Katy was “surprisingly calm and content” on the morning of her Wedding day. She and Ty were to be married in glorious sunshine at the Melbourne Museum.
Everything had been planned to the very last detail.
“I had the theory that as long as I got to marry my best friend, it didn’t matter what else happened as nothing was going to bring me down from my ecstatic cloud!”
Ty was “excited more than anything”, confident in Katy’s meticulous planning and that everyone was going to be relaxed and have a great day.
Katy and her bridesmaids prepared at the art-inspired Olsen hotel in Prahran.
Her romantic, softly draped, Mariana Hardwick Wedding gown featured a gossamer-fine, feather-light skirt, a “champagne” fabric belt and a silver, ornate buckle.
Katy glowed with the delicious anticipation of seeing her beloved.
When the happy couple first met four and a half years earlier as employees at the Melbourne Cricket Club, Ty was smitten by Katy’s beauty and told his housemates that he had “fallen in love” with her immediately.
Katy vividly remembers Ty’s smile, “handsome ruggedness and charm”.
A beautifully planned proposal was almost foiled when Katy decided to work back late on November 29th, 2012.
Feeling nervous, Ty waited patiently, having placed a large vase of Katy’s favourite flowers on the table and the words, “I love u”, spelt out in her favourite lollies.
Finally, at 8pm, Katy arrived home, tired and exhausted.
“I will never forget the look of excitement and nervousness on his face, (and his shaking hands!), when I first walked through the door and he was kneeling down waiting for me.”
After a moment of shock and disbelief, she immediately said ‘Yes!” She admits embarrassingly that her very first words were unprintable!
Katy was deeply moved by the time, effort and thought that Ty had put into making the proposal so special and memorable and secretly choosing the “perfect” ring.
Kind and generous, “he would move the world for me if I asked him!”
Looking cool and relaxed in white shirts and ocean blue suits, Ty and his Groomsmen waited expectantly in the sunny courtyard of the Museum.
An emotional acoustic rendition of Christina Perri’s, “A Thousand Years”, accompanied Katy as she walked down the red, carpeted aisle with her Father.
Ty’s heart beat a little faster and any nerves melted away in the joy of seeing his beautiful bride drawing closer to him.
“Everything felt so right. I was going to marry the person I loved most in front of all the people that we love so much”.
When Katy first glimpsed Ty, her heart skipped a beat.
“I was so overwhelmed with happiness that this moment had finally arrived and it was actually happening.”
Instead of a reading, Ty’s sister, Lisa, sang Ellie Goulding’s, ”How Long Will I Love You”, during the ceremony – a poignant memory to be cherished forever.
Guests clapped delightedly as Katy and Ty shared a passionate first embrace as husband and wife.
A special Portrait was taken at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a place that holds treasured memories of Katy and Ty’s initial meeting and courtship.
A rousing Reception followed at the Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond.
The venue “ticked all the boxes” for inner City convenience and ambience – relaxed, rustic and industrial; a place where guests would be able to “kick up their heels” and have a great night.
Katy and Ty fondly remember surprising their guests by entering the brewery via the roller door rather than the normal entrance.
“The cheers from our guests were so uplifting and there was a sea of ribbon wands being waved in celebration and excitement.”
The Reception area was a feast for the senses – fairy lights, interesting textures of bricks, wood, concrete and metal, delicious aromas of colourful cuisine, upbeat music and Katy and Ty’s unique personal touches.
Katy had spent many hours searching bridal blogs, magazines and Etsy for inspiration and materials and had decorated jars and frames in her own style – relaxed, elegant and contemporary with a neutral palette.
Ty had grown individual pots of grass for each guest as “an ode to the MCG” where they had first met.
Katy’s Mother created the delicious flower laden Wedding cake and her Father crafted the wooden “wishing well” letterbox.
A display of Wedding day photos of Katy and Ty’s family members meant that the Grandparents could be there in Spirit as well.
The newlyweds’ first dance was performed to Labrinth’s, “Beneath Your Beautiful”, a favourite song since their Engagement. Dance preparation was limited to a few quick practices of some general moves the day before the Wedding!
