I love what I do so much. To be a part of someone's wedding day is the greatest privilege. For a day I am graciously let into the lives of two people as they begin their journey forward together and for me, it's all about keeping it real- real people, real emotions and real connections. I first met Bec and Mike through Mike's sister Melissa, a bit over a year ago when I was lucky enough to photograph her wedding. Seeing Melissa and Mike and their family again, as well getting to know Bec's family is what it's all about. Making connections, sharing in a part of people's lives- that's what does it for me. As I walked out the door of Bec and Mike's reception at the end of the day I could hear laughter and music behind me, and I smiled to myself, knowing that I had made two new friends that day.
When you meet someone and you just KNOW, whole heartedly, with no hesitation, or doubt, or questioning that standing right here, in front of you is your person, that the odds of meeting, however infinitely small have worked in your favour and delivered you a small miracle.This is Elyse and David. They just knew, it was as simple as that.
You know the story- Boy meets girl only in Kate and David's case the girl met the boy half a world away! Seven years ago expat Kate left Melbourne for a study stint in Germany, in a small town near Berlin. On the dance floor one night she met a rather charming German boy named David, who was also studying.
One of the marvels of life I find is the fact that you never know what's just around the corner. When Kate went over to Germany for just a few months all those years ago the last thing she thought she would find was the love of her life, David (and a truly awesome human being at that if I may say so myself!)
Fast forward seven years and Kate and David said "I do" in a cute ceremony with their families and close friends in Köpenick, a sweet little town east of Berlin. The day was such a huge pleasure to be part of and Kate and David made sure every little aspect on the day was an extension of what they love and value, drawing upon their creative talents and equally talented friends and family.
Kate and David attended a ring making workshop, fashioning each other's wedding rings, Kate created her own bouquet and hand made her beautiful fascinator. David's granny made their wedding cake (with Kate making their cute little cake topper). Kate's dad, a musician played with the Jazz band, Kate's friend back in Australia sewed all the bunting for the day- and the list goes on!
It was such an amazing experience photographing in Berlin and I feel so honoured to have been a special part of Kate and David's day.
This wedding changed me. To be in a part of the country that is so utterly breathtaking and to bare witness to this wedding, I honestly don't feel like I have the words. But I will try.
Kirstel, originally from Townsville, and Scott, originally from Brisbane met when they were both posted to work in Tully, a small sugar cane town near Mission beach in Far North Tropical Queensland. I don't think either Scott or Kirstel could have anticipated how that work posting would have impacted on their lives, but as fate would have it, as it often does, it was meant to be.
Kirstel and Scott both have family scattered along the entire eastern seaboard of Australia and to have everyone celebrating their wedding with them in their breathtaking little part of the country was for them, a way of sharing their love for each other and with their families.
This wedding is incredibly beautiful, not only for it's location but for what it represents. For all the small moments leading up to the day. For the anticipation, the laughter and the love. For the way Scott looked at Kirstel as he made his vows.
Two beautiful souls, deeply in love. It doesn't get much better than that. Gemma and Stu's gorgeous Gum Gully Farm wedding, in Silvan, was such a special day, and being able to witness it was a pleasure. It was so easy spending the day with Gemma and Stu- Stu being laid back and so easy going, while Gemma was one of the sweeting, down to earth people I have had the pleasure of meeting in a long while. It doesn't get better than this- two best friends embarking through life together. Being a part of it was so, so sweet.
Super sweet Melbourne couple Daniel and Gaetano met with me early one foggy morning for their lovebirds portrait session. The session took place at Edithvale Wetlands early one foggy morning. These two are super cute together and were a pleasure to photograph.
2015 started as a blank slate- it was a story, yet to unfold and reveal itself , yet to be written. I wondered about the beautiful people I would meet, the precious memories I would become entwined in.
2015 has been a big year, both professionally and personally. It has been a year for growth and opportunity. I've continued to really push myself creatively, always thinking, what else? What more is there? What can I see? How do I feel? How can I push my craft just that little bit more?
It has as been a year of story telling.
The stories I have been able to tell through my camera lens are as varied as they are beautiful. They are precious, and joyous, and humble and honest. They are loud and giddy and they are quiet and still. And they are all just as they should be- from chance meetings, to being a part of each other's lives since childhood, moving across continents, to almost never meeting at all! Yet here they are, all these beautiful stories of the couples I've had the pleasure of getting to know thought the year.
At the end of it all I look back and think BRING ON 2016! If 2015 has been anything to go by it will be epic and unpredictable, and everything will be just as it's meant to be. It's yet to be written, and that, is the best part of it.
Being residents of the area, Jocelyn and Ed held their relaxed bayside St Kilda Wedding in their home suburb. I really enjoyed photographing these two love birds, they were both a pleasure to work with. Leading up to the ceremony both Ed and Jocelyn were remarkably relaxed- and this set the tone for the day. The weather was a little challenging, the first really hot day for the season followed by one of Melbourne's (very windy!) infamous cool changes, but Jocelyn and Ed took it all in their stride and didn't let it affect them. And this is what it is all about- two beautiful souls, in love, on their wedding day- and nothing can take away from that!
Chiara and Kirby. Two beautiful souls,who laughed and smiled their way through their wedding day, surrounded by their friends and family. It doesn’t get much sweet than that. This wedding was such a joy to be a part of, I’ll let the images do the talking!
This is what it's all about. "Wedding season"as it's known in the industry is winding down and I couldn't think of a better way to end it than being able to spend the day with Alena and Rick. These two were such a pleasure to be around, to be honest I had been looking forward to their wedding from the moment I met Alena. And what a day- we were drenched in golden Autumn light at Glen Erin at Lancefield as I took it all in. This is my job. I'm living my dream. I get to spend my weekends with awesome people celebrating with them one of the best day's of their lives- and it doesn't get much better that.
I always get so excited when I first meet a couple before their wedding. When I first met Fern and Paul it was their warmth and constant smiles, at each other, at the thought of their upcoming wedding day, that made me feel drawn towards them. A year passed, and soon enough their wedding day was upon them. I thought back to that first meeting with them, and had a fair idea of how their Yering Station wedding day would go.
Fern and Paul laughed, and danced, and smiled their whole day through. At one point, during their location photo I had asked them to take a moment to focus on each other, and in doing so began to practise for their first dance. This moment pretty much summed up their whole day. So sweet, so special, and such a beautiful day to be a part of.