Amy & Dan | St Andrews Market Engagement Photography

When Amy and Dan arrived to discuss their wedding photography and I saw her floral Doc Martins, I knew we’d get along.  I had the same beloved Doc’s in a different colour.  When they left (after chatting for two hours) I said to Alex, “If they don’t hire us to shoot their wedding, I hope they invite us!”  Amy and Dan are one of those couples who just ooze romance, love and fun.  Whilst we chatted at our meeting they mentioned their favorite place to go on the weekends was the St Andrews Market and describing it I exclaimed what an awesome place for their pre-wedding shoot that would be.  So there we went!  They brought along Dan’s other ‘baby’ – his awesome vintage car.  The sun was shining, it was  stunning Spring day and all round it was a fun morning full of laughs.  Cannot wait for their wedding this coming November, I can tell it’s going to be something pretty epic:)

Kellie & Neil | St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

Words – the beautiful bride herself xx

Neil and I (and my then puppy chaperone Frankie) met through RSVP and hit it off straightaway. Frankie approved of Neil too – which made it even better! We had been together a year and knew we were going to get married. When my birthday arrived, I was disappointed that Neil didn’t propose. As it turned out, 3 days later he took me to Hellenic Republic for my birthday and popped the question. We were elated – the newly engaged period is just one giant bubble of happiness and love. We are the type of couple that believe that life should be fun (most of the time). We are spontaneous, laid back and tend to just go with the flow.

We love “our children”. We have a little girl called “Poppy” and she is a Maltese- shit zhu and “Frankie” who is a cavoodle. We do just about everything with our fur babies, including dining out, going to the park and playing on the slide (yep – we love our dogs! ). This is why it was vital that Frankie and Poppy played such a huge part of our wedding day.

We loved the simplicity of our wedding which was totally low fuss. In preparing for our wedding, we got caught in the complexities of preparing a wedding and it got so out of hand for us, that we realised it wasn’t what we really wanted. We believed that our impending marriage was about us and the love and life that we share. So this led us to the decision to elope. We asked Gemma and Alex if they could witness our vows as well as be our photographers. We were elated when they accepted. On our wedding day, Neil, Alex, Gemma, Lee (our make up and hair pro), Frankie, Poppy and I had a ball in getting ready in the morning. While I was being glammed up, Neil had some jazz tunes playing. We were feasting on eggs and bacon to keep our bellies happy. Gemma was wiring up the flowers in preparing my gorgeous bouquet- all the while we were joking around and having a barrel of laughs. My beautiful friend Krysti popped by and dressed me – I’m so glad she was there, it was lovely to have such love and happiness in our home on our special day. We had such a lovely time that morning, that we were an hour late for our wedding!

Even though we were feeling stressed driving from Doreen to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, we still had a bit of fun. It was funny when the locals were staring at us as we collected our balloons. I recall on the drive feeling really bad for our celebrant, I had to break that feeling some how, so we ended up singing in the car to “bootylicious” and “say my name” by Destiny’s child. When we got to the gardens, we eventually found a park – our trip to the rose garden was entertaining. I was struggling in my high heels and wrangling two dogs. Neil had the chairs and signing table to manage (of which he dropped due to nerves!).

So by the time we met our forgiving celebrant, Andrew Redman (an absolute star on our day) saw that we were anxious, he calmed us down and reminded us why we were there and that all was ok. We all breathed a sigh of relief. A little girl of probably about 3-4 years of age stopped by the rotunda with her dad. She was staring at me wide eyed and beaming as though she was looking at a sparkly princess. She held her hands together and beamed a distinguishable “CONGRATULATIONS!” That memory I will always hold close, it was just so beautiful. She really made me feel beautiful. We then proceeded to our ceremony. Whilst reading the vows we had written and being declared husband and wife, there were tears of pure happiness and joy.

We had a fabulous afternoon – I finally learned that posing for photos is actually hard work lol. It was fantastic having Gemma and Alex there. They are both so relaxed and fun to be around, that it was literally, a gorgeous sunny afternoon of hanging out with our friends, fur babies and taking pictures. Gemma and Alex are just so easy to relate to and this makes the world of a difference, because it meant that we could actually enjoy having our pictures taken, we could be ourselves and have fun rather than be stressed out running to a tight schedule.
We headed out our way afterwards and had a lovely lunch at our local restaurant. If we thought the morning was fun, it really kicked off here! The food, champagne and company were fantastic. We were so full that we couldn’t even have dessert!