Katy and Ty are in synch with each other, not only on the dance floor, but also sharing quirky humour, similar values and many common interests.
“We wanted our guests to walk away boasting about how much fun they had.”
Katy and Ty clearly achieved their wish and so much more!
Katy and Ty’s Wedding Team:
Jessica and Brenton fell in love with Summerfields Estate the moment they first saw it and booked it immediately. The rustic setting, located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, provided the perfect Wedding venue with its grand, American style homestead set amidst manicured lawns, lush vegetation and open fields.
In the stylish and well-appointed country home, Jessica and her bridesmaids carefully prepared for the Wedding day. Jessica sparkled in her intricately beaded, elegant, lace gown with its plunging backline featuring dainty designer straps.
On her right hand, she proudly wore Brenton’s Mother’s Wedding and Engagement rings to honour the special lady who had passed away a couple of years earlier.
The treasured rings were “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”. It was Brenton’s sister’s idea and a beautiful gesture.
Peachy pale pink hues in the bridesmaids’ full-length dresses were softly echoed in Jessica’s bouquet of perfect, pastel roses. Radiant and calm, yet “ridiculously excited”, she was eager to see her beloved.
Brenton and his groomsmen, stylish in the relaxed formality of grey trousers, fashionable braces and white, rolled sleeved shirts, waited expectantly on the neatly trimmed lawns near the tranquil lake.
Tempering her nervousness with a sunny smile, Jessica emerged from the French doors and walked the soft, petal-strewn aisle on the arm of her proud Father.
All traces of “butterflies” immediately fluttered away as she saw Brenton smiling adoringly at her from under the leafy Wedding arbor.
The beauty of his glowing bride was overwhelming and that first glimpse dispelled any anxiety that he had momentarily felt.
Hearts and roses, representing love, were the perfect symbol for the couple, who describe each other as having “big hearts”.
Jessica loves Brenton for his kindness, loyalty and willingness to go out of his way to help people.
“That’s why everyone is so drawn to him. He sees the good in people.”
Brenton loves that Jessica is “funny, caring and has the same family values”. She is his “rock”, “always seeing the good” in any situation.
As the bride and groom expressed their vows and melted into each other’s arms as husband and wife, guests basked in the glow of their loving rapport.
Jessica and Brenton walked excitedly down the aisle to the soulful music of The xx, “Angels”, borne on a wave of elation and unbounded happiness.
In Summerfields’ rustic setting, the newlyweds relaxed into the moment as the camera captured the subtle nuances and deep emotional connection between them.
They had first met in 2009. Brenton was initially captivated by Jessica’s beautiful eyes and she was attracted by his sense of humour.
Jessica appreciates his ability to make her laugh in any situation and his carefree nature.
Brenton loves to chuckle at Jessica’s “attempts to sing” and loves their “banter”. They are very similar and in tune with each other.
A first date to see the movie, “Zombieland”, must have been the “right move” as the relationship blossomed from there.
A calm, comfortable and confident Brenton, giving no hint of what was to come, was able to shock Jessica with his proposal in September 2012 and she couldn’t stop crying tears of absolute happiness.
Guests made their way into the light-filled Reception Hall to begin celebrations. They were seated at elegant tables adorned with large vases of pastel roses and delightful decorations, lovingly chosen by Jessica from extensive searches online.
A highlight of the evening was Brenton’s speech. Known for his lively sense of humour and taking on the role of “class clown”, he totally surprised and evoked deep emotion in Jessica with words that he spoke from the heart.
“He said the most beautiful things about us and our journey together.”
After the newlyweds’ intimate first dance, to Bob Marley’s, “Is This Love?”, family and friends eagerly joined in and soon the dance floor was rocking with lively dancers, intent on having a great time.
Reflecting on their special day, Jessica and Brenton both agreed: “The main thing for us on our Wedding day is that we had an absolute ball!”
With so much emphasis on planning and avoiding things going wrong, “no-one really tells you how much fun your Wedding day is.”
