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Ciara and Jim – Abbotsford Convent Wedding Photography

Melbourne’s historic Abbotsford Convent provided the perfect venue for Ciara and Jim’s wedding. Centrally located, with a “country winery” atmosphere that Ciara loves, the Convent is “just down the road” from Jim’s home at the time they began dating three years earlier.

Jim had noticed Ciara at a mutual friend’s birthday party but their first “real” meeting was at dinner and a concert with a group of friends.

Ciara confides: “I like my men tall and skinny and Jim certainly fit the bill!”

Jim remembers thinking that Ciara was “a girl with strong and freely voiced opinions”.

Their intriguing first impressions of each other drew them into a relationship where love, admiration, and appreciation shine brightly.

Ciara loves Jim for being “incredibly kind and funny. He’s patient, caring and generous. He makes an effort to put everyone he meets at ease. He loves his Mum and Nana deeply and has a wide, wide circle of friends. He’s well-read and great with numbers; he’s the smartest person I know. He makes me feel more confident about myself. He’s my best friend.”

Jim loves Ciara for being “funny and forthright and generous. She brings great energy to everything she does, and she makes me laugh at the most unexpected times. Being with her makes me walk a foot taller.”

 Ciara loves surprises and Jim’s proposal was rich in those – a surprise long weekend away in a beautiful B&B, dinner at a fancy restaurant, a diamond solitaire ring and a proposal in the golden afternoon sun of the tranquil Chinese Gardens at Beechworth.

 So surprised was Ciara at seeing Jim on bended knee in the pagoda that her first reaction was “unprintable!”

 For one long minute she kept him waiting for the magic word, “Yes!” (the longest minute of Jim’s life!)

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On the day of the wedding, Ciara, calm and relaxed, woke early, but the seemingly long hours passed quickly as she bonded with her bridesmaids over make-up, nails, food and finery.

Jim, in contrast, was nervous “from the get-go!”

In her elegant wedding gown of flowery Guipure lace over a perfectly fitted bodice, cap sleeves and a row of pretty lace-covered buttons at the back, Ciara glowed radiantly with joy.

A long, fine, scallop-edged veil secured at the nape of the neck, floated down gently to rest on a soft, rippling train.

Silver glitter, peep-toe shoes, a delicate waist-defining belt with a silver, jewelled, ornate buckle, a silver bracelet, (“something new”) and a silver clasp in her softly upswept hair, added sparkle and glamour.

“Something old and borrowed”, (pinned inside her glittery clutch bag), was a vintage brooch that originally belonged to her bridesmaid’s Grandmother. “Something blue” was a 21st birthday Sapphire ring from her parents.

The colour theme of delicate pinks and greens, Ciara’s favourite colours, was highlighted by soft grey and candy pink in the wedding party’s outfits and bouquets.

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In the illuminating afternoon sun, the bride, her proud Father and her attendants paused on the cobblestones before entering the grand gateway of the Convent grounds.

As Ciara carefully navigated the descent to the Ceremony Tree, she saw Jim smiling lovingly at her and they both knew everything would go well.

“Big moments don’t feel daunting when I am with her.”

Jim’s precious memory of this moment, beholding his beautiful bride, is one that will last forever.

Under the protective, dappled, fresh green umbrella of an ancient oak tree adorned with boughs of pale pink blossom, and surrounded by family and friends, Ciara and Jim became husband and wife.

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Ciara’s special moment was having some private time alone with Jim to debrief after the ceremony and share some “bubbles” and canapés.

“At one point my brother, his girlfriend and my six week old nephew joined us for a wedding-dress-clad cuddle!”

Guests mingled under pastel paper lanterns in the courtyard and then enjoyed a lavish Reception with fine food, dancing and speeches.

Ciara had added a personal touch by sewing Hessian table runners and beautiful liberty print cushions for the outdoor furniture.

Each guest received a bonbonniere – Haighs’ chocolate hearts in a calico bag stamped with Ciara and Jim’s initials (also a tribute to Adelaide, South Australia, Ciara’s birthplace.)

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Reflecting on their wonderful wedding, Ciara and Jim both loved being surrounded by family and friends, seeing them have a good time, being able to thank them and have “great conversations” throughout the evening – a perfect day in every way!

Ciara and Jim’s Wedding Team:

  • Make up: Joanna Kam
  • Hairdresser: Angela Wingate-Wade at Mien
  • Ceremony and Reception: Abbotsford Convent
  • Florist: Emily Bradbury from North St Botanical
  • Brides dress: Mariana Hardwick
  • Bridesmaids dresses:Ted Baker and BHLDN
  • Grooms Suit: Joe Black
  • Groomsmen suits: Joe Black
  • Band: Ivory Junction

My Reflections on 2013

The past twelve months have been the busiest and most exciting so far in my Wedding Photography career.

I sincerely thank each and every one of my couples, (bridal and engagement), for placing their trust in me to document such precious memories.
Each wedding day is the result of months of creative planning, co-operation and organization. I feel  honoured to be invited to personally witness and share a couple’s most personal and private moments.

It is always fun and quite nostalgic to sort through the year’s portraits and re-experience the joy, love, beauty and uniqueness of each couple and their special day.

There are many highlights to savour – rich and varied emotions, loving interactions, beautiful brides and attendants in stunning gowns, immaculately dressed groomsmen, sacred ceremonies, heartfelt vows, fragrant flowers and memorable rural and city venues. Add to that happy, well-wishing family and friends, dancing, fabulous food, wine and music and you can see why I feel very privileged to be invited to record such important occasions.

