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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

Amy & Billy // South Coast Wedding

One of the greatest joys of this work is photographing people we carry a very big genuine affection for. Amy and Billy both possess such a good-natured ability to put everyone around them at ease and their welcoming and warm disposition set the tone for a truly gorgeous wedding day down in the NSW South Coast region. Billy in particular, would automatically light up whenever the beautiful Amy was around and the unique love they shared for one another was honestly incredibly moving. Their wedding ceremony began with Amy's veil attaching itself to the wooden flooring momentarily which set her and other guests off into a collective fit of giggles. Billy meanwhile, was trying to keep his emotions in check and his reaction to his high school sweetheart coming down the aisle was probably one of the greatest highlights of the day. I hope you love this collection of images as much as we have loved creating them. 

Ceremony and Reception held at the gorgeous grounds of Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Cinematography by the terrific gentlemen over at Anchored Cinema.

Planning & Styling by Tahlula's Event Hire

Florals by Flower Bud & Co

Make up by Stephanie Askew.

Hair by the lovely Paula from Fabulous Hair Up. 

Ceremony officiated Kerry Gentles. 

Stationary and lettering by Melinda Alice Kierre. 

Bridal gown by Two Birds Bridal with bridesmaid dresses by White Runway

Groom and groomsmen suits by Peter Jackson

Wedding cake by Delaney's Cakes

Ceremony music by Beth Gleeson. 

Anna & James // Watsons Bay Wedding

Anna and James’ wedding fell on the prettiest Autumn days we had come across in a while and served as the perfect backdrop to their gorgeous Watsons Bay wedding. 

The ceremony was held at the incredibly beautiful Dunbar House, right under the gorgeous fig tree. Hannah from True Vine Florist was brought in to weave her floral magic and filled the gorgeous Dunbar House with an abundance of wild rustic florals, a theme that was carried over to Anna’s bridal bouquet with additional styling details from Ashdown and Bee and Rustic Character adorning the space with a beautiful palette of soft creams and muted colours. 

Wedding Ceremony and Reception held at the lovely Dunbar House

Ceremony officiated by Joyce Li

Hair and Make up by Martha Mok

Florals by True Vine Florist

Videography by Lightheart Films

Anna’s beautiful bridal gown by Karen Willis Holmes

Shoes by Shoes of Prey

Suits by Institchu

Rings by Arman’s Fine Jewellery

Wedding Cake by Cake Atelier

Ceremony music by Jasmine Strings with Reception entertainment by XYDJ

Styling and signage by Ashdown and Bee with drinks stand by Rustic Character

Ceremony stationary by Design by Leonard

Limousine by Wedding Cars of Distinction

Bridal first dance choreography by Julie Gunn from Ceroc and Modern Jive

Leisa & Dan // Goulburn Wedding

This wedding: it can only be described as simply one of the most magical days ever. About a year ago, I opened up the most polite, heartfelt email from a young woman named Leisa who lived on a beautiful, expansive property in the country with her fiance Dan and their pet pugs. The note went onto describe her idea to have a small and cozy wedding of around 30-40 guests as they wanted a relaxed, truly intimate day to celebrate with their closest friends and friends. 

Throughout the subsequent months we chatted earnestly about everything from styling details, bridal beauty, interspersed with snippets of daily life. It was so wondrous to observe the humble yet effervescent, cheerful approach these two adopted for their day. What was so important to them was that they had found one another amidst this great big world and that they were able to share that happiness that with their loved ones at their cherished home.  

As a bride, Leisa was a vision but it was her innate generosity, warmth and gentle nature towards everyone she came across that truly made her a joy to be around. After their ceremony (where very few left with a dry eye), we jumped into their ute and travelled to different parts of their property so they could have some bridal portraits featuring their home as the backdrop, before settling down on an enormous golden expanse of land. The sun began setting and that was when the magic started. Within a few minutes, radiant sheaths of light burst through the clouds and bathed the entire field in an ethereal glow. I looked down to the centre where Leisa and Dan were and laughed as they were so captivated with one another, the gorgeous scenery secondary to everything else. The thing with documenting weddings is that it allows us to witness unguarded emotion like this. Seeing how happy these two were made me think that perhaps this is what life’s about: you and your other half, surrounded by the splendour of Mama Nature, loved ones safe and happy tucked around the corner, it doesn’t really get better than that. 

I am so deeply proud of these two beautiful people and I hope you love this collection as much as we have loved creating it. 

 

Wedding Ceremony and Reception held at the bride and groom’s private property.

Hair and Make up by Diana Cheetham Hair and Make up

Florals by bride

Leisa’s incredible bridal gown by Matina Liana, purchased from Fashions by Farina.

Shoes by Sol Sana

Rings by Arnold and Co Jewellers with Engagement Ring designed by the groom while in New York.

Suits by Sam Catanzariti

Catering by The Chef & I

Styling by bride and Sweet Vincent Design

Marquee by Event Marquees Sydney

Lauren & Justin // Montrose Berry Farm Wedding

Lauren and Justin’s wedding day fell on the hottest day this summer, with a searing 42 degree heatwave that fell over the Southern Highlands and Bowral region. Nonetheless, their beloved family and friends all travelled in from near and far and took the opportunity to party late with the beautifully relaxed bride and groom into the balmy summer evening.

Ceremony and Reception were held on the beautiful grounds of Montrose Berry Farm, with their wedding ceremony celebrated by Pastor Marty Telfar. 
Lauren’s breathtakingly beautiful florals and ceremony arch by An Affair with George.
Make up by the wonderful Yvette and her team from Ethix Make up Beauty & Styling, with bridal and bridesmaids’ hair by Sensoria

Lauren and her bridesmaids got ready at Kirkham Manor.
Justin and his groomsmen got ready at Hawthorn Barton.
Ceremony and reception music by the wonderful Anna Kei & The Sons.
Catering by the exceptional Chef in your Kitchen