“By far the best day of our lives!”
Jessica and Brenton’s Wedding Team:
Preparations on the morning of Stephanie and Cambell’s Wedding Day were a happy family affair.
Two quaint, weatherboard cottages had been rented in the country town of Healesville, nestled in the picturesque Yarra Valley – one for Stephanie, her Mother, Father, Granddad and bridesmaids and the other for Cambell, his parents and groomsmen.
Surrounded by loved ones, the bride and groom, nervous, happy and excited, carefully donned their formal attire and eagerly looked forward to a first glimpse of each other on their special day.
In one of many memorable moments, Stephanie’s mother carefully buttoned her beautiful daughter into the elegant, intricately beaded, lace wedding gown with sheer cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline.
With her softly curled, brunette hair tumbling over one shoulder, Stephanie smiled radiantly as she chatted with her attentive bridesmaids in full length dresses of the most delicate shade of Lavender.
After Stephanie and Cambell’s first date in March 2010, dinner in Lygon Street, they had spent many happy times wining and dining in the Yarra Valley, so they spent a day with their Maid of Honour exploring wineries, searching for the perfect outdoor, rustic wedding venue. Stones of the Yarra Valley impressed them immediately.
“The moment we turned into Stones’ tree-lined driveway and saw the stunning venue Vonnie and her team had created we knew that we had found the one!”
Under an endless sky, with magnificent views of hazy blue mountains crouched beyond lush green orchards, guests smiled admiringly as Stephanie’s proud parents accompanied her down the grassy aisle towards her beloved.
When their eyes met, Cambell was overwhelmed by his bride’s beauty and elegance and “felt like the luckiest guy in the world!” Stephanie thought, “He’s so handsome!”
As the loving couple expressed their vows under the flowery wedding arch, their love for each other overflowed and was seen and felt by all who witnessed the emotionally moving ceremony.
True soulmates, there was a deep connection between them right from the start.
“We’ve been inseparable since we first met and immediately felt comfortable together and felt like we’d known each other our entire lives.”
Showered in pastel rose petals, the elated newlyweds walked hand in hand amongst well-wishing friends and family to John Legend’s song, “All of Me”.
Guests played games on the lawn while Stephanie and Cambell had portraits taken in the rustic surroundings, capturing their sense of fun and the loving rapport between them.
When they first met, several years earlier, Cambell was captivated by Stephanie’s “beautiful smile, pretty blue eyes and sexy black dress”.
Stephanie was attracted by “his cheeky smile, cute dimples, and hot body” and his sense of fun and dancing skills.
A surprise Engagement on the banks of the Yarra at Southbank was a welcome “shock” for Stephanie initially but quickly transformed into happiness, excitement and “how natural and right it felt to say ‘Yes’!“
Cambell’s choice of ring was just perfect!
They find so much to admire in each other – Cambell’s love of outdoors and sport, his relaxed and easygoing attitude to life and his cheeky sense of humour; Stephanie’s playful nature, kindness, support and encouragement of Cambell “to be the best I can be.”
With precious portraits taken, the newlyweds entered the light filled Reception “barn” with a sense of elation and joy.
To the music of “L.O.V.E.”, performed by the The Bianca Fenn Band, they began the celebrations with an intimate first dance, silhouetted against full-length windows and leafy outdoor gardens.
Their loving connection was beautiful for all to see.
A delicious meal, speeches, dancing and fun times followed.
Posies of pretty, pastel Spring flowers brought a sense of happiness and a touch of colour to the dinner tables, bouquets, buttonholes, and cake decorations.
“We wanted a fun, relaxed, elegant theme for our Wedding and fresh Spring colours in our décor.”
In a gesture of pure love, after the formalities Cambell serenaded his adoring wife at the top of his voice, in a wonderful and emotional surprise for Stephanie.
Stephanie and Cambell, bonded by love, snuggled close in the vintage Volkswagen as they set off once more down the tree-lined driveway, eager to begin an exciting new chapter in their lives as husband and wife.
