We are so happy to finally blogging a same sex wedding with both our lovely brides wearing dresses! A first for us and hopefully not our last.
It’s not very often we have the opportunity to shoot down in Wollongong so when Chantal and Nic asked us to capture their wedding at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong, we could not resist. Not only because the South Coast is spectacular but also because we had never been to Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong before so it was super exciting to be heading to a new location as well. Double excitement. Leading up to the big day at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong we were on constant rain check. And it just so happened the week of Chantal and Nic’s wedding at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong was looking clear and full of sunshine, except for one day, which happened to be their wedding day! Regardless, rain, hail or shine we knew that it would be an amazing day at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong. The day arrived and we woke up to overcast skies. Not wanting to get our hopes up high, we still prepared ourselves for some wet weather at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong. As we were making our way down the Coast towards Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong we noticed the skies start to open up and the sun appear. So exciting considering most of our weddings this year have showered and surely enough we knew our bride and groom would be relieved too.
We started our day off at Headlands Hotel Austinmer Beach where Nic, his two sons and parents were spending a cruisey morning getting themselves ready for the day ahead at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong. After a few family portraits and a little stroll out by the ocean, we made our way over to Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong where the girls were getting ready. Having already cracked open a bottle of sparkling, the girls were a little nervous but otherwise happy and excited, particularly because no wet weather plans needed to be discussed! Spoilt with gorgeous ocean views from the luxury accommodation at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong, we took some portraits and candids before it was time to slip into Chantal’s simple yet elegant gown. And before we knew it, we could see guests begin to arrive so we knew it was time to get ourselves prepared for the ceremony at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong. Usually ceremonies take place on the grass area at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong however due to all the rain, the grass was still damp and muddy so it was decided that the ceremony would take place on the deck overlooking to ocean – no complaints from us. With guests spread out on the hill (offering perfect viewing for guests) and Chantal and Nic exchanging vows in front of the most gorgeous floral arbour, the bride and groom said their I do’s amongst their dearest family and friends. Not long following, it was time for some bride and groom photos. Luckily with such gorgeous grounds, we didn’t need to venture far from Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong. We didn’t have long until the sun was fully set so we took a few shots around the gardens and in the bushland just outside Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong. We got what we needed within our 30minute time frame before it went completely dark and then it was time to rejoin the guests as they were finishing up canapes at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong. Heart-warming, funny and short speeches were following by a delicious 3 course meal as well as cake. And once formalities were complete, it was time to let loose on the dance floor. To finish up a specular day at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Wollongong, Chantal and Nic were (fake) farewelled by guests through a tunnel of sparklers but then still snuck in a few more songs on the dance floor with champagne still flowing freely much to everyone’s joy – it didn’t look like anyone wanted the night to end! Thanks again for having us Chantal and Nic, such a beautiful day and an even more beautiful couple and we so thrilled we were there to be a part of it.
Location: Tumbling Waters Retreat
Celebrant: Merinda Richardson
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Hair: Hair By Mikaelah
Makeup: Hayley Mciver
Stylist: Fresh Creative Styling
Flowers: Fresh Creative Styling
We looove a glowing mumma-to-be bride, beautiful Lindsey and Mitch got married at the stunning Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley several weeks back. This lovely couple was supposed to get married at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley last year in August, however due to lockdowns had to postpone their wedding at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley. Lindsey and Mitch didn’t waste any time though and were busy during this period, hence our glowing bride at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley. As most days it seems this year, this wedding was forecast to rain. And though we did have moments of rain, we managed to get out on the beautiful vineyards for some bridal photos at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley. We started the days with the fellas and Mitch in his burgundy suit was the perfect colour for the grey sky and green vineyards. Looking super stylish, the boys and Mitch enjoyed a couple of beers before they made their way over to the chapel at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley. From there we made our way over to the girls who were enjoying some champagne (and juice) whilst getting ready for the day that lay ahead at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley. After a few portraits and maternity-style photos, it was time for us to head on over to the chapel at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley. We always love shooting at the Chapel at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley. It’s honestly a photographer’s dream with all that natural light beaming through and warm textured walls, it’s a shame the ceremony only lasted 30 minutes! Having exchanged vows in front of loved ones, who have waited over a year for this special day, it was time to have some fun amongst the vineyards at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley as well as their iconic wooden door before entering the reception. With fairy lights and candlelights scattered throughout the reception, it set the perfect mood for good wine, amazing food and even better company at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley. Speeches, dancing, and good times were planned for the rest of the evening and it certainly panned out that way and we are so happy to have been a part of this special day at Peppers Creek Barrel Room and Chapel, Hunter Valley.
