Simone and Lasath wanted a “modern wedding, filled with colours and styles that they liked” and truly reflecting their unique personalities and values. The impressive Immaculate Conception Church in Hawthorn was a significant choice for the ceremony as it was Simone’s Grandmother’s parish church and both of Simone’s sisters had been married there – a growing family tradition.
The Reception venue, Circa, The Prince Deck in vibrant, bayside St Kilda, impressed them with its spaciousness, serene swimming pool and the way the light filtered softly through the ornate metal window screens.
Early on the Wedding day, Lasath and his team dressed with extra special care, anticipating the exciting time to come. Immaculately groomed in suits of cool blue with vivid buttonholes of fiery red and cream, they appeared confident and relaxed as they set off for the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Simone was enjoying her time with the bridesmaids and donning the beautiful Mimma Priolo gown that had been specially designed for her.
“Mimma understood exactly what I wanted and we discussed materials and options”.
The Italian lace in white, bright pink and blue-green which embraced Simone’s well-fitted bodice, cascaded daintily over a waltz-length, gathered, tulle skirt, and formed the basis of the Wedding colour scheme – warm sunset colours of orange, peach, watermelon, flamingo and coral enhanced by cool, muted teals and misty blues. The feather-light tulle overlay added a sense of mystery and softness to the blue-green beneath.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I love colour so it was always going to be a bit of a colour explosion!”
Simone was a picture of beauty, grace and elegance, with her thick, dark hair softly styled into a chignon at the back.
With her bridesmaids beside her adorned in shades of coral and watermelon, and her abundant bouquet of full-petalled roses in tones of flame red, hot pink and orange, Simone basked in the warmth of joy and colour. The girls’ dresses had been bought “from all over the world” – New York, Sri Lanka and Melbourne, so Simone was pleased and relieved that everything matched!
Waiting in the bluestone Church in Hawthorn, Lasath, his groomsmen and wedding guests glanced in anticipation at the Gothic arched doorway for a first glimpse of Simone on the arm of her proud Father.
Illuminated by golden sunbeams, Father and daughter paused, savouring the moment, then walked the long red carpet towards the Altar. There, Simone and Lasath exchanged their sacred vows.
A particularly emotional moment for Lasath, in addition to seeing his beautiful bride, was the Priest announcing the couple as Mr. and Mrs. Kahingala.
“It signified that we were finally married and we could start this new chapter together.”
Simone felt so excited that they were married but was particularly impressed by how handsome Lasath looked in his suit!
After the Priest’s blessing, Simone and Lasath walked the aisle together to the emotional strains of Norma Casta Diva by Vincenzo Bellini. Their love and happiness was palpable as they gazed into each other’s eyes.
Nearby Hawthorn Railway Station provided a unique location for capturing the elation of the newlyweds and the bridal party through the camera lens.
Their “first chapter” had begun in 2011 when they met. Lasath was intrigued by Simone’s beauty, and the fact that she was outgoing and an interesting conversationalist.
Simone noticed Lasath’s confidence, and that he was outgoing, friendly and good-looking.
Their first date was a tapas dinner at Lulo Restaurant on Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.
In October 2012 they became engaged, when Lasath took Simone for a luxurious weekend away at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, at the foot of the Grampians in Victoria’s Western District. Simone had discovered the “secret” proposal in advance -a receipt for the ring in the car and her Father telling her Lasath had asked for his permission.
She decided to “keep quiet” and let it all unfold. The suspense became intense when Lasath still hadn’t proposed even during the special “degustation dinner” – a sensual sampling of delicacies over several hours. Finally, on the Sunday, he proposed at the lush MacKenzie Waterfalls with a black diamond and white gold commitment ring. Later, the couple bought sapphires and had the engagement ring made in Sri Lanka.
Simone and Lasath have a lot in common – they can “sit down and discuss politics, philosophy, go dancing, travel and have lots of adventures together.”
Lasath describes himself as the humorous one. He loves amusing Simone with funny Sri Lankan English phrases to get out of domestic duties! Mutual caring, sharing and kindness are character traits that they both value.
