marriage

Ingrid & Situa - Panorama House, Autumn Wollongong Wedding

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Ingrid & Situa // Married

All the way from Griffith, Ingrid & Situa travelled the picturesque Illawarra for their wedding! They met through a mutual friend at the pub, how very Aussie! They've been together for 8 years, and engaged for four, after Situa popped the question at the lookout point in Griffith following a nice meal shared together.

Their wedding was held at Panorama House, overlooking Wollongong on the escarpment. For the morning preparations, they rented AirBnB properties and both of these properties I felt both gave a little character! For groom prep, there was a natural timber outdoor bar and for the boys with their custom flasks and glasses, bottle of Wild Turkey and cuban cigars - this was perfect! For the ladies, the property was so full of natural light, and in the adjoining yard there was a huge bamboo plant which made for the perfect setting for a few quick snaps before the girls jumped in the limo.

There was a lot of emotion on their day, which you'll see from the images below. From Ingrid's Mum, proud as punch as she gifted Ingrid with a necklace representing their New Zealand heritage which she kept with her all day around her wrist, to not a dry eye when Ingrid first turned around dressed in her wedding gown. To when Situa first laid eyes on Ingrid as she was accompanied down the aisle by her Grandmother, to finally saying "I Do" and the nerves and anticipation that the morning brought to them both, finally disappearing.

Much alike myself, Ingrid is a passionate footy fan and her beloved New Zealand Warriors were playing the Canberra Raiders on their wedding day, and here she is in the limo on her way to her wedding watching the game live on the NRL app. Now this is just a true fan here - in her wedding dres, on her way to the ceremony... and watching the footy! Luckily, in what was a very close game, the Warriors got the win with a final score of 20-19 which just added that cherry on top of a wonderful day of happiness for her and Situa. 

A highlight for me of their day, was at their reception. Both Ingrid and Situa are very close with their families, and their cultural backgrounds. Ingrid's family background is New Zealand, Situa's is Tongan. We had cultural prayers in native tongue, song and dances from both sides of the family and being able to witness all of this culture come together was truly amazing. Situa's younger sister performed the Tongan dance, whereby it is custom that while she is dancing, that guests bring up money to her, which is then given to the newlyweds. After the music started and she started dancing, the Best Man, Situa's brother was on the dancefloor, followed by family, friends and Situa also. I just love how connected and inclusive this was!

Congratulations once again to you both and thankfully for inviting me along to share and capture your special day!

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Panorama House

Florist: Aimee Clayton

Hair: Kristen Cavallaro - Hairdo Griffith

Makeup: Jade Nardi Makeup

Cake: Delaney's Cakes

Transport: Crown Limousine

Wedding Gown: Something & Love

Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway

Bride's Shoes: Luxe Shoes, Griffith

Groom's Suit: Tarocash

Flasks & Glassware: Giftware Direct

Hes & Styve - Centennial Parklands, Sydney Engagement

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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!

Bohemian Dreams - Southern Highlands Styled Elopement

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Bohemian Dreams // Styled Elopement

This session was captured at one of the many hidden gems that the Southern Highlands has to offer. My vision just came before me, accompanied by an incredible team of wedding creatives from across NSW and QLD, to bring together a bohemian-inspired picnic elopement. Macrame, skulls, picnic table setting, donuts, coloured smoke.. and our adventurous couple even got in the water - this session was everything I had envisioned.. and more!

Creative team:

Venue: Budderoo National Park

Photography: Translucent Photography

Videography: Top Choi's Production

Hair And Makeup: Emma Mcgill Makeup Artist

Event Styling, Stationary And Design: Studio B. Couture

Post-shoot Floral Imaging: Floragraphica

Floral Design: Posy Jones Floral Co.

Signage: Signed By Bird

Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini

Suit: Tarocash

Shoe Accessories: Starlettos

Bridal Accessories: Simona Bridal

Props: Jack And The Candlestick

Wedding Cake: Sugar Pot

Place Cards: Molossi

Celebrant: Rebecca: Celebrant

Coloured Smoke: Coloured Smoke Australia

 

Reagen & Mathew - Panorama House Wedding

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Reagen & Mathew // Married

I love smaller weddings that are so heavily family focused. This was definitely one of those. Reagen and Mathew were married at Panorama House, surrounded by their closest family and friends - with the majority of attendees family. Reagen and Mat share the most adorable son, Finnick so they are their own little family also. I got to see the love and adoration not only do they have for each other and Finn, but for the concept of family as an entity when we held their engagement session months prior. 

Now I've mentioned many times that it's the people who attend a wedding that to me not only make the day what it is, but shed so much more of a story into the couple and the other relationships they keep also.

I like to stand back and witness these moments. Usually I don't hear the words being said, just a far bystander capturing the hugs and reactions. But in the images I captured of Reagen's Grandfather just following the ceremony, I did overhear what he was saying as he congratulated both Reagen and Mathew individually, and it was the same few words to both:
"I couldn't be prouder to be here today, and I wish you both the very best in your future together".

A few simple words, but you can see from his face how genuine and incredibly heartfelt they were.

I try and quickly grab these moments around the ceremony and the reception, of guests as they witness the couple being wed, the hugs of congratulations following the ceremony, the little moments whenever they have a chance, and the goodbyes as guests leave the reception. 
So many times I get by with a quick snap without guests even noticing, sometimes I'm caught and the hands go up to avoid capture. Years gone by, with future generations looking through their parents, grandparents, even great grandparents wedding photos, don't be remembered as the one hiding from the photos!

These moments to me, is what a wedding is all about!

Oh! And I love a couple that is up for an adventure! Reagen didn't wake on her wedding morning thinking she'd be bushwalking, in her wedding gown and stilettos but she did and totally rocked it! We travelled down the escarpment for their bridal portraits, to Austinmer and my gosh, we had some fun. 

Venue: Panorama House, Bulli Tops