I wish them every happiness now and for the future.
Stephanie and Cambells’s Wedding Team:
As the City began to wake on a calm, fine morning, Jayne and her bridesmaids arrived early at Miss Fox, a boutique beauty parlour in Little Collins Street.
Jayne’s long, thick tresses were expertly styled into glamorous, retro waves and secured with a glittering silver side comb. The bridesmaids’ hair was carefully pinned into soft “updos”.
On returning to the luxurious Langham Hotel, Jayne carefully put on her freshwater pearl earrings and proudly wore her “Hearts on Fire Atlantico” Engagement ring.
After 12 years together, Mark had proposed on Boxing Day 2013 under their favourite tree at Jell’s Park.
Jayne was amazed that he was able to surprise her with the proposal, the ring and a matching brilliant diamond necklace as well. He had been secretly searching for the perfect ring for 12 months!
Mark and Jayne were elated. The timing was perfect. Having completed many years of study in their chosen fields they were on the threshold of beginning a new chapter of their life together.
Jayne was carefully buttoned into her elegant, ivory silk, cashmere wedding gown by her Mother and bridesmaids who were honoured to share the emotion and significance of this precious moment.
Luminescent light from a glittering chandelier highlighted Jayne’s graceful, Mariana Hardwick Amira gown. The strapless, sweetheart neckline and “mermaid tail” of luxurious folds flowed into a rippling, fan-shaped train.
Jayne glowed radiantly with a serene and natural beauty.
Her generous bouquet of vintage roses in sweet sherbert shades of apricot, marshmallow pink and creamy white was entwined with vibrant green foliage and trailing willow wood.
Jayne and Mark’s shared passion for flowers and trees and parks and gardens (and ducks!) provided the inspiration for their wedding colour scheme, décor and venue.
Melbourne’s beautiful Botanic Gardens were the perfect choice for the couple’s Wedding Ceremony and Reception as they had spent many happy hours together there.
Historic Rose Pavilion, nestled in greenery and adorned with fresh flowers, provided an intimate, perfumed, floral arbor for Jayne and Mark to exchange their wedding vows.
Mark and his groomsmen waited expectantly in the pavilion, wearing charcoal Peter Jackson suits, pure white shirts and rose buttonholes.
As Mark glimpsed his bride alighting from the white, 1950’s Jaguar MK5 convertible, his first response was that she looked “so beautiful.”
He particularly noticed her hair tumbling over one bare shoulder, her long flowing dress and her full-bloomed rose bouquet.
To the delicate strains of ‘The Swan”, harpist Michael Johnson’s original composition, the bridesmaids led the way down the open air aisle, heralding the arrival of Jayne – radiant, joyful, relaxed and proudly accompanied by her Mother and Father.
“As Jayne entered the Pavilion I saw her face properly and she looked gorgeous!
I looked into her happy, smiling eyes and I felt a curious mixture of love, excitement, anticipation and nervousness which ultimately led to our emotional exchange of vows.”
Jayne felt “overwhelmed by the magic of the moment; the beautiful, intimate environment, being surrounded by closest friends and family, and the joy and anticipation of sharing vows with the man I will spend the rest of my life with.”
The heartfelt vows that Jayne and Mark expressed to each other at the floral altar, under the gentle guidance of Celebrant Maree Livy, triggered tears, not only in themselves and the guests, but even in bystanders who were watching from outside.
“We both knew it would be an emotional experience but we weren’t prepared for our reactions to hearing each other express our love and commitment.
The Wedding Party relaxed in the Gardens’ tranquil and lush surroundings, creating wonderful portraits to cherish forever.
Jayne and Mark’s “loving, harmonious, symbiotic and ‘cromulent’, (“Simpson’s word meaning excellent), relationship” is reflected in their expressive couples’ portraits.
They share a wicked sense of humour and a love of Nature, Science, animals, exercising and “nonsensical ramblings and oddball discussions”!