It is a Sri Lankan tradition to be led to the Wedding venue or ceremony by Kandyan (region of Sri Lanka), drummers and dancers. The colourfully dressed drummer chanted blessings in Sinhalese, (Sri Lankan language). Two male dancers in striking costumes danced their way from the entrance hall of Circa, The Prince, to the wedding cake, finishing off with backflips!
Relaxed and happy, dining at tables overflowing with luxurious bunches of vivid blooms and fine food, dancing and having fun with family and friends, Simone and Lasath have created unique Wedding memories that I am sure will bring joy forever.
Simone and Lasath’s Wedding Team:
Embracing under the entwining branches of leafy trees, Samantha and Winston smile broadly with love, joy and happiness.
Completely at ease and gazing tenderly into each other’s eyes, they radiate a positive, uplifting energy which enhances and brightens their surroundings.
The sparkling, diamond-studded Engagement ring that they chose together, reflects and radiates their light and love.
Samantha and Winston’s shared life path began in earnest thirteen years earlier when they “caught each other’s eye” at a house party.
Samantha, aged fifteen and Winston, aged seventeen, quickly became inseparable as they had so much in common – they had attended the same secondary school and Winston had also been friends with some of Samantha’s friend’s older brothers.
After six months of close friendship, their love blossomed.
In early Spring, 2000, Winston invited Samantha to a first date – dinner at a local restaurant.
“….after dinner he walked me home – it was a long walk!”
The relationship had rapidly progressed to a new level!
The harmony of their togetherness is strengthened by the admiration, respect and attention they freely give to each other.
“We are both easygoing and support each other to achieve anything we want in life.
Winston appreciates that Samantha is “warm, thoughtful and outgoing.”
He loves her beaming smile and her contagious laugh.
“She makes me smile and she understands me”.
Samantha loves “how respectful and generous Winston is with both our families and friends. He is a true gentleman!”
“Winston is the most genuine person I know….kind, considerate and someone I can trust”.
Samantha and Winston have grown together in love from the teenage years to adulthood and share many interests and passions – travelling to new places, wining and dining, football and other sporting events, the gym, time with family and friends, just being with each other and enjoying life to the fullest!
Shared experiences and new adventures keep their relationship dynamic and fresh.
Amazingly, Winston was still able to surprise Samantha with a proposal of marriage and Samantha was able to surprise him in return by the length of time it took for her to say, “Yes!”
On September 1st, 2012, Samantha and Winston dined in a beautiful French restaurant in Bali.
After cocktails and dinner, and just before dessert, Winston invited Samantha to walk with him down a lantern-lit path towards the gazebo, surrounded by fertile rice paddies and tranquil lily ponds.
The romantic scene was set and the timing was perfect.
At first Samantha was “lost for words” when Winston, on bended knee, asked her to be his wife.
The loving couple “were overwhelmed with excitement and joy” after Samantha recovered from the initial surprise and finally accepted.
The exotic Bali proposal, rich in atmosphere and powerful emotions, is one of Samantha and Winston’s favourite memories.
In any location – the park, the City or the beach – Samantha and Winston bring love, happiness, optimism and a sense of playfulness.
Cocooned in the softness, security and warmth of a “blanket of love”, the cosy couple look forward to their Wedding day and the many wonderful adventures awaiting them.
Thank you Samantha and Winston for allowing me to capture your engagement portraits…. Stay tuned for their wedding photos!
Fluffy white clouds floated gracefully across expansive blue skies and the warm earth displayed its Summer-gold cloak, on the day that Tanya and Kyal were married at The Briars – an historic rural property and homestead on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
Tanya and Kyal share “a great affinity for the outdoors” and a love of travel and adventure, having become engaged on a hike in India in 2012. Cocooned in their tent, oblivious to the freezing temperatures outside, they were having a laugh and enjoying each other’s company and “it was perfect”!
Tanya was completely surprised by the proposal. Kyal knew Tanya’s favourite gem stone and had the stunning ring specially made by a friend of hers.
On the morning of the Wedding day Kyal was relaxed and happy, his only fleeting worry being that he and his groomsmen had such difficulty opening the band on the beautiful gift Tanya had given him!
Meanwhile, Tanya was sharing precious friend and family time getting ready for the wonderful day ahead.
