From Peterborough to the Adelaide Hills, this wedding season has been one of extreme contrast from one wedding to the next. It's why I love this job! One week I'm in near outback S.A. and the next, I'm atop Mount Lofty in that gorgeous morning mist meeting once again with a bride and her husband to be.
Once again, my fiancé Howie was by my side as my second shooter for the day. He spent the morning with Adam and his brother capturing all those precious pre ceremony moments before meeting me later in the day when the bride and groom would see each other for the first time.
Adam and Kassie came to me last year to ask me to photograph their April wedding at Mount Lofty House this year. Since then, I've got to know a little bit about each of them and one thing I can say for sure is that they may well be one of the most relaxed and easy-going couples around. Nothing could dampen the mood on the day of their wedding, not even the few light showers that were delivered on the day! With the rain seemingly settled in to stay, the ceremony was moved indoors to the Coach House, which made for a beautifully intimate ceremony.
The entire day had this incredibly relaxed and humble vibe to it. Which I'm sure was just an extension of the awesome people that Adam and Kassie have attracted into their lives. Somewhat understated but exquisitely and beautifully styled, their wedding day was an event I certainly wont be forgetting in a hurry! Just as the ceremony finished up the rain became nothing more than a light mist and we were able to get outside for a short walk in the chilly misty air of Mount Lofty.
The weather certainly made for some incredible shots, but with the fear of the bride and groom catching hypothermia, we thought it best to get back to their guests and let the celebrations continue.
The bride and groom were announced, meals were served and speeches were made. Once the formalities of the reception had passed it was time for some serious dancing. Of course, Kassie and Adam performed their first dance together as husband and wife, but what followed was possibly some of the most impressive dancing I've seen yet at a wedding reception!
It really was an awesome day. Relaxed, fun, emotional, all the things that you could possibly hope your wedding day to be.
Congratulations again Kassie and Adam!
Amy & Howie.
Bride -- Dress Mariam Seddiq // Shoes Nine West // Earrings Marc Jacobs // Wrap Country Road //
Groom -- Suit Oscar Hunt // Shoes Windsor Smith //
Bridesmaid -- Dress Lover // Earrings Samantha Wills //
Hair Orbe Hair & Beauty on the Parade // Make up Olivia Colombo // Rings Affinity Diamonds // Cake Jins Patisserie // Ceremony The Coach House // Reception Piccadilly Restaurant // Wine Deviation Road // Flowers Stirling Florists // Band Party Club Band //
I get a wee bit excited when I'm asked back to photograph a family multiple times. And this is certainly the case for many of the families I photograph from my home town in Meningie, S.A. I love seeing how the children have grown, many from babies and seeing their personalities develop as they grow into these beautiful little people.
Sunday arvo I made a quick trip down to Meningie to photograph a family during the evening light. We'd picked to a location where the children could adventure, play and explore. Although it was a touch windy, we managed to find a few spots that were a little more sheltered for the girls.
I'll be completely honest, its rare that I have a family shoot where everyone is absolutely and completely perfectly behaved and the kiddies are 100% willing to have their photograph taken, and this shoot was no exception. But honestly, if everyone were to be that well behaved, there would be no personality, no emotion, no character! What I'm saying is, fear not if you little one is a tad camera shy, a little precious or whatever mood they decide to throw at us on the day! This is children! They're unpredictable and most importantly, they're honest! But that is what I love about them. And these girls, in my opinion, behaved exactly how I would want children to during a shoot... honestly... They laughed, they ran around, there were a couple tears, but most importantly, there was honest emotion from this absolutely gorgeous little family!
I love nothing more than when children are not afraid to show their personality and emotion, no matter what it is!
What a beautiful family full of so much love and joy.
On Friday the 1st of April I loaded up my car with my camera kit and the entire family and began the 3hr drive from Adelaide to Peterborough, South Australia. I knew this wedding was going to be special. Not only were we on our way to some of the most beautiful landscapes S.A. has to offer, but the couple I'd be photographing are two of the most kind and welcoming people I have ever met. To have been asked to share in their day and photograph this very special occasion was truly an honour.
