Justin + Hannah | The Lake House, Denmark WA | 18 August 2018 {Perth, South Coast, Avon Valley & Wheatbelt Wedding Photographer}

With its rolling hills, forests, and vistas of ocean blue, Denmark is truly a spectacular place to host a wedding.  So I was very excited when Justin and Hannah announced that we'd be travelling south for their big day, to be held on the grounds of The Lake House in the hills just out of town.  

And I was even more excited to discover that Hannah was adapting her Mum's wedding gown into her own, especially given I had photographed her Mum in it 8 years previously.  And then, as if that wasn't enough to get me pumped, I discovered that she'd be arriving in her Dad's HK Holden, and the jokes were on - being a fellow HK owner, I was warned not to take too many photos of the car (unless the B&G were also featured!).  So I behaved myself as best I could, but I did manage to sneak this first shot in, because, well, who can resist a Holden parked under a date palm beside a farm shed?!

So many highlights from this special day, and even though I'm still buried in editing, I thought I'd share some of them with you now, because let's face it, we all love to see pretty pics in the days following a beautiful wedding.

All cred to the following vendors for helping make it what it was. The Lake House (venue), Anna Jane Celebrant (celebrant), Albany Event Hire (marquee), Starfish Lane (invitations), The Floral Folk Co (flowers), Entice Food Co (cake), Kate Samiotis Hair (hair), Makeup By Carissa R (makeup), Elvi Design (dressmaker), and Ferrari Formal & Bridal (suits).

Congratulations Justin and Hannah, and thank you so much for asking me to share your beautiful day with you.

 

Gerry + Sarah | Matilda Bay Restaurant | 31 December 2016 {Perth Wedding Photographer}

New Years Eve 2016 found me here, under the gum trees and paper lanterns at Matilda Bay, with little boats bobbing on the river, and the lights of our city twinkling in the background, providing the perfect backdrop for an awesome end of year party.

It was my little sisters wedding, and she was marrying her super groovy man Gerry.  And I had the priviledge of attending as both guest and photographer, which always makes a wedding just a teeny bit more special for me.  So, surrounded by our family and friends, I set about documenting it all as it unfolded (and chatting a lot in between shots!).

Opting for a laid back, summery beach feel for their special day, Gerry and Sarah enlisted the expertise of awesome vendors Matilda Bay Restaurant (ceremony & reception venue), Bride and Groom Events (outdoor furniture & styling), The Look By Us Perth (bridal hair & makeup), Theressa Designs Bridal (bridal gown), Poppys Flowers (flowers), Wild Strawberry Catering (cake), Jodi Bavin (celebrant) and The Print Fairy (invitations) who all helped create the perfect vibe for a summer celebration.

And Matilda Bay itself should get a special mention too, not only for providing such a stunning backdrop for a wedding, but because it's a little special to our family, as it was named after our ancestral grandmother Matilda Roe, the wife of Perths first Surveyor General, John Septimus Roe.  So I always feel a sense of place as I arrive at this venue and then pass by the photographs of John and Matilda, and the fledgling Swan River Colony, hanging on the walls of the restaurant building.  And I take a moment to picture the scene as they must have seen it when they gazed out over the river almost 200 years ago...

So congratulations Gerry and Sarah, it was a fabulous day, and an awesome way to see the new year in.  And a week down the track, I can finally say I have nearly recovered!

 

Brad + Abby | Manjimup Vintage Wedding | 21 March 2015 (Avon Valley Wedding Photographer)

I was so excited when Brad & Abby asked me to shoot their vintage styled wedding at Fonty's Pool, 400km away, in the beautiful South-West town of Manjimup recently.   

Not only was I going to be working with these two lovely people and their awesome Northam families, who I have known for many years now, but I would be shooting against the stunning backdrop of a truly magical place.

Being so far south, I knew there was a good chance it would rain, or at least be a little overcast, giving me the opportunity to shoot in some lovely soft light, amongst the deep lush greens of the Karri forest and apple orchards in the area. Which is so different to the stark bright light and crispy dry colours of the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt, where I usually work (although don't get me wrong because I wouldn't swap it, not permanently anyway!).

Any so many gorgeous little vintage, rustic and rural inspired details! From the bunting made from doilies, to the family rosary beads, the guitar Abby played later in the night, the crocheted rugs to stretch out on, and the shieves of hay hanging from the bush poles in the reception room, everything about this day was styled with care, and an obvious affection for all things past.

And the dress and veil, well, they just topped it all off! First worn by the brides grandmother in the late 1950's, it has since been worn by another three members of her family to celebrate marriage. Truly stunning, truly timeless, and just so elegant... We even got some photos of these lovely ladies proudly holding their own wedding photos!

True to form for the South-West of WA, it did rain, right in the middle of the ceremony, but that didn't dampen things for Brad and Abby. They just made a beeline to the reception area, guests in tow, and the remainder of the formalities were completed undercover, amongst the wine barrels and against the bar!

We then made the most of a break in the weather, and headed into the apple orchard and Karri forest next door, where they enjoyed the sweetest little picnic for two, while I did my thing creating candid and relaxed bridal portraits. Which I'm secretly hoping might just make it into any future wedding photos, when the next member of this delightful family wears this beautiful dress again...

 
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