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Jessica & Sean | The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Wedding

Jessica and Sean’s exquisite winter wedding opened with a beautifully styled garden ceremony, set amongst an ethereally light drenched space inside The Palm House Sydney where they gathered those dearest to them to celebrate their love stemming all the way back to their high school years. The festivities continued at a private gathering over at Botanic Garden Restaurant, with the room adorned with luscious greenery and soft accents of cotton flowers laced with pink and burgundy blooms by Clementine & Rose. I am still a little in love with Jessica’s incredible Karen Willis Holmes gown complemented with an old Hollywood Gatsby hairstyle by Radical Hair Design and finished off with some really gorgeous 20s make up by the wonderful Rose Mossman from My Addiction Make Up. 

I don’t think there was a dry eye in that room as everyone watched Sean glimpse Jessica and her father for the first time as they walked down the aisle to So Into You covered by Tamia covered by Tyler Azzopardi and Luke Zanc. If you look closely at the images from the ceremony you can pinpoint the exact moment these two locked eyes and an overwhelming sense of excitement and joy enveloped them both.

Their vows were personally crafted and spoke of how proud they were of one another, their admiration for each other’s drive to follow their dreams and passions and above all else, pledging their whole hearted support throughout all tribulations and high notes through the rest of their lives together. Jess was especially emotional as she shared how when they first finished school and she decided to head overseas for 12 months she often found her thoughts trailing back to Sean despite the exciting adventures unravelling in front of her, wishing that he was beside her there and then to share those special moments in her journey. Deep down she knew back then that he would always be her special one. Fast forward nearly a decade forward, on their wedding day, she now carried a whole hearted conviction that he will always remain that one person she wanted to share everything with, that “no matter where we are in the world, being with you feels like home to me”. This wedding has been so wonderfully moving for me to document, made up of two beautiful souls who are so undeniably in love with one another, I hope you fall in love with this collection and their story as well. 

Ceremony at the beautiful Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Reception at Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Sydney
Beautiful florals and styling by Lauren from Clementine & Rose
Make up by Rose Mossman and Hair by Radical Hair Design
Ceremony officiated Dan Rivera
Bridal Gown by Karen Willis Holmes with shoes by Spurr
Bridesmaid gowns by Sutra Designer
Groom’s suit by The Suit Shop with Groomsmen suits by Oxford
Cinematography by the wonderful Alex of The Production Co
Wedding Cake by Claire Wesson
Music and Entertainment by Tyler Azzopardi & Luke Zanc

 

 

 

Brooke & Ben | Dryridge Estate Wedding

Ah the magic of Autumn and the mountains. If you're ever in the Blue Mountains area and considering holding your wedding there I highly recommend you look into the gorgeous Dryridge Estate. Driving through the lush tree lined paths of the majestic Megalong Road was such an adventure and the best part is when you start approaching a clearing and you're met with the most incredible scenes nestled within Megalong Valley (I'll let the pictures to do the talking, hopefully they convey how equally floored and thrilled we were as we entered the breathtaking grounds). 

One of my favourite things to do is go through all our enquiries inbox filled with the most delightful and kindest messages (I read every single one of them, it's honestly the nicest bunch of emails to look at first thing in the morning, giant steaming coffee mug in hand). Last year I came across one that exuded such a happy and an unmistakable warmth that not only radiated through the screen, it quite possibly reached out and felt like it was wrapping me in the world's biggest bear hug. From then on, every one of Brooke's correspondence approached with such brightening cheeriness, it was near impossible to not be crazily excited for her getting hitched to her best friend Ben. Brooke and Ben have this way of making complete strangers feel totally welcome and are two of the most hilarious, smiley-est people ever whose day felt more like a great big party filled with their loved ones, less so a formal wedding (aka hand on heart, my absolute favourite types of weddings). They both adored the outdoors (Ben proposed on top of a mountain in Scotland) and specifically chose the beautiful Dryridge Estate for their Autumnal wedding as they loved the privacy and intimacy of the grounds. I'm genuinely going to miss working on these two beautiful humans' day and I hope you love this collection as much as we have loved these two, their incredibly lovely families and their wonderful day. 

Ceremony and Reception at the breathtaking grounds of Dryridge Estate
Make up by Danielle Hampton
Hair by Kellie Adler from Euphoria Hair
Florals and Styling by Trish Carter of Blue Mountains Floral Design
Cinematography by our favourite gents at Anchored Cinema
Ceremony officiated by Gaynor Cobby
Bridal Gown by Wendy Makin
Bridal Shoes by Billini
Bridesmaid dresses by Sheike
Groom and groomsmen suits by Joe Black
Catering by Vanessa from Hangree Catering
Wedding Cake by Love at First Slice
Rings by Carabez Jewellery
Bespoke Furniture by Penny Lane Studio
Bus Hire by Near or Far Bus and Coach

Lauren & Olly | Blue Mountains Wedding

There’s just something about autumnal country weddings that is impossibly charming. Set in the tiny village of Berambing tucked in the Blue Mountains, Lauren and Olly celebrated with their nearest and dearest at the gorgeous Chapel Hill Retreat. We spent the late afternoon exploring the awe-inspiring rolling hills framing the property before stumbling on a glorious carpet of red and golden autumnal leaves. It was late May in Sydney which was a divinely beautiful time to just be still and take it all in before Winter slowly took over: crisp, fresh mountain air, gentle slivers of sunlight dancing across the falling leaves, honestly it was pure Mother Nature magic.