From the first time I met Vanessa and Bruce they were both so warm, laid-back and kind. They told me that they'd be having their ceremony in the 'middle of nowhere'. Being from the country myself, I was immediately excited by the prospect of wide open spaces, clear skies and fresh country air! One week before the wedding I travelled up to Peterborough to meet with Vanessa and Bruce so that they could show me around. We drove out to the ceremony location and they explained how they imagined having it all set up. On one side was native bushland, and the other, wide open space for as far as the eye could see. As soon as we arrived, I could immediately see why they chose this particular spot for their ceremony.
We chatted about how it would be set up on the day and then drove to a few other special spots they'd picked out for their photos, before driving back to their home and chatting some more. Of course, this was after Bruce had had to change the tyre on my car after I got a flatty on the dirt road! (thanks again Bruce).
I arrived in Peterborough (family in tow) again, one week later. We checked into our motel room and soon after got a call from Vanessa asking if we'd like to join them down at the footy club on the eve of their wedding day (because that's the sort of awesome people these guys are!). We humbly declined (sorry again guys, we were all a little pooped) and put the kids to bed.
The day of Bruce and Vanessa's wedding had arrived and I couldn't have been more excited. I drove out to Black Rock (no flat tyres this time) where I met with Vanessa, her bridesmaids and her hair and makeup artist. There was much laughter, bridesmaid shenanigans and of course, a little bit of nerves as the girls got themselves ready for the day.
Once the girls were ready to go, I drove ahead to the ceremony with makeup artist and friend, Natasha. As we got a little closer, we were surprised to see two kangaroos jumping alongside us, and then, as Kangaroos seem to do, jumping in front of us! I guess we really were in the outback!
I got to the ceremony and saw a somewhat nervous Bruce waiting for his soon-to-be Bride. I snapped a couple of shots, asked how he was doing and then stepped back to await Vanessa's arrival.
The ceremony couldn't have been more beautiful. Laughs, tears and even an audience of horses in the paddock behind had come to witness the event. Just beautiful.
The ceremony finished up and we headed out to get a few shots. We were more than spoilt for beautiful locations! Not wanting to take up too much time, we grabbed a few more photos and then headed back to town to join the rest of the guests at the reception at the local footy club.
The club was set up with white and purple table settings and an abundance of matching balloons that later on proved very popular with the kiddies at this gorgeous family friendly wedding.
The bride and groom were introduced, along with the bridal party, speeches were made, food was eaten, laughs were had and memories were made!
Congratulations Bruce and Vanessa. You deserve every single bit of happiness in your journey together as husband and wife!
Could there be anything more beautiful than young love? Love was certainly in the air at the wedding of Josh and Kristen on Good Friday. In the afternoon of Friday the 25th of March I met with Kristen, the beautiful and very nervous bride, to capture those precious moments and memories that happen before a ceremony.
I made a quick trip over to the groom, Josh, and his groomsmen and family to snap a few shots of their pre ceremony shenanigans before heading back to the bride. With hair and makeup done, bridesmaids ready, it was time to put on the dress, shoes, grab the bouquets and hope in the car.
I grab a few last shots of Kristen as she left the house and then drove ahead to meet Josh and the boys at the ceremony.
At a family friends property, guests gathered, patiently awaiting the arrival of the bride. With a short wait, she soon arrived along with her gorgeous bridesmaids. With both Mum and Dad on either side, Kristen made her walk from the car, down the isle and to her very soon-to-be-husband.
The two were soon married, and with the formalities finalised, guests stepped forward eager to congratulate the new couple.
After a few family photos I whisked away the bride, groom and bridal party for a short time to capture some shots around the property. Not wanting to keep them from their guests for too long, we finished up and headed back to the reception.
This certainly was a special wedding. Held on the property of a close friend and just a small gathering of friends and family, made for a very relaxed, intimate day of love and celebration!
Congratulations Josh and Kristen!
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