Maddy & Chris have welcomed their second son and I caught up with them last week to capture their in-home newborn lifestyle session in Wollongong.
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!
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
The Dockrill Family
This session brought me so much joy! A family full of love and laughter, with a "whatever goes" attitude are seriously the dream. The Dockrills travelled down to the Illawarra from Western Sydney for our family session, and their gorgeous Border Collie named Reggie came along for the ride.
Our first scheduled session we had to postpone due to inclement weather. I'd promised this location with stunning sunset colour, and well, when it's raining and overcast this is far from achievable. Thankfully we did reschedule because check out that punchy sunset colour! The light over our location was exactly what I had invisioned for our session and I could not have been happier!
I got to know this family through Mum, Elise who is a super talented photographer herself! Elise is the face behind Floragraphica, and specialises in bespoke imagery of wedding bouquets and floral arrangements. Brides, this is a PERFECT way to preserve your wedding bouquet following your wedding. Elise photographs the intricate details of your wedding florals, creating statement art pieces for your walls, and immortalizing your wedding florals well before they wilt for you to keep forever! I could seriously plug Elise's work all day, she's undeniably amazing at what she does!
And here is her clan! Her two beautiful children, husband and fur-baby Reggie; enjoying some sunset fun in the waves of one of Wollongong's best beaches.
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
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!
Venue: Panorama House
Florist: Aimee Clayton
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
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.
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
Cake: Lee Karayiannis (friend)
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!