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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

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

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 

Georgia & Tim | Jonah's Whale Beach Wedding

These two met when they were 14. Tim arrived at school one day and announced that he had a girlfriend - according to his best man, not one person believed him given they had never seen him speak to a girl. Georgia and Tim’s wedding had been a long time coming: I can’t express how grateful I am to have documented their day and they represent such a strong reminder to hug your loved ones close and love unconditionally with all your might. These two have weathered life’s toughest challenges, flanked by their brave families and more recently graced with the birth of their precious (and hilarious) little girl Olivia. I don’t think there are many people who will escape life’s heartbreak and without really understanding why they exist, often I feel they are there to test and shape us: in the end, you either harden with bitterness or blossom with more love to wrap yourself and your loved ones within. I think it’s more than obvious these two picked the latter and since the day I met them I am so inspired by the warmth, care, sincere concern and consideration they show to everyone they meet.  There are so many things about this wedding that will be imprinted deeply into my little compartment of happy memories:

  • Georgia and Tim's simple and pure love for one another and for their baby, including her during their ceremony and presenting her (along with their rings to each other) with a beautiful bespoke crystal to represent their steadfast love for her for the rest of her life.
  • Olivia – you cannot help but fall completely in love with this vivacious and hilarious little girl. I’m not sure if she had any idea of what was going but it has been such a delight working through this collection and seeing her curious little face pop up here and there as she tried ardently to participate through the day, including helping her mama with her wedding shoes and walking nonchalantly through her parents’ portraits.
  • Their mischievous and hilarious bridal party – if you look closely there’s a moment where Tim’s best man decides to pull out his prosthetic front tooth without notice causing everyone to break off into peals of laughter.
  • The way Tim looked at Georgia when they first saw one another and then again during their first dance as he held her close.  
  • The insanely beautiful surrounds of Jonah’s Whale Beach – if you scroll down to around their ceremony you will know how I mean.

This is one of those jobs where there’s no choice: all in, all heart or nothing. And sometimes Life places the most incredible people and the most heartwarming love stories in our path. I hope you love this collection as much as we do and are inspired to keep loving: keep reminding your loved ones of that love and to never be surprised when incredible wonderful things are achieved by that same love. To this fiercely beautiful woman and mama bear: we are beyond proud of you Mr and Mrs Bennetts and little Olivia. 

 

 

Ash & John | Hunter Valley Wedding

This post is probably one of the more difficult ones I’ve put together, namely because it’s impossible to do the beautiful Fiona Kerr and her wonderful family proper justice.

No bride should really ever have to plan her wedding and watch a parent battle a rare cancer that turned aggressive overnight, but this was what Ash did this year. This girl is probably one of the most spectacular women I’ve ever come across and the army of friends and family who swarmed her and John with unrelenting love and support was testament to the sincere and spirited humans these two were.    

Ash first wrote in a year ago, incredibly excited for the festival style country wedding, complete with teepees and alpacas scheduled to take place in Spring. The plans started to fall into place and hearing the flurry of excitement over our various email exchanges was so incredibly lovely.

One winter morning, we received an email about Ash’s mother who had been undergoing cancer treatment the past year. Fiona’s condition had taken a sharp decline the past month and doctors were unsure if she would be able to make the wedding which was 3 months away. A small, intimate ceremony was hurriedly put together to ensure Fiona would be able to witness her youngest daughter wed the big love of her life. The plan at the time was to hold the Spring wedding afterwards, with the hope Fiona would be well to celebrate alongside their wider circle of family and friends.

This wedding, constructed in a week and attended by a handful of family and close friends, became one of the most important things we’ve ever documented: photographing our exquisite Ash exchanging vows with John, the joining of the Kerr and Romeo families, but most importantly, recording the legacy of a mother, so full of determination and fight in her to ensure she would be there for her daughter on the day.