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Sharri & Steve - Beverley Park Golf Club, Sydney Wedding

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Sharri & Steve // Married

Seems like my calendar has a weird way of putting things together. April and September 2018 both are my months of just Sydney weddings, and the wedding here of the new Mr and Mrs Edmonds saw Translucent Photography visiting Rockdale, for prep and back to Kogarah for their wedding ceremony and reception both held at Beverley Park Golf Club. I do love to travel, and stepping out of my local soil of the beautiful Illawarra is a great change of pace for me, and exciting to explore and photograph at new venues and environments around our nation!

Well, Sharri and Steve to make it here on their wedding day was almost 10 years in the making. Wow, right! They met nine and a half years ago, meeting through a mutual friend at Cronulla Beach. The proposal happened on the evening of their eight year anniversary, after dining at a local restaurant. Steve, nervous as anything proposed in the car before they left for dessert. 

They chose a bridal party of 14 for their big day, mainly filled with family. Steve is one of 8 kids so I new there'd be a strong sense of family at their wedding. Also too, Steve's Mum passed away 6 years ago last month (just a fortnight after their wedding). Sharri and Steve chose to exchange gifts the morning of - Steve gifting Sharri with a beautiful Armani watch, and Sharri adding a personalised touch to her gift and gave Steve personalised cufflinks with the left being an image of his Mum, the right being "Forever in my Heart". Both gifts were given to the bride and groom by the Best Man/Maid of Honour respectively, and both of these roles were filled by siblings. As you can see from the images below, those cufflinks held such an emotional resonance with Steve and his brother Dan, but also everyone there witnessing this very special moment. Sharri had also arranged for a beautiful framed image to be placed on their "Sweethearts" table at the reception, placed on Steve's side. This was a beautiful sentiment to her memory, and within the guests hearts her presence was definitely felt throughout the day.

I had a lot of fun with this bridal party and the wedding guests, with many travelling over from Steve's home country of New Zealand to be in attendance. There was even a surprise Haka between speeches which also added that real sense of culture into the night. The reception was styled to fit their very purple theme (Sharri's favourite colour!), with a lot of effort from not only Sharri and Steve but her parents also who together DIY'd a significant proportion of decorations for their wedding. 

Sharri, Steve - I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness, and thankyou for inviting me along to celebrate and capture your day as you became husband and wife!

Vendor List:

Ceremony & Reception: Beverley Park Golf Club, Kogarah

Bouquets, Arbour & Reception Styling: DIY

Hair: Plats Hair Design

Makeup: Makeup by Xtina

Bridesmaid Dresses: Ginger and Orange

Suits: YD

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

Misty & Sam - Flagstaff Hill & City Beach Functions, Autumn Wollongong Wedding

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Misty & Sam // Married

Well this day was a long time coming for Misty and Sam! These two lovebirds have been together since they were 16. They met at their best man, Ki's 17th birthday party. Fastforward 10 years, and Sam dropped the knee on Christmas Day, 2016. Placing a ribbon with the ring attached around their cat Slippers was the perfect proposal for Misty, instantly saying yes with her favourite things of Christmas, Sam & their cat altogether.

A Sydney couple, what better place in NSW than the beautiful Wollongong to say their vows. Their ceremony was held on the iconic Flagstaff Hill, with the reception followed at City Beach Function Centre. 

Misty and Sam are such a beautiful couple. I got to know their personalities well in our engagement session held just months before, where I witnessed first hand how much they mean to each other. This followed throughout their wedding day, beginning with Misty's note to Sam the morning of, and Sam's gift of perfume with the handwritten tag "For My Wife", as well as his note on the bottom of her shoes. 

I am a firm believer that you can tell a lot about a couple by their family and the company they keep - and with the warm hearts and larrikin nature of both their friends and family - this speaks mountains for their personalities. Misty and Sam are such a beautiful couple, and it was a pleasure to spend your day with you and capture your memories!
 

Vendor List:

Florist: Misty's Mum, Rhonda

Ceremony Styling: Diamond Lace Wedding & Events

Cake: Delaney's Cakes

Hair: Ashley's Hair Chair

Makeup: Lulu Makeup

Bridal Gown: Two Birds Bridal

Bridal Shoes: Wanted Shoes

Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway

Rings: Williams Jewellery, Nowra

Suits: Woolcott Street Suits

Reception Location: City Beach Functions

Photobooth: Photo Booth Studio

Stationary: Serendipity Wedding Stationary & Events

Transport: Forever More Formal

Bec & Chris - Lagoon Seafood Restaurant Wollongong Intimate Wedding

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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. 

Vendor list:
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
Suit: Connor
Cake: Lee Karayiannis (friend)

Hannah & Nathan - Mount Kembla Engagement

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Hannah & Nathan // Engagement

I love when I meet with my couples and they're as silly and chilled out as I am. This was exactly the case with Hannah & Nathan  - actually I think my personality is the blend of the two of theirs combined!

I had a blast capturing their engagement session in one of my favourite, less-travelled to parts of the Illawarra. I recommend with engagement sessions to opt for a location that contrasts to your wedding location. Hannah & Nathan are a military couple, both in the Australian Navy, and will be married on base in Sydney later this year. With the picturesque Sydney Harbour views that will serve as the perfect backdrop for their wedding images, they travelled down to my neck of the woods and held our session in beautiful bushland of the Illawarra escarpment, overlooking Wollongong. 

Oh, and if you bring your daughter along - I totally can't promise that she won't steal the spotlight for your session! Isn't Vida just adorable! This week, Hannah and Nathan have announced some very exciting news, that there'll be a new addition attending their wedding, with their second daughter due in August. What an upcoming exciting year ahead for this growing family!

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!

Jessica & Shannon - Wollongong Botanic Gardens Wedding

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Jess & Shannon // Married

Aussie girl meets Kiwi boy via Aussie sister via an online game!

Well, this is a super confusing way of how Jess & Shannon met! Fast forward two and a half years, a move to Australia from New Zealand for Shannon and a beautiful daughter who has just turned one... and they became Mr & Mrs on January 27th. 

Shannon proposed in Manly Botanic Gardens on a bridge. A lot of nerves, tears and a YES! A year on from this special day, they were wed at Wollongong Botanic Gardens, and of course we had to utilize the symbolism of the Kawasaki Bridge given their proposal story! 

Just like how they met, their wedding included a strong sense of family & love of their friends. In their ceremony they also included a balloon release, and a padlock ceremony with their daughter.

Vendor List:

Hotel: Sage Hotel Wollongong

Ceremony Location: Wollongong Botanic Gardens

Reception: City Beach Function Centre

Videographer: VideoEditOz

Florals: A_Flower - Alanna Foo

DJ/MC: Davertainment

Hair & Makeup: Lauren Ashley Hair & Body

Cake: Mi Cakes & Design

Rings: Michael Hill

Dresses: Mr K

Suit: Connor

Welcome Sign: Noelle Ula + Brothers (friends)