Located just 28 minutes north of Canberra, is the new rustic wedding venue of Bushfield Farm in Gundaroo. Jaz & Dan were married here in Autumn 2019!
When I'm not shooting weddings, I have a huge soft spot for family sessions. Usually weddings are on a Saturday, so most Sunday's I'll have either a few family or engagement sessions on my calendar. The Worthington family wanted something a little different for their family session - and I was all for it!
We kicked off our session at their home in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra, where we got to really see the playful personalities of Anna & Charlie, two of the cutest kids I've ever met! I think this is the only time they'll be allowed to jump on Mum and Dad's bed and get away with it too!
With a wardrobe change and a change of pace from the intimate and cosy home environment, we headed up to the Rhododendron Gardens in Mt Pleasant. Though it is Autumn here, we've had a very Summer-like start to the season, and those trees that are usually already beautiful shades of orange with leaves falling everywhere are still very green. Though, we did find a spot where it seemed that all of the fallen leaves had left a sort of natural carpet on the ground - which made for the perfect props to finish off our Autumn family session with some leaf throwing fun!
Mel & her husband Trent are the owners of local children's clothing business Willow n Oak. Together with her Nan, they custom hand-make every design within their label - how awesome is that?! In our garden images, the overalls that Charlie is wearing, and the mustard romper that Anna are wearing are both new designs to the Willow n Oak clothing label. Definitely head on over to their site and check these designs out - there are some seriously adorable outfits on offer!
Carly, James & Georgia // Family Session
How hot was Sunday!?
Whilst most were enjoying the waves at the beach or staying inside with the a/c blasting, I had a mini-session marathon with 4 sessions! I know, only crazy people work in 40°C weather right?!
This session was my second last for the day. This family had just traveled back from Canberra after visiting family for their nephews 3rd birthday, and then endured the tropical humid heat for our mini session - and we had so much fun! Georgia is only 18 months old and just so full of life. We had laughter, tears - and this girl has SO many different facial expressions from cute as pie to sass queen and everything in between.
Such an adorable little family with a lot of love and it was a pleasure to capture this family, even in the phenomenal heat on the day!
The Parks Family
This little family is just the sweetest!
I had the pleasure of capturing Rachel & Scot's maternity session whilst the baby bump was still known as "Baby A". They kept their daughter's name a secret from everyone until announcing at her arrival, that Aubrey had entered the world.
The weather wasn't on our side for our initial scheduled session, but my gosh the Illawarra turned it up for our next session date! Our session was the first family photos since Aubrey's arrival, held just days before her 6 month birthday. As you can see from the images below - not only is Aubrey just too adorable, but there is a whole lot of love in this little family!
Bec & Chris // Married
An intimate wedding of just family and a few close friends was the perfect choice for Bec & Chris - a big wedding just wasn't them. Another thing that made their wedding uniquely theirs, that they included in their ceremony was a pledge by all attending guests that they were to celebrate and cheers with champagne with them as the reception kicked off!
When I asked Bec to describe their wedding in 3 words, she said small, intimate & romantic. These three words perfectly described their day! A few tears, a lot of laughs, and you can see from their guests faces, a lot of love and support for this beautiful couple.
Ceremony Styling: South Coast Party Hire
Florals & Flower Crown: Flowers and Crowns by Lauren
Celebrant: Carol Martin
Venue: The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
Hair: Hair by Nat
Makeup: Samantha Dunn (friend)
Wedding Gown: Sweet Angels Bridal
Cake: Lee Karayiannis (friend)
Hes & Styve // Engaged
Engagement sessions are a great way to get to know your photographer, and their style prior to your wedding day in a more relaxed and casual environment. I encourage my couples to think about their hobbies, if there is a sentimental or special location for them - could be where they had their first date, or just where they like to spend their weekends. I think engagement sessions are all the more special, and personal when they have an element that represents the couple. Eg. If you and your fiancé are in the surf most mornings and just live for the beach - then I'd probably recommend we choose a beach session to reflect this.