How exciting it was for her to don the romantic, vintage-inspired, Lisa Ho wedding gown. Sleeveless, in ivory lace with an interlocking flower-shaped pattern, and with four layered frills softly cascading from a dainty pearl waistband, the elegant dress featured a generous “key-hole” back plunging dramatically to the waistline.
With a floral clasp securing a fine scallop-edged veil to her softly waved dark hair, Tanya’s natural beauty and elegance shone radiantly.
“Fresh, relaxed summer styles inspired us”.
The delicate blush of the bridesmaids’ dresses and the abundant bouquets of cool green chrysanthemums, golden yellow “buttons” and lacy white Gypsophila were enhanced by the men’s “buttonhole” flowers and soft, buttermilk ties.
Surrounded by rustic buildings and earthy hay bales, Tanya stood happily beside the wedding car with her parents, sisters and best friend. This was one of her very special moments to treasure, as was her first glimpse of Kyal at the end of the aisle.
Tanya’s Father proudly ushered her across the lush green lawn towards welcoming guests and her beaming husband-to-be. When Tanya first saw Kyal she felt overwhelmingly excited, yet relaxed and at ease. “He looked incredibly handsome!”
Reflecting on their wedding day, Kyal remarked that “nothing could top Tanya walking down the aisle towards me. She looked stunning!”
When they first met, Kyal was not only captivated by Tanya’s beauty – it was clear to him on initial impression that she was “engaging, intelligent and funny.” Later, he happily discovered that she was kind, generous, and fun, valued family and friends highly, and was “a bit of a dag”!
Tanya was impressed by Kyal’s kind smile and his joyous nature – he laughs easily and often.
“He has a wonderful, relaxed energy” and is gentle, kind and fun-loving. He will go out of his way to make you feel special”
After the ceremony, Tanya and Kyal walked the aisle together as husband and wife to the acoustic version of “Everlasting light” by The Back Keys.
“Our musician, Mark, did a brilliant job of adapting it …….it was such a beautiful rendition.”
Posing naturally for portraits, the couple and their wedding party were highlighted by the rural landscape – the contrasting rugged appeal of open fields, vintage farm machinery, corrugated out-buildings and sweet-smelling hay.
After mingling on the lush lawns and in the colourful gardens, everyone made their way to the Barn for a lavish wedding Reception.
The wedding party and guests were treated to fine dining, in rustic cosiness, under festoons of twinkling lights, bunting and fresh flowers.
Tanya and Kyal’s tender first dance was to Otis Redding’s, “That’s How Strong Our Love Is”.
The Barn at the Briars “was a perfect fit” for the relaxed, country-style wedding that both Tanya and Kyal wanted.
“It was a massive DIY affair that Tanya managed to pull off while living interstate. There are a lot of thanks to family and friends for helping to make it happen.”
As the cool, deep blue of night fell and Tanya and Kyal embraced in the golden light of the barn, they radiated love and happiness for all to see.
I wish them a wonderful future and many more happy adventures together.
Tanya and Kyal’s Wedding Team:
- Ceremony and Reception: The Briars
- Caterers – Maude Street Catering
- Florist: Secret Garden Mornington
- Stylist: Tanya and Kyal with the help of their family and friends
- Hairdresser: Jenny Coyle
- Make-up artist: Hayley Cronin
- Brides dress: Lisa Ho
- Bridesmaids dresses: Zimmerman
- Grooms Suit: Studio Italia
- Groomsmen suits: Studio Italia
- Cake: Mandy Crema
- Music – Mark Brunott
Ali and Woody celebrated their High Summer wedding at The Deck, Prince of Wales, in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of St. Kilda. Overlooking busy Fitzroy Street, the venue provides stunning views and a vibrant atmosphere – glimpses of the calm, silvery waters of Port Phillip Bay peep between lush palms and the comforting rattle of trams old and new floats upwards from below.
The Prince holds special memories for Ali and Woody as they used to dance the night away there after they first met when Woody was DJing.
“Music is such a big part of our lives, hence it was always about the music with family and friends at the wedding…and the outdoor dance floor!”
Ali and Woody chose a neutral, subtle and simple theme for décor and flowers “so that the day would just flow into a relaxed and fun affair for everyone.” Pure white, green and soft apricot created a sense of calm, freshness.