It feels like it’s been fooorrreeevvveeerrr since shooting at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast so when we booked Laura and Wade’s wedding we were stoked (and pleasantly surprised) to be shooting back at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast. Local couple Laura and Wade were just a dream to shoot and we are so happy that we were there to capture their special day at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast. The entire day was spent at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast which is always a massive bonus for us wedding suppliers. So we started the day with the boys but having the boys and girls both getting ready at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast we drifted between the two, where ever the action was! The boys were chilling with some beers at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast, ironing their clothes and being boys. The girls were enjoying some sparkling at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast. It was a rare sunny day (thank you El Nina) on the coast but the gardens at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast were green and lush so their garden ceremony was just perfect. Once the two exchanged their vows and were announced as husband and wife, we spent a little time taking some photos with Laura and Wade’s family and friends and then it was time for the bridal party shoot. So much variety at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast with country vibe dirt roads and beautifully manicured gardens and backlit tall grass – we could have spent hours shooting away at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast but that would have been selfish of us as their guests were waiting for the newlyweds back at the barn house reception venue to start the party. The highlight of the shoot was definitely Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast resident horse trying to take a mouthful of Laura’s veils as well as the delicious golden hour light we seem to rarely have these days! As suspected, Laura and Wade’s crowd did not disappoint at all. They were all there to have a good time and celebrate the love between Laura and Wade. Such an awesome crowd, with delicious cake and dessert made by their friend as well. We always love these personal touches that make a couple’s wedding so unique and special. Enjoy scrolling these images shot at Somersby Gardens Estate Central Coast.
Location: Somersby Gardens Estate
We love the Northern Beaches of Sydney and it’s not an area we often visit, so when we get the occasional wedding there, it’s always such a novelty going there. Reminds us of the Central Coast but just a little bit more fancy! And what a spot Whale Beach is – such a beautiful part of the world. We started off the day with the boys getting ready. And being Italian, of course Tyrone was surrounded by A LOT of family which of course added to the excitement of the day ahead. After a full family portrait sesson, we made our way over to girls who were having a great time getting ready for the day. Surrounded by her bridesmaids and mother, Stephanie looked stunning and we were ready to make our way over to the church in Avalon Beach. As Stephanie walked down the aisle with her mother, we could see Tyrone holding back the tears and it was just such a special service that was enjoyed by all of their most loved family and friends. After lots of hugs and kisses, we didn’t have a lot of time to stop for family photos and we drove over to Whale Beach to get in a few quick shots of the newly weds. We didn’t have long before we had to make our way back to Moby Dicks where guests were waiting for the party to start. And the party well and truly got underway with the arrivals of our bride and groom. Everyone was ready to hit the dance floor, luckily for us we caught a small break in between formalities and the dancefloor and snuck the couple out for a few quick snaps whilst we had some beautifully balanced light at Moby Dicks Whale Beach. However, it wasn’t long before guests noticed their absence and joined in the photos, which worked out well considering we bolted right after the ceremony before leaving for Whale Beach NSW. The rest of the night was enjoyed by all on the dance floor, enjoying great wine and company at Moby Dicks Whale Beach, and by night’s end, the sparklers created a beautiful send-off for Steph and Tyrone at Moby Dicks Whale Beach. What a perfect day!
Reception Venue: Moby Dicks Whale Beach
We have been wanting to blog about this Kantara House wedding for months! Isobel & Mitch celebrated their gorgeous Kantara House wedding back in early/mid December and I can’t believe we have put this one up yet. We have been a little quiet on the blogs and socials lately. After the excitement (and busyness) of Christmas and New Year, we had a few weeks off the weddings however with it being school holidays and getting struck down with the spicey cough (mild case) plus trying to run a business from home, time just flew and blogs were put on the back burner. But! School is back, weddings are in full swing and we are feeling fully re-energized for the new year of shooting. So first our first blog of the year, we are showing off Isobel and Mitch’s beautiful Kantara House Wedding. Our morning started at Mitch’s accomodatiosn where Mitch was getting ready with his family and groomsmen. After a few Tasmanian whiskeys, we headed over to the girls who were at Kantara House, where we spent the rest of the day – a photographers dream, especially when the gardens are as lush as Kantara House! The girls were getting ready in the classy bridal suite at Kantara House, with tons of natural light flowing through and gorgeous white details at Kantara House Wedding. By the time the ceremony came around the girls were ready to head over to the Charlotte Chapel Kantara House wedding where the lovely couple exchanged vows amongst family and friends. After their spiritual ceremony, the couple was showered with rose petals before going for a little stroll around the property. Before too long it was time to head over to the reception where guests enjoyed flowing wine and good food before a send-off surrounded by sparkles and smiles. With daylight saving pushing sunset to later in the evening, we managed to duck out for a few minutes to grab that golden light before night – and it was so worth it. Thanks again for having us for your Kantara House Wedding Isobel & Mitch and congratulations.
