradleys Head in Mosman, a reception at Balmoral beach and the Bathers' Pavilion, and then a cruise around the harbour on a pretty amazing boat! Amy and Adam are the nicest couple, incredibly sweet and genuine, and I was so pleased to be part of this celebration.
Sarah and Con tied the knot at the bride’s family farm in Martinsville, just south of the Hunter Valley. The day featured four men in suits on a tractor, some horses, and an old bath tub full of beer...and a beautiful ceremony on the lawn.
Kasey and Michael have FIVE huskies. Yes, five. And we were lucky enough to photograph this lovely couple and their pack of pups on the gorgeous Redhead beach in Newcastle. The light was beautiful, and both humans and dogs were loving the camera.
I’m so excited to photograph their Hunter Valley wedding in a few weeks. I believe there will be a husky or two in the bridal party!
We were so honoured when our good friends Brad (DJ) and Karen asked us to photograph their wedding. Lindsey and I met in Greece in 2003, and Brad was one of the mates I was travelling with at the time, so he saw us from the very inception of our relationship. That made it even more special to be part of his first day as a married man!
Karen looked amazing in her lace gown and you couldn’t wipe the smile from her face. She worked tirelessly at the beautiful decorations, kept true to the vintage theme and as a result put together the most lovely wedding! The main highlight was seeing them both so happy; they were pretty much beaming the entire day. Our friends like to party, so the dance floor got pretty wild and made for some hilarious (and incredibly passionate!) images…lots of those at the end of the post. Thanks so much for letting us take part in your day Karen and DJ, it was an absolute blast!
Sydney turned on the charm for this insanely beautiful wedding on tiny Shark Island, right in the middle of the harbour. The only thing that could steal the gazes of onlookers was the appearance of a beautiful bride: enter Nicky. The 'aisle' was a quick trip across the water from Rose Bay, and then up the winding path to the ceremony set up with 360 degree harbour views...
It was a beautiful day for a Northern Beaches wedding when Jo & Mitch started their new lives together. They caught up before their ceremony for a sweet first look before we took the bridal party around Little Manly for some pre-wedding photos. Their lovely service took place at St Mary’s Church in Manly. Jo & Mitch had a blast driving golf buggies to the top of Long Reef headland, where we captured a few images in the beautiful fading daylight. Guests were treated to a fun night at Long Reef Golf Club, where everyone danced and laughed the night away.
Something tells me these guys like the beach.A beautifully decorated ceremony under a spectacular tree on the beach at Patonga, followed by a celebration at The Boat House on the northern beaches. In between, guests were treated to a ferry ride across the scenic Pittwater before arriving at Palm Beach.It’s not just the beach these two are crazy about though :) The love vibes were free flowing for this one, and the waterfront setting of the reception was the perfect compliment to an evening of relaxing, dancing, and pure happiness.
Ben and Cristina are quite the jet-setting couple – they met on international waters, working on a cruise ship, and now live in Canada. So while they were on a quick visit back to Australia they took the opportunity for an engagement session in the sunshine. We started at the Royal Botanic Gardens before making our way to the forecourt of the Opera House, with sunset views across the harbour to another of Sydney’s famous sites, the Harbour Bridge.
Ben + Cristina: I hope these photos send some warmth your way in the middle of a chilly Canadian winter! All the best with your wedding plans!