Jayne loves Mark’s intelligence, ingenuity and quirky sense of humour; his practicality and stability, warmth, caring and dependability; his “ability to detect when I am about to ‘crash’ from lack of food and step inappropriately”.
Mark loves Jayne’s mischievous sense of humour, intelligence and aptitude for learning new things quickly; her occasional “careless abandon” which balances his practicality.
“Caring and sensitive, she always wants to look after people and animals. She is creative, artistic and gorgeous”.
The Wedding Reception was only a short stroll away at historic Gardens House. Jayne and Mark immediately fell in love with the romantic house and private garden the moment they saw it.
The Wedding cake had been lovingly baked by Mark’s Mother and catered for all tastes, having two tiers of Chocolate Mud Cake and one tier of Fruit Cake.
Mark not only iced it with an engineer’s precision but also created the cute, fondant, wedding duck couple that sat atop the flower-laden cake.
After a delicious dinner and a tantalizing selection of “wandering desserts”, guests gathered around the lawn in the private garden to celebrate Jayne and Mark’s first dance together as husband and wife.
It was a brilliant highlight and very entertaining.
To the music of “Alright, OK, You Win” by the Delta Rhythm Boys, Jayne and Mark wowed their guests with a series of energetic and agile ‘swing’ moves and soon everyone was clapping, smiling, bopping and inspired to dance.
At the end of the evening, the newlyweds spent a romantic, private moment embracing in the softly lit garden.
They had eyes only for each other, connected by a sense of deep love, joy and wonderment.
Their Wedding had been amazing. They sealed it with a tender kiss and basked in the afterglow of “the best day of our lives so far”.
Jayne and Marks’s Wedding Team:
As one year comes to a close and another one has just began, it’s the perfect time to appreciate and celebrate the highlights of the previous twelve months.
I am passionate about photography, particularly for weddings and engagements. Being able to do a job that I love is the best feeling in the world!
A warm thank you to all the wonderful couples who have entrusted me to photograph their “big day” – to capture the intimate, tender moments and rich emotions that abound on such happy occasions.
I feel so honoured to be invited to be a part of each of your wedding days.
I strive for my photos to reflect your love, your relationship and the things that bind you together.
The beginning of 2014 was very busy for me as I photographed twenty weddings in just four months!
After that it was time for my husband David and myself to spend almost the remainder of the year on our “holiday of a life-time”.
David had spent many hours planning, reading travel blogs and books and studying maps on the Saturdays when I was happily photographing weddings.
What an amazing trip he created! The adventure began in Mexico, and then continued on to colourful Cuba.
The major part of our journey was a six month, 25,000 mile trek across forty US states in our cute little van.
There were so many diverse landscapes to capture through the lens of my trusty camera – hot, dry deserts, rugged mountains, cavernous canyons and refreshing seascapes, plus the individual flavour of different towns and cities along the way.
I love photographing the small, subtle details that others might overlook which create uniqueness and atmosphere and bring images to life.
We enjoyed spectacular views, ate lots of great food, viewed surreal sunrises and sunsets, and watched the world go by in that relaxing way that comes with having time on your side.
Long travel always puts life into perspective. It was clear to me that there is really no-one in the world that I love more than the special person who sat beside me in that dusty van for all those months.
I missed my parents and loved ones and I did get homesick at times but it made our reunion all the more special.
During our travels we worked on our first online project together, making our very own Travel Blog. I took the photos and Dave wrote the words. It was a creative “labour of love” and the perfect way to share our experiences.
If you would like to visit our blog it’s at www.mexicotonewyork.com
After a UK stopover to visit family and friends, I stepped off the plane in Melbourne and began photographing weddings again with a fresh perspective and renewed creative energy.
I realized that there isn’t anything more important than our loved ones.
And when it comes to weddings, it isn’t just about the dress, the venue, the cake or all the trimmings – it’s about marrying your best friend and lover and having all the people you love standing right there witnessing and sharing in your love and joy as a couple.
I feel so lucky that it’s my job to capture all that love and emotion for eternity!
I wish all my clients and readers a very safe and happy New Year filled with fun adventures and lots of love!