Bec & Jamie

I feel I owe so much to Bec and Jamie for having the faith in me to photograph their special day.  You see, they were the first ever couple to book me for their wedding without me having a wedding portfolio to show them.  I met them last year and photographed their Soulmate Session in and around True South, Black Rock.  I was so nervous meeting them, worried they would like me, hoping they’d like my photography and would want to book me.  They did!  And their wedding was a beautiful day set in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens with their reception at True South.

Besides the bride and groom, I loved the rest of the bridal party too.  The boys were so much fun, hamming it up for the camera.  And the girls were so friendly and just as much fun with their shots.

One of the highlights of the day had nothing to do with photos – during the speeches, Jamie announced they were expecting their first child later this year.  The whole room erupted in cheers.  Oh, and the bridal waltz.  I captured the tear falling on Bec’s cheek as she clung to her new husband.  Such a moving moment.  There were a few teary eyes around the dance floor.

As an example of the kind and beautiful couple they are, I was so touched when Jamie took the time to come over to me and ask me how I was doing.  I thought this was such a sweet thing to do because he had so many friends and family to mingle with, he went out of his way to make sure I was happy and enjoying myself.  Which I was!  I met so many great people, I couldn’t help but enjoy myself.

I want you to take special note of the floral bouquets and flowers at the reception.  The creator of these gorgeous pieces was my first bride ever, Chau.  Chau is one of the most creative people I have ever met.  And she’s an awesome photographer too 🙂  She told me about her love of making wedding bouquets and wanted me to pass on her details to brides I knew that might be interested.  She loves being involved in the joy of a wedding, so I put her in touch with Bec and the results are exceptional.  I get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I think of these two strangers being linked to each other through my photography.  I love it!!  Each of the bridesmaids had a different type of yellow flower in their bouquets.

Thank you Bec and Jamie for the wonderful experience and sharing your day with me.  I can’t wait to meet your little DC and photograph him or her as they grow up.

Love to you both xxx

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My Cousin Tahlia Married Neil

I’ve been looking forward to doing this blog post.  My cousin Tahlia and Neil got hitched!

I was so excited about going to this wedding on the weekend.  Firstly, because it would be a great chance to catch up with family that is scattered all over Victoria and Australia.  Secondly, because it was a wedding.  Obviously.  I love weddings.  I hadn’t seen my cousins for about 2 years and I reckon it’s been about 25 years since I last saw my Uncle, the bride’s Dad.  Tahlia and Neil and my Aunt live in Darwin.

It was a very hot Saturday with a good chance of rain.  A bit of a worry for a garden wedding.  The ceremony took place at the JFK Memorial at Treasury Gardens in Melbourne.  The area was beautifully set up with details like little antique bird cages, flowers and large umbrellas and a carpet laid down the aisle.  The groom was incredibly nervous and his nervousness just made him all the more adorable.  He didn’t have to wait long for his future bride.  Tahlia was accompanied by her two bridesmaids and a flower girl.  My auntie Michelle walked her down the aisle.  They say brides glow on their wedding day, but Tahlia was absolutely radiantly beautiful.   The word “stunning” was said a few times.

The ceremony was fun and, at the same time, moving.  It was officiated by a very lovely lady, who’s name escapes me.  She had the groom relatively relaxed by the time Tahlia met him.

Had to include this one. She was so cute.

Uncle Max. I will say hi to my Mum and Dad for you xx

The Blending of the Sands Ritual. This part of the ceremony involved blending of three different sands to represent the blending of the families, performed by the mothers and the couple.

Neil has a wacky sense of humour.

He actually danced down the aisle after the ceremony.

The immaculate bridal cars.

The rain threatened to come down, but we only got a few drops.

After the ceremony the group photos were taken and then the newly married couple were swept off in the gorgeous black convertible Mustang with their bridal party for photographs around Melbourne.  I was so excited to meet George Fragapolous who runs XSiGHT Photography in Darwin.  He did an amazing job.  At the end of the reception he put on a huge slide show display of the images from the day.  I mean massive.  He set the projector up on the mezzanine floor and project onto a huge wall on the other side of the room.  The guests at the reception were in awe of his work, and the applause after it was finished was very loud and enthusiastic.

The reception was held at Sumac in Shed 14 at the Docklands.  Great venue and fantastic food.  The band was entertaining, but not as much as the speeches of the best man, father of the bride, mother of the bride, best man and the MC.  Not to mention on of the brothers of the bride.  Hilarious night.  I met some awesome friends and family of the bride and groom that made the night even more enjoyable.

The entire wedding was co-ordinated by the wonderful Valerie De Silva of Together Forever Weddings.  This woman is so passionate and driven and absolutely untiring.  How she pulled the whole event together with the bride and groom in Darwin was amazing.  I would not hesitate in recommending her to any bride and groom planning a wedding.  She is a gem.  And so nice too.

It was a great day and night.  Thank you Tahlia and Neil.  It was a pleasure to share your love.  And I look forward to the arrival of little Fuji, Nikon, Canon or Olympus down the track. (Neil is so in love with photography he is likely to name his first born after one of the big camera brands, according to his best man.)

xox

Christening – Baby Ellie

I was so excited to be asked to do Ellie’s Christening.  Last Sunday, at St Gerards Catholic Church, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the most cherished babies on the planet.  Her parents, Lexie and David were so sweet.  And her two sets of Godparents were funny and made me feel like I was part of this multicultural family.  Yes – this little girl is so special, she has two Godfathers, two Godmothers and her Mum and Dad.

One of the things I loved, from a purely photographic point of view, was that Lexie asked that the Godmothers wore the cream/ivory coloured dresses.  Nice touch.  But you were all so beautiful to photograph, you could probably have gotten away with red and white striped long johns.  Now that would be interesting.

I had never done a Christening before, so this was completely new to me.  I made sure all my gear was clean (and dry – see last week’s post about soggy cameras and lenses), batteries were charged and my head filled with ideas for beautiful baby photography.  I was buzzing.  And it all went without a hitch.  Hope you enjoy the images just as much as I enjoyed making them.

 

Mum and Ellie waiting in the foyer for the main mass to finish. Then a quick change and it's all about Ellie.

 

Watching the world from Dad's shoulder.

 

It's my Christening and I can poke my tongue out if I want to.

 

Ellie in her gorgeous Christening gown with Dad.

 

Ellie's three main men. Dad, John and Tim.

Blessing with the salt.

I thought it was so moving to see these four adults totally captured by one little human.

The Priest made me chuckle a few times and was even directed me to a position for the best angle for my shots.

Mum and Dad. Proud.

 

Ellie recieving the water. No tears................

 

.............until the water actually touches her.

 

The priest placed the pure white cloth unceremoniously right over her head. John's reaction conveys the humour of the moment.

 

This is one special baby. I love the looks of pure adoration on the faces of her Godparents.

 

Ellie's Godmothers.

 

Another moment of pure delight. And she was sound asleep moments after the ceremony.

 

A soothing hug from Mum and Dad after the ceremony.

 

Ellie's new family.

 

Ellie's Grandparents. So much love.

 

Tell me this little girl is ever going to want for anything.

 

Precious.

 

Gotta love this family.

 

Priceless.

 

 

Thank you so much to John for contacting me in the first place and Lexie and Dave to let me be a part of Ellie’s special day.  I hope she looks back on these pictures down the track and sees the absolute love that was showered on her.  She is a lucky girl to have so many wonderful people looking out for her.  God bless you dear Ellie.