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Briley & Sam - Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat Wedding

Briley & Sam - Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat Wedding

Briley & Sam's late Autumn wedding at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat was nothing short of beautiful, even through the 90km/hr wind gusts!

Vanessa & Jack - Mt Annan/Camden Wedding

Vanessa & Jack - Mt Annan/Camden Wedding

V&J's wedding was held at the Mt Annan Gardens, followed by portraits at Burnham Grove Estate & ended with a festival style reception at their Camden home.

Dani & Rob - Kiama Sunset Engagement

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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!

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

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

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!