Afterwards, we headed off to our local hilltop park which overlooks the horizon of our semi- rural suburb, Doreen. Just in time for the sunset, we took some lovely pictures in our beautiful hometown. To top that off, we had a play on the playground equipment and some photos of that too!

We then headed home and popped a bottle of verve cliquot and munched on a wicked combination of chocolates, lollies, cheese, dip, wine and sparkles. It was really funny when Gemma and Alex came up with the idea of hanging out “just hitched” bunting on our front porch. They took a funny photo of us imitating our dogs at our front window! Our neighbours popped around and we celebrated over more wine. We kept the bunting on our porch for 2 weeks and were congratulated by many over those 2 weeks.

We had such a memorable day full of beauty, love, friendship and joy. We are ever so thankful for our friends, Gemma and Alex and our celebrant Andrew Redman for being involved with our wedding. Gemma did such a beautiful job with our flowers – thank you so much! We thank the team at Anna Campbell for my beautiful dress, the local surf shop for my Haviannas, spotlight for our yellow car ribbon and the puppy couture team for Frankie’s bow tie and Poppy’s dress. We thank Shannen from Artistic Blooms for our big balloons and Donna and Paul from Appret Cafe for our awesome brekkie. Thank you Krysti for dressing me and crying for me, Thank you Kate, Ollie, Susan and Holly for popping by our place. We cannot speak highly enough of all involved, it would not have been such a memorable day if it hadn’t been for you.

I asked Gemma to be our photographer within days of being engaged. There was no way we were going to get married without Gemma there. Gemma is not only a kindered spirit, but she has an eye for not only capturing photos, but memories, moments and emotions. Through her photography, she knows how to tell the story and capture the finer details that mean so much to make your wedding day so special. She also does an amazing job with wedding bouquets and flowers. Working alongside Alex, you have the benefit of two of the most creative, spontaneous, personable and fun photographers. So for what you have done for us Gemma and Alex – we cannot thank you enough!

 

From Alex & I, MASSIVE congratulations!!  It was an amazing day and such an honour to be a part of this new chapter in your lives.  Lots of love xx

Liz - WOW, love all of these. They look so so happy x

Michelle Dupont - Absolutely stunning Gem! You rocked it – totally!

Peta - Such a beautiful and fun session. Just stunning. I can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

Pam Bradford - Beautiful work Gem, perfect.

Sarah - Oh my that dress is so stunning! What a gorgeous day and so beautifully captured in these images.

Amanda Keeys - Gorgeous as always!! Bride looks STUNNING.

Ryan & Sarah – Edmonton, Canada Wedding Photography

 

“Ryan and I had both just returned from living in British Columbia (I was actually just home for a vacation) and we met at the local karaoke bar through a few of my longtime friends who hosted karaoke there. We spent nearly a year as just friends until Ryan asked me out on Valentine’s Day and we had our first of many French Onion Soup at the Keg dates”

It’s a little after this that I met Ryan & Sarah, in England at the start of 3 weektrip.  We did a 6 day tour together and instantly became friends.  After parting I decided to jump on a British Airways flight and met up with them again in Amsterdam.  On the first day there, I won my first ever AIPP APPA  Award.  That evening celebrating, Ryan asked me, “You’ll photograph our wedding yeah?”

(Ryan and Sarah on the way up the Eiffel Tower in Paris)

“What!? ” I exclaimed… “Are you proposing while your here??!”

“No…” he said, looking rather shocked.  “I’m never getting married…  But you will photograph our wedding yeah?!”

“We were treated to a trip to Cabo San Lukas in Mexico by Ryan’s parents who were celebrating their 20th anniversary and brought his whole family along. On our one date night away from the resort we went to a really nice Mexican restaurant with a live mariachi band. Without my knowledge Ryan had spoken to the band and got them to come over to our table and play Besame Mucho, which was once covered by the Beatles.

 

While they were playing and singing, Ryan got down on one knee and proposed. The table next to us was a local Cabo San Lucas family and they had taken pictures of the proposal and emailed them over to me later that evening.”  And I even have some of those images for you;)

So off I went on a big jet plane, to make the big journey to Edmonton, Canada.  I honestly wish I’d been there for much longer, but alas, it was only five days.  I had the most amazing time, meeting family and friends, and being part of the lead up to their special day.

