Expert tips and advice for rain on your wedding day.
Sam and Jess' sweet backyard ceremony
So. Much. Love.
Lauren and Ross' laid back Fitzroy Wedding
The rain was already coming in hard and sideways as I headed into Fitzroy for Lauren and Ross' local wedding. An unprecedented rain event. A once in a generation downpour- that was the forecast for their day.
Just the day before their wedding, on a warm and clear December's afternoon I was walking along Brunswick Street, eyeing off cute little indoor spaces and approaching local businesses, asking them if we could photograph in their spaces, should the weather predictions prove true.
Lauren and Ross were Fitzroy locals, and had planned their entire wedding just streets away from their unit.
When I approached the local businesses in the area and explained the situation they were more than happy to help out a couple of locals on their wedding day- talk about community spirit!
Lauren and Ross, umbrellas in hand, ducked and weaved and laughed their way though the rain-soaked laneways of Fitzroy, and into the warmth and comfort of their local coffee shop, where we took some time out to just take in the day. Smells of coffee and cinnamon surrounded us as Lauren and Ross smiled and laughed together quietly.
In the weeks that followed we joked about the rain over a slow lunch, and yet more coffee, as Lauren and Ross relived their day, browsing through their images for the first time.
"The rain was perfect Dee," I recall Lauren telling me, "And we just put our trust and faith in you because we could tell you had our back and were all over it. And we wouldn't have had it any other way. It was just perfect"
Their day is also featured on Ivory Tribe, you can see more of their day here.
kate and damien's sweet engagement session
With their gorgeous doggies in tow
Sweet. Loved up. All the good stuff. This is Kate and Damien with the beautiful little doggies Maggie and Angus at my local beach in Seaford, just last night. Oh, and happy Valentine's Day to all the lovers today!
Michelle and Kav's Gum Gully Farm Wedding
These two were lucky enough to have two wedding ceremonies.If you want to have a look at their first day you can view it here.
This is day two of Michelle and Kav's ceremonies, at the lovely Gum Gully Farm in Silvan, east of Melbourne. The love these two have for each other is so, so evident. The way Michelle looked at Kav was so very beautiful to witness. Here is their story
2017 Year in Review
I've been sitting for an hour, not even sure where to start with this one, 2017 has been epic, both personally and professionally. If someone had told me a year ago all the things that were going to happen during the following 12 months I probably would have scoffed in their face at the thought of it all. I want to write about ten thousand fleeting little moments, and how they have all touched me personally as well as shaped my business.
Here though, are the big things that I keep coming back to.
COMFORT ZONES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN.
Boom. Imagine what we could achieve if we weren't afraid of failing? What if we leaned into all those moments that are hard and make us feel uneasy? Don't get me wrong- fear is normal, it's proof that we are human and of our innate vulnerability. It's what we do with it that makes all the difference. I've seen in my own life over the last couple of years that every time I've been pushed way beyond my own limits of comfort, if I can just lean into it and embrace it only good has come from it all. Take risks. Fail. Just do it. Really. I mean this so very, very much. PS- I'm now also working on Bonavita full time- woohoo!!
AUTHENTICITY CREATES CONNECTION.
When we act from a position of authenticity I really believe that everything else just falls into place. We all feel joy, and love, and elation, and loss and uncertainty and pain. When we recognise that all our stories are both unique to us as well as part of a collective much larger than ourselves connection becomes much more innate. Connection and authenticity forms the basis of how I run Bonavita as well as live my own life. I'm in this with all my heart.
PEOPLE ARE INNATELY GOOD.
If witnessing so many beautiful days full of happy tears, whole belly laughs and families coming together in celebration weren't proof of this enough, one little word "YES" topped it all off! This is still sinking in to be honest, that my family and my friends can now legally share their love with the world! The vote was hard, but the outcome so very very beautiful. A public display of support for all my fellow LGBTQIA+ friends. Thank you Australia, because love really is love.
What will 2018 hold? I can't tell you as it's yet to be written- what I can tell you through is that I'm SO SO excited for the next 12 months and all that lies ahead. Bring it on!!