Lovely young couple Maddie and Ethan celebrated their wedding among family and friends recently on the Central Coast NSW at the Avoca Beach House. We started the day with Ethan at his house in Bensville, not far from home which is always handy. Ethan and his family were super relaxed getting ready for their Avoca Beach House Wedding at home and with a few minutes to spare we were able to get a couple of shots along the liquidambar trees in Bensville near the horse stables. We then made our way over to the girls a short ride down the road to Empire Bay where they were happily getting ready for the day ahead. Although Maddie and Ethan didn’t have a bridal party, their group of friends were there enjoying the morning with the newlyweds to be for their special day. Once the girls had finished getting their hair and makeup complete we took a few quick portraits of Maddie looking absolutely stunning in her gown before Maddie and her father made their way over to the ceremony before their Avoca Beach House Wedding. The ceremony took place at the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Bensville with immediate family only, however, the rest of their dearest friends and family did not miss out. Thanks to zoom, the ceremony was enjoyed by all and it was clear that Maddie and Ethan were not phased at all by this and looked as joyful as any bride and groom would be on their wedding day at Avoca Beach House Wedding. Once the ceremony was complete we headed back to the liquidambar lane and the happy couple were greeted (in person) with all their most loved family and friends and after some group photos, we took the newlyweds off to get some photos of their first moments as husband and wife before heading to Avoca Beach House Wedding. After a couple of garden shots (thanks wet Summer for the lush greens this time of year!), we made our way up to Bouddi National Park with some friends and enjoyed the beautiful scenery in between sips of sparkling and banter between great friends. Before too long we released we had to make our way back down to the Avoca Beach House Wedding where the rest of Maddie and Ethans guests were waiting. A few quick shots amongst the rocks is a must at Avoca Beach and then the couple were ready to celebrate the night away at the Avoca Beach House.
Location – Avoca Beach House
We love weekday weddings, it gets us out of the office and away from the computer for the day which is a bit of a treat for us when we edit images all day every day (except on the weekends when we shoot!). Doubly excited for Sasha and Andy’s wedding because the location of the wedding was The Pines Campground Martinsville, a place we had never shot. In fact, The Pines Campground Martinsville was a place that we had never even heard of!
So we set out and drove north from Avoca Beach for The Pines Campground Martinsville and Google Maps was not our friend that day. As we got closer to The Pines Campground Martinsville, it felt like we were get farther away and this little gem of a location was not so easy to find. To add fuel to the fire, the petrol gauge was seriously low and we panicked and made the executive decision to back track away from The Pines Campground Martinsville 20 minutes to the servo. As it turned out, we were actually only 50 metres down the road from The Pines Campground Martinsville and because we are (well try to be) super organised, we made it to The Pines Campground Martinsville right in the knick of time.
It was our first time meeting Sasha and Andy at their elopement at The Pines Campground Martinsville and like so many couples Covid had disrupted their plans. With Andy’s parents and family living in the UK, it was impossible to have the family reunited and the travel-loving couple decided an elopement at The Pines Campground Martinsville was the way to go. It was an overcast day, which really worked in our favour, as it gave us nice even light and we did not need to worry about harsh, speckled lighting a bright day would have brought us. A beautiful and intimate ceremony with 6 of their dearest was enjoyed, followed by a quick stroll through the pines and a delicious smorgasbord with flowing wine and sparkling. Sasha and Andy’s love for dancing shone and although there was no dance floor, DJ or band, the small group danced in the afternoon light with not a care in the world!
Thank you Sasha and Andy for letting us capture your beautiful elopement and thanks for introducing us to this location, might need to bring the family up for a little shoot ourselves!
It’s been a VERY long time since we last blogged a wedding, so we are so excited to be blogging this beauty at Bidja Estate Central Coast. First time shooting at Bidja Estate Central Coast and you all know how much we absolutely LOVE shooting a new venues and especially after such a long wedding dry spell (thanks Covid)! Not only were we super spoilt to be shooting at Bidja Estate Central Coast, we were so happy to be back shooting weddings with such a gorgeous couple – Keira and Darren. Like many couples this year, these two had a few date changes and of course a few special people were unable to attend, however none of this dampened their spirits on their special day at Bidja Estate Central Coast and these two celebrated this special day and enjoyed every single minute of it! And were just thrilled to be apart of it at Bidja Estate Central Coast.
Jessica and Mitch are all set for their October wedding on the Central Coast NSW given that there are no further changes to the COVID restrictions that we are all aware of at the moment. Jess had this gorgeous gown that differs quite a lot from the wedding dress she plans to wear on the day so instead of letting it go to waste, it was the perfect opportunity to go out someplace beautiful on Central Coast NSW for an engagement shoot. Jess was quite nervous about the thought of wedding photos and we get it, it can feel awkward if you’ve never done it before! So not only getting gorgeous pre-wedding images on the Central Coast NSW but also the perfect chance to get a feel for what photography is all about so that is one less thing to stress about on the day. Enjoy, and look out for Jessica & Mitch’s wedding images sometime in October on the Central Coast NSW.