Surprise! The cat's out of the bag for these two - they're getting married!! I captured Christine & Jeff's beach engagement session in Wollongong
Dani & Rob // Engagement
Gorgeous couple, cute puppy, golden sunset... sessions like these are what make my heart happy! I have the honour of shooting Dani & Rob's wedding in just a few months time and we headed down to beautiful Bombo, near Kiama for our engagement session. Their sweet fur baby Oakley kiiiiiinda stole the show as you can see from the images below, but I mean.. look at the little guy. He's too cute!
This was actually the second engagement session I've held with Dani & Rob, as they entered a competition to win a free engagement session I ran many moons ago now and were the winners! So our first session was all about them and the love they have for each other, and in the very near future this session will be featured on the Australian wedding blog, Polka Dot Bride so keep your eyes peeled for that one! Oakley was only still a few weeks old at the time of our last session so we waited for him to have all the necessary vaccinations and grow a little more before setting the date for this one.
Dani and Rob are just two peas in a pod. With similar personalities of both such humble, loving and caring natures I just know that they'll have a lifetime of happiness in store for them.
Can't wait for the wedding!
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.
Reception: City Beach Function Centre
Florals: A_Flower - Alanna Foo
Hair & Makeup: Lauren Ashley Hair & Body
Cake: Mi Cakes & Design
Rings: Michael Hill
Dresses: Mr K
Welcome Sign: Noelle Ula + Brothers (friends)
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!