A beautiful wedding day is often made even more special by the contribution of family and friends.
I recently photographed Emily and Mark’s wedding day where family played a huge part. There was a wonderful mix of fun, laughter, celebration and tradition.
Emily spent the day getting ready amongst her bridesmaids and closest family. Her mother, father, uncles, aunts, cousins and grandmother were there to see her through her last day as a single woman.
Drinks, food, joy and laughter were enjoyed by all. Emily’s father offered her bread and wine as she walked from the house. The gift of bread and wine often signifies a wish that the bride and groom will never go hungry or thirsty and will have a life filled with happiness. As Emily took her last steps from her parent’s home tradition dictated that she did not look back.
It was so lovely to see how everyone in the family were part of Emily’s big day and I could see it meant a lot to her.
Kamesburgh Gardens in Brighton, the venue for the ceremony, looked glorious in the warmth of the afternoon sun. The perfectly maintained formal gardens, with the Italianate Victorian mansion in the background, made for a picture-perfect setting.
Emily’s bridesmaids wore vintage style Review dresses in vibrant pink that contrasted beautifully with the green of the surrounding gardens.
As the wedding party descended the pebbly aisle, Beyonce’s voice sang out and with a click of their fingers the boys and the girls danced down the aisle.
Emily’s father led her down the aisle with her eggshell blue Sonia Cappellazzo dress and veil flowing in the breeze. Buxton, Emily and Mark’s beloved Jack Russell, made the cutest ring bearer in his mini dinner jacket!
I loved the bright colours and playful relaxed atmosphere in which Emily and Mark enjoyed each other’s company. An ice cream truck eased the heat and also made for a nice photo opportunity as well!
The reception was held at Sandringham Yacht Club which offered a large open space with sweeping bay views.
Emily and Mark had such vibrant personalities that shone in the fun and colourful décor. There were wild flowers mixed with orchids, vintage vases, and one amazing table filled with jars of all shapes and sizes holding sweets and treats to make anyone’s inner child light up!
The day was magical and reflected an inner beauty and lightheartedness throughout the whole event.
It was a pleasure to spend time with this lovely couple for their engagement, and then to be asked to be a part of their special day as well.
You can view Emily and Mark’s engagement photographs HERE.
Dress: Sonia Cappellazzo Camberwell
Bridesmaids dresses: Review
Grooms suit’s: Sarti Melbourne
Flowers, Candy and decorations: Thrive Flowers, Alyssa Goodall, Collingwood
Priest: Roger Featherson