Marianne & John | Melbourne

As you might have seen recently, a photo of mine has graced the front cover of the Australian bridal magazine White. This is quite a big deal for me. A milestone reached in a relatively short career. I had submitted photos for their cover before, but considering it is a very particular image that has to be the face of the magazine, I never made the cut. Until that is, Marianne and John serendipitously came into my life.

When Marianne first contacted me, she mentioned that I was the only photographer she had looked at. This flattering remark is what I dream of hearing from all my clients. Love at first sight and all that. But when she began to describe the details of her intimate Melbourne wedding I knew I had to shoot this wedding. What ever it took.

The thing that makes Marianne and John stand out from the crowd, is their unique sense of style. John’s suave European cut and Marianne’s old Hollywood glamour, make them the photographer’s dream couple. In fact, many people have asked me whether these two are models doing a ‘styled’ shoot. It is hard to convince people otherwise. Marianne is extremely comfortable in front of the camera, and for good reason. Her hubby has the lucky job of taking snaps of her for her blog Esme and the Laneway, a vintage inspired meditation on the things Marianne loves most, Fashion (vintage), beauty, make-up, books and good living. If you like what you see here make sure you check her out HERE.

White Magazine snapped these photos up as soon as they saw them, and made us promise that we would keep them secret until the magazine was released. Well, no more hiding this beautiful wedding. It is all yours to devour!

Metronomy – ‘The Look

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Vale Natalie

I first met Natalie and Tim late last year for an engagement shoot in Coolum. It was the perfect day for shooting and they were the perfect couple to shoot – young and in love. The session was going well, they were pretty adorable and didn’t put up a fight. An hour into it, Natalie disclosed her truly shocking story of having fought an aggressive form of adrenal cancer for the past two years. I was speechless. My ignorance was exposed of how little I knew of this mystifying disease. All I kept thinking was ‘how can a 22 year old woman in the prime of her life develop such a serious form of cancer’?
That question remained unanswered, but what was blatantly obvious was how comfortable and undisturbed Natalie was, talking about her battle with the life threatening disease. At the time it was in remission. But she still had to live with the fact that it could return. Natalie was not going to let this get in the way of her living the life that a young passionate woman should.

Come January and I get to meet them both again. This time it was the day of their wedding. A marquee wedding in the front yard of Natalie’s parents’ house in Toowoomba. Once again, it was completely effortless photographing Natalie and Tim together. I’ve never seen such a gentle and adoring affection between two souls. The way Tim would look at Natalie was very endearing, but at the same time somewhat revealing. I could sense a deeper longing in his eyes. The look that wants to hold on forever. A quiet synergy that spoke of something unspeakable, yet was not given any attention on this day of happiness and celebration.

I am not sure how long it was after their wedding, maybe a few weeks, that I received the news from Natalie’s parents that her health was declining, fast. I put everything aside to make sure that their photos were ready and sent them express. Then there was the album, which had to be ordered from the US. Time was not on their side, yet I was told that Natalie was a fighter and she would hold on until she was able to receive the album. Everything arrived on time and I was happy about that. I can only imagine what those albums, those photos, would now mean to Tim and Natalie’s family. I can only imagine, because I have never experienced losing someone so close. I feel for Tim, as a husband, losing his wife and soul mate. And I feel for Natalie’s parents, as a parent myself, losing a child. This is unthinkable, and I choose to do just that whenever I ponder down that path.

At the conclusion of this post, I wish to convey my deepest respect to a woman who lost her fight to the biggest killer of all. I only knew her for a brief moment of her life. But it was a moment in one’s life that we would all want to be remembered by. The day of our wedding and a casual stroll on the beach with the man of her dreams. I saw her with all her strength and all her beauty. But what I remember her most of all by, was her kindness and wisdom. An erudition that can only come from enduring something that no one else has. An experience that gave her more wisdom in her 22 years than most people ever gain in 80.

Vale Natalie. I feel honoured to have been the one to paint the vision of you and your soul onto film. May that now live on forever.

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Louise & Stephan’s back yard wedding

There was no way in the world that I wasn’t going to shoot this wedding. The reason being is that these two have been close friends of mine since high school and I couldn’t just let any old photographer take on such a personal job.
Not only have we been friends since high school, but these guys have been together since high school – I had to count the years but I think it is around 17!! That is incredible!

I wasn’t really prepared for the flood of emotion that swept through me during this day. I thought I had my shit together, having seen countless ceremonies in my time. But when it is this close, you start to really listen to the promises they are making to each other. You start to find yourself investing in theses words, feeling a familial responsibility to make sure that these vows are upheld through the strong connection that ties us all. All of a sudden my heart exploded and I gained yet another insight into the significance of such a ceremony.

To wed is to share. Having been married, and having seen an abundance of weddings, I always come to the same conclusion when philosophising on the meaning of a wedding. And that is to share love between family and friends.It’s quite simple really. But of course, you only do it once, so why not make this declaration an extravagant spectacular that treats your guest’s to a night they won’t forget?

That’s what Lou and Steph did.

Valerie June – “Rain Dance”

 

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Kayla & Matt | Broken Head | NSW

I’ve realised recently that I am not a very good blogger. Well, I could be, because all that is really needed  is more regular updates. That is how the blog is different, it is a constant feed of new content. I think I am using this site more like a ‘website’ than a blog. I see it as my portfolio, set in blog format.

I like the blog format. I like the way it flows and how you don’t have to painfully open up each photo individually. I guess where I’m getting  with this, is that I will endeavour to blog more this year. I have over 40 weddings booked so there is no excuse not to share the love.

So I’ll begin my new found blogging endeavour by sharing this beautiful little wedding, shot recently in Northern NSW.

Kayla & Matt are a very endearing couple. It was pretty obvious to me that from the first moment they laid eyes on each other, a pact was formed between them that infused them together for the day. Cocooned in each others thoughts, they floated through the day barely registering that the world outside their bubble existed. Even though that world was entirely devoted to celebrating such a union.

A small and simple wedding, that had all the right ingredients needed to make a feast for the senses.

Beach House ‘Real Love’

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2013… Retrospective

On the last day of the year I found it only fitting to create a retrospective of the year that has just passed. A year that saw me travelling the countryside, being invited into the lives of relative strangers to document and take part in the most enchanting ceremonies of our time. What an amazing privilege it’s been.

To look back over these images I can only say that I have one of the best jobs in the world. Not only do I get to travel to breathtaking locations, but I am lucky enough to photograph people enjoying the best day of their lives, sharing that day with the one person they can not live without.

Until getting married myself this year, I had NO idea how powerfully that day can change the very core of who you are. It is more than just a ceremony and a big party.. It is a rite of passage that declares your commitment to devoting yourself to something bigger than yourself.. that is Love.. and Life.. and all that forever stuff.

Kurt Vile – ‘Blackberry Song’

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