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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

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. 

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

Christina & Derek | The Tea Room, QVB Sydney

A few of my favourite things about this wedding:
1. The relentless hum of excitement and infectious giggles surrounding Christina and her merry group of sisters who lovingly cheered her through every step of her big day. I have one baby sister and can’t imagine what it would be like to multiply that bond by four times - the beautiful bond these girls shared were simply too gorgeous for words.

2. Christina’s beautifully relaxed spirit and gentle humour amidst the flurry of unforeseen circumstances taking place in the City of Sydney on the day, causing her groom to be momentarily stuck in an underground carpark en route to the wedding (she laughed it off in the morning, citing that the boys would work it out - which they did in the end). 

3. The florals: oh what a glorious palette of creams, light peaches and pinks mixed with deep burgundies and wine reds Trille Floral crafted for Christina. Go check out this talented soul's beautiful Instagram account for divinely beautiful floral inspiration, her creations are on another level.

4. The understatedly beautiful interiors: Christina and Derek’s ceremony and reception were held in the ballroom at The Tea Room QVB. Maybe I am a little biased as we were married here a few years back, but there is so much loveliness in this place with its old world beauty and charm right in the heart of the City of Sydney, highlighted by touches of gold and cream and adorned with the elegant palatial ceilings and Baccarat crystal chandeliers.

5. The overwhelming love and tremendous joy surrounding these two beautiful people. Christina and Derek opted for an intimate party made up of their closest family and friends, and you could not help but notice how the entire room virtually glowed with happiness for Derek as he witnessed his bride walking down the aisle.

There were simply too many things that were so incredible about this delightfully joyous and gorgeously styled day: you are warmly welcome to come sit down and take a moment to enjoy this latest collection of images, I sincerely hope you love them as much as I do.

Ceremony and Reception at the classically beautiful The Tea Room, QVB
Make up and Hair by the wonderful Martha and Carol from D’Makeup Station
Glorious Florals by Cara Fitch of Trille Floral
Ceremony officiated by Lena Yeomans
Bridal Gown by Lisa Gowing
Bridal Shoes by Nine West
Bridesmaid Dresses from Forcast
Groom and Groomsmen suits by MJ Bale
Wedding Cake by All Things Sweet by Carissa
Music and Entertainment by Arthur Chan, the Groom’s Brother