I am passionate about capturing the fleeting moments, spontaneous emotions and loving rapport between partners in sensitive portraits which truly reflect the essence of the day in a natural way.

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A wedding day has many pure and raw emotional responses which I am privileged to witness through the lens of my little camera.

Here are some of my favourites:

-       Pre-wedding nervousness which rapidly transforms into beaming joy and relaxation like the flick of a switch once the formalities are over and the newly married couple walk down the aisle together.

-       The groom’s face as he views his beautiful bride for the first time. Some grooms smile from ear to ear, some shed a tear, some are wide-eyed with wonder and others keep it all together with a stiff upper lip.

-       Father’s look of pride as he presents his beautiful daughter to her husband-to-be.

-       Mum’s eyes brimming with tears as she sits in the front row, overcome by emotion.

-       The first kiss – sometimes short and sweet, sometimes long and passionate.

-       Portrait time – some couples are cuddly and romantic, others take time to relax, some laugh and play and are completely natural.

-       First dances that have been practised to perfection, some that are slow and intimate and other couples who simply sway together to the music.

-       Speeches that provoke tears, embarrassment, laughter, sadness, joy, gratitude and pride.

I am so looking forward to all the weddings and engagements I have booked for 2014. I am sure it will be another amazing year.

To every single person who visits my Wedding Blog, best wishes for a very happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year.

 

  • January 7, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Aysha - Thank you for sharing snippets of your work for the year of 2013! Beautiful weddings and beautiful photography! Look forward to seeing what you capture in 2014!ReplyCancel

Zoe and Jason – Wedding Photography in the Macedon Ranges

Zoe and Jason chose to be married in the magnificent Macedon Ranges, north-west of Melbourne. Here, earth and sky reign supreme, providing a tranquil setting of rolling hills, misty valleys and peaceful grazing land for the couples’ hilltop home.

The loving couple grew up in the picturesque area and became teenage sweethearts. After a surprise engagement in August 2012, where Jason nervously proposed on bended knee in their home, a delighted Zoe was presented with a brilliant cut, Tiffany setting ring. (Jason had heeded Zoe’s not so subtle hints!)

Zoe and Jason complement each other in so many ways. Zoe loves the way Jason is often singing, dancing and whistling and admires his ability to “live in the moment” and be a happy “morning person”.

Jason loves Zoe’s ability to be organized and her skill at forward planning. Even her “tendency to spill everything” is endearing to him.

On the day of the wedding, Jason dressed thoughtfully with the help of his best man and his mother. Stylish bow ties added the perfect finishing touch to the men’s classic black and white, with attention paid to every detail.  Jason appeared calm and relaxed in spite of the “butterflies” of nervous excitement.

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  • December 17, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Zoe - Kirralee thank you so much for photographing our wedding. They truly captured the day!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2013 - 7:00 am

    Donna - What a wonderful job you did Kirralee, your photographs captured the day beautifully. Your easy unobtrusive presence had many guests thinking you yourself were a guest eager to photograph ever moment.

    How wonderful for Zoe and Jason to have these images to look back on in the future.ReplyCancel

Chiara and Michael – Myer Mural Hall Wedding

Chiara and Michael’s June wedding brightened a Melbourne Winter’s day with excitement, glamour and joy.

While Chiara, her sister and friends donned their finery at The Ovolo, a fashionable City hotel in Little Bourke Street, Michael, his brother and friends prepared for the “big day” at their stylish warehouse apartment in Brunswick.

The men looked dashing in M.J. Bale suits, white shirts, black ties and quirky initialled typewriter button cufflinks – a gift from Michael, creatively packaged in colourful books with the middle pages removed.

Appearing calm and relaxed, the group shared a fortifying pre-wedding drink. Their pink and white lapel roses hinted at the vivid colours of the wedding bouquets carried by the bride and her attendants.

Chiara looked beautiful in a feminine, vintage style Jane Hill gown with tiers of creamy coloured lace and Champagne chiffon and a delicate dusky rose pink underlay.

A deep scalloped neckline and fitted beaded lacy bodice were secured with a soft sash.

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Alesha and Chris – Daylesford Convent Wedding

On a mellow Autumn day, Alesha and Chris married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Castlemaine, an historic Victorian country town near Chris and Alesha’s childhood homes. 

 Alesha and her “team” enjoyed preparing for her wedding in the light-filled, tranquil, timeless atmosphere of The White House, a beautifully restored 1850’s miner’s cottage in nearby Daylesford.

Alesha moved gracefully down the Church aisle to the sacred music of Ave Maria – a picture of delicate beauty in a classic, creamy white, Judith Valente gown, overlaid with fine lace and secured high under the bustline with a smooth satin sash and vintage brooch.

Sheer lace, cap sleeves, a deep “v” backline secured with a row of tiny pearl buttons and a perfectly fitted bodice, flowed into soft flounces and frills, and a tapered train rippling lightly behind her.

Three attentive bridesmaids wore Alannah Hill dresses of soft green, embossed with trailing white blossoms.

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  • November 7, 2013 - 9:44 pm

    Louisa - Just beautiful, Kirralee! What a perfect day. I especially love the shots in front of that stunning wall with the red leaves!ReplyCancel