In the past year I had known them, it was hard not to notice what an exceptional young woman Lauren was. Not only was she extremely wise in her outlook in life particularly for someone in their early 20s: she carried herself with this wonderful quiet confidence. There was an ever-present humility and great love she had for her family and friends and this was so clear on the wedding day as she spent most it ensuring that everybody was warm and well looked after. Her calm nature meant everybody simply assumed the usually jovial and cheerful Olly would be the emotional one at the ceremony.

What nobody would anticipate was how everything unfolded as Lauren walked through the doors. Perhaps it was sheaths of golden light streaming through the 200 year old church windows, the faces of her loved ones smiling back at her or a combination of Olly beaming joyfully and the overall enormity of the day that dawned on her. In that moment, Olly was positively glowing with the biggest, happiest grin while the normally composed Lauren was holding back a few tears along with the rest of the room. It is moments like these that make us fall completely back in love with what we do. Decorations and aesthetics bring the styling aspect to life but ultimately, they are literally things: it is the undercurrent of genuine emotion and unguarded sentiment that are honestly what you will recall in your old age and tell your grandchildren in the years to come.

Ceremony held at St John’s Anglican, Wilberforce
Reception at the beautiful Chapel Hill Retreat, Berambing
Hair and make up by the wonderful Rose Mossman from My Addiction Make up
Bridal Gown by Elizabeth De Varga
Rings by James Allen and Kavalri, with earrings by Samantha Wills
Bridesmaid dresses by For Her and for Him
Florals by Lovely Bridal Blooms
Wedding Cake by Meredith Long
Shoes by Windsor Smith and Spurr
Stationary by Olly Hills 

Gaya & Patrick | The Turpentine Tree Wedding

A few months ago, I happily stumbled upon the beautiful Gaya and Pat, whose wedding would become one of the most heartfelt days I’ve documented. As the day progressed, the genuine happiness their guests had for them became undeniably obvious. Many family and friends spoke proudly of the unbridled kindness, generosity and enthusiasm these two had for life. Moreover, it didn’t take long to notice how everyone simply adored Gaya’s irresistibly infectious sense of humour and laughter. You cannot help but be buoyed by this beautiful woman’s fierce love for life and the people around her, especially the deep-seated affection she had for her parents and her new family. 

Gaya had wanted their day to be completely fuss-free, one big party for their beloved families and best friends: the focus was for everyone to be well fed, generously watered and to simply have a wonderful time. An enormous marquee was set up over at the gorgeous grounds of The Turpentine Tree to set the scene for a festival style wedding: food and drinks were flowing, live music tinkling in the background, people chattering excitedly in every corner, bubbling pans of fresh paella passing through the room, a warm balmy breeze falling gently into the evening. 

There are certain weddings that are simply too joyful that they never quite leave you: I hope these images express the sheer gorgeousness that characterised this day and the happiness we have for these two beautiful spirits. 

 

Ceremony held at the wonderful St Gregory’s Church

Afternoon festivities and reception at the utterly gorgeous grounds of The Turpentine Tree

Cinematography by the delightful Light Noise Films

Make up by the wonderful Jo Candelaria

Hair Styling by talented Gemma Nichols

Bridal Gown by Maggie Sottero

Jewellery and rings from Etsy

Bridal bouquets by The Flower Room 

Gaya and her bridesmaids got ready in the morning at Bilpin Springs Lodge

Live Music in the afternoon by One Two Wedding band

Reception Dancefloor music by DJ Trey

Ashley & Daniel | Gunners Barracks, Mosman Wedding

”There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications and just go for it” - Judith McNaught.

I think this quote is so true for this little story unfolding here today. The beautiful Ashley crossed paths with Daniel a few years ago in a place where they were both miles away from home, not necessarily seeking the other but inexplicably being drawn to one another. Despite Daniel leaving quite quickly after for halfway across the world, they both realised that chance meeting wasn’t a mere encounter to dismiss, that it was quite possible they had just met each other's soulmate. From that day on, they fought everything to see one another again, and again and again, until they decided the only thing to do was to make their togetherness permanent culminating in this day unfolding right here. I think there was a brief moment midway through the ceremony where both of them looked out happily to their loved ones, standing side by side, little joyful tears brimming beneath the surface, clutching their handwritten vows that they were about to declare to one another: I doubt neither of them could fathom that chance encounter all those years ago would hold such an enormous impact, propelling them all to that exact moment. This gorgeous Autumnal wedding at the exquisite Gunners Barracks was so beautifully moving especially with both Ashley and Daniel's family flying from all around the world to celebrate the love these two have for one another - I really hope you love this collection as much as do. 

Ceremony and reception at the utterly gorgeous Gunners Barracks, Mosman
Exquisite florals and styling by the unstoppable Miss Fleuriste
Make up by Joanne Bentley Make Up with hair by Maria Wassef Hair
Ceremony officiated by Coral Kortlepel
Bridal gown by Lazaro Bridal
Groom’s suit by Hugo Boss
Wedding cake by Flour and Stone
Entertainment by the ever amazing Grant from Impression DJs