With the expert assistance of Sharna from Apple Blossom Styling and Lauren from Poppy Culture, they were able to “keep it simple and keep it us”.
Ali felt relaxed and excited all day, especially as she walked eagerly down the aisle on the arm of her proud Father. In fact, she was so eager to reach Woody that her Father had to gently slow her down! She loved that fatherly concern and protection.
“Seeing Woody at the end of the aisle is a captured photo I will never forget!”
Woody was feeling impatient to get to the venue but once he saw Ali “as beautiful as she had ever looked”, he surrendered to “pure excitement, love, and happiness rolled into one. I was struggling to keep it together….I eventually pulled it together once she made it next to me.”
This precious moment will remain with Woody forever.
In a meaningful “sign” for the couple, a cool change swept through at 5.30pm, the exact time of the Wedding Ceremony, after Melbourne had sweltered in 44 degree heat!
Ali’s natural beauty shone radiantly as she stood excitedly with Woody under the leafy wedding bower, in a delicate Carla Zampatti, pearl lace gown. The partially sheer bodice and skirt, lacy cap sleeves, figure skimming line and open sandals created the natural, relaxed style that Ali wanted.
The bridesmaids’ soft, halter neck, pale floral gowns and Woody and his groomsmen’s cool sea-blue suits, white shirts and buttonholes of pastel flowers, completed the portrait of calm, natural, elegance.
Throughout the ceremony, Ali held a special white handkerchief around her peach rose bouquet. It was hand sewn for her twenty-five years earlier by her Grandmother’s close, childhood friend who had died late last year. Ali felt touched and honoured to be able to carry this precious “something old”, gifted by her Grandmother, as she and Woody began “something new”.
Ali and Woody’s beautiful Wedding Portraits capture the love and connection between a couple who cherish each other, delight in each other’s company and share a similar philosophy about life - “a unity of love and strength really”.
“We feel we can laugh, cry and be honest with each other and just know at the end of the day we’re there for each other no matter what”.
“We both work hard then enjoy the weekends with each other and friends. We share a passion for sport and both love AFL (when Melbourne plays Adelaide their competitive nature “rears its head”)… but “we secretly go for each other’s team when they’re not playing each other.”
Ali loves Woody’s passion and quick wit. He makes her laugh every day, even if the jokes resemble “Dad jokes”!
Woody loves Ali’s selflessness and “her cheeky side which is very refreshing.”
In an intimate relationship there is still potential for pleasant surprises and unexpected emotions. Woody was delighted by Ali’s speech at the Reception as he had never seen her deliver a public speech before and was impressed by her kind words.
Woody had shocked and surprised Ali many months earlier with a totally unexpected proposal just before his 30th Birthday Party. She had been mopping floors and cleaning his parents’ home in preparation.
After a quick shower at home she returned to find him waiting with champagne, roses and the Snow Patrol song, “Just Say Yes”. Totally shocked, Ali froze, dropped her handbag and had to be reassured by Woody that it was really happening!
The ring was perfect and Ali loved it. Woody and his sister Abbie had secretly created it together with Peter Davis from Bensons Jewellery.
Music had brought the couple together so the bonbonnieres for the guests were CDs, containing a mix of Ali and Woody’s favourite songs, (played on the night), and cleverly, the CDs doubled as place cards as well.
Instead of a cake, Espresso Martinis were provided once the delicious dinner was finished and “were a hit.”
A Reid family tradition, which is performed at every family wedding, is to dance to Bob Geldof’s folk song, “The Great Song of Indifference”. “It ramps up and is a lot of fun and the dance floor went crazy!”
Ali had broken her pelvis two weeks before the Wedding but excitement, joy, adrenalin, determination, low heels and careful dancing had enabled her to enjoy every moment of the Wedding Day with her beloved Woody, family and friends.
The smiles, dancing, emotion, shining eyes and joyous faces captured in the portraits are testimony to a wonderful wedding and will be cherished forever.
Ali and Woody’s Wedding Team:
Vicki and Pedro’s beautiful wedding is currently featured in Real Weddings Magazine. You can read more about their day HERE.