Amy and Tom both got ready at Karma Chalets, and their ceremony and reception were at Pepper & Salt Restaurant at Forest Hill Winery in Denmark. Celebrant: Maggie Anderson; Bride’s dress: Brownwyn by Maggie Sottero; Hair & Make-up: Tricia Ng; Flowers: Zoe at Bloomin Flowers, Albany; Cake: Urmy’s Cakes, Perth. A big thank you to Lauren Stubbings for shooting this gorgeous wedding with me.
Over the last eight years or so, I’ve photographed weddings all around Denmark and anyone who’s ever been here knows that this is a particularly beautiful part of the world, with so, so many photogenic locations. Recently, at Rachel and Josh’s I discovered another of Denmark’s hidden treasures, tucked away along a laneway I’d never even noticed was there before. And that was where our beautiful bride was lucky enough to grow up.
(If you too would like to hold your wedding here, I can only suggest that you become Rachel’s new BFF and ask very, very nicely!)
Still nursing my broken wrist, it was great to have Krysta Guille taking photos with me on the day. Krysta is my favourite person at the moment after bringing coffee to my hospital bed after surgery. Thanks for lots of things, Krysta, but mainly just for being you.
So…back to this amazing wedding. Josh and his groomsmen (three of whom are also his brothers) got ready at Penrose Cottage, while the girls were up the hill at the Celestine Retreat. The reveal was in the beautiful gardens at Celestine. The ceremony and reception were at Rachel’s family’s farm.
See if you can spot the moment when Josh realises he only brought his own wedding vows, leaving Rachel’s behind! Rachel spoke her vows from memory and from the heart (and may have mentioned Josh’s forgetfulness!) leaving lots of their guests (and their photographers) dabbing at their eyes.
Celebrant – Kate Thomas. Flowers from Everbloom in Perth with bridesmaid Hannah creating Rachel’s bouquet. Bride’s dress – JJ’s House. Make-up and hair by Kate and Anne-Marie at The Temple. Catering – Gourmet Grub. Stylist/co-ordinator – Rachel, our lovely bride. Marquee from Finishing Touches. And beer brewed by the groom’s brother Matty (also the bestman) at his new and exciting, soon-to-be-launched, Albany-based Wilson Brewing Company.
For years Krysta Guille and I have said we’d love to shoot a wedding together. This month I’m shooting not one but three weddings with Krysta and a fourth with Lee Griffith after a very regrettable moment in Bali when I slipped, fell and broke my right wrist.
So there’s lessons here. One: be careful what you wish for…this wasn’t the scenario I had in mind for our collaboration! And two: it pays to hire a professional photographer. Not only will a professional always carry spare camera gear on the day just in case, they will always have a Plan B ready should disaster strike. This is outlined in my Agreement so my clients are booking me with peace of mind. It’s only now, after eight years of shooting weddings, that I’ve needed to implement a Plan B. I’m fortunate to have good relationships with, and a network of, exceptional photographers both locally and further afield so breaking my wrist was frustrating and inconvenient, but it certainly hasn’t been a disaster.
Last week I shared images on Facebook from Annabelle and Kelly’s beautiful Denmark wedding that I shot with Krysta. And here now are a few of my faves from Jacinta and Scott’s wedding, which are from a collaboration between myself and Lee. Jacinta, Scott and their adorable wee boy Banjo got ready at Tilbrook Valley Farm (it was the first time I’d photographed there, and I hope it won’t be my last…it’s gorgeous) before heading to The Lake House for the ceremony and reception.
Thanks so much to Lee and Krysta for stepping in – it’s been a joy to work alongside you both. And I hope you won’t ever need me, but I’ve got your backs if you do x
Celebrant: Kate Thomas. Flowers: Lush Floral Design.
I was thrilled to find out yesterday that two of my images have been selected as Shortlist Finalists in the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize. There was 1865 entries from 29 countries and the finalists will be on show in an exhibition at the Moores Contemporary Gallery in Fremantle from 25 October through to 1 November.