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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
  • June 7, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    Allen - What a lovely natural and relaxed wedding! Kirralee you have captured this wedding so well with your unique and individual style, plus your amazing attention to detail. Congratulations.

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:

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!)









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.



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.






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.)























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:

  • Celebrant: Jane Clifton
  • 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