Amy & Matt, married in Autumn 2019 held their wedding at the beautiful Cambewarra Estate winery, located just out of Nowra on the NSW South Coast.
Amy & Kyle - Engagement
There's just something so magical about watching the sun head behind the horizon to sign off for another day. Almost as magical as finding that someone who your heart just knows will be your forever.
Amy & Kyle are so well suited for each other! From our first meeting over coffee to discuss their upcoming wedding plans I could see the very strong and solid connection these two share.
With their August 2018 wedding fast approaching, we headed down to one of the Illawarra's best beaches for their sunset engagement session a few weeks ago. This week put out some of the best sunsets that we'd yet to have seen for Autumn and the day of our session the sky did not disappoint! Our session was full of fun and laughs, reflecting these qualities of their personalities and showing the bond that their hearts share.
Looking forward to their wedding at the end of August!
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!
Hes & Styve // Married
Hes & Styve's wedding was held in Sydney's picturesque Centennial Park and it was such a gorgeous day! However, this was not the initial wedding they had planned.
Due to a recent medical battle, their initial large South Coast wedding plans were changed, to a more intimate and laid back wedding much closer to home. With this change of plans, it turned out that their new wedding was so much more suited to their personalities and much more them - which is what a wedding day should be all about!
Given the hard and testing few months they've had on top of the stress that comes with wedding planning, planning a whole new wedding in just a number of months, Hes's family and close friends all making the trip over to Australia from the UK, and just the absolute perfect day, there was a lot of emotion as these two beautiful people became husband and wife. With everything the past few months has been for this couple, it's a testament to the strength of their connection, and the love that they have for each other.
Thankyou Hes & Styve for inviting me to capture such a special day for both you, and your families!
Preparations: Crowne Plaza Coogee
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Centennial Parklands
Florist: Flower Forum, Randwick
Hair: Lemonade Hair
Makeup: Stacey McPherson Makeup Artist
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ's House
Transport: Roll up in a Royce
Decor/Styling: Wedding Knights
Cake: The Sweet Spot
Catering: Art Kitchen
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!
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
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
Tahlia & Matt // Married
Well this date rolled around fast! We held our engagement session back in July, making use of the stunning winter sunsets in the Illawarra.
Tahlia and Matt are both nurses. They met in the halls of Wollongong Hospital. From my time getting to know them both, and from the greater insight given from the heartfelt speeches at last night's reception (Best Father of the Groom speech I have EVER heard also!), these two have been near inseparable since they first met and compliment each other perfectly.
They were married at Bewong River Retreat, on the beautiful South Coast. This location is just stunning, the ceremony is held on a jetty nestled on the banks of the river - so when you view the images below you can see that the backdrop for the ceremony is just divine!
With golf carts to get around and kangaroos galore, it is such a beautiful location, and one by which both ceremony, reception can be held, with accommodation options also.
There were a lot of little details in the day - and I LOVE details! Matt and Tahlia exchanged gifts the morning of - both a heartfelt letter, and Tahlia received a beautiful bracelet and chocolates, whilst Matt received a watch - both items worn on their day. Tahlia also wore her Mother's wedding earrings, and her Grandmother's watch was tied around her bouquet. Though he didnt attend on the day, outside the window when I arrived to capture Matt's prep I saw his 4-legged buddy, Rocky - so of course being part of the family was included for a few shots!
There was a lot of emotion come the time of the speeches. Matt was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009, and was given a less than humbling chance of fighting it. However, he did just that, and is now completely cancer free! This is where Matt's interest in a career of nursing kicked off, and thankfully what brought him to eventually meet his now, gorgeous wife Tahlia. There was not a dry eye in the room when Matt's father, David touched upon how there was a very real point that he never thought he'd be standing there giving a speech at his only son's wedding. Of course, it was followed by quick whit and a lot of laughs to continue his speech. The connectivity between Tahlia & Matt's wedding guests, all 100 or so of them was apparent throughout the whole day, for those that had supported them through their very tough times, and now stand by them celebrating in the joy.
To the new Mr & Mrs White, it has been a pleasure getting to know the two of you over the past year or so throughout your wedding planning process and I wish you both all the best in your future together as Husband and Wife!
Makeup: MAC by Meg
Hair: Maiden Hair
Wedding Gown: Accapella Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Justin Alexander Store
Flowers/Decor/Styling: As A Whisper
Bridal Shoes: Wittner
Suits: Tramps the Store
Entertainment: Nowra Wedding DJ
Teagan, Jai & Kayden // Family Session
How cute is little Kayden! This was my second session with this young family. I last met Kayden when he was only a few months old, and he's grown so much since then! I love the journey my return clients take me on, and being able to see how time changes them - especially with little ones as they grow so quickly!