With Hes and Styve, being a Sydney couple they regularly frequent the Centennial Parklands on their weekends with their adorable son Ollie. My gosh, what a place! These parklands aren't just a normal patch of grass with a playground set upon it - no. These parklands have ponds, grasslands, fields, woodlands galore and it's absolutely huge! This place has so much to offer and a huge variety of landscapes, there was no wonder that this family regularly come here! But it was set, there was no better choice for our location than Centennial Parklands. We set our place to meet, but the minute I parked and got out of the car I knew where we'd be holding our session.
This gorgeous tunnel alley of trees, with this stunning soft light shining through was right next to where I parked! I took a quick snap and when I met up with Hes & Styve at the nearby café, showed them the location I'd just seen and they were as hooked as I was!
Now as I mentioned earlier, engagement sessions are best when they're a visual representation of the couple. Their son, is a super important element of their life - so of course we included him! This goes for pets, children, sentimental items - things that reflect you as a couple I love. The love that Hes & Styve have for each other, and their combined love for Ollie just flourished in our session. I like to have fun with all of my sessions, there's always a lot of laughter involved and this session was no exception to this! There's no rigid "alright guys, nice in close together, looking at the camera and on the count of three, say cheese!" with my sessions. I'm all about capturing your personalities, the inside moments, the love and the laughter in a very relaxed, laid-back and candid way - capturing shots that nine times out of ten, when you receive your gallery back you won't even know these moments happened!
Hes & Styve will be married back at this beautiful location in April, and I cannot wait to capture their upcoming intimate wedding!
Tearne & Aydan // Engagement
Autumn is my favourite season! The leaves changing colour and falling, the temperates cooling but still temperate days... I just love everything about it. Thankfully here in Wollongong theres a slow transition from Autumn to Winter, and this session was held at the end of June, and we still had some great Autumn colour! We had a lot of fun with this session. Tearne and Aydan are getting married in September, and after discussions with them, learnt that they're a couple that have fun & are super silly together - so we embraced it, because hey - we're all kids at heart!
Combining my love for Autumn, and their silliness, our leaf throwing, turned into a leaf fight. Awesome!
I'll be capturing their unity of love at their wedding on September 9th 2017. I know we'll have as much fun then as we did at their engagement session. Can't wait!
Sheree & Mitch // Married
Rain was forecast. This can send some bride's into a complete whirlwind of stress, as to how to prepare for inclement weather. Sheree called me a few days prior to her wedding and we discussed how this forecast could impact their day. I strongly suggested we embrace the weather, and we did just that. They next thing I know, Sheree has purchased umbrellas and gumboots - we were bound to have some fun!
The morning of, we had quite intense intermittent showers. But we were prepared, so the weather could do what it liked, and we would just go with it.
Sheree & Mitch were married in St Columbkille's Catholic Church in Corrimal. Their ceremony included two candle ceremonies - one with both their Mothers, followed by a later with Sheree & Mitch. The real show-stopper was their daughter Grace, who kept wandering around, wanting to be with Mum and Dad. It was too cute!
We captured our family and group photos outside the church following the ceremony, and following the group photo, the rain began. All our formal shots for that location were wrapped up before the rain - we were lucky!
We headed into the CBD for our bridal photo session, and of course the skies cleared. We had a lot of fun in this session with the personalities of this bridal party just bouncing off each other. The gumboots still came out to play though, and we had some fun with puddles down at Wollongong Harbour.
Their reception was held at Wollongong Golf Club, where once again Sheree & Mitch's daughter Grace stole the show with her cuteness and killer dance moves! This was a 16 hour day for me capturing Sheree & Mitch's wedding, and I had an absolute blast! The energy of this couple, and their guests was full-ball from the very start of the day right to the end. Thankyou for inviting me along to share and capture your special day with you!