“Our wedding day was amazing! We couldn’t have asked for better weather for an outdoor ceremony. And the ceremony was brilliant. It wasn’t too long or traditional. I love that I’d found a clarinet/marimba team that was willing to play Hey Ocean for us, a Canadian band from Vancouver, and one of both Ryan and my favourites. I enjoyed turning a few traditions on heads by eating appetizers with the rest of the wedding guests chatting on the balcony and I would wear my wedding dress every day if I could. It was super comfortable and looked stunning. Trees/nature was our wedding theme and teal and bronze the colours.”

I would say a special thanks to everyone who helped us prepare for the wedding, especially our parents and wedding party.”  Sarah.

Congratulations Ryan & Sarah, what a wonderful day, miss you all!! x

 

 

Sarah’s Dress – Bridal Debut

Ryan’s kilt – Variety of on-line stores

Wedding coordinator – Marcus Hoople

Limo driver – Gene of Limousine1.ca (he was a brilliant vendor who went above and beyond consistently.)

Flowers - flowersbymerle.com

Cake – Jacqueline at Cake Affair.

Ceremony clarinetist – Stephanie Geary

Ceremony – Botanical Gardens, University of Alberta

Reception – Royal Glenora Club

Lady Fran W - Beautiful memories. It looks like it was a gorgeous day in a lovely spot. Such emotive images. You capture the story so well Gem. xo

Werribee Mansion Wedding Photography | Sarah & Jay

Jay and Sarah met on a crisp autumn evening in 2010 at a dinner organised by Jay’s now sister in law Jillian and his brother Jay Vern.  During the night the romanced blossomed and Jay sneakily persuaded Sarah to give him her contact details, claiming that he wanted her input for an upcoming best man’s speech that he was giving at Jillian and Jay’s Vern’s wedding.  He asked her on a date the next day and the rest is history!

Three years later Jay surprised Sarah with a trip to Hamilton Island.  On the first evening they went for a walk along Catseye beach where Sarah found a half buried ‘message in a bottle’.  As she started reading the message which was from Jay, he dropped to one knee and proposed.  The romance followed with a private dinner on the beach.

It’s no surprise that their wedding day was classic, romantic and beautiful.  With the gorgeous Werribee Mansion as a stunning backdrop, fitting their day beautifully.  The sacred Chinese Tea Ceremony symbolised respect to older generations and acceptance into the family.  The tempo changed as celebrations spilled on into the Grand Ballroom.  Up until then, everything had gone totally to plan, when suddenly the DJ stopped the music to inform us we had to evacuate outside due to the fire department investigating.  Thankfully there was no fire (rather the use of a smoke machine elsewhere!), and the party continued!  Sarah & Jay are now settling into their new life in Trinidad where they have been re-located with work.

Congratulations Sarah & Jay, such a wonderful to be a part of!  xx

(excuse the Iphone image, we gathered all the important items such as memory cards / laptops, anything with wedding images on it, rather than the cameras! You just never know when there’s evacuations!)

You can view the beautiful Video of Sarah & Jay’s wedding HERE

Sarah & Jay’s Wedding Team

Bride’s Dress: La Sposa

Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmermann

Groom’s Suit: Lords Tailor

Make up/Hair: Vivian Ashworth

Flowers: One Day Your Way

Stylist: One Day Your Way

Cake: Cake Face

Videographer: Anthony C2 Video

Celebrant: Lynton Round

 

Jen & Brad | Bram Leigh Wedding Photography Melbourne

What can I say?  The GORGEOUS Jen & Brad…. sigh;)

I met Jen about 3 years ago when she sang at my brother’s wedding.  A surprise from my beautiful sister-in-law to her new husband instead of a speech.  Jen brought the house down.  (And I still get teary whenever I hear that Keith Urban song, although Jen sang it better!)

When Jen & Brad announced their engagement I think everyone squealed in delight!  I know I did!

Joining them on their wedding journey has been so much fun.  Alex took to his video camera once more, and I got my awesome photography buddy Mandy to help me on the day.  It was like one big happy family:)

Their wedding day was amazing.  I can’t tell you how full of love, adoration, joyful tears and (of course) fun it was.  From start to finish, it was just a day to remember.  From the bee getting symbolically trapped in Jen’s dress, to the look in Brad’s eyes every mili-second he looked at his new bride, to the party at the reception – with instruments for the guests to play along with the band!

Congratulations my beautiful friends, a wedding I’ll never, ever forget xx

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